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Friday, May 6, 2016

Favorite Character Friday: Asa!

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Romance Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters!

Why a weekly meme? Because really, with millions of books out there and more coming out every week, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one.

How it works: Every week you pick one of your favorite characters and tell every one who it is, what book they're from and WHY they're one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include the blurb and book cover as well! Share the love and maybe someone will read that same book and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female!

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Favorite Character: Asa Makepeace

Book Title & Author: Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Why is this character your favorite (Feel free to include a favorite quote or scene)? Asa is this loud, blunt, scary looking man who doesn’t have much patience for anything outside of his garden or his physical appetites which put him at odds with not only his family throughout the Maiden Lane series but with anyone unfortunate enough to think they could stand up to him. His course, rough behavior made me laugh, he has the dirty mind of a teenager but the build of a linebacker and he’s not above using both to intimidate people. He had me cracking up at times with his way of phrasing things and just his overall bull-in-a-china-shop mannerisms.

“Well.” She cleared her throat, looking a little pink. “Congratulations. Will you be taking a present for the child?”

“No,” he growled, flinging the letter away. “And I won’t be going, either.”

Her smile abruptly turned to a frown. “Whyever not?”

“Because,” he said with as much patience as he could muster, “my family will be there.”

She slowly raised her eyebrows.

He pointed his index finger at her forehead. “Don’t give me that look. You haven’t met my family, so you don’t have any idea how ghastly this could be.”

“I assure you I am fully aware how awful a family can be,” she said with clipped accents. “But you’ve never given indication that your family are outright monsters.”

He snorted. “Worse. They’re religious.”

“Even so,” she said, “this child will someday grow and realize that hers was the only baptism of her family that you didn’t come to, and it would be remiss—”

Asa muttered under his breath.

She stopped. “What did you say?”

“I said I’ve never been to any one of the damned baptisms,” Asa said a little louder. Lord only knew why he was having trouble raising his voice—it wasn’t a usual problem for him.

Miss Dinwoody froze for a moment and then sat a little forward and clasped her hands together on her desk. “Let me see if I have this correctly—”

“Oh, dear God,” Asa muttered.

She continued over him. “You have five brothers and sisters and of these, how many have children?”

He flushed. “Well, Verity and Concord, certainly. I’m not sure about Silence—married a dodgy sort, y’know, and keeps rather to herself. Winter has the home, of course, and Temperance…” He screwed tight his eyes, thinking. Hadn’t there been talk of a child sometime last year? “I think she has a girl?”

Miss Dinwoody inhaled sharply. “And how many children do Verity and Concord have?”

“Verity has three children,” he replied promptly. That at least he knew. “And Concord has… oh, five or six?”

“Is that counting the new niece?”

He stared at her a moment. He had absolutely no idea. “Yes?”

She closed her eyes briefly, then opened them. “So, let me see if I understand. You have nine to possibly eleven nieces and nephews and you’ve never been to a single baptism?”

“I’ve been busy!” he shouted, having—thank God!—found his volume at last. “I’ve had a garden to run and a business to build!”

He stopped, glaring at her.

She crimped her lips, narrowed her eyes, and said very precisely, “You are going to that baptism, Asa Makepeace.”

He laughed; he couldn’t help it. “And how are you going to make me do that? Lift me and carry me clear across London?”

“No,” she said. “I’m simply going to point out that they’re your family, both young and old, and you can’t keep running from them forever. Besides…” She smiled—not at all nicely, he noted. “You might enjoy it.”

“I won’t,” he said, sounding uncommonly like a three-year-old child.

“Is your family so very terrible, then?” she asked seriously.

“Concord is an ill-tempered ass,” he muttered.

She looked at him pointedly.

He could feel the heat climbing his neck and cast about desperately for a diversion.

Book Cover/Blurb:

Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.

Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.

In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all .

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