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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 self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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. Carol
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:36:18

    My favorite stories have Cinderella themes. I loved Lisa Kleypas Sugar Daddy. Contemporary twist on the Cinderella theme.

  2. Beret
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:41:54

    I have to say my favorite is something Loretta Chase does amazingly well. It is the reformation of the “rake.”

  3. Susan Comtois
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:43:14

    I love friends to lovers–especially when there’s a duke involved.

  4. JenM
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:43:51

    Wow, two fantastic authors – what a great giveaway. I’ve got several tropes that I’m an absolute sucker for. The top two are probably stories where the hero or heroine have some kind of imperfection (whether mental or physical) and stories where there is a class difference between the two leads.

  5. Sarah J
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:47:12

    My favorite theme in romance is the second chance at love.

  6. Melissa (Books and Things)
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:07:13

    I love the ones where both have each others back. I also love the Beauty and Beast retellings. :)

  7. Kimberly Anne
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:09:30

    If I had to pick one, it would have to be friends-to-lovers. Even though I can’t imagine ever wanting to get all kissyface with any of my friends.

  8. Susan Laura
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:10:33

    Thank you for another great contest. I do like the “bluestocking/alpha male” trope as well as the beauty and the beast storyline. Classics!

  9. Ruth (CO)
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:12:46

    I love many type of stories as long as the writing works for me. One favorite not mentioned often is neighbor next door stories.

  10. Lindsey
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:15:53

    My favorite trope would have to be marriage of convenience. I can never get enough of those stories.

  11. Emily
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:20:01

    My favorite is the “marriage of convenience”. Also a fan of when the guy falls for his best friend’s sister.Good writing is the most important regardless of anything else – and no cheating!

  12. julie barrett
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:21:51

    thanks for having the contest, i’d be happy with anything

  13. Nancy
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:29:34

    I enjoy it when each of the parties learns they need to change a bit to adjust to the other.

  14. Joan
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:30:33

    I’m a sucker for the marriage of convenience trope. What a great contest!

  15. Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:35:55

    Oh, am lusting over Loretta and Liz and probably unlucky.Friends to lovers or second chance romances are a toss-up for me.

  16. kim57
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:36:25

    I LOVE marriage of convenience AND beauty and the beast themes the best. Thanks for a great contest with fabulous authors!

  17. rissatoo
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:40:19

    Hmmm… if I have to narrow it down, it would either be marriage of convenience or ugly duckling/beauty & the beast trope(s). Really, there are many that ring my bell!

    Thanks DA & Avon, for the great giveaway! :)


  18. Annie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:44:30

    I love the “in love with your best friend’s older brother” trope. The “in love with your brother’s best friend” is also perfectly acceptable too. ;)

  19. ki pha
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:46:27

    i love stories about a rebellious heroin and a hero that will make her swoo…<3

  20. CrystalGB
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:50:57

    My favorite trope is the surly, wounded hero who is saved by a feisty, determined heroine.

  21. Sara
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:52:05

    I love the books when the hero falls for the quiet “bookworm” type of ladies. The kind that would prefer a good book to shopping and who don’t believe they are beautiful or worth the love..Always enjoy those types of romance books..

  22. WinnieP
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:52:58

    I love regency spies, ugly ducklings,& arranged marriages.

  23. Beverly
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 14:55:14

    The marriage-of-convenience has always been my favorite trope. I love how it forces a couple together and makes it necessary for an author to consider how they would live and get on together.

  24. BevQB
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:04:11

    There’s probably a shorter name or summary for it, but I LOVE when the heroine is confidently, but quietly and unnoticed, dealing with everyone and everything around her. The confirmed bachelor/rake first dismisses her as a mouseburger until he realizes what a gem she truly is, usually after she’s expertly put him in his place.

  25. cyclops8
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:05:31

    I’m a huge fan of amnesia and revenge plots. I also like stories involving mistaken identities.

  26. Lora Patten
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:08:00

    I enjoy the bluestocking turned bride stories, and also the change from “picking her own husband to arranged marriage” themes. There is always something disheartening yet encouraging when the heroine goes from the freedom to choose to learning to adapt to her arrangement and them both learning to fall in love with one another! I am a big fan of both authors but if I had to pick, I’d choose Liz!

