Thursday, April 21, 2011

Eileen Dreyer's Never A Gentleman Blog Tour & Giveway

Welcome to our blog tour for Never A Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer sponsored by Forever Romance.  The book is historical romance with a strong undercurrent of intrigue.   If you read and recall Eileen Dryer's earlier Barely a Lady, you'll be delighted to find some of the earlier characters return in Never a Gentleman.

Never a Gentleman

Here's the blurb:
Miss Gray Fairchild is under no illusions about her charms.  Painfully plain, she is a soldier's daughter who has spent her life being useful, not learning the treacherous ways of the ton.  She may have been caught in a scandal with society's favorite rogue, but how can she marry him when it means losing herself?

Diccan Hillard doesn't know which of his enemies drugged him and dumped him in Grace's bed, but he does know the outcome.  He and Grace must marry.  To his surprise, a wild, heady passion flares between them.  Yet Diccan is trapped in a deadly game of intrigue Grace knows nothing about.  Will his lies destroy Grace just as he realizes how desperately he needs her?  And how can he hope for a future with her, when an old enemy has set his murderous sights on them both?

I'd read Dryer's earlier novel, Barely a Lady and was drawn in to the plots and political intrigue.  So, when some of the same characters - Diccan and Grace- are caught in a related political plot,  I was eager to follow the story.  This next in the Drake's Rake series gives us Grace, who proves to be a particularly endearing heroine.  Raised by the General and taught to be stoic, practical, and to carry on, she faces all sorts of humiliating and awful situations with grace and character. As her character is revealed through her actions and discipline, she wins Diccan over. 

She's not some scared young girl and she doesn't react with self pity or pettiness. She's plucky, funny, and the sort of person you'd love to have as a friend.

The romance in Never a Gentleman works so well - because of Grace and her loyalty to Diccan.  It's a fun, romantic read!
ISBN-10: 0446542067 - Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Forever (March 29, 2011), 480 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher. 

About the Author:
Born and raised in Brentwood, Missouri and a product of Catholic Schools, she lives in St. Louis County with husband Rick and her two children. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the glare of the limelight.

Dreyer won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since that time she has also garnered not only five other writing awards from Romantic Times, but five RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, which secures her only the fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame. Since extending her reach to suspense, she has also garnered a coveted Anthony Award nomination for her last paperback, Bad Medicine.

She has over three million books in print world wide, and has made regular appearances on the Waldenbook and B.Dalton bestsellers list, and now the USA Today list.

A frequent speaker at conferences, she maintains membership in Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and, just in case things go wrong, Emergency Nurses Association and International Association of Forensic Nurses, for which she is the unofficial mascot.

Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and admits she sees research as a handy way to salve her insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends. She's also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, although she doesn't see herself actively working in the field, unless this writing thing doesn't pan out.

Do you want a free copy of the book?  Forever Books & Hatchette are sponsoring a giveaway - enter it here. The usual rules apply:  Limited to U.S. and Canada residents.  No P.O. boxes please.  One winner per household. You must be a follower of my blog to enter.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the contest!
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