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#Review of Reckless Need (Hearts Temptation #3) & Author Interview w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @scarscoromance

Reckless Need

by Scarlett Scott

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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BLURB:

A staid duke

Heath, the Duke of Devonshire, has been living a passionless life of penance after losing the woman he loved. Determined to do his duty, he’s in search of an innocent bride with a sterling reputation. A bride who’s nothing at all like Tia, Lady Stokey.

A bold lady

The Duke of Devonshire may be handsome, but he’s as boring as a bowl of porridge. Or so Tia thinks until he carries her to her chamber and undoes half her buttons while kissing her senseless.

A decadent desire

The moment he scoops the delectable Tia into his arms, Heath wants her in his bed, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her there. When they unleash the scandal of the century, they must face consequences that are deeper and far more dangerous to their hearts than either of them imagined. Will they find love, or was the reckless need between them doomed from the start?

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Excerpt Three:

He opened the door and froze on the threshold.

She was within, all right. And she was bloody well half-naked, standing before a crackling fire in nothing but her corset and chemise. Her lovely hair was unbound, hanging to her waist, her delicious curves on full display from nipped waist to lush hips and bosom.

Her gaze caught his. “Heath,” she said softly. “I should have expected it would be you.”

He wasn’t certain if she meant that in a good sense or in a bad sense. Belatedly becoming aware of the wind and rain at his back, he stepped all the way into the cabin and closed the door behind him.

“Are you injured?” he demanded, closing the distance between them easily.

Relief coursed through him, banishing the very real fear that had taken up residence within him ever since learning of her disappearance. He wanted to take her in his arms, but after their last discussion, he hardly knew where they stood.

She caught her lower lip between her teeth in that way she had that he already found mesmerizing. “Once again, I landed with an appalling lack of grace. I’m afraid my bad ankle rather bore the brunt of it.”

She convulsed with a violent shiver then, her teeth chattering. To hell with the walls she wanted to build between them. “You’re cold.” He shucked his wet coat and wrapped his arms around her, drawing her into the warmth of his body. She didn’t protest, snuggling against him like a little kitten. He tucked her head beneath his chin, the sweet perfume of violets wafting up to tease him. “Better?”

“I suppose it depends upon one’s definition of the word,” she quipped.

He was grateful that she didn’t seem at all rattled. She was herself, with a rapier-sharp tongue always at the ready. He’d never met a woman quite like her, and he was increasingly drawn to her despite his every good intention. “Are you warmer?” he clarified.

“A bit.” Her teeth chattered again. “How did you find me?”

“Luck.”Or perhaps a lack thereof, because surely the fates were laughing at him now.



Welcome Scarlett! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

 

Thank you so much for having me here! I’m a Pennsylvania girl, born and raised, and I have a wonderful Canadian husband who I lured here as well. We have adorable twin two-year-olds, which means our house is filled with chaos, laughter, and toys.

Is Reckless Need a single title, or part of a series?

It’s Book Three in the Heart’s Temptation series.

What were your inspirations for the story?

The work of British artist Edward Burne-Jones inspired me a great deal when I was researching for this book. His paintings are so lush and beautiful! The hero in Reckless Need, Heath, is an artist as well.

Please share your setting for Reckless Need. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

This book is set in Victorian England, and a great deal of it unfolds in the country. Sadly, I’ve never visited England yet though I do have it on my list of places to go!

When did the writing bug first bite?

I wrote my first “story” in first grade, complete with illustrations. Something about a princess and her castle, I think. And I never really stopped—just kept writing until I finished my first book at 14. Naturally, that book was awful, but I still have it!

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

I love Lisa Kleypas books! I have some of her old paperbacks on my Forever Shelf, but I also love her Ravenels and Wallflowers series.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

I’d invite my fellow indie published historical romance authors—so many of them are doing amazing things.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I like reading when I can sneak it in, but I also enjoy cooking, gardening, camping, and singing karaoke whenever I have the time.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I had to think about this one for a while. This might sound gruesome, but the strangest thing I’ve ever seen is a shrunken human head on exhibit in a museum. It’s frightening and surreal all at the same time.  

