Night Storm is $2.99, and is book #3 in Catherine Coulter's Night trilogy, originally published in 1990. Coulter historicals are usually replete with grumpy alpha males, but I have a huge soft spot for them because they were among the very first romances I ever read. In this book, the heroine is posing as a boy (of course) and the hero has angersex with her, frustrated by her independence and strength. The back cover copy is also one of those “Dear Reader” letters – but it's from the author, not the hero. Much less creepy.
You met Alec Carrick in Night Fire. He returns full force-and believe me, this man's got force–in Night Storm, the third novel of the Night Trilogy which I wrote in the Fall of 1988. The Paxtons are shipbuilders in Baltimore. Alec Carrick is an English nobleman who wants to buy them out. Genny Paxton isn't at all what she seems. She dresses like “Eugene” and wants to build her own sailing ships without male interference. Alec, a man of great insight, knows exactly what lies beneath those britches.
He gets Genny's goat more times than she can count. This is a love story filled with wit, humor, and outrageous circumstance. It's got more unexpected spins than a roulette wheel. Then there's five-year-old Hallie, Alec's daughter, a charmer who will take hold of your heart and never let go.
Do enjoy Alec and Genny–and let me know which of the novels in the Night Trilogy you like best.
Smoke Screen is a classic Sandra Brown romantic suspense and it's $2.99. I love Sandra Brown, despite my dislike of romantic suspense. This one is a tale of arson and investigation, and more than a few reviewers love how much it kept them guessing, and reading.
When newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a rising star detective in the Charleston PD, she remembers nothing of how she got there…or of how Jay wound up dead.
Handsome and hard-partying, Jay was a hero of the disastrous fire that five years earlier had destroyed Charleston's police headquarters. The blaze left seven people dead, but the death toll would have been much higher if not for the bravery of Jay and three other city officials who risked their lives to lead others to safety. Firefighter Raley Gannon, Jay's lifelong friend, was off-duty that day. Though he might not have been a front-line hero, he was assigned to lead the investigation into the cause of the fire. It was an investigation he never got to complete. Because on one calamitous night, Raley's world was shattered.
Scandalized, wronged by the people he trusted most, Raley was forced to surrender the woman he loved and the work to which he'd dedicated his life. For five years his resentment against the men who exploited their hero status to further their careers — and ruin his — had festered, but he was helpless to set things right.
That changes when he learns of Jay Burgess's shocking death and Britt Shelley's claim that she has no memory of her night with him. As the investigation into Jay's death intensifies, and suspicion against Britt Shelley mounts, Raley realizes that the newswoman, Jay's last sexual conquest, might be his only chance to get personal vindication — and justice for the seven victims of the police station fire.
French Silk is $1.99 digitally for pre-order at Amazon. It's $4.99 for pre order elsewhere. This book comes out 30 April 2013 in digital format, and was originally published in 1991. I remember really, really enjoying this book when I first read it years ago, though I can't recall the specific things that I enjoyed – I read it a long, long time ago.
Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness.
The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk's erotic sleepwear as sinful.
And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect.
District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul. But neither Cassidy nor her protests of innocence can save Claire unless she reveals a shocking truth — one she has sworn to take to the grave…
Hello, Darkness is $2.99 digitally, and was originally published in 2001.
For Paris Gibson, her popular late-night radio show is both an escape and her one real contact with the outside world. Since moving to Austin to ease the pain of past, tragic mistakes, she has led a life of virtual solitude, coming alive only when she hosts her show. To her loyal listeners, she is a wise and trusted friend who not only takes their music requests but listens to their problems and occasionally dispenses advice.
Paris's world of isolation is brutally threatened, however, when one listener — a man who identifies himself only as “Valentino” — tells her that her on-air advice to the girl he loves has caused her to leave him and that now he intends to exact his revenge. First he plans to kill the girl, whom he has abducted — which he says he will do in 72 hours — then he will come after Paris.
Joined by the Austin police department, Paris plunges into a race against time in an effort to find Valentino before he can carry out his threat to kill — and to kill again. To her dismay, she finds that one of the people she must work with is crime psychologist Dean Malloy, a man with whom she shares a history that had a catastrophic effect on both their lives.
His presence arouses old passions, forcing Paris to confront painful memories that she had come to Austin to forget. As the clock ticks down, and Valentino's threats come closer and closer to becoming a reality, Paris suddenly finds herself forced to deal with a killer who may not be a stranger at all.