Monday, March 27, 2017

My Darling, My Disaster by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan - Book Review, Interview & Excerpt


Book review
By Suze

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Gray has left his rakish days behind him. He hasn't been with a woman in years and he's carefully put walls around his heart. His sister Briannon has a new lady's maid, Lana, and Gray can't help himself when he's around her. He's never experienced anything like what he's feeling for her, but Lana isn't easy to conquer. She has many secrets and keeps him at a distance. Gray has something to hide as well, but nothing compared to what Lana is keeping from him and everyone else around her. Will he ever discover what's bothering the woman of his dreams and why she leaves the house by herself at night?

Lana is a Russian princess, but she's on the run. She found out she and her sister Irina were about to be murdered and they managed to escape just in time. The danger isn't over yet and that's why she sisters aren't staying together and to keep a low profile Lana is now working as Briannon's lady's maid. It's an inconspicuous position and together with an ally Lana is trying to uncover the truth and expose the people who are after her as traitors. Will she manage to do this or will they find her before she's been able to find her proof?

My Darling, My Disaster is a gripping romantic story with many intriguing twists and turns. Gray is chivalrous, passionate and impulsive. He's done some things he isn't proud of, but he's changed his ways. He's a protective man and he desperately wants to keep both Lana and his sister safe. Lana works for Briannon, but as her employer has secrets of her own and places to go to unchaperoned Lana has plenty of chances to be alone with Gray. She's fierce and regal and she isn't afraid to stand up for herself, but he's a charming man and he melts her heart. They have plenty of chemistry and even though there are many obstacles in their way, they keep finding excuses to be together. Lana and Gray can't stay away from one another and I loved their strong connection. It doesn't matter what their position is in society or if they can't tell each other the truth, their love conquers all.

Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan kept me on the edge of my seat with a complex conspiracy, plenty of surprises and fascinating secrets. I loved both the mystery aspect of the story as well as the sexy romance. Lana doesn't need sparkling gowns, beautiful jewelry and a large number of servants to be recognized as a royal, it's her presence that makes her stand out. I loved the vivid descriptions of her personality. I also liked the combination of her pride and bravery and Gray's impudent, fearless nature. Together they're explosive and that's what I enjoyed the most about My Darling, My Disaster. I really liked this action-packed, enchanting and captivating story.

Advice

If you love historical romance combined with plenty of action and interesting secrets you will love the Lords of Essex books. My Darling, My Disaster can be read as a standalone, but the timeframe of My Rogue, My Ruin is partially the same. If you want to get the complete story you should read them both.
 
About Amalie Howard

 
Amalie Howard’s love of romance developed after she started pilfering her grandmother’s novels in high school when she should have been studying. She has no regrets. A #1 Amazon bestseller and a national IPPY silver medalist, she is the author of My Rogue, My Ruin, the first in the Lords of Essex historical romance series, as well as several award-winning young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, School Library Journal, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Kid’s IndieNext pick. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. Visit her website for the latest news and information.
 
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About Angie Morgan
 
Angie Morgan lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, a menagerie of pets, and an extensive collection of paperback romance novels. She’s the author of MY ROGUE, MY RUIN, the first book in the Lords of Essex historical romance series, as well as several young adult books, including The Dispossessed series written under the name Page Morgan. Critically acclaimed by Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, and The Bulletin, Angie’s novels have been an IndieNext selection, a Seventeen Magazine Summer Book Club Read, and a #1 Amazon bestseller. Visit her website for the latest news and information

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Interview
 
1. Describe yourself in five words or less.
 
AMALIE: Creative, fun-loving, humorous, passionate, free-spirited.
 
ANGIE: Relaxed, creative, inquisitive, cheerful, active
 
2. Can you tell us a little about your book?
 
MY DARLING, MY DISASTER is a fun, sexy story about an arrogant young lord who meets his match in a runaway princess disguised as his sister’s lady’s maid. There’s mystery, suspense, action, and buckets of sizzling romantic tension.
 
3. If you had a theme song, what would it be?
 
AMALIE: Journey’s DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’...seriously, it’s my personal anthem. Also, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY by Queen when I’m feeling saucy.
 
ANGIE: HAIR UP by Justin Timberlake from the movie TROLLS should play from magical speakers whenever I enter a room.
 
4. Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
 
AMALIE: My phone. I can work while waiting for my kids at various activities. That, and pants. I never leave home without pants. Because that would be awkward. And maybe scary for some.
 
ANGIE: There is NOTHING I won’t leave home without. Trust me. I’ve left home without my purse, my phone, my CHILD. Just kidding. I usually remember them all. But I do always remember to put a bra on. #goals
 
5. What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
 
AMALIE: Two recent historical romance books I really enjoyed were THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE by Jennifer Ashley, and WILD WICKED SCOT by Julia London. They’re both very different, but the writing in each is sublime.
 
