Monday, March 27, 2017

Virtual Tour: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne


In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow “The Penhallow way”—find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she’s from a decent family.

But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?

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About the Author:

Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer book at fourteen, and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grantwriter, and an investment banker, but is thrilled to be returning to her roots and writing her own historical-romance novels! She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Q&A with Lisa Berne

Describe yourself in five words or less.

Curious, creative; reader, writer, dreamer.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky. Because perseverance is an important quality for a writer.

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

Besides the necessary cellphone, wallet, and lip gloss? A little notebook and pen. (I know you said one thing, but this is plainly a writer’s indivisible unit of oneness.) Inspiration can strike at any time, and for me paper’s better than apps for jotting down notes about my writing.

Name three things on your desk right now.

A thesaurus. A couple of houseplants, which I’m sneakily categorizing as “greenery,” because I also want to mention my stack of Post-it Notes, without which I am considerably less productive.

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

I love writing scenes in which characters are talking and there are all kinds of things they can’t — or won’t — say embedded within their words, whether it’s because they’re wrestling with their emotions, unaware of their deep true feelings, constricted by the etiquette of the time, other people are around, and so on. Which means that in what seems like a simple conversation, the subtext can be deliciously complicated.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

I’m not the first to suggest that reading — widely and voraciously across multiple genres, both for pleasure and with an analytic eye — is a necessary component for someone wanting to become a writer. There are also a lot of great, insightful books and blogs on the subject; I particularly like Stephen King’s On Writing, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, Gwen Hayes’ Romancing the Beat, and Chuck Wendig’s bracing, blisteringly unsentimental approach to the writing life.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

With pleasure! Coming this summer is the second book in the Penhallow Dynasty series: The Laird Takes a Bride, featuring Scotsman Alasdair Penhallow, who’s forced by an arcane decree to marry and ends up with spirited Fiona Douglass. They’re both very resentful of the situation, and don’t find each other particularly attractive or appealing . . . which is, of course, a highly inauspicious way to begin a marriage. But it’s a very fun way to set a love story in motion. 



I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 5 out of 5 stars

I know it's only March, but I think I can say with certainty that You May Kiss the Bride is my favorite historical romance debut of 2017! This book was everything I was expecting it to be and more! Seriously, people, this book was absolutely amazing in every way!

First off, the premise was great! I loved that Gabriel was so intent on finding himself a suitable bride to fulfill his duty to his family only to end up tied to an "unsuitable" woman such as Livia. I love the way it all played out. It was funny and while Livia and Gabriel weren't each other's biggest fans at the beginning their love story ended up being extremely sweet and romantic.

Secondly, the characters were wonderful. Gabriel was kind of an asshole at the beginning of the book, but the more that we got into his head the more that I started to really like him until I eventually fell in love with his character Although, he was a little slow on realizing that Livia was in love with him. And while I appreciate what he was willing to do towards the end so that Livia could be happy the fact that he was that oblivious to Livia's feelings was a bit frustrating. Spoiler alert: he came to his senses in the end, thankfully.

As for Livia, she was absolutely wonderful in every way. She was so normal and I really felt for her because her circumstances forced her to do things that she did not want and live with people who did not care for her. But at the same time that is what made the fact that she was able to find love and a home with the Penhallows all the more satisfying.

Overall, I loved this book! It was an amazing historical romance novel and I can't wait to read more books in this series as well as more books by this author in general. If they are even just half as amazing as this book they would still be must reads because this romance was pretty spectacular.

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