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Friday, December 15, 2017

To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey - Book Review, Interview & Amazon Gift Card Giveway

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Review by Suze

Hawk is one of the Rakes of St James and is afraid his younger sister will be a target for revenge because of his past actions. To avoid this the duke wants to find a suitable match for his sister before the Season starts. He has someone in mind, a kindhearted young man named Paxton. However, Paxton has a sister, who's a lot tougher to handle. Instead of having his first meeting with the man he wants to be his sister's future husband, he has to deal with Loretta, a woman who doesn't believe in arranged marriages.

Loretta wants Paxton to marry someone he loves, so she isn't going to help Hawk with his plans. Loretta has made a vow and is paying dearly for it. To escape an unhappy marriage to a nobleman chosen by her uncle she's now on her own, not allowed to leave the remote house she's living in. Hawk thinks he can change this, but he hasn't counted on Loretta's stubbornness and her determination to keep her vow. He's in for a challenge, will he succeed in his quest to make Loretta change her mind?

To the Duke, With Love is a fantastic romantic story. I was captivated by Hawk and Loretta's story from the start. Hawk has a reputation, but he also has a good heart and wants to protect the people he loves. He's honest and resourceful, something I really liked about his character. Loretta is strong, smart and resilient. She doesn't let anything get to her and I admired her courage. She's a good match for Hawk and I loved their banter, their sparks and their easy companionship. It's a good basis for a story and for me it worked very well. I couldn't put To the Duke, With Love down and read the book in one sitting. It put a big smile on my face and I loved every sentence.

Amelia Grey has a wonderful heartwarming writing style. I can easily picture the time she writes about because of her vivid descriptions of houses, clothing, food and etiquette. I love how she makes her main characters come to life. To the Duke, With Love is entertaining, charming, surprising and sweet. I absolutely loved this fantastic story that's filled with beautiful true love, romantic gestures and fascinating chance meetings and highly recommend it.

Advice

Amelia Grey's books are absolute must-reads for readers who love historical romance. If you love intrigues, plenty of unexpected twists and turns and beautiful people you will definitely like To the Duke, With Love. It's the second book in the Rakes of St James series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

About Amelia Grey


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she's been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill.

Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and most recently to Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.

Amelia is the author of twenty-five books. She's been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida. Her first book with St. Martin's was The Duke in My Bed.

You can follow Amelia on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmeliaGreyBooks or email her at AmeliaGrey@comcast.net to be added to her monthly newsletter list.

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Interview

1) Can you tell a bit about yourself?

The first thing I would like you to know about me is that I’m a girly girl! I love pearls, lace, ruffles, candlelight, and soft music. I love flowers but don’t want to get my hands dirty planting them.

I’m a big fan of college football, and I always pick a team and watch the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, and the World Series. I love to watch sports—I just don’t want to play sports. I love living on the beach but I don’t like to walk barefoot on the sand or getting in the water. I love to watch the waves roll in and listen to them crash on shore and one of my favorite things to do is watch the sun set over the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

I enjoy going to movies, reading books, and traveling to places I’ve never been before. I would rather have a quiet dinner with my husband and a few friends than be at a loud, rocking party. Growing up, we never had a place to go to where I could dress up in fancy clothing so now I love to dress up in lovely dresses and go to dinner. I think that’s why I always have a ballroom scene in all my books.

2) What do you like the most about regency romance?  

To me there’s just something extremely appealing and very sexy about a tall, handsome gentleman dressed in buff-colored trousers, black Hessian knee boots, and a white shirt. A man whose honor is more important than his life. Ah, it must be the Regency. The time period itself is quite alluring because men were gentlemen and women were ladies. Most of the gentlemen truly wanted to make a young lady feel beautiful, desired, and treasured. A Regency man was not only expected to open the door for a lady, pull out her chair, and watch his language and his manners around her, he wanted to do these things. He was the epitome of class and standards dressed in perfectly tied neckcloths, cutaway coats, and boots polished to a sexy gleam, slowly sipping a glass of brandy from a fine crystal snifter.

