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Release Day Blitz of Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress by Lara Temple; Exclusive Interview & Giveaway

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I have the greatest pleasure of welcoming Historical Romance author; Lara Temple back to Chicks Rogues and Scandal’s for a very special release day post. I have a very insightful chat with lovely Lara, plus an exclusive giveaway.

About Lara

When I was fifteen I found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later I emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Max Ravenscar and with Regency Romance.

But the love remained one-sided as I progressed through various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech until my mother gave me a firm shove by entering one my many drawer-directed novels into Harlequin’s annual writing contest. To my shocked surprise I not only made it to the top ten but Harlequin commissioned me to write five Regency romances.

I write strong, sexy, and suspenseful regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but deliver plenty of passion.

Like every (or most) writers, I would love to hear from you about books (not only mine) and history and whatever you find that makes you love this period and genre.

I live with my  husband and two children who are very good about my taking over the kitchen table for my writing (so I can look out over the garden and dream). I love to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and hike and read as many books as possible (which just about sums up my dream vacation). 

I recently went back to look for that grubby crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

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About the Book

Now he can’t resist her!

A Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies story: Lord Stanton’s stay on the island of Illiakos is shrouded in memories of fever and his mysterious nurse. Years later, an Illiakan royal visit to Stanton Hall reveals the princess’s chaperon Christina James is the woman who saved his life! Alexander is a master of control, but Christina makes him long to unleash the sinful side he’s buried…and unlock her passionate nature too!

Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress can be found at Amazon

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Interview

Frankie Hi Lara, Welcome back to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! It’s so good to have you visit again.

Lara Hi Frankie, it is lovely to be here again, thanks so much for inviting me!

Frankie For those that don’t know you, can you tell us a little about yourself and your work?

Lara I’m Lara Temple and I write strong and sexy Regency romances for Harlequin/Mills & Boon. I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember but I never thought I’d actually become a published author and I’m still pretty new to the romance writing world. I was so lucky – I entered the Harlequin SYTYCW contest and was shocked to discover I not only reached the finals but I was offered a contract! It was an amazing experience and the beginning of a real romance with writing…

Frankie When you first sit-down to start a new book, do you work from a well drafted plan, or do you just go with the flow and hope for the best?

Lara I’m a definite panster with a hint of plotter. Part of what I love about writing is not quite knowing what my characters will to do next – some of my best scenes (I think) were a complete surprise to me, and sometimes I wonder where they came from! It’s like I sometimes look at my kids and am a little dumbfounded at how amazing they are (when they aren’t driving me up a wall, of course) and I wonder – could they possibly have come from me? But now that I write professionally there is always a point in my writing when I stop and take stock – when the story and characters are strong enough already to stand up to criticism and then I sit down and write an outline and begin to see what is working and what isn’t and then I go back to some more (now informed) pantsing.

Frankie As you’re a Historical Romance writer, I have to ask this crucial question; Who is your all time favourite Hero and Heroine?

Lara I always cringe when I have to choose just one story – I feel I’m cheating on all my other loves! But at the moment I have to say John Thornton and Margaret Hale from North and South. I’m writing about a dark and serious Highland Duke and John Thornton keeps buzzing around in my brain. I loved the book and the series almost equally – they both brought together romance, history, and social commentary in a beautiful and vivid way. Both the hero and heroine went through a full emotional journey and they truly earned their HEAs. I adore them.

Frankie Totally agree, I love their story. *Swoon* How do you decide which characters will take centre stage and which will be more background extras?

Lara That’s an interesting question! I love writing secondary characters even through there is not much room for them in 75,000 words. Often they shove their way onto the stage as I’m writing and I have to rein them in so they don’t take up too much space. But they are so important to give depth not just to the story, but also to the hero and heroine. For example, in my latest book, Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress, Alex’s aunt and Christina’s adoptive family help me show just how loyal and warm my damaged hero and heroine are. They are part of who Alex and Christina. I can’t imagine telling the story without them? The same goes for the animals that often find their way into the stories and even some inanimate objects or scenery. For example, Alex finds calm and expresses himself through wood carvings – they can be found throughout the house and Christina unknowingly connects to Alex through them. So they’re in the background, but also an integral part of the my hero and heroine…

Frankie That is so very fascinating, and I do love that side of Stanton. Do you have a favourite book, that you can read and re-read over and over again?

