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Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Bethrothal (Wild Lords & Innocent Ladies) by Lara Temple Blog Tour with Review, Author Interview, & Giveway

Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal

 

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“Women either ran from Lord Ravenscar or ran to him.”

A Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies story

Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…

Purchase Link: myBook.to/Ravenscar

 

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

4.5 STARS

Very enjoyable, charming historical romance!

 

Alan Rothwell returns to a place he vowed never to return…anywhere near his family. He does have a purpose to buy a property, but there is a problem. The man he was supposed to buy it from passed away. Now, he must deal with his heir. To his surprise, it’s not a man but a beautiful, fiery woman…Lily Wallace. She refuses…something he isn’t used to. Most women either run away from him or towards him. She does neither, standing her ground. These two are on fire…whether lust or hate remains to be seen!

I enjoy books with not only strong males but strong females. Alan and Lily strong, independent, and yes, stubborn, which makes their chemistry electric. She is a woman ahead of her time. She was raised to be independent. Being back in England and with her father’s death, she feels suffocated by the strict rules of English society. She bucks convention, needing some time alone, she retreats to the home she has inherited when Alan shows up. When he falls ill, she offers to take care of them, now they are victims of the society they find stifling. Since they have been unchaperoned, now they are betrothed to one another. Each wants different things, so can a marriage like this survive?

As the two spend more time together, they begin enjoying each other’s company and developing deeper feelings towards one another. Both have trust issues, especially Alan. He had his life ripped out from under him as a child, and he has erected walls around his heart. Maybe Lily is just the woman to break them down….

I haven’t read this series, and I am always happy to find one I like, and I really liked this book. If you like strong, sexy heroes and independent, intelligent women and a sweet, sexy romance, I highly recommend this book.

 

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Author Bio –

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Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Her fifth book with Harlequin Mills & Boon, ‘Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal,’ will be published in March 2018, and is the second in her Wild Lords series. Her four previous books are: Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, The Reluctant Viscount, and Lord Crayle’s Secret World.

When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.

Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

Social Media Links –

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Website: www.laratemple.com

Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2mWin9R

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LaraTemple 7

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

 

 

  • How did you come up with the idea for this book?

 

I loved writing Ravenscar’s story. From the moment he opened his mouth as one of Hunter’s two best friends in Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress, I knew it would be pure joy to write his story. He and my two other Wild Lords made an appearance in a historical romance I wrote about the Peninsular War (featuring a stubborn colonel and a resourceful double agent) and from the moment they stepped onto the stage they demanded their own stories. They are bound together by friendship, tragedy, and their activities to help wounded veterans of the wars.

 

 

  • What was your favourite thing about each character?

 

I love contrasts in characters and both Ravenscar and Lily are a study in contrasts. They are outer confidence and inner loneliness and I love the tension that creates as they try to deal with their own fears and the unsettling effect they have on each other. Ravenscar built a strong fortress on the ruins of his childhood but what I love about him is that he can still see the absurd in life and also be extremely gentle and kind. On the surface Lily is an accomplished and fashionable heiress who can command who and what she wants. But underneath she is the wild and lonely girl who grew up on a tiny island off Brazil, watching and resenting the games played by her needy mother and philandering father. They say differences attract, then Raven and Lily definitely clash but they also instinctively recognize each other and are drawn together precisely because they do. It’s a dance and I loved trying to write it so that I did them justice.

 

 

  • Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

 

I’m as square as Rubik’s cube. I have to have music but anything with lyrics distracts me so I listen to instrumental classical music – mostly early classical and Baroque, the moodier the better. I find all these YouTube videos of ‘melancholy classical music’ or ‘classical music for winter.’ I know it sounds morose but it really helps me dive down my rabbit hole and write.

 

 

  • Any favourite foods/drinks you like while writing?

 

Oh, I wish I didn’t have any – I eat way too much when I write. Even in my other job I work mostly from home and that means my cupboards and refrigerator are all too accessible. I consume gallons of tea and when I hit a writing wall I break through with the power of chocolate, biscuits, and, if I’m being virtuous, toast and butter. I keep trying to use salad power but it doesn’t have quite the same effect on writer’s block.

 

 

  • When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

 

Well, I dictated my first story to my mum when I was four years old so I suppose that counts. It had lots of dinosaurs and skeletons and secret stairways, which makes me wonder just what bedtime stories she was reading to me at that age. I kept writing stories over the years but I never made an effort to become published. I worked in finance and high tech and used writing as an escape and a private pleasure – I wrote what I wanted to read. So the urge has always been there with me, it just to me a while to do something about it.

When my kids were born I started looking for less stressful careers but it still took a stroke of circumstance to make me embrace the choice of becoming a writer. One day my mom drew my attention to Harlequin’s SYTYCW contest and to my absolute amazement I made the top ten and was offered a contract. In two years I will have published five books with them and so I am finally beginning to face the wonderful reality that I am a bona fide writer.

 

 

  • What are some are your favourite reads?

 

I was raised on a heavy diet of Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen, and Georgette Heyer and as a result I’m a complete fan of murder mysteries, historical mysteries, but especially if there is a romantic element involved. I went through all kinds of other reading phases but I still go back to my basics when I need to curl up and sink into a safe and thoroughly engrossing world.

GIVEAWAY

 

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