Adriana by Leslie Hachtel: Reader Review Event & Giveaway

Monday, March 11, 2024
Adriana by Leslie Hachtel

Fans of historical romance will love our review event for Adriana by Leslie Hachtel. Join us as we celebrate the launch of Leslie's book. Read on to find out what our reviewers thought and more about the author. You'll also have a chance to win a copy of the book!

But first, here's more info about the book:

Fleeing for her life, Adriana Booth has come aboard Robert Stuart's ship disguised as an old woman. She is smitten with the captain, so the night before they reach land, she discards her masquerade and sneaks into his cabin. In the morning she disappears, but he is determined to find her, which puts her life at risk.

Can he save her? Can their love survive?

Purchase a copy of this book on, Barnes & Noble, and You can also add it to your GoodReads reading list.

WOW's Readers Share Their Thoughts:

"This is a beautifully written book with dynamic details. It brings the reader into the story and they feel they are right there. The story is creative and interesting to read. I want to read more from this writer as well as this world she has created. I loved the historical elements of this book and the main character is easy to like. You want to follow her story." ~ Charity Bartley Howard

"This book is well written and full of suspense and intense attraction between Adriana and Robert, that you can feel the moment they first meet on the ship. This fiery and fast-paced read is a must for historical romance lovers. Adriana is a character that proves her perseverance, not only to herself but to others as well. I can relate to her because she does whatever she can to survive and protect the ones she loves, even if it means leaving them. When Robert enters the picture, the raw animal magnetism leaps off the page in a way I was not prepared for. Some of called him swoon worthy and that description is a perfect description of how the character feels to the reader. The supporting characters also add so much to the story that you will remember and root for their stories as you read. Character development is the key in this read, which adds to the books overall unique way of storytelling. The story starts with continuous action, blends in romance and suspense leaving the reader voracious for more. If this were a movie or TV show, I’d watch it in a heartbeat! Don’t wait… Buy this book, you won’t regret it." ~ Stephanie Evans

"I was excited to get the book Adriana by Leslie Hachtel and I could not wait to start to read it. It was worth the wait. I loved this book. I was hooked by the second page. Adriana is a descriptive book and a fast read. I quickly fell in love with the characters, especially the main ones. It was not hard to root for them. I like that the chapters were mainly short, especially with someone with a short attention span. If you like romance books, this one would be a good one for you." ~ Jill Sheets

"A sweet and slightly spicy historical romance with characters you won’t soon forget. I loved Adriana’s grit and determination, and Robert was absolutely swoon worthy. But if I’m being totally honest, the supporting characters like Tate and Robert’s mother Elizabeth also found their way into my heart. (I would love to have tea with Elizabeth, she’s got some fire in her). You’ll be transported back centuries as you read this, and it’s like watching a TV drama unfold before your eyes. The characters are all unique, and well-developed. If you enjoy historical romances with an FMC who is strong, independent, and determined, you’re going to love this one!" ~ Liliyana Shadowlyn

"Adriana is a must read Historical Romance that will draw you in and once you begin reading the story you will not want to put the book down nor will you want it to end. Adriana is someone I would like to meet because she is strong and doesn't let anything bother her. As for the man I would love to meet him because he is a real man's man and someone we could all fall in love with. If I was in a book club, I would recommend Adriana as a must-read book." ~ Glenda Cates

"I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book! It was a fun, historical romance with some spice and mystery. I really liked the main characters, Adriana and Robert, and their love story." ~ Jamie W.

About the Author, Leslie Hatchel

Leslie Hachtel has been working since she was fifteen and her various jobs have included licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer, which have all given her a wealth of experiences.

However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She is an award-winning and Amazon bestselling author who has written seventeen romance novels, including twelve historicals and five romantic suspense.

Leslie lives in Florida with her very supportive husband, and her writing buddy, Josie, the poodle mix.

She loves to hear from readers!

You can find her online at:

WOW: I'm so glad to have you with us again! I love how you blend historical elements with romance. What kind of research did you do for this book? 

Leslie: Whenever I write historical, there are so many elements that need be correct. That’s sometimes difficult since there are some specifics left out no matter how much you search. But I do the best I can. For Adriana, it was important to get the description of the ship right and the details of life in the colonies. I want my readers to be immersed in the story and not lose the thread because of some glaring inconsistency. So, I do hours of research in the time period before I ever start to write. 

WOW: That must have been fascinating research! That makes me wonder: are you a pantser or a plotter? Why? 

Leslie: I am definitely a pantser. But it’s not my fault. Once I create the characters, they seem to take over. So, every time I’ve tried to plot, the characters tend to go in different directions. So I just go with them. 

WOW: That's a fun way to write. How do you generate ideas for plotlines and characters? 

Leslie: The strangest things seem to inspire me. For this book, it was the idea of a woman in disguise sailing to the colonies. That she decided to become a cook on the ship just made sense since many sailors thought women were bad luck on their boats. Unless of course, she could make the journey better. And good food is an instant incentive. 

For other stories, it can be a headline (for my romantic suspense Payback) or going to an escape room (the kidnapping in Bound to Morocco) or being by myself and awake in the middle of the night (The Dream Dancer). Once I have an idea, the rest seems to grow organically. 

WOW: How cool is that! What advice do you have for authors considering self-publishing? 

Leslie: First, obviously, write a wonderful book. Then find a good (and by that I mean great) editor and proofreader. If you want to compete in this market, you have to have a quality product. And that means well-written and carefully crafted. Then find a talented cover artist who captures the heart of your story. After that, the rest is easy. 

WOW: That's so helpful! What advice would you have for authors who want to write romance? 

Leslie: Read romance. All genres. Then choose the ones that most appeal to you. And then read more in that genre or genres. Understand how they are alike and how they are different. And then find your voice. 

WOW: Excellent advice. What are you working on now that you can tell us about? 

Leslie: Now I am working on Book Two and Three that come after Come Back to Me. The first book ends with a cliffhanger and so there needed to be two more books. These are time travel stories and the first one involves a modern woman who sees a portrait of a man from Scotland in the 1500’s. Knowing he is her soul mate, she must find a way to meet him. But true love is rarely easy. But then, what would you do to find true love?

WOW: I can't wait! Thank you for joining us again. We're so glad to have you!

Adriana by Leslie Hachtel Review and Giveaway

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Enter for a chance to win a copy of the novel Adriana by Leslie Hachtel! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win. The giveaway ends on March 25th at 11:59 pm CT. We will choose a winner the next day and announce in the widget and follow up via email. Good luck! 

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Heather Swanson said...

On my reading list

Melanie B said...

This sounds like a story I'd enjoy; and I love Leslie Hachtel's books!

luminous said...

Thank you for writing a shipboard romance!

kywave said...

This sounds like a wonderful escape and suspense novel!

AshleyS said...

This sounds like a good read.

Nancy P said...

Beautiful cover

Linda Fast said...

The cover is really pretty

R Struthers said...

I enjoy historical romance so that I can learn about the culture and time period.

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