Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:19

Review: How to Ravish a Rake

home_cover3“How to Ravish a Rake” by Vicky Dreiling (historical, Grand Central, April 2012, $7.99, 400pp)



Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security—if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate—and irresistible—attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . . .



When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton’s shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . . .


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Tuesday, 27 March 2012 19:08

Review: The Seduction of Lady X

seduction-small“The Seduction of Lady X” by Julia London (historical, Pocket, March 2012, $7.99, 400pp)


Series: Secrets of Hadley Green

  1. “The Year of Living Scandalously” – Declan O’Connor & Keira Hannigan
  2. “The Revenge of Lord Eberlin” – Lily Boudine & Tobin Scott
  3. “The Seduction of Lady X” – Harrison Tolly & Olivia Hastings


Suffering from a cold abusive marriage, the one bright spot in Lady Olivia Carey’s life is her husband’s steward Harrison Tolly, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Ashwood and rightful heir of his father’s estate.  Trapped in her marriage, she encourages the engagement of Tolly to her sister who returned from a tour of Spain pregnant.  Soon thereafter, Lady Carey begins to regret the match as she uncovers Tolly’s feeling for her and realizes hers for him.  That combined with her husband’s death leads to dilemmas on all sides.


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“Party for Three” by Lacey Alexander (review copy)
Review to come


“Domination Sex: Conditioned Response” by Erika Masten (ebook)
In this short story, Emma and Jay have been friends since college. When Emma fails to show up at a party, Jay realizes there is something wrong and tracks her down. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Jay decides to make another move (the two had spent a weekend in bed years ago, but Emma couldn’t handle her emotions or Jay’s dominant nature). I was surprised by how much I liked this story. Emma’s emotional ups and downs were a bit much, but the story is satisfying and incredibly hot. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.


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Monday, 26 March 2012 17:36

Sophia Nash's Royal Entourage Series

sophia_nashRNN welcomes author Sophia Nash to talk about her latest series - the Royal Entourage series. It is loosely based upon HBO's "Entourage" and the movie, "The Hangover" (a pairing that Jennifer is greatly intrigued by).


The first book in the series, "Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea" was released in March of 2012. The second book is "The Art of Duke Hunting," an April 2012 book that releases tomorrow.


One commenter will win a copy of both "Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea" and "The Art of Duke Hunting." Contest will be open until Friday, March 30, at Noon EST and is open to U.S. and Canadian residents.


The inspiration behind the Royal Entourage series:

By Sophia Nash

It is a truth universally acknowledged among writers that there are a finite number of plots, and so authors often spin old ideas to make them fresh and new again. This was the case with my newest set of stories.


Published in Authors Corner
Monday, 26 March 2012 11:01

NECRWA Conference, April 27-28, 2012

conf_logo-siteRNN talks to Penelope Watson, romance author, blogger and member of NECRWA (New England Chaper of the Romance Writers' of America about the upcoming Spring Conference, April 27-28, 2012, held in Salem, Massachusetts.


Penelope's Top Seven Reasons Not To Miss The 2012 NECRWA Spring Conference (April 27-28, 2012)


  1. Fabulous speakers: Including writing guru Michael Hauge, bestselling author-turned-indie-success story Marie Force and RITA award winner Kristan Higgins.
  2. Killer work-shops on craft, industry and marketing: (Hey, even Penelope is giving a talk!-- Penelope Channels Miss Manners: How To Promote Yourself Without Peeving Everyone Off).
  3. Salem, Massachusetts: You just can't beat this historic New England town. It's got charm, great shops and restaurants, and maybe even a ghost or two to entertain.
  4. Not Just A Pitch, A Critique: Forget about that stressful oral pitch. At the NEC conference, you can submit 10 pages of your WIP prior to meeting with an editor/agent of your choice. It's a unique opportunity to discuss your manuscript and hopefully get a request!
  5. Cocktails, Psychics and Tiaras: Don't miss the chance to schmooze with New England's finest romance writers and professionals. There will be cocktails, psychic readings, and a nice assortment of tiaras on Friday night.
  6. Ghost Tour: Want to get up close and personal with Salem's past? Ghost Hunters Marley Gibson and Patrick Burns investigate the paranormal side of Salem.
  7. Book Fair Extravaganza: Participate in Saturday's book fair with your fellow authors. It's a festive occasion to meet and greet readers in the Salem area.


