Today we have the pleasure to welcome Lila DiPasqua on Book Lovers Inc. Lila was here in July to promote her first book, Awakened by A kiss and we are now very happy to welcome her again for the release of her second book The Princess in His Bed. Her sexy twists on fairy tales won’t leave you cold, I promise you. *wink* Stay tuned and you could win one of her books. Bienvenue Lila
What kind of woman can charm a charming rake? . . .by Lila DiPasqua
I’ve written a historical romance anthology for Berkley. It’s rather scandalous. My new release, (second in my Fiery Tales series), THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED, is a Fiery Tales collection – steamy retellings of three classic fairy tales in the one book. I love it when historical heroes are sinfully seductive bad boys.
In THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED, I’ve created three of them.
There is something about seeing an unrepentant rake fall hopelessly in love with the heroine that I find downright delicious. And in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED they do fall for them – hard.
Yet, what kind of woman can totally turn a seasoned roué and steal his heart? I paired off very different women with each of the men in these three Fiery Tales. Three women with different backgrounds and personalities, yet their impact on these rakes is the same. Poor heroes. They didn’t stand a chance. These lovely ladies are unlike anyone these gorgeous men have ever met – and much to their surprise, they’ve found their perfect match.
In the first Fiery Tale in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED, The Marquis’ New Clothes, the hero Adam de Vey, Marquis de Nattes is very sexy—tall, dark and oh so wickedly handsome—and he loves the finer things in life; he has a penchant for expensive clothes and beautiful women. And an abundance of both! He’s been in love with his late friend’s wife, Aimee—for years.
Widow Aimee de Miran wants nothing to do with Adam. She believes he’s as big a womanizer as her late husband had been. Her husband had broken Aimee’s heart with his infidelities. Another libertine is the last man she’d ever want. Throw in a newly arrived wardrobe for Adam, a ring her cousin accidentally drop into one of his pockets—a ring that Aimee must retrieve—and Aimee’s staid life is about to get a whole lot more interesting. Confident she’s immune to his charms, she’s going to seduce this master of seduction in order to get close enough to search his pockets and locate the ring . . .Adam has his own seduction in mind. Yet, he never anticipated that just one luscious kiss from Aimee could level him! Let the fire and fun begin! *winks*
The second Fiery Tale, The Lovely Duckling, has a very unique heroine. Emilie is a burn victim. The fire that claimed the lives of her parents left her with scars and burns to her body. She is strong. Life has forced her to be. She’s endured the worst teasing and name-calling all her life. Her introduction to society was the last straw. That night, she was publicly humiliated, the hero, Joseph regrettably a part of the fiasco. For ten years, Emilie has withdrawn from society. Now she’s back and she’s determined to grab a bit of bliss—albeit strictly physical. Believing love and marriage are unattainable, she’s convinced that at least a physical encounter is doable. How? Well, she’s going to use the anonymity of a masquerade—orgiastic—ball in order to find a willing lover, and indulge. She never expected that the very man she gives herself to is none other than Joseph.
Forced to pretend to be his twin brother, Vincent, Joseph hates the deception. But he can’t tell Emilie that it’s him and not his brother who’s been corresponding with her for a year—the man she trusts and has revealed her sexual longings to. He knows she hates Joseph because of what happened at her coming out party. Joseph regrets his past actions and wants to make amends. She’s a woman who doesn’t dress provocatively, has scars to her body and yet he’s totally undone by her. Through their correspondence, they’ve become close. He wants her. He wants to strip away her inhibitions and show her just what a beautiful swan she truly is.
Gabrielle is a princess – a princess on a mission in The Princess and the Diamonds. She loves her half-brother and is determined to win back everything he’s lost at an illegal gaming den. She dons a disguise and gambles with “borrowed” royal diamonds at a high-stakes illegal card game. Raised at court, Gabrielle has learned to keep her emotions hidden. She’s got an icy exterior, one that Mathias, Marquis de Montfort is determined to melt. He’s just as determined to learn all of this fascinating woman’s secrets—including her true identity. Unfortunately, he’s got to keep secrets of his own. He’s on a mission for the Crown. His mission is to enforce the ban the King has placed on the card game Basset and see to the arrest of those who dare to play it. But can he turn in the woman who stirs his heart as strongly as she affects his body? And what will he do when he realizes the woman he has thoroughly and deliciously debauched is the King’s own daughter?
QUESTION: What’s your favorite fairy tale heroine?
One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of AWAKENED BY A KISS or THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED—winner’s choice! GIVEAWAY OPEN WORLDWIDE.
About the book:
Inspired by “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Ugly Duckling, and “The Princess and the Pea,” Lila DiPasqua spins three sexy tales that give new meaning to the term bedtime story…
The Marquis’ New Clothes: To save her cousin, Aimee de Miran must retrieve a jeweled ring from the most sinfully seductive man at court, the Marquis de Nattes. But to search his considerable wardrobe she’ll have to get very close to the notorious rake…and soon she finds herself very close to him indeed, with his clothes—and hers—utterly forgotten…
The Lovely Duckling: Reputed for his carnal skills, Joseph d’Alumbert prefers amorous encounters without emotional entanglement—until a quick-witted lady stirs tender feelings and hot desire. Emilie de Sarron suffered burns to her body as an infant, and keeps her scars—and her heart—well hidden. But Joseph is determined to peel away her inhibitions, one slow steamy kiss at a time, to reveal the beautiful swan inside…
The Princess and the Diamonds: Princess Gabrielle can’t sleep at night. There is something hard in her bed. No, not just the stolen diamonds tucked under her mattress, but the handsome Marquis on it….whose carnal talents she can’t resist. But he threatens her secret mission, and worse, she stands to lose far more than the diamonds—her heart is at stake….
“…Strong-minded heroines you can relate to, breathtaking carnally gifted male leads…DiPasqua writes with a comfortable elegance and grace, and in turn, crafts a sexy collection that readers will love.” – Fresh Fiction.
“Ripe with steamy affairs, these lusty stories are hot enough to warm the coldest winter night.” – Publishers Weekly
Allow me to introduce you to my sexy rake, Adam de Vey, Marquis de Nattes. Read an excerpt from The Marquis’ New Clothes in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED – http://www.liladipasqua.com/princessbook.html
Read a juicy excerpt of AWAKNED BY A KISS—
About the Author:
Lila DiPasqua writes wicked & witty historical romance for Penguin/Berkley. She lives with her real-life hero husband and three children and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after. She loves history and enjoys traveling. She has been to four continents so far. Her novels, AWAKENED BY A KISS, and THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED are featured in Doubleday as well as Rhapsody Book Clubs. To learn more about Lila and her books, visit www.LilaDiPasqua.com
Lila is offering a signed copy of Awakened By A Kiss or The Princess in His Bed to 1 lucky commenter
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Giveaway ends on Saturday, November 27th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.