Release Party for The Greatest Lover Ever!

Brooke-The Greatest Lover Ever

Hello, Bandita Buddies! It’s that time again–THE GREATEST LOVER EVER is in stores now and ready to warm the cockles of your, er, cockles this winter (or to make your summer even steamier if you’re from the southern hemisphere!)

I have a special prize lined up for you today, so I hope you’ll join in the fun!

Here’s the blurb:

Passion to last a lifetime…

THE SWEETEST SCANDAL

Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense—which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancé. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable—and as implacable as ever…

CliveOwnen3THE TRUEST TEMPTATION

Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing—when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. Convincing her will take more than a simple proposal, however. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

RT has given THE GREATEST LOVER EVER a Top Pick! and said this:

Brooke delivers what readers want — a smart, witty, sexy and just plain delightful romance — in spades. She takes time-honored themes and makes them fresh, funny, charming and sizzling with sexual tension. This tale will brighten the darkest winter’s day. Ann Margret3

When my editor came up with the title for Beckenham’s book–it’s a doozy, isn’t it?–THE GREATEST LOVER EVER, my first thought was, “That is a lot for Beckenham to live up to!” I considered legendary lovers like Casanova and co. My other problem was that my heroine was hardly in a position to judge whether or not Beckenham was the greatest lover ever. Or even the greatest she’d had. He’s the ONLY lover she’s had!

“I wish I could pleasure you half so well,” she told him, with a tinge of chagrin at her lack of experience.

That made him laugh so hard she had to clap her hand over his mouth out of concern that someone would hear.

“I don’t see what’s so funny,” she said, frowning. “You must have had a lot of practice to make you the greatest lover in the history of the world. This is only my second time.”

“You don’t need to do anything at all.” Still smiling, he gripped the wrist of the hand that had covered his mouth and pinned it down on the pillow next to her head as he rolled to loom over her…

Very soon, I realized that it wasn’t a case of how great Beckenham is in bed–although he is rawther marvellous in that arena! It’s that he loves with that focused, passionate intensity that borders on obsession. Unlike other men who drool over Georgie’s amazing looks (that’s how I imagined her, above, as Ann Margaret), Beckenham loves the whole package:

What they never saw was the strength, the wit, the godawful temper, willfulness, the compassion and courage that made up the woman. They never saw past her spectacular looks.

The sort of love that comes from knowing a person’s foibles, faults, dreams and hopes and loving them for all of those things, unconditionally, is what great love is all about.

“We belong together, Georgie,” he said. “Don’t deny it. Don’t lie to yourself.” BanditBooty

Sigh! I hope you enjoy Beckenham and Georgie’s story as much as enjoyed writing it!

What about you? Who do you think is the greatest lover ever in fiction, movies or real life, and why?

One lucky reader will win the TRADE PAPERBACK editions of LONDON’S LAST TRUE SCOUNDREL and THE GREATEST LOVER EVER!

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  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Christina. In real life I’ll go with George Clooney and in fiction it’ll be Don Juan. I haven’t heard any of George’s exes speak ill of him, so I imagine he’s not a bad guy in and out of the bedroom.

  • ki pha says:

    Congrats on the Release!!!!
    Who is the greatest lover ever???
    Xavier, Lord Steyne. 😉

    LOL

  • Amy Conley says:

    Christina I was going to say George Clooney for the same reasons Jane did and let’s just add he has allways been honest, with the world, hence his lovers, he isn’t looking for marriage so I think he’d been pretty honest about sexual things also. And even though he’s had a gazillion beautiful gfs in his life you never hear him speaking of “their” private relationship. In otherwods, he doesn’t kiss and tell or boast.
    As farfictional Cassanova for the same reasons. Of course personally I’d have to believe Mr Darcy, as long as it was Colin Firth’s Darcy.

    • Amy, 2 votes for George! I like a man who doesn’t kiss and tell also. Although my dh tells me no one he knows ever does kiss and tell–not like women do!

      I always remember that Casanova said the most seductive thing he did was to listen to women. Quite profound, that!

  • Deborah roussety says:

    Of course Mr Darcy has to be an amazing lover as long as it is Colin Firth my crush, and that wet shirt day dream

  • Mary Preston says:

    I’m going with Rhett Butler aka Clark Gable.

    Clark Gable has that extra special something that makes a girl swoon.

    In the movie GONE WITH THE WIND Rhett Butler saw right through Scarlett, but, for the most part, loved her with a passion.

    • Actually, Mary, you’re so right! If only Scarlett had stepped up to the plate and fulfilled the potential Rhett saw in her, she would have been one amazing woman!

