Why Do Lords Lose Their Hearts? Find out today!

GkUw090gCtcqEfaycQ02GU7T2n1MPsu6V7UNdKad_04Good morning all you happy people! Manda here, with the very exciting news that the third book in my Wicked Widows trilogy, WHY LORDS LOSE THEIR HEARTS, is released into the wild today! Squee, y’all!

This book features the final showdown between Perdita, the widowed Duchess of Ormond, and the mysterious assailant who has threatened over the course of the trilogy to tell the world just how the brutish Duke of Ormond met his end. In the process, Perdita will 1) Fight Evil, 2) Get Kidnapped, and 3) Fall in Love with Lord Archer Lisle. But not necessarily in that order! I’m thrilled that readers are finally getting the chance to read this story of love between friends, and I can’t wait to hear what you think about the conclusion to the mystery that’s beset our favorite widows over the course of the trilogy!

Here’s the rundown:


Perdita, the widowed Duchess of Ormonde, keeps a dangerous secret—the truth of how her brutish husband died. But a mysterious avenger seems to know it, too, and when anonymous threats turn into public attacks, there’s only one friend she can turn to for help—her husband’s former secretary, Lord Archer Lisle. The man who witnessed her every heartache. The kind of man whose love she can only dream of …


The youngest of the Duke of Pemberton’s five sons, Lord Archer Lisle is used to waiting his turn. For years, he could only stand by, seething, as Perdita suffered at the hands of her husband, but now she’s under threat from another source—one who will stop at nothing to make her pay for the late duke’s death. But the good-natured Archer can be dangerous when crossed—and he’ll do anything to keep the woman he’s adored for so long safe in his arms…

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said “This sweet and sensuous novel has an undercurrent of mystery that will keep readers riveted.” And RT BOOK REVIEWS called it “sweet and chilling”–just what this author of romance mixed with thriller could wish!

My toughest critic, though, is Toast the cat, who (thankfully) gave it four paws up! Here she is after staying up all night. She couldn’t put it down! 20140728_175600

How do you like your romance? I’m guessing since you’re here at K&T, you like it with a side of mystery, but the perfect portion of each can be different for each person. What’s your perfect mix of romance and mystery? What makes you, the reader, lose your heart to a book? I’ll give a copy of WLLTH to one chatty commenter!

Posted on July 29, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. I like more mystery than romance. A good book has to have some romance in it though.

    • Totally agree, Deborah! Even when I’m reading straight up mystery, I find myself looking out for the romantic possibilities. Unfortunately that sometimes leads to me shipping for couples who turn out to be part or full evil. But, what can I say? I love some love!

  2. I like the mystery and the romance to receive equal time if that is possible.

    • Manda Collins

      That’s my preference, Maureen. Though I know it’s not always possible with some books. I read a mystery recently that had a side story about the heroine’s love life imploding with her current hero and possibly starting up with someone else. I was DYING for more information on that side plot, but if she’d really given it the amount of attention I wanted it would have been a 1000 page long book. So, I’m eagerly waiting the next book in the series for some closure!

  3. I am about to begin this series with ‘Why Dukes say I Do’, so can’t comment yet on whether you have it spot on Manda. But to be honest I think every genre can benefit from a large slice of romance.

    Whether I like the mystery, the suspense, the horror or the action to dominate depends very much on my mood. After a few glasses of my favourite malt though, I can say with confidence that romance conquers everything …. scotch is definitely a mood changer!

    • Manda Collins

      LOL, Quantum, I’ll have to take your word on the scotch. Since I already think there should be more romance in my fiction that might be overload! But I agree, of course, about most genres benefiting from more amour. So long as there are humans there is love–and sometimes even when there are non-humans, ie. scifi!

  4. PS Did you put a kipper in that book to get Toast to pose so beautifully?

    • Manda Collins

      No, I just caught her in a good mood. She was sleeping soundly and just cuddled right up to it as if it were a plush toy and not a sharp cornered book!

