Five Fun Exchanges Between James and Olivia

Barton_ScandalousSummerNights_MMGuest blog by Anne Barton, author of Scandalous Summer Nights


With a boldness that was shocking, even for her, she placed her hand on his leg. More precisely, his very hard, muscular thigh. “I haven’t told you everything.”

His gaze flew to her hand and remained there as he said, “I’m not certain we have time for the entire story. We’ve been out here a quarter of an hour and you’re still in 1807.”


James caressed her arm. “I will tell you this: if I must be stranded in a coach in the middle of a storm, there’s no one I’d rather be stranded with.”

She turned her face up to his and slowly blinked her beautiful brown eyes.  “Truly?”

Damn it. He was going to kiss her.

It would have been impossible not to.


After their first kiss…

Abruptly, James pulled away and stood. “We shouldn’t have… I shouldn’t have.”

A languorous, sated glow lit her face. “I’m glad we did. And do you want to know something else? I can’t wait till we do it again.”


James scratched his chin. “You cannot walk on your ankle.”

“I did earlier.”

“And how did that feel?”

Like a blacksmith had laid her foot on an anvil and lowered his hammer on it. “Fine.”

He arched a brow.

“I managed.”

“Yes, you always do,” he said. “But you might try leaning on others once in a while.”


During a sultry summer afternoon by the river…

Olivia dug through her bag for her fan and waved it. Vigorously. “I think you are confused. This is not your dressing room, and I am not your valet.”

He chuckled. “Thank the Lord for that.” He mopped his chest with his wadded shirt and tossed it onto the riverbank.

She fanned herself harder. “What, precisely, are you doing?”

In one easy motion, he pulled off a boot. “Going for a swim.” He took off the other boot and grinned. “You should join me.”


Lady Olivia Sherbourne isn’t shy about speaking her mind, except when it comes to James Averill. For ten long years he has been her brother’s best friend and her heart’s only desire. But when Olivia hears James will soon set sail for an expedition to Egypt, she knows the time has come to make her move. It’s now or never . . .

James has always found Olivia bewitchingly attractive, but what kind of gentleman takes up with his best friend’s sister? Not that he’s thinking particularly gentlemanly thoughts when she appears on his exploratory trip-three hundred miles from home!-and incites a tavern fight. No matter what the devil she’s doing there, it’s his duty to see her safely back to her family. But how safe will she be when every starlitnight brings wicked temptation . . . ?

Buy: Scandalous Summer Nights (A Honeycote Novel)

About Anne Barton

Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London-home to her favorite heroes-she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband (who, sadly, is not a peer of the realm-but a great guy nonetheless) and her three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.




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Review: Once She Was Tempted (Honeycote, Book 2) by Anne Barton

once she was temptedReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Benjamin Elliot meets Miss Daphne Honeycote at a dinner party that ends on an interesting note. They are two people who don’t seem to have anything in common. But they both have issues and their working together is what will hold your attention. You’ve got to love a grumpy hero who’s not looking for love.

Ben has a butler names Flemings and the minute I read about him he reminded me of a British actor named Arthur Treacher. If you can still find the movie, you may want to watch a Shirley Temple favorite named “Curly Top”. If I had one disappointment it would be that after a while I felt he disappeared.

My bravo moment was when Ben’s friends called him out about his attitude. Daphne reminded me of Jo from “Little Women” – she just seemed to have that type of personality – I enjoyed reading her story. Even though she was going through personal issues, she still thought of others before herself. She also doesn’t make decisions based on what the person looks like on the outside.

Anne made it very hard for me to put this story down. By giving Ben and Daphne something that they had to work at together, was for me the page-turner. The romance was nice but I would have liked this book even if she had written her storyline without it. Daphne loved helping out at the local orphanage. One other disappointment I had was that there was one little girl I was hoping would end up as part of a family. But this is what’s good about a reader’s imagination, even though the author hasn’t made that happen, I can turn around and make it happen.

If you enjoy Regency stories where the hero finally realizes what’s good for him, you will love this one. It’s a series so if you haven’t read the other titles, you may want to check out Anabelle’s story titled When She Was Wicked that came out this past January. Or there’s a novella that came out this past September titled To All the Rakes I’ve Loved Before. And what’s great is that these are stand alone books but if you like Daphne’s story as much as I did you will want to read every book of this series that comes out.


