RECOMMENDED: Flash DABWAHA Sale! To celebrate advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in the DABWAHA, Courtney Milan has lowered the price of The Heiress Effect for one day to .99c. NICE!
We have two reviews for this book from RedHeadedGirl and Carrie, and both gave it As.
Like every other book by this author, the use of language is superb. It’s also fairly long, which gives both couples time to develop. One thing I appreciated is that the characters develop quite a bit on their own, not always as part of a couple or a potential couple. Jane refuses to run to Oliver every time she has a problem (although when she does, he’s awesome). Emily learns to save herself without depending on her sister. Oliver makes his own decisions about what his direction should be. So one of the many messages of the book is that you have to be your own person – but you also need people who will stand behind you when you really need them, and who will give you space when that’s what you need at the time.
COURTNEY MILAN HOW DO YOU BRAIN.
There was NOT A GOOD GODDAMN THING I DID NOT LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK. Nothing.
Milan writes terrific historical romance, so if you've been curious, grab this one today, k? And please let me know what you think!
Miss Jane Fairfield can't do anything right. When she's in company, she always says the wrong thing–and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can't save her from being an object of derision.
And that's precisely what she wants. She'll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.
Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He's the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances–and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he'll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn't need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn't need to fall in love with her. But there's something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can't resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.
The Heiress Effect is the second full-length book in the Brothers Sinister series. It is preceded by The Governess Affair, a prequel novella, and The Duchess War, the first book in the series. Each book stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to start at the beginning.
In today's weirdness, Amazon has listed Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series as the daily deal. The series is four books (and three novellas) but on the Daily Deal page, only two are listed. Your guess is as good as mine. So far they aren't price matched but my fingers are crossed that later today other retailers match the price, so I'm leaving the other retailer links below if the price changes mid-day.
Note: this series has been on sale quite a bit, but if you missed it, grab it now. Or gift it. Or do both! This is terrific historical romance, no question.
A Night to Surrender is book 1 in Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove trilogy, and it's $2.99. I really liked the series (though this was my least favorite of the books). The setting, the characters, especially the women and their relationships to one another, are terrific. This book was nominated for a RITA in 2013 so there are two RITA Reader Challenge reviews: HarperGray gave it a C+ and Kelly gave it an A-.
Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are… nowhere to be found. Or are they?
Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there. Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here.
So far as he can tell, there's nothing in this place but spinsters… and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders to gather a militia. It's a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch—a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram's makeshift army.
Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle… but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?
A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare is part of today's Daily Deal. This is book 2 of the series (hence my confusion that the “series” is a deal but only two books are discounted). This is a story for every girl who has felt that her intellectual pursuits made her so unique she was lonely – and for every girl who loved dinosaurs. It's a road trip romance, it's adorable and funny, and it's $1.99 today.
Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove's confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be…anywhere but Spindle Cove.
These unlikely partners have one week to
• fake an elopement
• convince family and friends they're in “love”
• outrun armed robbers
• survive their worst nightmares
• travel four hundred miles without killing each other
All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night. What they don't have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls. Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble. And maybe…just maybe…love.
RECOMMENDED LIKE WHOA ONE OF MY FAVORITES: A Lady by Midnight is my favorite of the Spindle Cove series. I gave it an A- when I reviewed it:
A Lady By Midnight contained all of those things I loved. A hero denying to himself how much he adored the heroine. A heroine who didn't understand why he rejected her but attempted to persevere anyway. And Definite Reasons why the hero made himself so miserable, reasons that, when revealed, revealed more about him and about her. It's delicious.
This is also part of today's daily deal at Amazon, and is priced at $1.99. Fingers crossed for price matching fairies (who I envision look like a cross between the fairies from Sleeping Beauty and the Powerpuff Girls, plus book magic wands).
After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove—but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome.
But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?
Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate's happiness. He wants what's best for her, and he knows it's not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It's the toughest battle of this hardened warrior's life . . . and the first he seems destined to lose.
Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase is $2.99 right now. This is the second book in her Dressmakers series, and it has a 3.85 star average at GoodReads. Chase is one of the best historical writers I've read, ever, though this series isn't doing it for me as much as some of the others due to the suspension of disbelief required for the plots to work. That said, as Jane mentioned in a podcast, Chase can't write a bad book. She's got mad skills.
From the Journals of Sophia Noirot: A dress is a weapon. It must dazzle his eye, raise his temperature . . . and empty his purse.
A blue-eyed innocent on the outside and a shark on the inside, dressmaker Sophy Noirot could sell sand to Bedouins. Selling Maison Noirot's beautiful designs to aristocratic ladies is a little harder, especially since a recent family scandal has made an enemy of one of society's fashion leaders.
Turning scandal to the shop's advantage requires every iota of Sophy's skills, leaving her little patience for a big, reckless rake like the Earl of Longmore. The gorgeous lummox can't keep more than one idea in his head at a time, and his idea is taking off all of Sophy's clothes.
But when Longmore's sister, Noirot's wealthiest, favorite customer, runs away, Sophy can't let him bumble after her on his own. In hot pursuit with the one man who tempts her beyond reason, she finds desire has never slipped on so smoothly . . .