Before Mendoza, boxers generally stood still and merely swapped punches

Today at Risky Regencies, I’ve come up with a Jewish-themed list of awesome Regency romance scenarios, since the dearth of Jewish historical romance became pretty obvious when people started asking for recommendations after the whole For Such a Time imbroglio. I’d love to read ALL of these ideas. Bodysnatchers, boxers, and Brighton, oh my!

New contest: "Fool Me Twice" by Meredith Duran

ETA: This contest is now closed. jcp won the book!

Duran’s Lady Be Good (about an ex-thief trying to go straight, who must do one last job for an aristocratic and very angsty veteran) smashed my reading slump into bits at RWA, and I can’t wait to read the next one, about the ice queen manager of the auction house, so I thought this would be a good time to give away a signed-by-the-author copy of book 2 in the series and a 2015 RITA winner, Fool Me Twice!

Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included in giveaway) poses as the dashing, dangerous but agoraphobic slob, Alastair Marwick.
Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included in giveaway) poses as the dashing, dangerous but agoraphobic slob, Alastair Marwick.

cover of fool me twice, a billowing orange gown and bright blue sky

Running for her life, exhausted and out of options, Olivia Holladay wants nothing more than the chance to make a home for herself. So when she realizes that the infamous Duke of Marwick might hold the key to her freedom, she boldly disguises herself as the newest and bravest in a long line of the duke’s notoriously temperamental housekeepers. Little does she know that the wickedly handsome Alastair de Grey has very different plans for her.


As his new employee, Olivia is a fearless upstart. As a woman, the daring redhead is just what Alastair needs to rouse him from darkness to the siren call of revenge. He has suffered a betrayal so deep that he will use whatever means necessary to destroy his enemies—even his brazen and beautiful domestic. But his vengeful plan fails to account for his single weakness: an irresistible and growing passion for the enigmatic Olivia.

What is it about “I am pretending to be his housekeeper and out of sheer frustration bring his horrible house into spotless order” stories that I am such a sucker for???? I don’t know but I love it every time. Put-upon competence is my thing, I guess, which is why I love Captain America so much. But seriously, this book is amazing and the romantic tension is some of the best I’ve ever read. Read my full flaily Goodreads review (including a trigger warning).

Contest rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winner will be chosen at random using
3. US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through August 28th, 2015. [NB: I’m changing up my contest rules a little so they only run for a week. Contests will still be more or less monthly. I’m making this change because the first week is when I get all my entries anyway, so it shouldn’t actually affect anyone but should just let me get the book out to the winner sooner. But I point it out because I don’t want you to think I’m trying to pull a fast one.]
5. I got this book signed at a conference. Meredith isn’t involved in the giveaway.

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Good luck!