#Review and Playlist of Distracting the Duke (Wayward in Wessex #1) by Elizabeth Keysian w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Distracting the Duke

by Elizabeth Keysian
Publication Date: February 20, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

Devonshire, England, 1820

Determined to avoid the strife-filled marriage of his parents, Marcus, the Duke of Ulvercombe, wants an amenable, biddable wife, and has set his cap for a certain pretty miss. Unfortunately, her vastly opinionated, frustrating, and lamentably beautiful guardian, Lady Clara Tinniswood, keeps distracting him, tempting him to consider a far more tempestuous—and passionate—union.

Recently widowed Lady Clara Tinniswood wants only to organize a quiet new life for herself, beyond the control of any man. But one shockingly unguarded moment while confronted by Marcus’s gloriously naked body catapults her headlong into a forbidden passion and threatens to undermine all her well-laid plans.

Even if Marcus abandons his sweet ideal and surrenders to his growing desire for Clara, there’s one unalterable issue which could destroy their hopes forever…

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MUSIC PLAYLIST for DISRACTING THE DUKE with commentary by author Elizabeth Keysian

  1. 1. The Kiss by Trevor Jones from Last of the Mohicans movie soundtrack–  it floats me away and I travel back in time to the Eighteenth Century
  1. What a Beautiful Day by The Levellers– catchy and uplifting
  1. The Firth of Fifth by Genesis– just an amazing piano instrumental
  1. The Bells of Rhymney by Oysterband– stirs the blood
  1. Mr. Blue Sky by ELO– a cheering reminder of the fun parts of my teenage years!
  1. No Man’s Land by June Tabor– I can’t sing this without a catch in my throat and a tear in my eye. 
  1. Amoureuse by Kiki Dee– evokes the magic of “The First Time”
  1. Ramble On by Led Zeppelin– departure and loss
  1. Blowin’ Free by Wishbone Ash– poetic and atmospheric
  1. Thank You by Led Zeppelin– eternal love
  1. Lady Fantasy by Camel– love, magic and atmosphere- something every good HEA romance should have!

EXCERPT #2

 

Clara crept softly across the carpet of pine needles until she came to where a rivulet split the dunes on its way down to the sea, and halted. She caught sight of Ulvercombe standing at the water’s edge with his back to her, hands on his hips.

She stepped aside swiftly, her heart beating hard. She would have to hide behind one of the dunes to avoid being seen, if he should turn round. Fortunately, the tide was still some way out and he was thus a considerable distance away, giving her time to make her escape if he spotted her.

Plucking off the old shawl she was wearing, she spread it over the grass-matted dune, then lay down on her stomach so only her head—with the telescope pressed to her eye—might be seen. Hopefully, with the waving sea grasses fanning across in front of her, she was well-hidden from any casual observer.

Eventually, she managed to locate Ulvercombe with the glass, and when she did her mouth dropped open in shock. In the time she’d taken to settle herself, he’d stripped off boots, stockings, jacket, and breeches, and now stood in nothing but his shirt, looking out to sea.

Clearly, the man had every expectation of being alone, and had no idea he was being covertly observed. It was early in the morning, it was his beach, his pine forest, his sand. She should back away and return to the house as quickly as possible.

A small attempt to move was made, but then he pulled his shirt over his head and she was transfixed.

The muscles rippled across his shoulders and she recalled, far too quickly, the feel of that hot body pressed against hers.

“Drat it!” The glass lens against her face had misted.

Crossly, she rubbed it with a corner of her shawl, and scanned the beach again until she found the duke.

The completely naked duke.

Her breath hitched in her throat. “Sweet Lord in heaven…”

It was not the splendid symmetry of his body, nor the very pleasing curve of his buttocks, nor even the straightness and supple power of his legs that had elicited her exclamation of shock.

It was the scars.

She hadn’t seen the backs of his thighs when he’d disrobed that day in his bedchamber. Now she could see them very clearly, and she could also see a complex pattern of pale, crisscross lines etched across the skin. They were scars, surely?

