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Author Samantha Grace shares with us  “What makes a Rogue” so darn appealing!

Author Samantha Grace shares with us
“What makes a Rogue” so darn appealing!

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In Bed with a Rogue By Samantha Grace

Soucebooks Casablanca

September 2, 2014

He’s the Talk of the Town

The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.

She’s the Toast of the Ton

Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…

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What Makes A Rogue?

Hi, everyone! I’m Samantha Grace, historical romance author of the series Rival Rogues. I’m excited to be here at Joyfully Reviewed chatting about rogues with all of you today, because seriously, is there any better topic than irresistible rogues? I think not!

 

A long time ago, it was more insult than compliment to be called a rogue, but the meaning has changed over the years. I imagine historical romance authors are partly responsible, because we do love our rogues. To me, a rogue is a charming, sexy, intelligently devious, and definitely ungovernable Regency gentleman who knows how to get the girl.

 

That description certainly fits Sebastian, Baron Thorne, my favorite rogue so far. Since age sixteen, he has known he is different from his peers. Ladies began propositioning him on a regular basis, and ten years of female adoration hasn’t exactly made him humble. When the widowed Lady Helena Prestwick comes to London, she should be an easy conquest, yet Helena is anything but uncomplicated. She has a secret that would ruin her standing in Society, and Sebastian has discovered it. Helena has quite the dilemma: risk having everyone learn about her shameful past or climb IN BED WITH A ROGUE.

 

Of course, the phrase  “to be in bed” with someone has a double meaning. It can also mean forming a business partnership for mutual benefit, which is exactly what Helena and Sebastian do. They make a deal where she will use her pristine reputation to help his sister reenter Society, and Sebastian will use his skill as a rogue to search the high-end brothels for someone Helena cares for very much. And if they happen to literally climb into bed during the process, I don’t think either will be complaining.

 

Here’s a sneak peek into the night they reach a bargain:

The lady bristled as Sebastian led her into the waltz. It was the middle of the dance and he wouldn’t have long to hold her, but he would savor every moment.
Her eyes narrowed at him. “Why are we dancing? I already invited you back to my home.”
“And if we leave now, tongues will begin wagging. You have a reputation to protect, do you not, Lady Prestwick?”
A crimson blush spread across her face, and her lashes fluttered as she looked everywhere but at him. Tonight she wore a sheer robe trimmed in embroidered black ribbon over an ivory silk gown. Her attire was uncharacteristically demure for a widow, as if she shied away from drawing attention to herself.
Sebastian couldn’t take his eyes off her.
“I believe you can see the logic in remaining at the ball, madam. Enjoy the festivities. Dance with other gentlemen.” His voice thinned. He cleared his throat and pretended it meant nothing. “Later, you will depart for home and soon after I will leave as well, but only when I’m certain no one will link our names.”
Her gaze snapped up. “It sounds as if you have had your fair share of secret liaisons, my lord.”
He couldn’t hold back a grin. “What exactly did your invitation entail? I thought we were just going to talk.”
She turned a deeper shade of red and pressed her lips tightly together.
He didn’t push her to answer but drew her closer on the spin. Her sweet scent filled his head with memories of her soft breasts crushed against him when they had collided outside St. Saviour’s Church. She had smiled at him that day, dimples winking up at him. Her plump mouth ripe for tasting.
If she offered more than conversation tonight, he might forget about wanting answers, but only temporarily. The mystery of what she had been doing in Whitechapel was eating at him. If it were nothing more than a charity mission, there would be no reason for her servant to leave her alone.
The music faded; the waltz finished too soon. They still held each other, neither of them moving even as the other couples began filing from the dance floor. She glanced up with wide eyes. Her pink tongue darted across her lips. God, he wanted this woman. But a vulnerability about her held him in check.
He released her and led her into the promenade. At the end of the line, he lifted her hand to his lips. Eyes that reminded him of the blue-green waters off the Spanish coast regarded him warily. The same optimism that had overtaken him as he’d stood on the sands as a younger man and viewed the vast sea filled him again in that moment. It was irrational. Unexpected. Marvelous.
“Thank you for the pleasure of your company, my lady, but I must bid you farewell. For now.”
A slight frown turned down the corners of her mouth.
As he sauntered away, he could feel her eyes on him and he smiled.

