The Blacksmith Queen is a bloody, feminist romp that exudes girl power in all forms, and I’m envious of its fantasy girl squad.
Wrapped Up In You by Jill Shalvis is $1.99! This is the eighth book in the Heartbreaker Bay contemporary romance series. It’s also a small town holiday romance. Shalvis is an autobuy for a lot of readers and I know Elyse has had good experiences with her holiday romances specifically.
RECOMMENDED: Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert is $2.99! Maya squeed about this one and I agree with her assessment:
So I loved Take a Hint, Dani Brown. How much? I joined the Bad Decisions Book Club on the reread. Which started right after I had finished it the first time. Yes. I knew exactly where the book was going to go and I could not put it down. Honestly, I’m reading it a third time.
The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher is 99c! Carrie read this one and gave it a C+ and has some caveats on whether you’ll enjoy it:
I recommend this book if you like Irish mythology and have a high tolerance for operatic behavior and stakes, surreal imagery, a fast-paced romance, and weird rapey supernatural beings.
Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston is $2.99! This is the first book in the Honey Badger Chronicles. Sarah read this one and gave it a B grade:
Among my favorite things about Laurenston’s writing is how very affirming and inspiring and a whole lot of fun it is, because angry, fearless women make room for themselves, they get shit done, and they’re the heroines. More honey badgers, please.
Right by Jana Aston is $1.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal, but so far isn’t being price-matched elsewhere. This book has the “brother’s best friend” trope, but reviewers warn that the description isn’t really what you’re getting. If you want to be spoiled, read the reviews on Goodreads!
Much Ado About Jack by Christy English is $2.99! I really like this cover. The model has a great sense of…presence. This is the third book in the Shakespeare in Love series. The first book is currently free and the second one is only $1.99. Many reviewers mentioned that those reading this as a standalone may be taking a risk since past characters make a frequent appearance, while others felt this historical was well-researched.
RECOMMENDED: Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake is $2.99! Elyse read this one and really enjoyed it, though she did find it hard to classify in terms of genre:
I was pleasantly surprised by Scandal Never Sleeps. It was the hot contemporary I wanted but with a side of delicious mystery, and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next in Seduction in Session.
Holding on Tighter by Shayla Black is $1.99! This is book twelve in the Wicked Lovers series and it can be read on its own. This book (and pretty much the whole series) is a blend of erotic romance and romantic suspense. Black tends to write some super alpha heroes, if that is or isn’t your thing.
It’s Monday and Mondays around here mean Cover Snark! Elyse: I thought that was shoulder hair…it’s not right? Sarah: On his shoulder? Don’t think so. But he more than loves her so maybe he also keeps her warm? Elyse: I married a hirsute man and I’m used to hairy shoulders, and it looks like hair to me. That’s all I’m saying. You gotta do the magic eye thing where you look at it but don’t … Continue reading Cover Snark: Nip Med, Sundays on ABC
RECOMMENDED: Fortune Favors the Wicked by Theresa Romain is $1.99! There’s a treasure hunt, a blind hero, and a former courtesan heroine. Talk about catnip! Redheadedgirl gave this an A grade in a Lightning Review:
What I found the most interesting about this book was how the blind hero was written. He hadn’t always been blind – he was struck by a disease while he was in the Navy – and the narrative describes with abundant detail how he moves through a world he can’t see, but he still perceives. And I really appreciated that she doesn’t magically cure him of his blindness. Love doesn’t cure all things, and this is a part of who he is now.
Single Malt by Layla Reyne is 99c! This is a gay romantic suspense novel with an age difference and a workplace romance. Hello catnip! I will warn that there appears to be a cliffhanger in this book, but the next one is available for $3.99. Reviewers had mostly good things to say about the pacing and characterization, and it has a 4.1-star rating on Goodreads.