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Win The Drafter by Kim Harrison

The Drafter Kim HarrisonThe Bourne Identity meets Minority Report. Are you sold yet?

The Drafter is the first highly anticipated installment in a sexy new suspense trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison. The book features a brilliant special task agent at the top of her field and is set in a futuristic Detroit.

Charlaine Harris is a huge fan, and so are we! To celebrate publication of The Drafter, we’ve got two precious copies to give away. Simply enter your details in the form below, making sure to read our terms and conditions first.

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Masquerade by Joanna TaylorThe action in Masquerade, the gorgeous new historical novel from Joanna Taylor, takes place in Regency London. The cover features  a sumptuous gold mask which we’ve fallen slightly in love with. So . . .

We’ve teamed up with Masquerade Masks Shop to offer you the chance to win one of 5 stunning Regency masks.

To be in with the chance of winning, all you have to do is download our Masquerade template, colour in or decorate it in any way you desire and tweet your #MasqueradeSelfie @piatkusentice.

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Our Top Holiday Romance Reads

Moment of Letting GoToday we publish the gorgeous, escapist summer-holiday-in-a-book that is J.A. Redmerski’s The Moment of Letting Go. Whether you’re about to head off somewhere sunny or fancy an armchair vacation, this is just the perfect summer read. To keep Redmerski company, I’ve selected another four top romantic reads in a mix of genres that should all command space in your holiday suitcase or bookshelf. All four are extremely readable (warning: don’t start any of these if you intend to speak to any of your loved ones for the duration) and contain intense, all-consuming relationships and evocative settings.
Unsticky

1. Sharp, witty romcoms are a weakness of mine but there are a lot of mediocre books out there. Unsticky, which is nowhere near as famous as it ought to be, is deliciously addictive, funny and moving with the added perks of great clothes, the most realistic sex scene I’ve ever read and a heroine you would take on the world for.

 

Bronze horseman2. The Bronze Horseman is just a complete classic: an epic, sweeping, heart-wrenching romance. I read it on a girly summer holiday when I was around seventeen and immediately forced it on everyone else. As a result, we spent the summer with one of the group continuously out of action and in Alexander’s arms. Trust all four of us when we say he is one of the best romantic heroes ever.

 

The Soldier's Wife3. The Soldier’s Wife: This Australian wartime love story is based on the true story of the author’s own family history and is easy to read, nostalgic and very sweet – if you enjoyed Michelle Magorian‘s Back Home, this is one for you. I was charmed by it and have yet to come across anyone who doesn’t fall instantly in love with Pamela Hart‘s storytelling. Highly recommended!

 

Lemon Grove

4. This book. It’s so twisted but so wonderful! I could not put The Lemon Grove down. It’s filthy sexy in a way that’s all the more shocking because of the beautiful, poetic writing. Be prepared for it to get nasty but also be prepared to be absolutely swept away. Not for the faint-hearted but not a ride you should miss.

Readers review Masquerade by Joanna Taylor

Masquerade by Joanna Taylor Masquerade by Joanna Taylor is addictive, engrossing and available to buy NOW! Some of our readers were lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Masquerade – here’s what they thought:

Masquerade is a delightful new book about Regency London, the main characters are warm and engaging especially Lizzy the main character who really has you believing in her and wanting everything to turn out well for her.  Lizzy is a girl from a brothel who still has something of the country girl about her and although the hero is a Lord she still has much more knowledge of the world and life than he does.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and read it in only a couple of days, the writing style is easy and holds your attention throughout.  I enjoyed reading about Lizzy’s exploits especially when she got one over on one of her rivals which was well deserved.  I would like to read more about Lizzy’s future if the author sees fit to write a sequel.

The book is well written by someone who I haven’t read before but shall now look out for.

Jane

Masquerade by Joanna Taylor is a love story set in Regency London and the author’s experience is quickly apparent as she draws you into the story right from the start of the book.  Her descriptive skill makes it easy to imagine the time, the place and the characters, who seem utterly credible in spite of their language occasionally becoming a little stilted and unnatural.  The main characters are immensely likable, which adds greatly to the enjoyment of the story.  Lizzy is a street girl but her intelligence, strength of character, resilience and positive attitude make her someone to be admired rather than despised or pitied.  Edward, Lord Hay, is a kind, calm man whose inherent niceness prevents the reader from judging him too harshly for paying a prostitute for services rendered.

