Title: The Scandalous Love of a Duke (Marlow Intrigues #3)
Author: Jane Lark
Genre: Regency Romance (Historical)
Publish Date: April 3, 2014
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Book three in Jane Lark’s Kindle best-selling Regency romance series!
Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach. The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss. She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.
A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She loved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood
A glass of red wine balanced in one hand, the stem dangling between his fingers, he joined another group of guests, fulfilling his duty. He trusted no one here.
God, this was his life now, duty and falsehood. He missed Egypt, he missed adventure and peace and simplicity. He was already bored with people’s endless supplication. Everyone seemed to want something from him. They sought to attach themselves to either his wealth or his power.
His grandfather had warned of this.
John had had enough. He was seeking his family to escape it for a little while, and looking for Mary particularly. He knew his vibrant sister would bring him back from the cold darkness crowding in on him.
He’d passed his mother and Edward in the hall, they’d been speaking with Richard and Penny, they’d directed him in here.
His gaze swept about the room then stopped.
There was a young woman standing amidst his family, like a blonde beacon of light amongst his dark-haired black-clad cousins. She was an angel in a pale mauve dress.
Lust gripped had and firm in his stomach, an intense physical attraction. He’d never experienced anything so instant before. But it was a long time since he’d bedded a woman – far too long.
Her figure was a sublime balance of curves and narrow waist. Her spine had a beautiful arch as it curved into the point where her dress opened onto a full skirt.
Wheat-blonde hair escaped a dull dove-grey bonnet, caressing her neck and drawing his eyes to a place he’d like to kiss.
She was speaking with animation her hands moving.
He moved closer and as if she sensed his gaze the stranger turned and looked at him. In answer a lightning need struck his groin, a sharp sudden pain. She was an English Rose among orchids, the sort of woman he had seen nothing of abroad. Her skin was pale, with roses blooming in her cheeks, and her eyes were a vivid beautiful blue, like the bluebells which bloomed in spring, in the woods at Pembroke Place.
She was what he had longed for abroad and not even known he’d been lacking.
His attention wholly captured, desire slipped into his blood as his groin grew heavy with hunger.
This was what came from abstinence he supposed. He’d never had a fancy for fair, fay women before. He did now.
She did not look the sort for a fling though, certainly not the she-wolf type who stalked the foreign fields. His mind began rattling through his guest list, but no name fit her, and her dull grey bonnet and shawl did not speak of affluence. Who was she?
He smiled as he grew nearer, then realised he was staring and shifted his gaze to the others in the group. It was then he noticed Phillip as they turned to towards him. “My God.”
“Phillip.” Lord, John hoped Phillip had not come here with a motive. John did not wish to hear oily grovelling from an old friend. His heart thumped in cold anger, not gladness. Then he looked at the blonde and his breath caught as recognition whispered in his head. Kate.
About the Author
She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.
Now Jane is writing a Regency series and contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality.
Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots.
‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.
Author: Nina Rowan
Genre: Historical Romance Mid 1800s
Rating: 4.75/5 Stars
Publisher: Forever an imprint of Hachette
About A DREAM OF DESIRE
No Distance Can Keep Them Apart.
For most her life, Lady Talia Hall has been dreaming of the day James Forester will take her in his arms and kiss her with unrestrained passion. Tired of waiting, Talia decides to take drastic measures to make James see her as more than his best friend’s little sister. But her bold plan goes awry when the scoundrel informs her that he is leaving London—and her—for a life of adventure traveling the world. Crushed, Talia throws herself into her reform work and vows never again to let her foolish heart get the better of her.
But even halfway across the world, James can’t stop thinking of the beautiful Talia, her bold declaration . . . or her brazen kiss. And when James learns that Talia’s reform work has thrown her into the path of danger and scandal, nothing can keep him from returning to London. But a broken heart is not easily put back together, and old habits die hard. Talia and James must learn that trusting in true love is the greatest adventure of all…
Why I think you should read this book.
The reasons I think you should read this book. First off Nina Rowan writes smart, charming and brave woman in her romance novels. Yes, they maybe nineteenth century ladies and virginal, but wilting violet types “need not apply” to be a Rowan character. If you are looking for a historical heroine to connect with then you need to check out Talia, in A Dream of Desire. Why did I connect with Talia, because she is smart and despite having both social and romantic obstacles in her way she does not fold in on herself to give up. She is the type of gal who dusts herself off, picks herself up and gets on with the program.
The “program” in story is the reform of prison life for juvenile offenders in England. Rowan paints, not a very pretty picture of the hardships of those offenders. The book is historical accurate, and I do wish Rowan would have delved deeper into the punishment that those juvenile offenders suffered at the hand of the authorities. As I felt for the character of Peter. The book is not about heart and flowers, but what Talia experiences trying to reform a system long beyond its expiration date.
The character of Peter Colston is what sparks Talia’s mission of reform. He and his sister have a nice subplot in the book. With all Rowan’s books even the minor characters are fleshed out in vivid detail. She is they type of writer that leaves no stone unturned in the readers imagination. The reformation of the juvenile offenders is what adds to the suspense quality of the book. Plus, I had to love Peter he is dyslexic.
Now why you should read this book as a romance. The story of Talia and James is superbly told. This isn’t a boy sees girls and sparks fly type of book, as these two characters have know each other most of their lives. It is a girl loves boy and boy is clueless and even if you hit him over the head with a cast iron pan he would remain clueless. You see James is of course a titled man of the british ton, but he is also an explorer. Well nothing or no one i.e. Talia and her declaration of love is going to get in his way. So what does James do? Like all men who don’t want to face facts he runs away. Yep does a runner. Now don’t go hating James, cause the sexy man has some baggage, as does Talia. Plus he has never seen her as anything but his best friends sister. The two characters baggage is not of their own making but it has impacted who they are. At heart this book is a love story but it has quite a bit of suspense mixed in, which make it a really enjoyable read.
Another reason you should read this book, is that Rowan can do with one kiss; what other authors can’t accomplish with a hundred page sex scene. ***Hearts A Flutter***
Yes this book is worth the price of buying it especially if you love historical romance
About the Author
Originally from California, Nina Rowan holds a PhD in Art History from McGill University, Montreal, with a specialization in 19th century French and Russian art. A librarian-at-heart, she also has an MA in Library and Information Sciences. Nina lives in Wisconsin with her atmospheric scientist husband and two children.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author or publisher. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.
The opinions in this review are wholly my own and have not been influence by any previous professional or personal relationship I have with Ms. Rowan