Friday, October 10, 2014

If He's Daring Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the If He's Daring book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for 3 copies of If He's Daring. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Kensington/Zebra
Genre: Historical (Georgian) Romance
Series: Wherlocke #6

In a dazzling new novel in the Wherlocke family saga, New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell creates an unforgettable story of intrigue, jeopardy, and desire...

Stealing a stranger’s carriage is the second most reckless thing Lady Catryn Gryffin de Warrenne has ever done. The first is succumbing to her powerful attraction to the carriage’s owner. Catryn has heard the rumors about Sir Orion Wherlocke’s family and their otherworldly gifts. He’s the one person who can keep her son and his inheritance safe from her late husband’s ruthless brother. As for how to protect may be too late for that.

Orion is facing the worst danger a man of his ilk can find: a woman he can’t walk away from. Catryn is an intoxicating blend of innocence and sensuality, and for the first time, seduction is far more than a game. But her beauty and fortune have made her a target—one that will dare him to risk everything he’s known—in pursuit of everything he’s ever longed for...

My Rating: 4 Roses

An enjoyable historical romance with a touch of magic, If He's Daring was a lovely read. With magic, romance, and a few surprising secrets, this book was great and I really liked it.

Catryn was a lovely character. Very protective of her son and determined to bring him back, she definitely proved that she could be a force to be reckoned with. And she was a likable character in general, compassionate, accepting, and kind-hearted. I thought she was great.

Orion was good as well. He might have been avoiding marriage for his entire adult life but, once he met the woman he would love, all that went right out the window. He was caring, honorable, and, most adorable, a great father. I really liked him as well.

The romance was sweet. Catryn and Orion were lovely together. It was clear from the start that they were both smitten and that only grew as the book went on. Though there was definitely an attraction between them, this was a fairly clean romance with fade-to-black scenes. Overall, I thought they were a sweet couple.

There were a couple of things that brought the book down for me. 1) Though Orion had 3 sons, we only got to see 1 for the most part. The other 2 only appeared a few times. I would have liked it if they had all featured in the story, rather than just Giles. 2) The dialogue in this book tended to get very rambly. The characters would go on and on, overexplaining things in a way that was both tiresome and unnatural sounding. It came off as stilted, particularly when a little boy would speak in that overly formal, long-winded way. Not all of it was like that, but it was enough to be noticeable and somewhat annoying. So, it brought down the book a little for me.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were definitely some twists along the way, as well as a few secrets that took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

If He's Daring was a wonderful historical romance with a touch of magic. It was sweet and enjoyable, with a few surprises in store. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

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

England, Fall, 1790

The groan echoed through the small house, every note of it filled with pain and helpless fury. Catryn tossed her cloak on the hook near the front door and rushed toward the room she was certain the sound was coming from. Her heart pounded with fear for her family as she cursed herself for leaving them alone. She never should have given in to her friend Anne’s pleas to join her at the morning salon on the servants’ day off. She certainly should never have lingered there as long as she had.

She found her father on his knees in the library, one hand on the settee as he struggled to get to his feet. Catryn ran to his side to help him stand and then urged him to sit down on the settee. Blood stained his pale cheek as it seeped from on the side of his head, the red of it stark against the white of his hair. The knuckles on his right hand were scraped and his left eye was already swelling. A quick look around the room revealed a knocked-over table and a smashed vase. Who would attack her father? The man was just a quiet, somewhat reclusive scholar.

A demand to know what had happened burned her tongue with the need to be uttered, but she bit it back. Her father needed tending to first, the dazed look in his gray eyes telling her that he was not ready to answer all her questions, not even the one now screaming in her mind. Where is my son?

Catryn quickly dampened her handkerchief with a little of the spring water her father always brought to the city from their country home and kept in a decanter on his desk. Her heart still twisted with fear, she gently bathed the blood from his face. By the time she was finished, his wound did not look quite as bad as she had thought it was, and his eyes had cleared. The first words he spoke chilled her to the bone.

“He took Alwyn.”

“Who took him, Papa?” she asked, although she already had a very good idea of who would commit such a crime against her.

“Morris.” He took the damp handkerchief from her hand and held it against the small wound on the side of his head. “He and some hired brute came into this house, marched right into this room whilst I was reading a story to Alywn, and demanded that I give him the lad. Told the man he was a daft fool and to get out. Then we had us a tussle and I lost.”

“She could see how that shamed him and patted his knee. “It was two men against one, Papa. I know, with all my heart, that you did all you could do to stop him. Now I will do what I can.”

Lewys Gryffin looked at his daughter, his only child, and wished he had shot Sir Morris de Warrenne a long time ago. Since her husband, Henry, had died nearly two years ago, life had become one vicious, unending battle with the man’s younger brother over who should have control over the heir, her son and all the riches the little boy now had claim to. The months of strife had left them all weary and angry. It was clear to see that the fight over Alwyn had now turned dangerously and it hurt him to be of so little help to her when she needed him so badly.

“I should be the one to fight this,” he muttered. “’Tis my place as the man in this family, as the head of this house.”

“Ah, Papa,” she said as she sat down next to him and kissed him on the cheek. “You have been fighting and doing a fine job of it. Fighting since the moment Henry took his last breath. And as soon as I get Alwyn back home with us where he belongs, you will be fighting again. Now it is my turn to take up the fight. I will go after Morris and retrieve my child.”
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About the Author:
Hannah Howell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 Zebra historical romances. Howell, twice awarded the Golden Leaf Award, has been a Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist and received RT Book Reviews’ Career Achievement Award for Historical Storyteller of the Year. She lives West Newbury, Massachusetts with her family. Visit her website at


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