  27. Cathy MacDonald
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:12:26

    I am a sucker for the storyline of a shy Miss who grows up into a surprisingly strong and vocal woman who knows her own mind and gives the man a run for his money.

  28. Maureen
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:17:09

    I’m with WinnieP. I especially enjoy stories of how ugly ducklings (or the older girls, late 20s) and poor relations and governesses find love. I can relate. Liz and Loretta are on my keepers list…both have great characters.

  29. Rosie Nguy
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:18:57

    My favorite trope would be marriages of convenience.

  30. Jessica
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:29:02

    I have to admit my favorite trope is the hero has a significant trauma and the heroine has to help him overcome it/cope with it

  31. Nicole
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:30:15

    My favorite trope is the marriage of convenience.

  32. Chandra
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:41:41

    My favorite tropes are arranged marriage and marriage in trouble.

  33. Laura
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:42:17

    I love historical time travel romances.

  34. Elise
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:47:15

    I really enjoy marriage of convenience and opposites attract stories.

    Thanks for the awesome contest.

  35. Maria.Maria
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:54:36

    I Love Beauty and the Beast, Tortured hero and reformed rake stories! Also I Love that purple bag!

  36. Megs
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:57:04

    I am all about marriages of convenience, forced marriages, fake engagements… basically anything where the hero and heroine have the illusion of intimacy without actually expecting to fall in love.

  37. Sarah
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:01:20

    Holy cow, this giveaway rocks! My favorite trope – the marriage of convenience. I also seriously love the ugly duckling theme, Beauty & the Beast theme, Cinderella theme, best friends-into-lovers theme…I pretty much just love romances, no matter what the theme. :)

  38. May
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:03:23

    I love the type of stories where the hero has to work HARD to make the heroine fall in love with him. :)

  39. Leesa
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:18:48

    I love the beauty and the beast trope!

  40. Sandy D.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:22:28

    I think my favorite lately is the road-trip trope. And I like the Pygmalian trope, too. :-)

  41. E.D. Walker
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:30:46

    I love the idiot hero. Which is why I love, LOVE Rupert in Mr. Impossible. And I would love, LOVE to win the Loretta Chase tote. :)

  42. Christine
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:40:49

    I love when the hero sees the heroine and is absolutely gobsmacked ecpecially when she does not see herself as special its stupid and unrealistic I know but I can’t resist. It’s not love at first sight because that takes a while…but lust works.

  43. Keri Ford
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:46:13

    just ONE? eek….Arranged marriages. love ’em.

  44. Patti
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:56:41

    Without a doubt, the best friends to lovers is my favorite trope.

  45. MeganS
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:59:48

    Holy cats, what a giveaway! My favorite theme is the reunion story. Two people who were once together meet again, confronting past and present in one another, negotiating former intimacy and whatever caused them to separate before, and growing to love and appreciate and respect who the other person has become. Love it.

  46. Michelle in Texas
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:07:15

    My favorite trope is the heroine being confident in her own skin, not willing to settle for any man, but willing to wait for the RIGHT man! In either historical or contemporary, I love this confident woman!

  47. Mariee
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:09:22

    Enemies to lovers.

  48. Julie Hensley
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:15:11

    I love beauty and the beast themes!

  49. Ju Dimello
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:16:19


    Thanks so much to you and Avon for the fab giveaway.

    I love all the tropes as long as it’s romance ;) But the superman – ie nerd to hero theme is my favorite!!!!

  50. Pam B
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:22:06

    I love when the hero doesn’t want to be in a forever relationship but can’t resist the heroine. I haven’t read much of either author but love the ones I have from both.

  51. LuchaLori
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:23:45

    As a child of divorced parents, I’m ashamed to say I love the divorced or separated couples getting back together trope.

  52. Sabrina
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:26:49

    Awesome give away! My favorite trope would have to be opposites attract. If you mix in some humor and learning from eachother along the way it’s a hit for me!