Had he received them in battle or in some horrible accident? Had he been taken prisoner and tortured by the French? Maybe he’d been involved in a fire and something hot had branded him thus.

The chance to observe the marks more closely was abruptly removed as the duke, who had been walking straight out into the waves, suddenly dove in with a splash and began swimming out to sea with deft, powerful strokes.

She shuddered. The water must be absolutely freezing. How could he stand it?

“Good morning, Lady Tinniswood. A very fine one, is it not?”

And so my love affair with historicals now is still intact.  Every historical that I have read lately has been awesome.  And they have all been so different from each other, too.  I won’t go into why historicals are so much a hit and miss with me so I’ll just share with you why Clara and Marcus just rocked in my book.

  1.  Clara – I can’t even imagine what she went through with her first husband.  The abuse, the horror, and then finally the ultimate betrayal.  Again, I can’t even…but what I truly liked about her was the fact that she would actually admit it to Marcus.  Of course, she felt shame but when she realized that Marcus was nothing like her dead husband learned to trust him, it was golden.  She also stood up to him.  He wanted someone biddable but what he got was her.  Brilliant dialogue when they were together.
  2. Marcus – What a revelation.  He was kind, a little bit backhanded (in a good way) and once his heart was set on Clara, he wouldn’t take no for an answer.  I loved how he wound up testing her when it came to her fears but Ms. Keysian wrote it brilliantly.  Again, it is her dialogue between the characters that had me from the very first page.  Marcus had NO shame when it came to showing Clara his body.  The above scene had me giggling.  He never forgot that she was a widow but what he didn’t realize at the time was how traumatized she was from her first marriage.
  3. The smexy times are NOT plentiful but the build up is SO worth it.  Ms. Keysian had me fanning myself at times and that was before the dead was actually done.  Well played, well played.
  4. The secondary characters are wonderfully written.  I can’t wait to read about Ellie and Snetty.  Oh, my…If I had one complaint, I didn’t like Clara’s brother Phillip in the beginning.  He kinda came off as a shrew.  I understand the why but I still didn’t like him that much.
  5. The setting – I’m a sucker for England and especially the English countryside.  Like another English author I know, she knows what she writes about when it comes to the setting of the book.

Did I mention that not once, NOT ONCE in the book was bored with the ton.  This is a character driven novel about two people that shouldn’t fall in love with each but do.  The getting there is half the fun of the book and I have to say that I don’t even know what Clara wore in the book.  She had a bonnet, a shawl, and a thin summer cotton nightgown.  Why do I mention this?  Because I didn’t have to skip a bunch of paragraphs/pages with all the details that bore me to death.  Again, characters are key for me in a historical romance and Ms. Keysian wrote it that way.  Of course, I don’t think I’ll look at skinny dipping the same way again.

Do yourself a favor and buy this book.  Just for me, please.  You will not be disappointed at all.  It has all the romance of a historical, some family issues but now the filler that irritates so much.

 

ABOUT ELIZABETH KEYSIAN

Elizabeth Keysian felt destined to write historical romance due to her Cornish descent, and an ancestral connection to the Norse god Odin. Being an only child gave her plenty of time to read, create imaginary worlds, produce her own comics, and write sketches and a deplorably bad musical for an amateur dramatics group.

Three decades spent working in museums and archaeology fired Elizabeth’s urge to write, as did living on a Knights Templar estate, with a garage full of skeletons, a resident ghost and a moat teeming with newts.

Elizabeth lives near Bath in England with her partner and cats.

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#Review of First Comes Desire (Pirates Prize) by Tina Donahue w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

First Comes Desire

by Tina Donahue

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GENRE: Erotic Historical

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BLURB:

On a lush, secluded island, one passionate adventure leads to another….

Diana Fletcher means business. The beautiful, innocent, reverend’s daughter has traveled all the way to a tropical island off Madagascar on a mission: To find her brother—and to punish the man who drove him to a life of piracy. But when she comes face to face with the enemy in question, the handsome, powerfully seductive man is not at all what Diana expected…

Tristan Kent never intended to harm Diana’s brother. A man of humble origins, Tristan claims he tried to save him from another ruthless captain. Diana is desperate to believe he is telling the truth…and that the intoxicating desire that escalates between them is true as well. But can she trust him? Or is Tristan’s story—and his heart—nothing more than fool’s gold? Amid the haze of sensual delights and soaring ecstasy Tristan has in store for her, all will be revealed…

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Excerpt Three:

Tristan advanced so quickly Diana had to step back and ran into the wall.

