It's books like One Wild Winter's Eve that have me LOVING what I do here! Then to put a cherry on top of this already awesome ice cream sundae, Anne Barton herself is answering a few of my questions! So hang out for a bit will you and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom's bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London-home to her favorite heroes-she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.
Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband (who, sadly, is not a peer of the realm-but a great guy nonetheless) and her three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.
Adria: Hi Anne! Thank you so much for taking some time out of your schedule to answer some of my questions! I’m a new fan of yours and before we get started I just have to say that I LOVED One Wild Winter’s Eve so much! It was just so good! For me it’s going to be the book to beat out of the series (I’ve only read one other book in the series so it’s all new to me). I could keep going on and on but then I’d waste my time and yours instead of asking some questions.
Anne: Hi Adria, it’s lovely to meet you! Thank you for reading the book and totally making my day. I’m so happy that you liked Rose and Charles’s story.
Adria: Okay, the fangirl is under control now. For anyone who hasn’t decided to read One Wild Winter’s Eve yet, what would you tell them about Charles and Lady Rose’s story to convince them to hit that “Buy” button?
Anne: Aw, shoot, I’m not very good at the hard sell! I guess I’d say that Charles is different from the typical historical hero. He’s not a duke or rich or powerful, but he’s still got plenty going for him. He’s a strong, savvy, working-class guy…and good with his hands.
Adria: Ya hear that ladies? He’s good with his hands!! *nods* I can totally agree with that.
Adria: I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so enamored of a hero like I was with Charles. He was not only a physically strong character but so intuitive, kind and a natural romantic. Can you tell me three things about Charles that readers or Lady Rose would be surprised to know?
Anne: Thank you so much! Charles might be my favorite, too! Hm, three things…
- In my head he looks a lot like Jamie Fraser.
- He’s the kind of guy who other men respect and women sigh over.
- If there was a zombie apocalypse (or any other kind, for that matter), he’d be the one to emerge as a natural leader among the survivors.
Adria: I can’t forget Lady Rose! For me a heroine can make or break a romance especially in a historical romance where there’s always a fear that a heroine will either be too weak or too modern. For me, Rose had strength and fragility in all the right places. Was it difficult to balance out Rose’s personality in such a way that would allow for Charles to be a hero but would also allow for Rose to save herself on occasion?
Anne: Oh my gosh—you expressed this so perfectly! (Are you sure you’re not my editor in disguise?)
Rose starts out as a quiet, obedient type of girl, and I really wanted to give her a chance to come out of her shell and discover her inner strength. So, part of what makes Charles perfect for her is that he respects her and gives her room to grow. But yes, it was definitely a balancing act!
Adria: Me? An editor? Nope. I just pay really close attention to heroines and since I admire women who are strong, intelligent and independent those are the ones I enjoy most!
Adria: Part of the editing process is that unfortunately scenes get cut or have to be rewritten. Is there a scene from One Wild Winter’s Eve that you wish had been left in? If there is, can you share it?
Anne: I don’t have a deleted scene, but the prologue changed a little bit. Here’s a snippet:
Adria: If you could go back and visit yourself right before you began writing your first book, what advice would you give yourself?
Anne: I’d say stop worrying about messing up, because Lord knows you’re going to. Write fearlessly and try to make each book better than your last.
Adria: If you couldn’t be an author, what job could you envision yourself doing for the rest of your life?
Anne: Oh, maybe a librarian. I think it would be fun to be a matchmaker for people and books. And if I had the chance to go back to school, I’d take computer programming classes.
Adria: I’m a cold weather gal living in a desert climate so One Wild Winter’s Eve appealed to my love of cold weather. What kind of weather do you enjoy most?
Anne: You must miss the snow! I live in Maryland, and I like the change of seasons. Not a big fan of freezing cold, but I love the occasional snow day—it’s a great excuse to stay inside and read all day.
Adria: I haven’t seen snow in 20 years. I miss it terribly.
Adria: Okay Anne, last question. What are you currently working on now?
