If 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.
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 . . .
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?
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…
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.
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.