  53. Sharyn L
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:35:57

    Thanks for this giveaway! I like the whole “friends when they were younger and now haven’t seen it other for a while and fall in love”. :)

  54. Kaye55
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:38:13

    That would have to be the ‘marriage of convenience’ trope. I like that the h/h come together despite their motives or differences.

  55. Chris Roberts
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:50:21

    I love the smart heroine whose logic confuses the hero.

  56. Karen M
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:54:32

    I love the alpha who meets his match when he least expects it from someone he had overlooked

  57. Jeanie Bord
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:04:08

    I love romance books – because they can take you away. Then if you get taken away – then you can forget your worries and enjoy a good read.

  58. jayhjay
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:33:47

    My favorite m/f is beauty and the beast. My favorite m/m is usually may/december.

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  59. Barbara Elness
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:33:55

    My favorite theme for romance is a second chance at love. I love seeing how a couple who have given up on their relationship are able to find their love again.

  60. Diane
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:57:14

    I love the Amanda Quick style; the heroine is not always completely dependent on the hero!

  61. runner10
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:57:53

    I think opposites attract stories are great.

  62. Nahal
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:57:58

    My favorite types of romance is btw boss/ and employee or the lord and heiress stories….sucker for romance. :)

  63. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:01:37

    I love the childhood friends or sweethearts being reunited theme. It’s so cute!

  64. Diana
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:03:34

    My favorite trope or theme in romance is former lovers who reunite.

  65. Karen F
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:07:16

    What an awesome giveaway!

    My fave is probably brainy/bluestocking heroine and the rake. I also love a good road romance. Put a bluestocking and rake on the road and I’m in total reading nirvana.

  66. CarrieB
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:10:08

    I am not certain I could ever choose just one favorite, but I love the romance that blossoms between two people who are both surprised by it, but can’t imagine life without the other once it happens. But basically I am just a hopeful romantic, so I like it all.

  67. Andra
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:18:13

    Wow, what a fantastic giveaway!

    My favourite trope isn’t exactly the marriage of convenience one, but a close cousin to it? The “you must marry or you’re ruined” trope (done very well in Eileen Dreyer’s Never a Gentleman) because I like watching two people who might’ve not chosen each other as spouses work around their differences and fall in love.

  68. willaful
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:24:23

    I think my favorite is when the couple is in love, but the hero needs to marry someone else. Though this really only works in historicals; I can’t imagine a contemporary scenario in which I’d buy it. And of course, he has to NOT actually marry the someone else!

  69. eta_o
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:35:31

    Friends to lovers – fav trope ever!

  70. Emily
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:37:40

    I love the second-chance trope. Not the “we slept together once” kind, but the, we tried and failed and now as newer better versions of ourselves, we’d like to try again.

  71. Kris
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 19:42:02

    I love the marriage-in-name-only ones, where they end up falling in love anyways. Even better if it includes friends-to-lovers!

  72. Stacy S
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 20:09:47

    I like were the bad boy redeems himself, also friends to lovers.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  73. Jeanne Wilson
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 20:38:16

    Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella are my favorites.

  74. Katie D.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 20:39:21

    Hmmm…my favorite trope? I think the supposed “good girl” with a dark side, and bonus if she’s a librarian :D

  75. Tasnim
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 20:52:40

    My favorite themes in romance have to be about redemption, forgiveness, and regrets. All that angst and emotion that becomes resolved or is on it’s way to being resolved is my crack.

  76. Kim M
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 21:03:10

    One of my favorite romance themes is having two seemingly non-compatible people that are unable to resist each other.The tension drives me crazy – in a good way – I love it!

  77. Amber E.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 21:09:02

    I have a couple of favorite themes in romance books. One is friends to lovers and the other is secret babies as along as to many years haven’t passed.

    Thank you for the great giveaway and for the chance to win!

  78. Teresa C
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 21:10:15

    Freiends to lovers, or survival/cabin romances? What would you call a story where it is us against nature?

  79. jubee
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 21:22:45

    Reformed rakes!

  80. peggy h
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 21:36:01

    My favorite is best/good friends to lovers. I find it more believable that the H&H could have an HEA if they already have a well-established friendship.

    What an awesome giveaway!!! Thanks, Jane and Avon!

