A Terrific New Release

Miranda Neville writes fun, sexy historical romance. In her latest book, the heroine is a widow. Diana Fanshawe married for money and position once, and now she has the match of her dreams in sight: Lord Blakeney, whom she has admired and hoped to marry since girlhood. While angling for Blakeney, however, she meets Sebastian Iverley, his bookish, socially awkward cousin. Her attraction to Sebastian doesn’t fit with her marriage plans; when she bets Blakeney that she can entrap Sebastian into a kiss, she gets much more than she intended.

Sebastian is a wonderful hero; he is unaware and inexperienced in a number of ways, not just sexually. He had a strange upbringing, without much affection, which means that he isn’t well equipped to handle the emotions that he feels because of Diana. Following the story of these two characters as they figure out love is a wonderful ride — their relationship IS the story, no spies or plotting villains necessary.

Secondary characters are always treats in Neville’s books. She creates really interesting and unique people for her canvas — Diana’s family, in particular is a wonderful collection of lovable eccentrics. And they are smart people, as are Diana and Sebastian. I can never get enough of intelligent characters in my fiction, and this book is full of them. Very highly recommended.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vi
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 15:14:09

    I think I’m going to read this book. I went to her website and noticed that’s it’s book 2 of a series. How important is it that I read book 1 first?

    This author is brand new to me. Any other books from her that you would recommend? Btw, this year seems to be year that I discover new authors. :)

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    • sonomalass
      Sep 30, 2010 @ 17:44:38

      Vi: I believe this is her third book. I enjoyed her debut novel, Never Resist Temptations, although I know it was a little “fluffy” for some readers. Her second novel, The Wild Marquis, was the first book in the Burgundy Club series. It was also good — how can I not love characters who are book collectors? — but this is my favorite so far. I don’t think you need to read them in order yet, although that might change with the next book in the series.

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  2. Liz
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 09:27:57

    I was having that “so many books but nothing to read” feeling, and this description appealed to me. Read the description on Neville’s website–sold! (Immediately, thanks to the dangers of e-reading). Now I’m in the middle and really enjoying it. I can see I’ll be tempted to go back and read the first one. Although I’m enjoying Diana’s family, I do wish that there were more intelligent/intellectual characters in historical romance who were NOT eccentric, reclusive, or unfashionable. That’s one thing that’s appealing about Diana herself, and some of the others. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    • sonomalass
      Oct 01, 2010 @ 10:05:36

      Liz, that’s one thing I love about Iverley. He is an intellectual, but when he decides to take an interest in riding, or fashion, he does them well. It shows that the eccentric/reclusive/unfashionable path can be a choice that some intelligent people make because they think society is just silly, while other very intelligent people move in society and excel there.

      Loretta Chase is another author whose intellectual characters strike a real chord with me. This book rather reminded me of one of hers.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I think you’d probably like The Wild Marquis too. Her first book, Never Resist Temptation features a female pastry chef who spends part of the book disguised as a man — one of my favorite devices, if it’s done well. It’s a “foodie” romance; the characters are smart, but the focus is less on actual intellectual pursuits than in the Burgundy Club books.

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      • Liz
        Oct 01, 2010 @ 11:16:34

        I see your point about Loretta Chase. Not just the characters, but the narrative voice–also smart and funny. My favorite kind of romance, I think.

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