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  • My Fair Concubine

    My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin

    My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin is $1.99! This is a historical “My Fair Lady” style romance – set in the Tang Dynasty in China. Readers loved the retelling and the depth of characterization. However, some readers mentioned that the story dragged at time due to the lack of external conflict.


    Yan Ling tries hard to be servile-it’s what’s expected of a girl of her class. Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle.

    Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit-until he realizes she’s the answer to his problems. He has to deliver the emperor a “princess.” In two months can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman?

    Yet it’s hard to teach good etiquette when all Fei Long wants to do is break it, by taking this tea girl for his own…

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  • My Sweet Folly

    My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale

    My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale is $1.99! This book sounds absolutely bananas. Readers really loved the heroine and how witty she was. However, given the bananas quality of the book, some said the pacing is a bit all over the place. Have you read this one?

    An innocent long-distance correspondence leads to complications in this Regency romance by the New York Times–bestselling author of For My Lady’s Heart.

    Married to an elderly man, Folie Hamilton finds her lonely days brightened by light-hearted letters from her husband’s cousin, Lt. Robert Cambourne, stationed in Calcutta for the British East India Company. Robert calls her his princess, and she dubs him her knight errant. Unbidden love blossoms, yet upon the death of her husband, Robert’s last letter shatters her heart with three words: I am married.

    Four years later, Robert summons Folie and her stepdaughter to his estate in England. The girl is his ward, so they must go. The man who greets them, however, is nothing like the charming lieutenant of his letters. This Robert is demented. Screaming at ghosts in demonic rage, he is paranoid and frightening. Yet her body longs to caress his perfect features, to hold his tall, angular body, to find the man who once captured her heart . . .

    Someone is poisoning him, spinning his brain into madness, of that Robert is sure, but who—and why? Haunted by his dead wife, the one thing his tortured mind understands is that he must keep Folie safe. Folie, with her beautiful expressive eyes, the only warmth in his nightmare world . . .

    Nominated for a RITA award, My Sweet Folly is another unforgettable love story filled with passion and suspense from the author of Flowers From the Storm, whose work has been praised by Julia Quinn as “unfailingly brilliant and beautiful.”

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  • The Fire in the Glass

    The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson

    The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson is 99c! Previously, we featured Benson’s more action/adventure title and people in the comments also mentioned how much they loved this one. It’s  more of a paranormal historical or historical fantasy with a medium main character.

    London, 1914. Someone is draining the blood of the city’s mediums. Lily Albright knows who’s next.

    The unacknowledged bastard daughter of the Earl of Torrington, Lily is haunted by visions of the future that she can never change. When she foresees the death of her dearest friend, she realizes the circumstances of that yet-to-be murder match those of a series of brutal and mysterious crimes.

    If she can find the killer before he strikes, maybe this time she can finally thwart fate and save someone she loves.

    As Lily’s investigation takes her to a bedchamber where one of society’s most desirable widows lies dead, she realizes she can’t do this alone. She needs help from the reclusive Lord Strangford, a man haunted by his own unusual powers. To pursue the path of a killer, Lily must ask Strangford to face unimaginable horrors – and is compelled to reveal her darkest secrets to a man she has little reason to trust.

    Somewhere in the city lies a murderer hell-bent on an unspeakable harvest, one that could reshape the future of the human race. To stop him, Lily must face a past rife with betrayal—and embrace the power she has spent her entire life trying to escape.

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  • Good Girl

    Good Girl by Jana Ashton

    Good Girl by Jana Aston is FREE! Can I just say that I hate first POV book descriptions, because they rarely tell me enough about the book? What I can gather from this one is this is a workplace, forbidden romance.

    I’ve always been a good girl.
    I work hard, I follow the rules, I always achieve my goals.

    But sometimes good girls want things that aren’t good for them.
    Or someone who isn’t good for them.
    Like their new boss.

    And sometimes they do very bad things to get his attention.
    Like sell their virginity in an auction.

    Who knew he’d be so very, very mad?
    Maybe this was not my best laid plan…

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  1. Lisa F says:

    I definitely need to read the Lin, yoinking that!

