#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Rebel Heiress and the Knight – Melissa Oliver @melissaoauthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘The Rebel Heiress and the Knight’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

2wOPzYMAGrowing up in Richmond-Upon-Thames, Melissa Oliver used to walk past the old Mills and Boon offices as a teen, and wistfully sigh that one day her dream of writing for them will come true. Amazingly, after all these years, it finally has…& now she can bring all those stories out onto the pages of her books. Melissa lives in south-west London with her gorgeous husband and equally gorgeous daughters, who share her passion for castles, palaces and all things historical.

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Synopsis :

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By order of the king!
Widow Eleanor of Tallany Castle knows her people are broken by the taxes demanded by King John. So when she’s ordered to marry Hugh de Villiers, a knight loyal to the king, she’s furious—even if he is handsome! As gallant Hugh begins to heal the scars of Eleanor’s abusive first marriage, she’s even more determined to keep her secret: she is the outlaw the king wants to send to the gallows!

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I knew I wanted to write a medieval romance, set against a back-drop of real historical events- and the spring of 1215 certainly had that.
With bitter divisions between King John and the Barons; civil unrest and lawlessness- the country was on the brink of civil war. Strangely enough; Brexit- which polarised opinions and divided the U.K recently, actually helped in making me understand the depth of anger and frustration felt by both sides. Only, back then, there was a real and palpable danger that the situation could spiral out of control, spectacularly…which it later did.
To set a tender romantic story at this tumultuous time was just too delicious for me to resist. I wanted to create that element of intrigue, adventure, and even hope.
This is one of the reasons why I love medieval historical romance- it has that excitement- that tangible, urgent immediacy about it that for a hopeless romantic like me, not to mention as a writer- is just too good to pass up. There are endless possibilities.
However, I’m conscious that this is also a period in history that occurred a long time ago, meaning that the availability of credible resources are limited. For instance, much as I like to keep the story and characters rooted in historical accuracy, it isn’t always possible. If that was the case, then my characters would have had to speak in ‘old’ French, since (middle) English wouldn’t have been spoken in court at this time. It does, however, need to feel authentic and believable.
I always start with a what if… scenario, with the emergence of characters forming in my head, adding more and more detail and layers as I go along. The plot may twist and turn as many times but ultimately it’s my characters that drive the story forward.
I create them, with the hope that they jump out of the page, and know that they inhabit a world that, much like ours, isn’t perfect and can be quite harsh at times. However, both my hero and heroine have no choice but to rise to any challenges in a, sometimes, unexpected way.
In terms of themes, there’s a nod to the legend of Robin Hood, which some historians believe, took its inspiration from the real-life story of Fulk FitzWarin III.
My heroine- Eleanor had been abused in her first marriage but uses that experience for a force of good, even though it’s a difficult experience to put behind her. She’s quite empowering really and yes women like Eleanor Tallany really did exist at that time. The hero too, Sir Hugh de Villers, is patient and kind- a powerful warrior with a big heart. I really love them both.
Eleanor and Hugh had sparks of attraction almost from the outset but they had to overcome standing on opposing lines when it came to the Baron’s conflict. At the heart of this book are two people who are drawn together, despite their differences and their difficulty to trust. There are variant shades between the light and dark elements here too, so I loved injecting humour into the story.

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Today I’m on the ‘The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Synopsis :

33Awcl3IMarriage … To the highest bidder
Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems―like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counter-offer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections? Or does Lydia dare hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?

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A year ago, I asked my followers on social media what sort of story they would like to see next. I had two ideas—both of which I liked a great deal. The first was a marriage of convenience story involving a governess and an earl, and the second an enemies to lovers story which centred around the heroine’s misdeeds in the past before the hero went off to war.
Assuming they would be as excited as I was about these two stories, I stupidly put it to the vote to see which I should write first, and that’s where all my best laid plans unravelled like knitting.
You see, my followers had another idea. Because clearly my job as an author wasn’t hard enough already, they wanted me to write an amalgamation! An enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience story! Their two favourite tropes perfectly executed in one eighty-thousand-word package. To do either of those justice isn’t easy as they are both well-used as well as well loved, and I always want to do something original, so I had severe misgivings.
But as I’d asked, I listened. I threw my other two perfectly good ideas out of the window and went back to the drawing board, dug out my research books and thankfully, and entirely because of a dusty impulse buy from Amazon a decade ago, inspiration struck.
Therefore, there is no governess in this book. The hero isn’t an earl either. The heroine doesn’t have a checkered past and nobody went to war.
Now my story involves the explosive end to a forbidden first love, a former stable boy turned convict who has recently returned from Botany Bay, and an aristocratic heroine sold to pay her family’s crushing debts. There is also gentleman’s club, a whole wardrobe of rattling skeletons, a near seven foot tall bouncer with the soul of an artist, a diminutive but meddling three foot sidekick, an unconventional dash to Gretna Green and, because I stumbled across some fascinating research on the meaning of convict tattoos, a sexy flock of swallows etched into the hero’s left bicep which occupies a great deal of my heroine’s thoughts.
I hope you enjoy reading THE SCOUNDREL’S BARTERED BRIDE half as much as I enjoyed writing it! And enjoy those sexy swallows…

