Monday, July 6, 2015

Tour: Guest Post/Review: Put up Your Duke by Megan Frampton

Hey Ya'll, Nelle here! We have the pleasure today to have Megan Frampton on the blog! Isn't that exciting?! She's talking about her new book, Put Up Your Duke!



One of the best things about being a writer is being able to don another person’s character, to figure out what makes them tick, what makes them happy, or fearful, or what makes them fall in love with another person.


In Put Up Your Duke, I have two points of view—Nicholas and Isabella, the hero and heroine. Now it’s probably understood I have never been a man, so getting inside of Nicholas’s head was a change for me. But just as improbable, and I’m not being disingenuous on this, is that I have never been a spectacularly beautiful woman. So writing about a heroine who is so beautiful people gasp when they see her was very fun, and different.


What must it be like to be looked at all the time? To be seen but not known? That is what I dealt with when I wrote from Isabella’s viewpoint. She thought that all anyone thought she had to offer was what was on the outside, and she was sad that no-one except for her sister knew what she was like on the inside. She thinks Nicholas will be the same, and he does admire her looks—he’d be a blind idiot not to—but he comes to realize that what is on the inside is just as beautiful, but much less perfect. Isabella ends up reveling in her imperfection because she gets to be that way with Nicholas, whom she is coming to love.


As I wrote her, I imagined Isabella looking like Angelina Jolie—that same ‘are you kidding me?’ quality that I have when I see pictures of a younger Jolie. I would never want to be that beautiful, honestly, because of all the attention I’d get, but I did like visiting inside the head of someone so lovely for a while.


 

My Rockin' Review


Surprise! Due to a fluke, you're a Duke! Oh, by the way, you inherited a fiancé! Isn't that nice?!


This was definitely a twist on the normal marriage of convenience plots, I've enjoyed in the past! Nicholas, is shocked to discover he is being forced to marry Isabella, who was the former Dukes fiancé. No love lost there! Isabella really doesn't want to marry either "Duke" but she has been groomed to be the "perfect duchess" and is forced to marry by her beastly, stuffy, pompous parents. The "duke that was" was more interested in his dukedom than her, although that plot wasn't as developed as it could have been. I just adore a dastardly villain. Don't you?


Nicolas and Isabella are a well balanced couple. Nicholas is great at sex, being the former profligate rake, but very lacking in knowledge on how to go about as a Duke! Isabella, on the other hand, excels at the pressures of being a duchess and of course, is an innocent virginal lady. The two have a ton of inner dialogue, a slow connection, and very little heat.  This was a sweet romance that carried the whole plot. Nicholas pursued Isabella, courted and wooed her, all after their marriage. He realizes she's frightened and takes it slow, real slow. My favorite aspect of the story is that Nicholas, realizing just how controlled and strict, Isabella's life was before her marriage, encourages her to enjoy a freedom she needed and craved.

There is a plot twist at the end that is rather surprising. Margaret, Isabella's best friend and sister has secrets. And secrets always have a habit of making themselves known. All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was an quick, delightful read with a sweet, adorably cute romance.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans #Giveaway


A Touch of Passion
The Disgraced Lords # 3 
By: Bronwen Evans 
Released March 24th, 2015 
Loveswept 

In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.

Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.

After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.



Saturday, March 21, 2015



"Sex tapes, hidden identities, thieving moms, road trip in a winter storm! Hilariousness ensues!"
Four Nights with the Duke
Desperate Duchesses # 8
By: Eloisa James
Releasing March 31st, 2015
Avon





Nelle's Birthday Bash! #Giveaway


#Winners Announced!!

R. Ashton has won the $5 Amazon Gift Card
Michelle Fidler has won the $10 Amazon Gift Card
and the GRAND PRIZE goes to
Joanne!

Congrats Ladies!

I'm turning 21 again!! Ha Ha!

Photo by Milah Grace Photography




Of course, I'm not actually 21!  

It will be my birthday Monday, March 23rd! I wanted to celebrate in style. While I'll be going to my birthday dinner tomorrow night, I wanted to share with you a few gifts of my own! You have until next Saturday at 11:00 p.m. to enter! 3 winners will be chosen and you can tweet about #Nellesbirthdaybash for a daily entry!



First Prize:Win an Autographed set of Julianne MacLean's first 6 novels in her Color of Heaven series!
Second Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card
Third Prize: $5 Amazon Gift Card


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Contemporary Romance Review: Love Me Sweet by Tracy Brogan



"Sex tapes, hidden identities, thieving moms, road trip in a winter storm! Hilariousness ensues!"

Love Me Sweet by Tracy Brogan
Third in the Bell Harbor series
Montlake Romance
Jan 20, 1015
Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars
Source: NetGalley 




Sunday, March 15, 2015

Historical Romance Review: If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries



"Sex tapes, hidden identities, thieving moms, road trip in a winter storm! Hilariousness ensues!"

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries
The Duke's Men #4
Pocket Books
Jan 27, 1015
Historical Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars
Source: NetGalley 




Note from Nelle: Month Hiatus and Snow Days!

Note from Nelle

Oh Readers, I've been absent for a bit and thought I'd tell you why! I'm in a bit of a blog slump. I'm going to take the rest of March and catch up on my reading! I'll be back here and there, but not full-time until April 6th! I'm working on new IDEAS so stay tuned! 

Here are some pictures of our Febrary SNOW DAYS!! Who would have thought Northwest Tennessee would see so much SNOW!!



