RECOMMENDED: This week has brought a lot of contemporary books on sale, but here's a deal I don't want you to miss: The Kowalski Series Bundle 1 by Shannon Stacey is books 1-3 of the Kowalski series, and it's $5.99 at Amazon and BN, and $7.50-$9.99 elsewhere. However! Since it's Carina, you can use coupons – such as these Kobo coupons good for 50% off: fbr50, arl50 or mch50. They drop the price for the bundle down to about $3.80 – nice!
This bundle includes Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours, and Yours to Keep. I really, really loved books 1 and 3, though book 2 was not for me. I gave Exclusively Yours a B+ and wrote:
I had such a good old time reading this book. There were some flaws to the plot but while reading it, I was charmed and giggly and totally absorbed. This book made me happy. That’s probably the best way to put it: it made me smile. A lot. Books like this are why I read romance.
Exclusively Yours was a Book Club Pick in July of 2010, and Yours to Keep was a Book Club Pick in June of 2011. This series is funny, charming – and features some wonderful characters with truly loving family relationships.
Three contemporary romances about family, fun and falling in love by New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey
Exclusively Yours (Book One of The Kowalskis)
When Keri Daniels's boss finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job. Joe's never forgotten the girl who broke his heart, so he proposes an outrageous plan—for every day she survives his family camping trip, Keri can ask one question. Will a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling interludes make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever?
Undeniably Yours (Book Two of The Kowalskis)
Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but he's more interested in finding Mrs. Right than Miss Right Now. Enter Beth Hansen. They may have started out all wrong, but Kevin knows there's more to their relationship than a one-night stand. Especially when Beth winds up pregnant…
Yours to Keep (Book Three of The Kowalskis)
Emma Shaw needs a husband, stat! Grandma Shaw is coming to town, and she'll have nonstop questions about Emma's (stagnant) love life. A little pretend kissing with recruited fake fiancé Sean Kowalski won't hurt anyone—but when innocent kisses lead to very real sparks, Emma and Sean discover that their big ruse might just lead to happily-ever-after…
My sons love to listen to audiobooks before bed, so this will help me fill their audiolibraries quickly and cheaply, too. Nice.
Daring Miss Danvers by Vivienne Lorret is .99c right now. This is a historical romance that, judging from the cover art, is about an impressionist painter who purchased too much pastel paint and has a secret affection for his tanning bed. That's not really what it's about, of course. It's a fake engagement story – the hero pretends to be engaged to his best friend's wallflower sister. That always works out the way they want.
(Beg pardon – I forgot to set my Catnip Alarm to “silent.”)
This is the first book in the Wallflower Weddings series, and has a 3.79 average on GR.
It's all fun and games . . . until someone falls in love.
Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem . . . He can't help falling in love with her.
Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn's scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she'd imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.
For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game . . . But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is $4.99 at Amazon (come on over, price matching fairies!). This is a fantasy novel, with a love story within it, but it's not a romance. It is, however, praised effusively for the language, the worldbuilding, and the magic of the circus itself. Have you read this book?
The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing.
Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.