Thursday, October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Scorsolini Marriage Bargain

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The Scorsolini Marriage Bargain
by Lucy Monroe
ISBN 0373125488
July 2006

Duty-bound to marry and bear the King an heir…

Principe Claudio Scorsolini had strict criteria when he selected his future wife – she must make a suitable figurehead for his people and provide him with an heir…

Claudio’s convenient union with Therese is hailed a success: his subjects have fallen in love with their future queen, and she’s performed her duties in the bedroom – to Claudio’s immense satisfaction…

However, Therese has secretly fallen in love with her regal, dutiful husband. How can their marriage survive when she knows she can never give Claudio a child?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

A little treat just for you!
Happy Halloween. 


    Goodreads Book Giveaway


        Million Dollar Christmas Proposal by Lucy Monroe



          Million Dollar Christmas Proposal

          by Lucy Monroe


            Giveaway ends October 31, 2013.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Million Dollar Christmas Proposal Excerpt

Harlequin Presents - November 2013
© By Lucy Monroe
ISBN-13: 978-0373131914


Excerpt from Chapter 1
Palms sweaty, heart beating faster than a rock drummer’s solo, Audrey stood outside Vincenzo Tomasi’s office.

Was she really going to do this?

She’d spent the last three nights tossing and turning, her brother’s future and Mr. Tomasi’s outrageous plan vying for attention in her brain. Somewhere in the wee hours of that morning, she’d come up with a pretty brash plan of her own.

Unquestionably risky, nevertheless if it worked, she could give her brother the best Christmas gift ever. The realization of the dream he’d worked so hard for.

Going through with it could also result in her immediate dismissal.

But despite the lessons of the past six years, or maybe even because of them, she had hope. She and Toby had made it this far when their parents had been sure they would crash and burn, both returning to the family fold repentant and willing to toe the line.

They’d said as much when she’d gone to them to ask for help for Toby’s schooling.

So hope burned hot in her heart.

Hope that maybe fate had smiled on her and Toby for once. That maybe destiny had put Audrey in that bathroom stall at just the right time to overhear the conversation between Gloria and the other senior support staff member.

Hope that maybe Audrey could make a difference, not only in her own life and that of her brother, but for two orphaned children. Maybe she could give them the kind of loving upbringing she’d longed for, the kind that their uncle clearly wanted for them.

It was insane. This plan of hers. No arguing that. And probably, Mr. Tomasi was going to laugh her out of his office, but Audrey had to try.

If for no other reason than to impart to him just how easily his scheme could end up backfiring and hurting the children he was so obviously trying to protect.

Audrey had considered long and hard about whether to approach Gloria first or Mr. Tomasi directly, but eventually she realize she didn’t have a choice. Not if she wanted to give her crazy, dangerous plan a chance of succeeding.

Approaching Gloria meant giving the PAA the chance to turn Audrey down before Mr. Tomasi even heard about her. She couldn’t let that happen.

Audrey couldn’t ignore the semi-public nature of the discussion in the bathroom either. After that lack of prudence on Gloria’s part in keeping her boss’ information private, Audrey had no confidence in anything like real discretion on her own behalf.

After all, Gloria’s loyalty to her employer was legendary. She had no such allegiance to Audrey and even less impetus to keep Audrey’s brazen suggestion to herself.

So, Audrey had to figure out a way to see the CEO without his PAA present. It wasn’t as hard for her as it might be for someone else who hadn’t spent the last four years fixated in hopeless fascination on the man who owned the company where she made her living.

She’d seen pictures of him before transferring to the company headquarters from the bank, but the first time Audrey had caught a glimpse of the gorgeous, driven man herself? She’d stopped breathing and that part of her that used to dream became captivated.

She watched, paid attention to everything she heard about the CEO. And every fantasy between wakefulness and dreaming Audrey’d had in the last four years had starred Vincenzo Angilu Tomasi.

Her hand froze on the door handle as she had the sick worry that maybe this plan of hers was just another one of those.

Only she fulfilled every single one of the requirements the PAA had said Mr. Tomasi had for the job candidates. Even so, Audrey was fairly certain Mr. Tomasi was in no way expecting an applicant from the lower floor offices of his own building.

While she’d been born into a family that were themselves considered high society, Audrey couldn’t begin to lay claim to that now either. She’d attended Barnard for three years, but her degree was from SUNY and the only one of her friends from those days who still kept Audrey in her orbit was Liz.

The roommate who had saved Toby’s life.

Besides, while Mr. Tomasi might not want a super model like his dead sister-in-law Johana for the position, he probably wasn’t interested in a woman as average as Audrey.

Her long hair the color of chestnuts was several shades lighter than his more exotic espresso brown and arrow straight besides. While the drop-dead gorgeous CEO had Mediterranean blue eyes, an exciting and unexpected combination with his almost black hair color, Audrey’s were the same chocolate brown as her brother.

And they didn’t shine with Toby’s zest for life either. The responsibilities and work of her adulthood had taken that from her.

She was average in height as well, with curves that weren’t going to make any man stop and do a double-take. Not like the six-foot-four inch corporate king, who looked more like an action movie hero than a CEO.

Audrey knew she wasn’t the first or last woman to fall for him at first sight.

He didn’t need to settle for average.

Oh, crap. All she was doing was psyching herself out and that wasn’t going to help. Not at all. Either she was going to do this, or she wasn’t.

Okay, so she had a crush on the man. So, sue her. She wasn’t applying for the position because of it.