What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

I think the most important thing an aspiring writer can do is to do her homework and learn everything there is to know about writing from the craft to the publishing end of things. There’s no such thing as learning and knowing too much, and researching before you jump is going to prevent you from making decisions you later regret. Also, don’t forget to be kind and supportive to your fellow writers!

My, my.  It’s been a while since I’ve read a really spicy historical romance.  And I’m glad that it was this one.  I’m really beginning to enjoy reading historicals again.  Especially the ones that I have picked up later.  I don’t have to read about parties, the ton, and endless other things that I couldn’t care a fig about.  😉

What sets this apart from the pack are the characters and the pasts that both of them have to overcome to get the HEA.  Heath is dealing with the death of his betrothed from years ago and Tia is dealing with finally falling in love.  Their back stories are interesting and I’m glad that Heath’s included art.  The scenes surrounding his art were emotional and hot.  I know, right?  I won’t go into in the review, but painting for Heath is a big part of who he was and who Tia wishes he still was, in a sense.  The way she defies him but it is totally done out of her love for him.  *swoon*  Too bad, it takes it badly.

Throughout the book, we see the growth that they need to have to finally admit that they truly love each other.  Now, the beginning of the book is beyond hot, sensual, and the banter between them is some of the best that I have read in a historical romance.  Yes, it’s that good.  Plus, the cabin scene is arguably one of the best scenes written, contemporary or historical.  The emotions, dialogue, and setting are just pure perfection.

Ms. Scott has written a sensual tale of two people that on paper shouldn’t be together but can’t fight the love that they have for each other.  Of course, now that I have had a taste of Helen’s story, I have to read it.  I realize that the review is a bit short but I don’t want to ruin the book for you.  It’s just that good.  You must go and read this book.  If you like it on the spicier side, its for you.  If you want true character growth and depth, this book is for you.  If you want to see two stubborn people fall in love…then yes, the book is for you.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award-winning author Scarlett Scott writes historical and contemporary romance with heat, heart, and happily ever afters. Since publishing her first book in 2010, she has become a wife, mother to adorable identical twins and one TV-loving dog, and a killer karaoke singer. Well, maybe not the last part, but that’s what she’d like to think.

A self-professed literary junkie and nerd, she loves reading anything but especially romance novels, poetry, and Middle English verse. When she’s not reading, writing, wrangling toddlers, or camping, you can catch up with her on her website www.scarsco.com. Hearing from readers never fails to make her day.

Scarlett’s complete book list and information about upcoming releases can be found on her website, www.scarsco.com.

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Reviews, Thoughts

#Movie Review of Wonder Woman

Most people don’t know this about me but I’m passionate about comic books. I was devasted when they killed Superman and I still have nightmares about it. When I watch the new Superman movies, I basically hold my breath. Of course, in the last movie, Batman vs. Superman, I cried. It was awful. But I digress. I could argue the differences about Marvel and DC but it comes down to taste. Marvel is the light and DC is the dark. My kid (son) LOVES Aquaman. He buys the graphic novels and devours them. And yes, when Justice League comes out, we are seeing it.

Steve Trevor/Chris Pine *swoon*

Personally, I’m more of DC person.  Sure, Captain America is the BOMB, Thor is pretty and Black Widow kicks ass but Superman and Batman are my first loves.  The loves that no matter who plays them (well, George Clooney was awful and Christopher Reeve will forever be my Superman) are part of my childhood.  I’m a firm believer in good always wins out over evil.  When I saw Batman vs Superman, I was excited.  Hubs hated the movie but the kid and I loved it.  I’m a HUGE fan of Affleck so I couldn’t wait to see his take on Batman/Bruce Wayne and then we were introduced to Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.  Gal nailed it so going into her own movie, I was excited plus, Chris Pine.  *swoon*

He is actually the love interest for Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.  The banter between them throughout the movie is spot on.  Flirty, intelligent and swoon worthy.  Theirs is a slow build based on respect for one another and friendship.  In most action movies, the love interest is a sidekick but in this movie,  Steve plays a very important part in Diana’s growth as a person and ultimately, Wonder Woman.  No spoilers but you can definitely see the love between these two.  You can tell that Gal, the woman, is smitten with Chris.  Who wouldn’t be?  Plus, how often does the man actually get “saved” by the woman?

