Monday, May 5, 2014

Virtual Tour & Giveaway with Theresa Romain

To Charm a Naughty Countess

by Theresa Romain


Genre: Regency-set historical romance

Tone: Romantic, passionate, lighthearted

Heat Level: Love scenes with euphemisms

Elements/Tags: Pygmalion story, virgin hero, widowed heroine

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publishing Date: May 6, 2014

Series, #: Matchmaker trilogy, book 2

Format: Mass market paperback, digital

Words: 87,000



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Brilliant but rumored mad, Michael Layward, the impoverished Duke of Wyverne, has no success courting heiresses until widowed Lady Stratton takes up his cause–after first refusing his suit.


Caroline Graves, the popular Countess of Stratton, sits alone at the pinnacle of London society and has vowed never to remarry. When Michael–her counterpart in an old scandal–returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled with him as ever. As she guides the anxiety-ridden duke through the trials of society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart . But if she gives herself to the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the hard-won independence she prizes above all.


“What on earth is the matter, Michael?”

“I don’t care for your society type of ball.”

She should have realized that a man ill at ease with touch would not care for the press of crowds or the din of voices. “Ah. That’s why you were out on the terrace at Applewood House. You were escaping.”

He pressed at his temple with the heel of one hand. “I was enjoying the weather.”

“Rubbish,” said Caroline. “No one’s enjoying the weather this year, especially not you. Very well, let me consider this. Because you will have to take part in society if you are ever to be accepted by it.”

She fiddled with the bugled trim that adorned the skirt of her gown. Michael swallowed heavily, watching her fingers.

“All right,” she decided. “We’ll figure this out using one of your scientific methods, as we did with the whispering.”

“You didn’t figure out anything related to the whispering. You only said something coarse to amuse me.”

Coarse? He had no idea. But she only smiled as though he’d caught her in a pleasant little trick. “If you were amused, then I am delighted. But let us call it a hypothesis too. That sounds like something you might enjoy. You do enjoy dealing in hypotheses, do you not?”
He inclined his head, giving her permission to continue.

“My hypothesis, Michael, is that when people whisper about you, it is because they are either admiring you or are intimidated by you. They hope, yet fear, that you will take notice of them.
A word from you, a few minutes at your side, can give them a memory to feast upon for long days ahead.”

Thus she revealed her long-ago self to him, cloaking it in wrong pronouns and false hypotheticals. Though her memories had held their sweetness only for a short time; they had long since grown stale. She was determined not to let them become bitter, though. She had gained too much to dwell on that old loss.

And it was sweet again to have him watch her so intently. “That is what you truly think?” His lips pressed together; his dark lashes shadowed his cheekbones with every blink.

She ached to take away the pressure and the shadows, to learn every angle of his body and mind.

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Meet Author Theresa Romain:


Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

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Twitter: @TheresaRomain

Giveaway Details:

Theresa is generously gifting all five of her books to one lucky commenter!

*Season for Temptation

*Season for Surrender

*Season for Scandal

*It Takes Two to Tangle

*To Charm a Naughty Countess

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May 6th ~ 8 – 10pm EST


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May 7th ~ 8 – 9pm EST



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  1. I'd love to win those books! I love books in series.

  2. Thanks fir the wonderful blog post, I'd love to win!

  3. Hi Theresa!
    You are new to me, but I like the sound of your books and have added them to my TBR. What made you write historical romances instead of another romance genre?

    1. Hi, Jenny--thanks for stopping by! I chose to write historical romance for the same reason I think most HR authors do: it's what I love to read. I've always enjoyed history and stories with a happily-ever-after, so this genre is the perfect fit for me.

  4. I do want to read Michael and Caroline's story!

  5. A very intriguing excerpt; I want to know more!

  6. Hi, Theresa! I love your books and am loving your excerpts for Caroline and Michael. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  7. All your books are wonderful!!!!!

  8. I love following all these excerpts, Theresa, and I can't wait for this book to be here!

    Marcy Shuler

  9. Great excerpt! Can't wait to read the book!

  10. Thanks for the amazing excerpt! :)
    And thanks for the wonderful post!

  11. I had such a great time at the facebook party, all those excerpts get me so excited for this book!

  12. So looking forward to reading this! Congrats on the release, Theresa!