The Dragon's Bride by Jo Beverley is $2.99 right now. This is a historical romance that's an intersection of two of Beverley's series (Three Heroes and The Company of Rogues). Readers are very divided on this book – some loved it and some couldn't finish it at all. I like the first line of this review from Elis M: Con Somerford, Earl of Wyvern, is the heir to a long line of wacko, pervy nut jobs. I think I just heard RedHeadedGirl yell, “SOLD!”
Con Somerford, the new Earl of Wyvern, returns to his fortress on the cliffs of Dover to find a woman from his past waiting for him—pistol in hand.
Susan Kerslake, the new housekeeper at Crag Wyvern, was drawn back to Con's home by rumors of hidden gold and to help her family's smuggling operation. The magic they once shared was destroyed by youthful arrogance and innocence.
The years at war have hardened him, and the years at home have softened her…but can time teach them both to seize the passion that comes along only once—or twice—in a lifetime?
RECOMMENDED: His at Night by Sherry Thomas is $3.99, along with several of her other books.
This book won the RITA® in 2011 for Best Historical. Our RITA® Reader Challenge reviewers graded this book an A and a B, which I averaged out to a B+.
His at Night was also a Sizzling Book Club pick, and if you like historicals where the hero pretends to be really dumb for secretive and good reasons and there's arranged marriages as well, behold a heaping portion of your catnip. I loved this book. It gave me all the emo feels and Good Book Sighs.
Elissande Edgerton is a desperate woman, a virtual prisoner in the home of her tyrannical uncle. Only through marriage can she claim the freedom she craves. But how to catch the perfect man?Lord Vere is used to baiting irresistible traps.
As a secret agent for the government, he’s tracked down some of the most devious criminals in London, all the while maintaining his cover as one of Society’s most harmless—and idiotic—bachelors. But nothing can prepare him for the scandal of being ensnared by Elissande.
Forced into a marriage of convenience, Elissande and Vere are each about to discover that they’re not the only one with a hidden agenda.
With seduction their only weapon—and a dark secret from the past endangering both their lives—can they learn to trust each other even as they surrender to a passion that won’t be denied?
The Admiral's Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly is $2.99 right now – along with many other Carla Kelly books. Kelly's books are a unique kind of historical, and they're wonderfully immersive. SLURP into the book you go.
Some readers on GR really liked the older hero/younger heroine pairing, and the consideration of the hero in particular. If you like old-style Regency, you might like this, or one of Kelly's other books. There are MANY. Like the number of exclamation points in a relatively short cover blurb.
Sally Paul is down to her last penny.
As she spends it on a cup of tea–to stave off being at the mercy of the workhouse–the last thing she expects is an offer of marriage…from a complete stranger!
Admiral Sir Charles Bright's seafaring days are over–and according to society, that must mean he's in need of a wife!
Discovering Sally's in need of a home, he offers a solution…. They marry in haste–but will they enjoy their wedding night at leisure?
Desire in the Sun by Karen Robards is .99c. This is a reissue of a book originally published in 2006 by Avon. This book has a 3.8 average on GR, and there are a bunch of thoughtful reviews about the hero and the setting. Have you read this one?
Joss San Pietro was raised a gentleman but was cruelly betrayed.
Held captive and enslaved, the proud man's fate now rests in the gentle hands of an extraordinary lady—Lilah Remy, a beautiful pampered daughter of privilege.
For a strange destiny has cast them together on tempestuous seas, and shipwrecked and alone they must courageously face desperate trials and dangerous truths—and a bold, forbidden love that can only blossom in paradise.