Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

May 6, 2018

Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

Lady Rogue

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Joining me today is Theresa Romain.

Welcome Theresa! Let’s get started.

Why did you choose to write about a commoner man marrying an aristocratic lady? Do you think that it truly would have worked?

This wasn’t a pairing I’d written before (I think…now I need to go check my backlist!), so that made it interesting to me. Power and influence in English society 200 years ago worked very differently than they do in our modern US society. Regency characters aren’t simply modern folks in long dresses—though that being said, my characters are always open to change. Otherwise, how can they grow and earn that HEA?

I do think that a commoner man/aristocratic woman marriage could have worked. We’ve got examples, both modern and historical! Though it was definitely less usual than for an aristocratic man to marry a commoner woman, because historically in England, children inherited their father’s rank—so an aristocratic woman wouldn’t have passed on her own title/rank to her kids.

Lady Isabel of LADY ROGUE doesn’t feel she has anything to lose, though. She has plenty of money; she enjoys society but doesn’t need to be at its heart; she was married before out of duty rather than love. She’s about as independent as a woman of her time could have been, and so her romance is of an independent sort too.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Some of both, really. I have chronic fatigue issues, and writing takes a lot out of me physically. It doesn’t make sense, but it’s the case! Yet when a project is going really well and I make the day’s word count goal with time to spare, it can be very energizing. It makes me feel like I’ve done something worthwhile with my day.

Do you try to be original, or give readers what they want?

Why not both? 🙂 I want each of my stories to contain characters and events that feel fresh so that I’ll enjoy writing it. But since I’m the same me writing each book, they definitely have points in common: banter, literary references, beloved pets…things like that.

Do you want each of your books to stand alone, or are you working towards a body of work?

Again, why not both? Since any one of my books could be the first one a reader finds, each story must stand on its own and have a self-contained love story. For those who like to follow a series in order, I think it can be fun to include continuing plot threads or characters, but the reader of just one book won’t be left confused. I’ve just finished my 18th romance, counting novels and novellas, and the longest series of connected books I’ve written is four stories.

What is your favorite underappreciated book?

Most of the books I love are well known among other romance readers, but to people who don’t read romance, they might not be familiar. I’ve used the books of Courtney Milan and Susanna Kearsley to convince friends who read fiction that they really ought to be reading romance as well! But those authors’ books are very well-loved, so I wouldn’t call them underappreciated. Now you’ve got me thinking about this, though—thank you! I share book recommendations on BookBub when I particularly enjoy something I’ve read, so watch that space and maybe we’ll all find an underappreciated gem.

What does literary success look like to you?

That’s a great question, and I bet every author’s answer is a little different. My own definition of success would be enough money to live on without pinching every penny, the respect of my peers, and awesome readers who enjoy my books. Thank you so much for being one of the latter!

Thank you for being with me today, I hope your book is a huge success! Will this be a series? Sorry, could not help myself! 

Yes, LADY ROGUE is part of a series. It’s loosely connected to the first two Royal Rewards books, FORTUNE FAVORS THE WICKED and PASSION FAVORS THE BOLD. A final book, LADY NOTORIOUS, will be out on February 26, 2019. More info about each of these, and all my other books, can be found on theresaromain.com.

Thank you so much for hosting me!

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Lady Rogue

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Royal Rewards Book 3
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

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As far as London’s high society knows, Lady Isabel Morrow is above reproach. But the truth is rarely so simple. Though the young widow’s passionate fling with dashing Bow Street Runner Callum Jenks ended amicably months ago, she now needs his expertise. It seems Isabel’s late husband, a respected art dealer, was peddling forgeries. If those misdeeds are revealed, the marriage prospects of his younger cousin— now Isabel’s ward—will be ruined.
 
For the second time, Isabel has upended Callum’s well-ordered world. He’s resolved to help her secretly replace the forgeries with the real masterpieces, as a . . . friend. A proper sort of friend doesn’t burn with desire, of course, or steal kisses on twilight errands. Or draw a willing lady into one passionate encounter after another. Isabel’s scheme is testing Callum’s heart as well as his loyalties. But with pleasure so intoxicating, the real crime would be to resist . . .

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TRULY GOOD READ!

