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Hello Everyone and welcome to the Halloween Blog Hop! A big thank you to Barb Caruso and Sable Hunter for organizing and hosting this hop!


Please visit the hop main site to participate in all the wonderful giveaways going on from now until October 26th. Click on the hop badge above.


I am offering two readers who comment on this post, selected at random, the chance to win their choice from my currently published works. The giveaway runs from Oct 4-26, 2013. I'll announce the winners on Oct 27.

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My currently published works are listed in the sidebar.

Today I am featuring A MEASURED RISK. My newly expanded, re-edited and re-released erotic Regency historical romance.
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The first edition of A MEASURED RISK was previously published by Total-e-Bound Publishing.
 
 
 

Want to know more about A MEASURED RISK?

Five Stars from Gayle
 
"Absolutely amazing story, took my heart and breath away. This is one HOT sexy book that you do not want to miss." ~ Gayle, a reader.


"Jonathon was pure male and super hot...a perfect mix of passion, dominance and submission."

"...bloody brilliant. I can’t even begin to praise it enough. From the moment I opened my kindle and began reading, I had to finish. The lead, Lady Cranfield or Anne was such a wonderful character...Jonathon Lloyd, the Earl of Ruel...was perfect. He was exactly what Anne needed. The way his protectiveness is portrayed is believable...Jonathon was pure male and super hot...a perfect mix of passion, dominance and submission...Well written and wonderful escapism.
A highly recommended read." ~ Reviewed by Best Selling Author Sam Crescent
To read the entire review, click here.

Wonderful erotic romance!
"I absolute loved this story. It's rare to find a real, sweet love story in a BDSM romance. This one's definitely a keeper, something to read a second time. Looking forward to read more of those! ;) Review By Author Deborah Court




A too-die-for alpha hero

"I wanted to recommend a super-hot erotic romance that I just read: 'A Measured Risk' by
Natasha Blackthorne.


...a too-die-for alpha hero who loves to dominate the heroine, and an interesting storyline. I really enjoyed this book and ripped right through it--I love how the author writes. She puts you right into the characters' heads and bodies, so you feel what they feel.

...definitely one of the best erotic romances I've read this year, and I've already recommended it to several people. Jonathan Lloyd, the Earl of Ruel, is my new Christian Grey!" ~ Author Dana Delamar, posted on my Facebook profile, Wednesday October 10, 2012.


Five Stars From Salacious Reads!

I loved everything about this story, it was so good. But want I loved most was Jon patience with Anne. He was a strong male lead and very dominant, but his patience with her was just...I can't even explain it. I mean just reading this story, you knew this man as dominant as he was, was falling in love with this woman...


I haven't been disappointed with a Natasha Blackthorne historical romance as of yet and I don't think I ever will be. Her writing always draws me in from beginning to end. There always seems to be this power struggle between her characters. But it always a good struggle, you know? Like I said before, these woman are strong and independent in a time when as a woman you're not supposed to be, you are suppose to depend on the man. And the men, yes..they are strong and dominant, but they also support their women in everything. These men are written with strength and purpose.

Thank you Natasha for helping me love historical romance once again.
 

Five Stars From The Lusty Penguin!

"Rich, three-dimensional protagonists Jon Lloyd, Earl of Ruel, and Lady Anne Cranfield, virtually jump off the page making this book impossible to put down. The chemistry between Jon and Anne simmers to the boiling point, as Blackthorne skillfully portrays Anne’s fears and vulnerabilities as well as Jon’s dominance and jadedness toward matters of the heart.

Creatively using elements of Dominance and submission, Blackthorne seamlessly blends them into this historical romance. Jon and Anne grow together through their imaginative and mesmerizing bedroom scenes, but it’s their individual emotional development that drives the plot forward."

To read the entire review, please click the penguin below:

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"I was very excited when I was able to finally read A Measured Risk. I am a fan of Natasha Blackthorne and can say that A Measured Risk has lived up to my expectations. I have always had a love of historical romances including Regency. A Measured Risk gave me everything I love about Regency along with the steamy hot erotica; a great combination...Anne and Johnathan discover they enjoy what the other has to offer in the D/s dynamic, but still struggle with their own internal flaws. Anne discovers her craving to submit through a series of sensual, light BDSM play with rope, spankings, and hot sex. Johnathan’s ability to Dominate was just as hot as Anne’s submission." From a reader, Mel, on Goodreads. To read the entire review, please click here.

Five Stars for A MEASURED RISK

"... my favorite! I loved it! Couldn't put it down! Natasha Blackthorne writes beautifully and I am going to read more of her books! I hope this book is part of a series or a sequel because I would love to read more about Ruel and Anne's life and how it would develop! And the sex scenes are so hot and steamy! I was just captivated ! It's a must read historical romance !!" ~ Andrea, a reader.
 

