Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

May 6, 2018

Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

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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

HER SECRET SCANDAL
 
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?

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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Of Risk and Redemption by K J Jackson

March 11, 2018

Of Risk and Redemption by K.J. Jackson

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: A Revelry’s Temptest Novel #3
Publication Date: March 12, 2018

A past she needs to right. A bargain he has to make. An attraction neither can deny.

A wary widow.
No stranger to love, Lady Desmond is well-versed in the heartache that can accompany it. Burned by her traitorous heart again and again, Cass has determined her life will include only what she can control—and has made her work as the proud proprietress of the Revelry’s Tempest gaming hall her sole mission.

A reluctant viscount.
Inheriting an English title was not something American Rorrick Trowlson wanted in life, nor was the mess that came with the estate. His brother’s mess. A mess he now has to clean up. But to do so, he needs a tract of land his brother flippantly lost in a stupid bet at the Revelry’s Tempest.

A past that needs to be righted.
After he mistakes her for a madam of a brothel, Cass wants nothing to do with the brash American—until she realizes he may be just the key to righting her deepest regret. She strikes a bargain with Rorrick—take her to America and she will sign the land back to him.

As the spark between them quickly turns into a flame, Cass resists, as she had sworn long ago to never be careless with her heart again. Once, twice, she had been a fool—but three times would be the death of her. But can a brazen American with a new title batter down the stalwart defenses of a widowed countess?

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This is a series, and it is Lady Cassandra’s turn. She has had a miserable marriage to a childhood friend, Lord Percival, who leaves her after one night of marriage. Considering her low self-esteem, she was easily taken in by the next man. Now, Lord Rorrick Trowlson has come to London from America to take over his late brother’s estate. He needs some land back that his brother gambled away. In order to get it, he meets the owner of The Revelary’s gaming hell, who just happens to be Lady Cassandra. Being a brash, honest American, he assumes, Cass is a prostitute, now to undo the damage.

This story is the redemption of Lady Cassandra, and the Risk Rorrick must take, to make his future worth living. I personally love Rorrick, he is always optimistic, humble, and a man!

I highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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The Marquis And I by Ella Quinn

February 28, 2018

The Marquis and I by Ella Quinn

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: The Worthingtons
Publication Date: February 27, 2018

Trouble is no match for a lady of the extended Worthington family—except when it comes in the form of a most irresistible gentleman . . .
 
Lady Charlotte Carpenter’s brother-in-law has put an infamous brothel owner out of business—yet it is Charlotte who suffers the consequences. Abducted by thugs and held at an inn, she is plotting her escape when she’s suddenly rescued by a dashing gentleman. Only afterward does she realize she’s seen him before—with two courtesans! Unwilling to tarry with such a man, Charlotte makes her second escape. But it is too late to repair her reputation . . .
 
A known gossip has spied Charlotte’s movements, and his report is speeding through the rumor mill. Soon, everyone knows that Charlotte spent the night with Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. And everyone agrees the only answer is marriage—including Constantine himself, his overjoyed mother—and his mistress! But Charlotte’s abductors aren’t finished with her yet. Now Constantine will do anything to protect the spirited woman he loves and win her heart . . .

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I love the Worthington’s!  I have since the very first book, as usual Ella Quinn has done it again! Now, it is Lady Charlotte’s turn, the evil Miss Betsey, is alive, and out for Revenge. On the day Lady Charlotte is kidnapped, sweet little Jimmy hops onto the back of the carriage of the kidnappers! The child is only 5, or 6 years old! However, the lady he loves is in danger! A footman, sees the Marquis of Kenilworth im his phaeton, going in the opposite direction, and begs for his help, in rescuing Lady Charlotte

The selfish Marquis can think of only one thing, he is off to see his Mistress, and doesn’t have time for being an honorable gentleman! However, it seems there is no on but him to intercede! He looks at his watch, and decides, he possibly has time to rescue the young chit, get back to bathe, off to the theater with Aimee, his Mistress. Do we notice a trend here, a young innocent lady is kidnapped, he is concerned with keeping his appointment with well, you know! Off he goes to follow the carriage, he sees the young boy hanging onto the back of his carriage, follows him to an Inn on the outside of London. This is just the beginning of a witty, romance, that brings up the morals of the Aristocracy male, the danger to a lady’s reputation, and the sordid underbelly of London Society!

When he finally does meet up with Lady Charlotte, she is nothing like he thought she would be! For one thing, she is not impressed with his title, his looks, or money! This has never happened to him before, in fact, he has always believed it is one of his best features! I am deducting one half Pearl, for the use of the term giggle! I do this with every book, no matter how much I admire the Author. Intelligent, young ladies don’t giggle, they laugh!

I highly Recommend this Book Today! Thanks! Enjoy!

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The Earl’s Entanglement by Cecelia Mecca

February 21, 2018

The Earl’s Entanglement by Cecelia Mecca

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Border Series #5
Publication Date: February 20, 2018

An undeniable love. An impossible choice.

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Garrick Helmsley, an earl in both England and Scotland, returns from the Crusades to find his Scottish inheritance challenged by his uncle. Forced to secure his claim in Linkirk, he agrees to marry the daughter of a powerful border lord. But no sooner does he agree to the arrangement than he meets Lady Emma Waryn—the impulsive and irresistible sister-in-law of his old friend, the Countess of Kenshire. Before he knows it, he finds himself escorting Lady Emma to Scotland. The more time he spends with her, the more he wishes to end his betrothal, but the situation in Scotland only becomes more heated.