I realize that most women took their daughters to see this movie to show them that women are and can be empowered.  Unfortunately or fortunately for me, I don’t need Wonder Woman to make me feel empowered as a woman.  There, I said it.  I was raised by some very strong women that had to persevere just to get where they were in life.  These women empowered me.  Let me show you:

Left – Aunt Janie (maternal) Right – Stephenie (her daughter/cousin)

My Aunt Janie is a two-time breast cancer survivor.  Her husband, my uncle, had prostate cancer and dementia.  His prostate cancer came back.  She and Stephenie made the hardest decision of their lives.  Not telling him and then foregoing treatment.  He ultimately died last summer and it was the hardest thing that these two women had to deal with.  I found strength in their resolve and humor.  Stephenie is the older sister that I never had and my Aunt Janie is godmother.  They both have always believed in me, never judged and loved me for who and what I am.  Plus, Stephenie told me NEVER to waste mascara.  No one likes a raccoon.  Plus, I learned the finer things in life like cruising in a small town, Heart, Van Halen, Kiss and Kansas.  Just saying…

Nanny
paternal grandmother

Nanny, my nanny.  The one person in this world that never doubted me.  Loved me no matter what and I still miss her each and every day.  Born in Oklahoma during the land rush and raised by an Irish man and a step mother that hated her, she made something of herself.  Her Choctaw mother died when she was 7 so she basically raised herself.  She never missed a day of school and got her college degree when she was 60 years old.  Art major, minor English.  She taught me to believe in myself when my own mother didn’t, manners matter and love with your whole heart.  I guess that’s why I didn’t get married until I was 37.  She and my grandfather built a business from the ground up (Abstracts/Title company) and worked until she was almost 90.  My cousin runs the business now and is doing well.  She lost her husband when she was 65 years old to lung cancer and she never showed it as a reason to stop living.  In fact, she went fly fishing once and loved it.  Went back almost every year just because.  She learned to keep going no matter what.  She was surrounded by her many friends and family which gave her the strength to keep going.  When I got the call that she died, I was devasted.  She died at the age of 94.  I remember the church filled to capacity when I led the casket out of the church.  The day is still somewhat a blur but I do remember being the strength that my cousins needed that day.  She loved my husband from the very first time she met him.  And Brian (the kid) was the light of her eyes.  I am the oldest grandchild and I was spoiled.  Who gives a 13-year-old a fur coat from Neiman Marcus?  She did.  For Christmas.  Seriously.  *shakes head*  She was my strength when I doubted myself.  I learned from her to NEVER give up.  She didn’t and I vow that I will finish my college degree…just like she did.

So why this in the middle of the movie review?  Because I didn’t see the movie to be empowered.  I’m already empowered.  I don’t need a movie to teach me that.  However, I did want my son to see it to show him that woman can be strong in whatever they set out to accomplish.  I’m trying not to raise an asshole, jerk, male that sees the worth in all women.  He has only seen me cry a couple of times in his life and it scared him.  I am strong because of him and for him.  I’m actually not a feminist.  I wasn’t raised as one but I do believe that woman can do anything that men can do and sometimes better.  I know, I’m weird.  I was raised that family/home comes first.  Your greatest achievement is your family.  Work comes second.  I still believe that and I realize that’s very old fashioned but hey, it’s me.

 

Another thing, when I saw Robin Wright, I remembered Jenny from Forrest Gump.  I have never seen The Princess Bride, so my take on her is limited.  I remember how she was in Forrest Gump.  A bit lost but in the end strong.  Stronger because of the love that Forrest had for her since childhood.  Connie Neilsen kicked butt, too.  The fight/action scenes were top notch.  And yes, I know that a woman directed the movie and she did an awesome job.  The villains were necessary not just in the plot but for Diana/Wonder Women to realize why she decided to leave the island.  Let’s not forget that the men in the movie aren’t just window dressing.  It’s refreshing to see that they need saving, not the other way around.

