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  • While the Duke Was Sleeping

    While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

    While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan is $3.99! This is a historical romance retelling of the movie While You Were Sleeping. Some readers thought the story worked better as a contemporary romcom. Others loved the animosity and banter between the hero and heroine early on in the book.

    Sometimes the man of your dreams . . .

    Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows it’s pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can’t hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancée. But one person isn’t fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn’t sure what she wants more . . . the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn.

    . . . is not who you think.

    An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There’s no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn’t matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.

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  • A Lady’s First Scandal

    A Lady’s First Scandal by Merry Farmer

    A Lady’s First Scandal by Merry Farmer is 99c! This is the first book in the May Flowers series and features a second chance romance. This is a spin-off series, but is able to read on its own. It’s also a Victorian romance, for those who may want a break from the Regency era.

    Four years ago, Lady Cecelia Campbell fell head over heels in love with Lord Rupert Marlowe, the young Earl of Stanhope. Everybody knew they would marry and live happily ever after.

    But then Rupert did the unthinkable. He took up a commission as an officer in the army and left England for a post in the Transvaal. Cecelia was left alone in England, loving, yearning, and worrying about him from a distance.

    Now Rupert has returned. He is ready to take up his seat in the House of Lords, to take over the administration of the Stanhope estate from his mother, Lady Katya, and most importantly of all, to finally marry Cecelia.

    Cece isn’t the same woman Rupert left behind, however. She has grown and flourished and become a woman of strength and opinion. And she’s not going to sit back and let Rupert get away with leaving her for so long.

    But when Cece takes a stand and declares her independence in a very public way, the scandal her defiance causes blows every expectation for her future happiness with Rupert to smithereens. It also gains her an exclusive invitation to join the elite group of politically-minded women known as the May Flowers. But the May Flowers are a group of shocking, defiant, sometimes wicked women. They are a bundle of scandals waiting to happen.

    Can Rupert convince the new, more powerful Cecelia to forgive him for abandoning her, and can he woo her all over again? Will the scandal of their break-up tear them apart forever, or will it make their love stronger…and hotter?

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  • The Bachelor

    The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries

    The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries is 99c! This was mentioned in a previous Hide Your Wallet and I think Jeffries is a historical romance author that either works for you or doesn’t. I always get a Mary Balogh feel from her books: slower, more character driven, etc. Do you agree or disagree?

    New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries features an irresistible family in a series to savor, as the grown children of a thrice-married dowager duchess piece together the stories of their fathers–while pursuing passions of their own . . .

    Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family’s reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it’s Gwyn who needs protecting. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate’s gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. But as a man, it’s torment to be so very close to the beauty he’s fought to ignore . . .

    With handsome Joshua monitoring her every move, Gwyn would prefer to forget both the past and the parade of money-seeking bachelors at her coming out. But Joshua is unmoved by her attempts at flirtation, and the threat of blackmail still hangs over her. With danger closing in, Gwyn must decide which is the greater risk: deflecting a scoundrel’s attempts to sabotage her–or revealing her whole heart to the rugged bodyguard she can’t resist . . .

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  • Much Ado About You

    Much Ado About You by Eloisa James

    Much Ado About You by Eloisa James is $1.99! This is book one of the Essex Sisters series, and was published in 2004. This book has a 3.8-star average, and readers really loved the funny and real familial relationship between the heroine and her sisters. Have you read this one?

    When you’re the oldest daughter, you don’t get to have any fun!

    Witty, orphaned Tess Essex faces her duty: marry well and marry quickly, so she can arrange matches for her three sisters — beautiful Annabel, romantic Imogen and practical Josie. After all, right now they’re under the rather awkward guardianship of the perpetually tipsy Duke of Holbrook. But just when she begins to think that all might end well, one of her sisters bolts with a horse-mad young lord, and her own fiancé just plain runs away.

    Which leaves Tess contemplating marriage to the sort of man she wishes to avoid — one of London’s most infamous rakes. Lucius Felton is a rogue whose own mother considers him irredeemable! He’s delicious, Annabel points out. And he’s rich, Josie notes. But although Tess finally consents to marry him, it may be for the worst reason of all. Absurd as she knows it to be, she may have fallen utterly in love . . .