Buy: Once She Was Tempted (A Honeycote Novel)

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RITA and Golden Heart Nominees with Links


If you’ve been on twitter today you’ve seen #ritanoms all over the place. Comments abound like why didn’t she get it? but also a slew of congratulations are going out to the authors that did get to the coveted spot of finalist. I’m here to add yet one more with a sincere heartfelt congrats and thank you to the writers that rock our world one HEA at a time!

  • RITA- awarded to published romance novels from previous calendar year (2008).
  • GH- awarded to unpublished romance novels from previous calendar year (2008).

Here’s the Nomination Lists:

2009 RITA Finalists for Best First Book

2009 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance

2009 RITA Finalists for Romantic Suspense

2009 RITA Finalists for Romance Novella

2009 RITA Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

2009 RITA Finalists for Paranormal Romance

2009 RITA Finalists for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

2009 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance

2009 RITA Finalists for Historical Romance

2009 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Single Title Romance

2009 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

2009 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Young Adult Romance

  • Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice
  • I Wished by Elizabeth C. Langston
  • My Big Fat Rockin’ Reality by Addison Fox
  • Stage Fright by Shoshana Dawn Brown

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Romantic Suspense

  • Guardian Angel by Rita O. Henuber
  • Intrusion by Cynthia Noel Mealer
  • Only Fear by Anne Marie Becker
  • Safe in Enemy Arms by Joan M. Swan
  • The Broken by Shelley S. Coriell
  • The Surrogate by Tina Joyce Butts
  • Trust Fall by Sally Randel Eggert
  • Trust No One by Diane Elaine Della Maggiora

2009 Golden Heart Finalist for Regency Historical Romance

  • An Inconvenient Marriage by Sara Wampler
  • Defiant by Elizabeth Robinson Baldwin
  • The Raven’s Heart by Pamela Lynn Bolton-Holifield
  • Midnight Promises by Anne Barton
  • No Shrinking Violet by Amy Talley

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Paranormal Romance

  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
  • Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
  • Heart of the Dragon by Morgan R. Karpiel
  • Just in Time by Nancy J. Litzau
  • Kismet’s Kiss by Katey Coffing
  • Magic Man by Jacqui Jacoby
  • Magick by Heather Dawn McCollum
  • Underbelly by Tammy L Hoganson

2009 Golden Heart Finalist for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

  • Call Sign Scarlett by Julia Whitby
  • Color My Horse by Bev A. Patterson
  • Dark Secrets by Sherri Buerkle
  • Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane O’Brien Kelly
  • Home Waters by Elizabeth Devlin
  • One Shot, Two Kills by Kimberly Ann Howe
  • Pleasant Lake P.D. by Kelly Fitzpatrick
  • Until Midnight by L.A. Mitchell

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Inspirational Romance

  • Kasey’s Secret by Kayla Lynn Westra
  • Kitty’s Fire by Kelly Ann Riley
  • Love On A Dime by Cara Slaughter
  • Montana Rainbow by Yvonne L. Harris

2009 Golden Heart Finalist for Historical Romance

  • Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin
  • Forfeit’s Lady by Patricia Jean Detweiler
  • Highland Honor by Jenna Stuart
  • Lily’s Outlaw by Tatia Talbot
  • The Art of a Lady by Kate Parker
  • The Other Brother by Cynthia J. Eernisse Chase
  • Upon a Moonlit Sea by Jennifer Whitney Bray-Weber

2009 Golden Heart Finalist for Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/Adventure

  • Breathless by Kimberley Ann Howe
  • His Witness by Dianne M. Gerber
  • Romance or Retribution by Jamie Michele

2009 Golden Heart Finalist for Contemporary Series Romance

  • Angel in Training by Lindsey Brookes
  • Beneath the Surface by Katherine Danniele Worsham
  • For Love or Ravioli by Laurie D. DeSalvo
  • Into the Night by Melissa Jackson Brister
  • Meet Your Mate by Jacqueline M. Floyd
  • Second Chance for a Family by Kim Law
  • The Great Bedroom War by Laurie Kellogg
  • The Greek’s Mistress Revenge by Anastasia Huff