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Christmas anthology book release and review

Published October 3, 2017 by francesothomas

For a Floridian like me, spending the holiday season in England would be a delight–actual snow, towering trees that aren’t palms, the chance to wear a velvet dress. Since I can’t get there in person, these short stories by some of my favorite historical authors are the next best thing. All of the stories involve a character who is willing to sacrifice his or her own happiness by trying to live up to obligations to family or friends.

Kleypas gives us a dissolute son pretending to change his ways so as not to be disinherited by his dying father. And a heroine who agrees to go along with him to save her brother from drowning in debt.

Heath’s hero tries to do right by the fiancee of his dead brother. That fiancee has other plans, and he must mend fences to get back with the woman he loves.

In Frampton’s book, the hero attempts to pacify his mother, silly though she be. For me, this was the most entertaining of the four stories.

Lorret twists the theme. Her book features a heroine who wants to find a husband for her best friend and is willing to overlook her own attraction to the prospective groom.

There’s not a lot of substance here–the  stories are short, but oh so sweet. And isn’t love the best Christmas present of all?

Here are the blurbs:

Romance stars Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret prove in this collection of stories that love is the most magical during Christmas…

“I Will” by Lisa Kleypas

To be reinstated into his father’s will, Andrew, Lord Drake, must court a respectable woman-his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. After he blackmails Caroline into helping him, the charade begins-but is it really a charade once love takes hold of their hearts…?

“Deck the Halls With Love” by Lorraine Heath

Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, devastated Lady Meredith Hargreaves when he proposed to another. But when he becomes free to pursue her, it’s too late for she’s on her way to the altar…. As Christmas approaches, Chetwyn vows to lure Lady Meredith back into his arms.

“No Groom at the Inn” by Megan Frampton

James Archer detests his mother’s matchmaking ways. When ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with simpering maidens, he produces a fiancée-Lady Sophronia Bettesford. James and Sophronia pretend to be in love for one month. But their pact soon turns into love.

“The Duke’s Christmas Wish” by Vivienne Lorret

To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything-even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.

 

BOOK INFO

A Christmas to Remember Anthology by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret
Genre Adult; Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date September 26, 2017
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The Viscount and the Vixen book review

Published November 29, 2016 by francesothomas

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The last of the Hellions of Havisham is the hero of The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath.

Actually, I wouldn’t exactly call Portia, the heroine, a vixen. When I think of that term, I think of an overly flirtatious young miss. Portia is way too knowledgeable and overtly provocative to qualify as merely a vixen.

She also is hiding a whopper of a secret. She arrives to marry Locke’s father, some decades her senior. Locke decides to protect his father and marries her himself. After all, he does need an heir, but he has no intention of loving anyone as much as his father loved his late mother. Her loss only led his father to madness. There’s no chance Locke will fall in love with this little gold digger.

But apparently dear old dad wasn’t so crazy after all. He engineered the whole thing, somehow knowing the two would be ideal for each other.

This book is rather racy for me, but the pair are hard-working, kind, and most importantly forgiving.

Is he or isn’t he?

Published May 1, 2016 by francesothomas

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How well do you really know your spouse? Are you sure about that? Stories about identical twins pretending to be each other are not uncommon. They usually find it easy enough to convince friends, even parents. But could a wife be fooled?

In The Earl Takes All, Lorraine Heath says that could happen. Edward returns home from an exotic trip, bringing back the body of his late brother. Before dying, Albert, the Earl, extracted a promise.  Edward agrees not to stress his pregnant sister-in-law by revealing which twin actually died until after the baby arrives.

The other two nobles Heath introduced us to as the Hellions of Havisham in her previous book, Falling into Bed with a Duke catch on immediately. Yet somehow the widow Julia doesn’t. Albert has been away for several months. She’s become more independent in his absence.  Blah, blah. I’m not convinced.

In spite of my inability to suspend disbelief, I liked the book. Heath handles the growing attraction skillfully while not dissing the dead brother. It’s certainly possible to love more than once, just in different ways.

