Authors Give Back: Lyndi Lamont @Smashwords #MFRWHooks

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Now that many of us are sitting at home with time to read, Smashwords is hosting a promotion called Authors Give Back, and I’m participating with two of my Lyndi Lamont titles.

Reluctant Bride coverHow To Woo… A Reluctant Bride
Steamy Historical Romance

A marriage contract, nothing more…until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. Yet the rules are simple for an arrangement such as theirs. There should be no misunderstanding, no illusions of anything more.

Armed with a copy of the Kama Sutra, Evan sets out to seduce his reluctant bride into passionate surrender. Lydia is prepared to tolerate this man she’s been sold to, but his scorching kisses send her pulses racing. Can an arranged marriage lead to love?

Here’s a short snippet from Chapter One:

London, June 1885

She wasn’t quite the perfect English rose but she’d do.

Evan Channing stood next to the fireplace in Lord Blatchford’s parlor and studied his fiancée as she sat on the settee talking to his mother. Lydia Blatchford wore blue tonight, bringing out the color of her pale eyes. She looked beautiful, yet untouchable, in her fashionable silk gown. The low-cut bodice revealed the smooth white skin of her shoulders and a hint of cleavage. The lines of the gown showed off her firm breasts and small waist, and the bustle emphasized her rounded hips.

When she looked up, he smiled at his intended across the room. Her lips curved slightly in answer and a blush stole up her face, adding color to her porcelain complexion before she turned away. Tonight her dark blonde hair had been curled into a fashionable upswept hairstyle, softening her appearance. When he’d met her before, her long mane had been pulled back into a bun. He wasn’t sure the curls suited her, but of course, he’d prefer to see her hair down, spread around her on his bed. His pulse raced at the thought she’d soon be his.

He could hardly wait to peel off her layers of clothing, revealing the woman underneath, her smooth skin and generous curves. Taller and larger boned than most women, she’d fit perfectly against his own lanky frame. Perhaps he’d find an opportunity to steal a kiss tonight. Surely that was allowed to an engaged couple.

“Stop staring.”

Evan started and turned to see Lydia’s brother Harry standing beside him. “Sorry.”

Harry raised a blond eyebrow. “You should be. If you weren’t already betrothed to my sister I’d have to call you out for the way you were undressing her with your eyes.”

Free at Smashwords through April 20th. 99 cents everywhere else: Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble/Nook, and Kobo.

Happy Reading!

Lyndi Lamont

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Book Review Club: Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins #review

For this month’s Book Review Club, I chose Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins, who is African-American. It seems appropriate for Black History Month.

Forbidden coverForbidden
by Beverly Jenkins
Avon, 2016

When I saw the cover of the book, I thought it was an inter-racial romance, but I was wrong.

Forbidden is set in the post-Civil War era. The hero, Rhine Fontaine, is a former slave who is light-skinned enough to pass into white society, and he has done so successfully by the time the book starts. The setting is Virginia City, Nevada, which apparently had a substantial African-American community at that time. Rhine, who was educated with his white half-brother, is a smart businessman who owns a number of properties in town. He runs the Union Saloon, where he refuses to discriminate between races. As a result, most of his customers are African-Americans. Rhine has a foot in both races. Though he has passed, he refuses to turn his back on his people.

Enter our heroine, Eddy Carmichael. Eddy is a free woman of color as were her parents, who died recently in a snow storm. She is headed to California, but only makes it to Virginia City where she is hired as a cook boarding house. Rhine is immediately attracted to the feisty, independent-minded, Eddy, but as a white man she is forbidden to him, except as a mistress. And Eddy will settle for no less than marriage. Plus Rhine is already engaged to a white girl whose father has business deals with Rhine.

Rhine wants Eddy, but knows he will have to cross back over the color line if he wants to marry her.

I like Beverly Jenkins books and Forbidden was no exception. Both main characters were sympathetic and likable. The interactions between white and black Republicans were quite fascinating. The rift between the races was already widening just a few years after the Civil War. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it for fans of historical romance.

Linda

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