An Interview with The Lady and the Laird by Nicola Cornick

Firstly, thank you very much to Melanie for inviting me to visit today. It’s lovely to be here! This interview comes to you directly from the library at Methven Castle in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland where we are taking afternoon tea with Lucy, Marchioness of Methven. You may recall that the marriage of the Marquis and Marchioness has been the talk of Edinburgh society this season past. We’re here to discover how a marriage of convenience became the love match of the year!

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NC: Lady Methven, thank you very much for inviting us to tea.  Isn’t this a gorgeous library!

Lucy: Thank you! I love this room. As a member of the Highland Ladies Bluestocking Society I was always more likely to be found reading in the library than ogling the gentlemen at balls and parties.

NC: I heard that you discovered some very interesting and inspiring books in your father’s library when you were younger…

Lucy (blushes): It’s true that my father had a very extensive collection of erotic literature…

NC: Including books with diagrams!

Lucy: You mean illustrated manuscripts. I think you have lowered the tone of the conversation already, Mrs Cornick. My father is an academic. His collection is entirely for intellectual research.

NC: I beg your pardon, my lady. Of course it is. But didn’t his… um, academic collection get you into rather a lot of trouble? I mean it almost ruined your reputation.

Lucy: Well, I blame you for that, Mrs Cornick. After all, you were the one who encouraged me to write those erotic letters to provide funds for my charities. It was your idea that got me into so much trouble.

The door opens and Robert, Marquis of Methven, walks in. Lucy looks radiant.

Lucy: Robert, darling! I didn’t realize that you would be able to join us. How lovely!

NC: Good afternoon, my lord. We were just discussing how Lady Lucy wrote those wonderful letters on behalf of her brother to tempt your fiancé to elope with him. You can’t have been pleased when Lady Dulcibella jilted you at the altar…

Robert bends to kiss Lucy before taking a seat beside her on the red velvet sofa.

Robert speaking mildly: I admit I was a little annoyed at the time.

Lucy: Robert, you were furious!

Robert, smiling: Only because I needed a wife, not because I wanted to marry Dulcibella. I had a lucky escape there. She wasn’t the right woman for me.

Lucy: But that was the right answer!

They kiss again. Nicola fans herself.

NC: Of course the two of you were childhood sweethearts…

Robert: Well, we did meet one moonlit night when Lucy was only sixteen and I was nineteen.

Lucy: He kissed me.

Robert: Did I?

Lucy: Don’t tease me! You know you did. It was my first kiss.

NC: Yet when you met again it took a while for Lord Methven to persuade you into marriage, didn’t it, ma’am?

Lucy: Persuade me? He deliberately set out to compromise me into marriage, the scoundrel!

Robert, shrugging: When I see something I want I go after it by any means necessary.

Lucy: That’s the Viking blood in you.

Robert: Besides, you refused to be compromised. I hadn’t realised that you were so determined.

Lucy: You had a lot to learn about me. I’m descended from Malcolm MacMorlan, the Red Fox of Forres. We MacMorlan girls don’t give in without a fight.

NC: How did Lord Methven win you over, ma’am?

Lucy: I think it was when I saw his magnificent…

NC raises her brows.

Lucy: Island!

NC bemused: Island?

Robert: Lady Methven is referring to my estate of Golden Isle. He turns to Lucy. You hated it when first you went there.

Lucy smiles: But then I saw how much you cared about your people there and how you would do anything to help them and I loved you for it.

Robert takes her hand and gazes into her eyes.

NC clears her throat: Clearly I am de trop here. Before I leave, is there anything else you would like to tell us all?

Lucy: Oh yes! I’d like to mention my sister Mairi, whose story will be told soon in One Night with the Laird. She looks dubious. It‘s really is quite a shocking book, though. I’m not sure I should recommend it to the gentle reader.

Robert laughing: It’s outrageous. How could it be otherwise when my wicked cousin Jack is involved?

NC: Thank you for the rake warning! Lord Methven, Lady Methven, thank you so much for your hospitality today. Would it be acceptable to you if we explore the rest of the castle whilst we are here? I can’t wait to take a stroll on the battlements. She starts to sidle towards to door.

Lucy: Yes, of course… Oh, she’s gone already!

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I hope you enjoyed my interview with Robert and Lucy. And now I have a question for all of Melanie’s bookworms…

Robert and Lucy first meet on a moonlit terrace and share a stolen kiss. Is there a first meeting from a book or movie that you particularly like?

