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Sunita has been reading romances since she ran out of Cherry Ames, Student Nurse and Chalet School books and graduated to Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer. Other old favorites include Mary Burchell, Betty Neels, Elsie Lee, and Edith Layton. Among current writers, she reads and rereads Anne Stuart, Tamara Allen, Sarah Morgan, Marion Lennox, Josh Lanyon, and Susanna Kearsley. She blogs as VacuousMinx and tweets as @sunita_p.

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Daily Deals: Romance, mystery, and a biography of a classic rocker

Daily Deals: Romance, mystery, and a biography of a classic rocker

passion of patrick macneillThe Passion of Patrick MacNeill by Virginia Kantra. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Dedicated burn surgeon Kate Sinclair shields her tender heart behind a white coat and a coolly professional manner. But something about the little patient the nurses dub “Iron Man” and his vital flyboy father challenges her as a doctor and a woman.

Since the car crash that killed his wife and almost took his son, pilot Patrick MacNeill’s life has revolved around his little boy. No one—no woman and certainly no interfering doctor—can intrude on their bond, forged in love and pain.

When little Jack’s care brings these two together, it ignites a passion they can’t ignore. But their growing involvement threatens Patrick’s emotional barriers and Kate’s professional future. With so much at stake, will she trust her judgment…or her heart?

Virginia Kantra has a slew of recommended reads from DA reviewers. This is the first in her MacNeills series, the romance of widowed pilot Patrick MacNeill and the burn surgeon who is treating his son. The Goodreads reviews make this sound really intriguing: the heroine is in her mid-30s, both characters are dedicated to their jobs, and the hero is described as “the most married man” his friend had ever met. If anyone can make me believe in a new romance for a grieving widower, it’s Ms. Kantra.

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pirate vishnu pandianPirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A century-old treasure map of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast. Sacred riches from India. Two murders, one hundred years apart. And a love triangle… Historian Jaya Jones has her work cut out for her.

1906. Shortly before the Great San Francisco Earthquake, Pirate Vishnu strikes the San Francisco Bay. An ancestor of Jaya’s who came to the U.S. from India draws a treasure map…

Present Day. Over a century later, the cryptic treasure map remains undeciphered. From San Francisco to the southern tip of India, Jaya pieces together her ancestor’s secrets, maneuvers a complicated love life she didn’t count on, and puts herself in the path of a killer to restore a revered treasure.

How did I miss this series when it came out, especially with that title? Pirate Vishnu is the second in a mystery series featuring Jaya Jones, an Indian American living in present-day San Francisco. She’s a historian who teaches at a local college and gets into adventures that take her from one end of the world to the other; this time she journeys to southern India. It’s mostly mystery with a little romance, but the character sounds delightful and it sounds as if the books can be read out of order. And I love the cover.

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hanover square affair gardnerThe Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

London, 1816
Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey’s search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. He deals with his own disorientation transitioning from a soldier’s life to the civilian world at the same time, redefining his role with his former commanding officer making new friends–from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.
Book 1 of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries.

Ashley Gardner is the name Jennifer Ashley uses when she’s writing historical mysteries. This is the first in her Regency series featuring Captain Lacey, a Napoleonic War veteran. There is a romance to go along with the mysteries, and I believe my go-to source for mystery recommendations, DA reader and romanceland veteran Keishon, has read and enjoyed these, which is all I need to one-click.

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ill sleep when im dead zevonI’ll Sleep When I’m Dead by Crystal Zevon. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

When Warren Zevon died in 2003, he left behind a rich catalog of dark, witty rock ‘n’ roll classics, including “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” “Excitable Boy,” and the immortal “Werewolves of London.” He also left behind a fanatical cult following and veritable rock opera of drugs, women, celebrity, genius, and epic bad behavior. As Warren once said, “I got to be Jim Morrison a lot longer than he did.”

Narrated by his former wife and longtime co-conspirator, Crystal Zevon, this intimate and unusual oral history draws on interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen King, Bonnie Raitt, and numerous others who fell under Warren’s mischievous spell. Told in the words and images of the friends, lovers, and legends who knew him best, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead captures Warren Zevon in all his turbulent glory.