  • Helen says:

    Christina

    Huge congrats on the release this is such an awesome story I fell into it from the first page and Beckenham is all that you have said and more controlled passionate and so romantic and Georgie is such a lukcy Lady. I would fins it very hard to choose only one greatest lover 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Mary Chen says:

    Happy release day, Christina!!

    I can’t think of any hero in real life, but fictionally I’d pick Wesley from The Princess Bride. 🙂

  • Christina, congratulations on the release of another Brooke book! Catchy, hey? Think you should use it. I adore that excerpt. Love the idea of Beckenham being so deeply in love with Georgie. Lovely!

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Wow! When I started reading this I thought, “That is quite a title, and I am most definitely intrigued.” Then I get to the rest of the post and the excerpt, and went straight to Amazon. It sucked me in immediately!

    Congratulations on a new release!

  • Lucy says:

    Congratulations on the release of The Greatest Lover Ever, Christina 🙂

    My favourite lover in a movie was Ralph Fiennes portrayal of Count Laszlo de Almasay in The English Patient.
    I adore that movie (and always have a box of tissues handy), and my favourite line is when he says to Katharine in the cave, “I promise, I’ll come back for you. I promise, I’ll never leave you”

    • Lucy, thank you! Oh, and what a tragic great lover in Count Laszlo. Great choice there. I think that’s the only romantic movie my dh owns! I could only watch it once, though. Too sad for me!

  • How intriguing. I like Ralph Fiennes in several roles as the love interest, and Wesley and buttercup are delightful but my all time favourite film kiss is in Mrs Winterbourne with Brendan Fraser kissing Rikki Lake in the kitchen. In fiction, I am yet to read a kiss that will stay with me and instantly come to mind. I live in hope.

  • Anita H. says:

    That’s hard to say who is but my first thought was definitely George Clooney. He just seems to fit the role with flair!

    Congrats on the release, Christina! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

  • Barb says:

    Hi Christina

    Congratulations on the book … Really looking forward to reading this book… I am on holiday and I think my brain has closed down lol but I do like Pierce Brosnan and saw him as James Bond last night

  • Susanne Bellamy says:

    I’d nominate Heath Ledger’s “Casanova”–he gave up fame and fortune and his adventuring ways for true love. That’s pretty special.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I always had a gread fondness for Remington Steele in fiction. Mark Harmon gets my attention almost every day on NCIS too,

  • Cassondra says:

    Woooot!

    So GLAD this book is finally here. I love this series, and of course I’m a sucker for all of your books, Christina.

    Gosh, that’s a hard question to answer. Of course I always go back to Daniel Day Lewis in Last Of The Mohicans, because he “saw” Elizabeth–all of her–in a way no proper English gentleman would have ever done. They fit. And the screen just sizzles when he looks at her.

    But that really isn’t a “lovers” movie, is it? They don’t go that far in the span of the story.

    I have to wonder if Rhett, in Gone With The Wind, wasn’t pretty darn good, as Scarlett seemed rather smug and happy the next day. The whole, “You need kissing badly, and by someone who knows how,” suggests that he does in fact know how.

    Hmmm…I’ll have to think about that question a bit more.

    • Cassondra, to me being a great lover is exactly what you’re describing in LOTM. That ability to see into a person’s soul and love them for who they are. Sigh! It doesn’t matter at all that there was no overt physical passion between them. And yes, I clearly remember the smug smile on Scarlett’s face. LOL To me, Rhett was the whole package–he knew exactly how awful Scarlett could be and loved her anyway.

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations on your new book! The title was intriguing but I do like your take on it. For a famous person I would pick Prince William who seems like a loving husband and father.

  • Brenda Rumsey says:

    Congrats on the new release. It definitely sounds like a great love story.
    As for the greatest lover in a movie, one of my favorites would have to be Daniel Day-Lewis in “Last of the Mohicans”. He was smart, brave, loyal, and willing to die for the woman he loved.

    • Thank you so much, Brenda! I really fell in love with this story. When I read it over to choose excerpts it STILL makes me cry so I hope readers like it, too.

      You are so right about DDL in LOTM. Hmm, all these acronyms–clearly we talk about LOTM a LOT around these here parts!

  • Mandy says:

    Congrats! Oooohhhh, love Clive Owen!

  • kimmyl says:

    Gil Gerard in P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze in Ghost

  • Susan Sey says:

    Oh boy, the greatest lover ever? I’m going to have to have some time to think that one over. Rhett Butler springs to mind, though. Is that a cliche? He was just so…dominant & hot. I admire that in a movie hero, even as I know I wouldn’t deal well in real life…

    Can’t wait to grab my cop of TGLE. It sounds fantastic!