Lara I have a few but probably I am most faithful to my collection of Georgette Heyers – I’ve had them since I was a teenager and somehow they have managed to survive all my moves and travels. I particularly adore Sylvester and The Grand Sophy – two utterly different heroines but like all Heyer heroines they are unique and powerful characters and so worthy of being loved. Sometimes I think I might not have become a romance writer if I hadn’t come across Heyer’s books.

Frankie Which do you enjoy writing most, a series or a one off/standalone?

Lara I love series because they allow me to develop different nuances in characters. They are like a kaleidoscope – in each consecutive book I get to see a different aspect of the other characters and so when I reach their turn, they are more complex (which means more challenging but also much more rewarding for me). Right now I’m working on two series – one is my one and is called the Sinful Sinclairs (if you’ve read Lord Stanton you know his scandalous mother’s family is called Sinclair and this is about siblings, love letters, and uncovering the value of family).

The other series I am writing with three other Harlequin Mills&Boon authors (Janice Preston, Elizabeth Hobbes, and Nicole Locke) and it is a Highland romance series that goes back through time following two families. I’m writing the Regency book and absolutely loving it – I adore the setting (my first Highlander) but mostly I love collaborating with these amazing, talented ladies!

Frankie Oh, wow! Loving the sound of all this, I can’t wait to meet the Sinclairs and your Highland collaboration sounds so good. I have a last question, that’s just for fun.

If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would do with your winnings?

Lara Oh, I’m boring. I’d probably first help my mother and brothers and put money way for my kids. But THEN I would take my kids and husband on a long leisurely trip around Italy and probably eat far too much pasta and ice cream but come up with marvellous ideas for more books. I’d also forget about my other job and spend more time writing – that would be marvellous!

 

Frankie That sounds marvellous! Before, I let you go, I have something a little different. If you could ask your readers one question what would it be? And I will try and answer it.

Lara This is hard. Although I read romance, I would really like to get into the mind of more readers’ heads and ask what are the three key things they find make a perfect historical romance (so I can see if I’m heading in the right direction).

Frankie I will do my best to answer, the three key things that I find make a perfect historical romance are:

  • Atmosphere! – I love it when reading historical romances where the story is charged with feeling and you become so absorbed into the mood and tone of the era that it feels very real. Which includes the environment, and surroundings it all adds to the overall feel of the story.
  • Realism! – The best thing about reading historical romance has got to be getting to know the characters as people, understanding their actions and getting to know their history. By knowing them, you can connect with them and I love that.
  • Dialogue! – The key to a great romance is the to-ing and fro-ing between the hero and heroine, whether they start out as enemies and do nothing but argue or have been friends for life and are always teasing. For me there needs to be great bantering between them, everything from witty, fun and playful to snippy, naughty and gruff.

Frankie Thank you so much, Lara for chatting with me again, its always pleasure.

Lara It’s always a pleasure chatting with you, Frankie. Thanks so much for having me on your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more about your own amazing writing project based on your family’s history!

Frankie Thank you, so kind of you to say.

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Giveaway

I have the most amazing giveaway, Lara has very generously donated signed copies of the brilliant Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series to be given away to one very lucky winner. That is THREE SIGNED BOOKS!!!

!!!This series is amazing, by the way!!!

All you have to do is answer the very simple question, as Lara and myself have been chatting about heroes and heroines, the question is;

Who is your favourite Hero and Heroine?

This can be TV or Books or both, Lara has shared hers, mine is Heathcliffe and Cathy, so what yours?

Comment below, or on Twitter and Facebook

*Giveaway if open Internationally, closing date is 6th June 9pm GMT. Giveaway is open on here, Facebook and Twitter. Winner will be contacted by myself.

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Review – Lord Stanton’s last Mistress (Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies #3) by Lara Temple

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She saved his life…

Now he can’t resist her!

In this Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies story, Lord Stanton’s stay on the island of Illiakos is shrouded in memories of fever and his mysterious nurse. Years later, an Illiakan royal visit to Stanton Hall reveals the princess’s chaperone, Christina James, is the woman who saved his life! Alexander is a master of control, but Christina makes him long to unleash the sinful side he’s buried…and unlock her passionate nature, too!

Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies miniseries

1. Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress

 2.  Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal 

 3.  Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress

My View

What a finale!! This is wonderful and romantic series about finding love and conquering past ghosts is book three in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies series. I have been engrossed with the series and getting to know each of these characters and following them of their journey’s, each book takes the reader on a story that is both utterly devastating and brilliantly romantic. Temple has gifted readers with a thoroughly dazzling, utterly romantic and unbelievably layered and intricate plot.

