How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries is today's Kindle Daily Deal and it's $1.99. This book has some tremendous reviews – and I've never tried a Jeffries novel so this might be the one I grab. It has a 4.07 average at Goodreads – which is kind of amazing.
When a charming rogue proposes she marry him to meet her grandmother's ultimatum, the Sharpe clan's strong-willed sister makes a tempting counter-offer that preserves her inheritance and ignites his imagination. Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother's demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel.
And who better to play the part of Minerva's would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva's imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him. Little does she know, he really is a covert government operative. When they team up to investigate the mystery behind her parents' deaths, their fake betrothal leads to red-hot desire.
Then Minerva discovers Giles's secret double life, and he must use all the cunning tricks of his trade to find his way back into her heart.
Her Royal Spyness is $1.99 at most retailers, and is today's Nook Daily Find. This is tagged as “historical cozy mystery” featuring a young lady who is 34th in line for the throne, a cousin to King George V, and “flat broke.” This is book 1 in a (currently) 7 book series.
The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930s London mystery series, featuring a penniless twenty-something member of the extended royal family.
Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. And she is flat broke. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things, among them, the perfect curtsey.
But when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland, and her fiancé Fish-Face, for London, where she has: a) worked behind a cosmetics counter-and gotten sacked after five hours b) started to fall for a quite unsuitable minor royal c) made some money housekeeping (incognita, of course), and d) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son.
Then an arrogant Frenchman, who wants her family's 800-year-old estate for himself, winds up dead in her bathtub. Now her most important job is to clear her very long family name.
Sweet Caroline is $1.99 at Amazon (not sure for how long). This is an inspirational contemporary romance set in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Some reviewers on GR found that there was too much inclusion of God's plan for the characters, and others felt it wasn't religious enough. (I just gifted it to a friend who lives in SC; I hope she likes it.) Rachel Hauck was nominated for a RITA® for The Wedding Dress.
Caroline serves others with little time to enjoy the sweeter parts of life. Until her old boyfriend returns to town–and she's given a second chance at first love. Life hasn't always been so sweet for Caroline Sweeny. She's sacrifice her desires for others–unlike her mother who abandoned their family years ago.
But when a friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Spain, Caroline says “yes” to a new destiny.
But before she can pack her bags, Caroline suddenly finds herself the new owner of the run-down Frogmore Cafe–and forced to choose between her friends and her future. Then her first love, Mitch O'Neal, returns home and encourages her to seek God's desires for her future.
With his help, she may just discover the true sweet life.