Friday, November 27, 2009


I have been rather remiss lately with posting winners.  I have a lot going on with my health and I promise though not everyone has been listed, all of the winners have been drawn for past contests and contacted.  If some of you haven't received books drop me an email and I'll check on it.  If they are coming from me I will have them out this week.  If they are from the publisher I entered your information and you should get your book soon.

Thank you everyone for entering my contests - I love getting a good response and love giving away books when I can.

Here are some recent winners:

To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt - 

The Sugarless Plum by Zippora Karz

Irene Hannon - First two books in Heroes of Quantico Series
Cheryl C

More contests coming soon and be sure and check out the sidebar for my current giveaways!

Blog Tour and Review: Knight of Pleasure by Margaret Mallory

Today is my day on the Knight Of Pleasure blog tour.  At the bottom of this post you can find others who are hosting this tour and go here to find my giveaway of Knight of Pleasure thanks to the Forever imprint of Hachette books.

I received my book from Anna Balasi at Hachette Books for this review and tour.

My Rating: 4.0/5.0 

On a funny note I was reading this last night before Thanksgiving supper at my parents and my Dad looks at me and asks what I'm reading now.  Can you imagine telling your Dad you are reading a book called "Knight of Pleasure". We had a good laugh especially when I told him that Knight started with a K.  We had a good laugh the entire night about it.  I love the title by the way.

My Review:
A wonderful and fun historical romance.  This is another time period that I am not very knowledgeable of and I enjoyed reading about it.  I loved the characters and the storyline.  The attraction between Stephen and Lady Isobel is steamy and exciting to read about.  The secondary characters and the political espionage add to the story too.

Lady Isobel is everything I like in a historical heroine.  Strong, knows what she wants and she's an excellent swordsman.  I loved the quick glimpse at the beginning at her at 13 before jumping into the story.  Through the story I loved learning more about her and really liked the way she handled herself.  She is kind and loving, yet strong and has her mind set.  She knows the time she lives in and accepts the idea of arranged marriage, yet she is attracted to Stephen while being promised to another.

Stephen is a womanizer.  Single, in the army and very attractive.  He can attract the women in any town they are in. But he is tired of the meaningless relationships.  They have left him empty.  Enter Lady Isobel who is everything he finds attractive in a woman, however he is in the king's service and she is promised to a French nobleman to help forge alliances between the English and the French.  Yet Stephen's attraction is strong and it's different from anything he's felt before, so will he be true to himself and betray the king?

It's a wonderful story to watch unfold, told with great characters and an entertaining plot line.  The conversation is witty, the scenery interesting and the plot engrossing.  It's a wonderful historical romance.

About the book:

Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country.

Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers-until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. So when a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen has a chance to prove that he is more than a knight of pleasure...and that love can conquer all.

About the Author:

MARGARET MALLORY recently surprised her friends and family by abandoning her legal career-and her steady job-to write tales of romance and adventure. At long last, she can satisfy her passion for justice by punishing the bad and rewarding the worthy-in the pages of her novels, of course. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two college-age children. KNIGHT OF DESIRE is her first book so she would dearly love to hear from readers.

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