Guest blogger: Anna Campbell
It’s been a while between drinks. Not in real life—I’m very partial to a glass of wine, helps to regulate my sanity (no comments from the peanut gallery!)—but in Romancelandia, I haven’t had a new release since my short story in the free anthology, A Grosvenor Square Christmas, late last year.
So I’m extra excited that my third Sons of Sin book hit the stands at the end of August both here and in America (the UK edition isn’t out until October). I’m even more excited because What a Duke Dares features a character I’ve loved writing about in every other Sons of Sin book, the cool, calm, collected Camden Rothermere, Duke of Sedgemoor.
Cam has quite a few characteristics I like in a hero. For a start, he’s a duke, the king of the beasts in Regency society. It’s no accident that so many historical romances feature dukes! He’s also Mr Control. It’s always such fun to watch men who think they have their life perfectly organised turned upside down when they fall in love. He’s also utterly determined that love will play no part in his life. Well, we know how that’s going to end, don’t we? But readers still get the fun of watching the immovable object fight against the irresistible force—and lose!
The story is my first friends-into-lovers tale. I love these—my friend Sarah Mayberry (www.sarahmayberry.com) is a master at this particular theme. I love how in friends-into-lovers stories there’s so much at risk. If the romance doesn’t work out, a deep friendship will go west at the same time, so the couple turn out double losers. I also like how in a lot of friends-into-lovers stories, including this one, there’s an abiding respect and affection between the hero and heroine, no matter what happens when they set out on love’s rocky path.
The story also starts out as a road trip (although most of the events take place back in England). I love road trip romances too. The hero and heroine are stuck together on the journey, much as they don’t want to be, and all the time that simmering sexual tension builds and builds. Until … bam! Delicious for a reader!
So (keeping it G-rated), what’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Climbed a mountain? Travelled in a foreign country on your own? Asked out that attractive bloke? I’ve got a signed copy of What a Duke Dares (open internationally) to go to someone who comments today. The giveaway closes on 28 September. (UPDATE: the giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to sydneydeb.)
A reputation at risk…
What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumour mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.
The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed – until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins…
and find a excerpt here.