The story open’s in 1817 where we see exactly what the cool and mysterious Stanton has been hiding away in his past, we see those scars that he has kept well-hidden and how he got them in the brilliant prologue. After being wounded Alex is stranded on the Greek Island of Illiakos, he is brought back from the brink of death by a mysterious nurse wearing a veil – or as Alex describes it; wearing a tent. There is an instant attraction between Alex and the mysterious ‘Nurse’, he is intrigued by her elusiveness and she is drawn to devilishly handsome Englishman. Let me just say the young Stanton is absolutely adorable, he is wolfish, mysterious and a real cheeky chap.

Six years later King Darius of Illiakos is visiting England and stops at Stanton Hall along with his beautiful daughter and her companion in tow, Alex is being forced back to the Hall to hold talks with the King –something he isn’t looking forward to. He see’s it all as a waste of his time, he believes he has done enough. But that all changes when he meets a beautiful young woman reading his library, a woman who he soon learns was the ‘tent wearing nurse’ who saved his life. A woman who he has been obsessing about for the last six years and suddenly here she is. Christina can’t believe it when she learns that she is to stay in the home of the very man she has been fantasying about for the last six years, a man who even though she refuses to admit it, she fell in love with while tending to him all those years before.

Now I knew Stanton was a man of mystery, but who knew that stoic, proper and unwavering Stanton would be such a rogue; Yes, I see him as a rogue! A charming if troubled rogue. He is so different to how I first imagined Alex to be, he is just as enigmatic but there is something else about him that catches the attention something dangerous and primal. I really, really like him, Alex is so much than I thought him to be he is intelligent, perceptive, hugely protective and now his story has been told and his secrets have been revealed his other persona is revealed and this one is cold, tormented and vulnerable. He is a man who doesn’t believe in happily ever after’s, he has become jaded to love and a little cut of from life too, and my heart bleeds for him. He makes you want to prove to him that; yes, he is a good man who is deserving of a happily ever after.

I knew that Alex had a secret, when you read Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal there is ever so subtly added little sniffs of him in that story, I love how Temple did that she has tantalised us readers, it was so brilliantly done. She casted out the lure and once she caught you, she then reeled you in….(I’ve just realised the fishing metaphor!…This is finally where we get the answers to questions that for bee have been building up about him, the more she reveals the more you are hooked and entranced. Which as ever is so beautifully done!

Christina is a caring and intelligent young lady, she is a woman who has fire in her blood and an adventurous spirit. When we first meet her, I see a young woman whose head is full of youthful dreams but like Alex she too over the years has become withdrawn to her true desires and detached herself from the world, she doesn’t believe that girls like her are going to meet their prince charming. She doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Christina is an amazing character, she is very real and yet there is something very other worldly about her. She is beautiful, headstrong, with one heck of a brain and wise beyond her years. She has definitely become my favourite heroines from this series, like myself a lot of women can defiantly relate to her in some way or another. I love her active mind and calm intelligence, her thirst for knowledge and yet she doesn’t brandy her self around, she is very modest.

The chemistry between Alex and Christina is sweet and natural, but more than that they are fun together they can tease and play even when she is reading those ghastly agony aunt columns in the newspaper. The scene where Alex and Christina meet again in the library is so good and one that will stay with me, the image of her sitting in the window seat reading, with her shoes thrown unceremoniously on the floor is so vivid. That one scene is fun and the air sizzles and tingles with tension from both of them. Thank you, Lara for this beautiful scene!

Oooh, I l do love Rasvenscar! I was drawn to him in Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress, I fell in love with him in Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal there and you wouldn’t believe how pleased I am he has dropped by again. He is even more witty and charming then he was …love this man! And when the three of them; Hunter, Ravenscar and Stanton are all together is lovely, their familial joviality, the way they can tease and poke fun at each other is adorable…I am gushing too much, aren’t I? But, they are gorgeous!

Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress is a beautifully written, elegant and thoughtful story about two people who have been through the mill in one way or another and finding themselves unable to believe in happily ever after’s. Ms Temple has a real gift at created deeply emotional and passionate characters, which are both stunningly accurate and brilliantly developed. The story flows seamlessly, the tension between Alex and Christina builds up to an eruptive and romantic end. It is concise and crisp, there are multiple layers to the story that keeps you entranced and enthralled.

It is poignant, sentimental and expertly written love story.

