Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Blog Tour of Cara Elliott's To Surrender To A Rogue

Welcome to the Book Blog Tour of Cara Elliott's To Surrender To A Rogue! This is the second book in her Circle of Sin series, following the fun historical romance To Sin With A Scoundrel (Circle of Sin Trilogy). I loved To Sin With A Scoundrel and was very excited to read the next book in the series. (Read my review here.)

The blurb:
An expert in antiquities, Ladie Alessandra della Giamatti arrives in Bath to excavate newly discovered Roman ruins -- only to find herself caught in the webs of a blackmailer threatening to expose her scandalous past. The one man who can help her is Lord James "Black Jack" Pierson, a fellow member of the expedition and a sinfully handsome rogue whose tempting presence ignites a different sort of danger.

Jack has clashed with Alessandra in the past, so when she suddenly surrenders her body he can't help being suspicious. Is she a scheming temptress? Or is she truly a lady in trouble? As desire and deception swirl around them, Asessandra and Jack must find a way to win each other's trust. For if they don't work together to uncover a shocking truth, their enemy and their own simmering passions -- may destroy them and everything they cherish.

To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin Trilogy)

I love Cara Elliott's Circle of Sin series. The heroines aren't the usual helpless, lost women looking for a wealthy and powerful lord to save them from their circumstances. Instead, the members of the Circle of Sin are well educated, unconventional, and deeply interested in learning. These women have interests that go well beyond fashion, men, and children. Each woman has a different area of expertise and the heroine of To Surrender To A Rogue is the archeologist Lady Alessandra della Giamatti.
Lady Alessandra played a role in Elliott's earlier novel To Sin With A Scoundrel (Circle of Sin Trilogy), where she had clashed with the dashing Lord James Pierson ("Black Jack").

The heroes in Cara Elliott's novels just as fun and satisfying. They're smart, successful, and they're not threatened by the unconventional. Elliott creates just a romantic hero that I can't help but fall for! Deep sense of honor, kind, funny, athletic, protective, generous, and always strikingly attractive!

In To Surrender To A Rogue, Alessandra and her daughter have been forced to leave Italy for England. As they adjust to their new circumstances, Alessandra agrees to participate in a prestigious and exciting archeological dig. Both the English and the Italian delegation defer to her expertise in planning and the actual excavation. The dig brings many surprises -- both pleasant and unwelcome. Black Jack is a bit of both -- the interaction between Jack and Alessandra is great fun. The banter, the uncertainty and their yield to their mutual attraction is well done and kept me thoroughly entertained. Cara Elliott has a deft touch for historical romance -- she mixes just the right amount of intrigue, uncertainty, and foreshadowing.

If you enjoy historical romance novels with spirited heroines, twisty plots, and constant banter, grab To Surrender To A Rogue! It's a fun, romantic read and a perfect summer escape! My mother stayed up all night reading it -- and then I did too!

ISBN-10: 0446541311 - Mass Market Paperback $6.99
Publisher: Forever (June 1, 2010), 384 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

Author Bio, in her own words:
Cara Elliott started creating books at the age of five. And she has the proof — a neatly penciled story, the pages lavishly illustrated with full color crayon drawings of horses and bound with staples — to back up her claim. She has since moved on from Westerns to writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured my imagination ever since she opened the covers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Cara Elliott has a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and now works as the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine, a job which lets her combine her love of the printed word with her love of art. She's very fortunate in that her work allows her to travel to interesting destinations around the world — however, her favorite spot is London, where the funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of inspiration for her stories. Visit the website which she created and designed herself! You can also find Cara on twitter as @CaraElliott_1 or blogging at Word Wenches

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To enter please share a recommendation for Cara's seminar on Historical Romance at Yale. Name the book, author and why you'd choose this book. Or tell us about your favorite romance novel or romantic hero.

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Thank you so much to Anna, Forever and Hatchette Book Group for generously sponsoring this giveaway and this review opportunity!


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  2. I would recommend Much Ado About Love by Malia Martin. I read through Cara's syllabus. While not as dramatic or touching, just simply romantic, this book resembled Forrest Gump in that history is used and altered to make the story.

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  3. I would recommend Laura Kinsale’s “Flowers From the Storm" because it a classic example of an epic romance.

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  4. Thank you for a awesome giveaway!!! I cannot wait to read To Surrender To A Rogue!!! I loved
    To Sin With a Scoundrel....

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  5. the outlander series by diana gabaldon has all the importnat elements - romance and suspence set on a beautiful backdrop of well-researched history. great series and so much to talk about!!!

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