Tomorrow is the official release date for IN BED WITH A ROGUE, and I’m very excited about the virtual release party aka “Samantha Grace’s Soirée” scheduled from 9 am (EDT) – 10 pm (EDT). We have a great line-up of Regency authors participating and lots of prizes to be won. Everyone is invited, so we hope to see you. I thought it might be fun to ask some of the guest authors what they think makes a rogue irresistible, and here’s what some of them had to say:

 

To be irresistible, a rogue needs just the right amount of flirtatiousness, a good dose of humor, and the subtle hint that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

~Aileen Fish, author of Her Second Hand Duke

 

“What makes a rogue irresistible?” That big, mushy heart beneath all that naughtiness.

~Jane Charles, author of A Reluctant Rake

 

“The best kind of rogue is usually also confident and charming and most importantly, good-at-heart. I think that’s what ultimately makes him irresistible.”

~ Valerie Bowman, author of The Unexpected Duchess

 

A rogue is irresistible when he knows how to make a woman love him. A man with a sense of humor always works on me.

~ Christy English, author of Much Ado About Jack

 

My heroines can’t resist a rogue with a sense of humor. There’s something undeniably sexy about a man who can make a woman laugh.

~ Shana Galen, author of Love and Let Spy

 

So, what do you think? Do you find rogues irresistible, too?

 

 

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Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney’s Robin Hood. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn’t want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.

Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest.


 

 

 

 

FERAL HEAT by Jennifer Ashley

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FERAL HEAT by Jennifer AshleyFeral Heat by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #5.5
Published by Penguin on 2014-03-18
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 98
Reviewed by Jo

From the author of Lone Wolf comes a paranormal romance about two lovers torn between ecstasy and savagery... Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright. In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own—she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self. Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. And as Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone’s true mate? This sixteen chapter novella includes a preview of the upcoming Shifters Unbound novel Wild Wolf.

Jace Warden has come to the Austin Shiftertown in secret to be the guinea pig for the work being done to get the collars off of the shifters.  It has become evident that the shifters must get them off as soon as possible and just wear decoys.  Jace has barely gotten off his bike when he is attacked by a wolf.  What surprises him is that right after that a female wolf attacks his attacker.  Jace isn’t sure what is going on, but he immediately goes to the aid of the female wolf.

 

Deni Rowe might not have been happy at having to take a collar and move into the Shiftertown but because she had cubs, she was willing to do so.  However after an accident that gave her a concussion among other things, Deni has been unable to control her fight or flight impulses and it takes nothing for her to go into battle these days.  When Deni sees a stranger being attacked by a loser she knows, she immediately goes after the attacker and gets her bell clocked again.  But this time, Jace helps her get control and get out of the situation.

 

Jace instantly felt attraction to Deni but he isn’t ready to have more than a fling right now.  Deni also isn’t quite ready to look too deep into the sparks she feels when she is with Jace, but she is instantly protective of him and is willing to go on the outs even with her family to keep him safe.  No one is going to mess with either Jace or Deni with the other one around.  Attraction becomes flames and then passion, followed quickly by love.  The odds are against them from the start because they are part of different shiftertowns and getting permission to move is very difficult.  Both Jace and Deni are willing to separate and follow the rules for now, but when danger follows Jace, only Deni can help save him if she can get her emotions and instincts to work correctly fast enough.  Can Deni and Jace beat the odds and find the answer to getting the collars off once and for all before they lose everything?

 

A love that should never have been found blossoms and flares to life while shifters look for the answer to save themselves from Fae technology that could end them once and for all.  Deni and Jace find more than one answer they were looking for in Feral Heat.  The struggle that both Jace and Deni have gone through separately told me right off that they would be a power couple if given the chance.  I loved how both were instantly protective of the other from the minute they laid eyes on each other, even before the passion came to call.  With the highly explosive background of secretly getting rid of the collars and keeping the work secret, I enjoyed seeing how Deni and Jace worked in tandem to achieve their goals and to also find a way to grab the gold ring in the end and have the best of everything.  Feral Heat has suspense, passion and humor that make it a wonderful way to spend a few hours escaping into the shifter world once again.

RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann Krentz

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RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann KrentzRiver Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Penguin on 2014-01-07
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Jo

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Dream Eyes and Copper Beach, a brand-new quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romance. It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue. Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found. A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Lucy Sheridan has come back to the small town of Summer River after being notified that her Aunt Sara has died and that Lucy is her heir.  Lucy hasn’t been back to her Aunt’s house since the summer she was sent away suddenly after a strange night that started with a teen party and liquor and Lucy being “rescued” by one of the local boys and dragged away.  Lucy still doesn’t really know what that night was all about but her only goal now is to get her Aunt’s house ready for sale and get back to her life as a forensic genealogist for a world-renowned private investigation firm.