A copy of ‘The Lady and the Laird’ will go to one commenter, and the giveaway is international!

Nicola CornickAUTHOR BIO: Nicola Cornick is a British writer of romance novels since 1998.

She is a Membership Secretary for the Romantic Novelists’ Association and critique manuscripts for aspiring authors via the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme, and also for the Romance Writers of America Beau Monde mentor scheme.

Nicola Cornick obtained a honours degree in Medieval History from London University. She worked for many years in university administration, and later being as an Assistant Academic Registrar and Operations Manager. She returned to college in Oxford, to study for a Masters degree at Ruskin College.

She published her first novels in 1998 for Mills & Boon (reedited as Harlequin Enterprises in USA). She is specialized in romances setting in the British Regency. She lives in Oxfordshire, England.

To learn more about Ms. Cornick, click here.

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‘The Lady and the Laird’ by Nicola Cornick

TLATL NCSTORY: An Indecent Proposal!

Lady Lucy MacMorlan may have forsworn men and marriage, but that doesn’t mean she won’t agree to profit from writing love letters for her brother’s friends – letters that become increasingly racy as her fame grows. That is, until she deliberately ruins the betrothal of a notorious laird, Robert, Marquis of Methven.

Past centuries of bloodshed have left the Methven and MacMorlan families bitter enemies and Robert is furious that Lady Lucy’s letters have cost him the bride he needs so urgently to save his ancestral clan lands. Now he makes Lucy a shocking proposal; in return for his silence she must become his wife and provide him with the heir he needs. It is an inconvenient marriage of convenience but can the rugged laird and the bluestocking beauty fight against the power of love?

REVIEW: This is Ms. Cornick’s first novel in Scottish Brides series and it really is a MUST read!

The novel is very funny, entertaining and just too sweet for words!

If you’re familiar with this author, then you already know that her novel’s are populated with strong, complex and always, always witty characters that stay with you a long time, and that’s what you’ll find here as well.

I adored both main characters, but especially Lucy. Her background in regards to her twin sister just took my breath away.

This was a strong woman with some issues that only a strong man could help with. As for Robert, not much was going to stand in this man’s way when it comes to his duty to his Clan.

I also liked the pace of the story. It wasn’t too fast and allowed me to thoroughly immerse into not just the growing relationship between the leads, but also into their respective backgrounds. It’s their lives before they met each other that shaped who they were, and how that would impact their future, if they were to have one.

There are so many, many scenes which made me laugh out loud that I had tears in my eyes…like the scene in which Robert is jilted at the altar and our heroine realizes that he knows this debacle is her fault.

If you’ve never had a chance to read this author, then this is a perfect book to introduce her to you. I promise you’ll find the plot interesting, characters entertaining and the dialogue witty and charming. And let’s not forget those love scenes which will get your blood pumping! Recommending it to all Regency lovers, and especially those who love a man in a kilt!

Melanie for b2b

*Book provided by publisher through NetGalley.

‘Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick’ by Deb Marlowe

UMH DMSTORY: Adopting the guise of a buttoned-up spinster is nothing new for Chloe Hardwick. But under the watchful eye of her unnervingly handsome employer, the Marquess of Marland, for the first time Chloe yearns to be unbuttoned! Yet he sees her only as his assistant, the efficient Hardwick—not as Chloe the woman.

Determined to escape Braedon’s cold detachment, Chloe leaves. And when he pursues her to London, determined to entice her back, Braedon is utterly unprepared for what he finds there—the real Chloe Hardwick…

REVIEW: The novel opens as Braedon Denning, the seventh Marquess of Marland returns home after spending some time abroad, to find that this “Mr.Hardwick” (upon whom he’s been relying during his absence to oversee building a new wing to Castle Denning which would allow him to better display and protect his vast collection of rare and antique weapons), is actually a woman.

Chloe Hardwick, the adopted daughter of George Hardwick who has passed away from a wasting illness some sixteen months ago, has lived at Castle Denning while learning everything from her father before he passed away. The knowledge, contacts and capabilities she acquired were unsurpassed.  

While Chloe is nervous at finally meeting the Marquess, she is cool and calm as she explains the changes and improvements that have been made during his absence.  Although impressed at Chloe’s capabilities, he is unimpressed at her almost manly clothes and dress with lots of buttons, rather like a gentleman’s morning coat.

The cold detachment with which Braedon continually treats Chloe results in her decision to leave Castle Denning and journey to London.  However, with her absence, things are not running smoothly at the estate.

