Author: Miranda Neville

Book Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: Lady Windermere’s Lover by Miranda Neville

Posted July 9, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 7 Comments

LADY WINDERMERES LOVER by Miranda Neville
Lady Windermere’s Lover
by Miranda Neville
Series: The Wild Quartet #3
Genre: Historical Romance, Georgian
Published: June 24th 2014 by Avon
Format: Paperback/eBook, 384 pages

Book Description:

Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family’s estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she’s taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her—and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.

Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal. But with her husband off gallivanting across Persia, what was a lady to do? Flirting shamelessly with his former best friend seemed like the perfect revenge . . . except no matter how little Damian deserves her loyalty, Cynthia can’t bring herself to be unfaithful. But now that the scoundrel has returned home, Cynthia isn’t about to forgive his absence so easily—even if his presence stirs something in her she’d long thought dead and buried. He might win her heart . . . if he can earn her forgiveness!

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Excerpt

He couldn’t have said who kissed whom first but declared it a tie because when it came down to it, who cared? All that mattered was she was intoxicating and finally he was going to put an end to far too long a celibacy. Somehow his exhilarated brain kept a grasp on his good intentions. His physical condition was approaching desperation and he doubted he’d last long enough to please anyone in his current state. He needed to slow down.

She lolled against the cushions, a golden angel in a den of iniquity, her eyes big and dreamy, her hair a honeyed cloud, her lips plump and dark from his kisses and asking for more. She represented an invitation to sin as sultry as any Persian houri, despite her nightgown, covering her from chin to toe like a nun. True, it was an improvement over the thick flannel shroud. It fell smoothly about her curves, giving him a better impression of her figure than he’d yet been afforded: high breasts, a small waist, and a lovely curve of the hips. Through the superfine cambric he caught a shadowy impression of nipples; dark pink, he fancied. His favorite kind. With thickened fingers he unlooped the button at her neck, and couldn’t resist the indentation of her collarbone, allowing himself a quick taste of the tender skin. She arched into his mouth and the nightgown fell open, revealing round, pert breasts that his palms itched to touch. “You are lovely,” he whispered. “I want to see all of you.”

He could have bit his tongue, thinking he was going too fast, but he needn’t have worried. The fragrant smoke or some other cause had shredded her inhibitions. With two shrugs and a wriggle she got out of her nightdress, tossing it aside, and arranged herself on the claret-colored velvet like a goddess in an Italian painting. She took his breath away. How could he have ever made the mistake of thinking her short and dumpy? She was a pocket Venus, perfectly proportioned, with ravishing curves to her arms and thighs, and narrow waist above a gently swelling belly.

“You are absolutely made to be naked,” he said with a voice full of awe. “It’s a crime that such beauty should be hidden.”

“A hanging offense or transportation?”

Her smile would entice a monastery of abbots to mass fornication. She stretched like a sensual cat, undulating her hips to draw attention to the blond thatch of her pubis. The anticipation of possession tortured him. It was impossible to believe that he’d had her before, unaware what a treasure he had captured. But now he had to make sure that she was so incredibly satisfied that she would never again give Julian Fortescue as much as a passing thought.

About Miranda Neville

Miranda Neville grew up in England. During her misspent youth she devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy, and any other historical novels she could lay hands on. As a result she attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. She spent several years writing catalogs of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby’s auction house in London and New York. Much of her time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed her suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people.
Since moving to Vermont, she has worked in Special Collections at Dartmouth College and as an editor and journalist on Behind the Times, a small, idiosyncratic (and now defunct) monthly newspaper. She is the owner and editor of a weekly advertiser in the Upper Valley, a job that leaves her enough time to write fiction.
Her first book, Never Resist Temptation. was published by Avon in 2009. The first two books in the Burgundy Club series will be published in 2010.
She lives with her daugher, Becca, a college student and confirmed drama queen, and two cats who are never on the right side of any door.

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Review: The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville

Posted August 22, 2013 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville
The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville
Series: The Wild Quartet #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Books on August 27, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher

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Book Description:

Book Description:
It's been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus's first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he's the one hanging by a thread?

Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can't men like her for her sharp mind and kind hearts rather than her impressive dowry?

She nearly falls for Marcus's smooth seduction. But when Anne realized she's being strung along, a lust for payback empowers her like never before. Two can play the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules.


Chanel’s Review:
The Ruin of a Rogue is a compelling love story of two characters each with something great to loose, he his heart and she her freedom.

I fell in love with Marcus even knowing he was a rake who cared little for the heroine at first, his only game to win her affection and her huge estate. Ms. Neville does an amazing job in allowing us into his head so that we get to know every dimension of him, and realized there is more than Marcus Lithrow than just his rakish ways.

I was caught off guard by the charm of this story, the picture of a naïve yet very intelligent heroine, Anne Brotherton, someone who I’d love to share time with if she were real.  How she manages to play the game that Marcus is so good at without him knowing makes for great scenes that made me cringe in discomfort for Marcus, but at the same time understand why Anne did what she did.

I highly recommend this historical romance, mainly because of Ms. Neville’s ability to bring one into her world and keeping you ensconced until the very end of the story.  The Ruin of a Rogue, is compelling, romantic and great fun.

I recommend a rare steak with crusty bread followed by a brandy while listening to In her eyes by Josh Groban.   Reviewed by Chanel of Chanel Chancey Reviews) – I Read, I Review, That’s It!