This is a great story, both poignant, and uplifting. How a Marquess’s daughter, Lady Isabel goes from a marriage to a very cold man, to finding love with an Officer of The Police. I love the Bow Street Runner, Callum Jenks, still trying to solve the death of Lady Isabel’ s husband. He never truly believed everything was as it seemed. Lady Isabel finally realized that just confining her activities to the requisite house calls is not enough any longer, she wants to contribute in some small way to the world she was born into. I did not think that I would like Lady Isabel marrying outside the Aristocracy, with no money, however, as usual , Theresa Romaine makes it seem perfectly natural. 
I Highly Recommend! Thank you! Enjoy!

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Which do you prefer, that a man of the Aristocracy, and monearry beneath him, or a Lady of the Aristocracy, marrying a man who is not of the Aristocracy, and has no money? During this time period, do you believe that either would truly work?

Ladies of the Stone by Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, Cecelia Mecca, and Lori Ann Bailey

Ladies of the Stone by Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, Cecelia Mecca, and Lori Ann Bailey

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My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: A Scottish Romance Anthology
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Four bestselling Scottish romance authors take you on an epic journey through the heart of Scotland…

From within the soul of a special stone, the embodiment of the heart of Scotland, a protector is selected. A woman with a pure heart and the ferocity of a warrior is called to the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye upon the death of the previous protector. However, nature has a way of balancing itself, and so with each call to a Protector comes the call of an evil force, set on using the stone for their own purpose. These are the stories of the Protectors of the Heart of Scotland, the stone they seek to keep safe and the love that strengthens and emboldens them.

The Highlander’s Quest by Eliza Knight Her mission was to protect the young boy king. He’s uncovered a plot to destroy Scotland. Together, they must fight a powerful enemy who hides behind a traitorous veil of secrecy…

Cassandra by Madeline Martin Together their power is brilliant. But when destiny rivals the safety of family and the whole of Scotland hangs in the balance, can their love survive the required sacrifice?

The Protector’s Promise by Cecelia Mecca Two bitter enemies. One sacred vow. Will the passion that flares between them consume everything they love?

The Highland Guard and His Lady by Lori Ann Bailey To protect Scotland, she must eliminate her greatest enemy. But when the challenge begins, will he forgive her for destroying his family?

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This is the story of various ladies, given a legend of becoming, the human Protectress of Scotland.  In each story , all except one, they are young women, one is twenty-nine, I realize today, that is not old, however, in the 12 Century, it would have been. The only good thing that I have to say about these short stories, in my humble opinion, only one, Lori Bailey, whom I have never heard of, at least, has the vernacular correct! The words are too modern for that time period!? Why on earth, would three, or four, writers, get this vital part wrong? The last one, the best, the name? LessLee, that absolutely drove me to distraction, along with the vernacular, I was already there! The most important thing to remember, I buy these books, and I pay my own money for this site. I am not out to dislike books, in fact, to be honest, I would have quit at page three. However, I read them all, in order to be fair. This was a great idea , sad to say, it fell on bad writing. I have the right to my Integrity, and I will call out poor writing, when I see it.  On a sidebar here, Robert The Bruce, had many sisters, whose real names, could have been used, from generation to generation as keepers of the Stone, a truly better idea, that has sadly, gone to waste. On the other hand, no one ask my opinion. 

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An Affair with a Spare by Shana Galen

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April 26, 2018

An Affair with a Spare by Shana Galen

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: The Survivors
Publication Date: July 3, 2018

He’s turned seduction into an art form…
Rafe Beaumont, fifth son of an earl, uses his irresistible charm with the ladies to glean dangerous war secrets. Now he’s putting those skills to the ultimate test: capturing an elusive assassin by seducing his daughter. The problem? She’s entirely immune to Rafe’s flattery.

Never before has Collette Fortier met a man as attractive as Rafe. But her father’s life is at stake, and succumbing to Rafe would be disastrous. But when Rafe turns the tables on her, offering support and friendship instead of a fleeting affair, Collette finds herself tempted in ways she never could have imagined…

 

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Rafe Beaumont, member of Lt. Colonel Draven’s hero’s, and fifth son of an Earl. The dangerous war that Rafe fought was in bedrooms, with some of the wives of Napoleon’s top leaders! This was his dangerous assignment, now, the war is over, the men at their Club, he fought with, tease him unmercifully about his dangerous work!

Now, he truly has been given a dangerous assignment, he must seduce the daughter of Napoleon’s most brutal assassin. Collette Fortier, has never met a more handsome man in her entire life, yet with hundreds of women chasing him, she is immune, only because her father’s life is in danger, under the Bourbon’s, who have returned to the throne.

I have wept through some of this incredible Story, and I have laughed more out loud, while reading this book! There are some people who become nervous, and strange things come out of their mouths, without their realizing it. Colette, says the strangest things!

