Guest Author & Giveaway: Vicky Dreiling featuring How to Seduce a Scoundrel

Wednesday, July 6

Friends to lovers romances have become one of my favorite tropes in romance recently, mainly because of the Hero and the Heroine have to make a transition in a relationship they already knew and "see" someone you've known for so long in a new light.  But also because those relationships have the potential to be great loves.  Julia Quinn's Just Like Heaven was my most recent favorite story with this theme, so when I found out that Vicky Dreiling's new historical romance was a friends to lovers story I knew I had to read it.  To me, there's not much better than having your best friend be the person you are in love with...especially if he is also a  charming Rake :)

Historical Romance author Vicky Dreiling is my guest today to share a bit about her friends to lovers story in How to Seduce a Scoundrel.  Read and enjoy!

"Crushing on Your Brother’s Best Friend"

What sister could resist her older brother’s handsome and charming best friend?

Is it just proximity? Sheer charm? Or maybe just a wink? Whatever it is, there’s something irresistible about the guy your brother hangs out with.  This is very true for Julianne Gatewick, the heroine of HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. The object of her affections is none other than the charming rake, Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield (better known as Hawk). Julianne’s earliest memories include Hawk. Even though he was nine years older than Julianne, he taught her how to climb trees and skim rocks. And Julianne was always game for a mischievous lark with Hawk.

Oftentimes, the attraction to your brother’s best friend is initially based on the fact that the guy is older and more sophisticated. It’s easy to grow infatuated with the guy who is suave and savvy, particularly for a lady who is much younger as is the case for Julianne. Starry-eyed belles who led sheltered lives would have spent much of their time daydreaming about these gentlemen. My heroine Julianne has made Hawk the focus of her dreams for four long years. She believes she knows Hawk very well, but part of her growth is learning that people are complex. And what you see on the surface is rarely the whole story.
Similarly, what Hawk learns is that despite Julianne’s youth, she is far from being just a spoiled debutante. In fact, both she and Hawk grow a great deal as a result of their relationship. Julianne matures, and Hawk learns he can move on from a youthful mistake.

Did you ever fall for your brother’s best friend? Or did an older guy attract you because he seemed so much more sophisticated than the younger guys? Why do you think stories where the heroine falls for her brother’s best friend are so popular?

Miss Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother's best friend-for whom she's long nursed a secret tendre-agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz. But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any self-respecting, recently discarded young miss with a wicked sense of humor would do. She secretly pens a lady's guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal sheet in London.

Every honorable rake knows that friends' sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julienne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can't resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of kissing her senseless. He's always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?

Congratulations Vicky on the release of How To Seduce a Scoundrel! And for all of Vicky's fans it looks as if the next book we can look forward to is "How to Ravish a Rake",  unfortunately no further information is available on the release date, but Vicky does have the book's playlist up on her that has to be a promising sign right?

Vicky is a woman after my own heart :) She considers herself a confirmed historical romance junkie and loves all things Regency (me too!).  After all who could not love an author that modeled one of her heroes after Henry Cavill (as he appeared in the Tudors), and one of her heroines after Jane Austen's Emma.  You all know how much I love me some Henry and Emma!  I think we might be kindred spirits :)  If you'd like to learn more about Vicky and the books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, on Facebook, , and Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of Vicky Dreiling's newest historical romance, How to Seduce a Scoundrel, her publisher, Forever Romance, would like to giveaway a copy of the book to three lucky Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win....

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Vicky asked readers in her post, and leave her some comment love :)  (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
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Good Luck!

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Na July 6, 2011 at 1:59 AM  

Hi Vicky!
I don't have a brother, but I can say I have never fallen for a close friend. I do have guy friends but as far romantic sparks, I don't see or feel that ever happening. For me, my feelings for a guy is intrinsic and instant, not developed over time. There is no middle ground, either I like him that or not. It's not something I can help, although I do appreciate and believe in the friends to lovers scenario for other people. It is very reasonable to form a bond that grows stronger with time, along with close proximity, mutual interests and ease of self around the person is natural.

I do happen to fall for older guys. I find it appealing that a man is older than me. Perhaps, it's that I see more maturity, or find more common ground with an older man I'm not sure but it is a preference.

GFC follower.

June M. July 6, 2011 at 4:06 AM  

Hi Vicky and Booklover~
My brother was younger than me so I did not fall for his friends. I genereally like guys who are 2-5 years older than me, not too much of a difference but a little of one. I did date 2 guys when I was a teen that were about a year younger than me, but my brother was over 2 years younger than me. I wish I had had an older brother who would have had hawt friends. My teen years would have been more interesting!

