Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Book Tour & Giveaway: A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore

CAUGHT BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE . . .Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his cousin and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.TORN BETWEEN TWO HUSBANDS . . .Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love . . . but life and death.

My thoughts:
One of the elements of the story I really enjoyed, besides the great romance plot line, was the atmosphere of the times. It gives the readers' imaginations room to soar. It was fun being immersed in a world of Dukes, Duchesses and all the accoutrements of that lifestyle. Maids and butlers are certainly not part of my world but I enjoyed reading about a world where they are part of everyday life of the ton.

There is a lot going on in this book. The re-appearance of a long- thought -dead husband Garrett wreaks havoc with Sophie's and her present husband Tristan's lives. Throw in a false friend, an avaricious actor, a simpering, silly sister-in-law who swears she is in love and a plot to drive a person mad: well, you have one intriguing book that is hard to put down. Along with all the action, there is an intense love story. Sophie is a deep character with a mind of her own. When her family is threatened she does what has to be done. She cares about her husbands and has a hard time deciding who is eventually right for her not wanting to hurt either in the process. It's a fun read seeing how Sophie, Tristan and Garret resolve all this and triumph over maliciousness.

If you like historical romance books that are sassy, sexy, scintillating and with plenty of steamy spice and sultry sizzle, this is the book for you!

Author Bio:

I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pencil….
Wait, no…that’s what every other writer says! I started writing just before my eighth birthday, and it wasn’t on my own volition. I was sailing with my family in a 42-foot sailboat across the Pacific, and since there were no local schools (except those pertaining to fish) nearby, my mother homeschooled me. She was a strict taskmaster! A veritable slave driver! She demanded a new story every day. So I’d sit in the boat’s galley and write. And stare out the porthole, and write some more. And doodle, and write some more. By the time we arrived in Hawaii the following year, I had a portfolio of stories, and I was hooked. Since then I haven’t stopped. (Well, much. I did take breaks now and then, for things like college, young kids, and a master’s degree.)

I love to read just as much as I love to write, and actually the reading bug hit me at about the same time my mom was cracking the whip over my head and commanding me to write. What else to occupy your time with when there are no other kids to play with and nothing to do but stare at the endless sea? Some of my most recent favorites: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, River God by Wilbur Smith, and anything by Laura Kinsale and Loretta Chase.

Where to go from here: Kindly visit these other blogs on the tour for more reviews and another chance at the giveaway. - June 3 review and giveaway - June 4 review - June 5 review and giveaway - June 6 review and giveaway - June 8 - giveaway - review

Now for the GIVEAWAY. Hachette is so generous in allowing me to give away 5 copies of this great book. Only US and Canada, please and no P.O. boxes.

June 15th at 5 PM is the deadline to enter. Good luck, all!
For your official entry: tell me why you would like to read this book.
For 3 bonus entries: become a public follower.Already one? That counts!
For 1 more bonus entry: put link to contest in your sidebar.

***Please, I beg you, only one (1) comment box is necessary, just leave a little space between your answer and your bonus entry comments. Also be sure to leave an e mail address so I can contact you when you win! Entries without a reason why you want this book will be disqualified. ***

A big thank you to Anna at Hatchette Book Group for a review copy of this book.


  1. I'm in the middle of reading my first-ever historical romance and just found out I won A Hint of Wicked at another blog. I'm so excited, especially after reading all the great reviews - like yours! Nice review, Kaye :)

  2. I would love to win "A Hint of Wicked" by Jennifer Haymore. I read an excerpt from the widget, the first chapter. I was caught up in the story immediately. I want to read A Hint of Wicked because I would like to know how she chooses between two lovers. Hmmmmm, too bad she can't have both guys. Thanks for considering me.

    I will put a link to this contest on my blog.

    My email addy is

  3. I would love to read A Hint of Wicked because I enjoy historial romance novels. This book has a great plot! I can't wait to read it and find out how the story plays out and which husband Sophie ends up with!

    I am a follower of your blog!

    Thanks for the great giveaway and the excellent review! Please enter me in the contest.


  4. I love to read historical romances. The idea of being torn between two loves intrigues me - how do you choose when you thought one of them was dead?

    I follow.