  81. Stacie Mc
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 21:53:58

    I’ve always been a sucker for books with arranged marriages.

  82. Shannon
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 22:01:19

    I like enemies to lovers. =)

  83. LSUReader
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 22:05:19

    Friends to lovers tops my list of favorites. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  84. Carly M.
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 22:38:36

    Gotta be the brother’s best friend. I’m a sucker every time, especially in regencies.

  85. DeeCee
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 22:45:18

    The friends to lovers and reunion themes. :)

  86. Faye
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 23:35:12

    Lately my favorite trope has been wicked widows / mistresses, or experienced heroines in general. I like that they don’t fit the typical feisty or TSTL molds, and that they have richer personal histories.

    What an amazing giveaway. There are going to be two incredibly happy readers in DA land when this is over.

  87. LaurieD
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 23:47:40

    I love the beauty and the beast trope, and also the bluestocking “ugly” duckling who ends up with a smart savvy sexy man who saw beneath all the “stuff” she hides behind. Good stuff!

  88. Joopdeloop
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 23:50:18

    Drooling for either backlist, nom nom. Favorite trope: unlikely hero (Marcelline, ‘dreadful’ dressmaker; Anna, omega werewolf; Flynn, Fight Club rough trade thug w/ Boston creme center; Clare, Episcopalian priest / helo pilot; Mick, ratcatcher; ST exhighwayman w/ vertigo) with particular partiality for it-was-right-there-under-your-nose-all-along love interest (I feel like Kristine Higgins does this a bit, Alison Richardson’s Countess and her nemesis James, Sarah Mayberry’s Anything for You). I like the transformation of expectations, for me the reader as well as for the hero and love interest.

  89. Telisiane
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 23:58:22

    Fabulous giveaway!
    I love the wicked smart, jaded spy/warrior hero, similar to Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond, who is saved from himself and his ghosts by his love for the heroine. MJ Putney wrote a great one in Angel Rogue. GG Kay wrote one in the Fionavar Tapestry, and I thought the hero of Ms. Chase’s Your Scandalous Ways was similar.

  90. SaraC
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 00:12:51

    I love a good reconciliation plot line!

  91. Stephanie K.
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 00:20:46

    I love the second chance at love trope.

  92. Melissa B
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 01:10:25

    I actually really love the forced marrigae trope in historicals, whether it’s by family or circumstances ~ but where they actually find themselves falling for oneanother!!

    GREAT contest!!

  93. Ann
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 01:22:42

    I enjoy marriage of convenience stories but without the expiration date.

  94. Ann G
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 01:27:30

    I enjoy reading about marriage of convenience stories…those that turn into love matches.

  95. Sarah_Florida
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 01:45:03

    I have lots of favs but especially the tortured hero (through an injury or disfigurement) including beauty and the beast type.

  96. BB
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 03:22:14

    My fav is what I call ‘love in waiting’. Where the H or h secretly loves while the object of affection moves on with their lives. I love the emotional ride!
    A strong second, is friends into lovers.

  97. Sally
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 03:35:13

    I love books with any of the “marriage” themes: marriage of convenience, arranged marriage, and forced marriage. (not so much troubled marriages though…)

    I’m also quite fond of stepsibling romances.

  98. Carol L
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 03:36:16

    What an amazing giveaway. Two of my favorite Authors. :)
    My favorite would be the friends to lovers and also the tortured hero who fights his feelings for the heroine only to give in in the end.Especially the Regency reads.
    Carol L

  99. Carol L
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 03:37:43

    ooops, forgot email
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  100. Rosario
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 03:46:57

    So many, but my absolute favourite is when the heroine is a lot more experienced than the hero.

  101. Kelsey
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 04:16:21

    I love when the heroine and hero are both in danger, but the heroine isn’t the one being saved all the time.

  102. Kim T.
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 06:56:34

    Friends-to-lovers and marriage of convenience works for me.

  103. Karen H in NC
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 07:08:49

    I love regency spies (male and/or female) and detectives. Shana Galen has a book coming soon called ‘Lord and Lady Spy’ with a clever cover similar to the film ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’. I also enjoy the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C. S. Harris.

