22 May 2014

Woo'd in Haste & Wed at Leisure by Sabrina Darby - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Woo’d in Haste- Releasing May 13th, 2014

Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets … him. For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother. Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?
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Wed at Leisure- Releasing May 27th, 2014

The stunning follow-up to Darby's Woo'd in Haste.

In all of Sussex—scratch that—in all of England, there is no one prettier than Kate Mansfield, and Peter Colburn, heir to the Duke of Orland, has known that since the age of 15. But since her vivacious nature comes with a temper to match, Peter has always masked his hunger for her behind ruthless teasing. As far as Kate is concerned, there is no one as annoying or as incredibly handsome as Peter. So when he surprises her with a sudden and romantic courtship, Kate is sure this must be his idea of a sick joke.

After all, he's the one man who knows how flawed she really is. And the only man to whom she has ever been so attracted. It's only after she rejects him that she realizes he might actually have been serious. And she just might be regretting her hasty decision. As Kate's determination wars with her traitorous heart, it may be too late. Now she's putting everything, including her reputation, on the line to give this accidental tragedy a happy ending.
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Woo’d in Haste is the first book in the series, and after reading this, I was ready to hate Kate. Bianca (and the rest of the people) had painted her to be a brat who is prone to tantrums and my heart just went to the younger Mansfield sibling who was left in their country house while her sister was busy with her season in London. Not only that, Bianca had to wait for her older sister to get married first before she had her season!

When Lucian Dorlingsley saw Bianca – it was love at first sight. He just returned from his travel abroad and would love to meet her personally, only that his friend thought to have them met in a different circumstances, with him posing as a tutor to her younger brother. Which, made him closer not only to Bianca, but to the rest of the family as well. Soon, Bianca found herself enamored of him – if only he was the right man for her. He was just a tutor and she doubt if her father would agree…

But it didn’t stop them from giving in to their emotion and attraction – a few stolen kisses here and there, Bianca found herself torn between love and doing the ‘right’ thing according to society. Just as she was to give her decision, the deceit was unveiled, and Lucian’s true identity was revealed. Once again she was torn – between wanting him, and hating for lying. He wasn’t an improper match after all. But, will she be able to get over the lying?

Bianca was easy to love. She was the weak, she was the one left behind, and she was the one needing the attention. But I wanted her to fight too, I wanted her to stand up for herself and tell her sister what a selfish brat she is. Perhaps it was Lucien, or it was love that had allowed her to grow (a backbone). I love the woman she became, and her strength to finally fight for what she wants. Although I wasn’t really sure about her real intentions when she agreed to finally marry Lucian at first, all my doubts were put to rest in the end.

Just like their romance, this was a whirlwind type of novel, where everything is just fast-paced and a little bit in a rush. Before you knew it, it will knock out all the air in your lungs, and you are at the end page. It was a short, sweet read that will make you fall in love.
✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪


I can’t wait to read this next novel – because I hated Kate. I wonder what is up with her, why is she a brat, what’s with all those she-should-marry-first-before-Bianca drama.

She was beautiful, and she knows it, Peter (the heir to the Duke of Orland) knows it too – since they were young. But this girl has more than beauty, she has a stubborn streak and a bad temper who seemed to demand attention everywhere she went. They started out okay, however, somewhere in time, she had come to despise him. What went wrong? He, on the other hand, didn’t stop it from teasing her. He loves to tease her, just to cover up the attraction that he was feeling. Their relationship was that for years – he will tease her, she’ll get annoyed. So imagine her surprise when he suddenly courted her. At first, she thought it was a joke, he, of all England, knew what and who she really is beneath the social mask she’s wearing, but he seemed earnest…

She was confused, and she ended up rejecting him – it was only then that she regret her sudden decision. Just as when she was so ready to give her heart and wear it on her sleeve, reality set in, and the truth went flying out in the open. She was hurt, her sister didn’t want her around, and she felt a little lost. This was a different Kate than what I have met in the first book.

I met both Kate and Peter in the first book, and saw how he deceived Kate to pave way for Lucien and Bianca. I was telling myself that it was okay to be deceived, that she might fall in love with him, and break her heart in the process, and it was just karma for her – but I was so wrong. There was MORE to Kate than being a selfish brat. So much for being judgmental. So, hold your judgment, people. Because in this book, you will know her in depth and realize that this villain is not as bad after all.

I love this series because it offered me a rush of romance in a few pages. Like the first book, Wed at Leisure is a short-read, but didn’t make the romance less sweeter. I didn’t expect to like it, because I hated the character primarily – but this book reminded me to save my judgment until I know the entire story. Indeed, there is good in every people, you only need to know them first. 

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. Her debut book with Avon Red, On These Silken Sheets, was a Favourite Erotic Romance finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and a Best First Book finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards. Her new Regency novella, The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe, released July 31st from Avon Impulse and her first contemporary romance, Entry-Level Mistress, released February 2013.

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