Author Anna Campbell's book Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed made my 2012 Top Ten Adult Reads list and so I just had to invite her to our Fiery Hot Reads for Icy Cold Nights Blog Hop. A Rake's Midnight Kiss is the next book in the Sons of Sin series and one of my most anticipated reads for 2013. Enjoy and be sure to enter the fabulous giveaway and visit the other hop stops!
Anna: Hi Kimberly! Thank you for having me as your guest today!
Me: Thanks so much for stopping in Anna, I made some coffee and a little coffee cake..enjoy while we read your post!
Author Guest Post
Writing THOSE Scenes by Anna Campbell
I’m currently putting the final touches to my next
historical romance A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS which features a rakish hero with a
passing resemblance to the Scarlet Pimpernel and a virginal vicar’s daughter.
While I’ve really enjoyed the banter between these two, it’s
been harder than university calculus to get them into bed together (finally
managed it – and luckily for my heroine, all good things come to those who
wait!). There’s the whole respectable woman in the Regency thing, not to
mention that this book has a large cast of characters, so even getting Richard
and Genevieve alone for an extended period has presented story issues. There’s
even a long love scene in a crypt – I figured there they had a chance of
All of this maneuvering of characters got me thinking about
love scenes in books. Specifically my books. Sometimes getting my characters
between the sheets is no difficulty whatsoever (for the writer– in my books,
love scenes tend to make the situation between my hero and heroine worse before
it makes it better, at least until the blissful ending). Sometimes, it’s not so
easy – MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION springs to mind.
A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT
KISS makes quite a contrast to my most recently released book, SEVEN NIGHTS IN
A ROGUE’S BED, the first in the Sons of Sin series (perhaps I should have
titled Rake A FRUSTRATED SON OF SIN!). In Rogue, my hero and heroine are under
one roof and they both know they’re going to end up in bed sooner rather than
later. There are probably more love scenes in that one than in any of my other
books. Perhaps MY RECKLESS SURRENDER could give it a run for its money – that’s
another one where they know they’re going to become biblically familiar within
the first few chapters.
So after much contemplation, I’ve decided that the
ingredients for a hot read include:
- Hero and heroine under one roof
- Heroine, if not rushing to divest herself of her virtue, aware
that it’s going to happen
- Some sort of sexually based bargain or arrangement
- Lots of opportunity for hero and heroine to be alone (in a
crypt if need be!)
My next Sons of Sin book is about a marriage of convenience
so I can tick a couple of those boxes, thank goodness. At least that means nice
comfy bed love scenes and no dead monks hanging around. I’m looking forward to
it (not to mention my non-frustrated hero – although of course, he has other
problems that I can torture him with).
A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS is out next September and you can
read an excerpt of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED HERE
So do you have a favorite love scene from a romance novel?
Extra points if it’s somewhere slightly offbeat like a crypt! Rattle dem bones,
baby! So we can keep up the fiery hot quotient, I’ve got a signed copy of SEVEN
NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED for one commenter today. Good luck!
Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed
by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Publication date: September 25, 2012
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
Sons of Sin Series -encore review
Will a week of seduction...
Gads this was yummy! Seven Nights in a
Rogue’s Bed sounded sinfully delicious and I was excited to read it. As Anna Campbell’s first book in the Sons of Sin series she dished up a hot steamy tale with wonderful characters and an
engaging plot. Reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast I was quickly ensnared in this
wicked tale and lost myself in its pages.
Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic—even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.
...Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?
Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?
Forsythe, in an attempt to save her older sister’s life, agrees to go in her
stead to fulfill a debt. She arrives at the Castle Craven the home of a
hideously scarred scoundrel to surrender her virtue for seven sinful nights. Willing
to do anything to protect the one’s she loves, she braces her back, calms her
nerves and prepares to meet this monster. The tale that unfolds was absolutely
delightful, positively sinful and kept me turning the pages.
adored the complex characters we meet in Campbell’s novel. Sidonie is brave,
opinionated, flawed and has a secret. Jonas
Merrick is disfigured and is often referred to as a monster. He lives in
solitude and seeks revenge on the ones who betrayed him. He is such a complex man, and Campbell does
an excellent job of revealing the many facets which explain his outward
personality. The interaction between
these two was enthralling to witness. They
had me laughing one minute and wanting to clunk them over the heads the next. Watching these two strong personalities try to
figure things out was such fun. The romance felt genuine and the characters
became three dimensional. Secondary
characters helped build suspense and reveal things. We met Cam Rothermere and Richard Harmsworth, two childhood friends of Jonas
and I am anxious to read their stories. Richard’s story will be told in the
next Son’s of Sin novel.
tale itself captivated me as I turned page after page wanting my happily
ever-after. I loved the story behind Sidonie’s predicament and why Jonas would
even do such a thing. The chemistry between Jonas and Sidonie was absolutely
delicious; filled with tension, angst and page melting scenes. This tale
delivered seven very steamy, detailed nights in a rogue’s bed but it
also provided a strong plot filled with suspense. Campbell’s writing style is enjoyable and the
tale flowed effortlessly. The character of Jonas was wonderfully developed and
I adored how she was able to show both the monster and the tender man beneath.
This is a book you cannot put down and that leaves you smiling just thinking
recommend Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed
to fans of historical romance with a side of suspense. This was hot! hot! hot! I
am looking forward to A Rake’s Midnight Kiss which will be released August 27, 2013. *faints* My advice: grab this book, a glass of wine,
some chocolate truffles and lock yourself away because once you start reading you'll be lost.
want to thank Grand Central Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for
my unbiased review.
I love marriages of convenience ..they always turn out to be such fun! I've pre-ordered A Rakes' Midnight Kiss and you can too: Amazon/Barnes and Noble
gave this novel 5 steamy cups of coffee out of 5.
Other Campbell books :
A signed copy of Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (INT)
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Labels: 2012 Top 10 Adult reads, adult-fiction, Anna Campbell, historical romance, Sons of Sin