Guest Post and Giveaway: The Danger In Tempting An Earl by Sophie Barnes

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Reasons why the friends to lovers trope is so popular by Sophie Barnes

Some of the best ingredients in a romance novel are: a gradual buildup of sexual tension, coupled with doubt and uncertainty – that “does he/she feel the same way about me?” and “do I dare risk telling them how I feel?” When it comes to longtime friends where one begins developing romantic feelings toward the other, they risk not only embarrassment and heartache by declaring themselves, but the entire friendship. In other words, the stakes are higher, so the question then becomes, what’s more important? Preserving the friendship or risking it all for a chance at true love? And is the potential for failure acceptable when there is but a slight possibility for success?

In The Danger In Tempting An Earl, Lucien Marvaine has put a great deal of thought into the decision he is about to make. He’s known Katherine since she was born and has loved her since she was sixteen years old. He knows she views him as a brother figure and that he lost his opportunity to marry her once before. Now, after suffering a difficult loss, he’s decided to make her his, even at the risk of being rejected. The choice wasn’t an easy one to make, but in the end there’s only one life, and he is prepared to put his own heart on the line in the name of true love. In other words, it’s Katherine or no one at all.

Meanwhile, Katherine’s eyes are gradually opened toward Lucien. She’s older now than she was four years earlier when she last saw him, and she finds herself alarmingly aware of his masculinity. Although she struggles to resist the growing attraction between them, she’s eventually faced with similar fears as Lucien: “Do I dare to give in to desire at the risk of losing his friendship?” And because she’s emotionally scarred from her previous marriage, her lack of self-confidence serves to increase her resistance. In the end, I think that watching two people whose ties have been close for so long, change their regard for each other and take a leap of faith based on mutual trust when there’s every chance in the world that they’ll lose what they hold most dear in the process, is what makes the friends to lovers trope an entertaining and rewarding read.

The Danger In Tempting An Earl

At The Kingsborough Ball

By: Sophie Barnes

Releasing July 29th, 2014

Avon Romance



Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.

Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?

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Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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