Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sealed with A Kiss: Juliana Gray + Giveaway (International)

Welcome to day seven of our Sealed with A Kiss event. Juliana Gray's hero can't seem to make up his mind as to how to word his love letter to his heroine.


Meet Juliana:
JULIANA GRAY is the award-winning author of the Affairs by Moonlight trilogy. Her debut, A Lady Never Lies, is a nominee for 2012 Book of the Year by RT Book Reviews. The trilogy concludes with A Duke Never Yields, which has won starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist and a 4 ½ star rating from RT. She enjoys dark chocolate, champagne, and dinner parties, and despises all forms of exercise except one.

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Ah, Valentine’s Day: that particular revolution of the earth set aside for lovers! But there are two people unlucky in Cupid’s books this time around, and I’m afraid their immediate prospects for amorous celebration are Not Good.

The Duke of Wallingford has decided it’s high time he abandoned his rakish ways and proved to his meddling grandfather that he’s quite capable of managing his life without bringing disgrace upon the family. Together with his brother Roland and his best friend Phineas Burke, he sets off to a remote castle Italy for a year of seclusion from the fashionable world and its temptations.

But temptation, alas, comes to him, in the form of the charming, lovely, and hilariously outspoken Miss Abigail Harewood, who’s come to Italy with her sister and cousin for a secret retreat of their own. Naturally, the sparks begin to fly, and when a certain private encounter ends in a cloud of goose feathers rather than a haze of ecstasy, both of them find it hard to apologize…

His Grace, the Duke of Wallingford, to Miss Abigail Harewood:

I beg your pardon. My ungentlemanly behavior, when you…

(crossed out with heavy black lines and crumpled into a ball)

While my words this morning were perhaps overly passionate, I do not remember their deserving such a reproof as required the disgorging of an immense quantity of feathers…

(torn into very tiny pieces and tossed in the dustbin)

You were right. You have been right from the beginning. You see through my every mask, don’t you? My every defense against the world, against the knowledge of what I would be if I hadn’t this august title gilding my name and my person: a common rake, a wastrel, spoiled and indulged in everything except genuine affection, unworthy of the love of an Abigail Harewood.

Oh, I’ve done my best to be a decent sort of duke. I’ve rescued the estate from my father’s mismanagement, I’ve treated my tenants and dependents with justice and—I believe I can honestly say this—an active interest in their affairs. By some lucky accident, I was chosen for riches and power and privilege, unimaginable to the rest of humanity, and for most of my life I have pretended to deserve it. I have pretended to be the almighty Duke of Wallingford, who takes what is offered him because it is his due.

Do you know what I thought when I first saw you? I thought you were a fairy, an otherworldly being, dancing into the inn with raindrops on your eyelashes and your smile illuminating the room. Too fine and precious for a man like me; so innocent and so worldly all at once. I gave up London and its rows of willing sycophantic women to see if I could make myself a better man, and then you arrived, and what am I to do? Take you, and fail myself? Fail the both of us? But I see your face turned toward me, and your patient eyes reading me, and all I want is you, Abigail: to know you perfectly, to kiss you, to lie with you, to wake with you, to laugh with you over the breakfast table. I am going mad with it…

(shredded into many, many minute pieces and tossed in the fire)

Genre: Historical
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 5, 2013)

Impatient with the strictures of polite British society, Miss Abigail Harewood has decided to live life on her own term — and the first thing she requires is a lover. When the commanding Duke of Wallingford arrives on the doorstep of her leased holiday castle, she thinks she's found the perfect candidate: handsome, dashing, and experienced in the art of love.

But tempting Wallingford into her bed proves more difficult than she imagined. Restless and dissatisfied with his debauched life in London, the formerly rakish duke is determined to spend a year chaste. But as Abigail tries her best to seduce him, Wallingford finds his resolve crumbling in the face of her irresistible charm... and her alluring secrets.

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Oh goodness! We guess it's sometimes hard to express your feelings. Juliana is offering a copy of A Duke Never Yields to one(1) lucky reader. Open internationally. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment about your favorite romance couple or couples --we know it's hard to decide sometimes.
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Head over to Dani's blog for Abigail's unsent letters to Wallingford.

Don't forget to enter for the grand prize! A giant box of books or $25 worth of books from The Book Depository.

Thank you to Juliana for celebrating with us!

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