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A MEASURED RISK features a shy, intellectual, strong-willed widow with real life curves (Rubenesque/BBW) and a protective, possessive Dominant, alpha male hero. This is a story of Dominance and submission with light BDSM, emotional healing, trust and love.

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A Measured Risk is an Erotic Historical Romance. This means it contains graphic sexual language. It also means that there is a greater focus on the development of the romance through eroticism than in Mainstream/Traditional Steamy or Spicy Romance.




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Excerpt from A Measured Risk

By reading any further, you are stating that you are 18 years of age, or over.
If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to exit this site.
Copyright © Natasha Blackthorne, 2012


 


"Why did you run away?" His deep voice settled in her belly, rich and warm, like crème brûlée on a cold winter's night.



"Because I wanted you to follow." She tried to sound sophisticated and seductive, but her voice choked off on the last word.



Ruel placed his hand on the shelf above her head and blocked her path to the door. His tall, solidly muscled body leaned over her, surrounding her with the sumptuous, sinful scents of tobacco, Scotch whisky and something masculine and undeniably dangerous. A slow, sensual smile stretched his hard mouth.



He appeared different. Softer. More approachable.



At the change, her insides seemed to flip over.




"Well, sweeting, getting us off alone was a very inspired idea." He touched one of her fallen ringlets. "I am bored to distraction with endless hunting and fencing."




As he slowly wrapped the curl around two fingers, he brushed her collarbone. Fiery sparks tingled down her spine, so intense that she shivered and her nipples beaded, pressing against her stays. By some instinct she hadn't even known she possessed, she arched her back, presenting herself for his assessment.



His eyes shone so vividly blue against his bronzed face that they resembled cornflowers. She swallowed tightly and wished for a long drink of claret. This more personal side of him suddenly seemed far more hazardous than his usually fierce exterior.

Well, no matter. There was nothing to fear. She would allow only as much contact as need be to get to know him a little. Since being torn from her lonely yet secure life in Ireland and thrust into society at age sixteen, she'd spent her time allowing people only as near as was comfortable. She was an expert at emotional evasion.

It should be easy to regain her control.

But now, as late afternoon sun rays played over his pale hair, turning it to the colour of winter wheat, all her carefully rehearsed words flew away.

Say something—anything—else he will think you're a bird-wit.

An intimate smile, one that invited her to play, tugged at his mouth.

"In a situation like this, alone with a gentleman, it's perfectly normal for a lady to feel some apprehension." His hushed voice, barely audible above the piano and boisterous singing from down the corridor, accentuated their isolation. He brushed his fingertips over her cheek and his gaze became so piercing that she had to lower her eyes. "She will invariably ask herself if he will try to kiss
her."
She jerked her eyes back to his face. God, he couldn't mean to—Not yet, surely… Peculiar, heated chills swept over her. She tried to take a step back, but found her arse flush against the bookshelf.

He leaned closer; so close that his Scotch-scented breath tickled her face. "And just in case you are wondering, Lady Cranfield—the answer is most assuredly yes."
She should demand that he put his arm down so she could pass by and leave. She really should. But she couldn't stop looking at his hard mouth and wondering what it would feel like upon hers. He was so close to her, his breath blew on her lips. If she moved but a fraction, she'd be kissing him.

Kissing him.

Dear God. Her breath began to come very fast and short. Her throat went tight with a suppressed moan.

His eyes burnt as brightly as aquamarines. He looked so fierce. If he kissed her, if he dared… Oh God, it would be so harsh. That cruel-looking mouth could express itself no other way.


Excitement rushed through her, sending tingles to every point of her body, even her toes.


But no, he wouldn't. Not yet.

He kept leaning closer. He didn't close his eyes. Instead, he seemed to focus all the harder upon her.

Heart pounding and unable to move away, she braced herself for his assault.

His lips brushed hers, barely. A gossamer caress.

He lifted his head.

It was done.
Ended.
And it hadn't even begun.
He held her chin, appearing so cool, so unaffected. His kiss had seemed to sear her. An urge to put her fingers to her lips arose in her. She resisted it, for it would give away too much of how she was affected.

Never show your feelings.

He traced his thumb along her lower lip, slowly, deliberately, as he studied her with eyes that now glittered with something powerful and predatory. Heat pooled in her pelvis, low and spreading even lower.

She went weak all over, as if she'd lain in a sunny window seat for too long. Her knees almost buckled. She forced them to lock. To be strong.
It should not have affected her so profoundly. It had just been a peck—not a true kiss at all. William had poured out all of his skill upon her and hadn't garnered even a tenth of the reaction in her that this man's peck had.

Ruel traced her jaw line with his fingertips. Unthinkingly, she leaned in to his touch.