This is a powerful movie that has it all.  Swoon worthing romance (that makes sense and defines our heroine), the action that is breathtaking, villains to hate, costumes that I would kill for and a plot that actually makes sense.  I know…a superhero movie that actually makes sense.  All the elements are there and there is never a lack of pacing.  Ms. Jenkins got it all right in the end and I applaud Warner Brothers and DC for taking a chance on her and Gal Gadot.  I can’t wait to see it again and own the DVD.

 

 

 

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#Review of Only A Viscount Will Do (To Marry a Rogue #3) by Tamara Gill w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Tamara_Gill

Only a Viscount Will Do

by Tamara Gill
To Marry a Rogue #3
Publication Date: May 22, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

Lady Alice Worthingham never conforms to Society’s norms. Ever. She loves adventure, new experiences, and approaches life with a sassy attitude Society can take or leave. But even for her, robbery by a highwayman is a bit much.

Lord Arndel, Lady Alice’s neighbor, is playing a dangerous game—acting the proper viscount by day and the Surrey Bandit by night. And to brazenly steal from the woman who’s captured his attention is no mean feat, or the wisest of moves.

When Lady Alice learns the truth, the viscount finds that when a well-bred woman seeks revenge, she’ll make a gentleman thief pay for his crimes with everything…including his heart.

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EXCERPT #2

She pulled back and stepped out of his arms altogether. Callum let her go with regret and consoled himself with the fact that her eyes looked heavy with desire and, if he wasn’t incorrect, a little awe.

“I shouldn’t have done that.”

“Why not?” He shrugged, the action in some way releasing his taut muscles. “You’re not worried about your reputation, are you? I thought you were a highwaywoman and nothing else.”

“I am, but I’m also a woman who should not have done that.”

“Are you a woman of rank?” Callum watched are her eyes darkened in warning. He smirked. “Preferably, I would like you to come back here and do it again.” Her mouth opened on a gasp, and he strode up to her, clasped her face, and kissed her hard, quick, and deep, before pulling back and bowing. “I hope we see each other again.”

Alice nodded and walking over to her horse in what looked like a daze, mounted quickly, and joined her sister. “I’m sure we will, Lord Arndel, and sooner than you’d like, if you continue this type of thieving lifestyle. Do I make myself clear?”

“Very,” he said, watching as the women turned their mounts and cantered down the road before turning into the trees. Callum swore, running a hand through his hair. For all his teasing of the little minx, she’d still run off with his portable blunt and now he would have to send word to London and notify those his deceased cousin owed money to, that the debt would not be paid. Not with the jewels that had been required, at least. Damn it!

What is there NOT to love about this book?  It has the voice of a contemporary, set in Regency England.  I know, it sounds confusing but read the book and you will see what I mean.  Our heroine, Alice has no problem shoting a gun, wearing men’s clothes and all around being very unconventional.  I really liked her from the beginning.  The start of the book was funny.  She didn’t back down with Surrey Bandit, even when she found out it was Callum.

Callum, in the beginning, is very much the tease.  I loved how he knew, as the Surrey Bandit, that Alice was Alice and the guilt that he put on himself for putting her in that position.  He had morals regardless of what he was doing to his neighbors.  It was a tough thing for him to reconcile.  And he never once thought that Alice would figure it out, much less exact her own plot to make him an honest man.

The banter between them is delicious, sweet and sexy.  Ms. Gill never misses a beat with them.  If I had one complaint, it took like forever for them to get together.  LOL!  The buildup is smooth, the what ifs perfection, too.  And having Alice confide in her sister was brilliant.  Of course, we had to have a true villain but they are not revealed until almost the end of the book.  And the climax of the book?  NEVER saw that coming.  Ms. Gill once again shows us that a historical writer can keep a reader guessing until the very end.

I can not recommend this book any higher.  It’s pure perfection.  Funny, sassy, sweet, sexy, and relatable.  I need to go back and read the other two books.

ABOUT TAMARA GILL

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentleman in the making, a future lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

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