  104. Pimpi
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 07:36:09

    Well, I’m a sucker for spy romances, and I can’t resist any “fairy tale” retelling-kind of romance… love them both. And I love Loretta Chase’s books! :)

  105. Diane Cole
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 07:50:31

    Oh! How exciting! So many different possibilities, but my favorite is older, wiser heroines.

  106. Andrea
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 07:59:11

    Enemies to lovers and friends to lovers are my favorite romance tropes!

  107. donna ann
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:02:31

    it’s hard to pick a single favorite troupe but if I must choose, I’d say beauty & beast :)

  108. Kathleen Mc
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:47:20

    My favorite is the Cinderella trope! I love both of these wonderful authors…

  109. Serena
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:53:59

    I love all romance, but I absolutely adore marriages that result due to scandal. They’re so much fun to read!

  110. Jess
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 09:39:54

    My favorite, if I have to pick just 1, is the loner hero and the (usually perky, outgoing) heroine who befriends him.

  111. Maureen
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 10:08:53

    My favorite is the marriage of convenience which, as everyone knows, is an impossibility.

  112. Nancy Fornataro
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 10:20:21

    I love arranged marriage type books and bad boy type historical as well as contemporary! I love pirate stories and books with a tropical setting.

  113. hapax
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 10:42:33

    A terrific contest!

    My very favorite trope is the shy, nerdy, short beta hero who at the climax of the story reveals his inner badass.

    Alas, there are too few stories that fit that description, so I have to write my own.

  114. jcp
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 11:00:24

    marriage of convience stories

  115. Nicole
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 11:00:46

    I love stories with heroines who are just average girls, not great beauties, who land the hunky rakish hero!
    Every average girls dream!

  116. Kathleen
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:36:46

    I like a good oppostie attracts story.. She may be a samll town girl and he is the rich city boy and he just can’t stay away from her….Love when love triumps over money..

  117. Lynn
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:45:06

    Great giveaway
    My all time favorite trope is Beauty and the Beast/Tortured Hero or Heroine.
    However, I also love Bluestocking/Rake, Disguised Hero or Heroine — a la Scarlet Pimpernel or The Masqueraders, and Road Trip.

  118. Pam S (pams00)
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 13:43:48

    As a big lover of romance novels, it’s hard to pick a favorite… a few I like are the ugly duckling, beauty and the beast, the reformed rake, and the ones where the younger sybling falls for the older’s friend and the friend suddenly see the crushee as an adult.

    pams00 @

  119. Nichole Wallace
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 14:27:11

    I love the trope that involves the hero falling for the girl that doesn’t have everybody else’s idea of beauty (i.e. plus size, tomboy looks, etc.).

  120. Rebecca
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 14:34:17

    I personally like the “male friend falls for heroine but only after she gets an admirer” sort of stories.

  121. Carole
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 15:37:34

    Favorite would be western setting, marriage of convenience

  122. Kalynn
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 16:37:01

    I’m a sucker for friends first romances.

  123. char10
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 16:51:49

    The friends to lovers theme is my favorite.

  124. Elle
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 17:00:53

    I love “mistress tales” in historical romances (ones in which the aristocratic hero sets the heroine up as his mistress and then finds himself falling madly in love with her) or any romance with social class differences between the hero and heroine.

  125. Lisa H.
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 17:39:05

    Opposites attract

  126. Beena Shah
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 17:51:19

    I love the books where the heroine is an ugly duckling and gets the handsome hero :) I also love the uptight heros with the heroines that bring them to their knees.. last I love the hero and heroine that were in love as teens but then were separated some how and come back years later and rekindle their romance.. those always seem to be so intense..

  127. MaryK
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 18:18:06

    Ooooh, I have a thing for bags!

    Loretta Chase is great. I have just about all of her books. I can’t remember if I’ve read Liz Carlyle, though.

    My favorite Romance theme is Marriage of Convenience with Snowed In (Great description!) as a close runner up.

  128. gamistress66
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 18:26:38

    what great bags of books those would be to have :) I emjoy most of the troupes, which i prefer depends on my mood and the author.

  129. Anne MacFarlane
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 18:27:30

    I like the “beauty” and “beast” type story. Maybe a hero who was scarred in the war, both inside and out, as he performed heroic acts?