  • CateS says:

    I’m another sucker for Clark Gable…

  • Connie Fischer says:

    I have always said that Clark Gable was the sexiest man ever. His portrayal of Rhett Butler was the epitome of the swoon-worthy male. Sigh….

  • Laurie G says:

    Johnny Depp as Lisa’s lover in Chcolat.
    He was also excellent as Don Juan De Marco
    and as Edward Scissorhands.

    I also like Gerard Butler as the Phantom of the Opera. I believe he has a long list of lovely ladies in real life too.

    • Laurie, you’ll have to fight Tawny for Johnny, I’m afraid! Nice choice, though. I just read Chocolat. Must see the movie! And of course, Gerard B. He’s had a couple of mentions here.

    • Laurie G says:

      I forgot Gregory Peck. Loved him in Horatio Hornblower and To Kill A Mockingbird.
      So handsome.

      Sean Connery and Ewan MacGregor with their Scottish accents.

      Roarke in JD Robb books!

  • Deb says:

    Hmmmm, that is a tough question. George Clooney….don’t hit me….turns me off. Yes, he’s nice-looking, but I don’t like his personality or, dare I say, his politics.

    I am going to go with my old standby of Tom Selleck, mainly because my husband looked like him when he was younger! Brown hair, mustache, smiling eyes, and the dimple! Even much older now, TS is very good-looking and sexy. I loved him in Magnum, P.I. and he made a young girl’s heart flutter. 😉

    In literature, it has to be Saint from Suzanne Enoch’s LONDON’S PERFECT SCOUNDREL. I am not attracted to bad boys, but there is something about him and the way he loves the heroine that makes him sigh-worthy and the greatest lover.

    • Deb says:

      Ooh, I just thought of another….Cary Grant. Goodlooking, sexy, suave, sense of humor. Yep, Cary is at the top of the list.

    • Cassondra says:

      Deb I feel the same way about Clooney. Just never did see it, in spite of his tremendous popularity. And personality plays such a big part of it for me. I feel the same way about Richard Gere. He doesn’t float my boat either.

      • Same here on Gere, Cassondra! Although I first saw him as a bad guy in Internal Affairs so that might have something to do with it.

        But I’m like you. I go for personality over looks. And that’s not necessarily an actor’s real personality but rather the character he portrays on screen. Don’t care about his personal life!

        Couldn’t see the attraction of Tom Hiddleston until I saw/heard him speak. Ahhh, now I get it!

    • Oh, yes, Deb, hasn’t Tom Selleck aged brilliantly? I think I liked him even more in Friends than I did as Magnum (I was pretty young in the Magnum days and wasn’t really thinking of his hotness then!)

      Oh, and I LOVE Cary Grant. All that smoulder behind the debonair exterior. Lovely!

  • Kathy N says:

    Sean Bean in the Captain Sharpe movies. Love Sean Bean and Captain Sharpe.

  • Christina, congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

    I nominate Errol Flynn in Robin Hood for Best Lover in Movies. He showed the appealing mix of passion and humor, and his character was pure alpha male. Plus he was the iconic movie swashbuckler. No one, imho, has ever done it better.

    For Best Lover in A Book, it’s a tougher choice. I’d go with Lord Alverstoke from Frederica because he starts lifting her burdens and appreciating her before he actually wants to or realizes that’s what he’s doing.

    Then there’s Sebastian St. Cyr, a nobleman and a man of action true to his Kat despite their differing ranks until she forced him to let go.

    And then there’s Roarke. I don’t think anything else needs to be said on that score.

    So I guess I pick all three. But really, there are so many possible choices. 🙂

    • Deb says:

      Errol Flynn as Robin Hood is a great choice, Nancy!

    • Nancy, I love those choices! So agree about Alverstoke (you know how I love Heyer). It’s such a masterly way she writes the progression of real love there. Actions speak louder than words, don’t they?

      I think what all these men have in common is that they understand the heroine and want to make things better for her, even when she is capable of standing on her own two feet. Sigh!

  • Okay, I’m taking a side step on this. I think the greatest lovers are those men who marry early and stay faithful to that woman their entire lives. THAT is how you love a woman.

    As for fictional characters? Yes Cassondra, Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans is by far my favorite.

    Congrats on the release, Christina!! Can’t wait to read my copy.

