RECOMMENDED: Thanks to Tabs for the heads up: At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran is $1.99 right now. Guest reviewer Jessica Luther, a reproductive rights activist and an historian, reviewed it for us in June 2012 because she adored this book:
This is not an easy story but it is a wonderful one. I am sucker for a romance novel that leaves the end uncertain until very late in the story. I also love good history. Duran accomplishes both in a most satisfying way. (Grade: A-).
By candlelight, she lures him…
Glittering court socialites and underworld cutpurses alike know that Adrian Ferrers, Earl of Rivenham, is the most dangerous man in London. Rivenham will let nothing—not the deepening shadow of war, nor the growing darkness within him—interfere with his ambition to restore his family to its former glory. But when tasked by the king to uncover a traitor, he discovers instead a conspiracy—and a woman whose courage awakens terrible temptations. To save her is to risk everything. To love her might cost his life.
At swordpoint she defies him…
Lady Leonora knows that Rivenham is the devil in beautiful disguise—and that the irresistible tension between them is as unpredictable as the dilemma in which Nora finds herself: held hostage on her own estate by Rivenham and the king’s men. But when war breaks out, Nora has no choice but to place her trust in her dearest enemy—and pray that love does not become the weapon that destroys them both…
Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran comes out in March 2014, but it's discounted for pre-order right now at $1.99. Meredith Duran is a tremendously talented historical romance writer, so I imagine this book will be worth far more than $1.99 (I haven't read it yet). Buy your future self a present, and in March, when the book magically appears, you can thank you past self for being so thoughtful!
Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits—and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family’s past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She’ll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information.
Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance. More beautiful than Lucifer, twice as feared, and thrice as cunning, he’ll use any weapon to punish those who fooled and betrayed him—even an impertinent maid who doesn’t know her place. But the more fascinated he becomes with the uppity redhead, the more dangerous his carefully designed plot becomes. For the one contingency he forgot to plan for was falling in love…and he cannot survive being fooled again.
Sarah James is an accomplished American woman who heads her own chic shoe company. Devon Heyworth is the rakish, ne'er-do-well younger brother of the 19th Duke of Northrop. When the two meet at the Duke's wedding they embark on a whirlwind weekend romance.
And what begins as a casual fling at a royal wedding quickly proves to be far more meaningful.
But when a string of misunderstandings threaten to tear them apart, their meddling aristocratic relatives join forces to reunite the star-crossed lovers.
The Rosie Bakery All-Butter, Cream-Filled, Sugar-Packed Baking Book is $2.51 at Amazon, and $2.99 elsewhere. I love how the title does not hide what this book is. I also want to eat just about everything inside the book. Laura Xixi tweeted at me that she hopes the book includes their “Chocolate Orgasm” brownies recipe, which appears on store receipts as “orgasms.”
Indeed it does, which means this book has $3 orgasms. CHOCOLATE ones!
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