  130. Sandra Kingsbury
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 19:26:49

    I love the suspense romance theme. Also royalty marrying commoner

  131. mssarahb
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 20:02:43

    What a contest!
    I love a besotted hero and clueless heroine, esp. when he has to madly scheme to get the lady.
    And the bluestocking and the alpha– I like watching him get knocked down and realizing she’s worth it. And the unrepentant rake who repents (somewhat) to win the virtuous woman.

  132. Vanessa
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 20:32:45

    Wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the chance to enter. Have to pick opposites attract as a favorite theme.

  133. Nita
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 20:48:05

    I love “secret crushes/loves”…where the hero and heroine have known each other all their lives. Also, love any story as long as it involves humor!

  134. Joy
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 21:20:02

    I love stories with an “ugly duckling” trope. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  135. Erica L
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 21:52:10

    I really like road romances, especially set in unfamiliar countries. Great giveaway, thanks!

  136. Diana
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 21:56:20

    The unrequited love theme and stories of second chances are my favorites (the rich back story, the angst, and the transformation!). I also love, love, love couples who are opposites. So perfect for each other because they challenge each other and at the same time complement and balance each other. :D

  137. Elizabeth84
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 21:59:41

    I do like the basically upright (not complete rake) hero who badly misjudges the heroine. Having multiple tangles to work through, and then the big mea culpa – oh, he’d better grovel well.

  138. Craven Coward
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:07:24

    I didn’t see any titles that were bolded.

    One of the first romance novels I read was “These Old Shades” by Georgette Heyer, and I think it established a lot of the tropes I like: dukes (yes, we have had a LOT of them lately); age/social class differences; ladies in disguise; and of course, men who wear wigs, jewelry, and makeup (there’s just not enough of those books around!).

    But a good book is a good book regardless of the trope. For example, I can’t stand time travel romances, and I’m completely sated on Scottish romances, but I absolutely love “Son of the Morning” by Linda Howard.

  139. Sharon P
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:14:32

    I love the bad boy, good girl love stories.

  140. Andi
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:43:10

    I love a plain jane, unrequited love, and the hero in love with someone else, especially if the one he is in love with is a witch spelled with a b.

  141. Mindy Starnes
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:54:47

    My favorite kind of theme is wear the heroine has loved the hero for ever and he never really notices her until later on down the road. LOVE IT

  142. Laura T
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 22:59:17

    I would have a tough tough time choosing just one favorite. I really like Beauty and Beast or Mail-order Bride but my very favorite is probably Lovers Separated and then Reunited.

    What a fun contest/giveaway! Please enter my name in the drawing. I would just be delighted to win such an awesome set of books from favorite authors.



  143. Maria B
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 23:06:11

    I love a bluestocking/wallflower best, maybe because it takes a alpha male to truely appreciate them. And pretty much anything that can make me laugh and cry in the same book.

  144. Bella F.
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 00:32:05

    I like the “beauty and the beast” stories, especially when the girl is bookish like in the Disney cartoon:)

  145. ashirah
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 03:24:20

    love a combination of “friends to lovers” and “ugly duckling” (classic example is julia quinn’s “omancing mr bridgerton”. i also love marriage of convenience/estranged spouses. a combination of all of those tropes would have me swooning, as does this giveaway!!

  146. Liz
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 03:32:25

    I love a good enemy story or a bluestocking/rogue story and if you combine the two, I’m in heaven. :)

  147. Ivy
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 09:27:38

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    I can’t choose just one…I like marriage in trouble, reunited lovers, bluestockings & rakes, friends to lovers. Honestly, if all depends on my mood @ the time. I love romances, period.

  148. ljacks
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 12:58:24

    This is an incredible giveaway!

    I like so many… I would have to say my favorites are friends to lovers and reformed rakes.

  149. GirlyNerd
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 14:55:05

    My favorite formula is when the unusual/ old maid/ bluestocking / girl from the wrong side of the tracks, gets the earl/ duke/ marquess/ lord/ rich guy.