So good, and highly recommended!

This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress is to be released on 31st May and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Review – Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal (Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies) by Lara Temple, Blog Tour

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Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies miniseries

Lord Hunter, Lord Stanton and Lord Ravenscar.

Three wild rakes whose seductive charms and aristocratic titles have the ladies of the ton swooning behind their fans. United by their charitable foundation to help those effected by the war, these lords are the firmest of friend’s.

But they guard their hardened heart’s almost as closely as they do their riches…that’s is, until they encounter here very special women.

Could these innocent ladies be the ones to tame these wild lords one and for all?

#1 Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress (Out now)
#2 Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal (Released today)
#3 Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress (To be released)

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“Women either ran from Lord Ravenscar or ran to him.”

A Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies story

Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…

This is book two in was has fast become one of my favourite series; The Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series, this series is just amazing I have been hooked by it since reading book one; Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress which grabbed my attention. The three lords Hunter, Ravenscar and Stanton are three of the most eye-catchingly sexy and golden hearted men you will ever meet, and I have been looking forward to reading Raven’s story since meeting him in the previous and all I can say it was well worth the wait. He and Lily are such a beautiful and remarkable couple.

Alan Rothewell – or Raven – is on a mission, he needs to find another house which can be used in the same way as Hope House; which is a bit of a rest home/help house for veteran’s who are in need. Because of an incident with his previous house he needs a new one and he finds the perfect property that would fit the job perfectly; Hollywell Cottage, all Raven needs is to persuade the new owner to sell it him – all before his grandmother finds out that he has returned to the village where he grew up. But he soon finds that the new owner isn’t going to be as accommodating as he initial thought especially when said owner is threatening to take off Raven’s head with a medieval spear. Raven cannot believe that the fiery – if in his view deluded – young red head is now the owner of the cottage, he tries all the tricks that he can muster to get the spilt heiress on side, but nothing works unbelievably this odd creature is immune to his charm.

He wasn’t used to being treated with such cavalier insouciance; Rakehell Raven usually caused a much more gratifying response. Women either ran from him or ran to him, they rarely held their ground…

…did she really think that mace would do an ounce of good against him?…

Heiress Lily Wallace want’s nothing to do with the man everyone calls ‘Rakehell Raven’ with living with his grandmother and his sister until she finds her feet she has heard all about the charming rogue. She knows first hand what men like him want and there is no way he is going to get that from her and she knows that if someone like him ever gets their hand s on Holly well it will be turned into some sort of brothel and from past experiences with that side of life she isn’t going to let that happen. Beside she has full intention to be living there herself, she doesn’t want to do what society bids her to do and marry -which would be giving up her freedom. No, that is not going to happen. So, when ‘Rakehell Raven’ turns up she is more than happy to say no to him.

But when Raven falls seriously ill she has no choice but to look after him, she thinks more of his welfare and the fact that the handsome as sin man with the sad eyes will die if she doesn’t help him then her reputation. As they are stuck completely alone together as she nurses back to health they soon learn that their first impressions of one another are not exactly accurate, she isn’t at selfish and spoilt she has got and independent stubborn streak that can reveal his own and he isn’t at all the rake that his reputation proceeds him to be, especially when they become betrothed to protect her reputation.

“If I were halfway a gentleman, I would point out that you shouldn’t be alone with me in a bedroom. Grim is not an adequate chaperone…”

Raven is such a complex man he has got so much buried in his past that he tries to keep at the back of his mind, he has got shadows lurking in every corner. He hasn’t had the best of starts after the death of his parent’s he and his sister were sent to live with their grandparent’s only for one thing to led to another and his grandmother ending up disowning him. To me Raven isn’t your stereotypical aristocrat, he has trued to distance himself from that as much as possible never really fitting in or being accepted that is until he joined the army and later when he met Hunter and Stanton. You can see just how much those two men mean to Raven, with Hunter and Stanton and their work with Hope House he has finally found something that he hadn’t thought he could ever have.

Lily understands him so much more than anyone else, she has been through her own trials and sadness, he carries around with him so much self-loathing and guilt that it took a very special woman to be able to tackle that part of him and Lily is just the woman for him, Temple has done a wonderful job at pairing these two together.

I particularly like the addition of Grim; Raven’s huge black dog, and the story behind how Temple came to put this lovable canine into to the story – all to do with dogs guarding graveyards, it is fascinating.

