Hear Ye! Hear Ye! AllRomance eBooks is giving a site-wide 50% rebate on ALL Eligible Titles today only! Just use #SupportIndies at checkout to get 50% rebate in eBook Bucks!
First: an eBook Buck rebate means you pay the price of the book, say $10, and after purchase, you'll receive 50% of the purchase price in eBook Bucks (in this example, $5), which you can use to purchase MORE BOOKS.
Second: I've been pretty frank about my frustration with many independent bookstores and the people who work there for their habit of looking down upon romance and being openly condescending about readers who wish to purchase it. I can't deliver a big blanket Indie Bookstores are the Best! because, well, many of them are absolutely NOT the best for romance fans. Some are – some are incredible. Others are happy to humiliate romance buyers who ask for the books they want to read. Screw that.
BUT: AllRomance? Clearly, a romance-supporting independent digital bookstore. They're the sponsor of the book club, and I know many of you shop there when you can. So while I can't be like, All Independent Bookstores are Great! (because dammit, when they're not, they really really not), but I can say, AllRomanceebooks.com is a pretty damn spiffy independent bookstore, and today only, you can get 50% in rebate for the books you're buying for the weekend.
AND SPEAKING OF – ready for sales?
RECOMMENDED: Summer is for Lovers by Jennifer McQuiston is $.99 right now. Elyse read this one, and despite not liking the prior book in the series – which is also on sale – she loved this book and gave it a big ol' A:
I recommend Summer is for Lovers as a break from the ballrooms of London scene in historicals, and as a way of reliving the best parts of summer vacation—rescuing a handsome Simon Baker look-alike from the ocean and then making out with him.
His heart is unavailable. Luckily, her interest lies in the rest of him . . .
Though she was just a girl when they first met, Caroline Tolbertson's infatuation with David Cameron remains undimmed. Now fate has brought the handsome Scotsman back to Brighton for what promises to be an unforgettable summer. Soon, Caroline will have to choose a husband, but for now she is free to indulge her curiosity in things of a passionate nature.
That is, if David will agree to teach her.
Past mistakes have convinced David he'll make a terrible husband, though he'll gladly help the unconventional Caroline find a suitor. Unfortunately, she has something more scandalous in mind. As the contenders for her hand begin to line up, her future seems assured . . . provided David can do the honorable thing and let them have her.
When a spirited young woman is determined to break Society's rules, all a gentleman can do is lend a hand . . . or more.
Hero of My Heart by Megan Frampton is .99c right now. This is a historical erotic romance about a vicar's daughter and a war hero with personal demons – in the backstory sense, not the paranormal sense. He's addicted to opium (the drug, not the perfume, though that would be a funny concept). This book has mostly 4- and 3-star reviews, and those who liked it really enjoyed the depth of emotion and the issues each character had to overcome.
When Mary Smith’s corrupt, debt-ridden brother drags her to a seedy pub to sell her virtue to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham leaps to the rescue. Of course the marquess is far from perfect husband material. Although he is exceedingly handsome, with a perfect, strong body, chiseled jaw, and piercing green eyes, Alasdair is also too fond of opium, preferring delirium to reality. Still, he has come to Mary’s aid, and now she intends to return the favor. She will show him that he is not evil, just troubled.
Mary was a damsel in need of a hero, but Alasdair’s plan is shortsighted. He never foresaw her desire to save him from himself. Alasdair is quite at home in his private torment, until this angel proves that a heart still beats in his broken soul. The devil may have kept her from hell, but will Mary’s good intentions lead them back to the brink—or to heaven in each other’s arms?