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Avon Books Celebrates Liz Carlyle and Loretta Chase with a Vera...

Updated:  Our three winners are 

1) Connie Fischer who won the Liz Carlyle package

2) misty who won the Loretta Chase package

3) Jess who won the tech package.


Thanks to Avon for sponsoring the giveaway.

Avon is sponsoring a giveaway for the Dear Author readers to celebrate authors Loretta Chase and Liz Carlyle.  The giveaway features a red Vera Bradley tote with the entire backlist of Liz Carlyle and a purple Vera Bradley tote with the entire backlist of Loretta Chase.  For those digital readers, Avon is giving away a gift card and a purple tech case.   You can find out more about Avon romances at, “like” them onFacebook, or follow them on Twitter.  The giveaway is limited to US and Canada residents.



Loretta Chase recently hit the New York Times list with her famous, Lord of Scoundrels.  She has a recent release, Silk Is for Seduction (reviewed here), that is widely available in print and digital. Chase is one of the DA favorite authors.   Liz Carlyle’s next release, The Bride Wore Scarlet, was just released last week.  The heroine is the daughter of Max de Rohan who starred in his own book No True Gentleman.  From Carlyle’s first book, My False Heart, an entire network of families have been created and Carlyle is now writing the second generation of those families.  It’s been fascinating to watch the ebb and flow of the connections.

Chase and Carlyle have some of the richest backlists out there and this is one giveaway that I wish I could win.  To enter, leave a comment stating your favorite trope or theme in romance.  This contest will close on Friday noon CST.  Here are the titles for Liz and Loretta for the Vera Bradley promotion.  All non-Avon titles (bolded) have been provided by the authors.


Loretta Chase

  • Don’t Tempt Me
  • The Last Hellion
  • Last Night’s Scandal
  • Lord of Scoundrel’s
  • Three Times a Bride (anthology)
  • Not Quite a Lady
  • Silk is for Seduction
  • Your Scandalous Ways
  • Captives of the Night  - digital gift
  • Royal Weddings Anthology – digital gift
  • The Lion’s Daughter
  • Lord Perfect
  • Mr. Impossible
  • Miss Wonderful
  • The Sandalwood Princess and Knaves’ Wager
  • Viscount Vagabond and The Devil’s Delilah
  • Isabella and The English Witch


Liz Carlyle

  • One Touch of Scandal
  • The Bride Wore Scarlet
  • The One that Got Away (Anthology)
  • The Devil to Pay
  • Beauty Like the Night
  • No True Gentleman
  • The Devil You Know
  • Big Guns (double with Sherrilyn Kenyon)
  • The School for Heiresses (anthology)
  • Wicked All Day
  • A Woman of Virtue
  • Three Little Secrets
  • One Little Sin
  • Two Little Lies
  • Tea for Two (double with Cathy Maxwell)
  • A Woman Scorned
  • Never Deceive a Duke
  • Never Lie to a Lady
  • Never Romance a Rake
  • Tempted All Night
  • My False Heart   - digital gift
  • A Deal with the Devil




Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jaye
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 04:15:38

    I LOVE ‘beauty and the beast’ type books!

  2. Christine
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 04:37:20

    My favorite trope is the bluestocking who finds herself falling in love with a hero who is her complete opposite. It’s just too cute!

  3. Priya
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 04:41:21

    What a fantastic competition.
    I love “second chances” – whether that’s between the two original lovers, or someone who’s getting the chance to love again. Always makes me happy reading those!

  4. Evangeline
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 04:50:38

    I love the arranged-marriage-to-true-love trope. What a great set of prizes! Thanks for the competition.

  5. Merian
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:05:00

    I love stories about people making a go of the hand they have been dealt and learning from their mistakes and growing along the way. These are stories which give me hope.

  6. Nadia Lee
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:18:15

    I love reunion stories. :-)

  7. A. Magnussen
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:24:42

    For me, I love the ugly duckling that the hero finally sees

  8. j3nny
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:26:18

    I really like the “enemy turn to lovers” trope (don’t know if that’s the correct term…) Basically when the h/h fight/disagree with each other about something and somehow they get each other :)

  9. Robin F
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:27:49

    I love a good road romances. The protagonists get to prove themselves under adversity!

  10. brendaC
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:28:24

    This is an awesome giveaway! :D
    My favourite trope is the ‘hero in pursuit’, if that’s one.