 

Mason Fletcher has always known that there were some dangerous under currents in the small town he and his brother came to live in with their uncle after their parents died. Mason has never forgotten Lucy Sheridan or that night when she could have been harmed if he hadn’t caught wind of what was the party was really about. Learning that Lucy was back in town to take care of her Aunt Sara’s estate makes Mason wonder if he will have a chance to see Lucy all grown up. Mason still lives in Summer River. After leaving the police force he opened a security firm with his brother, so mysteries are nothing new for him.

 

A mystery is just what confronts Lucy when she has Mason come over to help her with some repairs to the house.  What they discover when they take down the horrible facing on the fireplace brings back that fateful summer party long ago.  They find the body of one of the boy’s who arranged the party and was Lucy’s dream date back then.  Mason and Lucy now have to follow the clues concerning not only the hidden agenda from that night but also just how his body ended up in her the fireplace and who is now working so hard to make sure the truth will never come out on how her Aunt really died.  Mason and Lucy work together to put the facts together while discovering that their long ago mild attraction has grown into a strong passion. Unexpected accidents seem to be following them.  It’s going to be a race to the finish to see if they can locate a killer before they lose a chance to grab the love that is just waiting for them on the horizon.

 

A tense relationship from the past becomes a fierce attraction surrounded by danger when a security professional and a forensic genealogist come back together in River Road.  Lucy was not really sure about letting Mason back into her life, even if it was only to help with the repairs needed to list her Aunt’s house on the market.  But when they discovered the body of a boy that a young Lucy wanted and Mason never trusted, it becomes a journey filled with passion and danger and they unearthing of the dark undercurrents in a sleepy small town.  I really enjoyed watching as Mason and Lucy not only unraveled the past to find out what happened but also as they accepted that their relationship was now passion filled and worth the chance to find out where it would lead.  I really love suspense stories, especially when I don’t figure out the true reason behind everything or who is the actual villain, River Road was exactly one of those stories. Ms. Krentz kept me intrigued and guessing until the very end and when you toss in the romance that blossomed and then bloomed between Mason and Lucy and you have a great story that belongs on your keeper shelf.

HOW TO SEDUCE A VAMPIRE (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING)
by Kerrelyn Sparks

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HOW TO SEDUCE A VAMPIRE (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) by Kerrelyn SparksHow to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake #15
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-04-29
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Jo

From New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks comes the next adventure in the Love at Stake series, featuring a Master vampire and his love affair with a woman of many secrets . . .Vampire Zoltan Czakvar is on the hunt for the truth about his father's death. He's been searching for a very long time—since 1241, in fact. And he is not about to give up, even when he's attacked by a woman with striking blue eyes and a hell of a right hook!Neona is also on the hunt. She's looking for a mate and she thinks muscled Zoltan will work just fine. After all, men are good for only one thing. Soon, though, she realizes there's more to this handsome vampire than just sexual prowess. But she's keeping a secret from Zoltan, something so big that it will rock the vampire world.Can their newfound love survive . . . even if their passion means the destruction of her world?

Neona is a warrior princess who lives with a small group of warrior women in a remote valley in Tibet.  They are unknown and need to stay that way because their lives have been pledged to a bigger cause and have been for many, many centuries.  When Neona and the other woman break their rule about no men, after helping a man who helped them in an attack, it’s the beginning of them learning just how the world has changed in the many centuries they have been apart and that not everything they have been told is the entire truth.  This handsome and strong man just might be the man worth mating with to produce a girl child with.

 

Zoltan Czakvar has been looking for the people who killed his father for over 800 years and finally he has a lead – an exact copy of the arrow that was used and that Zoltan has kept for so long.  Finding out just where that arrow came from and who the owner is begins a long and frustrating journey for Zoltan, that is until it becomes a journey filled with love and passion.  Now if he can just get the trust and acceptance from not only Neona, her mother the Queen and the other warrior women.  As if that isn’t going to be difficult enough, Zoltan is going to have to help them defeat the same ban of evil vampires and others who he and his people have been seeking for many, many years.

 

Neona is fighting a battle with herself and the “truths” that she and her friends have been told for so long.  However, fighting the attraction between herself and Zoltan fast becomes a losing cause, so Neona begins to figure out a way to have Zoltan be accepted by her mother and the other women in her valley.  Learning that Zoltan not only knows the men who have been attacking them but that he and his friends can help protect them and their mysterious lifetime charge, is going to be one heck of an undertaking if they are to have all the women learn to accept the many changes that are coming at them fast and furious.  Zoltan never expected the cascade of changes that his falling for Neona produced but when the worse happens, he is determined to put everything right – even if the cost might be greater than either Zoltan or Neona every expected.

