Tying up Loose Ends – Read Along, Plus Winner

Doh! I forgot to post the winner of the Kyoto Fashion Book.

Jo’s Daughter

Email me yourfull mailing address and I will get the book into the mail for you. Though, realistically, not until after RWA.

Read Along

Through the magic of Carolyn being in Charge, I give you three Layton books to choose from. All of them have Kindle versions. Vote for your choice in the comments

To Wed A Stranger
Is it possible? The breathtaking Lady Annabelle has actually agreed to marry, sight unseen, a gentleman of her father’s choosing — the self-proclaimed “exceptionally average” Miles Croft. The ton is aghast! After scandalously toying with so many hearts, why is the exquisite Annabelle chaining herself to the new Viscount Pelham, a complete — albeit most attractive — stranger? Could it be that her own heart has been irreparably shattered, and she wants nothing more to do with romance?

Yet there is certainly nothing “average” about their wedding night! There is magic in Mile’s touch, and the smoldering ecstasy it ignites threatens to consume them both. Dare Annabelle dream this is the one passionate and enduring love she ached for in secret, but never dreamed she’d be worthy of? Might this tender, mysterious lover truly be the scarlet lady’s redemption — and could she be Mile’s as well?

The Devil’s Bargain
Katherine Corbet abhors injustice — and is happy to assist the disturbingly attractive Sir Alasdair St. Erth quash the brazen schemes of a marriage-minded opportunist. But appearing on the arm of the dark, dashing rogue at London balls as his interest will never be more than a sham — no matter how Katherine’s aching heart yearns for more.

This naive country miss is ideal! With Katherine’s unsuspecting assistance, Alasdair can at long last take his revenge on an old, hated enemy — though it pains him to use such an innocent in this unscrupulous manner. Worse still is the longing she inspires within him, a passionate need to taste the sweetness of her lips. Alasdair knows his vengeful plan could destroy a fragile, blossoming love. And when he finally releases Katherine from his devil’s bargain, will he truly be able to let her go?

The Choice
There was no back blurb, so here’s a review descritpion:
One of romance’s most gifted authors, Layton (The Cad) here tells the story of the ethereally beautiful Gilly Giles, desired by many but deemed unmarriageable because she has neither fortune nor family (although she is, mysteriously, a nobleman’s ward). When the malevolent rake Dearborne, seeking vengeance because Gilly has spurned him, announces to a crowded ball that he has seen her in a strange man’s arms, Damon Ryder, newly returned from making his fortune in America, preserves Gilly’s fragile reputation. Thinking quickly, Damon claims that he and Gilly are engaged; they must maintain the farce at least through the social season. During this time, Damon falls in love, and Gilly blossoms into full womanhood. Alas, two other men complicate affairs. One is the nobleman whom Gilly thinks she loves, the other a libertine eager to take advantage of her confused emotions. This is a top-notch Regency, told with flair and fraught with sexual tension.

About carolyn

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.
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11 years ago

Janet W To Wed a Stranger but the blurb doesn’t do it justice. This is one of the most topsy-turvy historicals ever and examines life after the wedding night & what we really fall in love with. Great book.

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Wow. Great selections, Carolyn. I’m for any one of them (thanks so much for making sure they were available on Kindle!)

Artie Mesia
11 years ago

I’m for To Wed a Stranger or The Choice.

Amy Kathryn
Amy Kathryn
11 years ago

I vote for To Wed a Stranger. Not in the mood for a revenge plot. The Choice might be okay, too.

11 years ago

The Choice is my favorite Layton but I think, To Wed a Stranger would be a great book to do a read along/discussion.

11 years ago

congrats & HappyReading to Jo’sDaughter!!!!

Jane George
11 years ago

To Wed a Stranger piqued my interest.


11 years ago

First of all, congratulations, Jo’s Daughter. You have won an interesting book.

THE CHOICE or TO WED A STRANGER would be my first and second choices. Don’t have kindle, but I’ll look around for these. I don’t think I have read her books. I have a box of Regencies around her somewhere.

Jo's Daughter
11 years ago

Thank you!!!!! Emailed my addy already 😀

It’s a difficult choice as they all sound good. (Can I think about it some more?)

I guess I don’t really have a preference…

11 years ago

All 3 books are also available used. so there’s no requirement to read as an eBook. I just wanted to make sure that people who did want to read an eBook version could.

Louisa Cornell
11 years ago

I think To Wed a Stranger sounds the most intriguing.

Jeanne M
11 years ago

My choice is The Devil’s Bargain! From your description alone I want to find out what happens between Katherine and Alasdair. From what you wrote I know the reader will be caught up in how their relationship ends up developing.