RECOMMENDED. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean is $2.99! This book recently won the RITA© for Best Historical Romance and received positive reviews during our RITA© Reader Challenge. This is the third book in MacLean's The Rules of Scoundrels series and features a hero and heroine with some hefty past baggage (i.e. the hero thinks he's killed her). Elyse reviewed it back in December and gave it an A-:
I loved this book because Mara and Temple were complicated, interesting characters without falling into stereotypes. Temple is an alpha-male, but he displays his soft side in heart melting scenes. Mara is the feisty, independent heroine without any foot-stamping or TSTL moments. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished also features the hottest sex scene I've ever read in a Regency. It's scorching, but not explicit the way erotica is.
A rogue ruined . . .
He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.
A lady returned . . .
Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer.
A scandal revealed . . .
It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.
Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen is 99c! A historical romance with an espionage twist, this is the first book in Galen's Lord and Lady Spy series. With a 3.7-star rating on GR, the book has been heavily compared to the Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie and some hated it, while others loved it. Sarah was right in the middle, giving it a C+:
As frustrated as I was with the investigative storyline, the emotional power of the romance between them was satisfying. Writing this review was actually kind of difficult because I did enjoy reading the book, but only upon having to think back and think about what I read did I find that my list of bothersome things was so long.
Let the games begin…
No Man Can Outsmart Him…
Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England's most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn't the only one with secrets…
She's Been Outsmarting Him For Years…
Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he's not who she thinks he is after all.
Recklessly Royal by Nicole Chase is 99c! Recklessly Royal is the second book in the Suddenly series and a new adult comtemporary romance. Elyse reviewed the first book, Suddenly Royal, earlier this year. Our heroine, a princess, meets the hero at her brother's wedding. While many enjoyed the light, fun easiness of reading Recklessly Royal, others found it too sugary sweet. It has a 3.7-star rating on GR. Has anyone tried this series?
Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .
When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?
King's by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is 99c at Amazon! At other vendors, it's currently listed at $3.99, but hopefully that'll change. Pamfiloff may be known for her Accidentally Yours paranormal romance series, but this is the first book in her new The King Trilogy. Our hero, King, and heroine, Mia, team up to find the Mia's missing brother, though she senses something isn't quite right about King. A few readers were turned off by the similarities to Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, but many like Pamfiloff's dip into a darker romance.
“I am the man who can find anything or anyone. For a price. And my price is you.”
When Mia Turner’s brother goes missing in Mexico, while on an archaeological dig, she believes that life couldn’t get much worse. But when she’s blocked at every turn from finding answers, by both local and U.S. authorities, she must turn to a man she swears is the devil.
Others might be fooled by his private jet, fine tailored suits, and disarming smile, but Mia knows something dark, sinister, and unnatural lurks behind those penetrating, pale-gray eyes. And the more she learns, the more she realizes she may never be free again.