Therefore, the Marquess decides to go to London to see if he can entice Chloe to return. When he meets her again, he is enthralled with the beautiful woman he finds.  She has begun to dress in a more feminine way and he becomes smitten.

While in London, Braedon and Chloe team up in their quest to find and buy the very rare and valuable weapon known as Skanda’s Spear to add to Braedon’s collection.  They are up against some dangerous and unscrupulous people who wish to find and own the spear as well.  These foes will stop at nothing to keep Braedon and Chloe from getting the Spear.

I found this novel to be a bit difficult to follow at times.  I simply did not care for the character of Braedon as his cold and detached manner hardly seemed to change throughout the novel. However, I am sure that readers that enjoy learning about antique weaponry, wouldn’t mind reading it.

Connie Fischer for b2b

‘The Hawk’ by Monica McCarty

TH MMcCSTORY: Handpicked by Robert the Bruce to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule, the elite warriors of the Highland Guard face their darkest days.

When Bruce is forced to flee, his bid for freedom rests on the shoulders of one extraordinary warrior. Erik MacSorley is a brilliant seafarer who has never encountered a wind he could not harness or a woman he could not win—until he drags a wet, half-naked “nursemaid” out of the waters off the Irish coast.

Ellie’s ordinary appearance belies the truth: She is in fact Lady Elyne de Burgh, the spirited daughter of the most powerful noble in Ireland.Worse, this irresistible woman is determined to prove herself immune to Erik’s charms—a challenge he cannot resist.

Her captor may look every inch a rugged warrior, but Ellie vows that it will take more than a wickedly suggestive caress to impress her. Yet Erik will sweep away Ellie’s resistance with a desire that resonates deep within her heart. Still, he is a man driven by loyalty, and she is a woman with secrets that could jeopardize Bruce’s chance to reclaim his throne. As the battle for king and country sounds across the shores, will Ellie’s love be enough to finally tame the legend known as the Hawk?

REVIEW: This is #2 in the Highland Guard series.
I am loving all these Highland Guards but Hawk is my favorite so far. This story starts out three months after Robert Bruce is crowned King of Scotland at Scone Abbey. King Edward has squashed the rebellion and the Pope has excommunicated the Bruce for murdering his rival who turned on him. Many have refused to follow the Bruce and ten warriors, his secret Guard, are what stands between his failure and his life. Kind Edward is showing no mercy and these warriors will risk everything for the freedom of Scotland.Eric “Hawk” MacSorley is chosen because of his excellent swimming abilities and his sailing skills plus the fact the man knows no fear. He is also a magnificent specimen of a man, in my opinion.Ellie is the daughter of the Earl of Ulster. She’s betrothed to a man that she has no connection with but realizes her sister and the man have a chemistry. Ellie has taken her siblings under her wing after her mother’s death and her sister, Mattie, tells her she has became dull and boring, that she isn’t happy-go-lucky like she used to be so challenges Ellie to join in some festivities that involve swimming in the freezing waters.While she’s swimming she goes to a cave where she is found by some mercenaries. They believe she has overheard their conversation and attempt to take her and kill her. Hawk saves her by telling the mercenaries that he will dispose of her after they have their “fun” with her. That way there isn’t a body to be found had the mercenaries killed her.

The last thing either want is to want the other. She has no interest in him and she isn’t what he normally looks for in a woman. They both feel this tingling shock when they touch. She finds him entrancing but looks down her nose at him. All he sees is this waif but there’s something that draws him to her. It is driving him crazy that she is immune to his smiles and banter.

He thinks she is nursemaid to The Earl of Ulster and when he finds out who she is he understands the risk he has put the Bruce’s mission in by keeping her with him. He takes her back home and almost gets himself captured until she tells him to “go” and she lies for him giving him time to escape.

I felt such heartache for them as they try to find their HEA. This story is one of danger, death, fight for life, learning to let go, and finding an honest and pure love with one of the most amazing love scenes I’ve ever read.

Monica McCarty is definitely an auto buy for me!

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‘The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After’ by Julia Quinn

TBHEA JQSTORY: Once upon a time, a historical romance author created a family . . .

But not just any family. Eight brothers and sisters, assorted in-laws, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews (not to mention an overweight corgi) plus an irrepressible matriarch who’s a match for any of them . . . These are the Bridgertons: less a family than a force of nature. Through eight bestselling novels, readers laughed, cried, and fell in love. But they wanted more.

And so the readers asked the author . . .

What happens next? Does Simon ever read his father’s letters? Do Francesca and Michael become parents? Who would win in a Pall Mall grudge match?

