How to seduce your own Prince Charming by Lila DiPasqua + Giveaway

Filed in Blogoversary , Giveaways , Guest Post , Lila Di Pasqua , The HEA Lover Posted on January 25, 2011 @ 11:00 am 51 comments
You ever wanted to conquer your own Prince Charming? Today Lila DiPasqua will give you 8 easy rules to follow that should help you reach your goal. *wink* Answer her question at the end you can win your own little fairy tale.

Like most, I grew up reading fairy tales. They were the first romances I ever read!

My Fiery Tales series (Berkley Sensation) is about…well, you guessed it….fairy tales. Retellings of three classic fairy tales in each book, to be exact. Yes, you get three sinfully seductive rakes inside each novel—–both in AWAKENED BY A KISS and my newest release, THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED!
These books are sexy. These books are fun. And these books are tantalizing, with a healthy dose seduction. *winks* I just love seeing a seasoned, carnally talented rake fall madly in love!
Now as a young girl, I dreamed of finding my own Prince Charming. And I did. My heroines, you see, are no different. They managed to capture the hearts of their very own Prince Charmings, and live happily ever after.
So how did these ladies land these gorgeous men? Being the caring and considerate heroines they are, they have asked me to compile a list of dos and don’ts for other ladies out there looking to seduce their own Prince Charming.

1. Don’t be too quick to judge a rake.

You should give a rake chance—and perhaps a good ogling—especially when he’s standing before you in nothing but a bath linen, all muscle and sinew, declaring that he’s been infatuated with you for a long time. Aimee thought Adam was nothing more than a libertine. She was oh so wrong! (The Marquis’ New Clothes from THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED)

2. Do feel him up, like you’re petting a horse.

This will keep your rake unbalanced and unsure as to why he’s at the receiving end of the peculiar touching. It’s sure to spike his interest and leave a lasting impression—not to mention lead to more touching of the carnal variety from said rake . . .ahem. (Aimee in The Marquis’ New Clothes from THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED)
3. Do write bold, scandalous letters to your intended Prince Charming asking him to explain sex, orgasm and seduction.
It will leave him burning and keen. He’ll be thinking about you well after he has written his reply. If fact, he just won’t be able to get you out of his mind. (Emilie from The Lovely Ducking in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED).
– So?
– Well you have fleas!!

4. Do bring along an erotic volume full of drawings depicting your wish list of sexual positions you would like to partake in, and show them to your rake.

This has a double benefit. Not only will it drive him wild. But it will offer him a guideline. And, ladies, we all know how much men (historical or otherwise) appreciate a playbook. *smiles* (Emilie from The Lovely Ducking in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED)
5. Do demonstrate your gratitude when your rake has the upper hand and doesn’t use coercion to force you to be his mistress.
You know he could have easily demanded sex in return for the diamonds, but he didn’t. Damn him! WARNING: This will make you see him in a whole different light, and make you want him more. And the results are sublime . . . (Princess Gabrielle, from The Princess and the Diamonds in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED).

6. Do believe that love can reform a rake.

A man torn between duty and love can do the right thing. (Anne in Little Red Writing from AWAKENED BY A KISS)

7. Do wear your lucky boots!

Or anything else that brings you good fortune when you’re on a mission to seduce the most wickedly handsome—and utterly stubborn—man in the realm. (Elisabeth in Bewitching in Boots from AWAKENED BY A KISS).

8. Do kiss your sleeping beauty (Sleeping Beau) awake.

He’ll never forget that luscious kiss, your night of raw ecstasy, or you! You’ll be amazed at the intense connection two people can make in what was supposed to be nothing more than an anonymous sexual encounter. (Catherine in Sleeping Beau from AWAKENED BY A KISS).

My ladies in AWAKENED BY A KISS and THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED hope that you will find this list useful.

Dare to step into the world of fairy tales? Be prepared to be scandalized!

Once upon a wicked time. . . I hope you enjoy these fun, sensual stories.

Oh, and watch for my first full-length Fiery Tale—A MIDNIGHT DANCE—out August, 2011!! A sexy retelling of Cinderella, as it’s never been done before!


Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, Lila DiPasqua weaves a steamy historical romance that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince…and make him pay.

Matching wits and wiles with a man of Jules de Moutier’s seductive skill is not as easy as Sabine Laurent supposed. Soon, she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…

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

You can also find Lila on:
Facebook –  Twitter –  Goodreads

Let’s talk about Prince Charming and reforming a rake! Just for fun–what actor/celebrity/character in a book would you like to reform into your very own perfect Prince Charming?
Not that he’d need much work, but I’m picking Bradley Cooper because he’d look good in breeches. And probably out of them as well. *winks*
Lila if offering a copy of Awakened by a Kiss or The Princess in His Bed (winner’s choice) to 1 lucky commenter
You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big Blogoversary Giveaway here.
All you have to do is answer Lila’s question or leave a meaningful comment about the post.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on Friday February 4th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Bonne Chance!