  5. PPS Obviously It was a Red herring and not a kipper at all! LOL

  6. Happy release day, Manda! WLLTH was awesome. I couldn’t wait for Archer and Perdita’s story and you didn’t disappoint. I think I like about a 50/50 split, or a slight lean toward the romance side. A book can be chock full of adventure and suspense and intrigue, but I want the H/H to be in it together and the sparks to fly. 🙂

    • Manda Collins

      Thank you so much, Gwen! It’s so tricky when you build up a certain pairing because it either hits all the right notes or it disappoints. I’m hoping i managed the former and not the latter:) And I so agree about wanting there to be sparks! Even when you’re chasing a serial killer there’s always a moment when you have to stop and catch your breath. And that’s the perfect time for some banter–or more hands on approaches 😉

  7. Happy release day, Manda!!!!

    I love it when the romance is so deeply embedded in the mystery, you can’t really parse it out, because a scene that is all about the suspense is chock full of sexual tension, and a scene that is all about romance moves the suspense plot forward.

    Hope you have a fab release day!! Now that Wicked Widows is done, what’s up next for you?

    • Manda Collins

      Thank you, Rachel! Of course I’m in total agreement with you about the intertwining of the romance and the suspense. I love it when scenes work on multiple levels like that too. It’s never just about the banter or the chasing the bad guy. Just like in life, the hero and heroine are feeling and doing a lot of things at the same time!

      Next up for me is my Regency Driving Club series. Those Regency gentlemen were just as wheels obsessed as the modern man with his affinity for fast cars and fast motorcycles. So I’ve immersed my characters in the world of the Lords of Anarchy driving club, where the members don’t always follow the rules of the road, and where sometimes fast driving leads to murder.

      First up is the story of Lord Frederick Lisle (You’ll meet him in WHY LORDS LOSE THEIR HEARTS as Archer older brother) and Miss Leonora Craven, who both want to find out why her brother Jonathan, a member of the club, was murdered. Lots of the bromance, romance, and witty banter you expect from my books, plus DANGER! Whee!

      Thanks for asking!

  8. Congratulations, Manda!!!
    I cannot wait to see how it all turns out. Add Toast’s recommendation and well…I’m off to download now!

  9. PS That cover is HAWT 😉

    After teasing me mercilessly with the arcing mystery-blackmailer I can assure you I will be reading this 3rd novel all afternoon. I can’t believe Toast beat me to this and knows who it is!

    Congratulations Manda. Off to shout it from the rooftops!

    • Manda Collins

      Thank you, Sarah! Don’t feel too bad about Toast. After all, she did sit next to my computer while I wrote it, so she got it by osmosis first anyway. And you would be very uncomfortable curled up on top of my desk, I fear.

  11. Happy Release Day Manda! Can’t wait to read this and finally discover who the real villain is. Your books are wonderful. Everyone should go out and read them right away. They have the perfect balance of historical, romance, and suspense.


    • Manda Collins

      Thank you so much, Diana! You are the sweetest! I so appreciate the praise from you, our resident thriller writer:) xo

  12. I am so excited for you, Manda. I can’t wait to read this one but am saving it for my trip to the beach in two weeks. I’m sure it will be wonderful!

  13. Manda, I loved your Wicked Widows Trilogy. RT was spot on with “sweet and chilling.” I can’t wait for your next trilogy. Lords of Anarchy regency-style. How fun! As for what I like in romantic suspense: a strong love story and a clever mystery. If it has both of those elements, I’ll love it whether it’s 50-50, 25-75, etc. Happy release day! Toast is adorable.

  14. I’ve gotta have the romance in my stories, and there is always some level of mystery, even if it’s just how do they get together. I mix it up from those lighter stories to full-fledged romantic suspense with perhaps murder and/or heinous bad guys. And a bit of humor, especially at tense moments, can be a lot of fun too!

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