Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Vicky Dreiling's What a Reckless Rogue Needs Blog Tour!

Why I Love Historical Romance

By Vicky Dreiling

My love of historical romance came about purely by accident. Back in the early nineties, I apparently was the only person on the planet who didn’t know about historical romances. With two young kids and a part-time job, my reading consisted of parents’ magazines and the nutrition labels on cereal boxes. But one day in the supermarket, I picked up a paperback with a pretty cover. I never read the description on the back because my daughter who was a preschooler at the time escaped down the aisle. I pitched the book in the basket and raced after her. When I got to the check-out counter, I almost put the book back, but my daughter distracted me again by trying to climb out of the basket.
When I got home, I put my daughter down for her nap and started the book. I was stunned that it was a romance. To be honest, I didn’t know what to think. I opened up the book. Two hours later, my daughter awoke, and I was in shock. I hadn’t been able to put the book down. The heroine was gutsy and sweet, and the hero was swoon-worthy. I couldn’t wait until bedtime to read again!  The book that forever hooked me on historical romance was Judith McNaught’s ALMOST HEAVEN.
Over the years, I’ve pondered what it is about historical romance that draws me in time after time. I finally realized it’s because no matter how much of a rake the hero is he always has a core sense of honor. Also, I love when the heroine refuses to let the alpha male rule over her and eventually she sees his vulnerability. And don’t we all love when the hero is finally brought to bended knee? 
How about you? What book was your gateway to historical romance? Be sure to leave your e-mail below for your chance to win one of two copies of What a Reckless Rogue Needs! I will pick two random winners on March 24th, the last day of the blog tour.

What a Reckless Rouge Needs

Will the Rogue’s Perfect Plan….

Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and a take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn’t comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.

Lead to the Perfect Seduction?

Regardless of the ton’s whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won’t settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more.

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About the author:

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Just What a Reckless Rogue Needed!

To date I’ve read everything that has come from the pen of author Vicky Dreiling and I have to admit that she has not once failed to disappoint. Her books are always packed with plenty of exciting adventure, laughable moments and tender romance. What a Reckless Rogue is book two in her Sinful Scoundrel series and picks up almost right after What a Wicked Earl Wants. What a Reckless Rogue Needs is no exception to this rule. In traditional Dreiling fashion this book is filled with plenty sweet romantic goodness.
Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire returns to his home when he learns that his father has plans to sell his boyhood home, Sommerall, the very place that is his mother’s final resting place. Colin is a known rakehell with a wild reputation. It is due to this reputation that causes his father to issue an ultimatum, to prove that he has matured and changed his ways by marrying someone within six weeks or lose Sommerall in a sale.   Colin’s biggest challenge is the short amount of time he’s been given to find a willing bride, six weeks after all is not that much time.
Lady Angeline is no stranger to Colin or scandal. As one of his early childhood friends/rivals, Lady Angeline has also recently returned home following having jilted her fiancée. It did not matter that her ex-fiancée was a cheater and a liar, Angeline as a female still bore the brunt of the scandal which included driving a wedge between herself and her father.  Angeline’s scandal could have other repercussions including causing trouble for her younger sister who is about to make her own debut.
Due to their closeness as children it was at one time assumed that Angeline and Colin would wed each other, but as an incident during their youth causes a falling out the pair went their separate ways. Angeline is not without sympathy towards Colin’s plight and soon puts her skill in room renovation to work on Sommerall.  It does not take Angeline and Colin to hatch a plan that would solve both of their problems in the form of a marriage of convenience of sorts.  One that would allow her to repair her tarnished reputation and him to keep his property.
The growth between Angeline and Colin is incredible as the pair soon find there is more to their relationship then a simple childhood rivalry. As a pair they work tirelessly to restore his childhood home and their hearts. It was almost sweet harmony as the pair stumbled their way into each other’s arms and into love.
What a Reckless Rogue Needs is simply a delight. It is filled with fantastic storytelling and wonderful secondary characters.  It brings out the bittersweet emotions of loss and the glorious moments of falling in love. It is the second book in the series and I would strongly advise readers to start with What a Wicked Earl Wants first as the books do play on each other. However it can be read as a standalone. I for one cannot wait to see what happens to Harry in book three.
Advance reading copy provided by Forever via Netgalley

4 ½ Stars

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wonderful First For a New Series!

What a Wicked Earl Wants is the start to Vicky Dreiling’s Sinful Scoundrel series. It is a delightful tale of what happens when two people who are determined to remain single come together for a worthy cause and find love along the way. It is a typical Dreiling book in that it is filled with plenty of humor, heart wrenching emotion and wonderful secondary characters that will engage your heart along with your mind.

 It is the complicated and often emotional tale of Andrew, the Earl of Bellingham, a known rake who is determined to never form a permanent commitment or to ever marry and have children. It is also the tale of Laura, Lady Chesfield a widow who has come to London to allow her step-son the chance to enjoy the London season with his friends. Like with Bell, Laura is also determined not to remarry, as all she wants to do is to raise her stepson. Laura finds herself at wits end as her stepson begins to rebel by staying out late and getting drunk with his friends. When Bell witnesses the boy’s rebellion first hand, he soon finds himself do everything he can to protect Laura and her son from her son’s guardian.  Bell and Laura’s romance is slow to develop but as it does it filled with the right mix of passion and tenderness.

I loved Bell’s friends Colin and Harry, each have fantastic personalities and made for many humorous moments throughout the story. I found myself more captivated by Bell’s character as he found himself dealing with his grief from the loss of his family. There were moments when I wanted to strangle Laura as she came off wishy-washy at times, when it came to dealing with her budding feelings for Bell.

All in all What a Wicked Earl Wants is a really good historical romance that any person who enjoys the genre can melt into. Vicky Dreiling has that knack of penning remarkable characters that stick with you page after page and keeps her readers returning for more.
Arc provided by Forever for an honest review

4 ½ Star Read