Spotlight and Giveaway–To Charm a Naughty Countess by Theresa Romain

To Charm a Naughty Countess by Theresa Romain

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publishing Date: May 6, 2014

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Brilliant but rumored mad, Michael Layward, the impoverished Duke of Wyverne, has no success courting heiresses until widowed Lady Stratton takes up his cause–after first refusing his suit.


Caroline Graves, the popular Countess of Stratton, sits alone at the pinnacle of London society and has vowed never to remarry. When Michael–her counterpart in an old scandal–returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled with him as ever. As she guides the anxiety-ridden duke through the trials of society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart . But if she gives herself to the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the hard-won independence she prizes above all.

Genre: Regency-set historical romance

Tone: Romantic, passionate, lighthearted

Heat Level: Love scenes with euphemisms

Elements/Tags: Pygmalion story, virgin hero, widowed heroine

Series, #: Matchmaker trilogy, book 2

Format: Mass market paperback, digital

Words: 87,000


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Meet Author Theresa Romain:

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

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“I wanted you tonight,” she admitted. “I’ve wanted you for a long time. But I can’t be the wife you need.”

“Of course you can.” He looked puzzled, as though she’d misunderstood a simple command. Pass the salt. Be my wife. “I just told you that you could. Besides this, you ought to marry me now that we’ve—well.”

“What, you think you’ve ruined me?” She dug her fingernails into her sheet as passionately as she’d clutched for his body a few minutes before.

“‘Ruined’ isn’t the right word, exactly.” Those damnable eyes of his. They were so sharp but missed so much.

“Perhaps eventually I shall hit upon the right word for something. Until then, I thank you for your concern for my reputation. Or honor. Or whatever the right word might be. But as you’re not the first man who has come to my bed since my widowhood, the responsibility for my ruination is not yours.”

He looked as stunned as if she had clouted him. His lips parted, then closed again.

Damnable lips. Damnable eyes. Damnable chin and nose. He was too handsome to be so callous. It was impossible to keep up an icy guard when the sight of his face, so austere and yet so vulnerable, always melted her.

She hadn’t cried since the death of her elderly husband, a kind man who had doted on her and bequeathed her the cachet and money to remake her life. She could cry now, though, for the death of another fancy as improbable as the clergyman’s daughter marrying an earl. She might admire Michael for his honor, his dedication to duty, but he could offer her no more than this—not with his clockwork heart.

To help him save his dukedom, he needed a woman much like himself, a business partner who signed her name to a marriage license as she would any other contract, and who would be content never to be loved. Caroline could not be that person. Her heart was not clockwork, but human enough for two; twice tried and deeply bruised. She could only be ashamed that she had given herself away so cheaply, when she’d meant never again to give away anything at all.

Giveaway Details:

Theresa is generously gifting all five of her books to one lucky commenter!

*Season for Temptation

*Season for Surrender

*Season for Scandal

*It Takes Two to Tangle

*To Charm a Naughty Countess

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13 thoughts on “Spotlight and Giveaway–To Charm a Naughty Countess by Theresa Romain

  • May 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

    What made you decide to write historical romance?

  • May 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Julie, thank you for hosting today!

    Tanya, that’s a great question. The simplest answer is that I love to read it. I’ve studied history, and after writing a nonfiction book I wanted to turn my hand to something different. Writing the sort of book I enjoyed reading seemed like a fun challenge. Little did I know how challenging the life of a writer could be, but I enjoy it!

  • May 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Theresa, what books have you enjoyed reading so far this year? (any recommendations?)

  • May 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, Juna! For historical romance, I’d recommend anything by Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, Julie Anne Long, Vanessa Kelly, Shana Galen, or Rose Lerner. They’ve all had excellent books out in the last 2 or 3 months. There are many other authors whose work I love, too–I could go on and on. 🙂

  • May 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I loved the excerpt and I’m looking forward to reading To Charm a Naughty Countess. 😀

  • May 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I’m excited for this book. I’m following your tours and hopefully I can make it to your facebook event next Tuesday. The excerpt are just…well…they are a tease, let’s just say

  • May 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    congrats Theresa on the new release! What do you have to have/do while writing 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • May 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Barbara, thank you!

    Sandy, excerpts are kind of a tease, aren’t they? 🙂 Not long to wait now until the whole book is available. Hope to see you at the Facebook event next Tuesday!

    Hi, Erin! I have to start my workday with coffee. Other than that, pretty much the only thing I *have* to have while writing is quiet. I get really distracted by noise or even music.

  • May 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Sounds interesting

  • May 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Theresa, happy weekend 🙂 How did you feel about the merger news today (b/w Harlequin & HC)?

  • May 3, 2014 at 8:01 am

    This is going to be wonderful.

  • May 4, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Hi, Theresa! I am really looking forward to reading your new book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Good luck everyone!

    kscathy at yahoo dot com

  • May 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

    This book sounds terrific and just my kind of story. Would love to win a library of your books! Thanks for the chance.

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