I love Shana Galen’s work, that, however, does not preclude my honesty, and more importantly, my integrity. I love this Book! I highly recommend! Enjoy! Thank you!

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Lord Of Fortune by Darcy Burke

April 23, 2018

Lord of Fortune by Darcy Burke

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Legendary Rogues Book 3
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Dashing adventurer Penn Bowen is dedicated to preserving Britain’s history and his carefree, bachelor lifestyle. He’s happiest when he’s in pursuit of knowledge and the occasional liaison with the right woman. So he’s more than a little perturbed when the wrong woman inserts herself into his latest quest—proving that a valuable artifact in Oxford’s museum is a fake. Amelia Gardiner is smart and capable…and determined to prove that Penn is wrong about the treasure her grandfather found.

Amelia won’t allow Penn to denigrate her family’s legacy, and she certainly won’t join the ranks of women who throw themselves at his feet. As secretive and dangerous factions infiltrate their hunt, Amelia and Penn must work together to stay one step ahead. But passion ignites between them and suddenly their alliance is more than a simple convenience. When peril strikes too close, they’ll risk everything they hold dear: family, honor, and a chance for the greatest treasure of all—love.

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This is a great story of Penn Bowen, a Curator, archaeologist for the Museum of Antiquities in Oxford. When his parents died, he was taken in, by a Scholar, who he loves dearly as his true Father, and Mother. He is out to prove that an important item in the Museum is a fake, he wants to find the real artifact. 

Amelia Forester, is out to prove that her Grandfathers artifact is real, before his death, he told her of another artifact to be found. She is out to find it, however, he warned her, of the Order, and to be wary of them, they were not to be trusted!

That is how the two meet, searching for this same artifact. I found all of this, extremely interesting, I like the two of them together, the one thing, I dislike, is his language. His profanity is an excuse that he uses because, he is always in dirty places, scrounging for artifacts? I am sorry, this I can’t buy! During that time period, Gentlemen never forgot that they were gentlemen! Other than that I liked the biggest surprise toward the end! It is a good little mystery.

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Why Kill The Innocent by C. S. Harris

April 5, 2018

Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr 
Publication Date: April 3, 2018

A brutal murder draws nobleman Sebastian St. Cyr into the tangled web of the British royal court in this gripping historical mystery from the national bestselling author of Where the Dead Lie.

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose’s ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane’s murderer to escape justice.

Untangling the secrets of Jane’s world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery where each player has his or her own unsavory agenda and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death . . .

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I love  this series, I can’t imagine why this has not been made into an original series, on PBS! It has everything, a sexy hero, who fought in the Napoleonic War, two beautiful women who desperately want him,  Kat is a beautiful Irish actress, his first love! She is considered a great beauty, and the greatest actress of her time, there is nothing, including her body that she would not give him, nor was she a virgin when they met. Personally, I don’t care for her. I like, Hero, yes, Hero. Her father is the powerful Lord Jarvis, distant cousin to the Prince Regent. Hero is extremely intelligent, totally self-confident, loyal, and the best thing about her? She is smart enough to carry a gun, that her father, Lord Jarvis had made for her. She knows how to clean it,and she certainly will use it, to defend herself, and those she loves! We are now up to book 13, she and Sebastian St. Cyr had to marry, they have been through some rough times. Hero, was more than willing to let him go, once her child was born, considering how much he loved Kat. However, almost losing this brave, smart, loving woman, nearly destroyed him, he realized he truly loved her, just as she is. Knowing her father, is his worst enemy, Lord Jarvis would not hesitate to kill his much-loved daughter’s husband. In this story, the baby, Simon is One, his Birthday comes in the midst of a great snow storm, that freezes the Thames. Hero, and a friend come across a dead body, while helping a poor woman about to give birth. The body is that of Princess Charlotte’s piano teacher! Of course, it is taken out of the Bow Street Runners hands, by the orders of Lord Jarvis. Now, begins, Hero, and Sebastian’s hunt for the killer, which takes them to the Queen, to Henry Of Orange, Prince of Denmark, to the dead woman’s husband, next is a close friend of her brother’s. It is as usual well written, the characters are all well-developed, and it is a great mystery. The only thing I did not care for, there is not enough affection between Hero, and Sebastian. However, I cannot wait until Hero finds out, about her cousin, and her father! Were they having an affair, before her Mother died? I truly wish Ms. Harris, would write two of these a year, it is difficult waiting a whole year, for one more look, at this extraordinary pair!

I Highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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