Wednesday, September 5, 2018

NBtM Tour Shadows and Silks by Sofie Darling

Shadows and Silk Series
(Three Lessons in Seduction/Tempted by the Viscount)
by Sofie Darling


GENRE:   Historical Romance



Three Lessons in Seduction blurb:

Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago.

Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent.

Even if the thought makes his blood boil.

Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slipping...

Can she trust the spy who broke her heart?

Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick. Now she has the chance to best him at his own game, an opportunity she can’t resist, even as her view of him begins to shift. Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband . . .

It’s only a matter of time before mad passion ignites, a passion never convincingly extinguished. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart.

Tempted by the Viscount blurb:

London, April 1825

Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. Or so he thinks until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his daughter’s reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort’s connections in the art world to protect his daughter’s future.

Olivia, too, has a past she’d like to escape. By purchasing her very own Mayfair townhouse, she’ll be able to start a new life independent from all men. There’s one problem: she needs a powerful man’s name to do so. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name.

A bargain is struck.

What Olivia doesn’t anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them subverts her vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter.

But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.


Excerpt Two (from Tempted by a Viscount):

“Am I late?” he asked in a tone that didn’t sound as concerned as his words might have suggested.

“Yes,” she replied, sounding distressingly like Lucy on a petulant day.

“My apologies,” he said on a shallow bow, even as his mouth, that talented, efficient mouth of his, maintained its familiar firm line.

“No need for apologies, my lord. In fact, your tardiness is promising evidence that you are settling into the viscountcy quite well.” She liked the way his eyes narrowed at her stern tone, a tone she couldn’t help borrowing from Mrs. Bloomquist. “It is the first rule of the nobility. Everyone can wait.”

“Then my apologies for not having made you wait longer.”

A begrudging smile found its way to her lips. “Now for the second rule of the nobility.” She allowed a beat to pass. A flash of pleasure coursed through her at the very idea that she could hold this glorious man in suspense. It wasn’t every woman who could boast that particular thrill. “Never apologize.”

He stepped forward, halving the distance between them, and took another bow. “Again, my apologies.”

His gaze pinned her in place, and, like that, the power of the moment shifted to him. Oh, how an unmanageable part of her wanted him to use it. This felt dangerously like flirting. Was she flirting?

She was. In the presence of the tease playing about his eyes and mouth, she couldn’t seem to help herself. She tried clearing her throat, hoping to clear her head in the process.

He should be more careful with that smile. It could give a woman ideas.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sofie spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.

When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.


Interview with Sofie Darling
1. What is your favorite part of Tempted by the Viscount and why?
There’s an early scene that takes place at the progressive school for girls that the heroine, Olivia, helped found. This is what she thinks upon encountering the enigmatic and too-handsome Viscount St. Alban in one of the schoolrooms:

A second glance revealed the man to be none other than Lord St. Alban crammed into the smallest desk imaginable for a man his size, legs splayed out into the aisle like a recalcitrant schoolboy in need of a good paddling.
Oh. Where had that come from? She didn’t even believe in corporal punishment for children.

The scene makes me giggle every time.

2. If you could spend time with a character from Tempted who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would definitely spend an evening beneath a clear night sky with Jake’s brilliant daughter, Mina. She could lend me her handmade telescope as she explained the mysteries of the universe beneath the twinkling stars.

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Middlemarch by George Eliot. It’s my firm belief that the novel reached its apotheosis during the 19th century. There’s Austen, Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Hardy, Thackeray … The list really does go on. And the best of the lot is Eliot’s Middlemarch. So it only follows that it’s the best novel ever written. I would like to have written that. :)

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
My characters are entirely my creation. I’m not sure I could create a fictional world with characters lifted from the real one, at least, not main characters. There may be a secondary character or two that breathe real air. ;)

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve always been a big reader as I consider fictional worlds to be far superior to the real one. At some point, characters of my own creation began running around my head and insisting that I start writing their stories. That’s when I decided I couldn’t not write anymore. Now, I’m addicted to it. :)



Sofie Darling will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via
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  1. I appreciate getting to read about another book my family have not known about previously. Thanks so much for the book description and giveaway also.

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  3. Do you have any ideas for a follow up book? Congrats on the books release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com