To Love a Thief is not part of the Pennyroyal Green series, but it is on sale for $3.99. This book has a 3.9-star average on GR, and some readers say it gave them happy sighs and good book noise. Others were irked by the historical anachronisms. Have you read it?
Lily Masters has a gift for picking pockets and telling stories—skills that come in handy for surviving London's slums. She's proud of providing for herself and her lively young sister, Alice, and she's never been caught. Well, there's always a first time.
Gideon Cole is a brilliant barrister with an unfortunate weakness for clients who can't pay. His latest charitable misstep: buying the freedom of a daring, beautiful thief. To repay the debt, Lily agrees to his proposition: pose as the object of his desire and help him snare a wealthy bride. All he has to do is transform the impudent Lily into a diamond of the first water.
But the education of Lily could cost Gideon his carefully planned future. While she plays cards with his invalid uncle, and Alice charms the servants, the honorable Gideon is harboring less than honorable thoughts. For sweet, stubborn, and sensual Lily has a way of slipping past a gentleman's defenses—especially when she's stealing his heart.
RECOMMENDED: What I Did for a Duke is $3.79/3.99 – this is book #5 in the Pennyroyal Green series. I love this book. Loved it. It was a Sizzling Book Club Pick in October 2012. It's hilarious and touching and hilarious and wonderful. Another thing I love about this series is the warmth and exasperation that the characters have for their siblings, and how funny they are.
This is, however, my least favorite cover, because apparently what she did for the duke first was set the wind machine to “Your hair will be dry in .5 seconds.”
For years, he's been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he'll seduce Ian's innocent sister, Genevieve–the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he'll capture her heart . . . and then he'll break it.
But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke's dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there anything she won't do for a duke?
How the Marquess was Won is charming and bittersweet. It's $3.79/3.99. The heroine is a schoolteacher, and the hero, obviously, is a Marquess. The first half of the book is much stronger than the second, but the writing is so warm and enjoyably funny, it's more than bearable.
The Scandal Sheets call him Lord Ice. Ruthless, cold, precise, Julian Spenser, Marquess Dryden, tolerates only the finest– in clothes, in horseflesh, in mistresses. And now he's found the perfect bride, the one whose dowry will restore his family's shattered legacy and bring him peace at last: the exquisite heiress Lisbeth Redmond.
She's about to play with fire…
But one unforgettable encounter with Lisbeth's paid companion, Phoebe Vale, and the Marquess is undone. This quiet girl with the wicked smile and a wit to match is the first person to see through the icy facade to the fiery man beneath. But their irresistible attraction is a torment as sweet as it is dangerous, for surrendering to their desire could mean losing everything else they ever wanted.
A Notorious Countess Confesses is $3.79/3.99. I read this on a very long plane ride, and have wonderful memories of being curled up in my coach seat in the dark with a blanket wrapped all around me and my noise canceling headphones on. It deals with small town prejudice and crossing class boundary lines – and there's no easy way out for the characters. I gave it a B- because I felt the ending didn't match the rest of the novel, but I still recommend this book, and every other book in the series.
She rose to spectacular heights…
From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor house in Pennyroyal Green.
He never expected to fall so hard…
He has the face of a fallen angel and a smolder the devil would envy, but Vicar Adam Sylvaine walks a precarious line: resisting temptation…and the wild Eversea blood in his veins. Adam’s strength is tested when scandal, aka the countess, moves to Sussex. But when a woman who fiercely guards her heart and a man entrusted with the souls of an entire town surrender to a forbidden desire, will the sweetest sin lead them to Heaven…or make outcasts of them forever?
If You Deceive by Kresley Cole is $1.99. Before the Immortals After Dark series, Cole wrote a series of Scottish romances, and this is the third of the trilogy. There's revenge visited upon the daughter of the hero's enemy, a lot of heat, and some ach-ing.
Also, this quote on GR (this book has a 4+ star average) made me laugh so hard: Aingeal, there is only one thing on my body that's ten inches long, and if you'll recall, the scar is no' it.
Ethan MacCarrick was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn't commit. Ethan's reprisal — bankrupting the nobleman and forcing his exile — does little to appease his wrath. Ten years later, a haughty, mysterious beauty enchants Ethan — the daughter of his enemy. At last, Ethan will have the revenge he's craved; he'll promise her marriage, seduce her, then cast her aside.
When Madeleine van Rowen's family was suddenly plunged into destitution and dishonor, she steeled herself against further heartache. She never weakened, never trusted, until a towering, scarred Highlander relentlessly pursues her, breaking down her defenses.
At what price forgiveness?
The passion between them burns hotter than Ethan's fury, and soon he finds he can't let her go. But when Madeleine uncovers the truth about him, can Ethan convince her to accept all he now offers — when he once destroyed everything she had?