I love the Regency countryside with its green, gently rolling hills, dotted with stately manor homes surrounded by fabulous gardens that go on forever with vistas, waterfalls, and neatly trimmed yew. I love the hustle and bustle of busy London streets, and all the secrets and mysteries that are hidden within the boundaries of Hyde and St. James’ Parks.

3) What inspires you to write about rakes, scoundrels and falling in love?

I love all the trappings of the Regency. Lavish accompaniments of the setting, can make readers wish they were there. The glossy black of a barouche pulled by six white spirited horses, an ivory handle walking stick, a jeweled brooch settled in the hollow of a pale throat, and an expansive marble floor. Wall scones that flicker candlelight in dark corridors are perfect for a romantic rendezvous between an innocent young lady and a handsome gent, or star-crossed lovers.

I enjoy the first blush of true love that simmers and sizzles until the lady and the gentleman know the moment they must be together. There is a definite feeling of contentment when the hero and heroine succumb to their destiny. Titled gentlemen and ladies of quality- -quite simply--fascinate me! The ton is that elite group, in that exalted, inner circle. I want to be a part of them. They are courtly and powerful, in the know, and a station above everyone else. I want to hear their secrets and share their intimate lives. I can vividly see ballrooms glittering with candlelight and cooled by a night wind.

4) Can you describe the main characters of To the Duke, With Love in seven words each?

Miss Marlena Fast is smart, loyal, determined, wholesome, happy, lovely, and bold.

The Duke of Rathburne is rake, a friend, strong, determined, roguish, handsome, and loveable.

5) What does true love mean to you?

For better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health until death parts you.

6) What are your plans for the future?

I’m so excited you asked! The third book in my Rakes of St. James trilogy It’s All About the Duke will be published May 29.

Here’s a teaser about the book: 

He could be a rake if he only means to steal a kiss but steals your heart as well.

Miss Honora Truth’s Words of Wisdom and Warning About Rakes, Scoundrels, Rogues, and Libertines

Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathbone is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal—but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely young lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…

Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked rake who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly womanly desire. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. Will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the too-good-to-be-true duke?

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will win a $25 Amazon gift card. One runner up will receive a digital copy of one book from Amelia Grey's back list (winner's choice).


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

35 comments:

  1. To The Duke, With Love sounds like an enjoyable Regency romance and a welcome addition to The Rakes of St. James series.

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  2. Well that cover drew my attention! Looks like a great read.

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  3. I have read several of your books and always enjoyed them. Last time I listened to one on audio :D

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  4. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

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  5. I love these kind of stories. I love the red dress on the cover.

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  6. I liked the review, sounds like a good book.

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  7. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

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  8. Thanks so much for the review, interview and giveaway as well.

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  9. Great interview and I love that cover!

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  10. I love romances with dukes and rakes! :)

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  11. I would love to know the writing styles of author Amelia Grey for I never had chance to read any of her books. I'm looking forward to have this book because it's of my favorite genre, historical fiction and I fancy... dukes! ^^ and of course I love heroine in historical genre especially strong headed ones! ^^

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  12. This looks like an interesting read :)

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  13. Thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to reading.

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  14. I love your comment on what true love means to you! So true! :))

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  15. This sounds like a good read. I always think of books like this as indulgent, like eating a whole chocolate bar to yourself.

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  16. Love historical romance books!
    Looking forward to read your books Ameilia, Thank you for the wonderful interview :)

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  17. I think I would really enjoy this book. I'm a big fan of historical romance!

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  18. I do enjoy historical romance and I've added this one to my list.

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  19. I'm looking forward to reading To the Duke, with Love.

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  20. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  21. Great giveaway! :)

    Emily Belfield

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  22. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  23. I'd love to meet a duke like this one in the cover picture, lol :)

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  24. Sounds like a great read. Thank you! :-)

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  25. very generous of you
    jan

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  26. Interesting blog post, looks like a good read. Lindsey Loughtman

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  27. What a number of books! Congrats to all your creativity, Amelia. And thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Lubka

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  28. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including To the Duke, With Love. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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