 Jake, my Jack Russell, loves to put his nose in the snow :)


Max, My Lhasa Apso/ Shih Tzu, loves rolling in the snow. He's so white he disappears into it if we aren't careful!











My daughter's attempt at a snow man. The snow wasn't sticking enough, it was nice and fluffy though!



















Did I say I HATE shoveling snow and ice!!! Well I DO!

How have you spent your snow days?!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spotlight & #Giveaway for What a Devilsh Duke Desires by Vicky Dreiling

     The Third full novel in the Sinful Scoundrel Series! Not to be missed! Harry and Lucy are adorable! See what happens when a Duke falls for a maid (although the maid is rather well bred ;) )  Published by Forever on February 24th!



WILL A FEW FLIRTATIOUS STEPS
Harry Norcliffe never wanted to inherit his beloved uncle's title. The rigidity of the ton, the incessant reminders from his marriage-minded mama that he must settle down with a highborn lady and produce an heir and a spare: it's all such a dreadful bore. So when his mother asks him to take part in a dancing competition, he patently refuses. The last thing he needs is another chore . . . until a beautiful, brilliant, delightfully tempting maid makes him rethink his position.

LEAD TO A SCANDALOUS SEDUCTION?
Most women would be over the moon to be pursued by a wickedly handsome-not to mention wealthy-duke like Norcliffe. But Lucy will not be any man's trophy. She could use a friend, though, and what begins innocently soon ignites into desire. As Lucy tries to resist Harry's scorching kisses, he makes an utterly irresistible offer. Enter the dance contest with him, and win a prize that could change her life forever . . . if falling in love doesn't change it first.



Contemporary Romance Review: Be Mine Forever by Kennedy Ryan #Giveaway




be mine forever


Can a secret crush . . .

Jo Walsh has loved Cameron Mitchell for as long as she can remember. Whether front and center in her life or on the periphery, the tall, brooding artist has made his presence seductively and irresistibly known. But whenever they start to get close, Cam pulls away. Jo's tired of keeping her feelings in a box Cam is afraid to open. If he wants her, he'll have to prove it. And if he doesn't, Jo will need to know the real reason why . . . . . .

become the love of a lifetime?

How do you walk away from your soul mate? Cam wishes he knew. No matter how far he runs from Jo, he can't resist looking back at the silver eyes that seem to see right through him. But as well as Jo thinks she understands Cam, the dark truth about his past is something she shouldn't have to handle. Cam's sure that setting Jo free is the right thing to do. Too bad his heart has other ideas . . .away...


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean

Series: The Color of Heaven series book 1
Publisher: Blue Ocean
Publication date: Jan 23, 2011
Genre: Mainstream Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3 Stars

Sophie Duncan is a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold, dark depths of the water, Sophie experiences something profound and extraordinary--something that unlocks the secrets from her past, and teaches her what it means to truly live.




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Historical Romance Review: The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: Jan 27th 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: NetGalley

A plan born of desperation…

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Geoffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.

…and altered by passion. 

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Geoffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace's temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can't resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Geoffrey might just see it as a new beginning.



Friday, February 6, 2015

#ShareTheLove Blog Hop



We’re Sharing the Love this week and surprise bombing bloggers and authors we adore with a little love!  Hop by all of the blogs for chances to win great prizes at each stop and find out which authors and bloggers we think ROCK!

This hop is hosted by HERDING CATS AND BURNING SOUP.

Make sure to check out the hop here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Be Mine Forever by Kennedy Ryan

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Happy Release Day to Kennedy Ryan and the third book in The Bennetts Series - BE MINE FOREVER! Make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook of this book! #ComeForCam

Join the Release Day Party on February 5th on Facebook and join in on the FUN with authors, games, prizes and MORE!
Join HERE!

Can a secret crush . . .

Jo Walsh has loved Cameron Mitchell for as long as she can remember. Whether front and center in her life or on the periphery, the tall, brooding artist has made his presence seductively and irresistibly known. But whenever they start to get close, Cam pulls away. Jo's tired of keeping her feelings in a box Cam is afraid to open. If he wants her, he'll have to prove it. And if he doesn't, Jo will need to know the real reason why . . . . . .

become the love of a lifetime?

How do you walk away from your soul mate? Cam wishes he knew. No matter how far he runs from Jo, he can't resist looking back at the silver eyes that seem to see right through him. But as well as Jo thinks she understands Cam, the dark truth about his past is something she shouldn't have to handle. Cam's sure that setting Jo free is the right thing to do. Too bad his heart has other ideas . . .away...


Monday, February 2, 2015

Special Guest & Giveaway: Candis Terry



SweetSurprise

Series: Sweet, Texas, #4
Publisher: Avon
Publication date: January 27th 2015
Genre: Contemporary

Playing naughty or nice . . .

Fiona Wilder knows all about falling in lust. Love? That's another story. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, the single mom and cupcake shop owner is focused on walking the straight and narrow. But trouble has a way of finding her. And this time it comes in the form of a smoking hot firefighter who knows all the delicious ways to ignite her bad-girl fuse.

Can lead to heartbreak . . .

Firefighter Mike Halsey learned long ago that playing with fire just gets you burned. He's put his demons behind him, and if there's one line he won't cross, it's getting involved with his best friend's ex. But when fate throws him in the path of the beautiful, strong, and off-limits Fiona, will he be able to fight their attraction? Or will he willingly go down in flames?

Or a sweet surprise!