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • GeishasMom73 January 25, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Good choice Reading Mind! He is dreamy. I would have to pick style guru & male super model David Gandy. Guh! He is so beyond gorgeous plus has a posh English accent. I dare you to Google search him. You won't be sorry, although some of the pics are NSFW! He would be the perfect Prince Charming!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Birgit January 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I'd pick Jim Caviezel as my own Prince Charming!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  • Kelly M January 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I have to say that picture of the bunnies is so funny… I had to take a few extra minutes before I could continue on, I was laughing way to hard….. Thanks for making my morning better with that…

    Oh Bradley Cooper is beyond hot… Love him.. But I would have to pick Christopher Pine (he played Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek) He has the best eyes ever…. *drool*

    Thank you for a chance to win,
    Kelly M

  • jodi January 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I'd say Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. Just seems a good romantic character and a scoundrel all in one.

  • Mikki-Manó January 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Oh, that's a really "makes-me-think-hard" question, but I think I would reform Kartik into my own Prince Charming. I loved him in the Great and Terrible Beauty. And he is an indian boy, so I really-really want him for myself =)

  • Reading mind January 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Okay, my own prince charming would be Neil Caffrey (played by MAtt Bomer) from the tv series White Collar…seriously…Those eyes??? THOSE freaking awesome eyes? Together with a smile that melts my heart and a killer sarcasm
    I want him!

    Ps. I deleted the firs cause I didn't leave my mail

    aliasgirl AT libero DOT it

  • CiNdY January 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I am a little torn with this one! Okay so my very own Prince Charming would be…..Channing Tatum! 😀

  • Lila DiPasqua January 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    *waving* Hi everyone!

    I want to thank the wonderful ladies at Book Lovers Inc and wish them a Happy Blogoversary! YAY! Congratulations! I just love this blog. 🙂

    I'm with Kelly M—Those bunnies totally cracked me up!! LOL Also loved the hot man and the "rake". 😀

    I like your choices in Prince Charming, ladies!! Keep them coming! …Er…the choices, I mean. Hehehe…. Sorry. I couldn't resist. 🙂


  • Jennifer January 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    My Prince Charming would be Josh Holloway. He's one bad boy I'd love to reform!

  • Cindy L January 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Lila, I absolutely loved your list!! I especially liked 2 & 4.
    My Prince Charming would have to be Alex O'Loughlin…yummy!


  • Darlyn January 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    very cool post and advices. It might comes in handy *wink* I love Michael Vartan for my prince charming. he's gorgeous!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  • tetewa January 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    My prince charming would be Jared Padalecki from the show Supernatural, yummy!

  • Ina January 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    *dreaming* my prince charming would be Michael Weatherly…
    Lila, thanks for a great post – I love your list *g*
    greetings, Ina

  • Sarah January 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Great post, Lila! I would love to reform Jason Statham – but not too much! 🙂

    smaccall @

  • Stephanie January 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Ian Somerhalder. I love him in Vampire Diaries. He shows a hard outside but he is soft inside for Elena.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • BLHmistress January 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    My own prince charming I would have to say Alexander Skarsgård (Eric from True Blood) gah there is just not enough things I can say about him. Okay maybe I wouldn't want the bad boy part of him to go away lol.


  • Anonymous January 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Gerard Butler would be my Prince Charming!!! Oh….sigh!!

    in Germany

  • Lillie (AliseOnLife) January 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Love the rules there, Lila! I think my own Prince Charming is Richard Armitage. I guess US audiences know him best from the new Robin Hood, but my favorites are the BBC North and South & the last two series' of Spooks (MI:5).

    Also love the bunny graphic, by the way!

    PolarisGreen at gmail dot com

  • Chelsea B. January 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I'm going to have to say Gerard Butler….That accent….Yeah 😉


  • les121 January 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    oooh, good question! I would love Christian Bale or Joaquin Phoenix (or both lol) to be my prince charming. 😉

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

  • Blodeuedd January 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I am going with Richard Armitage cos that is all I seem to be able to answer these days 😉

    Awww Mr Thornton, and hot in leather in Robin Hodd

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  • Estella January 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I would pick Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Robin K January 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I would need to reform Acheron or one of the boys from the Black Dagger Brotherhood 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Danielle Gorman January 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I don't really think he need reforming but I choose Ryan Reynolds. Ooh, how I love him. So sexy!
    For books, I wouldn't mind reforming one of the warriors from the Black Dagger Brotherhood or one of the Lords of the Underworld.