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Captured By Her Enemy Knight – Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon

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Today I’m on the ‘Captured By Her Enemy Knight’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

ocBgtkswNicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly).
If she isn’t working on the next book in her historical series, she can be reached at NicoleLocke.com!

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Synopsis :

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Cressida Howe, the Archer, is a well-tuned weapon. But she’s also a woman captivated by a man—Eldric of Hawskmoor, the warrior knight her father ordered her to kill. Instead, for years, Cressida has simply watched him… Now she’s been captured by her formidable enemy, and her well-ordered world comes crashing down, for Eldric is even more compelling up close. Cressida curses her traitorous heart—this assassin has fallen for her target!

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Top Ten things about the hero Eldric of Hawksmoor:

1. He looks like Brock O’Hurn, so yeah, I loved doing the research, and describing him, and…and…and.
2. Eldric was in a previous book: Her Christmas Knight as a friend of Hugh’s.
3. Whilst talking to Hugh, he mentions that the three perfect scars on his arm are caused by an Archer who will pay for his dishonourable deeds.
4. Little does he know the Archer is a woman.
5. He also doesn’t know he dances with that same woman at a Christmas Ball (she’s in disguise). He kinda liked dancing with her…and thinks about her a lot.
6. So when he meets this Archer (aka the fight), he’s a little torn and intrigued, full of lust and loathing, and…and…and.
7. Instead of killing her, he captures her. Romance ensues.
8. The problem with the Archer’s secrets, which involves the scars on the arm, is that they are juicy secrets. They also conflict with all of Eldric’s secrets.
9. Oh! And he whistles. All the time. In fact, that’s how the Archer first noticed Eldric…when she was a child. And over the years, she observes him again, and again, and again.
10. You see…she’s always loved him, and though he realises their connection may be a bit stronger than revenge, all those secrets may keep them from their HEA.

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : The Warrior Knight and the Widow – Ella Matthews @ellamattauthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘The Warrior Knight and the Widow’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

yC7I5fCAElla Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

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Synopsis :

77ZmQH1QProtected by The Beast
Undone by the man
Racing cross-country pursued by danger, widow Lady Ellena Swein isn’t pleased to be taken back to her father’s castle. But with his knight Sir Braedan Leofric, also known as The Beast, as her captor, she has little choice! Ellena is surprised by his honourable and protective nature, even if she shouldn’t trust him. And when all seems to conspire against them, Braedan’s secret could either extinguish the spark between them or make it burn brighter.