  • catslady says:

    I too have to go with Rhett Butler/Clark Gable. How could Scarlet not see that for goodness sake lol. I think he was a “bad boy” on screen and life with so much charm and good looks and that bit of wildness we women seem to like (at least in our reading)

    • LOL on the wildness, Catslady! I think there’s something satisfying about a man with a bit of wildness committing to one woman. Rhett/Gable is the clear winner here today!

  • Christina –

    I am so anxious to read this book!! It sounds absolutely fabulous. Not sure I know who would qualify as the greatest lover in real life. Good lucks lead to a lot of fantasy but does it translate to action? I’m not sure. I’ll choose Ben Affleck because he looks good and seems a devoted family man as well. That’s darn sexy.

    • Thanks, Donna, hope you enjoy!

      I agree that good looks and being a devoted family man are a lethal combination. Always felt that way about Paul Newman. He could have any woman he wanted but he stayed faithful.

      I like Affleck, too!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Just popping in from the deadline cave to tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to reading this book, Christina! I had it on pre-order and will be diving in when I’m finished with my revisions. What a treat! Beckenham *happy sigh*.

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on your new book. Second chance at love is always a fun trope to read about. As for your question, I’ll second what others have said and choose Rhett Butler.

  • SecretNinja says:

    This is one of those questions you don’t just debate with everyone else, you can debate with yourself, eh? For me, I’d have to go with George Clooney too. He’s just got the smolder down (which also makes me want to throw a cartoon vote towards Flynn Rider from Tangled lol) and basically fits every criteria!

    Congratulations on the book, release, Christina! I”m looking forward to it.

  • Lisa Hutson says:

    In the books, they are all the best lovers, aren’t they? LOL
    I suppose I would have to pick Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair. He and Rene Russo lit the place on fire.

    • Cassondra says:

      Lisa I have GOT to see that movie. I’ve rented it at least four or five times and always end up not getting to watch it until it’s past due so I end up taking it back without seeing it.

      Everyone raves about it.

    • Ooh, I love that movie! Great choice, Lisa!

  • Cathy P says:

    Congraqtulations on your release of THE GREATEST LOVER EVER, Christina.

    I also have to go with George Clooney and Rhett Butler. George because he doesn’t kiss and tell, and Rhett because he was a bad boy with a big heart.

  • bn100 says:

    James Bond because he seems charming

  • Karin Anderson says:

    Ian MacKenzie from Jennifer Ashley’s Highland Pleasures series! I just love him.

  • Betty Hamilton says:

    Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind. I think I was about 7 or 8 when my grandmother took me to the movie theater ‘in town’ to see this classic. I fell in love with him!!

    • Betty, Rhett is certainly one epic lover! What a wonderful memory for you. I’ve never seen GWTW on the big screen. Must be playing somewhere, mustn’t it? I must try to track it down.

  • flchen1 says:

    Woohoo, Christina! Huge congrats! Can’t wait to meet your Greatest Lover Ever 😉 As for reality, I’m with Suz–gotta go with a man who chooses well and then commits to live that out daily in a loving, generous way. And I’m blessed to be married to one–he’s smart and considerate, and our family is fortunate he applies his considerable assets to making our lives warm and full and fun not just once in a while, but every day. Thanks for celebrating with us, Christina!!

    • Fedora, how wonderful to read such a lovely tribute to your husband. I have a lump in my throat. You are a lucky lady! And thank you for celebrating with me!

      • flchen1 says:

        You’re too sweet, Christina–and I am reminded often of how greatly blessed I am. God has been so very gracious to me 🙂

  • Debbie Lou says:

    Sounds like to me Beckenham is greatest lover. Can’t wait to read this book.

  • Shannon says:

    I can definitely recommend The Greatest Lover Ever; I slurped it down in two days and enjoyed it. I am dying, just dying, to provide a [the] spoiler but I’ll refrain.

    I’ll echo Cary Grant in a number of those comedies, Rhett (in book or on film), and Pierce Brosnan in Remmington Steele.

    Besides the talents in the bedroom or salon (seducing a woman with her clothes on), I am also attracted to those fictional men who just love an unavailable woman. It’s a common theme in fantasy and science fiction that a woman captures a man’s heart and for years even after her death, he’s faithful to her memory. I keep hoping the author will write a HEA where these men find the second love of their life or the woman in question comes back to life.

    But I was happy how Beckenham got his lady in the end that Georgie found her love and her lover to have become better with some experience.

  • Debbie says:

    I have to agree with most people here with Mr. Darcy, Cary Grant and Pierce Brosnan….can you imagine if you rolled them all into one? Throw in a little Johnny Depp and Daniel Craig. Ok, stop, I’m drooling, LOL.

