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Shopping cart filled with booksIf you're a Loretta Chase fan, there are some great prices to be discovered, especially for her backlist, which she is republishing. Thanks to Heather S. for the link to this first one. 

Scandal Wears SatinScandal Wears Satin is on sale for $2.99 digitally – and is coupon eligible at most retailers!

From the Journals of Sophia Noirot: A dress is a weapon. It must dazzle his eye, raise his temperature . . . and empty his purse.

A blue-eyed innocent on the outside and a shark on the inside, dressmaker Sophy Noirot could sell sand to Bedouins. Selling Maison Noirot's beautiful designs to aristocratic ladies is a little harder, especially since a recent family scandal has made an enemy of one of society's fashion leaders. Turning scandal to the shop's advantage requires every iota of Sophy's skills, leaving her little patience for a big, reckless rake like the Earl of Longmore.

The gorgeous lummox can't keep more than one idea in his head at a time, and his idea is taking off all of Sophy's clothes. But when Longmore's sister, Noirot's wealthiest, favorite customer, runs away, Sophy can't let him bumble after her on his own. In hot pursuit with the one man who tempts her beyond reason, she finds desire has never slipped on so smoothly . . .

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Knaves' Wager

This book was originally published in 1990, and is a traditional Regency romance. It's $2.99 digitally.

The traditional English Regency from New York Times bestselling author, Loretta Chase, is back…

Lilith Davenant, has ample reason to detest Julian Wyndhurst, Marquess of Brandon: he's exactly the kind of man who hastened the demise of her profligate husband, and the debt he owed to Julian has forced her to an engagement with a wealthy suitor for the sake of supporting her beloved nieces and nephews. Besides that, Lord Julian somehow manages to ignite disturbing…feelings…she's never felt before! Lord Julian used his considerable skills and cunning in the war against Napoleon.

Now he's obliged to use the same talents to save his young cousin from a disastrous marriage to a scheming mistress — who makes him a wager: If Julian can seduce the famously icy Lady Lilith Davenant, the lady will release his cousin from the engagement. But very quickly, Julian discovers Lilith's hidden warmth, kindness and humor. Will he be able to prove his heart to her before she learns of his recklessly shameless wager?

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The Sandalwood Princess

This book is also a traditional Regency and was published in 1990. (I just typoed “1190” – it's not THAT old, sheesh!). Also, can I just say, I really like that the model on the cover is more rounded than angular? I'm not sure if it's the dress or what but I am drawn to this cover. And I usually don't like photographs as covers for historicals. Anyway, this book is on sale for $2.99.

Capable, clever Amanda Cavencourt is retuning to England, from exotic India, where she has been managing her brother's household. With her, she brings a treasured memento — a beautiful statue, carved in sandalwood — a gift from her friend, a noted Indian princess. When the statue is snatched from her, Amanda is determined to recover it, and discover why the culprit, a dashing, notorious rogue known only as the Falcon, who is renowned for his dangerous skills in political intrigue, would want such an object.

Amanda vows to steal the statue back– but she may end up stealing the Falcon's heart instead! Or maybe it's her heart that's about to be stolen…  

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The Devil's Delilah This is also a traditional Regency and is also $2.99. And it's also as tempting to my reading list as the others are!

ETA: @actuallyaisha on Twitter sent me a link to a blog post she wrote extolling the many, many virtues of the hero in this book: 

In The Devil’s Delilah  Jack falls in love with and is fallen-in-love-with and it is all very wonderful. Here are some of the reasons for Jack’s amazingness.

1. He’s genuinely nice. He’s not a ‘reformed’ rake, he doesn’t need to learn over the course of the book to treat other people with respect. He just goes through the book being fundamentally decent.

2. When he protects women he does so geekily. How would you stop someone from making snide remarks about your beloved at a party?

Before Lady Jane had time to counterattack, Jack leapt into the fray.