  • Alexa January 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    That was a great post love all the ways to reform a rake. I would have to pick either V from JR Ward's BDB or Martini from Gini Koch's Touched by an Alien. V has that dark side along with his intelligence and Martini is well obviously good looking but can also keep up a witty conversation. You can see why I'm torn.

    Thanks for the giveaway I love fairy tales and have been really wanting to read both of these books.

  • elaing8 January 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    You have my cougar coming out…lol.My Prince Charming would be Taylor Kitsch..he's hot!! 😀


  • Sheree January 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Gosh, the choices! How about a young one, like Joe Jonas who has been breaking hearts left and right? He's young enough to be retrained. 😉


  • LSUReader January 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I agree with a couple of other posters here–from movies, Rhett Butler of GWTW and from books, Jeff Martina from Gini Koch's Alien series.

  • lisagk January 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    There are so many options, how about Jarret Sharp from Sabrina Jeffries' A Hellion in her Bed? He might be fun. Thank you for the contest.


  • donnas January 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Actor – Ryan Reynolds Book – Barrons (yes Im in the middle of Shadowfever)

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Carrie at In the Hammock Blog January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I'd say Tristan from How to Marry a Duke! What a fun question! Thank you for the contest! Also, I love the rake picture…hilarious!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  • Lila DiPasqua January 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I've had a ball reading your answers! Thanks for stopping by to share with me, everyone!

    Lila 🙂

  • iz4blue January 26, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I love your constructive advice!! My favourite baddie I'd like to teach a *good* lesson is the dark leather-clad Guy of Gisborne played by Richard Armitage on the BBC series of Robin Hood!!

    FannyThornton at gmx dot com

  • stacey January 26, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Hugh Jackmen from Wolverine Movie or Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon ones a movie ones a book Character both Hot!

  • Sara January 26, 2011 at 5:44 am

    After much consideration about Andrei Andrei and David Gandy, I've settled on (haha…don't I wish! 😉 Gerry Butler. He looks like a (sexy) rogue and his accent makes me melt. 😉

    I've entered the blogoversary.

    My email addy is sweetbrier at shaw dot ca

    Thanks for the great giveaway! 🙂

  • Stella (Ex Libris) January 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Oh my Lila you had me sputtering with laughter!! 😀 I just erupted with choking sounds of laughter at No. 3 petting him like a horse! Lol I just imagined this: at the work cocktail party I spot a yummy man in suit, I go up to him and with a mysterious (=weird) glance start to touch the length of his arm, biceps and pet him on the shoulderblades.. I can so imagine discussion coming to a freezy halt around me with everyone staring at me and wondering whether they are witnessing a public sexual harassment scene 😀 lol I would love to do it just to shock everyone! :-))

    I would like to tame Henry Cavill! Not only does he like so utterly yummy and manly, but he speaks so many languages! *sigh*

    I can't wait for your full length Cinderella retold novel, Cinderella has always been my most favourite fairy tale 🙂

    ps: yummy rake pic Caro! ;-p

  • Diana January 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    My prince charming would be Ian Somerhalder or Edward!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • ClaudiGC January 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I think I have to go with Richard Armitage as well. He's a real rake in Robin Hodd as well as in North and South.
    Great post! Love the rules!

    claudigc at msn dot com

  • Meredith January 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Maybe Harrison Ford from about 20 years ago! Love the bunnies!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • SweetShenanigans January 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I'd love to make Paul Wesley (from the Vampire Diaries) to be my own prince charming *swoons*
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

  • marybelle January 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Hugh Jackman would make a delicious Prince Charming.

  • Belle Découverte January 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I would pick Gaspard Ulliel as my prince charming. He is super handsome.

  • natalie23 January 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I'd want Eric from True Blood(the tv series) to be my Prince Charming.


  • Truly Bookish February 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

    What a fun contest! My pick is Matt Bomer from the tv show White Collar! His eyes are amazing!

  • Amy February 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I'd like Taylor Kitsch or James Franco to be my Prince Charming hahaha!


  • JoAnna February 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Ok, I would like to tame Rhage and his beast from the BDB!


  • mbreakfield February 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Mr. Darcy would be my prince charming.

  • Aleetha February 4, 2011 at 3:26 am

    talk about prince charming, Jhonny Depp is the one and only answer.
    if all the characters in the movie he roled are combined, it would be a perfect prince charming 😀 at gmail dot com
    twitter: @aleetha

  • lindseye February 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Wearing the correct shoes always makes the day better. I would love to have Russell Crowe as a personal Prince Charming.

    linze_e at

  • Spav February 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I would pick Matt Bomer or Joe Manganiello.


  • sweetwahyu October 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Cause all the girls all ready mentioned all the actors names and i agree and love them too..What about if my prince charming is my oncology doctor..i think he is handsome and has sweet smile..drooling!!!

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