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I started writing when I was very young but looking back those early works seem largely to be about She ra and I’m not sure my artistic talents were up to the illustrations I did to go with them. When I was older I discovered that I could actually work in book publishing, which seemed like an ideal career. I loved it but as I worked with authors to develop their own manuscripts I began to think that maybe this was something I could do myself. It turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined. My first attempt is buried deep in a drawer somewhere and my second and third are hidden somewhere equally obscure. I persevered and learned a lot about the craft of putting a story together. I’ve published five Pocket Novels with DC Thomson but The Warrior Knight and the Widow is my biggest book so far.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Growing up I loved the Famous Five and Malory Towers. I enjoy reading almost anything but I do prefer stories with a HEA (life can be hard work and so I want to feel happy when I read). I particularly enjoy Virginia Heath, Catherine Tinley, Julia Quinn, Jo Watson and MhairiMcfarlane.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’m hard-pressed to choose between Jo Watson and Mhairi Mcfarlane but the advice I’d really like from both of them is the same. I’d like to know how they make their writing so consistently funny so that I could apply that technique to my own writing.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d like to invite the hero of the manuscript I’m writing at the moment. Jarin is a medieval earl whose estate is an old and privileged one. His life should be perfect but I think he’s very lonely and could really do with someone friendly to chat to.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I’ve got a full time job and two young children so I write when and where I can (watching swimming lessons, waiting for the kettle to boil, that sort of thing). I used to enjoy hand-writing everything with a certain penbut sadly I don’t have time to do that anymore.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Haha, I don’t think my characters are based on anyone real. I may take aspects of a person and use them in my novels, for example my daughter has unusual coloured eyes and those have made an appearance, as have my husband’s dark brown ones. My mum also bakes an incredibly delicious lemon meringue pie and that particular dish was a heroine’s favourite dish cooked by her mother. But, nobody in my life needs to be worried.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I think that I’m somewhere in between. When I’m thinking of a new plot I like to sit down and handwrite a paragraph for each chapter. Occasionally I’ll add a snippet of dialogue. When I’ve finished I put that outline in a file and only take it out if I’m stuck. Sometimes I’ve moved wildly away from my original outline but that’s OK so long I’m heading to the end I’ve planned.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
My main advice would be to read as much as you can, especially but not exclusively, in the genre you want to write in. But after that have a little break so that you can develop your own voice. The other thing to do is to keep going. It’s easy to come up with a wonderful idea but it’s hard to sustain enthusiasm over the length of time it takes to finish a novel. Don’t give up!

What are your futureplans as an author?
I’m currently writing another medieval romance set in the same world as The Warrior Knight and the Widow and after that I’ll have to wait and see whether Mills and Boon are still interested in me 🙂 .

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
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Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Ella Matthews.

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Today I’m on the ‘Redeeming the Reclusive Earl’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Synopsis :

CKPNi3WAHis heart is a fortress … And she’s trespassing!
After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?

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Excerpt :

A Genuine Social Distancing Regency Romance…

Fancy a story involving social distancing during these bizarre times of social distancing? I might just have the book for you! After losing everything in a horrific fire, my tortured hero Max is hiding from the world at his newly inherited estate. The only problem is, alongside the house and grounds, he also seems to have inherited an odd female archaeologist who flatly refuses to leave him well alone. Here’s a snippet:

‘What the hell do you think you are doing?’
The grubby boy scrambled back to a sitting position and blinked up at the him through the thick lenses of his spectacles. When Max had first spotted the lad kneeling on the ground, he had assumed he was a poacher and was about to ride by, not caring if a few of his pheasants were liberated for a poor family’s cooking pot. Just because he no longer had any appetite didn’t mean the rest of the population couldn’t eat and he’d never had a taste for pheasant even when he had enjoyed his food, so it made no difference to him. But as he had crested the small rise near the eastern boundary of his new estate in his quest to fill some time, he spotted all the holes in the ground, the shovels, tools and wheelbarrow, and realised the intruder was digging.
‘I asked you a question!’ He practically spat in annoyance, aggrieved that he had to make the effort to actually converse or to concern himself with another human being and their peculiar business when he was in no mood for either. The boy’s spectacles magnified his dark eyes. They were the oddest spectacles Max Aldersley had ever seen. Instead of arms, the unsightly frame was tied around the back of his head with a bright red ribbon secured in a bow. Perhaps his first guess about the direness of the lad’s financial circumstances had been correct if he had to go out looking like that. His gaze drifted to the paintbrush and trowel in the boy’s hand, then fixed on the hole he was crouched before. Half-exposed in the mud was a dark object. Spherical, like a pot, which was either being buried or exhumed. All very odd and all entirely unwelcome. All much too much effort. ‘Why are you trespassing on my land?’
‘My land?’ The boy didn’t sound like a boy and instantly Max felt his hackles rise in panic at his own curious stupidity. The trespasser stood and his stomach plummeted to his toes.
Now he could see significant evidence that the boy was a woman which really made his blood boil. When he had first spotted her scratching around in the mud he had assumed her to be a young man—an easy mistake to make, considering she was dressed in breeches and work boots. Odd work boots. One black. One very definitely brown.
‘Oh, hello! You must be the new Lord Rivenhall.’
It was so much easier to be an abomination in front of a man.
Had he known that she was female, he wouldn’t have brought his horse so close no matter what she had been doing on his property. But now Max could see the trousers hugged her female form like a second skin and there was no getting away from the fact that the hips which flared from her waist were as unmanly as it was possible for hips to be—more was the pity. Worse, the capacious linen shirt tucked haphazardly into the top of the waistband also did little to disguise the fine bosom beneath. The wench had a body that was made for sin. Unfortunately, there was very little evidence that the rest of her lived up to that promise. Which, all things considered, was probably just as well. His sinning days were well and truly over…

