The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is $3.99 at Amazon. It hasn't been price matched yet, but here's hoping. This isn't a romance, but it is a huge bestseller. It's set during the civil rights era in South Carolina. Some readers adored it for how it focused on loss, rebirth, and self-discovery, while other readers haaaaated it because it's a(nother) story of black women told from the perspective of a young white woman, and because they felt the issues raised, such as abuse, racism, and cruelty, are not dealt with honestly.
Have you read this? So many people have told me they loved it that I'm curious.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother's past.
Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is $4.99 at Amazon (come on over, price matching fairies!). This is a fantasy novel, with a love story within it, but it's not a romance. It is, however, praised effusively for the language, the worldbuilding, and the magic of the circus itself. Have you read this book?
The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing.
Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
I posted these earlier this month, but they're still on sale. If you like erotic romance series, all three are a good deal.
Crave, book 1 in Monica Murphy's Billionaire Bachelor's Club trilogy, is $1.50/$2.99 depending on vendor (AMZ and BN are at $1.50). This is erotic contemporary romance featuring a trio of billionaires (who are bachelors, obviously) (and part of a club) (like you do), and the first story rests on the bff/sibling/no no conflict, with the added bonus of excellent chemistry and really, really hot sex scenes, according to some reviewers.
Billionaire Archer Bancroft always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Ivy Emerson, his best friend’s sister, for far too long. Being forbidden and untouchable only makes her more tempting. When a million-dollar bet with his friends throws down a challenge—last bachelor standing takes all—Archer knows he can win. That is, until one enchanted evening with Ivy takes his heart for a ride.
Ivy knows Archer is nothing but bad news: Infuriating, arrogant…and completely intoxicating. But despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to keep away.
When a stolen kiss leads to a night of heated passion, Ivy realizes she’s in trouble and in head over heels.
But in the light of day, everything seems clearer and Archer’s not so sure a one-night stand is all he wants. Concocting a plan to keep Ivy by his side, Archer might just be willing to lose this bet…and win the jackpot instead
Torn, book 2, is also .99c at BN and AMZ (or $2.99 if you're Kobo/ARe). This story is about billionaire 2, who is tempted by a woman tied (not literally although maybe) to his latest business acquisition. Is Mergers & Acquisitions a trope? Probably. Again: hot chemistry, hot sex, plus billionaires.
Marina Knight came to this party for one thing only: to slap Gage Emerson in the face. Poised to snatch up her family’s real estate empire, the sexy tycoon is on the verge of making an enemy for life—even if he can make her melt with a single kiss …
When Gage discovers that the alluring woman before him is the key to his latest acquisition, claiming her as his suddenly doesn’t seem quite so cut-and-dried. To get what he wants, he must get to know the fierce woman willing to face him down—as she steadily steals his heart.
Gage’s persistence and intense passion war with Marina’s determination to protect her family. As they delve deeper into an affair they didn’t see coming, Marina’s torn: Will she lose her heart to Gage—or everything she holds dear?
Savor is available for pre-order for .99c/$2.99 (depending on vendor) as well. This book comes out on 21 Janaury 2013. And yes, this is book 3 in the trilogy, which means that by the end, all bachelors will be accounted for and also no longer bachelors, because romance.
When I first posted these earlier in January, it was bitter cold. It's bitter cold again, so perhaps erotic romance can help!
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office…
Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss—the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley—and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s eye… professionalism be damned.
With his winery’s grand reopening approaching, Matt is trying to stay focused, but Bryn is suddenly making it very difficult. He’s always thought her prim demeanor effortlessly sexy, but Matt can’t deny that her transformation is jaw-dropping …and going to make it very difficult to keep his hands to himself.
But when one thing leads to another and suddenly Matt is stripping Bryn bare, he’ll be faced with the biggest risk of his career—and his heart. Can he convince her—and himself—that this might just be more than a no-strings office affair?