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Books on Sale: Contempory Ruthie Knox, Historical Pamela Clare & Last Call on Tantor Sale

Book About Last Night Ruthie Knox

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox is .99c at Amazon right now. This is an intense contemporary, with a heroine and hero carrying backstory baggage and managing it in very different ways. Their attraction and the way it's described are very powerful, too. If you like a little angst and a lot of heat in your contemps, you'll probably like this a lot. This book was a RITA® nominee in 2013 for Best Contemporary.

Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she's made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.

Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family's banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine–even her name turns him on–with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.

When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?

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Book Sweet Release Pamela Clare

Sweet Release by Pamela Clare is a self published reissue of a 2004 Scottish historical (the next book in the series is below, also on sale). This is book 1 in the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, and it has very high reviews. Readers who are fans of Clare's romantic suspense may enjoy her writing and attention to detail in a different genre (and already have, judging from the reviews online). The negative reviews, however, disliked some crazysauce elements of the plot and what one reader called “purple prose.” (Hey, if there's purple prose, you can use it to get today's workout in!)

For five pounds sterling, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him. But as his wounds healed, and as his muscled chest bronzed from the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated–for he could steal her breath with a glance, or lay siege to her senses with a touch.

Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec Kenleigh went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude in the American colonies. There, he was known as Cole Braden, a convicted ravisher and defiler of women. While he longed to ravish the auburn-haired beauty who owned him, he knew his one hope of earning her love–and his freedom–was to prove his true identity.

Only then could he turn the tables and obtain his … Sweet Release.

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Book Carnal Gift - Pamela Clare

Carnal Gift by Pamela Clare is a self-published re-issue of a historical romance originally published in 2004.

From the Author's Note: When Carnal Gift was originally published in 2004, it went to pressing missing 100 full manuscript pages. The covers had been printed, my publisher told me, and the book was too long. It wasn't that those 100 pages were unnecessary; they simply wouldn't fit.

This is a Scottish historical, book 2 of the Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, and has a 4+ star average on GR.

“I expect you to show my friend just how grateful you are. Your willingness is everything.”

With those harsh words, the hated Sasanach earl decided Bríghid's fate: Her body and her virginity were to be offered to a stranger in exchange for her brother’s life. Possessing nothing but her innocence and her fierce Irish pride, she had no choice but to comply.

But the handsome man she faced in the darkened bedchamber was not at all the monster she expected. His green eyes seemed to see inside her. His tender touch calmed his fears while he swore he would protect her by merely pretending to claim her. And as the long hours of the night passed by, as her senses ignited at the heat of their naked flesh, she made a startling discovery: Sometimes the line between hate and love is dangerously thin.

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And also: Last call for the 60% sale at Tantor Audio on the handpicked (by me) collection of excellent romance audiobooks. Make sure you use coupon code SBFeb14 at checkout. That code is good for 60% list price for the specific books featured below, and includes all formats (mp3 download, mp3 CD, or Audio CD).

Here are the books on sale for one more week, just for you — and a big thank you to Tantor audio for offering the discount!

Something About You - Julie James

Something About You – Julie James

Narrated by Karen White

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde and Special Agent Jack Pallas must put their differences aside—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension—as they work together in solving a high-profile murder case.

Narrated by Karen White

I love this book. I love how the heroine is so intelligent and takes absolutely no crap, and I love that the hero doesn't take much crap either. I also think the narration adds a lot to the story – which I've already read at least twice. One thing Karen White does really well is differentiate between what the character is thinking and what the character is saying.

60% off List Price with coupon SBFeb14.




Unbound – Cara McKenna

Narrated by Lucy Rivers

In Cara McKenna's latest romance novel, a woman sets out to find herself and discovers the darker side of desire. Contains mature themes.

Heh. Mature themes. YOU DON'T SAY.

This is a tough book to narrate, with a surly Scottish hero and a determined American heroine – a heroine with a lot of things she keeps unsaid.  But Lucy Rivers' way of managing the narration makes this a fun story to listen to. Also: it's very hot.

60% off List Price with coupon SBFeb14.




Nalini Singh - Angels' Blood

Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 

Narrated by Justine Eyre  

In the first entry in the Guild Hunter series, New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a world of beauty and bloodlust where angels hold sway over vampires.

Nalini Singh writes books with layers on top of layers, like one of those cakes made of 6,000 crepes that takes about a day and a half to make, and then everyone eats it in less than a half hour. So, cake aside, when you listen to one of Singh's books, as Angie James has said on the DBSA Podcast, you hear different things about the story that perhaps weren't as evident when you read it.

You should definitely listen with cake, though.

60% off List Price with coupon SBFeb14.



Pamela Clare- Extreme Exposure

Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare
Narrated by Kaleo Griffith

Sparks fly when a hardboiled reporter meets a handsome senator, in the first book in a new romantic suspense series by Pamela Clare. Contains mature themes.

Heh heh. “Mature themes” strike again! 

Pamela Clare writes amazing romantic suspense – and I say that not being a romantic suspense fan. She's gooood. And her narrator, Kaleo Griffith, adds tension to the story – one that already has plenty. I met Ms. Clare and Mr. Griffith at RWA last year – I happened to talk by them both in the lobby and introduced myself – and Mr. Griffith said he loves recording these books. He thinks they're terrific.

