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:
A TOUCH OF SCANDAL
(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?