  11. Rosie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:30:47

    I’m a sucker for Friends to Lovers romances.

  12. Susan
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:38:38

    I love “opposites” falling for each other.

  13. Lobo
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:39:28

    I like the opposite attracts stories.

  14. Rebecca LB
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:39:45

    Amazing, amazing giveaway. It’s hard to pinpoint, but I think my favorite theme in romances are those relating to “redemption” of some sort…whether it be a classic “reformed rake” romance, or something else.

  15. Carolyn
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:43:24

    I’d have to toss a coin between the ‘beauty and the beast’ and the ‘arranged marriage’ tropes. What a great giveaway!

  16. ms bookjunkie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:49:06

    Why do you ask such difficult questions? Like I can choose just one—ONE!—favorite trope or theme in romance… Hmpf!

    Well, I like “mistaken first impression” stories. (And lots of other tropes and themes when they’re handled by talented writers.)

  17. swati
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:56:46

    Tortured heroes …. so sexy! … or more specifically tortured bad boys.

  18. Kim in Hawaii
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:11:50

    I love Regency spies!

  19. Aemelia
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:19:18

    I love the friends to lovers theme…and I’m also a sucker for “surprise” pregnancies…preferably when they’re upfront and have to work through those problems, and not when the baby is a secret for YEARS!

  20. Sharon
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:20:47

    I love the bad boy turned good theme. Great giveaway!

  21. Liza
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:25:41

    Some of my favorite romance books are road romances.

  22. Renee
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:27:49

    I have to admit I’m a sucker for the “Beauty and the Beast” trope as well. Along with brainy heroine and the rake who loves her ;)

  23. Sally Wilburn
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:30:58

    I love opposites attract stories.

  24. Tae
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:43:08

    well I’ve never read either author, so it’d be great to win one

    My favorite trope is the makeover story. I love all Ugly Duckling and Cinderella stories.

  25. Virginia C
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:46:08

    This has to be one of the best giveaways ever! Awesome authors, terrific titles, and bodacious “book bags” : )

    My favorite story line is a combination of “opposites attract” and “sparks fly”. A man and woman, both with guarded hearts, who begin as opposites, even opponents. A relationships that starts tenuously, and builds in passion and poignancy. Just when armored hearts are laid bare, a conflict arises which threatens a newly found love. Sacrifices are made, and a man and a woman learn about themselves as they learn what it truly means to love one another : )

  26. Booklover1335
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:53:16

    OK I love romances so choosing just one trope is just not possible for me :) Some of my favorites though are Friends to Lovers, Enemies to Lovers, A Rake Reformed, and the Tortured Hero…heck I might as well throw in Marriage of Convenience while I am at it :)

    Liz Carlyle is one of my favorite authors, but I’ve yet to read Loretta Chase…how that is possible I have no idea!

  27. Arloa
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:56:50

    I do love a good friends to lovers story.

  28. Tabs
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:57:06

    I’m a sucker for the “marriage of convenience” plot. I love when people are thrown together and have to learn how to work as a team.

  29. Jennifer S
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:58:09

    My favorite theme is opposites attract. Doesn’t matter the time period it’s set in. I will read that storyline any time!

  30. sula
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:59:46

    Wow, just having that list in one place makes me remember how awesome those authors are and how many great reads I’ve experienced by them.

    Favorite tropes…how to choose? I’m a sucker for the “arranged marriage that turns into true love” trope, second only to the “road romance” trope where two unlikely people are forced into proximity which leads to partnership and intimacy. If you can combine the two, I’m in romancelandia trope heaven!

  31. Eileen
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:59:56

    Wow, this is a great giveaway. My favorite troupe is marriage of convenience stories.

  32. jch
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:00:35

    Love the opposites attract stories, and the beauty and the beast stories as well.

    Great giveaway! :)

  33. jmc
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:00:35

    Friends to lovers. And I love heroines who rescue the hero.

  34. Las
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:03:41

    I love arranged marriages/marriage of convenience stories.

  35. Renda
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:04:00

    I was going to say friends to lovers but after reading other postings I realized it is close between f to l and opposites and ugly ducking, so basically any of the tropes work for me.

  36. HellyBelly
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:08:32

    I also love when there is a misunderstanding about each others characters/personality/intention and that it is resolved gradually where both characters make a journey towards a better understanding of their love interest as well as themselves. I also like it when there is a little bit of angst, but the “misunderstanding” should definitely not be to small or silly and feel contrived.
    Thanks for this chance to win a super gift!

