National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others.
When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.
My Freebie List…
If you haven’t already noticed us romance writers have a thing for hot guys. I’d say it was all women, but I do hate to make generalizations. But I do know romance writers and well, we take it upon ourselves to survey the goods (as it were) so that we can create unforgettable heroes that our readers can fall in love with. It’s hard work, looking at all those pictures on-line, but hey we sacrifice our time for you, readers, because we love you and we’re dedicated to our jobs.
So remember that episode of Friends where they all discuss who would be on their freebie list?
I made my list once, I don’t recall who I put it on it then, but I thought I’d see where I am now, as a woman in the early bits of her forties (wow! How did I get that old?) because I’m certain my tastes have changed some over the years. So I set out to see who would make the cut and who wouldn’t. Without further ado, I present my list of freebies…
I suspect that one fella will always top my list. Ah…Johnny…there’s just something about him. The eyes, the attitude, the intensity. Even as Captain Jack with dreads and eyeliner and rotten teeth, he still gets me going.
While I’m talking about Johnny’s, I’ll just move onto my number 2 spot which goes to Jonny Lee Miller. I’ve had a “thing” for him since Hackers (my guilty pleasure movie which I can still watch again and again). Something about his eyes and his facial structure and expressions. I don’t know. Now I’m loving him as Sherlock on Elementary. I love how physical he is in the role and well, he’s just really pretty to look at.
So my critique partner and BFF hooked The Professor and I on a new show sometime earlier this year. I’m sure many of you are familiar – the Arrow. Frankly I’m not sure if on this list I want Stephen Amell or the character he plays, one of intensity, honor and just general likeability. Not to mention he can totally kick ass.
Intense eyes, chiseled jaw, sexy accent…why is Joseph Fiennes not in more stuff? I even watched the short lived Flash Forward for him. Sigh. He’s yummy, really, really yummy. Did I mention his intense eyes? Enough said.
And this is where you come in, dear readers, I can’t settle on a fifth. Brad Pitt? No, he’s too pretty and often entirely too hairy. Hugh Dancy? Colin Firth? Richard Armitage? Chris Pratt? Who would you pick?
London, 1838The handsome Earl of Summersby may just be the most eligible bachelor in London, but has no interest in a wife. As a member of the Brotherhood, Bennett Haile is far more vested in his undercover duties for the crown and protecting the Queen from would-be assassins. For now he has the perfect tool with which to lure out the villains—a young woman with an uncanny likeness to the queen.The spirited Evelyn Marington is about to live out every country girl's dream—becoming royalty overnight. Under the tutelage of the arrogant Earl of Summersby, she'll have to fool the entire court that she is, in fact, the queen. But as danger threatens from every side, Bennett realizes that his lovely little protegé isn't just placing her life in his hands... She's stealing his heart.
“Stand and walk to the other side of the room,” he said.
“I beg your pardon?”
“I must evaluate how you walk.”
She gaped at him. “How I walk?”
“Do try and keep up, Miss Marrington. People will be watching.”
“Is there something wrong with how I walk?”
“Your walk is ...” No. In truth, she walked with an unconscious grace and agility he found charming. There was nothing studied about her movements, nothing calculated. She managed to be both completely natural and totally bewitching, which was entirely beside the point. “Your walk is unstudied.”
“Are you staying I'm clumsy?” Her gaze sparked with indignation, but perhaps a flash of pain as well. “I am well aware that I lack the grace and cultivation of my older sisters, but I assure you I am not some clumsy oaf who can't be trusted to walk into a room.”
He drew in a deep breath, praying for patience. This was why he wasn't yet married. This was why he was absolutely the wrong man for this job.
“Your mannerisms must match hers,” he said tightly.
She closed her eyes and took several deep breaths before standing, then walked across the room. It was not a clumsy or awkward gait, but not regal either.
“No.” He shook his head. “Try it again but slower, yet with more purpose.”
She crossed her arms over her ample bosom. “This is ridiculous.”
He allowed his gaze to linger on her tempting curves before stepping over to her. “Miss Marrington, do you want to do this assignment or not?”
Her mouth opened, then she paused and her brows slanted down in anger. “My Lord, I realize that you are an Earl and of relation to our Queen and our Society deems you more important than I. Perhaps they are even correct; however, it would seem to me that you,” she jabbed a finger into his chest, “need me more than I need you for this assignment. Thus far you have insulted my family, the way I walk and my hair. You are arrogant and rude and sorely lacking in manners.” Her hands fisted on her hips accenting their roundedness.
How was it that this little slip of a woman shoed no fear of him? He’d frightened women merely by walking into their drawing room. And here, he was being a bully—and for good reason—to Evelyn Marrington, but she was quite obviously not afraid of him. He couldn’t help but find that both infuriating and alluring.
“You have obviously decided that I do not possess the intelligence nor grace to succeed in this charade. I will not stand for this sort of treatment. I should like a carriage to bring me home on the morrow. Good day, Lord Somersby.” She turned and marched from the room.
He watched her go in complete disbelief. No one had ever spoken to him in such a way. Arrogant and rude! She was the only lacking in manners. This entire assignment echoed with idiocy. Ellis had claimed his cousin amiable and clever, neither of which Bennett had seen. All he had witnessed was her sharp tongue.
Damned if he didn’t find her sass alluring as hell. All the more reason to send her back home and tell Potterfield she refused to participate. Bennett couldn’t be blamed for this failure if she was the one who walked away. This would work out perfectly. He’d get to continue with the Brotherhood and not be distracted by the ridiculously attractive and fiery-tongued Miss Marrington. It would almost be worth completing the assignment just to see if she was as passionate in other areas. Almost.
Check out what's up for grabs.
Up For Grabs:
- 1 $25 Gift Card
- 1 eBook copy of the Forbidden Love Series
- 1 eBook copy of the Masquerading Mistresses Series
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