February 12, 2014

Guest Post ~ Author Christina Brooke

It is with great pleasure that I welcome author, Christina Brooke
My Book Chatter today.
I hope you will all give her a very friendly welcome :)

Sex with the Ex

One of the great stomach-lurchingly awful moments in life can be running into an ex-boyfriend. No matter who broke off the relationship, there are always residual feelings between two people who were once more than friends. 

Of course, the best encounters are when you look spectacular, have a great job or family (or both) and have a wonderful new man on your arm (and if he happens to resemble Henry Cavill, it wouldn’t be so bad, either). More often than not, however, you’ll be in your gym gear, looking hot and sweaty—and not in a sexy way—or wiping baby vomit off your shoulder while trying to pacify a screaming wet bundle of progeny, when the ex comes along. 

It’s even worse when you’re still in love with the old flame.

In my Regency-set historical romance, THE GREATEST LOVER EVER, Georgie Black attends a scandalous masquerade in an effort to locate her wayward sister, never dreaming she will run into her ex-fiancé, Marcus, Earl of Beckenham. Desperate to keep her identity a secret from him, Georgie keeps her mask in place, even when circumstances bring the two of them up close…and very personal. 

But Marcus can never forget the ravishing firebrand who stomped all over his pride with her delicate dancing slippers before waltzing out of his life. He knows Georgie instantly, though he pretends otherwise. The encounter entwines their destinies once more, but can they overcome the past and forge a future together?

Passion to last a lifetime...

The Sweetest Scandal

Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense—which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn't make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancé. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable.

The Truest Temptation

Beckenham's brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing: when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

Christina Brooke writes witty, sexy historical romance novels set in Regency England.

Her first series for St. Martin's Press, The Ministry of Marriage series, focuses on the aristocratic and powerful Westruther family.

Orphaned or abandoned as children, six cousins came under the guardianship of the Duke of Montford and grew up together under his roof. Each of the three girls, Jane HEIRESS IN LOVE, Rosamund MAD ABOUT THE EARL and Cecily A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER have marriages of convenience arranged for them. But can a marriage of convenience end happily ever after?

The Westruther family continues to feature in a spin-off series about the Westruther men. Beginning with Cecily's scandalous brother, Jonathon, Earl of Davenport in LONDON'S LAST TRUE SCOUNDREL (a romp that proves the truth in the old adage that opposites attract) it progresses to Marcus, Earl of Beckenham in THE GREATEST LOVER EVER(a sexy reunion story). Lone wolf of the family, Xavier, Marquis of Steyne will also have his story, THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE, slated to be released in July 2014.
Christina Brooke is a former lawyer who staged a brilliant escape from the corporate world and landed squarely in Regency England.

She is a Golden Heart winner and two-time RITA finalist and her books have also been nominated for RT's Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award.

Christina makes her home in sunny Queensland, Australia with her husband, two boys and one enormous girl dog called Monty. Monty is the inspiration for Ophelia, the Great Dane in the Ministry of Marriage series. However, the resemblance of any human characters to real life people is purely accidental.

Christina loves to travel, particularly to England for research and most especially to see her dear friends and colleagues in the United States. She also loves walking, window shopping for antiques and enjoying good food, good wine and good times with her friends and family.

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