Series: Sons of Sin

A Gem! Three Proposals and a Scandal by Anna Campbell

Posted July 29, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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A Gem! Three Proposals and a Scandal by Anna CampbellThree Proposals and a Scandal by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #4.5
Published by Self Published on June 22, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 155
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Whose hot kisses will melt the ice princess? All London is agog to know!

As the season reaches its brilliant climax, three very different men pursue beautiful Lady Marianne Seaton. She’s the marriage mart’s greatest prize – even if cruel and unjust gossip paints her as a woman cold and glittering as any diamond.

Lord Desborough is her father’s choice – rich, powerful, safe. Lord Tranter is society’s darling – handsome, dashing, charming.

Then there’s the dangerous, compelling man nobody in their right mind calls eligible. Elias Thorne, son of scandal, reputed deceiver, possessing a rakish fascination no woman can resist. A lady might choose Elias as a lover, but as a husband, he’s too risky a bet. Even if Marianne’s forbidden yearning for him threatens her future and her reputation.

When Marianne’s suitors pursue her to the year’s most glamorous house party, there will be proposals and passion, rivals and revelations, secrets and scandals.

Let the battle commence – but will the best man win?

 

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Marianne Seaton held her head high when she was publicly jilted by Cam Rothermere after he married his childhood love. She earned the title of ice princess solely because she’s mastered the art of maintaining decorum no matter what she was feeling. Now she’s being pursued by three suitors: one a match made in her father’s version of heaven, another who exudes false charm and affability, and, lastly, Elias Thorne, the one she’s in love with but whom she believes is after her substantial dowry.

 

I was hoping for a happy ending for poor Marianne as she didn’t deserve the gossip and humiliation associated with her ill-fated engagement. Her pairing with Elias was perfect as they both were having to choose their own direction for the first time. I loved all the obstacles thrown in their way, including an ugly scandal, and how Elias rose above his other suitors. And, that epilogue was wonderful.

 

This was a real gem of a novella! For a short story, it read like a full-length novel moving nimbly. I’ve loved this series and hope there’s at least one more in the pipeline.

About Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. She writes Regency historical romance for Grand Central Publishing and Avon.

Campbell received an English literature degree at Queensland University. She spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. She returned to Australia working at a number of jobs until she moved to Sydney where she worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During this time Campbell continued writing. After joining Romance Writers of Australia, she gained more focus. Then one day, she got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London’s most notorious courtesan. And ‘No Ordinary Duchess’, which Avon released in April 2007 as Claiming The Courtesan, was born. It went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, it was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio’s Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Campbell was also voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007. Her second book for Avon, Untouched, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and was a finalist in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

The Sons of Sin series was launched in 2012 with the release of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.


A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell

A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell

Posted April 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

        Nell Trim’s half-sister, on her deathbed, disclosed the name of the man who’d impregnated and abandoned her. She asked Nell to avenge her by seeking out the Marquess of Leath, James Fairbrother, and making him atone for her ruin. But when Nell gets herself in the employ of James’ mother to find the evidence her sister spoke of, what she finds is a man in direct conflict with her characterization. James and Nell ultimately find themselves hopelessly drawn to each other despite their differences in station.   Finally a story where the realities of class differences are honestly dealt with in the romance. The decisions that both Nell and James make to be with each other are difficult but reflect the depths of their […]


A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell: Spotlight and Giveaway!

A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell: Spotlight and Giveaway!

Posted April 27, 2015 by Jonetta in Misc | 2 Comments

  Excerpt Leaning one hand against the wall, she gulped and faltered to a stop. She struggled to get her breath back against the dizzying recollection of those big strong arms wrapping around her. Until that last squeak of self-preservation, when he’d been so appallingly close to taking her, she’d been mad for him. She’d loved everything he’d done. The kisses. The caresses. The murmured praise and encouragement. The heat. The intimacy. What she knew about this man should disgust and terrify her. He’d bedded women all over England. He’d come close to bedding her. She shivered to remember that hard, insistent weight pressing between her thighs. Yet he’d stopped when she asked, and she couldn’t mistake how he’d repented his loss of control. When […]


Outstanding! What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

Outstanding! What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

Posted April 21, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 5 Comments

    Quick summary Cameron (Cam) Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor, proposed to childhood friend Penelope (Pen) Thorne when she was 19-years old. She turned him down flat and promptly fled to the continent after the pressure from her parents got unbearable. She wants a match made for love and he doesn’t believe in it. Nine years later, when her brother, on his deathbed, asks Cam to bring her home, he has no choice but to do so.   A bit of background Cam desperately wants to marry a woman with an impeccable reputation to compensate for his tawdry beginnings (rumor among the ton is he’s actually his uncle’s progeny). Pen’s reputation is now a mess and he wants no part of her.   What […]


A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell

Posted April 20, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

  Quick summary Genevieve Barrett is a bluestocking, secretly the academician behind her father’s reputation as an antiquarian. Richard Harmsworth is the heir to his family’s legacy but has lived under the cloud of his questionable paternity. Legacy has it that the heir would have possession of the Harmsworth Jewel and Richard believes if he can get it, he’ll have earned the legitimacy he’s sought for most of his life.   Heart of the story Richard has confirmed that Genevieve owns the Jewel and he assumes a fake identity to attempt to have her sell or give him the Jewel. Though she doesn’t who he is, Genevieve is immediately suspicious of him. She’s a confirmed spinster, valuing her independence so she’s not receptive of his […]


Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna Campbell

Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna Campbell

Posted September 20, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

Quick summary Lady Lydia Rothermere was caught in a compromising situation 10 years ago with Simon Metcalf. She spent the years in between being a paragon of virtue and modest behavior. He left the country and, rumor has it, lived the life of a rake. Now he’s back when she’s just days from marrying a man she doesn’t love. What I liked I really liked how the story starts with Lydia’s point of view and then shifts to Simon’s. The picture she paints of him gets redrawn once I discovered what he’d been up to for the last ten years. I was at first reluctant to root for him but, things changed. It’s no secret that these two will end up together but the path […]


Review: Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell

Review: Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell

Posted November 15, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

Sidonie Forsythe agrees to replace her sister in repaying a gambling debt owed to Jonas Merrick and it’s an unusual obligation. Jonas despises her sister’s husband who is his cousin and requiring his wife to spend a week with him in his bed is the ultimate revenge. However, when Sidonie shows up on his doorstep instead, the game changes. Jonas is the ultimate tortured hero having had his face disfigured and scarred in his youth and labeled a bastard after his parents’ marriage was determined to not be legal. Sidonie is his perfect foil as she is neither intimidated or repulsed by him. Their banter is incredibly clever and when they eventually come together it’s just about combustible. Be prepared for some pretty steamy and […]