Interview & Contest: Theresa Romain

Jen: Today we welcome Theresa Romain to Romancing the Book. Theresa, will you share a short bio with us?
Theresa: Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Rewards series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Praised as “one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance” (Booklist), she has received starred reviews from Booklist and was a 2016 RITA® finalist. A member of Romance Writers of America® and its Regency specialty chapter The Beau Monde, Theresa is hard at work on her next novel from her home in the Midwest.


Review: The Prodigal Duke by Theresa Romain

The Prodigal Duke by Theresa Romain
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 127
Source: book provided by the author for review



When the prodigal duke returns…

After his older brother’s death, Leo Billingsley returns to London to assume the duties of Duke of Westfair. He has spent years abroad, traveling the world and building a fortune—but to his uncle and only remaining relative, Leo is still the impulsive black sheep who doesn’t deserve a chance to make good.


Review: Her Christmas Knight by Nicole Locke

Her Christmas Knight by Nicole Locke
Series: Lovers and Legends (# 6)
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Pages: 288
Source: book provided by author for review



By order of the English king, Alice of Swaffham searches London nobility for the traitor dealing information to the Scots. Little does she know that the mysterious spy she seeks is the man she once loved and thought she’d lost forever…

If Hugh of Shoebury felt unworthy of Alice before, as the Half-Thistle spy he can never claim her heart.


Top 5 & Contest: Nicole Locke

Top Five Author Moments

  1. My grandmother’s closet. I wouldn’t know about romance novels except for the brown paper sacks that lined the bottom of my grandmother’s walk-in closet. She and her sisters were constantly swapping Harlequins, and oh boy did I take advantage. But the best bit (after I got caught reading them) was our chats about feisty heroines and stubborn heroes. This was when I discovered that romances are journeys where readers share in the conflicts towards happily ever after.

Review: Third Son’s A Charm by Shana Galen

Third Son’s A Charm by Shana Galen
Series: The Survivors Book (# 1)
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 418
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Ewan Mostyn thinks a job as a duke’s daughter’s bodyguard will be easy—but Lady Lorraine has a few tricks up her sleeve that spark an undeniable passion

Fiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society.


Top 5 & Contest: Leila Snow

I find that travel gives us a contrasting perspective to life. It reminds us that all things are relative. We explore different cultures and different ways of life. And we learn that they are just that, different, not wrong or bad, just different. It changes us and rounds us into people we weren’t before we embarked on our adventures. I have lived in five different countries abroad and traveled to many others. So here is my Top 5 List of the Countries I’ve Visited.


Review: Proof of Virtue by Leila Snow

Proof of Virtue by Leila Snow
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher:  self published
Pages: 319
Source: book provided by the author for review



In struggling with misfortune, Lies the true proof of virtue.” – Shakespeare

It is the year 1848, and a cholera outbreak has just ravaged Manchester, leaving Emma Belden an orphan, with two young siblings to care for. Left with few options, she is forced to enter the workhouse and suffer the habitual injustices commonplace to that sad institution.


Review & Contest: Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec

Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours
Pages: 368
Source: Book provided by NetgGalley for review



Five years. I would’ve stayed away longer if I hadn’t received the letter. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about her, haven’t missed her smile, haven’t wished that things were different.

The last time I saw my two best friends, I vowed to not stand in the way of their happiness, even if that meant I couldn’t be a part of their lives.


Interview: Ally Mathews

Jen: Today we welcome Ally Mathews to Romancing the Book.  Ally, will you share a short bio with us?
Ally: Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and assorted reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian because very few people know what she’s saying, and spends most of what would be her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around.


Review: Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews

Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews
Release Date:  November 6, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Pages:  202
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone.