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~ Vivienne Westlake ~
5 Reasons Why I Love Historical Romance
- Historical romances let you experience in a different time and place.
- I love the witty banter between characters like Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
- Characters are both confined and defined by certain moral and societal rules and it is fun to watch them circumvent or break those rules.
- I am a sucker for costume dramas.
- I love the “redeemable rake” and “wicked widow” tropes.
When reading historical romance, you are transported to a different time and place. The lush description and dialogue ease you into European drawing rooms or medieval battlefields or ancient temples, places where men and women are tested to conform or rebel against the expectations of the society in which they live.
As readers, we get to live a new life: we become a warrior or a prim school matron or a captive aboard a pirate ship. We see the same problems through a whole new point of view and we encounter challenges we never expect to face in the modern world. We meet men of courage and daring and others with impeccable manners and charm and we are romanced until we love them just as much as the heroine does. When we get to the last page, we come out a different person, even if only for a few hours.
In my first book, Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender, I got to imagine what it was like to be a soldier home from a long stint in India hoping to reconnect with the woman he’d once loved—a woman who had married his best friend. I became a widow who never got over the loss of her first true love, no matter how many years had passed.
In a Marquess for Christmas, I went into the mind of an independent and fearless widow accosted by thieves and the man who comes to her rescue: a Marquess and semi-professional pugilist (boxer) who avoids proper women like the plague but finds himself injured and irresistibly attracted to the widow who nurses him back to health.
In The Captain’s Wicked Caress (the sequel to Lady Northam), I delved into the mind of a sassy miss who has more wit and charm than common sense. The navy captain she wants has resisted her charms for years, but that becomes impossible when she plays a reckless prank on him that pushes his control over the edge.
Each story I write—and read—is a new adventure, a new experience I get to live and share with readers.
Vivienne Westlake has been reading and writing romance since the age of fifteen. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and when she’s not plotting stories about sexy heroes and sassy heroines, she’s buying a book on British history, watching the latest teen vampire show, doing an art project or singing karaoke with friends. Vivienne is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Divas, and Indie Romance Ink.
A widow in need of rescue. A dissolute Marquess determined not to marry.
When Violet Laurens is accosted on the road by thieves, a handsome stranger comes to her rescue. He is badly injured and doesn’t remember who he is, so she takes him home and cares for him. But the closer they become, the more Violet fears the inevitable moment when he must leave her.
The Marquess of Kittrick has vowed not to marry, despite his family’s wishes. He wants nothing to do with prim and proper young ladies, even a beautiful widow who makes him question all of his previous assumptions.
Every touch, every glance between them builds a passion that neither can deny—or control. But when Kit is no longer able to hide his identity, will he sacrifice his pride and claim Violet as his own? Or will he return to his dissolute ways and destroy the fragile love he never believed he could find?
If you’d like to check out Vivienne’s recent release, A Marquess for Christmas, it is now available at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. Please look for her upcoming release, The Captain’s Wicked Caress, later this Spring.
Vivienne Westlake Romance
The Playground of Sassy Witches & Demons, Clever Ladies, and Redeemable Rakes
Available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords – Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender