Historical Romance Week 1: A Rogue By Any Other Name and Seven Years To Sin

Posted May 1, 2012 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 26 Comments

We already mentioned that we are having three guest reviewers at Swept
Away By Romance for Historical Romance Month. Elizabeth provided this amazing
review for us. A Rogue By Any Other Name was in the discussion of being
included in this contest from the start but her review made it a definite
addition. Thank you for this wonderful review, Elizabeth!

– The Story –

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing
but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold,
ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including
marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left
Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing
for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such
unexplored pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep
Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers
her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . even her
heart.
– My Thoughts –
Love, love, love this book! It’s a good choice for those who enjoy a
‘jerky hero’, to borrow a phrase from GR pal Alyssa;-)

Bourne is dark, and working hard to be somewhat awesomely, unrepentantly
villainous. He’s my kind of hero, that’s for sure:) Think Anne Stuart-lite
(*very* lite, but, still…). Little does Bourne know that it will be
impossible to keep his distance, physically and emotionally, from his lady
wife. Ahhh, they ALL believe they can succeed at that, don’t they? It’s a
be-a-u-tiful thing to watch them fail:)

Lady Penelope is 29, and ‘on the shelf’, as they say. However, she has
never stopped thinking of and, maybe somewhat secretly, pining for her
childhood friend, now the Marquess of Bourne. This one’s a girl after my own
heart! By God, she’s tired of being proper and doing what her family demands of
her. And, once she marries Bourne, all bets are off! She’s going to have
adventures and a life of her own regardless of what her husband thinks. Yet,
still, with an innate kindness and strong sense of responsibility, she does
this in her own quiet, charming way.

Bourne and Penelope are electric together! One can’t help but enjoy them
immensely!! This story has everything one could want: emotion, a reluctant
hero, a kind but adventurous heroine, and some yummy, steamy scenes! I am SO
looking forward to the next book!! The men of The Fallen Angel are sexy and
fascinating!

– My Favorite Quote –
“I’m going to corrupt you,” he promised her skin, one hand
sliding down the swell of her stomach, feeling the way the muscles there tensed
and quivered at his touch. “I’m going to turn you from light to dark, from
good to bad. I’m going to ruin you.”

Don’t be a major dolt like Bourne had an occasional tendency to be;)
Grab this book, read, and ENJOY!

Thank you, Elizabeth


 

Our second guest reviewer for this month is Kathleen. She actually provided two reviews, so you’ll hear from her again real soon. Neither Karla nor I (SteffiJ) have read this book but after reading Kathleen’s review, we both desperately want to.

Story Rating 5 stars

Character Rating 5 stars

Romance Rating 5 stars

Heat Level 4.5 out of 5
Sylvia Day IS BACK! I was worried going into this book that it was not going to be a good one because her last book disappointed me so much. Well I must say for me that worry was a total waste of time. This book was absolutely FANTASTIC. I loved it so well that my overall rating was a 5+.

ALL of the characters in this book were very well done.

The story line was very good and had a secondary story that was equally as good. I was really drawn into this book and wished it could have just kept on going. This is the type of book that I just can’t get enough of.

OH MY, the love scenes were the type out of every woman’s fantasies. This book does not just dump these two into bed and by the time they are tangled in the sheets, you could feel the passion they had for each other radiating off of the pages. This book also had the perfect steam level for me, SCORCHING but nothing too out of hand.

Those of you who love lots of dialoged in your books can check that box off too. The H&h were very open with each other when it came to their pasts. I just loved some of the things these two said to each other, it was sigh worthy.

If you are thinking you’d like to read this book, I highly recommend it. I just hope if you do buy it on my recommendation that you enjoy it as much as I.

Sylvia Day, if you’re out there and reading this, WELL DONE!!! I can hardly wait for your next book 🙂
Thank you, Kathleen

If you want to win Rogue by Any Other Name or Seven Years To Sin (ebook or pb), read the Contest Rules in our intro post and enter (please leave your comments down below)! Historical Romance Week 1 closes on May 5, 2012.

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ClaudiaGC
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6 years 9 months ago

Historical romances were the first romance books I read and I still love them to this day! It's just the difference to our own time, I guess, that make it so appealing.
I've already read A Rogue By Any Other Name (and loved it!), so I'd love to win the Sylvia Day book, please. I only knew about her latest contemporary and didn't know she has also written historicals. 🙂
Thank you for the giveaway!

claudigc at msn dot com

Steffi
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6 years 9 months ago

Hi Claudia,

I think you'd love Sylvia Day's historicals. I'm just starting to get to know her HR books and they are incredible.

Thanks for your comment. Good Luck!

Ren
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6 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the review Kathleen, and for the giveaway, Steffi and Karla. I'm interested to read Sarah MacLean's books. When it comes to historical romance, I always picky. I'm not into bodice-ripper type story, but I do love Lisa Kleypas and Teresa Medeiros's books. I guess I can enjoy both Sarah MacLean's and Sylvia Day's 🙂

Ren
sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

karla
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6 years 9 months ago

Hey Ren, I know what you mean, even among historical romance there are different types of themes, and we know what we like. I think both of these books will appeal to you. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

KarLynP
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6 years 9 months ago

Nice review Kathleen!! I thought the same thing about Sylvia Day being 'back' after I read Bared To You. I loved it! Can't wait for the sequel. I'll need to check this one out too.

