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Untamed (Medieval Series #1) by Elizabeth LowellUntamed by Elizabeth Lowell. $ 1.99

Lowell is one of the keystone romance writers of the late 80s and early 90s. This title is the first in her medieval series. PW describes this as “fanciful but banal” and ends by saying “If Dominic gives Meg “great pleasure” in bed, he will earn himself a daughter, but it takes “great love” to produce a son.” Romantic Times describes it as “Wonderous…Riveting… Powerful and Sensual” Why stop at only four hyperbolic adjectives?

From the Jacket Copy:

Returning home triumphant from the Crusades, Dominic le Sabre is determined to claim the bride promised to him by the king, but the high-born Celtic beauty is equally determined to resist him.

A hero of the Crusades, Dominic Le Sabre has returned to Scotland in triumph to claim the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him by the conqueror King. But Lady Margaret cannot yield to the bold Norman invader. The beloved daughter of a sacred tribe of Celtic mystics, she fears an ancient curse.


The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac Series #1) by Vicki PetterssonThe Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson. $ .99.

This book has been discounted frequently but Avon. It is the first in the Zodiac series authored by Pettersson and has an insanely funny cover. Have you taken a close look at the joker that appears to be hanging off the side of the building like some pale bad haired godzilla?

From the Jacket Copy:

When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert.

By rights, she should be dead.

Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset—a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow—seeking answers to whom or what she really is . . . and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.

But the nightmare is just beginning—for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful shadows want her for their own . .


Possess by Gretchen McNeilPossess by Gretchen McNeil. $ 2.99

The book received a number of positive reviews. The readers all mention that the female character is strong and resourceful but on the flip side, a few called the main protagonist a whiner.

From the Jacket Copy:

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her over-protective mom, by Matt Quinn, the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, the voices are demons-and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from. Literally.

Terrified to tell her friends or family about this new power, Bridget confides in San Francisco’s senior exorcist, Monsignor Renault. The monsignor enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession, but just as she is starting to come to terms with her freakish new role, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. And when one of her oldest friends is killed,…


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. LisaCharlotte
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 19:48:44

    I enjoyed the Petterson series. Unfortunately it ended up not being a romance after all.

  2. Kate Pearce
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 20:09:18

    Oh my gawd I LOVED that Elizabeth Lowell series!! Off to purchase ‘immediately’!

  3. Kaylea Cross
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 20:09:43

    Oh, I adore Elizabeth Lowell’s early work. Thanks for the link!

  4. Maritza
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 23:18:18

    Help! Elizabeth Lowell untamed is showing up as 799 through Barnes & Noble.

  5. Stephanie
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 23:46:59

    @LisaCharlotte: Pettersson’s series is actually dark urban fantasy, not really romance.

  6. LisaCharlotte
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 07:44:58

    @Stephanie- one always hopes! ;-)

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