The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas is $3.99! This historical romance serves as the prequel to My Beautiful Enemy and, from Carrie's recent review, it seems as though it's recommended to read them in order. The Hidden Blade provices some much needed backstory for My Beautiful Enemy. According to GoodReads, this is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Downton Abbey. This may be tough to read as a standalone, as it sets up the characters in the next book. Carrie reviewed it and gave it an A-:
For people who want to know if they should read The Hidden Blade first, I’d recommend it, but it depends on how patient you are. If you want a more traditional romance experience, then My Beautiful Enemy works fine on its own. I read it first, and I adored it. But The Hidden Blade provides a great deal of character development and context, in addition to being a very good book, period. So stock up on the tissues – it’s worth it.
In the waning days of the last dynasty, in a quiet, beautiful corner of imperial Peking, a young girl's blissful ignorance is shattered when she learns that she is the illegitimate daughter of an English adventurer and a Chinese courtesan. What future is there for such a girl? But a mysterious figure steps forward and offers to instruct her in the highest forms of martial arts–a path to a life of strength and independence.
Half a world away in England, a young boy's idyllic summer on the Sussex downs implodes with the firing of a single bullet. Torn from his family, he becomes the hostage of a urbanely sadistic uncle. He dreams of escaping to find his beloved friend–but the friend is in China, ten thousand miles away.
The girl trains to be deadly. The boy flees across continents. They do not know it yet, but their lives are already inextricably bound together, and will collide one fateful night when they least expect it.
Once Upon a Highland Autumn by Lecia Cornwall is $1.99! A couple weeks ago, the first book in this series, Once Upon a Highland Summer, was on sale for $2.99 (and it still is!). Now you can grab the second book in the Once Upon a Highland Season series for less than $2. Complete with a curse and a marriage of convenience, love blossoms between a Scottish lass and an English Lord. Anyone plan on continuing the series?
Megan McNabb would do anything to get out of marrying a man she does not love—even handfasting for a year and a day with an English stranger.
A mysterious letter draws Lord Kit Rossington to Scotland in search of a lost treasure. But the marriage-minded females he avoided in England follow him to the Highlands, and he'll do anything—even a temporary marriage with a Highland lass—to keep his freedom while he solves a mystery that's haunted Glen Dorian for almost a century.
Legends say a curse lurks among the shattered stones of Glen Dorian Castle. Will the love that is beginning to grow between Megan and Kit be able to withstand fate? For only the living, those with bold hearts and true love, can restore peace to Glen Dorian at last.
I Adored a Lord by Katherine Ashe is $3.79 at Amazon and $3.99 elsewhere! This is the second book in the Prince Catchers series, and it was published a little less than a month ago. With the characters snowbound in a castle and a dead body discovered on the grounds, there's more than just dance cards and society parties in this historical romance. Readers loved the dash of mystery, but found the heroine was in desperate need of a self-esteem boost. It has a 3.7-star rating on GR.
All that clever, passionate Ravenna Caulfield wants is to stay far away from high society's mean girls.
All that handsome, heroic Lord Vitor Courtenay wants is to dash from dangerous adventure to adventure.
Now, snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton's scheming maidens all competing for a prince's hand in marriage, Ravenna's worst nightmare has come true.
Now, playing babysitter to his spoiled prince of a half-brother and potential brides, Vitor is champing at the bit to be gone.
When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they're perfectly paired to solve. But as for the mysteries of love and sex, Vitor's not about to let Ravenna escape until he's gotten what he desires . . .
Temptation in a Kilt by Victoria Roberts is 99c at Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Hopefully it'll be matched by a couple more vendors. This is the first book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series and is a historical romance with a road trip twist. After discovering the injured heroine, our Highland hero must escort the Lowland lass to safety after she heals. While some readers felt a little too long for the H/H to get together, others appreciated that the heroine wasn't the quintessential portrait of beauty.
She's On Her Way to Safety
It's a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong's desperation that she's seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn't care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her own life. Laird Ciaran MacGregor, however, is completely beyond her control…
He Redefines Dangerous…
Ciaran MacGregor knows it's perilous to get embroiled with a fiery Lowland lass, especially one as headstrong as Rosalia. Having made a rash promise to escort her all the way to Glengarry, now he's stuck with her, even though she challenges his legendary prowess at every opportunity. When temptation reaches its peak, he'll be ready to show her how he really is…on and off the battlefield.