Today is a day when many people need a little comfort reading, myself included. There are a bunch of Edith Layton historical romances on sale for .99c – $2.99 right now – perfect for those who love excellent historical romance with amazing characters. Layton was a superb historical author (I loved her book The Duke's Wager, which isn't out digitally yet) and these books all have very high review averages. Treat yourself!
The Choice is on sale for $2.99 and is book two in the “C” series (seriously, that's what it's called). Book one, The Cad, is currently $5.69 digitally. The rest in the series are on sale, as well. The Choice has a 3.8 star average at Goodreads.
A lovely young woman whose ethereal beauty has enchanted the London ton, Miss Gillian Giles can combat a suitor's unwanted embrace with deadly efficiency. But her talent for self-protection can't help her stave off the most proper advances of one Damon Ryder, the Season's most eligible bachelor. Caught in a compromising position with him–one that could irreparably ruin her reputation–Gilly is dismayed when Damon unhesitatingly offers marriage.
Most young ladies would be thrilled to land such a handsome, wealthy husband. Gilly, however, has a mind of her own–and more than a few secrets to hide. She believes marriage to Damon to be impossible, but Damon is equally determined to convince her otherwise. And if he isn't enough trouble, two other suitors, both charmingly irresistible, have now set their sights on winning her, too. Pursued by three devilishly persuasive men, how can the headstrong Gilly possibly resist falling in love?
The Chance is $.99 right now, and is book three in the series. This book features a shy hero who is a war hero, but utterly lost when it comes to things like courtship. He's required by his honor and a momentary mixup to marry an unconventional heroine – so it's part forced/arranged marriage with shy hero (you can tell I'm all over this one, right? Yeah.)
A brave nobleman who'd successfully fought Napoleon's toughest soldiers, Raphael Dalton was no stranger to treachery and warfare. Yet nothing this modest hero has experienced can prepare him for the famous beauty Annabelle, the toast of the London With his unruly red hair and solid, honest face, Rafe doesn't think he has a chance with the flirtatious beauty who seems not to notice him. And when scandal threatens to ruin the reputation of a friend's sister, Breanna, Rafe's hopes may be dashed for good.
To stop malicious tongue-wagging, Rafe offers to marry the exotic, raven-haired beauty. It isn't only honor, though, that sparks the proposal, for a smodering attraction draws him to this spirited woman as well. Little does Rafe know, however, that Annabelle still wants him for her own.
While he's a master at outwitting opponents on the battlefield, the painfully shy soldier is defenseless when it comes to the fairer sex—and Annabelle will use every weapon she can, while Breanna hopes for his attention too. Now Rafe has the chance to find true love — but only if he doesn't lose his head.
The Challenge is book #5 in the series, and is $.99c. It's got a rakish ex-pat viscount named Hathaway Wycoff (I AM SO SOLD ON THIS NAME) and a destitute widow in America, and attraction that the heroine is trying to resist. Plus, it has a 3.7 average on Goodreads.
Wealthy, handsome, and devastatingly charming, the expatriate Viscount Hathaway Wycoff could easily win most women's affections. But the lovely Lucy Stone isn't most women. Though the self-respecting beauty is drawn to him, she refuses to give in to passion. Once before Lucy had followed her heart–a journey that took her to America and left her there a penniless young widow and mother.
A rich relative unexpectedly offers Lucy and her son passage back to England, answering her longtime prayer. She doesn't want to leave Wycoff, but given his scandalous reputation, it seems the right choice. Wycoff promises he will change to win her, but Lucy cannot allow herself to believe him.
When a devious plot threatens all Lucy holds dear, she must turn to the man she's vowed not to trust. Neither knows what final destination fate has in store–but they are willing to risk everything to find out.
The Conquest is .99c, and it's an injured hero/medical heroine story. (Seriously, I think I'm buying all of these. I give up.)
Many times Alexandria Gascoyne has been called upon to nurse forest animals back to health — but never before have her brothers brought her a wounded man! Though pale and grievously injured, the unconscious nobleman in Alexandria's bed is as striking a male as she has ever seen. But this is a time for tender healing, not for fantasy and dreams that leave an innocent maid flushed and breathless.
An angel has brought the Earl of Drummond back to life. Her smile is a delight, her touch is ecstasy. Yet freedom-loving Drum knows he must leave the exquisite Alexandria as soon as he is able. Being discovered alone with this stunning country miss could lead to only scandal…or, worse, to matrimony! And Drum dares not expose her to the perils of world. But how can he abandon this incomparable lady who mended his damaged heart — then conquered it with kindness, passion, and love?
Is it possible? The breathtaking Lady Annabelle has actually agreed to marry, sight unseen, a gentleman of her father's choosing — the self-proclaimed “exceptionally average” Miles Croft. The ton is aghast! After scandalously toying with so many hearts, why is the exquisite Annabelle chaining herself to the new Viscount Pelham, a complete — albeit most attractive — stranger?
Could it be that her own heart has been irreparably shattered, and she wants nothing more to do with romance?
Yet there is certainly nothing “average” about their wedding night! There is magic in Miles's touch, and the smoldering ecstasy it ignites threatens to consume them both. Dare Annabelle dream this is the one passionate and enduring love she ached for in secret, but never dreamed she'd be worthy of? Might this tender, mysterious lover truly be the scarlet lady's redemption — and could she be Miles's as well?
To Tempt a Bride is .99c, and holy smoke is this my catnip. The heroine is in love with the hero, but she's the sister of his best friend and as such is Off Limits. Reading is good for jet lag, right? Of course, it is!
From the moment she first saw tall, dashing Eric Ford, Camille's heart was lost. In her most cherished fantasy she is standing by his side, exchanging sacred wedding vows with her beloved. But Eric seems content to be no more than her unofficial protector, watching over the younger sister of his dear friend—and, despite her every attempt to open his eyes, it appears Camille's dream of wedded bliss might never come true.
Eric knows a spirited and passionate beauty like Camille deserves much better than him, an ex-military man who has no patience for the games of the ton. Still, he aches each time a potential suitor approaches her, or when he sees her dancing in another man's arms. Eric knows he will never be complete until Camille is his. With each lingering glance and caressing touch he must tempt the lady to be his bride.
But when danger and betrayal threaten, will it destroy a secret love…or bind two hearts for all eternity?