    Also I remember the gothic bananas-ness of the Kinsale; it’s fun from what I can recall but it’s been years and it may have not aged very well.

  2. JoanneBB says:

    I enjoyed The Fire in the Glass but it is not a romance, fiction with romantic elements.

  3. Mandy says:

    I hate first person POV book descriptions too! It is almost always a deal breaker for me. I see first person and just skip it.

  4. WS says:

    From what I recall of My Sweet Folly, it’s not her best book.

    The thing about Kinsale is you’re reading the book and everything makes sense. Then you try to explain the plot to someone else and the bananas-ness of it all suddenly becomes apparent.

  5. Lisa J says:

    I am with Mandy. As soon as I see first person it is a hard pass. The sad part, many of these books are not written in first person, but the blurb puts me off.

  6. FashionablyEvil says:

    I liked FIRE IN THE GLASS (it’s the first in a series of three; fourth book comes out in April.) Agree that it’s not a romance per se. I also read the second book but wasn’t so into it that I felt like I needed to read the third, but they’re totally solid. If the blurb sounds like something you’d enjoy, I’d recommend it. (In retrospect, it kind of reminds me of Freya Marske’s books.)

    MY SWEET FOLLY is definitely bananas—it’s been a while since I read it, but my GR review mentions jaunts into Indian mysticism and I’m not sure if/how well that, in particular, might hold up. I do recall liking the heroine, Folie, and the epistolary portions of the book.

  7. Ciam says:

    I read My Sweet Folly for the first time about a month ago and I one-clicked the sale today! Epistolary is my catnip so it was worth it for that alone. IMO, this is a great story about trust, hiding under a bananas plot. The only other Kinsale I’ve read (Flowers from the Storm) highlighted trust too so if you liked reading Maddie and Christian’s story, you might like this one.

  8. footiepjs says:

    Good Girl and Good Time by Jana Aston are light and fun reads, especially for the price of free, in the case of Good Girl. Keep expectations reasonable and they’ll be met, ha.

  9. Kareni says:

    I really enjoyed the epistolary part of MY SWEET FOLLY, but then the story went places I didn’t expect.

  10. MariaK says:

    I loved MY SWEET FOLLY. I appreciate over-the-top and “bananas” and unpredictable. Girl/boy next door contemporaries are not my thing. This wasn’t as funny as the first book, but it had some solid lol moments for me (the ferret!). You’d be hard put to find a more brooding hero than Robert (in case that’s your catnip). The mystery was good and lasted throughout the book. The single love scene is near the end (for those who appreciate couples who don’t fall into bed in the first chapter), but there are a couple of hot seduction scenes earlier. Laura Kinsale writes beautifully without drawing attention to it.

  11. Nancy says:

    I have had so much fun reading Jana Aston and Good Girl was the gateway drug that got me into her books. I liked GoodTime as well. And you can’t beat free.

  12. Dhana says:

    My Fair Concubine was my least favorite of that series from Jeannie Lin but I still enjoyed it! I’ve never been all that disappointed in anything I’ve read by her.

  13. Kim says:

    Agreed about first person blurbs. They’re never written in a voice that I would actually want to read as a full-book first person, either, so I’m like, why would I take the time to dig into whether this book is actually first or third? This main character sounds like a nitwit/sounds skeezy as hell.

    THAT SAID, I was briefly amused with this description because I couldn’t help but read it as the voice of the cover model.

  14. Karenza says:

    The only first person book I enjoyed was Sunshine by Robin McKinley where it works. Otherwise I steer clear as I really don’t like knowing how the others feel

  15. Laura George says:

    @Karenza: I am SO with you about the first person in SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley. I am SO thrilled to see that she is the SFWA Grand Master this year. An award she completely deserves.

    I really enjoyed THE FIRE IN THE GLASSi like @JoanneBB and @FashionablyEvil and agree that it is not a romance per se, although there is a central romance that takes place in the midst of a lot of other story. But I really enjoyed the heroine, her best friend who happens to be lesbian medium partnered with an anthropologist scholar, the plot with evil eugenists, and, really, all of the story. The other novels in the series are great too, so if you like the first one you’ll like the others.

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