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Today I’m giving away my copy of Duchess of Sin. I won this book in a giveaway and I’m passing it along so that someone else can fall in love with this author, as I have done! This giveaway will go till the end of Tuesday July 19th. Only open to US and Canadian residents. To enter, fill out the form at the bottom!
Duchess of Sin by Laurel McKee
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Release: Dec 2010
Source: I won a copy of this book in a giveaway
Book two in the Daughters of Erin Trilogy
Blonde and beautiful Lady Anna Blacknall is in the mood for mischief. Entering Dublin’s most notorious den of vice, she finds herself in the arms of a mysterious emerald-eyed Irishman. And although he is masked, his tender kiss is hauntingly familiar.
Conlan McTeer, Duke of Adair, has come to Dublin to fight for a free Ireland. But he’s suddenly reunited with the young woman who had once claimed his heart, and his passion turns from politics to pleasure. When their sizzling encounter brings danger to Anna’s door, she must decide where her loyalties lie – and quickly. For someone will do whatever it takes to destroy Conlan…and anyone he dares to love.
This beautifully written book is set in Ireland in December 1799. The conflict that is occurring at the time of this book is The Act of the Union which ultimately created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. Our hero, Conlan, is actively working to defeat the vote that would create this United Kingdom. He has been working for years behind the scenes doing what he can and still protecting his own people.
Lady Anna Blacknall is a bored young lady, freshly out in society. She has already grown tired of the balls and parties of the social scene and is busy convincing her friend, Lady Jane Cannondale, a widow, to keep her busy. Lady Jane gets her into a masked ball at the scandalous Olympian Club. Anna runs into Conlan, who she knows and has been attracted to for several years. The sizzling kiss between them is supposed to scare Anna off from her potentially scandalous outings has the opposite effect. She’s just stubborn enough to try to figure out what is going on.
I am new to Laurel McKee, and this is the first book that I have read of her’s. This is the second book in a trilogy, but my not reading the first didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the book. I must admit, I knew nothing of Irish history going into this book. Sad considering I have relatives who left Ireland probably around the time that this book was set in! I was fascinated to follow along the activities that made up the background for this romance. I still have alot to learn about Irish history and will be doing some reading! For example, I don’t understand how Conlan can be a Duke, but not be part of Irish parliament.
I loved how the author moved us along the story, without noticing the passage of time! Her lyrical style of writing had me just enjoying the words as they flowed along. This book is actually two love stories for the price of one! Anne and Conlan are the main story, but Anna’s mother Katherine and Nicolas is the second. There is one scene between Katherine and Nicholas that I think illustrates this beautiful style.
He kissed her palm, his open lips caressing each finger, each bit of soft, trembling skin. His eyes closed as he savored her, inhaling deeply of her perfume. In that moment, she did feel like a goddess, like Paris – and all the world – would be at their feet.
She felt such a profound, painful longing sweep over her at his kiss. She had always been puzzled by her friends when they threw themselves into passionate affairs, when they spoke in heated whispers of their rapture over some man. But now – oh, now – she understood. The ice she had spent her whole life trapped in melted away, and she was vulnerable to every emotion in the universe.
…He turned his face up to her, and their mouths met in a passionate kiss. There was nothing tentative or awkward about it. It was if they had kissed a hundred times before in a dozen lifetimes, and their lips and bodies fit perfectly together. It was like coming home after a long, long journey.
Isn’t that just beautiful?? I was so taken with this author’s writing style that I found myself sighing in delight!
Book 3, Lady of Seduction (Caroline’s story) is due out in 2011 and I’ll be lining up to get a copy!
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