Author Override: Vivienne Westlake

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Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

~ Vivienne Westlake ~

5 Reasons Why I Love Historical Romance


  1. Historical romances let you experience in a different time and place.
  2. I love the witty banter between characters like Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
  3. Characters are both confined and defined by certain moral and societal rules and it is fun to watch them circumvent or break those rules.
  4. I am a sucker for costume dramas.
  5. 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.

About Vivienne:

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.

Links: Vivienne’s Website, Twitter, Facebook


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.

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I am giving away a copy of Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender to one lucky reader. To win, please tell us the name of the first historical romance that you read or tell us your favorite classic love story.

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Dian Setyarini

The first historical romance that I read is The Secret by Julie Garwood. Love it 🙂


I’m a closet historical fan 🙂 but I do have to say I have read Vivienne’s books and have enjoyed them! One thing I love about historical romance is the covers they are so dramatic and lush. Great event!!

Lori Thomas

The first romance that really got me into reading again was A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. It was such a different book twenty years ago. The time travel twist in the book has kept me reading all types of rmances.

Lori Thomas

The first romance that really got me into reading again was A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. It was such a different book twenty years ago. The time travel twist in the book has kept me reading all types of romances.


I sure cannot remember my 1st romance…
hmmm… fav classic love story…. A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Nicole Nobles

I honestly cannot remember my first historical but I love reading them. To escape into another era, where even how they speak their minds is different and the love stories are amazing.


I can’t remember 1st romance but love anything by Elizabeth Hoyt!

Vivienne Westlake

Great recommendations Dian, Vanessa, and KP! Lori, A Knight in Shining Armor is my favorite book by Jude Devereaux. It is such a charming story and has some hilarious moments as Dougless adapts to living in the 1500s. Nicole, that is one of the main reasons that I love historical romance. I love the feeling of escaping into another time and place. It is also why I tend to read paranormal or mysteries when I’m not reading historical romance. I like the feeling of escaping into a world very different from my own. Dawn, thank you for reading! I hope… Read more »

Sue G.

The first historical romance I read was The Velvet Promise by Jude Deveraux. I read the book in one sitting it was so good!

Christina G

Love the book covers! Historicals are my favorite genre (thanks to Elizabeth and Darcy) and am looking forward to reading Ms. Westlake’s stories.

Zina Lynch

I think my first was the Wolf and the Dove, I started reading a lot of Kathleen Woodiwiss after that.


Mine was For the Roses by Julie Garwood.

Lori Meehan

Ransom by Julie Garwood. I loved it so much, went on to read almost all of her historical books.

Betty Hamilton

I was still in grade school when I read “Gone With The Wind” for the first time. My Grandmother had taken me into the city to see the re-release of the movie and I was sold! I did, however, wonder at the differences between the book and the movie. Even so, I loved the book!

Cathy V

I can’t remember my first historical romance but I will say Pride and Prejudice is close to one of the first. I have read a lot of historical fiction which had some romance but I wouldn’t consider those historical romances. The books that got me firmly hooked to the genre are all the books from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. That series has lead me to so many other historical romances, I am completely hooked! (the naughtier the better!!)

Lily B

Gone With the Wind was my first Historical 🙂 as for classic. I do love A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

laurie goudge

I can’t remember 1st romance but love anything by Elizabeth Hoyt!


The first historical romance I ever read was by Amanda Quick can’t remember the name right now though.

Meghan Stith

Hmmm. first historical romance?? I think “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. It was also my FAVORITE!


Love historical romance! One of the first I read was The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

Josie Hink

My first historical romance was Marriage Most Scandalous by Johanna Lindsey…I fell in love, went to the store and bought as many books from her that I could afford….

Tina Meissinger

My first historical romance was The Bride by Julie Garwood. I was hooked. At one time I had over 900 books. Hubby hated it. I on the other hand was in heaven.

Lori H

The first historicals I remember reading were a set by Janelle Taylor.
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I love reading historical romance books. My first historical romance book was The Wayward Debutante by Sarah Elliott.

Raeline Peterson

I dont remember the name of it but the author was Julie Garwood, before that i only read horror books .now i only read romance .


Pride and Prejudice! But there have been so many others! I LOVE them and frequent your blog for reviews of them!

Thanks for the chance!


Great post! Historical Romance is not my fav genre, but Ms. Westlake’d books sound very enticing!

I can’t remember my first HR, but my favorite is Defiant by Pamela Clare 🙂

Maria D.

I can’t remember the first historical romance book I read – I know I borrowed it from my sister (who is actually younger than me…lol) – Favorite classic love story is Persuasion by Jane Austen – great book – I think it’s even better than Pride and Prejudice….sigh

Vivienne Westlake

Wow, a lot of you got started with Julie Garwood. And we have a few Diana Gabaldon fans. I haven’t read the Outlander books yet. It’s one that’s been on my virtual shelf for a while, but I haven’t picked it up. Lori H, I remember reading Janelle Taylor in the 90s. The one that stands out in my mind was set in 1850s or 1860s Alaska, which was unique. For the Austen fans, my favorite book for many years was Pride & Prejudice, but in the last two years, I’d say my favorite is now Persuasion. Lizzy is my… Read more »

Julie C.

My first historical romance was A Rose in Winter ~ Kathleen Woodiwiss, I loved it and it is still one of my favorites.

Ann S.

My first romance novel was a Harlequin Super-romance, I can’t remember the title, but I was hooked. I still love Pride and Prejudice it is such a great story.

Mary Preston

Having just re-read SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen I have to say it’s my favorite right now.

Vivienne Westlake

Julie, I thought more people might list A Rose in Winter as their first book. A few of my author friends mentioned this book as their first romance. Ann, when I first started reading romance, a friend of my mothers gave me a huge box full of books with various British and American Harlequins in there and a few single titles. It was fun to see the variety of romances available. Sense & Sensibility is a good book! When I watched the film version in high school, I really identified with Marianne and all of her angst. 🙂 I haven’t… Read more »





Bookworm Brandee

I think the first was Pride & Prejudice back in 1982…


My first was The Sherbrooke Bride by Cathrine Coulter.


like pride and prejudice

Christy Perry

The first would have to be Gone With The Wind and then I bounce from author to author…I hate to admit that when it comes to historical books I tend to look at the title and the cover before I flip it over and read more about it. If the title and cover grab me and its a new author chances are I will buy and read it. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

Angela Hartness

My classic love story is “Gone With The Wind.”

Carol L

It was one of the books from Nora Roberts Three Sisters Trilogy.
That’s what started me back into reading and from there I branched out into almost all genres.Scottish Historical Romance is #1 for me. 🙂
Carol L.


Historical romances are the best! They take you out of modern society and throw you into something totally different!

The first one I read I believe wad The Princess and the Pea by Victoria Alexander.


I can’t remember the title but it was a Barbara Cartland book & the cover was quite pink!


I do not remember my first historical romance. Now I can not stop reading them! The Bronze Horseman is probably my favorite historical romance.

Janie McGaugh

Georgette Heyer’s The Grand Sophy was my first historical romance.


“Lady Of Hay” by Barbara Erskine was the first one I read.


Love this, =) i´d have to say Julia Quinn or Jude Deveraux.. Can´t remember what pairing it was, but i was hooked from the first HEA =D
Happy Sunday!

Vivienne Westlake

Thanks to everyone who entered. Congratulations, Linda L.!