  37. Diana
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:12:14

    I like fairy tale themes and people who aren’t what they seem. thanks!

  38. alicet
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:12:36

    I love friends to lovers especially when one falls for the best friend’s sibling. But I have a secret thrill for romances that fall on the “all in the family” category- where a twin falls for the fellow twin’s ex or two step siblings fall for each other. I know I would be horrified if this happened in real life but illicit and delicious to read in books.

  39. Danielle D
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:14:57

    For me it’s Opposite Attracts stories.

  40. Jen G.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:22:51

    I love Friends to Lovers — mostly because I feel they have the best chance of the HEA.

  41. Patti (Caught in a FAB Romance)
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:24:58

    I love enemies to lovers and arranged marriages. I love when they’ve got to work at it – that moment when they realize “hey, this person’s got something special”. It always makes my heart flutter.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Milena
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:27:05

    There are so many… recently, for some reason, I find myself enjoying the arranged marriage historicals, while opposites attract is always among my favourites. Also, tortured heroes. And rakes reformed. Is it any wonder that I’m a Loretta Chase fan?

  43. Meghan
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:27:19

    Thank you for this fantastic giveaway! My favorite trope is the wallflower / ugly ducking, where the hero realizes how amazing the heroine is but it takes her a while to see it. I also count many friends to lovers among my favorites!

  44. Susan Reader
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:28:12

    Any that involve admitting “I was wrong about this.” F-to-L is the most obvious; arranged marriages also work.

  45. Michelle W.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:32:58

    These are 2 of my FAV authors!! I love the opposites attract and reformed rake stories.

  46. Heidi Cullinan
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:33:03

    I am a sucker for “snowed in” stories. There are not enough of them in the world.

  47. Carin
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:39:08

    My favorite is beauty and the beast, which is just a subset of the arranged marriage, which I also love.

  48. Katherine
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:39:31

    OMG – this is an amazing prize. I discovered Loretta Chase through DA and SBTB. I was already a huge Liz Carlyle fan. I am drooling over the thought of winning this amazing prize pack!

    My favourite trope these days is ‘friends to lovers’. Maybe because it mirrors my real-life romance…

  49. Jackie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:58:57

    I love Road Romances. You get your action/adventure story paired with your romance (if you’re lucky you also get a little enemies/lovers trope in there too). Perfection!

  50. Natasha R
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:01:53

    I love stories about marriage of convenience. Reading about the couple falling for each other after they spend time together makes me happy :)

  51. PatF
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:05:45

    Tortured or scarred heroes are always a favorite. This may be the best giveaway ever.

  52. Jamie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:08:53

    I love the opposites attract theme, especially with a big dose of humor.

  53. cawm
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:10:02

    Chase and Carlyle are two of my favourite authors, and I always look for “marriage of convenience” stories.

  54. Lynnd
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:11:55

    I love the beauty and the beast/ugly duckling tropes.

  55. kardis
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:18:33

    I love the friends to lovers trope. What an awesome contest!

  56. EGS
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:19:05

    I love fairy tale-based stories and marriages of convenience.

  57. Lil
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:28:41

    Great giveaway! Two of my favorite authors.

    I think my favorite trope (at the moment, anyway) may be overcoming disparities, for lack of a better term. The “I can’t marry him/her because…” or “He/she can’t marry me because…” situation.

  58. LEW
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:29:35

    Fantastic giveaway! Thanks, Avon Books and DA!

    There are lots of troupes I enjoy: Tortured heroes, Reformed Rake, Enemies to Lovers, I also love to see the heroine have to be saved by the hero (so un-feminist, I know).

  59. LoriD
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:37:59

    I love the theme of good friends falling in love.

  60. Frannie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:40:26

    Reformed Rake is definitely one of my favourites, particularly in the hands of gifted authors like Carlyle and Chase.

  61. clairebear
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:42:46

    Oh my gosh, give me all these books before I leave for law school, PLEASE! My favorite trope is “marriage of convenience becomes something more”.

  62. Shay
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:46:54

    Wow, I just shorted my keyboard drooling over this giveaway!

    Favorite trope… I guess would have to be Beauty and the Alpha Beast.

  63. Linda S
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:47:52

    Sure it’s hokey, but I love a lost memory. Starting over with a blank slate. Also, tortured past heroes and Beauty and the Beast storylines. Love ‘em. I hate the “forced betrayal” trope.

