Review ~ Scandal Takes the Stage (The Wicked Quills of London #2) by Eva Leigh

Scandal Takes the Stage (The Wicked Quills of London, #2)Scandal Takes the Stage by Eva Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The good and bad about reading reviews prior to reading a book. Yes, I believe that you can get a hint of what to expect in the book, but I try not to venture too far so not to learn the end before i have even started at the beginning. The bad, we as readers have different opinions, what I like may not be to their likings. So if you rely or focus on a readers opinion you might possibly miss out on a great read because it was not to someones liking.

My thoughts: Scandal Takes the Stage is again yet another great reading adventure by Eva Leigh. I was anticipating Maggie's story and her hidden secret. And what a perfect romantic partner: Cam. He himself has some hidden desires. Cam comes to the rescue when Maggie finds herself in a situation that may jeopardize everything that she grounds her. Once Maggie agrees to Cam's help, she finds her "voice" again. The cat and mouse game between Cam and Maggie is what adds spice to the storyline. It was a pleasant read, one that I couldn't put down for very long. I like the writing style of Ms. Leigh, she provides a solid background of the characters, allowing you to see them as a dimensional person and not just flat character. She brings the characters to life with her words and spins a tale that grabs you as she takes you on a romantic and sometimes quirky journey.

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Tour~ Review, excerpt and Giveaway~ FOREVER YOUR EARL and SCANDAL TAKES THE STAGE by Eva Leigh

Forever Your Earl and Scandal Takes the Stage
The Wicked Quills of London # 1 & 2
By: Eva Leigh
Avon Romance
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FOREVER YOUR EARL: The Wicked Quills of London # 1
Publishing with Avon 
September 29, 2015
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Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?

Daniel has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best laid plans.

But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever.

SCANDAL TAKES THE STAGE: The Wicked Quills of London #2
Publishing with Avon 
October 27, 2015
Successful playwright Maggie Delamere has no interest in the flirtations of noblemen like Cameron, Viscount Marwood. She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness… and vows to rebuff the wildly persistent-and irritatingly handsome-scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure to deliver a new play hampers her creativity, an invitation to use his country estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist...
For years, Cam has admired Maggie’s brilliant work and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but if it means loosening Maggie’s pen-and her inhibitions-he’ll do exactly that.
But soon Cam’s plans for seduction become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake society believes him to be… and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed.

EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

I was pleasantly surprised at the talent of this author. Forever Your Earl is her debut novel and what a way to start out. Clearly a Winner in this reader's eyes. She wove such a intriguing and capturing book; from the first page she captures your attention and holds it until the last word is read. I have to say Bravo for bringing to light women who don't want to be the next Season's pick, her heroine is a woman that has taken her own direction without the requirement of a man. 
Eleanor is a writer for a famous scandal paper, it's where you find the comings and goings of the Who's Who. Our hero, and might I say that she penned the most hunky man possible for our Eleanor, Daniel Balfour, The Earl of Ashford, has made it too many of her pages. But, Daniel needs the help of Eleanor and her pages.  The strike up a bargain that will help both out in the end, she accompanies him in his "wild rakesh adventures" and scribes about the events, while he secretly searches for a missing friend. Can two people from opposite sides of the track work together? Well the union is a hoot, the banter between the two of them is priceless. I have never chuckled out loud so much in quite a while. 
 I love the references that Daniel has for the male body parts. Here's an idea what you will find, this is one of my favorite line of this book:
There's nothing quite like an oyster. Well, there is, but you can't go around offering it on trays. Imagine if they walked around with trays of sausages.
 I highly recommend picking up a copy or ebook of this quirky, humorous historical romance.  I can't wait to read the second book in the series on Eleanor's friend Maggie in Scandal Takes the Stage.