This series is just fabulous, it is getting better and better as we go along, the underlining story that connects these books is one of moving on and finding peace and second chances. Now I do love stories where veterans feature where the story really show case those that have served, that have done their duty and come home and once home that is where the real hard work starts. Temple for me is the go to girl for this trope, her genuine love and knowledge of these character’s and this story line really shines through, this series brings attention a topic that is very close to my heart and to read how these three aristocrats who have each got personal stories are helping those that are in need is as always tender and endearing.

“Alan, my Raven with his broken wing, I do love you. I am so glad you shoved me off my island,”

I just love that quote!

Mix that part of the story in with the fact that Raven is a blatant gruff, sex-god and Lily a wild, cunning fox then you have a stonking good romance. Temple really is my go to author for passionate, cleverly witty and sensitive books that grip you from the onset and keep you hooked.

I just love it and I cannot wait to see where Temple takes this series with the next instalment; Lord Stanton’s last Mistress. Very highly recommended!

This was an ARC from the author in conjunction with the blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.

Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal is released today and can be found at Amazon .

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Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Her fifth book with Harlequin Mills & Boon, ‘Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal,’ will be published in March 2018, and is the second in her Wild Lords series. Her four previous books are: Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, The Reluctant Viscount, and Lord Crayle’s Secret World.

When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.

Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon / Goodreads

 

Release Day Celebration with Lara Temple; Exclusive Interview, Excerpt and Giveaway

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Today I have the great pleasure to have the lovely and hugely talented, Historical Romance Author; Lara Temple visiting again. To celebrate the release of her brand-new book; Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress – which is out today, I have an exclusive Interview with Lara, an exclusive excerpt and Lara has come to Chicks Rogues and Scandals baring gifts, she is very generously giving away a copy of Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress to one lucky winner so make sure you stick around for that.

About Lara

When I was fifteen I found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later I emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Max Ravenscar and with Regency Romance.

But the love remained one-sided as I progressed through various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech until my mother gave me a firm shove by entering one my many drawer-directed novels into Harlequin’s annual writing contest. To my shocked surprise I not only made it to the top ten but Harlequin commissioned me to write five Regency romances.

I write strong, sexy, and suspenseful regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but deliver plenty of passion.

Like every (or most) writers, I would love to hear from you about books (not only mine) and history and whatever you find that makes you love this period and genre.

I live with my husband and two children who are very good about my taking over the kitchen table for my writing (so I can look out over the garden and dream). I love to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and hike and read as many books as possible (which just about sums up my dream vacation).

I recently went back to look for that grubby crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

Facebook / Twitter: @laratemple1 / WebsiteAmazon author page Goodreads

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Interview

Frankie Hi Lara, Welcome to Chicks Rogues and Scandals, Thank-you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Lara Thanks for inviting me, Frankie. So glad to be here again!

Frankie It’s a pleasure, congratulations on your newest release; Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress. Can you tell us a little about the book?

Lara Thanks, Frankie. Anyone who knows me knows I have trouble telling ‘a little’ but I’ll try.

When Hunter and Nell first meet they are both at a low point – Hunter’s brother committed suicide after the war despite his efforts to help him, and Nell is subject to her aunt’s bullying and her father’s indifference. In a moment of pity Hunter agrees to marry Nell when she reaches her majority. But when Nell turns 21 and discovers the betrothal she has no intention of going through with it – she has finally drummed up the courage to go seek out her childhood sweetheart at the Wilton Horse Fair and she won’t let an announced betrothal stand in her way. Hunter is only too happy for an honourable way out of his long-regretted gesture and promises to accompany her to the Horse Fair but along the way (of course) they discover they share not only a love of horses, a sense of humour, and a growing and often disconcerting attraction, they also understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Still, they have to face guilt, pain, and their own needs to reach their well-deserved HEAs.

Frankie All your books are set during the Regency period, what is it about that era that interests you so much to write about?

Lara From the age of 15 I was hooked on Regency romance and history by the incomparable Georgette Heyer. I went so deep into her world I ended up turning my back on studying physics to pursue a degree in 19th century British History. I can’t even explain what dragged me in so deeply – it isn’t just the glitz and glamor of the ballrooms, but more that it is a time of almost hidden transition. The Regency period feels to me like a twenty year old on the brink of ‘real’ life – everything is about to change dramatically and you can feel it coming but don’t know what it will all amount to. The Napoleonic Wars set in motion political developments that shaped the world we know today, some of the most amazing scientific discoveries were being brewed during this period but also weren’t fully understood. The Regency is a world poised on the brink… I love that tension.