  64. Dana
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:50:40

    Has to be “beauty and the beast” – and I see this is a popular one! The majority of books with this theme also include the “tortured hero” theme, which just makes it better.

  65. Chelsea
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:52:46

    Tortured hero redemption stories! He’s broken, he’s angsty, he’s all messed up. And then the heroine comes along…sigh. Love it!

  66. jen
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:54:32

    I have a thing for tortured heroes as well as stories where the hero is completely flummoxed by his attraction to the heroine.

  67. Becca
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:54:59

    I just discovered Loretta Chase through Lord of Scoundrels when it went on sale – love her writing. I love beauty and the beast stories, and reformed rake stories!

  68. Metal Queen
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 08:58:03

    Enemies to lovers. :)

  69. Corina
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:00:11

    What a great giveaway! Love beauty and the beast stories and marriage of convenience stories best. Combine the two and I’m in heaven.

  70. sandyl
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:03:46

    Beautiful bags. This is a great giveaway.

  71. jody
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:10:21

    I’ve always hearted reformed bad boys! I married one.

  72. Diane Mc.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:11:04

    Reunited lovers.

  73. Suzy K
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:11:29

    Put me on the “opposites attract” bandwagon!

  74. Fionn Jameson
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:16:31

    I love friends to lovers tropes.

    On another note, those Vera bags look darn hot!

  75. Doris
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:18:40

    Beauty & the Beast!

  76. JMac
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:19:56

    Huge fan of friends to lovers.

  77. fshk
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:34:03

    In historicals, I’m a total sucker for the unrepentant-rake-is-tamed-by-sassy-blustocking trope.

  78. MarieC
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:39:00

    I love marriages of conveniences and ‘Plain Jane’ stories.

  79. Lynn S.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:56:49

    That red tote is really cute. I like the friends turn into enemies then one of them gets amnesia and they become lovers then she gets knocked up so its off to altar of inconvenience then the memory comes back and that’s when the real fun begins trope. Any suggestions?

  80. Darcy
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:56:49

    I LOVE lovers reunited!

  81. Chris
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:59:43

    My favorite theme is the anti-hero, not the scum/jerk anti-hero. More like the anti-hero / social outcast from Clockwork Heart.

  82. Michelle
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:00:41

    I think one of my favorites is when the hero pretends to be an idiot/moron but is really brilliant. The Scarlet Pimpernal idea.

  83. Karen
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:02:06

    I love marriage of convenience stories. I also like stories with travelling, like an American in London or an English lord in America.

  84. srs
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:05:41

    This might be the best DA giveaway ever!

    My favourite trope, particularly in historicals, is the marriage of convenience/hasty marriage. I love watching the couple get to know e/o and learn how to make it work together.

  85. Cassie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:08:33

    I’m a sucker for enemies to lovers stories. And bluestocking heroines – give me a woman with a brain!

  86. Karen Z
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:09:26

    Are werewolves a trope? ;-)

    But I really think that a lot of werewolves (as well as a lot of my other favorites) tend to fall under the tortured hero heading. :-) The HEA is that much sweeter!

  87. Lindsay
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:13:42

    My favorite tropes/themes are all about the heros: the rake reformed, and the “ZOMG!! I’m in love my best friend’s little sister, and I’m not good enough for her Oh NOES!!!!!”, and the Tortured Hero, and (in a nod to Georgette Heyer) the outwardly lazy/selfish/dandy-ish yet seriously competent at Getting Things Done and possessor of a bruising right hook. Many of which are covered really admirably by Loretta Chase. This is awesome :-)

  88. Julie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:21:28

    I’m quite fond of bluestocking/rake and secretary/boss, myself. :D

  89. Erica H
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:21:54

    What agreat giveaway. One of my favorite tropes is the heroine who doesn’t really want to get married/relationship, and is pursued by the hero.

  90. Melanie J.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:22:44

    It’s so difficult to pick a favorite trope. I love historical marriages of convenience, followed closely by road romances. And if there’s a wounded hero, so much the better.

  91. Bonnie L.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:22:59

    I personally love the friends to lovers trope. You never know where true love may be hiding.

  92. Na
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:23:11

    Fantastic giveaways. Both authors are new to me, I have heard of them but haven’t read their books so this would be a great way to catch up.

    I love stories about second chances and reunions.

