Thursday, May 22, 2014

Woo'd in Haste & Wed at Leisure Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Woo'd in Haste and Wed at Leisure book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of Woo'd in Haste and Wed at Leisure. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Woo'd in Haste (Taming, #1)
Release date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Taming #1

Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets . . . him.

For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother.

Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?

Wed at Leisure (Taming, #2)Release date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Taming #2

In all of Sussex—scratch that—in all of England, there is no one prettier than Kate Mansfield, and Peter Colburn, heir to the Duke of Orland, has known that since the age of 15. But since her vivacious nature comes with a temper to match, Peter has always masked his hunger for her behind ruthless teasing. As far as Kate is concerned, there is no one as annoying or as incredibly handsome as Peter. So when he surprises her with a sudden and romantic courtship, Kate is sure this must be his idea of a sick joke. 

After all, he's the one man who knows how flawed she really is. And the only man to whom she has ever been so attracted. It's only after she rejects him that she realizes he might actually have been serious. And she just might be regretting her hasty decision. As Kate's determination wars with her traitorous heart, it may be too late. Now she's putting everything, including her reputation, on the line to give this accidental tragedy a happy ending.

My Rating for Woo'd in Haste: 4 Roses

A light, quick, and sweet read, Woo'd in Haste was a wonderful historical romance novella. I really liked this lovely book. It was an enjoyable read.

Bianca was a good heroine. She started out as passive, allowing her sister and father's whims to control her. But, as the story went on, she toughened up and began to stand up for what she wanted. And, she was an overall kind and genuinely likable character. I thought she was great.

Lucian was very sweet. His character felt a little flat, because the sum of all we saw of him was that he was first desperately infatuated, then in love with Bianca. But, he was adorable and I liked him, as well.

The romance was sweet. Bianca and Lucian were great together. I liked how they both loved each other unreservedly and were both willing to fight for each other. I thought they were great together.

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. I enjoyed the quick story and the ending was lovely.

Woo's in Haste was a lovely historical romance novella. I really liked this sweet book and really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

From Woo'd in Haste

He had been here for almost a fortnight. Had, after the first three days, contrived to spend as much time as possible with her. But none of that was enough. Each glimpse of who she was made him want to know more.

He hurried down the stairs. This time of year, breakfast was taken in the morning room to take advantage of the summer sun, and once he reached the ground floor, he used the newel post for momentum the way he would have as a child and headed down the hall.

He saw her form, her head of honey curls farther down the hall, past the open door of the morning room and likely on her way to the library. He was too late.

But he wanted to see her face. To carry the image of her countenance with him throughout the day. He passed the morning room, picked up pace when she turned the corner, and then followed her into the library.

He was only a few seconds behind her, but she was bent over a side table next to her favorite chair, placing a cup down.

Her favorite chair. Her favorite cup. And he spied the spine of the leather-bound tome in her arm, her favorite book.

He could have listed her preferences even without Thomas’s help. She looked so lovely, so domestic, so . . . comfortable, that he had a sudden image of their life in the future, in his home, side by side, their children about them.

“Bianca,” he said, but no sound actually came. He was so filled with emotion, with the beauty of that vision, that he could hardly speak. Yet in his head he was saying everything. Come here, my sweet lady. Come here, let me kiss you. Let me love you.
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About the Author:

Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. Her debut book with Avon Red, On These Silken Sheets, was a Favourite Erotic Romance finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and a Best First Book finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards. Her new Regency novella, The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe, released July 31st from Avon Impulse and her first contemporary romance, Entry-Level Mistress, released February 2013.


  1. Thank you for hosting today!

  2. Thank you for hosting and for the thoughtful review!

  3. Thanks for the review. I haven't read this author yet.

  4. I love everything about historical romances - the clothing, the time period, the way they kept themselves entertained. Looking forward to reading these books!