"Of course, once he has kissed her, then it's his turn to wonder…" His voice sounded unnaturally loud to her ears. "How will she respond? Will she withdraw, or can he ignite some hidden fire?"
She sensed that he was toying with her. She didn't understand flirtation—why had she imagined she could carry this ruse off? Was he making advances in order to have a laugh with Francesca and her simpering friends later? Hurt blossomed in her chest. She resented him for that. She ought to feel indignant, superior, uncaring—anything but hurt.

"Please don't make sport of me."

She cringed. Was that quavering, pleading voice really hers?

An infinitesimal pause. "Now, why on earth would I do such a thing?" His voice was as smooth as velvet.
"To please your vanity," she replied, trying to regain her wits.

"Here." He placed her hand to his chest. The contours of his muscles were hard, powerfully developed. Even more so than she'd expected. His body heat radiated through the satin and, beneath her hand, his heart beat was rapid and strong.
"Is that vanity?" He put a finger under her chin, giving her no choice but to face him. "Is it?" He gentled his grip.

The warmth in his voice settled over her like luscious hot chocolate. Melting her insides to quivering burgoo, rendering her speechless, unable to move.

"My dear, lovely Lady Cranfield, I am going kiss you again."

Then he touched his mouth to hers, more firmly this time.
Delicious, steady pressure. Her lips trembled and she clutched his lapels. He lifted his head. At the loss, a throaty, pleading moan sounded in her ears. Had it really come from her?

Clearly, now was the time for her to reassert some control over her reactions. To put him at a more comfortable distance.

"Kiss me back." At the commanding edge in his voice, hot, sweet honey pooled in her belly.
No. Focus.

What had she wanted to ask him? Focus? Dear God, what rubbish. She could scarcely remember her own name, much less anything else. What madness had made her think she could maintain control over him?

He traced her mouth with his tongue. Deliberately; lingeringly. This time she couldn't hold back a moan. She had grown to dislike it when William kissed her opened mouthed. It had always seemed such an overheated, messy thing. But where was her coldness now? She was burning to know what it would feel like to know Ruel's full kiss. She had to know—just once—or she would surely die.

Just once. Certainly once wouldn't hurt.

Tentatively, tremulously, she opened her mouth...

 
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What are other people saying about A Measured Risk?


Five Stars for A Measured Risk From Romance in Review!

"...Yes, I am hopelessly in love with the Earl of Ruel and I don't care if he's a fictional character! So, ladies, read at your own risk and don't say I didn't warn you.

Experience the elegant, and frequently excessive life of the privileged during this romantic era. This story is a bit different than other Regency Era stories you have probably read. The heat level is high and the story has a bit of a twist that makes it fresh and unique.

I still don't want to leave the world of Lady Cranfield and the Earl of Ruel."

Review from Michelle at Romance in Review. Click here to read the entire review: http://romanceinreview.com/2012/07/20/romance-in-review-a-measured-risk-by-natasha-blackthorne/






Five Stars for A Measured Risk From Salacious Reads!

"...you knew this man as dominant as he was, was falling in love with this woman..."


Reviewed by Sharonda

"I loved everything about this story, it was so good. But want I loved most was Jon patience with Anne. He was a strong male lead and very dominant, but his patience with her was just…I can't even explain it. I mean just reading this story, you knew this man as dominant as he was, was falling in love with this woman...

I haven't been disappointed with a Natasha Blackthorne historical romance as of yet and I don't think I ever will be...these woman are strong and independent...And the men, yes..they are strong and dominant, but they also support their women in everything. These men are written with strength and purpose...Thank you Natasha for helping me love historical romance once again."




Five Stars from Let's Get Romantical.


Masterpiece! Loved it with a passion.



"Natasha Blackthorne's book's just get better and better. This one is by far the best. It's really a work of art and a total masterpiece for this genre.

Jon is a sexy, confident, dominate, trustful and honorable man. He is sure of himself and knows what he wants and goes for it. When the luscious Ann gives him a come get me look. He cant help but follow her...Sensual, erotic, romantic, steamy, sexy, sweet, arouse, masterful and loving are all the words that come to mind when I think of this book." Reviewed by Dawn of Let's Get Romantical.

A Naughty Delight!!
Five Stars From Close Encounters WTNK from USA
"I love erotic historical romances, and Natasha's books meet my needs every time. Especially her latest book A Measured Risk. This is by far my favorite book in her collection, even though Grey's Lady comes in a close second." ~ Review by Nikki

I really enjoyed this book! This is my first book by Natasha Blackthorne and I will definitely be reading more of hers. I fell in love with Ruel. He was so dominating, yet knew when to be gentle, what to say to ease Anne's fears and help to cope with her issues. Anne is very closed off and doesn't like to lose control of her emotions. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop.
The BDSM portion of it was done well in my opinion. :)" ~ 
by reader, Tina, click to read entire review.

Book one in the Regency Risks Series






He is her most dangerous temptation and now he is demanding her submission. Dare she take the risk?