He pulled her close. “You shan’t have time for a lover. I intend to keep you quite busy.”

His mouth was on hers, his kiss possessive and hard. Not even a moan could have escaped her. He used her fully, with a husband’s right, and pressed his lean hips into hers, making certain she knew his arousal, her duty to satisfy him for as long as he desired.

She yielded. Not from fear but the feelings he stirred. She didn’t want to wound him, nor did she want him to hurt her.

At last, he seemed to understand. His kiss grew tender and exploring, then finally torrid. Their tongues battled to see which one would fill the other’s mouth. She won a few times and so did he, the bawdy sounds they made proving satisfaction.

When they’d finished, he looked sheepish.

Not knowing what to say, she stroked his cheek, careful not to touch the scratches she’d given him.

Smiling, he captured her hand, led her down the hall past numerous rooms, and stopped at the last. He pushed the door open and escorted her inside.

Polished white marble covered the floor, the same as in the hall, the ceilings high, windows large, facing trees and a clearing to show the distant water. It sparkled blue-green, matching the silk sheets on the large mahogany bed.

Never had she witnessed anything as imposing or as inviting. Given what had transpired between her and Tristan in the hall, she had no doubt what would soon happen in here. Their bedchamber for all time.

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Ever read a book, closed it and actually didn’t know how you were going to review it?  Yep, that’s me right now.  You are probably thinking that I didn’t like the book.  Well, I did but it wasn’t what I expected.  I expected more piracy or swashbuckling but instead was treated to a lush romantic story.

Tristian is/was a pirate but had decided to leave the life for good.  Diana had been on the hunt for him for a year because she thought that he had kidnapped her younger brother.  When they meet, I actually had to chuckle.  I know, Ms. Donahue probably didn’t write it that way but I loved Diana’s spunk and feistiness when it came to Tristian.  I also liked how Tristian treated her.  He teased her, aroused her but it was never cruel.  Unfortunately, Diana didn’t see it that way but that’s what makes the whole meeting that good.  At least for me.

Tristian had a rough life and there were things that he had done in the past that he wasn’t proud of but he was proud of his home, the islanders, Peter, James and most of all, Diana.  He never thought he would find a woman like her but he did.  Diana was a bit too naive for me in the beginning.  I liked how she grew into her role with Tristian.  Of course, she still had to nag her brother, Peter, but he finally understood.  Some of their scenes reminded me of the sully teenager and the “really, just really” things that modern teenagers say and do.  LOL!  One of the other things that I liked about Diana was that she was willing to adapt to her new way of life.  Was it easy?  Nope but sometimes it was funny.

The villains in this story are vile.  I’m still trying to get over Canela and her deception.  Poor Adamo.  She made her bed and unfortunately, Tristian made sure that she would lie in it forever.  As for the other villains…honestly, I wasn’t surprised.  I figured that’s what would happen but I never saw Canela coming at all.  I thought that she would fade into the background but her lies, deception and pure jealous overtook her and it wasn’t pretty.

I need to warn you that there is a bunch of sex in the book.  But come on, it’s erotic, right?  There is some kink, too and I felt like in the beginning it was instant love but overall, the love, respect, and friendship between Diana and Tristian grew and it was fun watching it blossom.

Overall, I really liked the erotic pirate’s tale.  It was lush, romantic, emotional and sexy.  Just what I needed right now.  (Considering that I’m going on a cruise next month.)

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers’ Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). She’s featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, Tina worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.

 

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#Review of Lizzie’s Earl (Heir and a Spare #3) by Fiona Miers w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Lizzie’s Earl

by Fiona Miers

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GENRE:   Regency Romance

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BLURB:

She’s a widow seeking a gentleman to give her the family she wants and enjoy life on her country estate. He’s a London rakehell seeking a wife he can wed, bed and forget. Who will prevail?

