I’m excited to be participating in the Blog Tour to celebrate the release of Nina Rowan’s lovely new historical romance, A Dream of Desire (Forever, May 27, 2014). In honor of the daring James Forester, Baron Castleford, I asked author Nina Rowan for the top 5 literary heroes she’d want to travel with on an adventure.
Be sure to check out the link at the bottom of this post for a chance to win one of five print copies of A Dream of Desire!
Talia Hall has long been in love with her adventurous friend James Forester, Baron Castleford. But rather than explore their mutual attraction, James chooses a year-long expedition over Talia. He discovers his mistake when he returns to London and finds himself desperately drawn to Talia’s fiery beauty. However, now the storms of their irresistible passion might be too turbulent to endure.
A Dream of Desire is the fourth entry (third novel) in Nina Rowan’s Daring Hearts series. Previous installments include A Study in Seduction (#1), A Passion for Pleasure (#2), and ‘Twas the Night Before Mischief (#2.5, a novella). Talia is the younger sister of the Hall brothers featured in earlier Daring Hearts stories. Although each brother is mentioned (and a couple appear), A Dream of Desire works very well as a stand alone novel.
Nina Rowan’s top 5 literary heroes she’d want to travel with on an adventure:
1. James Forester, Baron Castleford in Nina Rowan’s A Dream of Desire!
2. Heathcliff in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
3. Alexander in Paullina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman
4. Derek Craven in Lisa Kleypas’ Dreaming of You
5. Westley in William Goldman’s The Princess Bride
What do you think of Nina’s potential traveling companions? After reading the lovely descriptions of his travels that James sent to Talia in A Dream of Desire, I must admit his attention to detail and appreciation for local culture and scenery make him an excellent candidate. The excerpts of James’ missives to Talia from his adventures were some of my favorite parts of the book.
I do confess a weak spot for Westley in The Princess Bride. *sigh* Excellent choice, Nina!
My Thoughts on A Dream of Desire:
I enjoyed the obvious friendship and bond between Talia and James, which made their romance organic and believable. Talia possesses an exhilarating spirit that would not be denied. Her quiet strength and passion make her a compelling character and a perfect counter-point to James’ insecurities. The dialogue between James and Talia was very natural, full of bantering and genuine affection. I loved how they connected over his travels:
My God, James.” Talia whirled to stare at him. “Have you not known? You think you’ve given me nothing?” She shook her head, swiping at her eyes. “You’ve…you’ve given me the world.”
What set this novel apart for me was the emphasis on the issues surrounding the children Talia seeks to assist in her charity work. While there’s the occasional society event, most of the action revolves around Talia’s work with juvenile criminal offenders and her push for prison reform and proper schooling. Talia’s devotion to these children, and to James, really drive this novel, making it a full and emotionally compelling read.
Where to Buy A Dream of Desire:
- Five lucky winners will be awarded a print copy of A Dream of Desire! Click on Giveaway Kitty to enter for your chance to win on Rafflecopter.
Originally from California, Nina Rowan holds a PhD in Art History from McGill University, Montreal, with a specialization in 19th century French and Russian art. A librarian-at-heart, she also has an MA in Library and Information Sciences. Nina lives in Wisconsin with her atmospheric scientist husband and two children.