  • Hi Shannon! What a lovely thing to say. Thank you, I’m so thrilled you’ve read and enjoyed THE GREATEST LOVER EVER already. Thanks for not giving away spoilers!

    I like your choices there, and I so agree on the man who loves the unattainable woman. There’s a lovely Elizabeth Boyle hero, Temple, who longs for a heroine through a series and eventually gets her. So satisfying! But also lovely when he’s longing from afar.

    Thank you for your lovely thoughts on Georgie and Beckenham!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    YAYYYYYY!!! It’s finally here!! WOOT!! I got my copy from Amazon, yesterday!! WOOHOOO!!! Can’t wait to dive in. :>

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Congrats on the new book, Christina! It’s already on my TBR list. I can’t wait to read it! 😉

    I’d have to go with Rhett Butler. But I’m also a huge fan of Jennifer Ashley’s Lord Ian Mackenzie. 😉

  • Becke Turner says:

    Christina,
    Loved the excerpt with the witty dialogue. There’s nothing sexier than the pure delight of laughter during a romp!

    Heavens, what a loaded question!
    Sexy men? There are so many to choose from!
    Sean Connery- James Bond
    Robert Redford- Barefoot in the Park, Sundance Kid
    Hugh Jackman
    Rhett Butler-swoon

  • Congrats on the new book release, Christina! I’m sure he will live up to his billing. 🙂

    Greatest lover? Hmm, so many to choose from. I have to say that Dyson from the show Lost Girl certainly seems like a fantastic lover. Just watching that man kiss, whoo, is it hot in here?

    • Thanks Trish, that’s a real endorsement!

      I knew you’d have someone out of the box for this answer. I will have to check Dyson out. Love a man who can kiss!

      Speaking of which, no one has mentioned Richard Armitage! What about his character in North and South? I’m betting he would have made an exceptional lover in every sense of the word…

  • Barbara Elness says:

    I’m going with Mark Ruffalo in Just Like Heaven. Even though Elizabeth drives him crazy at first, he goes all out to be with her.

  • Teresa Kleeman says:

    Happy Release day Christina. Congratulations! David Gandy to me is probably the best lover. I never hear anything negative about him from any women.
    As far as fictional characters, Vlad & Bones from The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.

    • Thank you, Teresa, both for the congratulations and for David Gandy! I didn’t know who he was but now I certainly do!

      Thanks for the recommendations. I will have to read those Jeaniene Frost books!

  • Chelsea B. says:

    I would say Westley from The Princess Bride. I mean, he came back from being almost dead for her! *Grin*

  • froot loop says:

    I’m choosing Mortimer Granville who invented the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

    He gave us women the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Janie McGaugh says:

    Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. All I can say is you’ll know why once you’ve read One Foot in the Grave.

  • Charlene says:

    Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series.

  • Denise says:

    Richard Armitage?

    Congrats!

  • Carol Cork says:

    Congratulations on the release of The Greatest Lover Ever, Christina. No need to enter me for the competition because I already have both books? The excerpts are tantalising! I need to add TGLE to my January reading list.

    Cary Grant is my choice…handsome, suave and sexy. I loved him in An Affair to Remember with Deborah Kerr.

  • Wahoo! Way to go on your newest release! I’m gonna go with John Travolta. Not because I really LIKE him, rather there’s something about him that catches my attention each time I see him dance, pull a woman close and focus on her as though she’s his entire world. That kind of insensity is known to rock my world!

  • Megan Kelly says:

    Heading over to purchase this as soon as I hit send. I’d agree with most recommendations so far. Cary, George, Westley, Rourke, Jamie, Darcy. Not many young actors are swoon-worthy. Jensen Ackles does it for me even tho his character Dean Winchester isn’t a romantic guy.

    • Megan, I agree that younger actors don’t really have that same presence these days. Must check out JA and see what he’s like! Thanks so much for buying TGLE. Hope you enjoy!

  • Sharlene Wegner says:

    How about Mr. Knightly in Emma? In the movie, Jeremy Northam gives some good “looks”, hopeful, smug, smoldering. And I love a good friends to lovers story

  • Trudy Miner says:

    Well, first I came up with Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s book because no one can mess with your imagination and I’ve been in love with him since I was 18, a very long time ago. That was quickly followed by Rhett Butler/Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind, a man’s man and a great lover full of passion and totally in love with Scarlett O’Hara. Then there is Pierce Bronsan, I could I forget him? From Remington Steele the whole way through the James Bond movies to The Thomas Crowne Affair, he exhibited everything a great lover should be. The man himself, from what I’ve seen of him in interviews, is also what any woman would want in a husband. Hard choices! I love the title of your book too!