ANGIE: I loved THE ALIENIST by Caleb Carr and am so excited for the TV series starring Luke Evans coming up soon! I thought PROMISE OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet was a really fun romantic fantasy. Right now I’m reading BARED TO YOU by Sylvia Day and I’m constantly blushing.
 
6. What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
 
AMALIE: I’m an obsessive/compulsive reader. Sometimes, on a reading binge of a particular genre, I can read a book a night for weeks at a time. I also like to watch movies. I’m a very visual person, and films are my guilty pleasure. Put it this way, I’ve already seen Beauty and the Beast twice and it only opened two days ago on Friday. I saw Deadpool at least a handful of times in the theaters and bought the Blu-Ray, and let’s not even talk about The Force Awakens. Anything Marvel can take my money. I’m super excited for Ghost in the Shell and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2. #DIEHARDFANGIRL.
 
ANGIE: I make sure writing happens almost every day, and I’m usually working on more than one project at a time. But on my off-hours, I’m a school volunteer, a chauffeur for my daughters and their friends (unfortunately, there’s no bus transportation for our small school!), my town’s official crazy chicken lady, a freelance editor for Independent authors, a long distance runner, and -- whenever I get the chance to sit down -- an avid reader.
 
7. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
 
First of all, don’t be afraid to write what you love, and have confidence in your ideas. For any new writer, we would encourage reading as many books as you can get your hands on—the more you read (especially books that have been successful in the genre), the more you’ll understand the elements required to pen an equally successful novel of your own. Reading outside of the romance genre will broaden your scope, too. The most important piece of advice though is just to keep writing, keep trying, and keep reading.

Excerpt
 
The interior of the coach felt hot, and she could swear that Lord Northridge’s body was closer than it had been moments before. Lana’s pulse spiked, every inch of her skin prickling with bright awareness. She had been courted by suitors before and had been the recipient of hastily stolen embraces in the arbor at Volkonsky Palace. But no man had ever made her feel the way she did now—like a fox in a hunt with nowhere to run. Her short nails dug into her palms even as she feigned continued indifference. It was a talent she’d inherited from her mother: the ability to remain tranquil and unruffled in any situation.

But, lord, the man pushed her to the limits of her skill.

Despite her composed exterior, Lana was acutely conscious of him. With each inhale and exhale, she could scent the spice of his cologne and the bite of whiskey and cigar smoke, see the rise and fall of the pulse in his neck, hear the rustle of his clothing against the plush velvet seat. She could feel his hooded eyes settling upon her as if they were hands pressing against her flesh, boldly pushing past the confines of her cloak.

Undressing her.

Refusing to succumb to his debauchery, she met his eyes with cool hauteur, and they dropped provokingly to her lips. He was trying to shock her, she knew. But Lana held his stare, refusing to be cowed by whatever new perverse game he was playing. She swallowed a biting response that would remind him of his place, and hers—Lord Northridge at the best of times was unpredictable, and after a night on the town with liquor in his blood, she would do well to curb her tongue. Lest he force himself upon her like some lovelorn swain.

No, not lovelorn. Lord Northridge would not allow such a common emotion as love to rule him. The art of his seduction, if at all, would be calculated and ruthless…meant only to serve him and no other. Lovesick females fell at his feet, not the reverse. Lord Northridge’s eyes met hers as if her thoughts had grown transparent, and she flushed when another knowing smirk appeared.

Lord have mercy, he made her want to kick him. Hard.

Flustered, Lana couldn’t quite help herself as the coach finally rolled to a sharp stop in front of the manor. “Like what you see?” she asked in succinct tones.

A reluctant smile tugged at the corner of his lips at her veiled mockery. “Very much.”

Lana went still at the candid admission. He looked as surprised as she did. An arctic flush suffused her chest and climbed her neck as James opened the coach door. She slid forward, taking the footman’s hand and making her escape with every ounce of grace she could manage. “Perhaps you should endeavor to foist your attentions where they will be better welcomed. Good day, Lord Northridge.”

His husky chuckle at what would have been a crushing setdown in any other circumstance followed her all the way to the front door.

Blast the arrogant clodpole to Hades.
 
US only giveaway
 
One very lucky winner from the US will receive a signed copy of My Rogue, My Ruin: Lords of Essex #1.

 

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for this wonderful post. Always enjoy author interviews. I used to eat this genre up and need to get back to it. Such a lovely cover too!

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  2. Oh, the cover is just simply gorgeous.

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  3. Great review . Thanks for the review !

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  4. Their chemistry sounds really fun!

    --Trix

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  5. The chemistry between Gray & Lana sounds interesting.

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  6. Lords of Essex is on my TRL now. It's a different storyline as I think it's kind of unique. Thanks for the review post. Sounds mysterious and intriguing
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. Lords of Essex is on my TRL now. It's a different storyline as I think it's kind of unique. Thanks for the review post. Sounds mysterious and intriguing
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. Thank you for the review and allowing us to get inside the authors! This book sounds good - romance and intrigue is a great combination.

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