Want to find out more? Check out the NECRWA website, and/or the conference website.


Learn more about Penelope Watson, the author, and/or the romance blogger.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012 12:07

Review: Bound by Desire

bound-by-desire-175“Bound by Desire” by Jaymie Holland (erotic, St. Martin’s Griffin, March 2012, $14.99, 208pp)


Series: Taken by Passion/Wonderland (note: Wonderland series written as Cheyenne McCray)

  1. “Taken by Passion”/”King of Hearts” – Alice O’Brien & Kiong Jarronn
  2. “Claimed by Pleasure”/ “King of Spades” – Alexi O’Brien & King Darronn
  3. “Bound by Desire”/”King of Diamonds” – Annie Travis & King Karn
  4. “Kept by Seduction”/”King of Clubs” – Awai Steele & King Ty


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Confessions“Confessions from an Arranged Marriage” by Miranda Neville (historical, Avon, April 2012, $7.99, 384)




Series: The Burgundy Club

  1. “The Wild Marquis” – the Marquis of Chase & Juliana Merton
  2. “The Dangerous Viscount” – Diana Fanshawe & Sebastian Iverley
  3. “The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton” – Celia Seaton & Tarquin Compton
  4. “Confessions from an Arranged Marriage” – Minerva Montrose & the Marquis of Blakeney


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Monday, 19 March 2012 09:30

Jaci Burton Talks Sports

Taking_ShotRNN welcomes Jaci Burton whose latest release, "Taking a Shot." made both the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller lists to talk about the appeal of sports heroes in romance novels.


Read to the end to find out how to win a copy of "Taking a Shot" from RNN. Check out our review of this Recommended Read.


Take it away Jaci Burton:

Anyone who loves sports loves athletes. The question is, what is it about them that makes them fodder for our fantasies. Is it their hefty salaries? No, that’s not it. I mean there’s always the billionaire corporate raider or sheik for that, right?  Is if the fact they’re on television? No, there are movie stars and television actors who corner the market on face time. So what is it that we find so attractive about sports stars?


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“Wicked Weekend” by Gillian Archer (ebook)
While spending a miserable weekend with her sister and her sister’s new fiancé, Lauren meets an exciting stranger – a stranger who wants her complete submission. But what starts out as a fling, turns into so much more when they both become emotionally involved. The intimate scenes in this story are incredibly hot. I did think that there were some things that the author didn’t explain entirely (ie the colored hankies worn in the back pockets), but was otherwise impressed by this erotic romance with BDSM elements. I look forward to reading more by this author.


“On Finding Jon’s Porn” by Alison Tyler (ebook)
When a college student finds spanking porn on her friend’s laptop, it immediately changes their relationship. I purchased this very short story (11 pp) because it was free on Amazon. Alison Tyler is a great erotica author. I will read almost anything she writes. These 11 pages pack quite a sexy punch.


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Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:27

Review: Protector

PROTECTOR-185x300“Protector” by Catherine Mann (romantic suspense, Berkley, March 2012, $7.99, 306pp)


Series: Dark Ops

  1. “Defender” – Jimmy Gage & Chloe Nelson
  2. “Hotshot” – Vince DeLuca & Shay Bassett
  3. “Renegade” – Mason “Smooth” Randolph & Jill Walczak
  4. “Protector” – Charles Tanaka & JoLynn Taylor
  5. "Guardian" - Sophie Campbell & David "Ice" Berg (to be released September 2012)


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