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Excerpt One:

Rupert straightened his coat with a quick tug and straightened to his full six feet four inches tall. Feeling confident, he walked over to the two ladies.

“May I beg you for an introduction to your friend, my dear Charlotte?”

Charlotte smiled tightly, knowing his habits well. She turned to include him in their circle, which surprised him a little, but his friend’s sister did have the perfect manners.

“Of course, Rupert. Mrs Elizabeth Symmons, may I introduce a friend of ours, the Hon. Rupert Willoughby, the younger brother of the Earl of Sweeting”

Rupert heard the warning in the introduction and smirked inwardly. Charlotte was fiercely protectively of those she loved. It was one of the things he liked most about her.

The beautiful blonde curtseyed prettily and gave him a sunny, open smile. Rupert bowed in return, surprised despite himself by the artlessness of her expression.

“May I have the pleasure of the next dance my lady?” he asked, giving her his most charming smile.

Elizabeth smiled back, glancing quickly at Charlotte for permission to leave her alone, which Rupert respected.  When Charlotte smiled back in return, the beautiful woman turned to him.

“Of course. Thank you, sir,” she replied confidently, placing her small hand in his.

She was very petite, tiny even, yet Rupert felt the firmness of her grip and observed the way she held herself. This would not be a woman over whom one could easily walk, he told himself.

“You are looking very beautiful this evening, Mrs Symmons.” Rupert told her, as they swept into the dance floor.

Elizabeth laughed, her bright eyes sparkling with gaiety.

“Why, thank you, sir. And indeed, you are looking very handsome.”

Rupert grinned, surprised by her words. He didn’t believe he had ever had a compliment returned before. Most women simply fluttered their fans and gave him the eyes. The eyes told him how flattered they were that he had given them his attention. The eyes also indicated to him just how quickly they would fall into his bed. Mrs Elizabeth Symmons wasn’t giving him the eyes, nor was she flirting with him. How strange.

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Another historical this week.  I’m on a roll.  I really liked this story.  It was simple, direct and yes, Rupert could be an idiot but I loved how he finally realized that he was ready to fall in love and become the heir.  Wait, did I say simple?  Oh course I did.  Some people like their historicals with a lot of meat to them or fluff, and I’m not that type of girl.  I like a simple story about two people that fall in love, break up and live happily ever after.

Why?  Because when I read a historical that’s what I want.  I want it to read like a contemporary (sorry, not sorry) and the minute details can just go away.  I want the story to flow, have a good pace and I don’t want a history lesson thrown in because the author thinks that I don’t know a single thing about the period.  I watch the History Channel.  I went to school so I get it.  Plus, you know me…I couldn’t care less about the ton anyway.  It bores me.

Lizzie is very straightforward in what she wants out of life.  She tells Rupert this and for a time, he ignored it.  It seemed like all he wanted was in her panties.  And yes, he made no bones about that, but she made him work for it.  And I mean work for it.  Did he almost screw it up in Chapter 5?  Yes, but he does the right thing in the end.

I liked Lizzie a lot.  Her relationship with Charlotte is great, too.  She had a friend that she could talk to about Rupert and the scenes with Lizzie, Charlotte, and Archie is priceless.  Plus, we get to see Archie finally knock some sense into Rupert.

Again, I really liked Lizzie and Rupert.  I also went a got Charlotte and Archie’s book.  Their relationship intrigues so I must know who all that played out.  🙂

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Fiona Miers has a super busy life, like most modern women, but always finds time for reading and writing romance. Her love affair with the romance genre started when she was only 11 years old, when her mother, and nana, handed her, her first mills and boon.
Since then she’s built her own business, become a mother to two beautiful little girls, and fallen in love with the most spectacular man on the planet. (JMHO)
Fiona writes MF contemporary and historical romance, writing more erotic stories under the pen name Tamsin Baker.
Thank you for reading this, and hopefully you’ll love reading about her characters as much as she loved creating them.


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