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Books on Sale: Two Contemporaries, Two Historicals

 Book Stand in Groom Stand In Groom by Suzanne Brockmann is $1.99 right now. This is a contemporary romance reissue – it's a romantic suspense mixed with marriage of convenience plotline from the Bantam Loveswept line. It was originally published in 1997. I love reading older books from authors whose careers have continued to grow, especially when they were writing in the category format.

 He was tall, dark, and just dangerous enough to be a woman's dream cometrue… Did heroes always come this big and sexy? Chelsea Spencer wondered as JohnnyAnziano tackled the muggers who'd stolen her purse! She wasn't used to beingrescued, at least not by a gorgeous stranger whose smile was pure temptation.Could this intriguing mystery man help her pull off a risky charade, or wouldsharing close quarters with a handsome rebel start a fire she couldn'tcontrol?

Irresistibly seductive and utterly romantic, Suzanne Brockmann's spirited romptakes a mismatched pair of lovers on a roller-coaster ride with destiny! She'doffered him a deal he couldn't refuse, a chance for a brand-new start, butcould he make her believe her heart was the prize he'd vowed to win?

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 Book The Wager

 The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken just came out on 1 October and is .99c right now. There are SO many glowing reviews behind this book. Have you read it?

 What is it about a junior-high crush that can send an otherwise intelligent woman into a tailspin? TV reporter Char Lynn wishes she knew. Jake Titus is too rich, too handsome, too arrogant: a trifecta that once lured Char into the best night-and worst morning-after-of her life. Now they've been thrown together in a wedding party. It's awkward, but survivable . . . until Jake stops acting like a jerk, and starts acting like the man she'd always hoped he could be.

If watching your brother marry your best friend is weird, being attracted to your best friend's other best friend is downright bizarre. Unfortunately for Jake, Char hasn't forgotten how he once tossed her aside. Worse still, Jake's already-nutty grandma is even crazier about Char. Cue meet-cute shenanigans and all manner of meddling, and somehow, Jake's falling. For Char.

Now all he has to do is make her believe it . . .

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 Book Moonlight Masquerade

 Moonlight Masquerade is an inspirational historical fiction romance/mystery – with a really gorgeous cover, too. It's the Kindle Daily Deal but the $2.99 price has been matched elsewhere – yay! It has a 3.71-star review average.

 Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need–or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte.

When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth.

But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham's spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?

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 Book Loving a Lost LordLoving a Lost Lord by Mary Jo Putney is $1.99 right now. It has mostly 3- and 4-star reviews, but it has everything I like in historicals, too: shipwrecks! Groups of male friends with a Special Group Name who are all sequel bait! Plus amnesia!

 In the first of a dazzling series, Mary Jo Putney introduces the Lost Lords–maverick childhood friends with a flair for defying convention. Each is about to discover the woman who is his perfect match–but perfection doesn't come easily, even for the noble Duke of Ashton. . . Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor of the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he's delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife. Mariah's name and face may not be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right. . .

When Mariah Clarke prayed for a way to deter a bullying suitor, she didn't imagine she'd find the answer washed ashore on a desolate beach. Convincing Adam that he is her husband is surprisingly easy. Resisting the temptation to act his wife, in every way, will prove anything but. And now a passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real–and completely irresistible. . .

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  1. 1
    Shaheen says:

    Hmmm… I went to check out Midnight Masquerade on Amazon to see how inspie it was, and it has a reasonable middle finger salute profile (to quote your previous article). Of course I checked out the 1 and 2 stars first :-). Then I noticed that all these reviews were from publisher provided ARCs. In fact of the 77 reviews published, 55 explicitly said they were from ARCs, including all 15 3-1 starred reviews (I was a little suspicious of at least a third of the rest). Does this mean publishers are catching on to our middle fingered test, or am I just paranoid? :grabs tin foil just in case:

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    Rebecca says:

    I just finished the Brockmann & enjoyed it. Johnny had a bit of insta love and was too perfect, but the dialog & pacing were enjoyable. I think most of my problems related more to it’s category nature than any large flaws (I don’t read category, generally)

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    kkw says:

    I’m pretty sure I enjoyed that Lost Lords series. I read two amnesiac hero books back to back and I’m never quite sure which was which (I have memory problems of my own, clearly) but one was decent and the other was good, so either way it’s not a bad deal.

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    Karin says:

    I liked that particular Putney book the least, out of the whole Lost Lords series. MJP has a well deserved RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, and nothing she writes is bad, she’s an auto-read for me. I just didn’t care for the heroine of LALL much. But the one that comes after it, “Never Less Than A Lady” was totally a keeper.

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