Kathleen Young
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6 years 9 months ago

Karlyn, I highly recommend Seven Years to Sin. I'm sure if you do decide to read it, you will not be disappointed.

rubyswan
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6 years 9 months ago

Of all the many many great things about Historical Reads thoughts that comes 2 mind..It's utterly surreal being swept back N time visiting ,living breathing & feeling loving &magically touching History.I luvvv the feel & the state of mind I get from the Read.Most of all I cant help but say I love it when the Author sooo masterful teaches me through their work all the while I'm having a ball…Now that's brilliant! I've heard many great things about Ms.Day work .I was lead me to get ASK FOR IT also it's now on my to-read-pile.:)

Steffi
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6 years 9 months ago

I love that, too, Ruby. The feeling of being transported into a different era is amazing.

Thanks for your comment and good luck.

June M.
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6 years 9 months ago
Great reviews!!! I have read A ROGUE BY ANY OTHER NAME and loved it, along with Sarah MacLean's other books. I can't wait to read more from her. (Do not enter me for this book, please). I have not read anything by Sylvia Day yet but would love to read SEVEN YEARS TO SIN. I have had this book and some others by Ms Day on my TBR list for a while. The reason I loved historicals is that I have always loved history. I really love reading about what life was like years ago, especially in different countries and… Read more »
karla
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6 years 9 months ago

Love having you stop by again June. I think reading a historical romance is like getting a history lesson along with all the other yummy goodness…*wink wink*…you know what I'm talking about!

Good luck June!

Sylvia Day
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6 years 9 months ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review, Kathleen! I loved writing SYTS. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it.

Karla and Steffi, thank you for posting the review and including SYTS in your spotlight on historical romance.

And I must buy A Rogue By Any Other Name. It sounds delicious! 🙂

karla
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6 years 9 months ago

Thank you Sylvia for all your amazingness and taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by,check out our blog and Kathleen's wonderful review of Seven Years to Sin!!

Kathleen Young
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6 years 9 months ago

Thank you very much Sylvia. I have enjoyed MANY of your book's. As a matter of fact I'm planning to reread The Stranger I Married next. I read it when it first came out and I remembered how much I loved it. It was a keeper and I still have it in my special spot that I save my keepers in.

As much as I loved Bared To You, I hope that you continue to write historical romances too. Either way, you write them and I will buy 🙂

amandakgc
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6 years 9 months ago

Great reviews and I enjoy Sarah's books. I didn't know that SD writes HR. I love how back in the day that if you're past a certain age, you're put on a shelf. When I was 30 my Grandma from Mexico told me my train had already passed. My response…I wasn't looking to buying a ticket.

P.S. PICK ME!

karla
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6 years 9 months ago

Now that's funny Amanda!! LOL! Thanks goodness nowadays we have a longer shelf life. Let us know which book you want if we PICK YOU!!

Thanks for stopping by…always love your comments.

Elizabeth M
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6 years 9 months ago

Karla and Steffi, thank you so much for the opportunity to have my review posted on your wonderful blog! I'm sure Kathleen is just as excited for this as I am. Had I not already read and loved Seven Years To Sin, her review would have made me long to do so. Wonderful review, Kathleen:)

This is a fantastic giveaway from a truly first-class blog! Ladies, don't miss the opportunity to win one of these fabulous books from Karla and Steffi!

karla
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6 years 9 months ago

Thank you dear Elizabeth for sharing your review with us. You have a wonderful way with words and your enthusiasm for the book always shines through. We hope to have you back again someday!!

Steffi
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6 years 9 months ago

Thank you for letting us share your review with everyone, Elizabeth. Without you, Kathleen and Kristen this month-long contest wouldn't be possible!

Kathleen Young
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6 years 9 months ago

I'm honored to have my review posted here for Seven Years To Sin.

After reading Elizabeth's review for A Rogue by Any Other Name, I sure am moving it up my list of book's to read 🙂

Good luck ladies, I hope the winners of these book's will enjoy them as much as Elizabeth and I did.

Steffi and Karla, I must say to you two that you have done a fantastic job on this web site. Keep up the good work.

karla
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6 years 9 months ago

Thank you dear friend for your great review and for showing me the way to Sylvia Day!! We are happy to have you here helping us out and hope to have you back again!!

Steffi
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6 years 9 months ago

Thanks, Kathleen. I really loved your review. I already bought the book and I'm going to read it very soon:)

Mel B
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6 years 9 months ago

I love historical romance. It was my first taste of the romance genre. I have read a few of Sylvia's books and enjoyed them. I am new to Sarah Mclean. I look forward to reading more of the during my summer break with the kids.
Mel
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Steffi
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6 years 9 months ago

Hi Mel,

I think your introduction to the romance genre is something that stays with you forever. For me, it was actually sports romance and I still read them like crazy.

Which book would you like to win, Rogue By Any Other Name or Seven Years To Sin?

Thanks for stopping by!

Susan
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6 years 9 months ago

Great reviews!! I think what I like best about historicals is that the ladies try so stinking hard to be prim and proper and they just can't LOL

I'd love to have a copy of the Sylvia Day book (I already have the other one :0) )

susanskoopman@gmail.com

Have a great day!

karla
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6 years 9 months ago

LOL! I love your comment, very funny! Kathleen rec'd this to me a while ago and I can't wait to read it.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Steffi
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6 years 9 months ago

Before we started planning the contest and discussing possible reviews, I didn't even know that Sylvia Day is also a HR writer:)

Good Luck, Susan, and thanks for commenting!

I hope you have a great day, too:)

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