  93. BethanyA
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:23:12

    I love books that feature blue-collar heroes. Victoria Dahl’s Lead Me On is my favorite book of the year and I am loving Billy Bob Walker Got Married.

    I was an intern at S&S when they first signed Liz Caryle. She’s wonderful. Avon is lucky to have her now.

  94. Hannah
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:35:00

    One of my favorite tropes is the “road romance.” What a great giveaway!

  95. Kristi
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:36:51

    I have soft spot for angsty, Heathcliff-type heros and marriage-of-conveniences.

  96. Cady
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:43:05

    Going to go with a favorite – Friends to Lovers. Like someone else said, it feels real life

  97. Heather Greye
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:43:51

    I love the best friends to lovers trope.

    (And that purple bag. Fab!)

  98. Allison
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:46:00

    I love the Reformed Rake and the Bluestocking! I love them all really but Second Chance/Estranged Couple is my least favorite.

  99. Patrice
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:46:31

    I like Mideval, Egyptian and Viking (among others)for historicals and stories where protagonists meet in unexpected places or situations. I’m not sure because I don’t think in terms of “tropes”. Thanks for the giveaway Avon & DA!

  100. Vivian
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:46:43

    One of my favorite themes is former loves reunited. Fantastic giveaway, and I am thrilled about the Heyer birthday book sale too. :)

  101. misty
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:55:50

    I love stuffy, uptight heroes who have their lives turned upside down by the more free spirited heroines.

  102. Robin Bayne
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:56:09

    Definitely the reunion story!

  103. Valerie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:59:38

    I love the historical ones especially the ones with the wallflower girl who gets “the” guy without realizing it…

    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:00:29

    I love reformed rakes and first loves reuniting.

  105. Audra Holtwick
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:02:48

    I love the blue stocking and the Rake story

  106. Theresa H
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:03:35

    I love when the “geek” wins

  107. ALiu
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:03:38

    I like the Friends to Lovers trope!

  108. Heather
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:04:46

    I have a secret love for secret babies. In historical’s I think I’m fondest of arranged marriages though.

  109. Gwen
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:05:20

    Love conquers all !!!!

  110. Cheryl
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:05:45

    I have 2 favs…the friends who become lovers, and the opposites attract themes. but I’ll basically read any romance ;)

  111. Carla Anderson
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:05:56

    I love hero’s and also the bad boy that is brought down to loving by a speacial lady! Something about highlander’s though really are interesting!

  112. ruth
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:07:11

    Are shifter books a trope??LOL I am always a sucker for the plain jane who gets her man. Thanks for the giveaway!

  113. Sharon Harrison
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:07:34

    I love historical stories that include damaged war hereos returning to find true love.

  114. njoireading
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:07:45

    What a wonderful giveaway. Both of these authors are among my favorites. I just finished The Bride Wore Scarlet this morning over my early coffee. Wonderful story!

    My favorite trope is the married couple who have to find their way back to each other. A close second is the “friend to lover” trope.

  115. Debbie Reed
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:07:52

    My favorite Romance genre is Paranormal. There are so many more plot line possibilities!

  116. Deb H.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:09:25

    My fave theme in a romance is the the little girl next door grows up and the hero realizes she is now a pretty and desirable young woman.

  117. Jennifer Bell
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:10:31

    This is the best give-away ever! I love it when the bitter alpha male melts when he meets the fiery heroine.

  118. leisa prater
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:10:47

    I love bad boys become good guys….and opposites attract..what an awesome giveaway….Thank you for the chance to win!!!!

  119. Sue Klepinger
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:12:32

    Highlanders are my favorite. Especially the ones where the hero kidnaps the heroine and vows never to fall in love with her but they do and…well,you know where that’s going!

  120. Chris W
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:12:52

    My favorite is the opposites attract.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  121. Carey
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:13:41

    I love when there is a fiesty female who becomes irresistable to a rake, even if they start off as advesaries. Those are always a good read!

  122. Jillian
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:16:14

    What a fantastic giveaway! One of my favorite romance tropes is the Case of Mistaken Identity. Always entertaining to see the fall-out. :) Thanks for the opportunity!

  123. dayna/rowan
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:17:22

    I never planned to admit this – but I love boss/secretary romances. Also the cross-dressing trope. Oh. And marriages of convenience.