Frankie Do you have a writing ritual? And if you do can you share it with us?

Lara Until recently I had a very demanding job so writing was recreational for me – something I did when I ‘felt like it.’ That changed completely when I got the amazing chance to become a published author (thanks to Harlequin’s SYTYCW contest!). Since then I sit down and write every weekday, from the moment I take my children to school (well, after making a big pot of tea but that’s obvious, right?) and until I have to work at my other (now less demanding) job.

Because I have so little time, even when I hit a writing wall I force myself to keep writing – I might start editing or put my WIP aside to work on another project (I often have two going at the same time precisely for this reason), but I never stop completely and wait for ‘the muse’ to strike.

Frankie If you could have one of your books made into a movie, which one would it be? And who would play your two, leading character’s?

Lara Oh, no, that is a hard question because it’s almost like choosing a favourite child. If I must choose, I’d love to see a version of my The Duke’s Unexpected Bride with Tom Hardy and Emma Watson as leads. You might think the reason is trivial – it started when I saw/received the book cover and thought the hero looked like Tom Hardy which was perfect because one of the stars of the book is Marmaduke the pug, and Tom Hardy is known not only for being an gorgeous (you know what I mean, Frankie!) and a good person, but also a dog lover. My duke of Harcourt to a T! And I chose Emma Watson to play Sophie after seeing her in Beauty and the Beast and because I think she can play sassy and smart like Sophie. I just don’t know who is good enough to play Marmaduke the pug…

Frankie Wow! That’s brilliant, I absolutely agree. What is your most treasured possession?

Lara Now that I have kids I can realize there are some things my parents did I never fully appreciated. My mother recently gave me a notebook she prepared during my first five years which is an amazing gathering of anecdotes and first words, photos and little titbits, including the first ever story I dictated to my mother (an adventure story about a city under the sea, with an HEA of course!), Ribena badges I collected, and first locks of hair. It was a true labour of love.

Frankie What I love about Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress is how the Hero; Hunter and his friend Raven set up Hope House, the charity home for veterans who are in need, can you tell us why you chose that subject to play such a prominent role in the plot?

Lara I’m an army veteran myself and I am closely acquainted with people who have suffered PTSD because of combat experiences, sometimes with tragic results. I know how it affects the families of survivors as well – they have to deal not only with a loved one’s trauma or loss but also often with their own guilt and sense of failure. I found myself thinking what did people do two hundred years ago? How did they and their families cope, both emotionally and financially with almost none of the awareness and support systems that exist today? That was where the idea of Hope House came from and I specifically chose heroes who faced different aspects of the upheaval of the times and coped with them in different ways. I try to deal with this difficult topic without sacrificing tenderness and humour and I hope I strike the right balance.

Frankie You definitely do, Lara. Your Regency books are brilliant, would you ever consider setting one of your books in a different era, and if so which one?

Lara I love this period but I also love the Edwardian period because the whole world is teetering on the brink of change, both good and bad – you can see how women are demanding more freedom and stretching their limits and really pointing the way in which the world would go, even if much of the upper echelons of society were in deep denial. I love periods steeped in tension, there is so much to write about.

Frankie Animals always play such a big role in your books whether that be Pugs or Horses, is there any animal that you would like to feature in your books, if you could?

Lara I really don’t mean for it to happen but it just does! In my next Wild Lords book, Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal there is a large wolfhound named Grim (named after “church Grims” – a tradition of burying black dogs in cemeteries to protect the dead) and my heroine’s best childhood friend is a manatee named Rupert (I think I can safely say that’s an unusual pet in a Regency romance).

Since I loves dogs I’m certain they will appear again but perhaps it’s time for a cat – In fact you’ve given me an idea – in my WIP the heroine asks a fake Gypsy to show her how to be an occultist so she can gather information about her godfather and I think an indolent cat will do very well in some of those scenes. Thanks, Frankie!

Frankie Ooh, That’s interesting. Thank you for talking with me, Lara. I have just one last sneaky question. What is your perfect girly night?

Lara I’m not a big party animal (those days went the way of the dodo when my children were born). Now my idea of a perfect girly night starts in the afternoon – I would meet two or three (max) good friends, maybe do a little shopping (I’m a hopeless tomboy and have a hate/love relationship with shopping but with a friend it’s great fun) then find someplace nice, a bottle of good wine, and just talk Life, the Universe, and Everything (oh, and receive no phone calls from children wondering where their football/fluffy pony/toothbrush is or from Mr. T wondering where we keep our spare lightbulbs). I know it sounds disgustingly tame but I think it’s perfect…

Frankie That sound’s perfect to me.