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Lady Emma loves her elder brothers, but their protectiveness frequently drives her to the brink of madness. The last thing she wants is more of the same in a husband, so she has pledged never to marry a powerful, domineering man. Yet the Earl of Clave is both of those things—and he immediately stirs her passion. Garrick might not be the husband she thought she needed, but she soon realizes he’s the only one she wants.

Garrick’s unwanted betrothal stands between them, but breaking it may well cause a war. Will love find a way to bring the earl and his lady together? The Earl’s Entanglement is the fifth book in a historical romance series set in 13th century Northumbria along the Anglo-Scottish border. If you like strong female heroines, alpha male heroes, and sizzling romance, you’ll love the fifth installment of the Border Series.

*The Earl’s Entanglement can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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I love this story of an incredibly handsome, Honorable Knight! He is an Earl in England, working to restore his keep. His mother sends riders to let him know , that he must marry, sight unseen, young lady of a strong clan Laird, or her inheritance from her father, a Scottish Earldom for her son could be loss, with the home that she loves do much! On the way to Scotland to meet him betrothed, sign the letters, he stops by the home of twins, Neil, and Emma, since her father’s death, her brother is Earl, she, Lady Emma, has grown into a beautiful lady, inside, and out. Her brother is very protective of her, however, at one point he taught her to ride, to well in fact. When Garrick meets grown up Lady Emma, he can’t breathe, she doesn’t know what she feels, only that Garrick is the only man to make it better. She wants to visit a friend, due to give both soon, the only person available to accompany her, is Garrick, his retinue of a small group of warriors. Now, the problem is, if Garrick calls off this wedding, war will break out, the last thing Garrick wants, not because of fear, he doesn’t want to lose his Mother, the home she loves. What is a Knight to do? Marry Emma, or go to war?
I highly recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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Surrender to the Scot by Emma Prince

February 16, 2018

Surrender to the Scot by Emma Prince

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Highland Bodyguards #7
Publication Date: February 8, 2018

A dangerous mission. A deadly conspiracy. A daring love.

Jerome Munro has been battling a shameful truth all his life—he is the son of a traitor. So when Robert the Bruce orders him to deliver a bold declaration asserting Scotland’s independence, Jerome knows it’s his best chance to prove his allegiance. When he travels to the Borderlands to gather support for the King, he finds himself entranced by a copper-haired English lass whose determination to serve the Bruce kindles an unexpected attraction. Fearing his desire for Elaine will disrupt his assignment, Jerome fights against the heat between them, but when fate throws them together on a dangerous mission, he must choose between love and loyalty.

Elaine longs for much more than the sheltered life of an English lady. The darkly handsome Highland warrior who arrives at her Borderland home provides the perfect opportunity for her to show that she’s more than a silly, spoiled girl. She convinces Jerome to let her return to the Bruce’s court with him, but when she accidentally uncovers a plot against the King, she realizes she and Jerome are the only ones who can save Scotland’s hard-earned freedom. As the threat spirals out of control, can they unravel the mystery and protect their growing love?

This full-length Scottish historical romance is part of the Highland Bodyguards Series, but also can be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Pick up your copy today!

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I love stories of Robert The Bruce! This is an excellent story of one his trusted inner circle Warriors Jerome Munro. He has been sent by The Bruce, to all of Scottland’s nobles to gather signatures for Peace, to then Appeal to The Pope for reconigtion of Robert The Bruce as The Rightful King of Scottland! On his last trip, to the borderlands, he meets, quite unexpectedly Lady Elaine Beaumore. Beautiful, kind, and bored! When Robert The Bruce offers her family more lands, for their loyalty to the Scottish King, he invites the entire family to his Castle, for a Celebration. However, her older sister, married to the fierce Warrior Finn, is pregnant, and nearly to term. She cannot go, nor her I’ll father. Therefore, Finn, Jerome, and Lady Elaine set off to meet King Robert The Bruce! Lady Elaine will not be bored again!
I highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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Heirs of Titus de Wolfe by Barbara Devlin

February 19, 2018

Heirs of Titus de Wolfe by Barbara Devlin

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: World of de Wolfe Pack: Tall, Dark & de Wolfe #3
Publication Date: January 28, 2018

A De Wolfe never falters, even when love beckons.

In the Year of Our Lord 1497, an estimated fifteen thousand rebels march from Cornwall to London to protest the King’s taxes levied to pay for the war against the Scots. Lady Rosenwyn Burville finds herself caught in the middle of two powerful entities, when she is given in marriage, to the enemy, as a spoil of war. She loses her home, her legacy, and her father. Will she surrender her heart?

Sir Titus De Wolfe, son of Atticus and Isobeau, defends the Crown and is awarded a title, an estate, and a bride, none of which he wants. As the heir of the great Lion of the North makes his own mark in a world that respects naught but violence, his father insists the greatest reward is neither wealth nor prestige. Rather, love is the greatest gift of all. Titus resolves to uphold the family legacy, until the incomparable warrior meets the one challenge he has never confronted–an unyielding bride.

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I am enjoying the de Wolfe series immensely! They are better than Braveheart! I can’t wait until the next one comes out! You must start with Book 1.
I highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!
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