Sunday, April 11, 2010

Touch of Scandal by Jennifer Haymore: Book Feature and Giveaway

I have five copies of this book to giveaway. Please leave a comment below about your favorite celeb scandal. Be sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you are a winner. This contest is open to US and Canada only and no PO Box addresses. Winners will be chosen on April 27.

The last thing Garrett, Duke of Calton, expects to find while tracking his sworn enemy is the delectable, mysterious Kate. This beautiful servant girl rouses a longing the battle-scarred ex-soldier had never hoped to feel again. But when she turns out to be the sister of the man he seeks, he's convinced he's been betrayed.

“Top Pick! Haymore delivers a second fascinating, powerful and sensual novel that places her high on must-read lists.” – RT Magazine

Reading Group Guide:
(1) In the beginning of the book, Becky is certain that Fisk loves her but to the reader it is clear that she is ignored, while she makes excuses for him. Oftentimes spouses find themselves apologizing for their significant other’s behavior well before addressing it themselves.
-What prevents a person from seeing mistreatment in a relationship?
-Have you ever let a relationship go on far too long that wasn’t a healthy one? Why? How did you finally come to understand that the relationship wouldn’t work?
(2) Kate’s first glimpse of a naked man is an innocent enough one, and she can’t help but both chastise herself and yet look forward to the next encounter.
-What’s more alluring to you, having an attraction or having a secret?
-Have you ever experienced a “guilty pleasure” like Kate did at the beginning of the book?
(3) Some people might call what Kate and Garrett have at the beginning a “rebound relationship.”
-Have you ever been involved in a rebound relationship? If so, how did it work out? If it failed, why do you think that was the case?
-Have you ever thought that you’d never be able to fall in love again but then found your true soul mate soon after?
(4) The story starts with both Garrett and Kate at major crossroads in their lives.
-Which character changed the most in this story?
-How did those changes affect the ending and the resolution of the plot?
(5) Kate never saw herself as anything more than a caretaker to Reginald, and being with Garrett helped her to find dimensions in herself she never knew.
-What helps to remind you that you wear many more hats than just wife/mother/daughter?
-How do you use those hats to define who you are?
(6) A lot is said about loyalty to family throughout the book, even at the risk of criminal behavior.
-Is there ever an instance when you could see choosing family over the law?
-Have you ever had to choose between loyalty to your family and someone you loved?
(7) Revenge is such a strong catalyst for everything Fisk does—he never sees himself as the antagonist, only as a man avenging the wrongful death of his brother.
-Have you ever been so angry at someone that it cost you rational behavior?
-At what point did anger turn to action?
-Do you think it was based on the specific situation or do you think people can be wired that way?
(8) Kate always perceived herself and her youngest brother as the black sheep of the family, but by the end, she understands her mother better and her perceptions change.
-Have you ever been involved in a family dynamic in which one sibling was clearly preferred over the others?
-How can being the favorite or least favorite sibling affect sibling relationships? Is it possible to forgive a parent who has “chosen favorites” in this way?


  1. I don't know if I have a fav celeb scandel. I try not to get that wrapped up in that stuff. Its fun when its fiction, but when its real.....
    I follow on GFC

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  2. I don't really follow celebrities, but my favorite scandal was probably the Angelina Jolie -- Jennifer Aniston war, although it got old :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  3. Well, the whole Jon and Kate Gosselin stuff was crazy! I wasn't a fan of the show, but their falling out was highly entertaining.

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

  4. I thought the Britney vs Christina was pretty silly. Mind-numbing theatrics by teenagers.


  5. I don't follow celeb scandals too much but there seems to be a big fuss about Sandra Bullock and her husband lately.

    I'd rather read books than gossip!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  6. I loved her last book and looking forward to reading this new one!!!

    Favorite celeb scandal? Hmmmm....I'm not sure it's my favorite but one I will never forget was the trial of O J Simpson and that famous black glove. I was riveted to the story from his famous drive in his white SUV to the end of the trial.

    I'm a follower

    mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

  7. the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan skating episode many years ago; it was so childish.


  8. The latest one I can think of is Sandra Bullock and Jesse James.

  9. Celeb scandal...all I can think of right now is OJ Simpson!!

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  10. I'm not a fan of any celebrity scandals, so I don't have a favourite. I do have a least favourite, at the moment at least, and that's Tiger Woods.


  11. I'm so tired of all the talk on celebs infidelities (Tiger Woods, Sandra Bullock's husband, politicians like Spitzer, Clinton, etc. etc.). I'd rather hear about the news on our world than celeb scandals.
    vinter at warwick dot net

  12. My favorite celebrity scandal was Jon and Kate Gosselin (Jon and Kate Plus 8) I don't miss hearing Kate constantly harping on Jon, but I do miss seeing the sextuplets and the twins growing up.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  13. I really don't care about the scandals but when I heard about Sandra Bullock I really felt bad for her.

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  14. I really don't follow the celeb scandals. The only one I am familiar with is the Sandra Bullock fiasco, as she is my fav actor. Boo to Jesse James

  15. scandal...since I don't watch tv, I really don't keep up with them. the one that comes to mind is the Tiger Woods one--so sad that he would do that and think it was OK? NOT!
    applebabe at rocketmail dot com