Audio Review: The Edge of Desire (Bastion Club, Book 7) by Stephanie Laurens

edge of desireHeroine: Lady Letitia Randall was in love once, but then the left her high and dry when she needed him most. Now to save her brother, Letitia must ask for aid from the same crusty curmudgeon. She’ll seduce him if she must in order to find her brother before the authorities do and to clear his name of her husband’s murder. This gal is determined.

Hero: Christian Allardyce, sixth Marquess of Dearne, didn’t tell Letitia he joined the ranks of Britain’s secret agents to fight Napoleon. He thought she would wait for him, but it turns out she married somebody else and that it was apparently a love match. It’s a betrayal he’ll never forgive, but when she asks for help he can’t refuse.

Review: Do you like reunion romances? Second chance love stories? A little murder mystery? You’ll like this book then! Just avoid the repeated references to Vaux temperament. The mystery is complex (drags a little at times, but interesting as it progresses) and each layer reveals something else about Letitia’s dearly eagerly departed husband. There’s also a big misunderstanding for our hero and heroine to put a nice bow on it.

Narrator: Steven Crossley has a very deep voice and a wonderful British accent. His voice sounds similar on one level to Sean Connery. He says things very precisely.


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Review: Too Dangerous to Desire (Lords of Midnight, Book 3) by Cara Elliott

Too Dangerous to DesireHeroine: Sophie Lawrance knows passionate love doesn’t always conquer all. It certainly didn’t help her in the past, when she felt it her duty to refuse her heart. Instead of fighting for her, her lover ran away. And it definitely can’t help her now that she is in the middle of a blackmail scheme meant to ruin her father’s reputation and her sister’s happiness. Or can it? Can she trust the pirate with the face of her first love to help?

Hero: Cameron Daggett, the man whose hand in marriage Sophie once rejected, is good at living in the shadows. When his present unexpectedly collides with his past, he has to know what brings her back into his sphere. Her meeting with a shady bloke piques his curiosity and she his passions. His skills as a thief will finally get some good use if he can manage to steal her heart again.

Review: For the record, the nickname Sleuth Hound is not as sexy as Wolfhound. Cam might have been better named Ghost Hound, because he can slip in and out of people’s homes stealing what he most desires. Virtuous ladies’ virtue especially! There are shades of Jane Austen’s Persuasion in the setup of this third book in the Lords of Midnight trilogy. Perfect, if you are in the mood for second chance romance.


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Get into Bed with Kristan Higgins (Author Interview 2)

Love Romance Passion is pleased to welcome back Kristan Higgins today!

Keira: What appeals to you most about reunion romances? Do you think it’s the same for readers?

Kristan Higgins: Reunion romances are a second chance to right a wrong. The idea that the one who got away, or the one who broke your heart gets the chance at redemption…I just love that! Most folks don’t marry their first loves, and a lot of us have a special spot in our hearts for that person, no matter what the results were. Until There Was You isn’t a true reunion, though; Liam and Posey were never together way back when…she worshipped him from afar, but she was only in his peripheral vision, if you will. My One and Only, my last release, is more of a true reunion; Harper and Nick were married and quickly divorced, so what I love about that particular story is all that juicy past between them.

Keira: Would you say reunion romances also share a unrequited love vibe? Why or why not?

Kristan: A lot of them do, including Until There Was You, and for me, I love that angle. The yearning, the dashed hopes, the throbbing angst of a one-sided love…sigh! And then there’s the slow realization of the other character, that dawning knowledge that this person has carried a torch all this time. I really enjoy that!

Keira: For fun, share a little about your first love! Why did you say yes to going out with him and what did you think about your first kiss?

Kristan: My first true love was Rhett Butler, and it was totally one-sided. He never asked me out, not even once! 🙂 My first kiss was perfect; I was rather elderly for a first kiss (18, heavens!), and the boy in question was in the Army ROTC program at my college, a lovely, smart, quiet boy. He walked me home on the last day of the semester and kissed me there in the rosy light of the streetlight, and I will always be grateful that he did such a good job.

Keira: Bad boys, bad boys, what’cha gonna do, what’cha gonna do, when they come for you? Tell us why you think bad boys are hot!

Kristan: Heavens, they’re tasty! All that testosterone, all those smoldering looks! I think it’s the mystery of the bad boy that we women love. They’re bad, but why? Why do we go there, even when we know the reputation, the trail of broken hearts? The idea that you, and only you, can be the key to unlocking the truth of the bad boy…meow! Honestly, though, I think that it’s not so much the notion that a bad boy can be tamed; it’s more that in the right circumstances, with the right woman, the bad boy will become honest. All that swagger, all those women, all that oozing sex appeal…that’s a cover for something else. A big heart, an honorable soul that the heroine sees before anyone else.