Does “The End” really have to be the end?

Now, with The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, Julia Quinn delivers eight sexy, funny, and heartwarming “2nd Epilogues” plus a bonus story about none other than the wise and witty matriarch Violet Bridgerton herself. So get to know the Bridgertons all over again—because Happily Ever After is a whole lot of fun.

REVIEW: Julia Quinn originally began the first of 8 books in the Bridgerton Family Series in 2000 and finished them in 2006.  (The list is below.)

Like many other readers, I was hooked from the first one to the last.  Each book centered on the life of a different member of the Bridgerton family in their quest to find love and their own happy ever after.  

Evidently, many readers who truly loved these characters asked Julia Quinn to sum up what happened to them later in life, so she has written a second epilogue to bring closure, if you will, to the entire family saga.  Thus, “The Bridgertons:  Happily Ever After” was written.  

Each section is devoted to one of the books in the series, from the first to the last.  In addition, in response to a request by so many readers for more information about the character  Violet, she has included a novella about her.  

As warned by Ms. Quinn, you must have read each novel for it to make sense to you.  That is where I am somewhat at odds with how I feel in general about this summation.  Ideally, a reader will have read these 8 novels, one after the other, and then read the HEA wrap-up.  Perhaps it’s because I don’t have a photographic memory, but reading the books over a period of 6 years has meant that I’ve tended to forget a lot about each plot.  Therefore, while the wrap-up novel is a good idea for readers who remember every novel perfectly, for me it wasn’t much of a help.

Having said that, I must say that Julia Quinn has once again written a typically interesting book; spiked with her signature humor, this concludes the series very well for the average reader. 

Book 1: The Duke and I 

Book 2: The Viscount Who Loved Me
Book 3: An Offer From A Gentleman
Book 4: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton 
Book 5: To Sir Phillip, With Love
Book 6: When He Was Wicked 
Book 7: It’s In His Kiss
Book 8: On The Way to the Wedding

I look forward to more novels from Ms. Quinn and while many readers prefer series novels, I have to say that I like the stand alone ones and hope she gets back into that arena again.

Reviewed by: Connie Fischer

Book provided by the publisher through Edelweis.

Sam Heughan IS James Fraser!

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YES! It’s true! We have us a flesh and blood James Fraser in Sam Heughan!

This just in from DG’s FB page:

“I am UTTERLY delighted to be able to tell you that Sam Heughan is officially _confirmed_ as Jamie Fraser, for the new Starz cable-TV series!

Official press release/photo will be along shortly, I’m told. Meanwhile, I asked Sam how to pronounce his last name–just for starters <g>, to which he replied:

“HEW-an is good or if you can, insert the Scottish throat clearing/spitting sound in the middle… HewCH-an.
Hard to get right first time without spraying close friends with saliva.”

(For those of you wondering whether he can say “Sassenach” properly…)”

First time I saw him was last year in a Christmas Hallmark Movie playing Prince Ashton in “A Princess for Christmas” and he was just too cute!

Here’s what’s out there about him….

Sam Heughan is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he was a 2003 nominee for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performance for his work in the program. Last year, he originated the role of Batman in the DC/Warner Brothers and Waterlane production of “Batman Live,” an international tour which opened at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles and went on to tour in South America and throughout Europe.

In 2010, he was nominated for a British Soap Award for “Villain of the Year” for his role as Scott Neilson in the BBC soap opera “Doctors.” He has also had roles in a range of television series including, “River City,” “Island at War,” “The Wild West,” “Midsomer Murders,” and, most recently, “Any Human Heart” as Lieutenant McStay. His TV movie credits include, “Breaking the Mould” for BBC Television, “A Very British Sex Scandal” for Channel 4 and “First Light” for BBC2.

He was nominated for a “Grace award” for his performance as Prince Ashton, the son of Sir Roger Moore, in “A Princess for Christmas” for Hallmark Channel. His film credits include the short film Small Moments, and the feature films Alexander the Great from Macedonia and Emulsion. He will also be seen in the upcoming film Heart of Lightness. On stage, Heughan has performed at a variety of theatres in such productions as “King John,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Vortex,” “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and more. At the Royal Scottish Academy, Heughan starred in productions including “Crime & Punishment,” “The Seagull,” and “Prometheus Bound.” He is repped by United Talent Agency in the US and United Agents in the UK.