  5. Please enter me. This one sounds interesting so it's on my tbr list. I have to find out why she married her assumed dead husband's cousin and who she'll end up with. mybookviews[at]gmail[dot]com

  6. Enter me please!

    This books sounds really good. I really want to know which husband she chooses. This sounds like a great romance novel.

    I'm a follower.


  7. I love a good historical romance. This sounds very intriguing.

    I follow.


  8. I would love to read this book because the plot of being torn between two husbands is soooo intriguing. I desperately want to know who she finally chooses and why!

    I am also a follower


  9. No need to enter me; just posted on Win A Book.

  10. I want to read A Hint of Wicked because I've heard a lot of good things about it, I love historicals and I want to find out if she'll choose Garrett or Tristan :)

    I'm a follower of your blog.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Please count me in. I love historical romances and this sounds like a really fun book!

    + I'm a follower

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  12. That's why I love reading historicals, getting lost within that Regency time and the balls and all that! I read an excerpt on this one and been excited about it since!
    Loved your review with all your thoughts right along with it.

    I'd love to be in the contest and your link to this contest is on my blog at, and I'm already following you!

  13. I would love to win a copy of A Hint of Wicked because it has been ages since I've read a historical romance. I've been on a paranormal and romantic suspense binge and would love something a little different!

    I'm a follower!

  14. My favorite genre of novel is historical romance. this book would fit the bill and I would love to read it

    I follow your blog


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  15. Ooops- forgot to leave my email...

  16. I've been hearing alot about this one, I'd like to be included!

  17. I've been reading wonderful reviews about this book - I'm also a big historical romance fan so I can't wait to read this.

    I'm also a follower

    msboatgal at

  18. I would love to read this book because I LOVE historical romances and am always excited to discover another favorite author in this genre.

    stacybooks at yahoo

  19. I'd love to read this book because I've been hearing such great comments about it!

  20. I want to read this for the "S" factor...sassy, sexy, scintillating, steamy spice and sultry sizzle!

    I am a follower.

  21. I want to read this book because I love historical romance, and this sounds like a good one.

    Please enter me. Thanks!


  22. Oh my gosh - I'm not too late! I would love to read this because I've never really read historical romance per se. I like Historical fiction, but haven't focused on a romance plot. It sounds wonderful!

    I'm also a follower of you blog. Thanks for hosting!

  23. I would like to read this book because after having read the synopsis, I need to know who Sophie picks!! :D

    un_pissenlit (at) hotmail (dot) com

  24. I'd love to read this because I've heard such good things about it AND I'm dying to find out who Sophie chooses and how it's all resolved!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  25. I would like to read A Hint of Wicked because I've read some really great reviews of the book and I like the premise. It isn't often that you have a woman in love with two heroes and has to choose between them. Usually one of the men is obviously not the man for her.

    I'm a follower. :)

    lgladnick AT cox DOT net

  26. I liked your author bio! I think your giveaway has expired, but I still wanted to leave a comment to say "hi."

  27. I would like this book because I have several reviews and it sounds delicious. I like historical romances, especially sassy ones. And there's a love triangle whihc doesn't happen all the time.

    I just became a follower(though I already was, my bad)
    Thanks for the contest Kaye.

    btw, I tagged you for a meme if you are interested.

  28. I'd love to have a new book to read this summer - now I really want to know who she chooses!

  29. Just posted on Win A Book again.

  30. sounds like an unusual and brave romance from a major publisher. i'm interested! thanks, allison (

  31. I love a good romance story with true conflict and conflict resolution. This sounds likes a winner to me.

  32. I haven't yet read anything by Jennifer Haymore and this one looks like a good read, please enter me into this drawing.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  33. Looks like the story + plot are fantastic. Lots going on with the characters to keep you guessing, I love books like this!
    Enter me pretty please!

    heatheranne99 at hotmail dot com

  34. Hi,
    Sorry for the extra entry, but forgot to mention that I also have your link listed in my sidebar on my blog.


  35. I would like to read this book because it is not something I would normally read and I want to step out of the box.

  36. I have just started reading romance novels and I love them. I can't get enough of them. This book sounds really interesting. Please enter me for a chance to win. Thank you


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