  124. Diana Leneker
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:18:42

    I love them all!!! I have absolutely fallen in love with romances where you not only love tthe characters, but also the town they live in. You get a chance to see what is right about these smaall towns with big hearts.

  125. Yolande Nichols
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:19:22

    By far, my favorite them is the reformed rogue! I love, love, love the School for Heiresses series because of the reformed rogue theme. :-)

  126. RebeLovesBooks
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:19:51

    I love the older brother’s friend romance, plus the enemy to lovers!

  127. Yolande Nichols
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:20:09

    @Yolande Nichols: I really meant theme! Sticky “e”

  128. ML Smyth
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:20:41

    I love the old marriage of convenience thing…

  129. Donna M
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:24:14

    I have no favorite theme, just favorite authors. When I find an author I like I read everything they write/wrote so getting back list titles is my favorite giveaway.

  130. Lisa Hutson
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:24:20

    I always whine at these questions. How can I possibly pick? It all depends on my mood at the time I am picking a book! Some days, I am looking for an alpha male, that takes over everything. Some days, contemporary, most times, historical. Some times, crazy brave women, some days, broken women trying to find their way back to life. How can I pick a favorite of anything?? But I love both of these authors! And I love the idea of books in a tote bag of any kind!! Great plan!

  131. Lori
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:25:04

    Great giveaway! I’m a sucker for friends to lovers.

  132. Joyce W.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:25:28

    Love reading about bad boys w/ hearts of gold…reformed rakes. Also arranged marriages.

  133. Kathy P
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:27:03

    I love opposite attracts stories.

  134. Lynnette
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:28:42

    My fave has to be the friends to lovers theme.

    Great giveaway.

  135. KellyM
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:28:56

    Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale, and it’s recently become my favorite romance theme too.

  136. Kim
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:29:41

    I like the friends to lovers trope.

  137. Mina A
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:31:12

    I have a weakness for reformed rakes and tortured bad boys. They always turn out to have the sweetest stories. :)

  138. Laura P
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:33:22

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity. I love historicals with a kidnapping or some type of adventure.

  139. Darla
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:33:59

    I love historicals and time travel. Especially if the hero is a highlander or viking.

  140. Julie Brannagh
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:34:30

    I love the “forced marriage” trope. It’s hours of fun for the reader!

  141. Castiron
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:35:32

    My favorite trope: woman whose brains are better than her looks finally meets the man who loves her mind (and is pretty darned happy with her body too).

  142. Scooper
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:35:34

    I love tortured bad boys.

  143. Mary Pitkin
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:35:54

    I really enjoy books where both characters help each other “heal” from emotional and/or physical scars. My favorite book like that is Mary Balogh’s “Simply Love”

  144. Ridley
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:37:51

    Oh my god. I need Liz Carlyle’s digital backlist. It’ll make re-reading Bentley’s story much easier.

    Not suprisingly, my favorite trope is the Tortured Hero. I especially love the Complicated Playboy. Deeeeeeeeelish!

  145. Kelly in Hockeytown
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:40:49

    I love Beauty & the Beast and-or May/December themed books.

  146. Jessica at Novel Reaction
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:43:02

    I love the tortured hero secluding himself in the country or the mistaken marriages, where the hero steals the girl only to realize too late that he got the wrong girl.

  147. Nita Gill
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:43:18

    Can’t decide between enemy to lovers and rogue heroes. Both are so much fun!

  148. Lynn
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:46:35

    love bad boys…and the beauty and the beast story lines work great for me !!!!

  149. Asura Cerecedes
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:46:43

    I have to say that I love the rake who finds redemption in a shy but feisty lady.

  150. Christine
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:47:06

    So hard to choose! How about “opposites” who find themselves engaged in a road trip adventure? With a cynical alpha hero, and a smart, sensible counterpart to the cynical alpha hero (male or female–I’d happily read either!).

  151. Robyn B.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:47:09

    I like friends to lovers and tortured bad boys/rakes.

  152. Teri C@Snarkymamma
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:48:12

    I love the rake and the newly found her strength heroine.

  153. Sabrina
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:48:58

    I love beauty and the beast romances but a very close second would be the friends to lovers story. Oh, and of course the brother’s best friend who used to be her nemisis stories…:) I love them all!

  154. Kaya H
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:49:12

    I love my romances. The strong willed witty heroine who finds that she is falling for a dark yet charming ans witty man is my fav.