She was here because she wanted to make life better for three children who deserved something better than the hand dealt to them. Her brother might be eighteen, but he was still her child in every way that counted. Even if he didn’t see things that way.

For his sake, and that of the little ones, Audrey had no choice but to take this chance.

Taking a deep breath, she pushed the door open to Mr. Tomasi’s office without knocking.

He was sitting behind his desk, reading some papers spread out in front of him.

“I thought you weren’t going to be back for another thirty minutes,” he said without looking up from the papers, clearly believing the intruder in his office was his PAA.

Just the sound of his voice made her breath freeze in her chest and it impossible to speak.

His head came up when his comment was met with silence. At first, his eyes widened in surprised confusion and then narrowed. “It is customary to knock before entering to office of your CEO.”

Funny, he had no doubt she was an employee, not a client or business associate.

“My name...” She had to stop and swallow to wet her very dry throat. “My name is Audrey Miller, Mr. Tomasi and I’m here to apply for a position with you.”

Friday, October 25, 2013

Million Dollar Christmas Proposal book giveaway

Harlequin Presents - November 2013
© By Lucy Monroe
ISBN-13: 978-0373131914

Two people need the most amazing holiday miracle of all: love.
Enzu is determined to offer his orphaned niece and nephew the family he’d craved but never known, even if he has to pay a few million for a “loving mother.”

Audrey learns of her CEO’s crazy scheme and sees it as an opportunity to provide the high end education her brilliant brother deserves. Besides, she knows you can’t buy love and those orphaned children deserve better than the women Vincenzo Tomasi is going to draw with his multi-million dollar offer.


    Goodreads Book Giveaway


        Million Dollar Christmas Proposal by Lucy Monroe



          Million Dollar Christmas Proposal

          by Lucy Monroe


            Giveaway ends October 31, 2013.
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.

      Enter to win

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Taken: The Spaniard's Virgin

Taken: The Spaniard's Virgin
by Lucy Monroe
Book 2 in the Mediterranean Brides series
ISBN-10: 0-373-12644-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-12644-6
Jul 2007 North America

Amber Taylor looked innocent...and that interested Spanish billionaire Miguel Mendez. But as a model—she sold her innocence every day.

The seduction was relentless.... Miguel's Mediterranean charm made Amber feel beautiful for the first time in her life.

It was supposed to be a quick fling with a top model. But now Miguel had taken the most precious gift of all—her innocence!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

I wonder if he knows how sexy reading can be?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Bought: The Greek's Bride

Bought: The Greek's Bride
by Lucy Monroe
Book 1 in the Mediterranean Brides series
US ISBN-10: 0-373-12636-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-12636-1
Jun 2007 North America

Greek billionaire Sandor Christofides was born in shame, and has fought his way to the top. Now he has wealth and acclaim—all he needs is Eleanor to be his bride.

The scene is set, vintage champagne, red roses—a dazzling diamond ring! But does Sandor really want to cherish Ellie...or is she just a pawn in a ruthless game?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

I wonder what he's thinking....maybe I know!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Reader Created - Top 10 Reasons for Reading Romance

Lucy Monroe Reader’s Top 10 Reasons for Reading Romance
(Thank you to all the readers who contributed – Here’s YOUR list)

1.    There is comfort in knowing that no matter what happens in the story, the hero and heroine will have a              happy ending filled with love

2.    There is nothing like the heartfelt feeling you get, when two people manage to find their perfect match

3.    Makes me feel good/gives me hope in this world.

4.    I love romance novels for the escape it gives me to fairy tales and castles as well as to millionaire and              billionaire lifestyles!

5.    The spicy bits! (Enough said....)

6.    The female character can be dowdy, plain, simple and overweight and she will still find the man who is            perfect for her.

7.    You get to look at the super sexy book covers!

8.    Romance novels are perfect for the beach!

9.    Romance novels are a great way to stay wake all night (because you just can't put the book down)!

10. A good romance novel beats cleaning the house every time!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Throwback Thursday

The Greek's Innocent Virgin
by Lucy Monroe
US ISBN 0-373-12464-3
May '05 - NA

Greek tycoon Sebastian Kouros thinks he knows all about Rachel Long: she’s a scheming money-grabber who deserves nothing from him or his family.  Rachel has come to Sebastian’s island to claim her inheritance – but although the bitterness between them is ripe, neither is expecting their searing sexual chemistry. Sebastian takes Rachel to his bed, but it appears she’s not the virgin she claims to be. Perhaps now is the time to take her as his mistress, and discard her when he sees fit…

Only Rachel is telling the truth – she’s an innocent and a virgin…

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

Can't go wrong with this hottie!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Throwback Thursday!

The Italian's Suitable Wife
by Lucy Monroe
Harlequin Presents October 2004 North America
ISBN#: 0373124252
(also available as an audio book)

A reader review:

“Lucy, I thoroughly enjoyed your last two published books!  (The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress and The Italian's Suitable Wife)  You are such an impressive writer!   There are two things that I especially want to applaud you on!  The first is the terrific job you do with your "Alpha male."  In all five of the books that I have read by you, the hero has been a very take charge type of guy, yet you don't have
to hate him before you love him!  Your hero always has a vulnerable side to him that captivates the reader's heart very quickly.  The second area that deserves applause is how well you tell your story from your characters view point.  I would never guess the characters come from your head!    You are very creative and excellent at giving your characters their own voice. . . and you are very consistent!  Thank you for some very enjoyable escapes and lingering ‘feel good’ feelings!” ~ Love and blessings, Katy in the USA

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

A penny (or something...wink, wink) for your thoughts?