The book touches on many serious subjects, such as women’s rights and the vulnerability of certain groups in society who struggle to survive due to gender, class, economic factors etc.  However, although the reader may pause to reflect on such matters and on the differences between people (as well as the similarities under the surface) it is very easy reading and first and foremost an absolute ‘feel good’ story.

Lynne 

Not the typical book I would read but boy was I hooked to it , Loved it for various reasons but mainly because of the developing romance between two characters with two totally different starts in life. Definitely worth a read!

Emma

Joanna’s first historical novel is a must read book. I’m a fan of her spotlight series so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. A true love story set in the late 1700’s, Lizzy is a girl with a personality. No simpering heroines here! Edward, stiff and formal at times, is different with Lizzy around and enjoys her outspokenness and lively nature. Throughout their time together Lizzy evaluates her future and makes a decision that will change both of their lives forever.

Tracey 

Masquerade was a lovely read. It flowed beautifully and I wanted to read more. I’m hoping that Joanna will write more books like this in the future.  I will definitely be reading them if she does. Having read the Spotlight series by Ms Taylor I was intrigued to see if she could make the transition to a Regency romance. The answer? – Yes, she can.

The heroine was believable, had a history and wasn’t some innocent thing who had no wits about her.
The nuances and ridiculousness of the Regency era was well written even mentioning how uncomfortable the clothing was. I loved the story and guessed the correct answer at the end!! If you love a period romance you won’t go wrong with this book.

Rebecca

An incredibly easy book to read, you just want to carry on reading and reading. Lord Hays sounds quite incredible – in fact totally irresistible. I found the section about the Vauxhall Gardens really interesting. I had heard of them, but reading this book, you could really imagine them and there was so much detail about what really happened there.

Sheri 

Masquerade tells the story of Lizzy, a working girl, and Edward, a nobleman, set during Regency London.  It begins beautifully, the first 3 or 4 chapters describe the start of Lizzy’s day in Piccadilly and contain some of the best ‘scene setting’ I’ve read for the period it is set in.  The writing flows easily and I was drawn in to the story to the point that I just carried on till I finished at 2.30 in the morning.

Though I really enjoyed the story, it wasn’t the story I was expecting to read. From the blurb on the back, I was expecting a dark, mysterious, erotic story.  However by about chapter 6, I realized the book is a close retelling of a very famous film from several years ago.  It’s very cleverly done and great fun guessing or realizing how the scenes from the film (which is set in the 20th century) have been covered, but if you know the film well, you won’t get many surprises and just like the film, it’s a sweet romance, rather than an erotic grand passion.  I do think though that the author does write beautifully about the regency period and I would love her next book to be an original, slightly darker, more erotic tale set during this time.

Sarah

I was sent a copy of Masquerade to review and i must say it wasn’t what i was expecting at all.I was hooked from the first page and was rooting for Lizzie all the way through the story.At heart is a genuine love story which has echoes of Pretty Woman but is set in the Regency era.
We find out how how difficult life is for the lower classes and the dream of finding a rich lord for these girls to take them out of their poverty and this is.exactly what happens to Lizzie.
The descriptions are vivid and the plot is engaging and you want to find out if Lizzie has met the man of her dreams and will she let him through her wall or will she be too scared to get her heart broken again.You fall in love with her character she is is a country girl who is really kind, innocent, trying to be a working girl and also trying to toughen herself up and she is extremely intelligent and well read.But fallen on hard times after being duped into becoming a working girl.
A really enjoyable love story without any of the sex scences that have become the norm these days-i really enjoyed it because of that!