Forever Your Earl 

But Lord Ashford up close was rather...appalling.  It didn't seem right that a man so blessed by fortune and title should also be so attractive. 
His dark brown hair was fashionably cut and artfully tousled, as if he'd recently risen from a lover's bed.  Given his reputation, that was most likely possible.   He had a broad forehead, a coin-clean jawline, thick brows, and eyes that, even with yards between her and him, stunned her with their blue clarity.  Naturally, he had a mouth that looked very adept at kissing and...other things. 
He moved with a long-limbed ease that betrayed his skill as a sportsman.  His ink blue coat fit the broad width of his shoulders, and his cream and gold-embroidered waistcoat defined the shape of his torso—his tailor on Jermyn Street produced excellent work.  Snug doeskin breeches were tucked into polished Hessians that came from Bond Street.  
Truly, he was quite alarming.
Miss Hawke?” he asked sharply, coming to stand in front of her paper-cluttered desk.  “I wasn't expecting a female.”
“Neither were my parents,” she answered, “but they learned to adapt.  How might I help you, my lord?”
Though she felt an obligation to ask the question, she braced herself for what was sure to be a scorching lecture.
He removed his hat and set it aside.  Then he held up an issue of The Hawk's Eye and began to read.
“'Lord A—d, a figure well-known to our assiduous and genteel readers, was lately seen in the company of a certain Mrs. F—e, whose late husband made his considerable fortune through the manufacture and sale of a woman's garment we blush to mention in these virtuous pages.'”  He tossed one of the issues to the ground. “Wrong.”
“You cannot deny—”
But he wasn't done.  Holding up another issue of the paper, he read again.  “'It may or may not stun our honorable readers to learn that the notorious Lord A—d has not amended his ways following the duel over Lady L., from Y—shire, and has been espied with another married lady of questionable character, at the late night revels hosted by the equally rakish Mr. S—n.  Yet it was noted by our keen-eyed intelligence that this married lady was not the only female vying for the earl's favors.'” This paper he also cast to the floor.  “Wrong.”
She herself had written those pieces, and while they weren't matchless examples of English prose, she was still rather proud of them, as she was of all her labors.  To have her hard work thrown to the ground like so much garbage was rankling.
“I assure you, my lord,” she said bitingly, “The Hawk's Eye strives for the greatest of accuracy.”  She had a network of sources which she used regularly to provide information.  Many members of the aristocracy were in dire need of funds, and they gladly turned on each other in order to maintain the pretense of effortless wealth.  Eleanor always paid her informants to keep them returning.
Whether or not they lied to her just to collect payment wasn't her concern, but she always preferred it if she could validate their statements.  Sometimes that meant going out and conducting a few investigations.  But she was a very busy woman—writing articles, editing countless others, managing the paper’s finances—and didn't always have the time.
She had to earn a living, after all.  And men like the earl didn't.

Tour~ Giveaway! ~ Snowbound at Christmas: Christmas Colorado #5 by Debbie Mason

Snowbound at Christmas
Christmas Colorado #5
By: Debbie Mason  
Releasing September 29, 2015

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Surviving the holidays will take a Christmas miracle . . .

Ex-cop Cat O'Connor is bored working for her sister, Chloe, as a personal assistant on the set of her soap opera. Until Chloe gets an opportunity to audition for the role of a lifetime and asks her identical twin to substitute for her on the soap with no one the wiser. It's a perfect switch-until Cat attracts the attention of the mysterious Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way-too-handsome leading man.

Grayson Alexander never thought being snowbound in the charming town of Christmas, Colorado, for the holiday would get so hot. But between working with sexy, tough Cat on set and keeping his real reason for being there under wraps, he's definitely feeling the heat. And if there's one thing they'll learn as they bring out the mistletoe, it's that in this town, true love is always in season 

Chloe narrowed her eyes at Cat. "You're acting like a cop. All tense, looking around as if someone's going to leap out at us at any moment."
            That was the thing about Chloe. She acted like an airhead, but she wasn't. She was smart. She read body language almost as well as Cat. "I told you to stop watching Criminal Minds before you go to bed. It makes you jumpy the next day."
            Cat focused on relaxing the muscles in her neck and shoulders as she rounded the corner to . . . Chloe's dressing room door was ajar.
            "I'm not jumpy . . . What are--"
            "Quiet," Cat whispered, her forearm across Chloe's chest as she gently shoved her against the wall. "Stay here." She went to reach for her gun, then decided to check out the situation first. If she could avoid drawing her weapon, so much the better. She didn't have a permit to carry concealed in California, and Chloe would wonder why she was armed.
            Cat crept toward her sister's dressing room and slowly inched the door open. A tall man, his dark wavy hair curling at the collar of his expensive black suit, stood beside the coffee table with his back to her.
            "Take one more step toward me, Cat, and I'll shoot you," he said in a smooth baritone.
            When he moved his arm as though to reach for something in his jacket, Cat launched herself across the room and took him down. His well-developed muscles rippled beneath her fingers as she pushed her hands into the wide expanse of his back.

            He fell forward, his forehead bouncing off the arm of the club chair at the same time a cat, it's white hair standing on end, hissed and flew at her. Startled, Cat jerked back, raising an arm to push the animal away. The thought that the man might have been threatening the cat, and not her, crossed her mind. But it didn't explain why he'd broken into her sister's dressing room.                                         

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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