Sera is the youngest Jones sibling, and the only girl. Living with her eldest brother and his wife in Blue Thunder, everyone expects her to marry the preacher. But rebellious and outgoing Sera doesn't want a dull life, and when Jesse comes to town to tame her horse, Tempest, she can't help but be attracted to him. Jesse himself has come to Blue Thunder because of dreams he has of Sera, and the idea that she can help him to solve the mystery of what happened the night from which he woke up to find a murdered woman in the room. Used to running away when the going got tough, how will he fair when something keeps him wanting to stay in Blue Thunder.
I'll admit that the whole Velvet Lies series has surprised me. I didn't think that I would enjoy a Western romance as much as I enjoyed this series (we're going back to me agreeing to do some blog tours because I want to discover new books!) That makes me think that the Velvet Lies series would be good for anyone who likes romance, and not just fans of Westerns.
At first I found it a little odd to have Sera being such a mature character romance wise, mainly because of how the other characters viewed her in the previous books (for example in Scoundral for Hire, Rafe's story, Sera is only 4 at the beginning). But once I got past that it was easy to like her as a more mature character than before. She's smart and spirited. but also had a lot of political ideas, particularly about women's rights, which I thought added another layer to her character.
The main male character, Jesse, also had a slightly political spin on him, and not just because he was wanted. It was made quite a big deal of that Jesse was slightly 'coloured'. Though this was mainly noted by Jesse himself, and many other characters didn't bat an eye lid about his heritage.
The romance between Sera and Jesse made me want to bang their heads together at some points! For about half of the book they seemed oblivious to their feelings for one another, and when they discovered that they did, the quickly mess it up! Though that does seem to fit in with the way that real relationships work! Sera turned out to be a very popular heroine indeed, having 3 suitors at one point!
I will admit to being pleasantly surprised upon reading the Velvet Lies series, in the way that I enjoyed it far more than I expected to. If you're looking for something different to read then give this series a go!
Seduced by An Angel
Velvet Lies Series
Genre: Western Historical Romance with paranormal elements (ghosts and a clairvoyant heroine)
Publisher: ePublishing Works
Date of Publication: Aug. 28, 2013
Number of pages: 362
Word Count: 94,592
Kentucky belle Seraphina Jones craves a dashing stranger worth kissing. When she spies her handsome, half-naked hired hand at the riverbank, she thinks her dreams of romance have come true. But this Texican is wanted for murder.
Jesse Quaid can't let Sera's sweet kisses distract him from rendezvousing with Cass, a childhood friend, to clear his name of a crime he didn't commit. But then a case of mistaken identity turns Cass into Jesse's deadliest rival for Sera's heart.
Now, Sera must find a way to end the feud before the man she loves is lost forever.
Book 1: SCOUNDREL FOR HIRE
Book 2: HIS WICKED DREAM
Book 3: SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL
Book 4: DEVIL IN TEXAS (Available 2014)
About the Author:
Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 Bestselling Author and a recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year. She consistently delights readers with sexy, action-packed, western-style romances, including her Wild Texas Nights series and her Velvet Lies series. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling non-fiction ebook series, The Secrets to Getting Your Romance Novel Published.
Fascinated by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a weekly blog about dragons, magic, and the paranormal at http://MagicMayhemBlog.com to help her research her upcoming YA Epic Fantasy series.
She also writes a weekly blog with fiction writing tips and advice about the business of writing at http://WritingNovelsThatSell.com. She enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques and book coaching services.
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SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL by Adrienne deWolfe
· The story was written 12 years after Book 2 of the VELVET LIES series was published in paperback
· The idea for SEDUCED’s heroine came from a visit to an antique store: where I met a psychic, who was “practicing” her gift of psychometry
· SEDUCED contains a love triangle between 2 strong, charismatic male characters and the heroine. (Something most paperback publishers avoid. See why, below.)
· Heroine is a preacher’s daughter with the gift of psychometry (when she touches metal with her bare hands, she has visions about the object’s owner.)
· Hero is part Cherokee and wanted by the law for a murder he didn’t commit
· Hero’s best friend is the 2nd male in love triangle
SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL is the long-awaited story of Seraphina Jones, sister of Rafe (hero of SCOUNDREL FOR HIRE) and Michael (hero of HIS WICKED DREAM).
When SCOUNDREL and WICKED were released in paperback, I intended to write Sera's story - I even set up her story plot in HIS WICKED DREAM - but you know what they say: stuff happens!
In May 2012, my ePublisher asked me to write Sera's story: a fresh, new, never-before-published Romance novel, in anticipation of releasing SCOUNDREL FOR HIRE and HIS WICKED DREAM for the first time as eBooks.
SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL is Book #3 in my Velvet Lies of Western Historical Romances – but Sera’s story has a paranormal twist. I got the idea for her character when I went to a rural antique store, where I ran into a psychic. This psychic was wandering from desk, to armoire, to fire screen, “touching” the furniture and reporting the various scenes that she psychically observed through the furniture (weddings, school classes, Christmas parties, etc.)
The psychic explained that she was learning to fine tune her gift of “psychometry.” When she touched manmade objects, she could see their owners “through time” and peek into their lives. I thought, “Oh my gosh, I HAVE to write a story about that!”
So in SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL, Outlaw Jesse Quaid (who is part Cherokee,) has a dream from Great Spirit that Sera can help clear his name of murder.
Jesse can't possibly imagine how a 19-year-old preacher's daughter can help him, until he learns that Sera has visions about the future and the past.
Sera is terrified of her visions, which typically occur when she touches metal. The only way that she can keep her visions at bay is to cover her hands with gloves.
Fortunately, Jesse's grandmother was a Cherokee Medicine Woman, who had visions, too. Jesse has to help Sera learn how to accept her visions, before he can persuade her to help him clear his name.
The other part of Sera’s story that makes SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL so unusual is her Love Triangle. In my experience, paperback Romance publishers are squeamish about letting authors write Love Triangles in which the heroine is torn between two strong, charismatic male characters.
If a paperback Romance author gets approved to write a love triangle, then her editor requires one of those men to be exposed as a villain/major jerk. The other solution is to kill one of the men before the book ends.
I rebelled against writing either of these scenarios for SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL. That's why I chose to publish the novel through my e-book publisher.
The challenge in writing a dual-hero love story is to make one of the male characters clearly right for the heroine. At the same time, I wanted to make the reader root for the other man (whom I'm secretly in love with! So of course, he’ll have his own book, DEVIL IN TEXAS, which I’m currently writing.)
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that ya’ll will like SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL. I took a bit of a risk writing a heroine with such a different kind of story!
By the way, if you like a more traditional Western Historical Romance, check out my bestselling Wild Texas Nights series.