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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Shadows and Silk Series (Three Lessons in Seduction/Tempted by the Viscount) by Sofie Darling - Double Book Tour - Guest Post - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Sofie Darling and her new book series, “Shadows and Silk Series”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Sofie and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


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


GENRE: Historical Romance



Three Lessons in Seduction

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

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.



From Three Lessons in Seduction

“Do you not understand how difficult it is to find a lady’s maid who speaks English in Paris? She is as rare as a Woolly Mammoth in London.”

“A Woolly Mammoth in London?” he asked with a confounded laugh.

“Given my involvement with The Progressive School for Young Ladies and the Education of Their Minds, I spend a good deal of time perusing London’s museums.”

Nick cocked his head. “I would have thought finding you in a stuffy museum would be as rare as finding a Woolly Mammoth in London.”

“I enjoy it.” She sounded defensive. Drat. “And I happen to know that the Museum of Natural History in Paris has its very own Woolly Mammoth.”

In fact, she was disappointed to have missed it on this trip. But Nick needn’t know that. She’d revealed too much about her life already.

“That’s,” he began, a reflective note in his voice, “new.”

“Actually, they acquired it more than one hundred years ago.”

“I wasn’t speaking of the mammoth.”

Mariana’s traitorous insides went light at his words and at the implication within them. The moment could grow soft, and a sense of ease could steal in, if she allowed it. It was an ease she’d felt the first time they’d locked eyes at a dinner party at Uncle Bertie’s country estate—so very long ago. She’d felt they were two halves of the same whole and had been waiting all their lives to be joined together.

She gave herself a mental shake. Such memories were a trap.

Over the last decade, she’d done quite well forgetting what she liked about her husband. She wouldn’t allow softness to shake her resolve.

This was Nick. He was as soft as a razorblade.



4 Reasons You Should Read My Book

1.   Historical, not a history lesson! First off, Tempted by the Viscount is a historical romance, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a boring history lesson. For me, that’s the beauty of this genre. It has the ability to transport the reader to a different time and place in a way that’s fun and engaging. For example, the hero, the newly minted Right Honorable Jakob Radclyffe, Fifth Viscount St. Alban, has spent his career as a ship captain and has just returned from the Far East to claim the viscountcy. That sentence alone has three different areas that call for research—19th-century shipping, 19th-century Japan, 19th-century English inheritance laws—but the history isn’t the point of the story, the romance is! So the idea is to weave the history in and create a world without it becoming the focus. I can tell you, there are a lot of scraps of history on my cutting room floor.

2. Haiku! A London gossip rag, the London Diary, has caught on to the budding (and secret!) romance between Jake and Olivia. Given Jake’s past in Japan, I thought it would be fun to have the gossip columnist tease and taunt Jake and Olivia through a series of haiku, each more bawdy than the last. (Yes, the plural of haiku is haiku. Research, lol.)

3. Steamy! Do you like your romance with a lot of heat? Jake and Olivia have a lot of trouble resisting the temptation of each other. In fact, they fail at it . . . ahem . . . often.

4. Love wins! In their youths, Jake and Olivia were each burned by love. Over the course of the story, and as they get to know each other, they have to decide if they can overcome the damage of the past and risk their hearts a second time with each other. This is what’s at the heart of romance: it can have mystery, intrigues, and thrills, but in the end, it’s all about the love.


Thank you so much for having me today. This was fun!



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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.










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  1. Sofie ~ It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Ally, thank you so much for having me back! It's always a pleasure. :) Xoxo, Sofie

  3. These tours are great so thank you for all the hard work you all put into bringing them to us. We have picked up some terrific books thanks to all of you bloggers and the authors have some amazing books to read.

  4. What books or movies influenced this book? Congrats on the book tour. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  6. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  7. Love the covers! Thank you for the opportunity 💕