Thursday, July 31, 2014

Taming Miss Tisdale Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Taming Miss Tisdale book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $50 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Taming Miss Tisdale
Release date: April 30, 2014
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Regency Blooms #2

Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.

Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.

However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?

My Rating: 3 Roses

An overall enjoyable historical romance, Taming Miss Tisdale was a lovely read. It wasn't perfect, but I liked it and enjoyed reading it.

Tamsin was a strong heroine who was determined to live life on her own terms. At the beginning, she had an annoying habit of thinking that having vulnerabilities or being beautiful amounted to being weak. It often made her seem judgmental, because she even had that view in regards to her sister. But, as the book went on, she realized that one could still be strong, even with allowing vulnerabilities, and it made her a much more likable character.

Marc was a man who struggled to move past a sickly childhood. He was epileptic and his parents kept him hidden from the censure of society. But, even when he grew past the illness, his mother was determined to keep him locked up in his gilded cage, partly because she didn't want to give up her power. As the book progressed, he learned how to be himself, beyond his childhood illness. He was a sweet man who was honorable and just genuinely adorable. I really liked him.

The romance was good. I thought Tamsin and Marc were great together. They balanced each other out. I wasn't really feeling much in terms of heat, but there was some spice along the way. My one big problem with the book, which dropped it from a solid 4 down to a 3, was that the characters fell into the trap of a stupid misunderstanding, my biggest pet peeve when it comes to romances. Predictably, every time Marc was about to tell Tamsin the truth, something interrupted them, but that wasn't really what bothered me. Marc's mother told Tamsin a lie in order to run her off. Now, rather than going to Marc and asking him about it, she just believed the old shrew and ran away. And, somehow, Marc turned into the bad guy of the situation, even though I thought Tamsin was the one in the wrong, especially because she supposedly prided herself on not believing gossip and rumors. I even went back to read the confrontation again (not much of a confrontation, though, because Tamsin didn't even bother to ask if it was true or even wait for an explanation) and I still didn't get why Marc was considered the guilty one, to the point that his best friend (who I didn't think was a very good friend) turned against him. It was annoying and bewildering and it brought down the book. I thought they were a good couple, but this one thing really irritated me.

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. Despite my one issue with the book, I still enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely.

Taming Miss Tisdale was an enjoyable historical romance. I thought it was a sweet read and I quite liked it. Romance lovers, you might want to check this one out.

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

Marc watched the faint outline come across the dense morning fog, becoming more discernible as it approached. The tall, thin figure was riding along at a perilous speed, given the morning’s lack of visibility. He thought perhaps it was some gangly young man misguided in the fog. It wouldn’t be the first time someone accidentally stumbled upon the vast property that made up his family’s immodest estate.

Then the fog parted in an almost biblical manner, revealing his gross inaccuracy.

Were those ... breasts?

Marc closed his eyes and thought for a moment. Typically, women didn’t ride alone at such an hour and they certainly didn’t wander unexpectedly across his property. It’d been quite a while, his last birthday to be exact, since his last intimate encounter with a woman—a gift, compliments of St. Regis—so there was always the possibility that perhaps his half-drunk, sex-starved mind had conjured up the sensual image.

He shook his head, opened his eyes, and looked back again toward the horizon.

Yes, those were most certainly breasts.

And she was most definitely not a young man. The woman’s riding habit pulled taut against her body as she raced toward him. Her hair was blowing behind her—various hues of auburn and gold, like wild flames curling about in the wind. Then a decidedly feminine voice burst through the morning’s silence, interrupting his self-doubt.

“Oh, thank goodness I found you!”

This was no mirage. She was indeed very real.

And very loud.
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About the Author:
Jessica  Jefferson
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago. She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. She invites you to visit her at and read more of her random romance musings.


  1. I think this sounds amazing! Where did your idea for the plot come from?

  2. Thanks so much for the review!

  3. I love historical romance, can't wait to read it.

  4. Thank you for both of these great giveaways! Jessica, how long have you been writing for?

  5. I love historical romance and this one looks very interesting! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  6. I really do like historical romance, and you seem to take it to the modern level. I hope I win this great giveaway!

  7. Stephanie SandefurJuly 31, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Do you write anything other than historical fiction?

  8. Jessica JeffersonAugust 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I do dabble in some contemporary. I'm working on and off with a new adult right now.

  9. Jessica JeffersonAugust 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Thanks and good luck!

  10. Jessica JeffersonAugust 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Your welcome!

  11. Jessica JeffersonAugust 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I've been writing for just a few years professionally.

  12. Jessica JeffersonAugust 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I have three older sisters and two younger, so that dynamic has always interested me. I wanted to approach the hero from a different perspective - a Clark Kent/Superman approach.

  13. Jessica JeffersonAugust 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Thanks so much!

  14. That's pretty cool. Did it start out as a hobby or did you just love to write?

  15. Jessica JeffersonAugust 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Thank you so much for your review!

  16. This book sounds great, thanks for the excerpt and review.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  17. Jessica JeffersonAugust 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    When I was younger I always thought I'd be a writer. I wrote for school papers and a college journal, but then stopped after college. It wasn't till just a couple years ago that I thought - why not just start up again? I sat down and started hammering out a book - just like that.

  18. I'm glad you started out again! I can not wait to read Taming Miss Tisdale and I've already added it to my TBR shelf. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. :)

  19. Love historical romance....definitely on my TBR list!

  20. I would love to read your stuff. Keep up the good work dear!

  21. sounds like a fun one!

  22. Sounds like a great book!

  23. Nice to meet you. If you ever need reviews, send me book and I will review it.