Monday Give Away

Happy Monday! Today we have a holiday double-header, with two romance novels up for grabs in one give away: Laura Lee Gurkhe’s No Mistress of Mine and Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes.

Here are the official blurbs:

No Mistress of MineUSA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke is back with the latest in her dazzling An American Heiress in London series, in which a reformed rogue finds all his honorable resolutions tested by the only woman who ever broke his heart . . .

After spending his youth as one of the wildest rakes in the ton, Lord Denys Somerton has devoted the past six years to putting his past behind him. He is determined to fulfill his duties, find a suitable wife, and start a family, but that plan changes when Lola Valentine—the red-haired temptress from his past—returns to London, sparking the same irresistible desires that almost ruined his life once before.

Lola is a woman with no romantic illusions. She knew love would never be enough for a British lord and an American girl from the wrong side of the tracks. For Denys’s sake, she walked away from him and the glittering life he offered. But when an unexpected inheritance brings her back to London, Lola discovers the passion between them is as hot as ever. Can they vanquish it, or will it burn out of control again and destroy them both?


dukes prefer blondesBiweekly marriage proposals from men who can’t see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax’s nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford.

Though he’s unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford’s never been part of fashionable society, and the blonde beauty, though not entirely bereft of brains, isn’t part of his plans. But Clara overwhelms even his infallible logic, and when wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her . . .

It’s an inconvenient marriage by ordinary standards, but these two are far from ordinary. Can the ton’s most adored heiress and London’s most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?

For a chance to win both books, here’s your question: what’s your favorite romance novel?

Winners will be announced on Wednesday.


  1. Rebecca on December 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Don’t Look Down, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer – it was written with 2 viewpoints and the CD version was narrated by a man and a woman, so it’s really neat to listen to as well.

    • Lauren on December 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Have you read their “Agnes and the Hitman”? Love love love that one so much.

  2. Randy Riddle on December 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Gone With The Wind!
    Although I guess that may be considered historical romance? It’s been my favorite book of all time since I was like 10.

    • Lauren on December 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      It’s one of those books that defies characterization! When Cara Elliott and I taught a class on the romance novel at Yale, the first thing we asked our students was whether or not they would define “Gone With the Wind” as a romance. There was a fierce debate….

    • Lauren on December 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      p.s. 10 was also when I found it and fell in love with it….

      • Randy Riddle on December 20, 2017 at 11:22 pm

        That’s awesome! It’s my grandmothers favorire book, and when I would stay summers with her we would watch the movie over and over.

  3. Rhonda Glenn on December 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    It’s unconventional, but I love the Discovery of Witches trilogy. So well written and the love story between the two spans all 3 books.

  4. Amy McCullough on December 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    My favorite is probably Venetia by Georgette Heyer. For something more modern, I love Patricia Gaffney’s Wyckerley trilogy.

  5. Laura on December 18, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    My favorite at the moment is the one I just finished – Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai. I cannot recommend it enough!

  6. Beth on December 18, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Nine Coaches Waiting or The Blue Castle. I never get tired of rereading them.

  7. Barbara Jones on December 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I have read Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsay too many times to count. It was my go-to romance for many years.

  8. Adeia on December 18, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    The Tristan and Isolde trilogy by Rosalind Miles.

    • Betty Strohecker on December 18, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Love this trilogy!

  9. Dianne Casey on December 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    My very favorite is “Gone With The Wind”. I love reading about that time period.

  10. Betty Strohecker on December 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    This is a hard one, but I think I will pick Simply Love by Mary Balogh from her four book ‘Simply’ series.

  11. Rachel Adrianna on December 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    The first Romance series I discovered was Pink Carnation, so it will always hold a special place in my heart 🙂

  12. Flora on December 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    “The Viscount Who Loved Me” by Julia Quinn

  13. Christie on December 18, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Gone With the Wind!

  14. Jodi K on December 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Pride and Prejudice!

  15. Diane on December 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Another Pride and Prejudice fan here!

  16. Jessica C on December 19, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Frederica or Sylvester by Georgette Heyer. Though my very favourite love story is the one of Beren and Luthien which is part of the Silmarillion, and recently released as a separate book.

  17. DJL on December 19, 2017 at 12:59 am

    To Have and to Hold (aka By Order of the Company) by Mary Johnston,another that really defies categorization. Is it an historical romance? An adventure novel? Whatever it is, it’s great!
    (Honorable mention: The Warrender series by Mary Burchell– opera and romance, each entry so good!

  18. Joan on December 19, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I can’t choose between two duologies from D. E. Stevenson. I love Music In The Hills and Winter And Rough Weather (also called Shoulder The Sky). I also love Bel Lamington and the sequel Fletcher’s End.

  19. Tara on December 19, 2017 at 5:59 am

    The Kadin by Bertrice Small.

    An oldie, but goodie. Her first book 🙂
    RIP, Bertrice.

  20. Lindsay Walker on December 26, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Pride and prejudice

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