Falling Into Bed with a Duke book review

Published October 28, 2015 by francesothomas

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Falling Into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath has a couple of plot devices that could have lapsed into kinky in the hands of a lesser writer. Minerva, the heroine, visits a private club concealed by a mask for the express purpose of losing her virginity while Ashe, the hero, frequents the same place because it gives him the opportunity to take photos of ladies’ legs. Have I unwittingly stumbled into the wrong century?

This book is the first of Heath’s new series, Hellions of Havisham. Ashe and two other boys were left in the care of the Marquess of Marsden after a tragedy touched their young lives. They grow up in Havisham Hall as pseudo-brothers along with Havisham’s own son. As men, they have earned the title of hellions since they do what they wish without censure from society. They are given a pass on their misbehavior out of sympathy for what occurred in their past. Besides, they are all so very handsome.

Minerva, on the other hand, doesn’t get any sympathy from society. She is well on her way to spinsterhood. Men are interested only in her very hefty dowry and can’t seem to see beyond her straightforward ways and plain face to the vibrant woman beneath. She’s washed her hands of the idea of marriage but wants to find out just once what it’s like to be desired.

This unlikely pair in the unlikely setting click immediately, of course. I’m looking forward to Books Two, Three, and Four.

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About LORRAINE HEATH

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s prestigious RITA. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

KissCon launching on West Coast

Published October 23, 2014 by francesothomas

I often wish I lived on the West Coast. Now I have kiss two more reasons. Avon is launching new events called KissCon.

What does KissCon entail? A group of Avon authors will be doing a signing, a Q&A, and fun, interactive events with the audience. There will be prizes and raffles. Authors attending each event will vary slightly. Attendance is free, unless you spring for a VIP ticket—which gets you in to an exclusive reception with the authors, as well as one of the featured authors’ books.

Maybe I will finish one of my own romance novels in time to be featured at a Florida KissCon someday.  Anyway, here are the locations:

KissCon Seattle (at Copperfield’s Books in San Rafael, CA, Saturday, 11/22):

Avon Books and Copperfield’s San Rafael are joining forces to bring romance readers the very first KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on November 22, 2014.  There will be a special limited-attendance VIP event, and a larger public event.  We are encouraging readers to reserve tickets for both!

Featured authors include: Ilona Andrews, Elizabeth Boyle, Rachel Gibson, Laura Kaye, TJ Kline, Julie Anne Long, Sarah MacLean, Cathy Maxwell,Jennifer Ryan and Lori Wilde.

 

KissCon Seattle (at University Bookstore, Sunday, 11/23) :

Avon Books and University Book Store are teaming up to bring Seattle area romance readers the city’s first-ever multi-author KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on November 23, 2014.  There will be a special limited-attendance VIP event, followed by a larger public event.  We are encouraging readers to reserve tickets for both!

The star-studded author line-up includes: Ilona AndrewsJennifer BernardElizabeth BoyleJulie Brannagh, Rachel Gibson,  Lorraine HeathLaura KayeSophie Jordan, Sarah MacLeanCathy Maxwell, Darlene PanzeraJulia Quinn and Lori Wilde.

 

Published February 9, 2014 by francesothomas

Lorraine Heath gives us a smart, sassy heroine with a secret in her upcoming novel When the Duke Was Wicked.That the secret is given plenty of foreshadowing makes it no less interesting and unusual as a plot device.

Lady Grace  never really got over her childhood crush on the Duke of Lovingdon. But he has changed drastically. Because of the tragedy that has befallen him, he can’t risk his heart. She can’t go into a marriage unless her heart and her trust are fully engaged.

A final complication serves to bring them together and cements their bond to go forward together come what may.

Nicely done.

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Luring the seaman from the sea

Published December 6, 2012 by francesothomas

When is a lord not a lord? According to Lorraine Heath’s Lord of Temptation, it’s when he’s a pirate. Intrepid heroine Anne talks her way onto his ship to gain closure to a previous romance. The confines of that ship bring the two together physically and emotionally. When Crimson Jack, aka Lord Tristan, realizes that Anne’s fiancee is dead and her voyage has been to say a final goodbye, the sparks ignite. Tristan tries his best to stay his course as an adventurer with no ties, but, of course, fails. Even the maid gets a happily ever after in this tale.