GFC follower: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Carol L. July 6, 2011 at 4:15 AM  

One of my brothers was 4 years older then me and he had some of the cutest friends . :) I did have a crush on one of them, his closest friend. Unfortunately he saw me as the 14 year old I was, too young.I hated how he'd always say "Hi brat" or pat me on the head whenever he came over. :) Of course having no choice I did get over my crush but never forgot how handsome and funny he was.
Congrats on the release of How To Seduce A Scoundrel Vicky. GFC follower under Lucky47.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Maureen July 6, 2011 at 6:15 AM  

My brother is younger than me and even though it was only a couple of years, I still wasn't interested in his friends. I think stories where the heroine falls for her brother's best friend are popular because you can relate to them and it's a very realistic possibility especially in an historical story. A young woman is going to have very limited interaction with men but a friend of her brothers would be someone she could come to know.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Tore July 6, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

Did you ever fall for your brother’s best friend? I have never fallen for my brother's best friend because I am the oldest. Or did an older guy attract you because he seemed so much more sophisticated than the younger guys? I have been attracted to old men because they seem so much mature and seemed really interested in me and because I was lonely. Why do you think stories where the heroine falls for her brother’s best friend are so popular? Because I think it happens alot in real life and because they are around they are there brother's friends so much they feel attracted to them but they deny the attraction because they think it is off limits. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Kim,  July 6, 2011 at 1:01 PM  

I don't have an older brother so there were no friends to fall for. I think the premise is good because they know a lot about each other, yet not as love interests.

Penfield July 6, 2011 at 1:04 PM  

Sorry - I answered above, but forgot to put that I'm a GFC follower. -Kim

Estella July 6, 2011 at 3:48 PM  

My brother was younger than me, so I didn't have a crush on any of his friends.
Was never attracted to an older guy.
I think this premise is popular because it happens quite often in real life.

GFC follower

kissinoak at frontier dot com

Barbara E. July 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM  

My brother is seven years older than me and I wasn't ever around many of his friends. I was never really attracted to older guys, I liked them more my age or maybe a little younger. Guess I wasn't that sophisticated either, LOL. I think stories where the heroine falls for her brother's best friend are popular because it's something that a lot of people can relate to and I'm sure it does happen a lot.
How to Seduce a Scoundrel sounds like a fantastic story and I'm looking forward to reading all about Julianne and Marc.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Bethie July 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

My brother is 5 years younger than me, so I never found his friends attractive. But I do think that many people fall for thier brother's friends because they are usually around a lot and that they are older.

I follow on GFC

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

chey July 6, 2011 at 10:19 PM  

I don't have a brother. Most of the guys I was attracted to weren't much older than me.
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Martha Lawson July 6, 2011 at 10:36 PM  

Oh yeah, I had a crush on my friend's brother!! I'd love to be entered to win this book.

old follower on gfc

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

lindalou July 7, 2011 at 6:37 PM  

Thank goodness... I didn't have a brother... Thanks for the giveaway! I love the cover!

vicky dreiling July 7, 2011 at 7:58 PM  

I love all these responses! My brother was a year younger than me, so I never crushed on his friends. But I crushed on plenty of older guys. Thanks so much to seductive musings for featuring Scoundrel and best of luck to all entering the contest. Cheers!

winnie July 8, 2011 at 1:44 AM  

Congrats on the new release, Vicky! As for the answers to your questions, no I have never fallen for my brother's best friend because my brother is younger than me and I don't really have interest in younger guys. But I did get crushes on older guys, especially in my teens because the guys that are the same age as me always seem kind of immature (at that time anyway).


Anonymous,  July 8, 2011 at 2:38 PM  

I am the oldest, so was never interested in my brothers friends.

I think this is a popular storyline, because the little sister is frequently looked upon as a pest, a cute little thing, or just there. Her being fascinated with an older boy would not be unusual. It is only when we become adults that those differences as children are no longer there or important. Already knowing each other pretty well opens the door to a closer and possibly romantic relationship.

Am a GFC Follower, librarypat.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa July 9, 2011 at 4:07 AM  

I was the oldest so my brothers friends were way too young for me.

Little sisters look up to there big brothers so it natural for them to crush on the bros friends.

I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards!/alterlisa/status/89606594408624128

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

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