Keira: There’s a bit of a love triangle in the story as the heroine has a boyfriend (sort-of). Do you think love triangles are better when it’s 2 guys interested in the same girl or 2 girls interested in the same boy?

Kristan: Well, the love triangle in Until There Was You isn’t a true conflict, as there’s no real depth to Posey’s relationship with Dante (though she would certainly like to change that). And Liam seems off-limits for any number of excellent reasons. Love triangles really appeal to me when it’s not completely clear which person is The One. I love those books, love digging out the little hints the author gives on who’s going to end up together. I don’t know if it matters if the hero or heroine is the one who has to make the choice, so long as the choice isn’t screamingly obvious, you know? Because when you meet The One, you should feel it right down to your bone marrow.

Thank you so much for having me! I really enjoyed your questions.

Keira: It’s been great having you! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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Get into Bed with Deb Marlowe (Author Interview)

Keira: Mae Halford sounds like a great heroine. If you could describe her in ten words or less how would you do it?

Deb Marlowe:  Mae is intelligent, organized and determined.  She knows what she wants and goes after it.  I love that about her!

Keira: What do you like best about second chance romances?

Deb:  I adore second chance or reunion romances because they lend themselves to great intimacy.  Plus, it’s extra scary to leave yourself open and vulnerable to someone who already knows your flaws and weaknesses, but the result can be wonderful.

Keira: What is your favorite scene in the How To Marry a Rake and why is it your favorite?

Deb: My favorite scene takes place on an isolated wooded walk during a garden party.  I love it because it’s the first time Mae realizes that there really is someone who not only accepts her foibles, but values her for them.  It’s also the first time that Stephen takes the risk of sharing a bit of himself with Mae.  I love it, too, because of the intense physical encounter.  🙂

Keira: If you ever time traveled back to the Regency era, what would be the first thing you did?

Deb:  Can I do anything I want?  Because the first thing I’d like would be an audience with the Prince Regent—during a reception in which all the notables of the day were in attendance.

Keira: How do you define love?

Deb:  Love is an aggregate of many beautiful things.  I think acceptance is one of the greatest components of love—and it’s one that I explored in this particular book.  There are so many important pieces—support and forgiveness, truth and openness, passion and generosity.

Keira: What do you think is the hardest thing for anyone to do in a relationship?

Deb:  I think the answer to this question would change with nearly every person and relationship, but I believe that one nearly universally difficult thing to do is to voluntarily lower your defenses and let someone truly know you.

Keira: Besides How To Marry a Rake, what are some of your favorite heiress romances?

Deb:  The Grand Sophy comes immediately to mind.  The Famous Heroine by Mary Balogh.  Golden Girl by Joan Wolf.

Keira: In a Regency battle of the sexes who wins: the heiress or the rake?

Deb:  They both win—because though they might battle, the heiress inevitably teaches the rake the incredible beauty of love.

Keira: When it comes to writing or reading, who have you found makes or breaks a romance: the hero or the heroine?

Deb:  I believe it varies from book to book.  Although most in most romances the hero and the heroine both have an emotional journey to make, I think that in each book, one of the characters just naturally takes a lead role.  For me, it could be either the hero or heroine, whoever has the bigger story to tell.

Keira: Can you tell us anything interesting from the behind the scenes of How To Marry a Rake? Any funny stories associated with the book?

Deb:  How To Marry a Rake actually has an interesting background, in that it is one of three spin-off books from the anthology The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor.

When Harlequin offered me and my good friends Diane Gaston and Amanda McCabe a novella, we got together in Williamsburg VA to brainstorm (there was some fun touring and shopping in there too!).  There the scandalous Fitzmanning family was born.  In The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor we got to know the Fitzmanning Miscellany, as they are known, and each of the three sisters found love.  Now each of the three brothers is going to get his own book.

Readers who are familiar with Annalise and the Scandalous Rake, my novella in the anthology, might remember the, ah…  difficulty that Stephen had with his sister’s friend Mae.  Well, the tradition continues in How To Marry a Rake, but Mae’s not the only one causing trouble.

Author Bio: Deb Marlowe grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she’d read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party—even though he wore a tuxedo t-shirt instead of breeches and tall boots. They married, settled in North Carolina and produced two handsome, intelligent and genuinely amusing boys. Though she spends much of her time with her nose in her laptop, for the sake of her family she does occasionally abandon her inner world for the domestic adventure of laundry, dinner and carpool. Despite her sacrifice, not one of the men in her family is yet willing to don breeches or tall boots. She’s working on it.