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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tasty Book Tour: The Wicked Quills of London (Promo, Excerpt, Review + Giveaway)


Happy Wednesday everyone! So, has anyone read Eva Leigh yet? I need to check out the first book in the Wicked Quills soon since I’ve heard it’s the best one so far. We’ll see though huh?

About Eva Leigh:
EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men.

She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s.

Eva and her husband live in Central California.


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About Forever Your Earl:
Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?

Daniel has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best laid plans.

But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever.




But Lord Ashford up close was rather...appalling. It didn't seem right that a man so blessed by fortune and title should also be so attractive.

His dark brown hair was fashionably cut and artfully tousled, as if he'd recently risen from a lover's bed. Given his reputation, that was most likely possible. He had a broad forehead, a coin-clean jawline, thick brows, and eyes that, even with yards between her and him, stunned her with their blue clarity. Naturally, he had a mouth that looked very adept at kissing and...other things.

He moved with a long-limbed ease that betrayed his skill as a sportsman. His ink blue coat fit the broad width of his shoulders, and his cream and gold-embroidered waistcoat defined the shape of his torso—his tailor on Jermyn Street produced excellent work. Snug doeskin breeches were tucked into polished Hessians that came from Bond Street.

Truly, he was quite alarming.

“Miss Hawke?” he asked sharply, coming to stand in front of her paper-cluttered desk. “I wasn't expecting a female.”

“Neither were my parents,” she answered, “but they learned to adapt. How might I help you, my lord?”

Though she felt an obligation to ask the question, she braced herself for what was sure to be a scorching lecture.

He removed his hat and set it aside. Then he held up an issue of The Hawk's Eye and began to read.

“'Lord A—d, a figure well-known to our assiduous and genteel readers, was lately seen in the company of a certain Mrs. F—e, whose late husband made his considerable fortune through the manufacture and sale of a woman's garment we blush to mention in these virtuous pages.'” He tossed one of the issues to the ground. “Wrong.”

“You cannot deny—”

But he wasn't done. Holding up another issue of the paper, he read again. “'It may or may not stun our honorable readers to learn that the notorious Lord A—d has not amended his ways following the duel over Lady L., from Y—shire, and has been espied with another married lady of questionable character, at the late night revels hosted by the equally rakish Mr. S—n. Yet it was noted by our keen-eyed intelligence that this married lady was not the only female vying for the earl's favors.'” This paper he also cast to the floor. “Wrong.”

She herself had written those pieces, and while they weren't matchless examples of English prose, she was still rather proud of them, as she was of all her labors. To have her hard work thrown to the ground like so much garbage was rankling.

“I assure you, my lord,” she said bitingly, “The Hawk's Eye strives for the greatest of accuracy.” She had a network of sources which she used regularly to provide information. Many members of the aristocracy were in dire need of funds, and they gladly turned on each other in order to maintain the pretense of effortless wealth. Eleanor always paid her informants to keep them returning.

Whether or not they lied to her just to collect payment wasn't her concern, but she always preferred it if she could validate their statements. Sometimes that meant going out and conducting a few investigations. But she was a very busy woman—writing articles, editing countless others, managing the paper’s finances—and didn't always have the time.

She had to earn a living, after all. And men like the earl didn't.




Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Together they may create a scandal worthy of the stage, but can their love last after the final curtain falls…?

Successful playwright Maggie Delamere has no interest in the flirtations of noblemen like Cameron, Viscount Marwood. She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness…and vows to rebuff the wildly persistent—and irritatingly handsome—scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure to deliver a new play hampers her creativity, an invitation to use his country estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist....

For years, Cam has admired Maggie’s brilliant work and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but if it means loosening Maggie’s pen—and her inhibitions—he’ll do exactly that.

But soon Cam’s plans for seduction become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake society believes him to be…and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed.

A moment of weakness and girlish fantasy lead playwright Maggie Delamere to a devastating conclusion: Commoners like her should never aspire to be part of the titled world of aristocrats. So when Cameron, Viscount Marwood takes an interest in her she firmly and quite rudely rebuffs him. Unfortunately Maggie is under pressure to deliver her next big play and her inspiration is nowhere to be found. An invitation from Cam to retreat to his country estate in order to gain inspiration is too tempting to pass up. From there Cam and Maggie get to know each other more and more, making Maggie nervous that she’s falling for the same trap she did before. Cameron on the other hand isn’t as reluctant to explore what’s happening between them.

He shouldn’t have been, but Cam is adorable. In a masculine way of course. To everyone around him he’s this carefree, reckless rascal with women dripping off of him but in reality he’s this intelligent, warm and caring man with a deep love for theater and creativity. Granted, his public persona didn’t exactly endear him to Maggie at first but gradually he wore her down. Cam was naughty AND nice, a great combination for this story since Maggie was so hell bent on being ultra serious.

Maggie though, I had a hard time connecting let alone liking her. She was just so rude and mean with Cam. I get why she was like that but it’s like she didn’t cut him any slack for so much of the story even after she started to realize he didn’t behave like she expected an aristocrat to behave. She was harsh and I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t be fair with Cam after she started to see who he was. For someone who had such creativity she was amazingly shallow with her attitude towards Cam. She wasn’t completely unlikable but her positive moments weren’t all that frequent.

Scandal Takes the Stage was a good read even with my lack of connection with Maggie. I enjoyed Cam’s joy that came from the theater, it was infectious and with him I connected the most. The way he described how watching a good play felt is something I can understand. The story was a good one, a little predictable but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it.

Final Verdict: Cam was my favorite character. His passion for watching the theater was what made him stand out to me. I may not have enjoyed Maggie as much but Scandal Takes the Stage was still a solid read for me.



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