 

A warrior princess and a ancient vampire learn that love can happen at anytime and all you really can do is hold on and ride the wave while fighting for your right to experience that same love.  How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) not only brings Zoltan and Neona together but it also brings the present to a secluded group of warrior women and introduces a group of shifters previously thought to be extinct.  I had to laugh as I finished Zoltan and Neona’s story when I realized that the many changes and answers that happened all came from an arrow.  I had to love both Zoltan and Neona – Zoltan for his fierce courting of Neona and also his long hunt for who the arrow that killed his father belonged to, (mind you it was for a very different reason than I first thought) and Neona for trying to find a path between her new love of Zoltan and the mission that she and the other women in her valley are sworn to uphold.  Ms.Sparks pens a riveting stor, as things get shook up for the warrior women and as Zoltan and Neona found and fought for their love. How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) is a journey of fighting to protect the innocent while a strong and lasting love is being discovered – full of touching parts and deadly danger. Just what I would expect from Kerrilyn Sparks’s Love at Stake series.

HEART OF STONE by Christine Warren

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HEART OF STONE by Christine WarrenHeart of Stone by Christine Warren
Series: Gargoyles #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on 2013-12-31
Genres: Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Jo 

From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series abouta young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons… Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life? HEART OF STONE Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet. “Warren takes readers for a wild ride.”—Night Owl Romance (on The Others series)

Ella Harrow finally has a life that she is mostly happy with – that of a museum docent and the gift shop manger.  One of the bad parts of her jobs has to be attending museum functions and fundraisers.  Ella has always had psychic abilities and being around people is extremely hard on her for this reason – even though Ella has worked hard at surpressing those abilities.  Lately one of the top patrons of the museum has made Ella very uncomfortable and her unease was proven correct when he tried to assault her the night just after a fundraiser.  Only Ella’s abilities and help from a very shocking place helped keep Ella safe.

 

Kees is an ancient gargoyle Guardian who has been sleeping in his stone body for centuries.  That is until he was awakened by Ella’s attack with the need to protect her.  After Kees makes her attacker leave, he is confused on just why or how he was awoken and questioning Ella seems to be his only way to find out.  What Kees actually finds is that Ella is much more than just a cute mortal woman – she is actually a gifted and untrained Warden.  Why hasn’t the Guild found Ella and trained her? These questions disturb Kees because it seems so wrong to him.

 

Ella and Kees begin to research the Guild and what has been going on during the many, many years he and the other Guardians have been asleep.  What they uncover deeply troubles Kees. If the Demons the Guardians were created to protect against have been allowed and welcomed into the Earth plane makes him worry about the fate of the world as a whole.  Ella, even as a geek, has trouble believing everything that Kees tells her about Wardens, Guardians, and Demons and how he is beginning to believe how she fits into everything.  That all goes away when Kees and Ella finally discover a Warden and learn exactly what has happened – it’s now a battle to awake all the Guardians to make sure that Demons are never allowed to run free on Earth.  While researching the Guild’s past several centuries, Kees is also trying to understand his intense attraction to Ella.  Ella has no difficulty in acknowledging that Kees is her one and only love and she will battle anything she has to in order to have his love forever – even help him find and awaken the rest of the sleeping Guardians.  With all they have learned, Kees goes back to an ancient legend on how to awaken the sleeping Guardians – they can be awakened when the woman of power who will love them is in deadly danger even if they and the women have never met.  Kees and Ella’s adventures are just beginning – both in love and to gather the needed forces to battle the darkness that is coming.

 

A museum docent who has always been drawn to a stone gargoyle soon learns that the stone façade is nothing to the actual man/Gargoyle who it becomes and their love.  Heart of Stone shows Kees and Ella that love can appear instantly.  I was almost as shocked as Ella was when Kees just appeared and knocked her assailant sideways.  I loved how Kees was determined to locate the danger that is circling around the world.  I also loved how Ella was skeptical at first and then jumped in with both feet to not only help Kees but to learn just what her gifts really were and how to control them.  The battle that Kees and Ella win is just the beginning of what I believe will be a war that should not be missed – just as the story of Ella and Kees discovering each should not be missed.  Heart of Stone combines the best of paranormal romance – suspense, unworldly creatures and someone wanting to rule the world all being brought down by the power of two individuals in love.  I am now waiting until the next book in Ms. Warren’s Gargoyle series because I just have to know how Fil discovers her Guardian and just what their journey will be.

DRAGON AWAKENED by Jaime Rush

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EDUCATING THE PLAYTPUS by Charlie Richards

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FULL MOON HELLHOUND by Jackie Nacht

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