Here’s more about the production of the series [this WILL be a series and not a pilot, not a mini-series! 16 Episodes for the first season, which means a book per season! just imagine! we have 7 books so far and the 8th is on its way next year! it’s up to us to make sure it’s picked up for season 2, 3…and so forth!]

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“The series adaptation for “Outlander” will be written by Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). Ronald D. Moore and Jim Kohlberg are executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. The series will begin filming in Scotland this fall.”

When the author Diana Gabaldon is quoted as saying:

“Oh. My. God. That man is a Scot to the bone and Jamie Fraser to the heart. Having seen Sam Heughan not just act, but be Jamie, I feel immensely grateful to the production team for their painstaking attention to the soul of the story and characters.”

– then by God he is!

And here is an excerpt from OUTLANDER, just to remind you how good these two are, as if you can forget it, right?!

“Because I wanted you.” He turned from the window to face me. “More than I ever wanted anything in my life,” he added softly. I continued staring at him, dumbstruck. Whatever I had been expecting, it wasn’t this. Seeing my open mouthed expression, he continued lightly.

“When I asked my da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt. And I didn’t. When I woke in the dark under that tree on the road to Leoch, with you sitting on my chest, cursing me for bleeding to death, I said to myself, ‘Jamie Fraser, for all ye canna see what she looks like, and for all she weighs as much as a good draft horse, this is the woman’”

I started toward him, and he backed away, talking rapidly. “I said to myself, ‘She’s mended ye twice in as many hours, me lad; life… amongst the MacKenzies being what it is, it might be as well to wed a woman as can stanch a wound and set broken bones.’ And I said to myself, ‘Jamie, lad, if her touch feels so bonny on your collarbone, imagine what it might feel like lower down…’”

He dodged around a chair. “Of course, I thought it might ha’ just been the effects of spending four months in a monastery, without benefit of female companionship, but then that ride through the dark together”–he paused to sigh theatrically, neatly evading my grab at his sleeve–”with that lovely broad arse wedged between my thighs”–he ducked a blow aimed at his left ear and sidestepped, getting a low table between us–”and that rock-solid head thumping me in the chest”–a small metal ornament bounced off his own head and went clanging to the floor–”I said to myself…”

He was laughing so hard at this point that he had to gasp for breath between phrases. ”Jamie…I said…for all she’s a Sassenach bitch…with a tongue like an adder’s …with a bum like that…what does it matter if she’s a f-face like a sh-sh-eep?” I tripped him neatly and landed on his stomach with both knees as he hit the floor with a crash that shook the house.

”You mean to tell me that you married me out of love?” I demanded. He raised his eyebrows, struggling to draw in breath. “Have I not…just been…saying so?”

So, all you Outlander fans, spread the news! We need to show Sam and Diana our support! We are over 20 million strong and growing!

Sam’s Tweeter is: https://twitter.com/Heughan =  #JamieFraser ‎#Outlander

Here are places you can show support to Diana Gabaldon / Website / Facebook / Tweeter

If you’ve never read any of her books, then it’s time you start! You can get them on Amazon or a book store near you.

*gotta give credit for the above picture to The Good, The Bad and the Unread Blog. I’m not sure where they got it, but boy it IS perfect!

Spotlight on Victoria Vane and…

THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES

A Wild Night’s Bride  (Ned and Phoebe’s story- romantic romp)

AWNB VVBOOK BLURB: What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake?

She’s a lonely lady down on her luck: Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis, is a struggling Covent Garden actress with a bruised heart and a closely guarded secret.

He’s steadfast and eminently respectable:  Sir Edward Chambers, Ned to his intimates, is guilt-ridden over his beloved wife’s death and avowed to live out a rustic and mundane life … of celibacy.

With the devil in charge — there will surely be hell to pay: Devil in disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere, is determined to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. His meddling machinations result in a night of mind-blowing passion after which “dull dog Ned” awakes to find himself in the King of England’s bed!

EXCERPT: here

MINI REVIEW: The first time I ever read this author was under her pseudonym of Emery Lee and the book was ‘Fortune’s Son’. My review of it is here. Since I liked her style and voice, I thought to try her other books, under her Victoria Vane pseudonym.

In this first book of the DeVere Series, she has a couple that no one in their right mind would put together, let alone have them fall for each other, and that is why this romance works.

The story never takes itself too seriously and through its witty dialogue achieves what it’s set out to do: entertain, titillate and intrigue.

The author cleverly spreads a few ‘crumbs’ throughout the story about Devil DeVere that a reader is left with too many questions to now abandon the series, therefore compelling one to follow the trail into the next book.

