RECOMMENDED: It Had to Be You is Lucky Harbor #7, and it's $1.99 right now at most retailers. Essentially the Lucky Harbor series is built on sets of trilogies, and this is trilogy #3, centered around three heroes.
This story has all the things Shalvis fans (like me!) love: excellent and hilarious dialogue, realistic character emotions, humor, extremely hot scenes (a good thing for today!) — plus the small town setting that many romance fans love. The familiarity of Lucky Harbor works really well for some readers, and wears others out (like me, alas) but even if you've taken a break from the series (like I did), this has enough of the best parts to be worth well more than $2.
Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she's a thief, and now she's about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern….
After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke's own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling?
Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?
RECOMMENDED: The Raider by Jude Deveraux is a KDD at $1.99. Not only is this vintage historical Deveraux, set in colonial America, and not only is this one of the more fun heroines to read about, but THIS is the book upon which The Greatest Barbie Collectors Edition of All Time No Really was based. (Note: the link to pictures of romance novel Barbie and Ken will eat at least 15-20 minutes of your day but you'll enjoy it, Ihope.)
To say this book occupies a special place in my heart is a big, hairy understatement.
Jude Deveraux continues her beloved Montgomery saga in America with this dramatic, passion-filled tale of rebellion and love — a breathtaking adventure to be savored all over again — or discovered for the first time!
In colonial New England, the British are hunting a fearless, masked patriot whose daring foils them at every turn. He's known simply as the Raider.
Jessica Taggert, a proud-tempered beauty, thrills to the Raider's scorching midnight embrace, but despises Alexander Montgomery, the drunken town buffoon.
In truth, the cleverly disguised Montgomery lives two lives…and only his triumph over the hated Redcoats will free him, at last, to know the full pleasure of Jessica's love.
Mystery Man, book 2 in the “Dream Man” series by Kristen Ashley, is .99c at Amazon. As we've discussed often, Ashley books have the crack baked in, and many are susceptible, falling into a weeks-long binge of 100k+ word count books about alpha male heroes and often feisty heroines. This is the Ashley I read, and as I've mentioned, the crack didn't work on me, though I could SEE the crack and see why it worked. If you like deep POV stories and writing that is all about the emotion, you might like this.
Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…
Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force.
The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore….