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Dear Author Recommends for April

I’m trying out a new format for our Recommended Reads post. This will just be a list with who recommended the book, a link to a review if we have one up, and a buy link.   Let me know what you prefer (i.e., the list used to have paragraph long review snippets).

  • Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas.   Contemporary recommended by Joonigrrl, Jane, Janet/Robin and JennieF.
  • Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan.   A sharp and funny look at one of the billion dollar generating romance book recommended by Dr. Sarah and Jane.
  • Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin.   Romantic suspense recommended by Jayne.
  • The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley.   Historical recommended by Jayne.
  • Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.   Urban fantasy recommended by Joonigrrl and Jane.
  • False Colors by Alex Beecroft. M/m historical recommended by Dr. Sarah/Joan
  • Ghostland by Jory Strong.   Urban fantasy romance recommended by Jane.
  • Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione.   Paranormal romance recommended by Jane.
  • The Bravo Bachelor by Christine Rimmer.   Category romance recommended by Jane.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Robin
    Apr 09, 2009 @ 11:32:27

    I just got my copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms in the post yesterday! Woot!

  2. Bonnie
    Apr 09, 2009 @ 13:52:53

    How I’d love to read Smooth Talking Stranger. Alas, it is still not available on Kindle.

    Got my Heaving Bosoms, too! :D

  3. Mara
    Apr 09, 2009 @ 15:59:17

    Congrats to both Alex Beecroft and Erastes for hitting the romance mainstream with their m/m historicals. I haven’t gotten my copies yet, but False Colors and Transgressions both look wonderful. I hope both will be reviewed at Dear Author.

  4. Darlynne
    Apr 09, 2009 @ 16:01:18

    I like the list as above because I can scan it quickly for recommendations. The links are available if I want to (re)read the full review, so this works great for me.

  5. LaurieF
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 10:05:58

    I have Ghostland and Heaving Bosoms.
    Just finished Magic Strikes.
    I’m getting Smooth Talking Stranger from my
    public library next week.
    Life is good.

  6. Zelda Talley
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 10:10:04

    I miss the snippets and cover images. They helped trigger my memory without having to click all the way through to the review to see what the book is about.

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