A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading
gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is
the author of over twenty historical romances, including
several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels
incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her
next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero
husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home
in North Carolina.
Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless—and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . .
On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed
Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even greater danger—of losing her heart to the one man with the power to destroy her . . .
Estranged from his aristocratic family, the enigmatic Napier has forged a reputation as Scotland Yard's most relentless police commissioner. He's vowed to bring Lisette to justice—but with every forbidden kiss and every tantalizing touch, he finds himself becoming less convinced of her guilt . . . and more certain he must have her. But when danger touches Lisette, can he save her?
There is something about a dark and brooding hero that screams out for the readers to sink their teeth in and never put the book down. I can't personally help myself when I read them- and Royden Napier is no different.
Liz has a way of crafting her book so that the story is real and the characters are true. She's made strong characters that draw in the reader and make it so you want to read until the end of the book. There's something special about the main characters in this book, they've been seen before- in her other writings.
I love how well Liz has touched on the older concepts of honor and duty- mind you it isn't always in the right place or the right time. I think this book is more than just a historical romance. It captures a different feel to it... And boy, does it have its fair share of drama.
I'd recommend this to all romance lovers, especially those that enjoy historical romances.
It is such a pleasure to visit with The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer and talk about my new release, A Bride By Moonlight. I’m so excited the book is finally out because I became utterly absorbed in writing it. Royden Napier had long been a thorn in my side—one of those secondary characters who won’t obey the author’s commands, and insists upon stealing every scene he’s in.
Yes, it was definitely time for him to have his own book. And Lisette—well, what can I say? She’s an actress without parallel, so I was pleased when someone recently asked me that, if the book were a movie, which actor and actress would I choose play the hero and heroine? That was an easy question. Lisette, with her red tresses and luminous skin could only be played by (natural blonde) Emma Stone—wearing her hair, of course, in that rich, red cascade of curls she sported for Gangster Squad.
It is rare that a voice can make me shiver, but I must confess, Stone’s does. In Lisette’s more mordant moments—of which there are many—I can almost hear her speaking in Stone’s husky voice—with a British accent, of course. Napier, too, gets a little shiver from Lisette—and not just because she sets his police instincts on edge. During a moment of weakness, Napier describes Lisette’s face to his boss as being “like something out of a Romney portrait,” and that, I think, describes Emma Stone’s beauty precisely. And like Stone, Lisette is an almost ethereal creature in appearance, but utterly down to earth in reality. Perhaps that’s why Napier is so initially thrown by her!
Assistant Police Commissioner Napier was even easier to peg down. Of course, as the book progresses, we discover he’s far more than a police officer. One might say Napier has been running from his past almost as hard as Lisette has been running from hers. So in our pretend movie, who could best exemplify Napier’s hard edges, his secret past, and his lean, dark good looks? The nod has got to go to perhaps my favorite British hottie, Richard Armitage:
Armitage was most recently seen in The Hobbit as sword-swinging Thoren Oakenshield but I had a hard time envisioning this 6’2” hunk as a dwarf leader. Armitage first captured my heart in the BBC series North and South. If you haven’t seen it, run, don’t walk, to rent this delicious period piece about love, romance, and industrialization in Victorian England. Trust me, the capes and leather jerkins of The Hobbit do not serve Armitage up nearly as deliciously as he deserves! Historical romance lovers deserve to see this studly Brit at his best—in a black frock coat and cravat.
So, as you read A Bride By Moonlight—and I so hope you will—do think of the lovely, lush-voiced Emma Stone and the darkly handsome Richard Armitage. I won’t be reading or watching anything, alas! I’m already nose-to-the-grindstone again, putting the finishing touches on my next book, In Love With A Wicked Man, out later this year from Avon.