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  1. 1
    drewbird says:
    +9

    If anyone else likes the steampunk mm Magic in Manhattan series by Allie Therin, Wonderstruck (bk 3) is on sale!

  2. 2
    HeatherS says:
    +30

    Historical romances used to be my favorite, but now I feel like I enjoy the IDEA of historical romances more than I like actually reading the books themselves. I often find that I like the set up of a book and the meet cute, when we establish who the characters are, more than the other 2/3rds or 3/4ths of the book. Is there a word to describe this state of readerly being?

  3. 3
    Dee says:
    +4

    I liked the first book in the series of the Jeffries, but the second left me meh and I DNFed. I am reading the third one in spurts and find myself liking that one a bit more. I’m really excited for book 4 though.

    I might check out the May Flowers book.

  4. 4
    spinster.revival says:
    +5

    I’ve read only two books by both Sophie Jordan and Eloisa James and was pretty meh on both of them, so now I don’t read books by either of those authors. I know they have big back catalogs, but I’ve found that just a couple books will usually give me a feel for what I like and don’t.

    It helps in narrowing down my faves considering how many more historicals there are out there to read, and it helps me not feel guilty about not wanting to read others faves.

  5. 5
    Heather M says:
    +7

    This is such a weird, nitpicky thing but I’m in a weird, nitpicky mood today: is anyone else unreasonably bothered by exclamation points in blurbs? Because the James! Blurb! Feels like it’s screaming at me! I know that’s not an author decision but…geez.

    The Jordan sounds like an interesting set up but I am so far behind on my histrom reading; I realized recently that with most of my once-upon-autobuy authors I’m suddenly multiple books behind. Also I have a fic on my to-read list that also uses a While You Were Sleeping premise and it’s like 100,000 words. So maybe one day, but probably not today.

  6. 6
    Ren Benton says:
    +14

    @Heather M: I don’t think those !s… are strictly necessary… but they didn’t leap out at me…

    On the other hand… collectively… the nine … did bring out… my Shatner voice…

  7. 7
    Annie says:
    +13

    I always get skeptical when people lift the unique premise of another story for something else, esp bc to me part of the appeal of WYWS was Bill Pullman as the down-to-earth rugged working class craftsman vs Peter Gallagher’s manicured wealthy lawyer. But now I’m judging before actually reading, so maybe I should give the Jordan a chance.

  8. 8
    DiscoDollyDeb says:
    +9

    I haven’t read any of Sophie Jordan’s historical romances, but she wrote a series of contemporaries called Devil’s Rock which I enjoyed. Most, but not all, of the heroes are ex-cons, if that is or isn’t an issue. Ironically, perhaps, the book I least liked in the series had a law enforcement officer as the hero.

    As for the “While You Were Sleeping” premise, Cornell Woolrich wrote a very good noir, I MARRIED A DEAD MAN, with sort of the same premise but reversed—a woman assumes the identify of a dead woman (who died, along with her husband, in train crash). She then goes to meet the dead man’s family—who have never met the dead woman. It’s quite dark with a very ambiguous ending, but back when I was reading lots of pulp/noir, I loved it.

  9. 9
    Lisa F says:
    +7

    My pick would be the James from this lot – if only because the other authors in this pile have been disappointing me lately.

  10. 10
    Maureen says:
    +5

    I love the series by Sabrina Jeffries, but the family is so convoluted-I had to plot out a family tree to figure out who everyone was. I really enjoyed The Bachelor, loved the hero.

    Essex series is so good, I read them one after another. I think the first one, Much Ado About You was my favorite.

  11. 11
    Sydneysider says:
    +3

    The Jordan and James are both OK reads, probably worth picking up as sales picks. Neither of them were standout reads for me, but I’ve gotten a lot fussier about historicals lately.

  12. 12
    Darlynne says:
    +3

    @Heather M: I am also in that mood. Exclamation points bother me wherever I find them; I have a personal limit of how many I can use in a day. When I see them in author blurbs (“The best book I’ve read!” “Couldn’t put it down!” “Wow!!”) their presence makes me think the author is obfuscating or possibly trying too hard to find something positive to say. Those same comments, without exclamation points, would serve better. Ann Leckie’s “I love Murderbot!” is the exception because I happen to agree with her.

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