Sandra

Masquerade is quite simply a beautiful, mesmerising and breath taking love story with a difference. Lizzy and Lord Hays are polar opposites in society, she is the commoner from the gutters whilst he is the highly ambitious aristocrat. But as the two meet and are both drawn to each other it soon becomes clear that once you remove all of those trappings which we cloud ourselves in we are indeed all the same, money or no money. Regency London is portrayed vividly in this book from the dizziness and facade of the high society balls to the slums of the gutters and you can almost envisage yourself in Lizzy’s place.
Joanna has drawn two characters who are very likeable, Lizzy has something about her which you can’t help but root for her and Lord Hays is quite simply delicious (picture a more approachable and albeit sexy Mr Darcy and you’re half way there!) But it is the chemistry which sizzles throughout the story which is the real winning aspect of this book. What did surprise me most about Masquerade though was the lack of explicit sexual scenes but what was in its place was just enough to keep me wanting more and indeed using more imagination and I think this worked in the books favour and was actually a breath of fresh air for a change!
I really didn’t want their journey to end and therefore I tried to delay the ending as much as possible but seeing as this is a book you will want to devour in an instant this was no mean feat! It would therefore be a real treat to see a follow up…

Clair

Very pleased to have been chosen as a reviewer. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel set in Regency London. Lizzie is a strong engaging character that you can’t fail to like from the start. Once we’re introduced to Lord Hays you know they’ll get together at the end but the question is how. What rocky road will they travel, who and what are their stumbling blocks?

I would have liked it to have had a little more depth to the historical background but although I have a love of history, I read very little historical romance in comparison, so perhaps this is the norm. The details reflect the times very well, from the lives of the downtrodden prostitutes to the ‘lucky’ courtesans, from the stirrings of social conscience towards the slave trade, and the chance of a new life in the New World.

Is there a follow-up? I hope so. I will certainly try Joanna Taylor’s other titles under her pseudonym as CS Quinn.

Andy

Masquerade publication day

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It’s finally here! You’ve all been brilliantly reviewing Joanna Taylor’s Masqueradewhich we couldn’t be happier to be publishing today. 

Lizzy Ward never meant to end up working the streets of Piccadilly. So when a mysterious noble pursues her, it seems her luck is changing. But though Lord Hays offers to grow Lizzy’s fortunes, his price is unexpected. She must masquerade in the sumptuous gowns and social mask of a true lady.

With the stakes so high, love is out of the question. But as Lizzy navigates the fashion and faux-pas of the London elite, she finds her tough facade failing her. Lord Hayes wants to show her that nobility is more than skin deep . . . and as the connection between them grows, it’s no longer certain who’s wearing the mask. As the street-girl and the lord collide. Regency London is poised for scandal . . .

Order your copy today to see what all the fuss is about, and stay tuned for lots more Masquerade fun over the next few days!

Win Fireborn and Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur

Wicked EmbersThe second novel in Keri Arthur’s Souls of Fire series, Wicked Embers, is out now.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a set of both books in the series – Fireborn and Wicked Embers. To be in with the chance of winning, simply tell us which of the following is not a Keri Arthur series:

A. Dark Angels
B. Souls of Fire
C. Fire Fury

Fill your answer in the form below, making sure to read our terms and conditions first. Good luck!

Review historical debut Masquerade by Joanna Taylor

Masquerade by Joanna TaylorOn 4th August we publish Joanna Taylor‘s sumptuous historical debut, Masquerade. Set in Regency London, this is a love story full of secrets and scandal from a talented new voice in British fiction.

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on the gorgeous Masquerade, which is why we’re giving away 20 early copies. All that we ask in return for your free copy is that you send us a review that we can use on our website.*

To be in with a chance of winning one of these exclusive early copies of Masquerade, simply fill your details in the form below, making sure to read our terms and conditions first. The winners will be announced on Monday 13th July.

*You’re also welcome to post your review on Amazon, Goodreads or your personal blog.

Win a copy of Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh Magic, romance and mystery set against a gorgeous Regency backdrop – what more could you want?

To celebrate publication of Only a Promise by Mary Balogh, we’ve got 5 copies to give away. All you you have to do to be in with the chance of winning is to answer the following question:

Which of the following is not a title by Mary Balogh?

A. Only a Promise
B. Only Enchanting
C. Always and Forever

Pop your answer in the form below, making sure to read our terms and conditions first. Good luck!

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We want to know what YOU think about romance. What you like reading and what you don’t. Where you find out about new books and how voracious your reading appetite is.

Our Romance Survey takes less than 10 minutes and every reader who completes it will be entered into a prize draw to win a year’s supply of books, carefully selected by our editorial team to suit your taste.

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