Books with Buzz: Meredith Duran Interview and ARC Giveaway (Contest Now Closed)

38001381Three of AAR’s publishers are buzzing – literally – about Bound by Your Touch, Meredith Duran’s new historical novel to be released at the end of June.

Here’s what Blythe had to say:  “For me, it’s all about the hero – he was completely delicious. The book is just plain encouraging; sometimes it’s easy to think all the really good books have been written already, and there’s nothing else out there.”

Here’s what I say:  I devoured this novel in a  kind of giddy frenzy. The hero is one of the sexiest and most seductive I’ve ever come across and the heroine forthright, likable, sympathetic, and believably damaged.  Bound by Your Touch is one of the best – the very best – historical romances I’ve ever read.

As for Rachel…well, you’ll just have to wait for her upcoming review.  But I think it’s fair to say that she liked it!  She really liked it!

What makes this universal buzz (Lynn hasn’t yet had a chance to read the book) unusual is that we’re all very different readers with very different tastes. I simply can’t recall the last time we’ve had this kind of consensus. Which means, I think, that we have a remarkable book on our hands.

And, to make the good news even better, the incredible Bound by Your Touch will be followed with another release in August, Written on Your Skin.

The talented and time-challenged Meredith Duran (she was also preparing for the oral defense of her dissertation at the time we were putting this together) patiently answered a few of my questions.  And since there are few things we love more around here than the chance to put great books in the hands of readers, she was kind enough to offer an ARC of Bound by Your Touch to one lucky reader.  To enter for your chance to win, simply comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, June 11th. A few caveats:  Regretfully, you must have a U.S. mailing address to be eligible and if you review or write for another romance Web site or blog, please don’t enter.

We’re very excited about this one.  I hope after reading this interview, you will be, too.

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