Friday, February 10, 2012

Blog Tour of Jennifer Haymore's Secrets of an Accidental Duchess

Welcome to the blog tour of Jennifer Haymore's Secrets of an Accidental Duchess!  

The blurb:
With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china. and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria.  But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess.

It was a reckless wager, and one Max couldn't resist:  Seduce the alluring Olivia or forfeit part of his fortune.  Yet the wild, soon-to-be Duke never imagined that he'd fall in love with the innocent beauty.  Nor could he have guessed that a dangerously unpredictable rival would set out to destroy them both.  Now, Max must beat a madman at his own twisted game -- or forever lose the only woman to have ever won his heart.

Jennifer Haymore has a talent for weaving comedy into her historical romances.  In Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, we have the beautiful, protected and slightly naive Olivia Donovan. Olivia spent much of her life in a small island in the West Indies and hasn't learned all the nuances of London society.  For instance, it takes her a while to realize that the good looking Mr. Buchanan (a.k.a. Max a.k.a. Lord Hasley) is heir to a dukedom - and to call him by the right title.  But all of this fits her personality. She's not bowled over by titles, power or money as she expects never to marry and to end her life as the "spinster aunt".    When tempted by Max, she points out that she doesn't intend to be the "disgraced spinster aunt".

Secrets of an Accidental Duchess is full of these fun quips and well set up disasters of sorts.  Both romantic leads are extremely likable.  The villain of the piece is a little overdone -- he is a cad in every possible way.  But as Jennifer Haymore's books are meant to be a fun escape, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess is exactly that - an engrossing romance with danger, comedy, and a satisfying ending. 

ISBN-10: 0446573159 - Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Publisher: Forever (February 1, 2012), 432 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes quiet, sometimes raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she's earned degrees in computer science and education and held various jobs ranging from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she's never stopped writing.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.   You can learn more at:  or on Twitter @jenniferhaymore  or on

Forever Romance and the Hatchette Book Group are sponsoring this giveaway of 3 copies of Secrets of an Accidental Duchess.  Do help me with my project - imagine that you were thinking of renting a 1 BR 1 bath apartment, would you decide not to rent the apartment if it had a shower and no tub?  Do you prefer a tub over a shower?  Thanks!

1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.
3.  One winner per household.

The contest is limited to US only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on Feb. 28, 2012. 


  1. Hi Gaby! I actually help out an NYC Broker with listing apartments avail online and I have to say I've seen some very nice ones that don't have a tub in them. As I mostly get showers a tub - or rather lack thereof - wouldn't necessarily dissuade me from leasing a place. I think location apt layout etc. would be the most decisive elements for me.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Jennifer's books are great and can't wait to read this one.

    gfc - pamsoo
    (also follow via email)
    pams00 @

  2. I am a tub fan, so I would be looking at that but I also would be looking at the location and the general layout of the place.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC JeanP
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  3. I would totally not rent an apartment if it only had a shower! I actually lived in an apartment that only had a shower and it sucked! I need to be able to soak in a nice hot bath when the days are tough :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    GFC follower: Ashley Applebee

  4. I only like to shower. No baths in a tub for me! Hmm..I wish they would make romance novels readable in the shower. ;-)
    Jennifer is awesome and I'd love to win SECRETS. Thank you for the chance. I will now follow your blog.

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

  5. If it was a short term rental, I might could handle not having a tub! I love baths though. I would love to win this one - her books are awesome.

    gfc follower under Martha Lawson

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  6. Hi Gaby,
    I need a tub. I wouldn't rent an apt. without one. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Follower under Jane.
    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  7. Either tub or shower ok but definitely don't want any place without one or the other!