Monday, April 13, 2015

SPOTLIGHT on Kiss the Earl by Gina Lamm 

Good morning! Thanks for coming by today. I'm pleased to welcome Gina Lamm to my blog. She has agreed to share her three wishes with us. Here they are!
Hi! I’m so happy to be here celebrating KISS THE EARL’s release! Thanks so much to Vikki for letting me hang out here today. Vikki has asked me if I had three wishes that would come true, what would they be?
I toyed with this one for a while. If this actually happened in real life, I’d do something like cure world hunger, end war and discrimination, that kind of thing. Greater good stuff, you know? But for today, I’m going to head in a different direction.
1.      I’d wish for an unlimited supply of Caffeine Free, Diet Dr. Pepper. I’d require it to be served at EVERY restaurant, be for sale at EVERY convenience store. Do you know how hard it is to find diet caffeine free soda??? I know, I know, artificial sweeteners are bad, mmkay. But still. When I need a Dr. Pepper, I need one.

2.      I want an in-home spa. And I don’t mean a fancy bathtub. I mean like a huge, six-room complex with a manicurist, pedicurist, massage therapist, mud baths, the WORKS. So like, right now, I could walk down the hall and knock on the door and be greeted by a super-hot guy who sits there and waits to give me a massage. Lord, I’m drooling just thinking about it. Soft music, and scented oils, and strong hands just for me. Then I’d have cute nails I could change every day, and I’d be so relaxed it’s crazy. You’d have to check my pulse every now and then just to make sure I was still alive. HEA-VEN.

3.      A credit card with no limit, no payments, and no interest. Now, before you say “hey, that sounds kind of reasonable,” let me tell you what I’d buy with it. I’d get a giant RV, like rock bands tour in. Just so I can go wherever I want without having to get out of my pajamas. I’d also get a few cases of Nerds candy. Because I love them hard. Then I’d go to a mall and buy things from the FRONTS of stores! I’d spurn the clearance racks! (I know. I’d be living dangerously. J )

That’s what I’d do with three wishes. Of course, If a genie really popped out of a bottle right now I’d probably wish for some debt relief, and a new, bigger car to accommodate our growing family, and world peace. But anyway, it’s fun to dream, right?
I hope you get the chance to check out KISS THE EARL! If Ella got three wishes, she’d probably just have used one of them to get back to her own time! But then she’d have missed on the adventure—and the love—of a lifetime.
Thanks for reading!

Gina Lamm 

A modern girl's guide to seducing Mr. Darcy
When Ella Briley asked her lucky-in-love friends to set her up for an office party, she was expecting a blind date. Instead, she's pulled through a magic mirror and into the past...straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.

Patrick Meadowfair, earl of Fairhaven, is too noble for his own good. To save a female friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he's agreed to whisk her off to wed the man she truly wants. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride and kidnaps her instead.

Centuries away from everything she knows, Ella's finally found a man who heats her blood and leaves her breathless. Too bad he's such a perfect gentleman. Yet the reluctant rake may just find this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist...

Geek Girls series:
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl (Book 1)
Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes (Book 2)
Kiss the Earl (Book 3)

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Published & Release Date: Sourcebooks, April 7, 2015

Time and setting: 2015 USA, 1820 England  

Genre: Historical Romance/Time Travel

Length: 384 pages

Heat Level: 1.5 Scorching Flames

Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns

Vikki’s Musings

When I received an invitation from Sourcebooks to participate in their April Blog tours, I read the book description for Kiss the Earl and it piqued my curiosity, since the premise for the story sounded quite unique. I signed up and received an ARC. I am so glad I did! I have always enjoyed time travel novels ever since I read my first one many years ago. Kiss the Earl is a refreshing read with its witty dialogue and quirky heroine, so different from most of the perfect drop dead gorgeous ones in most books. Not only is Ella a geek, she is also a bit plump, a truly delightful and a very lovable character.

Ella Briley is a computer nerd. She lives in her own fantasy world, drawing cartoons for Dare Studios. Then she gets her first big break. She receives an offer from Whisperwind Comics and if she can get the head artist spot on Admiral Action, she would finally have a steady paycheck. Her dream come true job, she had loved Admiral Action as a young child and still did.

Her friends set her up with a blind date for a big PR gala, but when she arrives she is greeted by Mrs. Knightbridge, a woman known for her magic, not that she believed in it. Mrs. K tells her that her hair is out of place and suggests she straighten it using the mirror above the bureau. Seeing what she thinks might be left over salad from her last meal, she tries to remove it, but realizes it’s a spot on the mirror and touches it. The next thing she knows she is transported through time and space.

Ella quickly discovers, she is in London when she hears someone speak with a British accent. After venturing out onto the street, next thing she knows, she wakes up tied to a strange man on top of a rapidly moving horse. When she attempts to yank her wrists free, she inadvertently kicks the horse, and it screeches to a halt, sending her and the man flying through the air, only to land in a muddy ditch.

This is the start of a madcap adventure dashing across England, searching for the young woman, Amelia, Patrick Meadowfair, the Earl of Fairhaven, had planned to abduct (all on Amelia’s orders). I found myself, not only smiling through much of this tale, but laughing out loud as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between Ella and Patrick. Both characters engaged my interest from the start and had me rooting for their ‘happily ever after’.

Ella’s antics and dialogue had me chuckling through most of the book. She is an endearing character with her innocent, yet worldly attitude all rolled into one very amusing package. I love a book with plenty of humor, and Ella is one of the most adorable heroines I have read of in quite some time. Her determination and tenacity comes through on every page. Her goals and motivations are clearly drawn as well as the conflict she feels when she realizes she is in love with Patrick.

Patrick is also a lovable character, so honorable and loyal, almost to his detriment. His goals, motivations and conflict are also easily distinguishable. I really felt as if I had taken up residence in his mind, I was that involved with his character. I always love that when that happens.

If you like a witty tale with plenty of action to keep the pace briskly rolling along, yet one where you can truly experience the characters’ emotions, then you will definitely want to read Kiss the Earl. It is a story that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. I highly recommend this delightful love story and now I have to go back and read the other books in this series. I have already downloaded them. Happy reading!

Author Bio:

Becoming a magician proved to be less interesting than Gina Lamm had anticipated when

she was six, so in her adult life, she’s turned to writing.

This belly-dancing, wisecracking, marshmallow-addicted mother of three energetic fur-children loves nothing more than penning funny, emotional tales of love, lust, and entertaining mishaps.

Married to a real live superhero, she and her family live in North Carolina, surrounded by tobacco farms, possums, and the occasional hurricane.

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  1. Thank you so much for having me, and for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you liked the book. :)

    1. You're welcome! Glad I had the opportunity to read it. I've now downloaded the other two in this series!

  2. Just saw your review, Vikki. I have wondered about this series. Lde tme know if you kike the other 2 books if you would. :)

  3. I hope to get to them soon, but I have entries to judge first! LOL