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Excerpt : Her Dark Knight’s Redemption – Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon

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Today I’m on the ‘Her Dark Knight’s Redemption’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

ocBgtkswNicole is the author of Harlequin’s Lovers and Legends and The Lochmore Legacy series. If she isn’t working on the next book, she can be reached at her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Synopsis :

cHwDzB-w“This man was shadow and night. He was Darkness.”
Homeless Aliette is saved from punishment for stealing by a mysterious knight. To stay alive, she’s informed by this stranger that she must claim his child as her own. She should fear the dark knight’s power, yet it’s clear there’s more good to this man than he’s prepared to show. Can she break down the barriers of the tortured knight she calls Darkness?

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Excerpt :

In a private library in Paris, a scene between the hero/a villain Reynold, who kidnapped the heroine/a thief, Aliette. Here is an argument that turns into a kiss, that turns into….

Reynold’s eyes narrowed; his jaw clenched. Victory. He hated when she withheld opinions. But he held his secrets. With so much was at stake, Aliette deserved to know.
Ignoring his glare, she strode to one of the tables, found exactly the book she wanted and sat down on the bench to read.
She didn’t need to look at the man behind the desk to know her deeds struck him. He didn’t like secrets of any sort and this one she’d delighted to withhold from him over the last sennight.
‘You’re reading a book,’ he said.
‘You taught me.’ Days at his side, she’d learned his ability to wait was a tactic. She didn’t lift her eyes. This time, she would wait. She turned a page, then another. All the while she felt his gaze on her.
‘For how long?’ he said.
‘A while now.’
Even sitting as she was and him half-hidden, she could feel the tension, see him vibrating with some unknown force. He more than flexed his fingers now, he clenched his burned fist. ‘You had me reading to you.’
She lifted a shoulder and turned another page.
‘Why did you pick that book?’
Because since the first day he had brought her in here he’d kept picking up this particular book and setting it down. Because he looked tortured, knowing this story existed. Out of all the stories in this room he avoided this one and she didn’t know why. It was a secret and she wanted him to break. She’d do anything for her family. Needed to know the danger they were in.
‘I like the title: The Odyssey,’ she said.
‘There are other more interesting stories.’
‘I don’t think so.’ She closed the book, ran a hand down its spine. ‘It’s lovely. Far lovelier than anything else in here. Why is that?’
He now rubbed his thumb along the burn in his hand. ‘I had it commissioned.’
Wealth. She knew he had it in abundance, but this was something else. He loved his books…and so he had them made. ‘You ordered this book made.’
‘From some monks at a monastery in Spain.’
‘Have you ordered others?’
At his curt nod, she looked around his room, then down at her lap. ‘Where are those?’
He made some sound from his chest. As though he was surprised, and pleased. ‘Those I gave to the monks at the monastery.’
‘Were they expecting that?’
‘What do you think?’
She thought it made him angry and uneasy he was sharing details of his life. Especially details that displayed a more generous man than she would have guessed. But he did it in some vague desperation to stop her reading this story.
So she returned to reading the story. ‘It seems to be about a husband trying to return to his wife.’
‘A trivial endeavour. If you can read, there are tales here worthy of your new skill.’
But he had the book made, unlike the others. She flipped through the pages. ‘Odysseus suffered to return to Penelope, didn’t he? It reads his mother died of grief while he was gone. He must have been gone for a long time.’ A few more pages. ‘Oh! He lost some ships. Did he make it to his wife? Perhaps I should read the ending first.’
He slapped his hand on his desk. ‘Put it away—it’s not yours.’
Ah. ‘You took me and my family away from our life, from our things. You told me I had no choice. None of this is mine, you made sure of that. This book.’ She set the book down and stood. Her fingers went to the laces on her gown. ‘The clothes I’m wearing aren’t—’
‘Stop!’ His chair banged against the wall as Reynold stood. Swift strides and he was grasping her arms in his calloused hands. ‘You have changed everything. Everything! And you’re not even aware of it.’
A quick yank that lifted her to her toes, a growl, and his lips slammed to hers. To take as she had. His game, his life. To punish. Because he could do it no other way.
But punishment turned to desire, to lust as her lips and her body yielded. Her slight body pressed to his, shivered, his hands drawing her closer, wanting those trembles to be his as well. His.