60% off List Price with coupon SBFeb14.



Cecilia Grant - A Lady Awakened - a woman against a green cloth background
A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
Narrated by Susan Ericksen

In the emotionally rich and deeply passionate first book in a new series by Cecilia Grant, a deal with a rumored rogue turns a proper young woman into . . . A Lady Awakened.

I love this book. I love so many things about it. And I love listening to it because different pieces of the story reveal themselves and I get to enjoy it even more than I already have. Have you read this? Get some cake and listen. Seriously. What are you waiting for? You could be making Good Book Noise® RIGHT NOW.

60% off List Price with coupon SBFeb14.




Maya Banks - In Bed with a Highlander

In Bed with the Highlander by Maya Banks
Narrated by Kirsten Potter

In the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks, warrior Ewan McCabe dreams only of exacting revenge on his enemy—until he meets beautiful temptress Mairin. Contains mature themes.

Mature themes?! In a Maya Banks novel? THE DEVIL YOU SAY.

This list is replete with Scots. You're welcome!

Maya Banks' In Bed With the Highlander is action and hotness and more action and intrigue, plus did I mention Scots?

60% off List Price with coupon SBFeb14.




Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Narrated by Renée Raudman

Mercenary Kate Daniels cleans up urban problems of a paranormal kind. But her latest prey, a pack of undead warriors, presents her greatest challenge.

I interviewed Renee Raudman for our podcast, and had to find some of her performances after I heard her talk about her career as a narrator. She's as good as all of Ilona Andrews' fans say she is – which is pretty freaking marvelous.

60% off List Price with coupon SBFeb14.


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  1. 1
    Christine says:

    I’m so glad you told us about the Tantor audiobook sale earlier in the month!  I bought Julie James “Something About You”; Cara McKenna’s “Unbound”  – both of which I listened to and really enjoyed!  I also bought Cecilia Grant’s ” A Lady Awakened” and Pamela Clare’s “Extreme Exposure”.  While on the site, I noticed that all of their romances are 50% off this month, so I took advantage of the sale and bought a whole bunch more – this should keep me busy for the next few months – just in time for training season for some 10K and half marathon runs in the summer.  Yay!

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    Cordy says:

    Re: A Lady Awakened: I have read it, I love it. Of the three Blackshear novels, I think it’s the least accessible, in some ways. The heroine is initially not easy to like. She’s very stiff, but in a way that I think is probably much more realistic for a woman of her time and class than the “La! I am going to ride astride and smoke cheroots.” thing many historical romances do to give their heroines agency. But Cecilia Grant is, I think, a genius. Her other two books in the series pop into my head all the time, which is not something I can often say about romance novels. She has a real gift for writing about people who are not initially easy to like and who grow on you and change within themselves over time. Her characters actual arc and change, which is a rare find in the genre.

    Re: Something About You: I tried really hard to read this one and just could not get past the first couple of chapters. It felt like the book thought the female main character was really delightful, which is something I think I like to discover on my own – and I didn’t feel anything between the male and female lead. But so many people I respect love it, I’m wondering if I just need to stick it out for longer until the awesome kicks in?

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    Amanda says:

    @Cordy: It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I really liked it and gave it 4 stars on GoodReads. Something About You is what turned me on to Julie James’ books.

    The chemistry really amps up once the romantic suspense aspect starts, so I suggest giving it a bit more time. I won’t be offended though if you don’t finish it!

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    Kelly S. says:

    @Cordy. I only made it to page 20 in Something About You before I stopped and may never finish.  I found the treatment of the heroine to be very annoying.

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    Jill-Marie says:

    I pretty much love the awesomeness of Julie James, but I have to admit … “Something About You” left me uninspired. I had the opposite problem, though: I skipped a good portion of the middle because it just seemed really slow.

    Still, I bought the Tantor audiobook, because I can always use something fun to listen to. :-)

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    Salena says:

    You can get the Pamela Clares in a combined edition for 3.99 at BN. It’s called the Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga Boxed Set. The books are 2.99 each, if purchased separately.

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    SAO says:

    I couldn’t finish the Julie James.  It seemed like too much of the story was telling us that Cameron and Jack felt strongly about each other, and not enough showing it or why.  Add in a few implausible elements and a mystery that barely got started a third of the way through the book (if I made it that far) and I just couldn’t see the point of keeping on going.

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    Cordy says:

    This is probably very childish of me, but I couldn’t get much past the (very early) part of the book where there’s a flashback to when the heroine and the hero began to Work!Hate each other. It seemed so unprofessional and romance-novel-contrived to me, like she would have known that he was angry that they weren’t going to prosecute his pet case, and she could have easily still obeyed her arbitrarily insane boss while still giving him some hints about how she hadn’t made the decision on her own.

    Yes – I take seriously the contrived workplace politics in romance novels, and then feel irritated that they are insufficiently realistic. Because there is something wrong with me! Sigh.

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    Pamela says:

    Ruthie Knox is another one with the 90 pages for $.99. Can’t she write the entire book & just charge the $5???

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