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About the Book

Betrothed…to the wrong man!

Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney now needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she’s a worthy bride. Standing in her way is Lord Hunter—the man Nell has just discovered she’s betrothed to!

Hunter’s offer of marriage to Nell came out of guilt, and now seems less than appealing! So when she asks for his help to win another man, he agrees. Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire that has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself…

Purchase the book HERE

Firstly I must warn you that I will probably do a great deal of gushing throughout my review, but when you read something that is as superb as this, then I hope you will forgive me. This is book one in this new series; The Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series by the highly talented Lara Temple, and one that I have been looking forward to reading. But nothing prepared me for the huge emotion that surges through you as you read it.

I know that Lara has said that this series is her baby, this is a personal story for her and you can really understand as you are reading it just how much of herself she has put into this. I have always liked her work but this really resonates with me, this touched a cord with me more than any other book I have read before, you can feel Temple’s heart and soul running through this, it is very emotional and it packs a real punch and it stays with you long after the last page. ~ Chick’s Rogues and Scandals

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Exclusive Excerpt

Hunter’s grin widened.

‘Very amusing, Saxon. Now come down before I decide to put all this hay to good use.’

Nell really should get down but she didn’t want to, not yet. As she remained unmoving the raffish quality of his grin shifted, mellowed, his lashes dipping slightly.

‘You do look like a Saxon queen up there; about to bestow her favour on her knight.’ He observed and Nell planted her feet more firmly as the bale quivered beneath them, or maybe that was just her legs that had wobbled. She was used to looking down at men, but very contrarily looking down at him made her feel dainty. Dainty?

‘She would probably be a Norman queen if there were knights,’ the schoolmistress corrected, and then, more to the point and in a less resolute voice. ‘I don’t have anything to bestow.’
‘Yes you do.’

How could three words turn a quiver into a blaze? He might as well have touched a match to the hay the heat was so intense. And the sense of danger. He was making love to her in the middle of a stable yard without raising a finger and she didn’t want it to stop. This is not making love, just flirting, the schoolmistress pointed out and was kicked off the bale of hay.

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***Giveaway Closed, Winner’s Post can be found HERE****

It’s giveaway time, we have a copy of Lord Hunters Cinderella Heiress to giveaway to one lucky winner, to be in for chance just answer Lara’s question and leave your answer in the comments below or on the Chicks Rogues and Scandals Facebook Giveaway post.

Giveaway Question 

Animals are always cropping up in my novels. For example, Nell and Hunter have a shared passion for horses. What was your favorite pet or what animal would you like to see make its appearance in a novel?

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*Giveaway closes at midnight GMT on 8th November 2017 and is open internationally, winner will have the choice of format; Print or Ebook. Only comments on this post or on the Facebook Giveaway post will be counted.

New Review – Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress (Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series Book 1) by Lara Temple

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Betrothed…to the wrong man!

Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney now needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she’s a worthy bride. Standing in her way is Lord Hunter—the man Nell has just discovered she’s betrothed to!

Hunter’s offer of marriage to Nell came out of guilt, and now seems less than appealing! So when she asks for his help to win another man, he agrees. Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire that has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself…

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Firstly I must warn you that I will probably do a great deal of gushing throughout my review, but when you read something that is as superb as this, then I hope you will forgive me. This is book one in this new series; The Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series by the highly talented Lara Temple, and one that I have been looking forward to reading. But nothing prepared me for the huge emotion that surges through you as you read it.

I know that Lara has said that this series is her baby, this is a personal story for her and you can really understand as you are reading it just how much of herself she has put into this. I have always liked her work but this really resonates with me, this touched a cord with me more than any other book I have read before, you can feel Temple’s heart and soul running through this, it is very emotional and it packs a real punch and it stays with you long after the last page.

He must be freezing. She wrapped her cloak around his hands drawing them into hers. “You must be cold.”
“I am many things at the moment, cold is not one of them.”
“Sorry my hands are so rough.” She said…
“The hands of a queen are never soft. They aren’t passive. They take what they want. They are beautiful and elegant and strong. You can take what you want.”

Hunter, Raven and Stanton are three lords who have all been through their own personal trials and tribulations and have witnessed and suffered heartaches due to the wars. They are all wounded in some way or another (maybe not physically, but still wounded) and they have seen the effects of the war on ex-service men, so they create the Hope House. A safe refuge for those men that have been cast out and who have suffered and who are in terrible need.

The whole story of these three noble lords setting up Hope House for ex service men is so inspirational. Like now there was so many men that had come home from the war wounded in more ways than a civilian can imagine, they are cast out from the military and just as now the very people who these brave men fought for just don’t care anymore, they are left destitute and in a lot of cases they had lost the will to live and I love how that is the very focus and underlying story of this book.

When we first meet out couple they are both young and have both suffered greatly. Hunter having just lost his brother in horrific circumstances plough’s on with life, he doesn’t grieve for the brother he felt he let down. He just goes about his life making these big decisions that does end up with him owning two horses and another life changing decision that comes back to bite him.

He goes to the Tinley’s to discuss his water source from the river that join’s both their lands together, but in the process he finds a down beaten and bullied young girl who reminds him of his brother. He at first thinks her to be vibrant and free-spirited but he soon realises the horrible truth.

Nell is in a living hell. She is bullied, humiliated and ridiculed daily from everything from her being too tall, not pretty and lacking in everything that a man holds dear. Bell’s aunt Hester treats her niece like dirt off her boot, her father is no better he stands there and lets this happen to his seventeen year old a daughter. He should be protecting her and nurturing her and yet he stands back and allows this vile acid tongued women to have her way.

For me that is worse than the actually bullying, that makes him no better and he should be absolutely ashamed of himself.

Funnily enough when Nell is away from her so-called family she is a right little rocket, she is a spirited young woman. A skilled and confident rider and trainer, like Hunter she has got an extraordinary gift with horses, I would definitely say that she is some kind of Horse Whisperer, she and Hunter understand horses better than they do people.

She glanced over at Hunter. “Your team is just as evenly paced and perhaps having a little more staying power.” Hunter resisted the urge to smile, barely and some of his tension faded.
“e you placating me, by any chance? Precisely how old you think I am?”
“Ancient.” She replied.

Four years later, these two are reunited, after she finds out that all these years Lord Hunter and her father came to an agreement that solves Hunter’s water and drainage issues on his land and takes Nell off her father’s hands. They become engaged, only without Nell’s knowledge. Well obviously Nell is furious and she heads off to Lords Hunter’s to tell him in no uncertain terms that this engagement is to be broken off.

Hunter is shocked in the change of Nell the last time he saw her four years earlier she was a timid, bullied lass and now she is a vibrant no-nonsense woman who knows her own mind and he is instantly drawn to her.

Hunter is tormented by what happened to his brother, he blames himself not just for Tim’s suicide but Hunter thinks he should have stopped his baby brother joining the army. He thinks that if he did then Tim wouldn’t have been taken Prisoner. Obviously Hunter has got nothing to feel guilty about he did his absolute best for his brother but unfortunately you cannot help someone if they have lost themselves. It is absolutely heart-breaking you want to put your arms around Hunter and give him huge hug and tell him that it’s not his fault.

Temple has his agony absolutely spot on, she has portrayed the suffering that these brave men are going through with real tact and decency and with up most respect, and I absolutely applaud her for that. It is sensitive, but yet brutally honest and that is what I really love about it.

Now, I really like the other two in their trio; Stanton their Parliamentary Lord is the diplomatic one, he is quiet and brooding who doesn’t show his hand until he absolutely has to, he isn’t one to raise his voice but when he gets angry it is palpable. Raven has to be my absolute favourite so far, even though this is book one and we have just met the lads he has definitely caught my attention. I’m drawn to the black-haired charmer, he is a proper Rogue, but you sense that there is a real darker undercurrent to him.

“Ah, the sentimental of today’s youth…”
“ You can be as caustic as you like, Raven. Your one of the least sentimental people I have met.”
“I have my moments, luckily none of them involved an offer of matrimony.”

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series, if this first instalment is anything to go by we are in for something special, because this is flawless. I could read this over and over again and I would still laugh, cry and be shocked over and over. The romance is as ever beautifully written by Temple, but for me the real winner, the thing that sets this book apart from others is the undercurrent story, that is where the heart-breaking and emotional moments come from.

This is simply beautiful and perfect and I adore it.

I was so privileged to have received a very ARC copy from Lara in exchange for an honest review.

Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress is to be released on 1st November and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.