  155. Maria F.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:50:12

    I’ve always loved the heroine loves the hero from afar, he never realizes it until later on. Usually the heroine is his sister’s friend, etc. :)

  156. Margaret Clark
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:50:20

    I’m a fan of Beauty & the Beast or Cinderella themed stories.

  157. naomi
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:51:41

    My favorite theme/trope in historical romance has always been reforming a rake, which I also equate with Beauty and the Beast.

    In contemporary romance, I adore second chance at love stories.

  158. Trisha
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:52:09

    I love the friends to lovers or the opposite attracts or fairy tale themes.

  159. TLC
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:52:55

    For my romance I like the heroine who is trying to find herself and move past some past problem but then finds a man instead and is carried away… yeah ;)

  160. Tammy VanScoy
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:53:08

    I am a sucker for the geek or tortured hero themes.

  161. Laurie Damron
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:54:12

    I love friends-to-lovers, even more so if there’s a bad boy involved!!

  162. Christine M.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:55:42

    I have many favourites, plus in my top 5 there are the friend-to-lover and the best friend’s brother/sister tropes. And the just-one-of-the-guys trope too (OMG SHE HAS BREASTS! COOTIES!).

  163. Kandi Briggs
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:56:32

    I like the strong, proud and independant heroine who falls for the even stronger and independant hero. Any romance that can make me cry.

  164. bonnie rzucidlo
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:57:22

    Picking just one theme is really hard. I really enjoy when either the H/h has harbored a secret love for the other, and then something happens to open the other’s eyes. Friendship into love.

  165. vita
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:05:22

    Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! Throw my hat in the ring for this fabulous giveaway. My favorite trope…is…gosh…most of those listed already. I mainly look for “antagonists”, for a hero and heroine that fight their love!

  166. Elizabeth H
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:05:42

    I love stories where two characters are complete opposites and you just dont know how on earth they can make the romance work. I love watching the journey on how a seemingly impossible love defies everything.

  167. Erin L
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:09:19

    I love the smart chic awkward chic who gets the hot guy.

  168. EmilyW
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:09:45

    I love road romances because the good ones have it all:adventure, witty dialogue, lush descriptions of setting, and it’s a great way to develop character arcs because of the adversity faced. My favorites so far are Lord Perfect and For My Lady’s Heart. Crossing my fingers I’ll win this one!

  169. Debra Yates
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:11:47

    It would be like Christmas, winning the totes! Love both authors. My favorite is a man who thinks he is not good enough for the lady, especially like Bow Street Runners.

  170. Beth Kaake
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:12:53

    I really like pirates. I even re-read an old Julie Garwood to get a “pirate fix” the other day.

  171. Amy Kathryn
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:13:06

    My favorites are Marriage of Convenience or friends to lovers because the conflict is usually internal rather than external and there is a lot of focus on character development in the really good ones.

  172. Teresa Kleeman
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:17:34

    My favorite is when the Hero is so arrogant, broody, snarky and thinks he is the baum and no should deny him. However the heroine lets the hero knows she doesn’t need him and that she can survive without him. Well this doesn’t sit well with the hero and he goes out of his way to prove his worth and in doing this he realizes he’s head over heals in love with the heroine who has developed feelings for the man that has went out the way to grab her attention and shows her what he’s worth.
    Alot of the times my characters that I love hate each other in the beginning. So it’s great to see them work to get there happy ending.

    Teresa K.

  173. Janet
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:18:53

    I jump around based on my mood. Texas historicals, Scottish historicals, time travel (but only some). Themes I think all mine end with a happy ending and the good guy wins. :)

  174. Tanya S.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:20:08

    I love enemies to lovers especially if it involves a family feud. Beauty and the Beast stories get me too.

  175. Sheila Mulholland
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:21:42

    Well since I don’t know what trope is, I’ll just say I love the governess who has to work for the rake theme. If the rake is a Highlander it’s even better…

  176. heather
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:25:02

    I just love nontraditional pairings of H/h. thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  177. Mary M.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:26:43

    I love them all, but I guess Reformed Rake/ Bluestocking is my all time favorite!

  178. Kim J
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:28:44

    I love a friends to lovers theme or ugly duckling turns into a swan stories. Great giveaway!

  179. Ashley j
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:31:01

    Friends to lovers.

  180. Jennifer L.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:32:40

    I love when the heroine/hero are enemies turned lovers. They fight it so hard and fall even harder for each other.