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Jf5ZywLMA spy on a mission … Until he meets this heiress!
Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!

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The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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‘The Disgraceful Lord Gray’ is the third book in “The King’s Elite” series by author Virginia Heath and one I’ve been definitely looking forward to.
Having read the other two stories I thought I knew what to expect, but I didn’t count on Lord Graham “Gray” Chadwick … and Trefor, the dog!
Really, that dog, what a great character.
He still makes me smile as I think how he played a major role in this story just by being mischievous.
He made such a great companion for Gray who’s really a bit gloomy being disgraced and all that.
They really balance eachother out.
Ofcourse there can’t be a lovestory without a woman and miss Theodora “Thea” Cranford is just perfect.
I adored her and her struggle of trying to keep herself, her quite fiercy side, in check.
The sparks just fly when they first meet.
Extremely entertaining and humorous I must say.
I definitely found my new favorite in the King’s Elite!
‘The Disgraceful Lord Gray’ is another fantastic read which I highly recommend.
I hope ‘The Determined Lord Hadleigh’ won’t let me down as I have high expectations now.

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Rachel’s Random Resources / Blog Tour : The Uncompromising Lord Flint (The King’s Elite #2) – Virginia Heath

the uncompromising lord flint

Synopsis :

the uncompromising lord flint ukImprisoned by her past – Set free by her enemy!

Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?

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The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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‘The Uncompromising Lord Flint’ is the second book in ‘The King’s Elite’ series written by Virginia Heath, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone.
I recommend however to read ‘The Mysterious Lord Millcroft’ first to get a better background story of the ring of smugglers and also because Lord Millcroft deserves it! 😉
This said, back to this installment… .
Like the other book I was immediately hooked from the beginning and it was hard for me not to read it in one go.
How I loved Jess right from the start.
She was just everything this story, and maybe Lord Flint, needed, a feisty and strong heroine with some troubled past.
And although she’s, for me, the real strength of this book, despite what the title says, it couldn’t be that good without Peter Flint!
He takes a bit of a background role in my opinion, but he’s still great of course.
I’m grateful we get to know him better trough others though, his mother specifically.
She’s another great character, perhaps my favorite in this story. (Hurray for strong women!)
I don’t know what to say more than READ IT because you have to find out yourselves if this fast-paced, action-packed train, that’s excellently written, ends with tomfoolery 😉 or more.
I definitely recommend it and can’t wait for another spy to give my heart to during these fantastic reading moments created by one of my favorite romantic authors!

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Rachel’s Random Resources / Publication Day Push : The Mysterious Lord Millcroft (The King’s Elite #1) – Virginia Heath

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft

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Life as a duchess…
Or something much more dangerous…?
Part of The King’s Elite. Constantly told her beauty and charm is all she has to offer, Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa which leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…

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About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathVirginia Heath lives on the outskirts of London with her understanding husband and two, less understanding, teenagers. After spending years teaching history,she decided to follow her dream of writing for Harlequin. Now she spends her days happily writing regency romances, creating heroes that she falls in love with and heroines who inspire her. When she isn’t doing that, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things that she doesn’t need or read romances written by other people.

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‘The Mysterious Lord Millcroft’ is the first book I’ve read written by Virginia Heath and I’m going to say straight away that it won’t be my last! I definitely can’t wait for the other installments of this series or her others.
Although maybe a wee bit predictable on who will appear as a character I didn’t find no reasons no to fall immediately in love, not only with the shy spy Seb, but also with the incomparable Clarissa. I did so understand both of them in what they did or said and sometimes I just wanted to shake or slap them! And that for me makes it a damn good story because it all just reads as if it really could be happening in that time frame and right in front of me.
Everything felt so genuine, from Seb, who’s an ideal spy, but hopeless when it comes to women, to Clarissa, a beautiful society girl with a secret and everything that happens in between.
I was hooked from te beginning and because of all the twists and surprises I couldn’t stop reading. Virginia has not only an eye for details, but also one for language. I loved the dialogues full of humor and wit and the suspense of being a spy. (How I do love spies!)
I guess I’m a bit short for words myself on how to describe my feelings about this book. It made me all just wish for a longer story. It was that good!
So please hurry up with the other spies. If they’re half as great as Seb is, I already know I’ll be giving them my heart too.

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