Thursday, December 22, 2016

Virtual Tour - One for the Rogue (The Bachelor Lords of London, #3) by Charis Michaels

One for the Rogue
The Bachelor Lords of London, #3
by Charis Michaels
Releasing December 6th 2016
Avon Impulse
The third dazzling romance in USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels' Bachelor Lords of London series.

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . One for the Rogue (The Bachelors of London, #3) . . .
Beau was what a typical selfish aristocrat was of that time. Even being the second son, he knew that his life was much his own. He felt that his life was his and he should live life to his expectation and not that of those around him. Then to have a title force or thrust depends on how you look at things upon him. He was not happy about things. Then in comes Emma. She has much more to gain from transforming this man into a gentleman with at title. She just never bargained on falling in love with him. He was to be a way to care for herself and he brother.

I love historical romance. I find that most have their own way of putting a spin on things and getting you to fall in line with the whims of the author. I have no denials on this one. I enjoyed it from the beginning all the way to the end. I found Emma to be one strong woman that knew what had to be done and worked to accomplish her goals.  She loved her brother and wanted better for them both. Even dealing with a man that I felt was beneath her in both standing, intelligence, and just play aptitude.

The romance worked for them Emma had so much patience and understand that I had to root for her to get the man that she wanted. I look for stronger men that can carry their lady. This one was not so much but I still enjoyed the story given to me because of the different kind of hero presented. Not all can be the alpha, strong, take charge kind.

The Bachelor Lords of London series:
The Earl Next Door – The Bachelor Lords of London, #1
The Virgin and the Viscount – The Bachelor Lords of London, #2
One for the Rogue – The Bachelor Lords of London, #3

Blurb
Beauregard “Beau” Cortland has no use for the whims of society and even less for aristocratic titles. As a younger son, he travels the world in search of adventure with no plans to settle down. Even when the title of Viscount Rainsleigh is suddenly forced upon him, he will not bend to duty or decorum. Not until an alluring young woman appears on the deck of his houseboat, determined to teach him propriety in all things and tempting him with every forbidden touch