Anne: I’m writing a new historical romance series! I’m really excited about it and will share details soon.
Adria: Thank you once again Anne for answering a few questions and I have to say, AGAIN that I really loved Charles and Rose’s story to pieces!
Anne: Yay! Thank you for having me, Adria! I hope you get to see a little snow this winter!
Adria: Me too! We’re still walking around in shorts and sandals around here!!
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: October 27, 2015
ONCE YOU'VE HAD A TASTE OF SCANDAL . . .
As the Duke of Huntford's sister, Lady Rose Sherbourne follows the rules of well-bred society. Always chaperoned. Never engaging in unseemly behavior. Well, except for that one summer, years ago. And yet she's never been able to forget that handsome stable master or the stolen moments they shared. She's always wondered what might have happened if he hadn't disappeared without a word . . . Now she's about to find out.
YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK
Charles Holland never expected to see Lady Rose again. And yet the years haven't lessened his devotion-or his desire-in any way. Despite their differences in class, Charles cannot stop himself from wanting to possess her. But as they uncover one intimate secret after another about her family, they realize that, this time, their love may come at a very dear price . . .
I can’t quite put my finger on just what it was about One Wild Winter’s Eve that made it such a magical reading experience, all I know is that it was a rare experience. The gorgeous cover didn’t hurt but maybe it was that Charles and Lady Rose were just so wholly likable as individuals and that likability just increased when they were together. Or maybe it was their romance that was so strong and undeniable. Or maybe it was that the entire story was woven together with equal parts passion, suspense, love and adventure. Whatever it was, I just LOVED this book!
Lady Rose was the most surprising character of all. A gently bred lady accustomed to having life’s luxuries yet she fit in with a blue collar man like Charles. Rose never hesitated, even when she saw how humble Charles’ life was. She fit right in and if anything, her titled life was what didn’t fit her. As much as she could, Rose tried to solve her problems on her own. She never went running to her brother, the Duke or to anyone else unless it was her only option. She learned from her past and how being passive and silent only made her powerless. She wanted to feel in control of her own life and I could completely identify with that.
With Charles, author Anne Barton had me picturing a regency era Thor in looks but with the soul of a poet. He wasn’t a rake, it was always Rose for him. This guy was just a dream! His natural desire to earn everything in his life, including Rose was one of his most defining traits. Considerate, kind, intuitive and a naturally romantic, Charles was too irresistible and it was no wonder Lady Rose was willing to fight for him and defy her family and the law to be with him.
Passionately sweet. That’s how I would describe Charles and Rose’s romance. They were a special couple, in part because Charles and Rose weren’t in denial over their feelings towards each other. They knew they shouldn’t care about one another and that they probably would never be with each other but it didn’t stop them from being drawn to each other physically, mentally or spiritually no matter how far apart they were. They weren’t sickeningly sweet either.
I didn’t expect there to be a villain in One Wild Winter’s Eve, which was a surprise in itself but what added a thrilling element was the reason for that villainy and the lengths this person went to to make sure Charles and Rose never had a chance to be together. I never would have suspected this character to have such a cruel side to them. It added an addictive element to an already engaging plot.
While on the subject of the villain, I was hoping for one final confrontation in order to find out just why this person wanted to destroy Charles’ life and keep him and Rose from being together. The author hinted that it might have to do with Rose’s mother but there’s never a solid answer which frustrated me to no end and left me feeling like the book ended with no real closure on that front. The conflict was resolved without Charles and Rose needing to come face to face with this person and demand an explanation. I really wanted that explanation and I wanted to know exactly how they villain was stopped from carrying out their plans. Shoot, I don’t even know what that character’s end game was actually. Unanswered questions, don’t you just hate them?
Final Verdict: One Wild Winter’s Eve was a tantalizing romance that kept me from real life and had me suffering from a severe book hangover. It was so worth it and I have zero regrets about the case of sleep deprivation I had. For me, this will be THE book that Anne Barton will have to outdo so if you are looking to buy only a handful of books this holiday season, make One Wild Winter’s Eve one of those books.
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