  150. Susan Omine
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 16:26:45

    I love Loretta Chase! Oh please please please!
    My favorite (Historical) romance trope involves Hero’s that are working class and aristocratic heroines. OR, hero’s that are disfigured or disabled. Can’t get enough of those.

  151. Julie VJ
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 17:06:17

    I love a good friends to lovers story. A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens is still one of my favorites.

  152. Angie G
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 19:47:09

    What an awesome prize! Good luck to everyone.

    I love it when a bad boy is redeemed. A good example is Lisa Kleypas’s Sebastian in Devil in Winter. I’d never have thought she could make me like him after his WTF decisions in It Happened One Autumn, but she DID! I love those books!

  153. CynF
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 20:50:36

    I’m a big fan of the shared-history story, regardless of whether it is friends-to-lovers or reunited lovers or whatever. So much more interesting to see the backstory unfold rather than try to believe in the lust-at-first-sight-equals-HEA story! Of course Loretta Chase could write any theme and it would be a wonderful read–heck, she could scribble something on a cocktail napkin and I’d read it!

  154. Chelsea B.
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 21:50:10

    Beauty and the Beast is my favorite theme! Loretta Chase and Liz Carlyle– you are both fabulous!! :-)

  155. sara
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:10:21

    Lord of scoundrels was my first Loretta chase book. It was awesome

  156. Andrea Mullen
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:55:18

    I love a story about a marriage of convenience or arranged marriage, when both the hero and the heroine consider each other enemies, or just don’t know each other well. Throughout the story they continue to misunderstand and learn about each other. I also love a good Ugly Duckling or Cinderella story!

  157. Andrea Mullen
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 07:55:18

    I love a story about a marriage of convenience or arranged marriage, when both the hero and the heroine consider each other enemies, or just don’t know each other well. Throughout the story they continue to misunderstand and learn about each other. I also love a good Ugly Duckling or Cinderella story!

  158. larissa
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:06:00

    favorite trope? arranged marriages that turn into love matches.

  159. Audie
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:25:28

    I think Road Romances – I love adventure and romance combined!

  160. Amber
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:50:43

    I love friends to lovers romances. There’s something wonderful about watching two friends discover something “more.” And something believable about two people falling in love (and staying in love) over the course of a novel when they have a history to build upon.

  161. Sara R.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 15:25:31

    A good author can make any trope worth reading, so I can’t pick just one! I hope I can still enter the giveaway!

  162. Dee F.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 18:05:39

    If the blurb mentions “marriage of convenience”, I am already hooked; second fav would be imperfect heroines/heroes who change how they think of themselves (not necessarily how they look) and find their HEA. But I also love to find couples who strike sparks off of each other when they talk (Chase is great for those) and then there are….I see I have a problem here; obviously I am enchanted by more than just one kind of trope. Anyway, I would be thrilled to win either of these prizes; both authors have been on my favorites list for years.

  163. Amy H.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:44:08

    I love them all. Lately reunion stories have hit well with me.

    Fantastic contest! Thanks!

  164. Van N.
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:53:44

    I adore “redemption” stories. Rakes make the best husbands, indeed:)

  165. Sandy Marlow
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:25:17

    Any type of tortured hero works for me, emotionally and/or physically.

  166. Jin
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:55:21

    My favorite is trope definitely has to be reunion romances. Love all that history in the relationship!

    PS. Pls let me win this! I love both these authors and can’t wait to get my hands on their backlist!

  167. Palan
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:39:13

    It’s so hard to chose a favorite…I’d have to go with friends-to-lover!

  168. Krissy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:33:42

    I always enjoy a lovers reunited story…

  169. Elizabeth Courtney
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 06:44:05

    I love stories where the H and h are all wrong for each other but in reality they are the perfect match.

  170. Ginni
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:35:20

    I love strong, intelligent women who completely addle the men!

  171. Muneera N.
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:03:30

    I love the “friends to lovers trope”. Like Amber said above, it’s more believable to me that people with history finally see each other and can stay together after the initial “I love you’s” have been said.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  172. Laura
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:19:07

    My favorite trope would have to be the bluestocking heroine with a truely smitten hero!

    Aug 19, 2011 @ 11:47:20

    Hope I’m not too late!

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