24 January 2014

A Kiss of Lies by Bronwen Evans - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

A Kiss of Lies: The Disgraced Lords Series
A Loveswept Historical Romance
January 14, 2014

In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.

Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.

One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

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Libertine Scholars – I’m excited to meet you all!

I’m so GLAD she started with Christian – because he’s not perfect. He’s far from it – he is scarred. He used to be handsome – well, he is still striking but the scar that runs in his face had left him in pain, in constant nightmare and aloof from all people. It didn’t help when he was accused of raping one of the members of the ton. He was wrongfully convicted with a hideous crime, and was sent off to Canada. He didn’t think his life would ever be the same again – he thought he would never had the chance to go home, until his newly-hired governess sparks his heart back to life and makes him remember the man he was used to be before the tragedy, the crime, and everything else. Now, he was willing to go back home, clear his name once and for all – and along the way, win the heart of the woman who captured his attention.

It started with a lie, Serena needed to protect herself. It doesn’t matter when Christian was a childhood crush or her infatuation seems to be stronger despite the fact that he was scarred. She had wished to marry him then. It was only her abusive past that made her hesitate to give in to the attraction. She had more burdens and secrets to carry on her shoulders, and as a newly-hired governess, she had no business cavorting with her employer. But on their voyage back home – she must resist every desire and temptation that Christian sparks every time they are on the same room.

Two broken, damaged souls meet during the times they needed each other the most. I have always loved reading regency novels – and this one had caught my attention not just because the imperfection of the characters, but the danger, the secrets, dark pasts, passionate scenes, and of course the suspense had made this novel irresistible to me. I didn’t stop reading until I have reached the final page – and even then, my excitement just grows more as I await for the rest of the stories of the Libertine Scholars!

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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  1. Hi Charlene

    Thanks for hosting me today. Very much appreciate!