“Really, it is most gratifying to hear the ladies speak so knowledgeably of Benthamite philosophy,” he said hurriedly. “In order to be good, according to them, the object examined must be useful. The object, of course, refers to the matter under discussion, whether it be an abstract quality or a physical fact.”

Apparently oblivious to the bafflement of most of his audience, Jack soared into the empyrean realms of the most abstruse philosophy, citing Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine and others with no regard whatsoever to relevance or coherence, and with a great deal of Greek and Latin thrown in for good measure. He continued in this vein for at least a quarter hour, at the end of which time most of the company had withdrawn from the battlefield to less mystifying conversations.

Yes.

3. When he does lapse and do something Regency-hero-ish, like kiss the heroine without her permission, he is very penitent. That this is remarkable says a lot about the genre, but it’s nice to have a hero who at least theoretically believes consent is a necessary thing.

4. He can write. Without giving the plot away, it requires him to display considerable literary skills. He also has considerable intelligence.

Yeah, so I'm buying this one right flippin' now.

Here's the cover copy;:

What’s a girl to do, when her father, known as Devil Desmond, is one of the most infamous rogues in all of England? Delilah Desmond is not happy. To provide for her, her father has sold his memoirs, filled with scandalous and embarrassing exploits—effectively ruining her chances for a suitable marriage, so she can support her family while saving her father from disgrace.

But it seems the manuscript is in demand by all sorts of unscrupulous persons, and preventing its publication is going to be impossible; especially now that it has been stolen. Can the hot-tempered Delilah and her very unwilling accomplice, absent-minded, bookish, Jack Langdon with his soft grey eyes and tousled hair, salvage the disaster?

It appears that deceptively quiet Jack may have a core of steel—and be the one man smart and strong enough to be the hero she’d been hoping for all along.

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  1. 1
    Mirandaflynn says:

    Barbara Hambly’s Blood Maidens, the most recent James Asher and Ysidro adventure, is also on sail for 1.99.

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    laj says:

    Knaves Wager is very good.  I also liked The English Witch; written in 1987, it is very funny and stands up well.

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    Kate K. F. says:

    I just bought The Devil’s Delilah, I love the idea of the guy being bookish and decent. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    LG says:

    I’ve sorta kinda avoided reading Loretta Chase, I think because she seems to have so many fans who frequent the comments sections of blogs I read – people seem to love her books so much, and part of me is afraid I’d read them, find out I don’t, and be unable to join in on the squeeing. It’s why I resisted the Harry Potter books for so long. But wow, actuallyaisha sells the hero in The Devil’s Delilah so well I’m really tempted to finally give Loretta Chase a shot.

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    Mag says:

    Read Lord of Scoundrels. It’s Loretta Chase’s best work.  One of the best romances out there.

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    Liz Tea Bee says:

    The key is to have reasonable expectations.

    DO NOT start with Lord of Scoundrels. It’s hard to be a romance reader who didn’t love LoS. Sample Chase’s other work first.

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    Sandra says:

    The Devil’s Delilah and most of her other older backlist books are Trad Regencies. Great books, but different from her current works. If you want to avoid LoS, as Liz suggests, but sample her more recent stuff, try some of her others. My favorite’s Mr. Impossible. Some of my other favs—The Last Hellion, Lord Perfect, Your Scandalous Ways. 

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    MissB2U says:

    LOS is in my top five books ever.  I read it over and over yet it never gets old.  It’s like having someone make your favorite dinner whenever you ask for it.

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    Charlotte Russell says:

    I’m a Loretta Chase fan but I’ve never been able to get through Lord of Scoundrels. I don’t like any of the characters. Mr. Impossible is great and I REALLY wish it would go on sale as an ebook. I did purchase Knave’s Wager a few weeks ago when it was on sale and I hope to read it next week while on vacation.

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    Virginia E says:

    Use the links in this blog to find the regencies at ARE. For some reason, they don’t come up on title, author, or publisher search, but they do come up if you click on the “other books by Loretta Chase” link from one of these titles. Laj, they do have English Witch if you want a digital copy.

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