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Monday, March 27, 2017

With Love For Romantic Books: His Forbidden Debutante by Anabelle Bryant - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Lavinia can dance again. While nobody was sure she'd be able to walk after the horrible accident that killed her parents, she managed to heal because of sheer determination. She has a passion for shoes and is proud she can walk on them. Many secret visits to her favorite shop are being made to find the most beautiful pairs. Lavinia's feet deserve to be spoiled after everything she's been through. Lavinia had a pen friend who sent her the most wonderful letters and she had high hopes to marry him one day, but because of her accident they lost touch. She doesn't know where he is now, but Randolph has a special place in her heart and no other man will make her feel the same.

Randolph thinks he's found the ideal woman to fulfill his duty as an Earl. He has to make sure there's an heir and Claire seems to be perfectly agreeable. He doesn't love her and they aren't friends, but she should be able to give him what he needs. However, that's not at all what he wants. Randolph fell in love with the woman who was writing him warmhearted and open letters for years. He never managed to meet her in person and as duty calls he's trying to move on. When he sees Lavinia for the first time he knows he's made the wrong decision, but he's already betrothed. Is there still a chance for him and Lavinia or is it too late?

His Forbidden Debutante is a great romantic story. Lavinia is smart, outspoken and honest. She has a fabulous passion for shoes and I enjoyed reading about her new purchases very much. After a difficult past she deserves a happy future, but the man she desperately wants to marry is engaged to someone else. She doesn't despair though and I loved her strength. Randolph is a kind man and he's perfect for her. He's exactly the type of person she should be with. They're both passionate and caring and they do things because they feel right instead of just appropriate. They have amazing chemistry and their letters have brought them a precious solid friendship. I loved that combination of deep love and they clearly are each other's soul mates, which is one of my favorite topics to read about.

Anabelle Bryant writes about a dazzling world filled with stunning dresses, gorgeous shoes, balls and priceless jewelry. Her story is a combination of impressive true love and a thrilling mystery. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen to Lavinia and Randolph and if they would get their happy ending or not. His Forbidden Debutante is a captivating story from beginning to end. I absolutely loved the main characters, the fascinating intrigues and the sparkling descriptions. Anabelle Bryant has written a terrific charming, entertaining and sexy book.


If you love reading about gorgeous nobility, beautiful dresses and society intrigues His Forbidden Debutante is a great choice. It's the fourth part of the Regency Charms series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
About Anabelle Bryant

Anabelle began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab a suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel, especially imaginary jaunts into Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn't want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?

Though teaching keeps her grounded, photography, running and writing, counterbalance her wanderlust. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle earned her Master's Degree and is completing her Doctorate Degree in education. Thrilled to be an author for Harlequin's Carina line, Anabelle's historical romances are character driven. She strives to provide a heartfelt connection between her hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond. Clever secondary characters and lively conversation keep the pages turning.

Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn't provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. She enjoys talking with her fans. Follow her on Facebook and join her mailing list for the latest news concerning her upcoming novels.



1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m an elementary teacher who always dreamed of writing historical romance and now is living that dream. Did I mention it took over a decade to reach publication? Aside from writing and teaching, I love taking photos and scrapbooking my travels. I’m lucky to have visited many countries around the globe and while I enjoy living in New Jersey, am ready at the drop of a word to plan a new adventure.

2. What makes your heart beat faster?

There’s so many good answers to this question. A good run – a must-have pair of shoes – my work in progress and its dark hero – romantic kisses - too much caffeine!

3. If you could create the perfect romantic day what would it look like?

Oddly, I’m not all about the stereotypical “romance” scene. Give me comfy clothes, a fire and good conversation and you’ve nailed it. I don’t need flowers, candlelight and soft music. I’d much rather talk and laugh. Make me laugh and you’ve won.

4. Who are your favorite romantic couple?

Aside from Max and Vivienne in my new novel, (Max is very sexy), I would have to say in the celebrity world – John Legend and Chrissy Teigen win. When he looks at her, adoration shows in his eyes. In the book world, I’ve loved so many of Lisa Kleypas’ couples, I couldn’t list them all.

5. Could you describe what romance means to you?

Smart, witty, considerate and sexy – those four components make the perfect male.

6. Do you find it difficult to write about romance?

No. I’ve always had a very active imagination and devoured romance novels for years! I love writing romance.

7. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're in a romantic mood?

I love to dance, so even though it’s not the most romantic type of music, having fun and dancing is part of setting the mood. When I write I like fast music too. 

8. Which country personifies romance for you and why?

Even though I write about the Regency era in England, I love France. Paris is the most romantic city I’ve visited and aside from the wonderful history, art, fashion and food, the idea of falling in love in Paris is romantic by itself.

9. What can we expect from you in the future?

Den of Iniquity released in January and is book 1 in my new series, Bastards of London. The next three books come out through 2017 with Into the Hall of Vice (book 2) coming out in April. I also have a massmarket paperback series coming out with Kensington Publishers in 2018 – so I’m very busy and I couldn’t be happier!


Three very lucky readers of With Love For Books will receive a digital copy of The Den of Iniquity by Anabelle Bryant.

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  1. Sounds intriguing. great review . Thank you.

  2. The book review sound intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and interview too.

  3. What a wonderful romance! Lovely cover too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. A passion for shoes is a bit funny! I'm glad she "doesn't despair" when things don't go quite nicely.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway.


  6. sounds just up my street, i'd love to read this xx

  7. Randolph is one of my favorite heroes. I'm thrilled you enjoyed his story and His Forbidden Debutante! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing. xo Anabelle

  8. This book sounds great. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I will have to check this book out.