If you’re looking for a faced paced, funny and very sensual series this summer, this will, without a doubt, fill the bill. Highly recommended.

TVH VVBOOK BLURB: Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants…Coddled and pampered, since her mother’s death, Lady Vesta Chambers is beside herself when her father goes to London to prepare for her come-out and returns with a young bride of his own. With her world turned upside down, Vesta accompanies her godmother, Diana, to town, where she is smitten the moment she lays eyes on a certain captain of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons.

But when the object of her passion has eyes for another… it’s time to take matters in hand..

Captain Hewett DeVere, younger brother and heir to Viscount Ludovic ”The Devil” DeVere, has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down to a quiet and respectable life. But when the handsome and straight-laced captain turns his eyes toward the widowed Diana, Vesta is prepared to take devilish measures to prove to prove to Hew once and for all that she is no longer a little girl, but a woman with the passion of …a huntress.

EXCERPT: here

MINI REVIEW: This is the second book in The Devil DeVere series and this couple was even more mismatched than the first! I think Ms. Vane thrives on this concept and deliberately plots her stories around these poor characters that have nothing whatsoever in common.

 

The hero is enamored with another woman, and the heroine is hell-bent in snatching him up for herself and blatantly pushing herself on him. I actually enjoyed the many, MANY plots our little virgin puts the hero through in order to show him how perfect she is for him.

Another fun and witty, as well as sensual, little romp. I do recommend they be read in order though.

 

TDYK VVBOOK BLURB: Who can Find a Virtuous Woman…Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley  has long resigned herself to her twelve-year loveless and childless marriage to a feckless husband…until his gambling pushes them to the brink of  financial ruin.

Sometimes the Devil is in Disguise…As a Gentleman…

Viscount Ludovic, “The Devil DeVere”, is a man accustomed to taking what he wants according to his whim and heedless of the cost…until he encounters a woman who won’t be had at any price.

When Dealing with the Devil, It’s Easy to be Burned…

When Diana discovers a secret that shatters the carefully built façade concealing her private pain, she seeks aid and comfort from the most unlikely place…the devil’s arms. But will a single night of heavenly passion damn them both forever?

EXCERPT: here

MINI REVIEW: This is the third book in the series, but it actually takes place before the other two books, and it gives us a look into Diana and Devil’s past. Once more she pairs a duo of characters that, on paper, should not be compatible, yet once they meet, the sparks fly and the tension this author builds is palpable.

We finally get to know and like Diana. I was surprised at how much I really liked her.As for our hero, he reveal  much about himself and not all of it to my liking. As in earlier books, Ms. Vane plots, paces and entertains well with this first part of Diana and Devil’s story.

To get the most out of this series, I strongly suggest it be read in order. It really gives you the dynamic of the players involved and especially this story which has a mystery plot in it.

TDM VVBOOK BLURB: When Burned Once …Arriving in London as her goddaughter’s chaperone, Baroness Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley wants to avoid her erstwhile lover at all costs. Once nearly consumed by passion, four years has reduced the former inferno to bitterness and ashes.

By An Old Flame… 

A world-weary master of seduction, Ludovic ”The Devil” DeVere is bored with his chosen life of debauchery. When Diana’s charge disappears, she is forced to seek help from the devil’s lair, and their mutual desire reignites with undeniable ferocity.

Fire Is Best Fought With Fire

While DeVere is hell-bent to have her back in his bed, Diana is equally determined to bring him to his knees…by acquiring some sensual secrets of her own.

EXCERPT: here

MINI REVIEW: This is the second part to the third book and Devil and Diana’s story. In this one, the author finally lets us, as well as Diana, see the heart of our hero. Diana finally realizes that this man is more than he lets people see, and we as readers realize that both hero and heroine are two very complex people who are meant to be together.

This was one of those happily ever after stories I was looking forward to and wasn’t disappointed.

The tension, as well as the sensual scenes, in this book is so well written that will leave you breathless.Throughout the series Ms. Vane has done an outstanding job in balancing characterization with plotting a fun, entertaining and interesting story. She enhanced each story with a witty dialogue that at times had me laugh out loud.

This is a must in the series!

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Victoria VaneAUTHOR BIO: Victoria Vane is an multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling and intensely erotic romance. Look for Victoria’s sexy new contemporary cowboy series coming in summer 2014.

A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane combines these elements to craft novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. 

Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

You can reach Ms. Vane at: Web Site / Facebook / Tweeter / Goodreads