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Highlander's Prize by Mary WineThe Highlander’s Prize
by Mary Wine. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:


Sent to Scotland to be the king’s mistress and produce an heir, Clarrisa of York has never needed a miracle more. But the brusque Highland laird who kidnaps her is a bit too rough to be considered divine intervention.


With rival lairds determined to steal Clarrisa from him and royal henchmen searching for her all over the Highlands, Laird Broen MacNicols has a mess on his hands. Worse yet, there’s a magnetic attraction between them, although he’s betrothed to another. But even an independent–minded lady like Clarrisa knows that a Highlander always claims his prize…

The fourth book came out yesterday and the two others in the series are on sale:

The Trouble with Highlanders – $1.99
How to Handle a Highlander – $3.99

What is kind of strange is that this book has no three star reviews. It has four and five star reviews and one and two star reviews which leads me to believe you will either love or hate this book.

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Citadel by Kate MosseCitadel by Kate Mosse. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

France, 1942. While war blazes at the front lines of Europe, in the walled southern city of Carcassonne, nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous women is engaged in an equally lethal battle. Like their ancestors who fought northern invaders seven hundred years before, these members of the French Resistance—code-named Citadel—fight to liberate their home from the Nazis.

Led by a daring eighteen-year-old, Sandrine Vidal, and her elder sister, Marianne, the women of Citadel work quickly to sabotage their German occupiers, safeguard their neighbors and smuggle refugees over the mountains into neutral territory. But that is only part of their mission. Their struggle will reveal an older, darker combat being fought in the shadows, one meant to protect an ancient secret that, if it fell into the wrong hands, could change the course of history.

Combining rugged action with the haunting mystery of an ancient city, Citadel is a story of daring and courage, love and passion, as the women of Citadel dare the impossible to save their home-land . . . and the astonishing secrets buried in time are at long last revealed.

Booklist says “As the stories of the women and monk run parallel, a narrative intersection is inevitable, and Mosse’s trademark supernatural twist unfolds—as expected—in due course. Strong female protagonists, a fascinating historical backdrop, a bittersweet romance, and the integration of mystical elements guarantee a large crossover audience for this thrilling genre-bender.”

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The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle.The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A young widow raising two boys, Sarah Laden is struggling to keep her family together. But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life.

Jordan, a quiet, reclusive elementary school classmate of Sarah’s son Danny, has survived a terrible ordeal. By agreeing to become Jordan’s foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another—and discover the power of love necessary to forgive and to heal.

The shocking thing is sexual assault.  Both Booklist and PW say that the insertion of facts and statistics in the dialogue aren’t well stitched into the narrative but that the story itself is compelling, interesting and maybe even necessary.

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Liberating Lacey by Anne CalhounLiberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun. $ varies

From the Jacket Copy:

Newly divorced Lacey Meyers wasted too many years yawning through sex in the missionary position. Now she’s looking for a hookup with a man who can make her shatter. What she gets is a hot younger cop with handcuffs…and he’s not afraid to use them.

Hunter Anderson knows the score—though classy, successful women like Lacey might play with guys like him, at the end of the evening, they walk. But when one night leads to another and then another, he finds himself getting too attached to a woman he can’t have.

Lacey knows Hunter—gorgeous, hard-edged and eight years younger—won’t want anything permanent. No matter how hot and daring he makes her first public sex, quickie, backseat encounter and secret fantasy role-play, she can’t mistake adventurous sex for emotional involvement.

They both know it’s got to end, and soon, or someone’s going to get hurt. But can either of them go back to life without the other?

Reader Advisory: Lacey’s highly erotic “forced” sex fantasy comes true in this book. Lucky her!

Jane gave it a B+ and Sarah at SBTB gave it a B-. DA reviewers generally like Anne Calhoun’s books, giving them A’s and B’s. There seems to be some sort of price drop happening across retailers: $4.38 at Kindle, $3.89 at Kobo, $3.35 at Google Play, $3.49 at Ellora’s Cave
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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. Mikaela
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 14:13:06

    I read on Twitter that Ellora’s Cave is cutting the prices in half on all books published before 2012.

  2. JJPP
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 14:18:04

    Liberating Lacey isn’t my personal favorite Anne Calhoun book, but it is good. I really like her writing, and her story lines and characters are always interesting and different.

    I just WISH that they would change that cover! It is so bad, and Anne Calhoun is so much better than that.

  3. Amanda
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 14:22:29

    I think I read Liberating Lacey three times within the first six months I owned it. Love that book.

  4. Christine
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 16:23:29

    I have previously read Labyrinth and Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. I would classify them as historical fiction and they were both great fabulous reads. I’ll definitely look into her new one. As for Liberating Lacey, a friend recommended it to me and I loved it! Read it twice in the past 6 months, it’s one of my top 10 books ever.

  5. Elizabeth Langston
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 18:42:34

    I discovered Anne Calhoun through this website. I loved Liberating Lacey (although I have to say that Uncommon Passion is my favorite.)

  6. MaryK
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 22:53:21

    I saw the EC prices dropping on ereaderIQ. Now I just need a Kobo coupon to try some of the EC authors I’ve been iffy about.

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