Young dowager countess, Lady Cranfield, is emotionally scarred by the traumatic accident that took her husband's life. She cannot forget how he was killed and breathed his last in the circle of her trembling arms.

Imprisoned by her lingering fear of horses and carriages, Lady Cranfield is fascinated by the brave, self-assured Earl of Ruel and longs to be closer to him. She believes he alone can teach her how to overcome her terror.

Seduced by the covert, come-hither glances from the shy Lady Cranfield, Ruel sensed she would be the sweetest, most submissive experience of a lifetime-if only he can gain her total and complete trust.

Lady Cranfield grew up emotionally neglected by her ducal parents and later betrayed by her charming, handsome husband. She has learned that she can trust no one and protects herself at all costs. However, she's desperate to regain her former life and now willing to risk almost anything-her reputation, even her virtue.
But Ruel wants something she never expected. He makes her a non-negotiable offer. His help in return for her complete sexual submission and total obedience for one month.

Dare she take the risk?







Reader Advisory: This is a BDSM romance. This book contains anal sex, spanking, light bondage, D/s themes and brief F/F touching.

This is a work of historical fiction, it is not meant to be an accurate portrayal of or guide to how people recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a work of historical erotic romance, it is also not intended to portray modern BDSM or D/s lifestyles.
 

29 comments:

  1. Thank you for being one of the hosts in Sable and Barbara's Blog Hop for Halloween. Your books look awesome. I love meeting new authors. Fingers crossed on winning won of your awesome books

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    1. Hello Tina,

      Thank you so much for visiting and entering the contest and for the lovely compliments. :)

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  2. Thank you for hosting a fun giveaway on the blog hop. I look forward to reading more!

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  3. Loved it! Definitely going to start reading your books! I just started reading again and have gotten hooked on these types of books so thank you for participating in the blog hop. I love finding new authors and can't seem to read fast enough now lol.

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    1. Hello Natasha,

      I am so glad to hear you like the sound of the books. Thank you for checking out my post. :)

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  4. I love hearing about new blogs where I can go and find amazing new authors to add to my growing list of books I want to read. I love Sable Hunter. Thank you for being a part of her blog hop. Look forward to reading your books.

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    1. Hello Cathy,

      Thanks so much for visiting and for entering the contest. :)

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  5. Love the excerpt will definitely be adding it to my TBR pile. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

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    1. Hello Vida,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and entering the contest. :)

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  6. Great.. I will be adding to my TBR pile.

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    1. Hello Theresa,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and entering the contest. :)

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  7. I have read your novel Her Mystery Duke which was such an emotionally awesome read and have already downloaded A Measured Risk. Looking forward to your backlist and future works and maybe being sucessful in this draw, Fingers crossed! Tina

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    1. Hello Tina,

      Thank you so much for your sweet words about Her Mystery Duke. I am so glad that you enjoyed that story. Thank you for stopping by to check out the post. :)

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  8. Absolutely love historical romance and with the erotic added it's even better. So glad to have been introduced to you and your work through the Halloween Blog Hop. Definitely adding to my TBR list!

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    1. Hello Shirley,

      Thank you so much for coming to visit. I always happy to meet people who love erotic history as much as I do. :)

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  9. WOW...nice read. Makes me want to go out and get your books. Thank you for the teaser......I will put your books on my TBR list.

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    1. Hello Elaine,

      I am so happy that you enjoyed the excerpt. :)

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  10. Love the excerpt!!! Especially love the confidence of the alpha hero. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Hello Vida,

      I am glad you enjoyed Lord Ruel. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  11. Thanks for hosting one of the give aways, books sounds great, will be on my list of books to read. Thanks again

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      Thank you for stopping by and checking out my books. :)

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  12. Looks like a great read I will put it on my TBR list. I do like the art work. Thank you for joining Sable's party!!!!!!

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    1. Hello Elaine,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my books. :)

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  13. Thank you and all the other people who have joined into this giveaway and for the prizes. I love to find new writers and always start with the first book written so i don't miss anything even if its a stand alone book. You are going on my to read list. thanks again for writing books so that i may read.

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  14. I haven't read a historical romance in a long time but A Measured Risk sounds soo good. I sure hope this is one of the books we could choose if we win. I love erotic romances and I don't mind bdsm either. thanks for the giveaway and being on Sable's Halloween blog hop. lacombejc@suddenlink.net

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  15. I love nothing better than a good Regency romance, and this one sounds awesome. A new author added to my discovered list and from the excerpt, a truly worthy one at that.
    cam231948@gmail.com

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  16. Looks like amazing reads, am adding to my TBR pile for certain. Thanks for the chance to win on Sable's Halloween blog hop. Thanks again!
    holly_gill(at)btinterent(dot)com

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  17. Thanks for the great excerpt.
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