Lady Emmaline Crumbley has had a wretched year. Her elderly husband dropped dead without naming her in his will and she’s been relegated to the life of a dowager duchess at the age of 23. She has no wish to instruct a renegade viscount in respectability, but desperate to escape her greedy stepson, Beau’s family makes her an offer she cannot refuse: teach the new lord to behave like a gentleman, and they’ll help her earn the new, self-sufficient life of her dreams. Emmaline agrees, only to discover that instructing the viscount is one thing, but resisting him is quite another. How can she teach manners to the rakish nobleman if he is determined to show her the thrill of scandal instead?
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Prologue
This is the tale of two brothers.
No, allow me to go back. This is the tale of two half brothers, a distinction that does not affect the brothers as much as it creates a place for the story to begin.
They were born deep in Wiltshire’s Deverill Valley, less than a mile from the River Wylye, in a crumbling manor house called Rossmore Court.
Although the Rainsleigh title was ancient and the family lands entailed, the boys’ parents, Lord Franklin “Frankie” Courtland, the Viscount Rainsleigh, and his lady wife, Este, were not held in high esteem—not by their neighbors in Wiltshire nor by members of London’s haute ton. Instead, they were known mostly for their predilections: recklessness, coarseness, drunkenness, irresponsibility, and deep debt.
Their notoriety did not curtail their fun, however, and they carried on exactly as they pleased. In 1779, the viscountess became pregnant, and Lord and Lady Rainsleigh added “woefully unfit parents” to their list of indiscretions. Their firstborn was called Bryson—the future viscount, Lord Rainsleigh’s heir. Young Bryson was somber and curious, stormy and willful, but also inexplicably just and kind.
In 1785, Este and Frankie welcomed a second son, favored almost immediately by his mother for his sweet nature and easy manner, his angelic face and smiling blue eyes. The viscountess named him Beauregard, known as “Beau.”
On the whole, the boys’ childhood was not a happy one. Lord Rainsleigh was rarely at home, and when he was, he was rarely sober. He managed the boys with equal parts mockery and scorn. Lady Rainsleigh, in turn, was chronically unhappy, petulant, and needy, and she suffered an insatiable appetite for strapping young men, with a particular preference for broad-shouldered members of staff.
Money was scarce in those years, and schooling was catch-as-catch-can. The brothers relied on each other to get along.
Bryson’s hard work and good sense earned them money for new coats and boots each year, for books, and for an old horse that they shared.
Beau employed his good looks and charm to earn them credit in the village shops, to convince foremen to hire them young, and to persuade servants and tenants to stay on when there was no money for salaries or repairs.
And so it went, each of the boys contributing whatever he could to get by, until the summer of 1807, when the old viscount’s recklessness caught up with him, and he tripped on a root in a riverbed and died.
With Frankie’s death, Bryson, the new viscount, set out to right all the wrongs of his father and cancel the family’s debts. He moved to London, where he worked hard, built and sold a boat, and then another, and then another—and then five. And then fifteen. Eventually, he owned a shipyard and became wealthier than his wildest dreams.
Beau, on the other hand . . .
Well, Beau had no interest in righting wrongs or realizing moneyed dreams—he wasn’t the Rainsleigh heir, thank God. His only wish was to take his handsome face and winning charm and discover the delights of London and the world beyond.
For a time, he sailed the world as an officer of the Royal Navy. For another time, he imported exotic birds and fish. He spent more than a year with the East India Company, training native soldiers to protect British trade. His life was adventurous and rambling, sunny if he could manage it, and (perhaps most important) entirely on his own terms.
Until, that is, the day the Courtland brothers received, quite unexpectedly, a bit of shocking news that changed both of their lives.
The news, which they learned from a stranger, was this: the boys did not share the same father.
The horrible old viscount—the man who had beaten them and mocked them, who had driven them into debt and allowed their boyhood home to fall into ruin—was not, in fact, Bryson’s father after all. Bryson’s father was another man—a blacksmith’s son from the local village with whom their mother had had a heated affair.
Beau, as it turned out, was the only natural-born son of Franklin Courtland.
Beau was the heir.
And just like that, Beauregard Courtland became the Viscount Rainsleigh, the conservator and executor of all his brother had toiled over a great many years to restore and attain.
It made no difference that Beau had no desire to be viscount, that he was repelled by the notion, that the idea of becoming viscount made him a little ill.
In protest, Beau threatened to leave the country; he threatened to change his name; he threatened to commit a crime and endure prison to avoid the bloody title—all to no avail.
He was the rightful Viscount Rainsleigh, whether he liked it or not.
His brother, now simply Mr. Bryson Courtland, shipbuilder and merchant, set out on a new quest: to train, coach, and cajole Beau into becoming the responsible, noble, respected viscount that he himself would never be again.
To answer that, Beau seized his own quest: resist. He could not prevent his brother from dropping the bloody title in his lap, but he could refuse to dance to the tune the title played.
He would carry on, he vowed, exactly as he had always done—until . . . well . . .
“Until” is where this tale begins.
But perhaps this is not a tale of two brothers or even the tale of two half brothers.
Perhaps it is the story of one brother and how the past he could not change built a future that he, at long last, was willing to claim.
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My Favorite Books of 2016 by Charis Michaels
Is it wrong to promote my own book by raving about other books?  If it is, I did not get the memo. Recommending books is the perfect combination of two of my favorite things: Reading and telling people what to do.

As my Christmas gift to you, I offer up my favorite books of 2016 and wish you a cozy fire and several hours of peace and quiet to curl up with one of these captivating books. =

(In no particular order):

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – chick-lit style contemporary that is really a quintessential romance novel--hot surly hero, spirited heroine, and happily ever after.

Eligible by Curtis Suttenfeld – modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Cincinnati.  Yes, there really is room for another homage to Jane A.

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson – nonfiction account of Bill Bryson’s latest journey through England.  Bill Bryson is the most entertaining research I ever do.

Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Ann Long – My favorite historical novelist tries her hand at small-town romance and totally nails it.  Fallen-star celebrity and waitress find love in the California mountain town of Hellcat Canyon.

Disrupted: My Misadventures in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons – non-fiction memoir of a middle-aged journalist trying to work for a Millennial Start-up Company. Funny, heartfelt, and alarming.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple – Blurb says something like, “hilarious take on a middle-aged woman who vows to get her life and relationships together…” but really this novel is so smart and funny, it defies description. 

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase – Modern-day Cinderella story about the owner of a deli in NYC and a prince.  I’m only on chapter three, but so far I love it!

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Author Info
Charis Michaels is thrilled to be making her debut with Avon Impulse. Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A & M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties. She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She now makes her home in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.
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