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Monday, August 27, 2018

Tempted by the Viscount by Sofie Darling - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Jake has unexpectedly inherited a title, so he's now back in England fulfilling his viscount duties. Jake wants to marry a decent woman, so he can save his daughter's reputation. They left the Far East with many secrets that aren't supposed to come out. However, an art theft that's linked to Jake's past threatens to make life difficult for his daughter. To protect her future Jake has to find out more about the thief. Lady Olivia, who's a passionate art lover, seems to have a connection to him, which Jake could use. The woman intrigues Jake, but scandal surrounds her. Should he get involved with her?

When Jake needs to find a good school for his daughter, Olivia can assist him. In return Jake will help her to become independent. Olivia wants a townhouse of her own, but as a woman alone she isn't able to buy one. With Jake's involvement she can achieve one of her biggest dreams. Once they've fulfilled their parts of the bargain they plan to go their separate ways, but they keep running into each other. Is this chance or purpose and are they playing with fire to keep spending time together?

Tempted by the Viscount is a wonderful romantic story. I loved that Olivia is strong and determined. She chases her dreams, isn't afraid to speak her mind and knows how to get what she wants. I admired her intelligence and sparkling personality. She constantly challenges Jake, which is exactly what he needs. Jake is used to adventure and being a new member of the ton isn't what he had in mind for his future. She keeps his life interesting, which was fabulous to witness. There's plenty of chemistry between them and I liked how they can't stay away from each other, their attraction is too strong. I loved how Sofie Darling made sparks fly, it was easy to feel this magnetism.

Tempted by the Viscount is a captivating book filled with surprising twists and turns. I like reading a good story about secrets and Sofie Darling made me incredibly curious. I was spellbound by her words and enjoyed her gorgeous vivid descriptions. Her writing is energetic and compelling, which is something I really loved. Tempted by the Viscount definitely tempted me, it's a fantastic romantic book that put a big smile on my face from beginning to end.


If you love historical romance you don't want to miss Tempted by the Viscount. It's the second book in the Shadows and Silk series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

About Sofie Darling

I would offer you a cup of Earl Grey and a scone, but, alas, the limitations of our digital age.

I spent much of my twenties raising two boys and reading every book I could get my hands on. Once I realized I simply had to write the books I loved, I finished my degree (English Major, History Minor) and embarked on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave me their wholehearted blessing.

When I’m not writing heroes who make me swoon, I run a marathon in a different state every year, visit crumbling medieval castles whenever I get a chance, and enjoy a slightly codependent relationship with my beagle, Bosco.


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1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Hi there! I’m Sofie Darling, and I love to write, read, travel, snuggle with my beagle, bake, and run. Right now, I’m training for my 10th (!) marathon, which I’ll run this fall in Toronto. “Running” might be a bit of an overstatement for what I do out there… “Moving faster than a walk” hits a little closer to the mark. :)

2) What’s the inspiration behind the Shadows and Silk series?

Several years ago, I read a historical novel set in early 19th century Dejima, Japan and was fascinated by the setting. Before 1854, Japan was closed to all Western trade with the exception of the Dutch and only on the small, man-made island of Dejima located in the Bay of Nagasaki. It wasn’t long before my half-Dutch, half-English sea captain came to me, and his story began to unfold in my mind, then on paper. Tempted by the Viscount was born.

The only thing is that it took writing the entire novel before I realized it needed to be the second book in the series. So, I set it aside and wrote Three Lessons in Seduction, which is book one of the series. Just like that, a series was born. :)

3) You write about people with a past, what’s so interesting about main characters who have many different sides?

I feel like a past puts meat on a character’s bones, the kind I can sink my teeth into and savor. These are the characters I like to read and the ones I find interesting enough to write.

4) How did your love for historical romance start?

In middle school, I devoured all of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters’ novels. When I picked up my first historical romance at age fourteen (Love’s Hidden Treasure by Carol Finch), I was instantly and irrevocably hooked. I suspect many readers come to historical romance this way.

5) You combine both of your degrees in your writing, how did this writing journey start and was it always your dream to become an author?

I can’t say that it was always my dream to become an author. There was just a point in my early thirties, when my boys were a little older, that it clicked that I wanted to write historical romance and that maybe I had a fresh take on the genre. So, I finished my English / History degree with a concentration on creative writing and started writing happily ever afters.

6) You love swoon-worthy heroes, which key ingredients should their personalities have?

For me, and this is completely subjective, a swoon-worthy hero is protective and loyal. He’s a guy confident enough to appreciate the strengths of his lady. He never, ever lets his loved ones fall.

Alyssa Cole said it best: A beta on the streets, an alpha in the sheets.

That’s my perfect hero.

7) You find inspiration through reading, which book made you realize you wanted to write and is there a book you can read over and over again?

Mary Jo Putney’s Fallen Angels series is the one that made me want to write. Not because I thought I could do better, but because she inspired me so much. I reread Black Silk by Judith Ivory every year. I love her books so much.

8) If you could travel back in time, which era would you visit and what would you like to do?

Since childhood, I’ve been a little obsessed with the Romans. I would love to visit the Forum in Rome when it was operating in its full glory.

9) What does true love mean to you and what should a perfect happily ever after look like?

For me, you can’t have true love without true like. Without true like, true lust can’t transform into true love.

To have a perfect happily ever, I think both partners have to be comfortable with the imperfect, in both themselves and each other. There’s a saying that I like, that I think applies to happily-ever-afters: Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.

And laughter. Lots of that.

10) What are your plans for the future?

Book three of my series, Her Midnight Sin, is now in the hands of my editor, so I’m starting work on book four, as-yet untitled. Her Midnight Sin will release in April, 2019 and features the world-weary Captain John Nylander and feisty Lady Calpurnia Radclyffe, Dowager Viscountess St. Alban, as they vie against each other for the same Devon country estate. There will be pirates and apple brandy. :)

Thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog today! I really enjoyed myself.


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback OR digital copy of Three Lessons in Seduction, the first book in the Shadows and Silk Series by Sofie Darling (winner's choice).

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  1. Tempted By The Viscount sounds like a drama filled historical romance with plenty of passion and intrigue.

  2. This novel sounds like a marvellous historical romance. I love it when books have lots of twists and turns keeping you guessing along the way.

  3. They both look like excellent books, thanks for the chance.

  4. Woah, look at the covers, they are hot. But love the sound of Tempted By The Viscount. So much to learn about the characters and it's not ALL wine and roses, plenty to keep you wanting to read more and see what happens.

  5. It sounds an interesting series. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Just up my street, love a good historical romance xx

  7. I do love Historical Romance. Looks wonderful.

  8. Hello Sofie, Looking forward to reading your books. Thank you

  9. The books sound great and the covers are lovely.

  10. I love the covers. Especially the wallpaper in the background.

  11. Suze, thank you for your lovely review of Tempted. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. <3 And our interview was so fun! Xo, Sofie

  12. Thank you for this opportunity! Wishing you continued success!

  13. I so totally agree that a swoon-worthy hero should be protective and loyal. That's my kind of hero as well. Enjoyed the interview.

  14. Have a great day.

  15. I love, love, love your covers, they're both gorgeous! I already added them on my TBR. Thank you for the chance!

  16. Tempted by the Viscount has been on my wishlist for a long time!

  17. Sounds soooo good! I'm so excited to read it.

  18. I love historical romances - will be added to my "to read" list

  19. Sofie, the cover alone has sold me on your book!

  20. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  21. Love the cover. Sounds like a good read.

  22. Scandals, secrets and sparks - what a wonderful mix!