Some DA commenters will have read the title of this book and known what it was about without reading the author name. Crystal Zevon is the widow of Warren Zevon, who wrote a good chunk of the soundtrack to the 1970s and 1980s. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a sharp, funny, jaw-dropping rock biography that’s among the best of the sub-genre.” Out of curiosity I checked the one-star reviews at Amazon. One said it was boring, which I have trouble believing, and another said writing such “trash” was unfair to his grandchildren. Um, OK. Zevon was one of a kind, and this biography seems to capture at least some of that. Plus, the forward is by Carl Hiaasen. *click*

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Daily Deals: Sweet and Dangerous Heroes and a Box Set

Daily Deals: Sweet and Dangerous Heroes and a Box Set

these old shades heyerThese Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Set in the Georgian period, about 20 years before the Regency, These Old Shades is considered to be the book that launched Heyer’s career. It features two of Heyer’s most memorable characters: Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, and Leonie, whom he rescues from a life of ignomy and comes to love and marry.

The Duke is known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle. Late one evening, he is accosted by a young person dressed in ragged boy’s clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian. The Duke buys “Leon” and makes the child his page. “Leon” is in fact Leonie, and she serves the Duke with deep devotion. When he uncovers the true story of her birth, he wreaks an unforgettable revenge on her sinister father in a chilling scene of public humiliation.

There was a great discussion about rakes in romance over at Liz McC’s blog and the hero of this book figured prominently, so obviously, DA readers, you are meant to go out and read These Old Shades. It’s a Georgian, it has a Real Rake, the heroine disguises herself as a boy, and the supporting characters all deserve their own full-length novels. It also has a May-December romance and features Heyer’s rather unpleasant ideas about innate aristocratic superiority, so if you’re allergic to those you might have a little trouble with it. But it’s one of my favorite Heyers, and countless romance heroes have their origins in the Duke of Avon. There are also two other excellent Heyers on sale right now: Cotillion and The Corinthian. Your credit card may not thank me but you will, I promise.

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what she wants robertsWhat She Wants by Sheila Roberts. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

What do women want?

Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can’t figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He’s been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she’s never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot—their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan’s friends, but he isn’t having any success on the home front. His wife’s kicked him out.

When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he’s found the love expert he’s been seeking—Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world’s best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night…and when all is read and done, they’re going to be the kind of men women want!

When I saw this book title I assumed it was an erotic romance or an NA. Boy was I wrong. I’d never heard of this author, but apparently she writes heartwarming small-town romances (a quote from Debbie Macomber is on the cover), and one of her books was turned into a TV movie by the Lifetime network. This book is in a series called Life in Icicle Falls and it’s written from the perspective of the hero. So if you want to read a romance from the POV of a man, but written by a woman, here you go.

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western nights osbourneWestern Nights: Volume 1 by Kirsten Osbourne. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Five top-selling authors share their favorite western romance heroes — all boxed up for you in one sexy, irresistible package! Open the pages and fall into the arms of a cowboy. Be prepared to hang on for the ride. Whether in the Wild West or in contemporary times, these men know how to handle their women.

WARNING: Stories appear in order of heat level, they range from Sweet to Erotic (Menage)

It’s a box set and the books are Westerns, so how could I resist? It’s a little unusual in that the books increase in heat level from sweet to hot as you work your way through the set, and the settings range from the 1800s to the present, from the ordinary world to the paranormal. I haven’t read anything by any of the authors and the positive reviews at Amazon are … suspiciously samey, but hey, for $ 0.99, why not? Westerns are hard to find.

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Not for sale martonNot For Sale by Sandra Marton. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Lucas Vieira needs a translator to seal a high-profile business deal, and also a woman to pose as his girlfriend to fend off a colleague’s overeager wife—so why not kill two birds with one stone?

Linguist Caroline Hamilton jumps at the chance to earn some decent money. But when she meets her client, she realizes she may be out of her league. The powerful Brazilian seems to be interested in more than just her brains….

Is the price of this passion too high?

Sandra Marton is a long-established author in the Presents line, and a handful of her books are currently discounted (for you Marton fans, a couple of the Orsini brothers books are also on sale). I chose this one because it features a cat. When was the last time you saw a cat as an important character in an HP? And we all know I love my cat romances. The Amazon board ladies give this book the thumbs-up (partly for the cat, I have a feeling), and the heroine is a professional with a career. Some of the reviews say there’s a lot of sex, but that the book is also full of humor.

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