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Fool Me Twice by Meredith DuranFool Me Twice by Meredith Duran. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the vein of Sarah MacLean, a sexy and evocative Regency romance between a vengeful duke and a fiery redhead from an author who is a veritable tour de force in the genre. “Readers need to make room on their keeper shelf for Meredith Duran” (Fresh Fiction).

Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits—and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family’s past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She’ll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information.

Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance. More beautiful than Lucifer, twice as feared, and thrice as cunning, he’ll use any weapon to punish those who fooled and betrayed him—even an impertinent maid who doesn’t know her place. But the more fascinated he becomes with the uppity redhead, the more dangerous his carefully designed plot becomes. For the one contingency he forgot to plan for was falling in love…and he cannot survive being fooled again.

Pre order price. Book doesn’t come out until March 25, 2014.

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The Solitary House: A Novel by Lynn ShepherdThe Solitary House: A Novel by Lynn Shepherd. $ .99

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Lynn Shepherd’s first acclaimed novel of historical suspense, Murder at Mansfield Park, brilliantly reimagined the time of Jane Austen. Now, in this spellbinding new triumph, she introduces an unforgettable duo of detectives into the gaslit world of Dickens.

London, 1850. Charles Maddox had been an up-and-coming officer for the Metropolitan police until a charge of insubordination abruptly ended his career. Now he works alone, struggling to eke out a living by tracking down criminals. Whenever he needs it, he has the help of his great-uncle Maddox, a legendary “thief taker,” a detective as brilliant and intuitive as they come.

On Charles’s latest case, he’ll need all the assistance he can get.

To his shock, Charles has been approached by Edward Tulkinghorn, the shadowy and feared attorney, who offers him a handsome price to do some sleuthing for a client. Powerful financier Sir Julius Cremorne has been receiving threatening letters, and Tulkinghorn wants Charles to—discreetly—find and stop whoever is responsible.

But what starts as a simple, open-and-shut case swiftly escalates into something bigger and much darker. As he cascades toward a collision with an unspeakable truth, Charles can only be aided so far by Maddox. The old man shows signs of forgetfulness and anger, symptoms of an age-related ailment that has yet to be named.

Intricately plotted and intellectually ambitious, The Solitary House is an ingenious novel that does more than spin an enthralling tale: it plumbs the mysteries of the human mind.

This is a reworking of Bleak House. Kirkus Reviews says “The enterprising sleuth’s life may depend on the answer when his two cases come together in a horrifying denouement. Shepherd offers an intricate plot and a thousand details of the least-admirable side of Victorian life. A must-read.”

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Unteachable by Leah RaederUnteachable by Leah Raeder. $ .99

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I met him at a carnival, of all corny places. The summer I turned eighteen, in that chaos of neon lights and cheap thrills, I met a man so sweet, so beautiful, he seemed to come from another world. We had one night: intense, scary, real. Then I ran, like I always do. Because I didn’t want to be abandoned again.

But I couldn’t run far enough.

I knew him as Evan that night. When I walked into his classroom, he became Mr. Wilke.

My teacher.

I don’t know if what we’re doing is wrong. The rules say one thing; my heart says screw the rules. I can’t let him lose his job. And I can’t lose him.

In the movies, this would have a happy ending. I grow up. I love, I lose, I learn. And I move on. But this is life, and there’s no script. You make it up as you go along.

And you don’t pray for a happy ending. You pray for it to never end.

The teacher / student dynamic must be a real *thing* that some readers dig. This book was another very popular self pub book. It’s a trope I don’t particularly care for, but if you do the book is on sale at 99c. The author bio says “Leah Raeder writes pretentiously lyrical YA and adult fiction of various genres. She loves zombies, velociraptors, and other world-ending things.”

Heroine likes older guys because of her daddy issues and the hero apparently has a student fetish. The heroine isn’t the first student he’s been involved with. The three star reviews indicated that while the writing was good, the romance wasn’t as successful for them particularly given the hero’s predilection for young students.

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Bone Deep by Bonnie DeeBone Deep by Bonnie Dee. $ .99.

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Love plumbs deep below the surface.
In 1946, Sarah, a grieving war widow goes to the carnival with friends and is riveted by the tattooed man in the freak show, adorned in head to toe body art. Later she discovers the man hiding in her hayloft, escaped from imprisonment by the evil owner. She shelters Tom on her farm, fighting a powerful attraction while learning about his mysterious past and gentle nature.

When a child goes missing, Tom uses his psychic gift to find her but his assistance doesn’t relieve the locals’ mistrust of such an exotic stranger. Small-town prejudice tears the lovers apart and a very real threat from the carnival owner endangers them. Can the lovers rise above obstacles of fear and hatred to create the family both have always craved?

Kristie J wrote in the comments to a review I wrote in 2007 that Bone Deep is wonderful and Ann Aguirre said it rocked her world. I haven’t read it.

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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. Lynnd
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 14:09:50

    With respect to the Duran book, price for Kindle Edition in Canada is $10.32. The price for the paperback is $5.39 from Go figure. Whatever they say, agency pricing is not dead up here.

  2. Shayera
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 14:19:23

    I’m an early pre-orderer, but even for me, that’s quite a way down the road.

  3. Kathryn
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 18:48:32

    Hmm I’m in Canada as well and I just checked the price at for the Duran book. And the price is now $8.99 for the Kindle edition and $5.99 for the paperback. So the price went down for the Kindle edition (although it wasn’t a drop all the way to $1.99) and up a little bit for the paperback in only a few hours.

    And although we have Prime now at — it is only free shipping and nothing else. There are no special free loans of Connie Brockway’s book for us. And you can’t blame the big six for that since Brockway’s new book is published by Montlake (Amazon’s own publishing house).

  4. Barb in Maryland
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 20:01:42

    I’ve commented before about the pathetic blurbs Meredith Duran is saddled with. Since when is the Victorian era “Regency”?? Really??!?? This is a sequel, of sorts, to “That Scandalous Summer” and “Your Wicked Heart”. Anyway, I shall be buying this in print, but really, the thought that I can pre-order it for really cheap,does tempt me….

  5. ohhellsyeah
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 07:25:55

    I wish the pricing in Canada did not suck so much. Seriously. Also, I consider Meredith Duran and Sarah MacLean to be on totally different spectrums of the historical romance genre. I cannot fathom MacLean writing something like Written on Your Skin or The Duke of Shadows. No offence meant to MacLean, because she is very good at what she does but they write very different kinds of books.

  6. Lynnd
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 09:57:04

    @Kathryn: I noticed that the pricing information on Amazon for both the Duran book and Sherry Thomas’ new one says that “this price was set by the publisher.” That is where my comment that agency pricing is still alive in Canada comes from.

    I think I’m just so used to US companies who operate in Canada not giving us the same deals as their US customers get or having significantly increased prices (J Crew, Target etc.), that I have ceased to expect anything else from them and don’t get all that excited when an American retail chain opens up in Canada.

  7. Tam Francis
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 20:50:17

    The 1946 novel Bone Deep is right up my alley. Glad to know there is a market and site for my kind of novels. I hope to see my book on here when it’s published! Thanks for the recommendations.

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