Isobel Carr’s RIPE FOR PLEASURE Blog Tour

Forever’s first erotic historical author brings us her first book in The League of Second Sons




ISOBEL CARR is single, child-free, and a committed “dog person” (the bigger the dog the better). She has taught creative writing, horseback riding, and seminars on historical costuming. She can start a fire without matches and hitch a team of horses to a wagon. She can also spend nine hours in a Victorian corset without a problem but can’t wear heels for more than four hours. She laughed all the way through every episode of Colonial House, and if she could only watch one movie for the rest of her life, it would be Impromptu.

How my historicals are new and refreshing?
Well, I grew up on science fiction and historical fiction so I think my take on who the perfect protagonists are for a romance is a little outside the box. You see a lot of antiheroes in other genres. They’re also hugely popular in film and television, and I’m very interested in exploring the possibility of redeeming the antihero in romance (creating an antihero-hero). Who are the most interesting guys on TV right now? Tommy from RESCUE ME. Raylan from JUSTIFIED. Michael from BURN NOTICE, Don from MAD MEN. Who do we love in STAR WARS? We love the scamp Han Solo. Who do we swoon for in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY? Tracy’s wicked ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven. Which superhero is the biggest heartthrob right now? Christian Bale’s Batman. The antihero is the bad boy turned up to eleven. But in my world, the bad boy isn’t healed/tamed by the sweet ingénue (or the virgin widow). He’s won over by an equal . . . Antiheroines can be a hard sell, but there are some fantastic ones out there: Fiona from BURN NOTICE, Joan from MAD MEN, Brenda from THE CLOSER. Strong women who know what they want and don’t take any crap.
So when I write a courtesan, as I did in RIPE FOR PLEASURE, I’m going to write an actual, unrepentant courtesan. And when my hero falls in love with her, he’s not going to discover she’s actually a virgin widow pretending to be a courtesan, or the long lost legitimate daughter of a duke. He’s going to have to love her flaws and all. And the same is true for my heroes. They are scamps and scoundrels and liars. They’re players. They’re on the make and very good at looking out for number one. And the heroines will have to figure out how to forgive them (if they earn it).





ISBN: 9780446572750



Published on: 5/01/2011


Second in line, first in love
A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost…. Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it . . . and when it comes to passion, they refuse to accept second best.

Searching for hidden treasure,
finding forbidden fantasy.
London’s most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.

Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola’s life . . . and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he’ll experience pleasure far beyond his wildest fantasies-and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.

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Fun Facts! RIPE FOR PLEASURE by Isobel Carr

Here’s what you didn’t know about Isobel Carr and her newest novel RIPE FOR PLEASURE
  1. The treasure Leo and Viola are looking for is real. The King of France really did send a fortune to support Bonnie Price Charlie in his bid for the English throne, but the rebellion collapsed before the money reached him, and no one knows what happened to it.
  2. There’s a lot of Joan from Mad Men in Viola.
  3. The idea to give all the kids in Leo’s family historical names was inspired by real men from the era named Hannibal, Achilles, Hercules, and Perseus.
  4. The heroine’s dog was inspired by Isobel’s very own dog, Clancy, a Bullmastiff/Neapolitan Mastiff cross and two of his littermates, who are owned by her best friend and her little sister. And yes, that means there’s a minimum of 500 lbs of dog at every dinner party and holiday.  
  5. The idea of a man marrying his mistress in the Georgian era wasn’t all that far-fetched. Charles James Fox, the famous Whig politician, did it (and they lived quite happily at Strawberry Fields; yes, that Strawberry Fields) as did the 5th Duke of Devonshire, the 1st Baron Carteret, the 1st Earl of Orford, the 3rd Viscount Palmerston, and Sir Robert Wilmot.

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