  181. Nicole
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:38:08

    Love friends to lovers. And I do adore a good fairy tale retelling.

  182. Jenifer May
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:46:19

    I love “opposite sides of the tracks” stories!

  183. Lynnette A.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:47:17

    I love Loretta Chase but have never read Liz Carlyle – not sure how I’ve missed her. I like all of the romance tropes but especially like the wounded hero or the bluestocking. And I love an historical romantic comedy.

  184. Sue P.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:53:43

    So many to choose from! Opposites attracting, hate at first sight, falling for the best friends kid sister who’s all of a sudden grown up! And I love both of these authors! Thanks for the great contest!!

  185. Connie Fischer
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:54:03

    Oh my word! What a wonderful contest for a lot of goodies. Some lucky winner is going to be a very happy reader! As for myself, I have always been a “sucker” for books about governesses or heroines who find themselves with little money, yet they possess the wherewithal to find a way to take care of themselves. Of course, finding a wonderful hero along the way is the icing on the cake! Thank you for offering this great giveaway. This is the type of thing that thrills your readers!
    Connie Fischer
    [email protected]

  186. Debra
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:57:46

    In historicals I enjoy the marriage of convenience trope and also road romances.

  187. Jocee
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:01:45

    I love happy ending books! I love it when they hate each other at first, but fall in love. Great website, just found it through my sister at!

  188. Michele
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:04:30

    My favorite theme is when people who seem like they are rogues with really bad habits really have a good motive for what they are doing, such as they are a spy and it is a front so people don’t catch on, which of course the heroine does anyway and then her life is in grave peril and he has to protect herself and his identity and so on and so forth…

  189. Brianne
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:04:59

    I love reunion stories and friends to lovers in general. I really liek marriage of convenience in historical, not so much in contemporary.

  190. Debbie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:08:10

    Marriage of convenience theme is one of my favorites. Also the tortured hero is a close second.

  191. caressa
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:10:13

    Love Liz,
    My favorite books have strong females with equally strong males. An aristocrat who gets stuck with a fiery female or is found in a position with a female aristocrat and they have to marry. Best yet are the Aristocrat males who pretend to be one way but are actually heroes or brave. Though i do love the beauty and the beast theme a lot too!

  192. Val
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:10:53

    I’m all for the friends to lovers (especially when one has been pining away for a while) and arranged marriages evolving to true love tropes. But my number one favorite trope is tortured heroes. I’m such a sucker, I can’t ever pass up ‘love heals him’ themes.

    Hmmm, maybe that’s why I volunteer with abused dogs. All those little puppies need is a good home and tons of love, just like bitter heroes!

  193. Cindy
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:20:27

    I love reunion romances!

  194. erin
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:21:28

    OMG! What an awesome giveaway!

    I’m a sucker for the plain Jane who finds herself and her self confidence (but not necessarily thru a physical make over) and the friend/antagonist who falls in love with her.

    But I’m also a book whore who’ll read just about anything :)

  195. Lisa
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:23:06

    Whoo hoo! Two of my favorite authors, along with one of my favorite brands! The theme I love best in romance novels is when the H & H hate each other based on what one has heard gossiped about the other, but end up collaborating on some scheme only to find out they are each other’s true love.

  196. Emily
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:26:38

    I’m definitely going to have to go with Beauty and the Beast style stories, although opposites attract is a close second.

  197. Sotheara
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:28:56

    I had the honor of talking to both Loretta Chase and Liz Carlyle last weekend at RomCon. They are lovely ladies who are down to earth and very friendly. I’ve been reading Loretta Chase for a while so it was awesome to tell her how much I love “Lord of Scoudrels” and how I was looking forward to reading her new release “Silk is for Seduction.” I’ve only read a few Liz Carlyle books in the past, but after meeting her, I will be glomming her backlist. She is a riot! I love meeting both of them and celebrate our love of historical romance.

    My favorite trope/themes in romance is the “reformed rake” and “beauty in the beast.” Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  198. Kate
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:30:08

    Definitely marriage of convenience. I love people being forced to work out their problems at close quarters…

  199. Janet
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:31:22

    I love the friends to lovers. Oh, and second chance at love.

  200. Maria
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:31:32

    Arranged marriages are definitely my favorites. Especially ones where they hate each other first, and then fall in love. Or when two characters fall in love but dont reveal their feekings for one another and one of them thinks the other loves someone else (Which of course isn’t the case!).

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