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Daily Deals: Bounty hunter, inspector, and a Christmas romance

Wicked in Your Arms: Forgotten Princesses  by     Sophie Jordan Wicked in Your Arms by Sophie Jordan. $Free today only.

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One of the most notoriously eligible bachelors in Europe is finally ready to marry . . .

For fiercely independent Grier Hadley,being the illegitimate daughter of one of London’s most unsavory characters has only one advantage: an enormous,ill-gotten dowry.

Prince Sevastian Maksimi knows wherehis duty lies: he must find a well-bred young lady—one with a considerable fortune to her name—wed her promptly,and get to the business of producing an heir.

The last thing Grier needs is some unattainable prince curling her toes with his smoldering glances and wicked suggestions. As far as Sev is concerned, she lacks the breeding to become a princess. And yet one kiss from this arresting female is all it takes for him to realize that anyone else in his arms would be unthinkable . . .

It’s free so I don’t really need to write anything in this section, right?

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Dante Valentine: The Complete Series Lilith SaintcrowDante Valentine Series by Lilith Saintcrow. $ 1.99 at Amazon and Apple

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Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer.

Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there were just some she couldn’t turn down. Like when the Devil showed up at the door and offered her a deal. Her life – in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. But how do you kill something that can’t die?

Dante Valentine, one of urban fantasy’s hottest series, is compiled into one volume for the first time. Included in this omnibus edition are: Working for the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil’s Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, and To Hell and Back.

This is the entire series. I read the first one and Dante was a bit too much for me but I know a lot of people enjoyed this series.

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Cover Her Face (Adam Dalgliesh Series #1)      by     P. D. JamesCover Her Face by P.D. James. $ 1.99

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Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill.

Cover Her Face is P. D. James’s electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.

When a sly and sensuous young woman who had used her body and her brains to climb the social ladder is murdered by someone who had clearly decided that the wages of sin should be death, it falls to Inspector Adam Dalgliesh to find out who the killer is.

This is James’ debut novel. A few compared the feel to an Agatha Christie novel but the puzzles aren’t as complex. If you like the upstairs/downstairs British set mysteries, however, this might be perfect for you.

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Tart (Delicious Novel Series #1)      by     Lauren DaneTart by Lauren Dane. $ 2.99

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USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane serves up a sweet, sensual, and hot-to-the-touch novel in which one woman’s most intimate desires are stirred by two very special ingredients…

Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up—in bed.

That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he’s hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.

Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio’s scalding liaisons take them places they’ve never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she’ll have a choice to make when she returns…

Lauren Dane is one of KatiD’s favorite erotic romance authors.

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A Winter Scandal Candace Camp›Winter Scandal by Candace Camp. $ 2.99.

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New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp weaves a heartwarming tale, first in a thrilling new series, of Christmastime love, discovery, and scandal. . . .

When plain and proper Thea Bainbridge stumbles upon a baby in the manger of her church’s nativity, she is understandably shocked. Discovering a brooch bearing the insignia of Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, hidden among the child’s clothing, she is certain the dissolute rake is to blame. Incensed, Thea sets out to reproach the arrogant lord—only to find herself utterly swept away.

Gabriel is intrigued by the vivacity in Thea’s flashing gray eyes when she accuses him of fathering the orphan, even as he adamantly maintains his innocence. The brooch is one he remembers all too well, however, and Gabriel is determined to find the mother of the missing child. As the mystery around the baby deepens, Gabriel is continually thrown together with Thea—and finds himself growing more entranced every day.

Even with whispers of winter scandal swirling around them, they cannot deny the longing in their hearts. A longing which promises the best gift of all: a shelter from the storm . . . in each other’s arms.

This is a Christmas, baby in the manger, themed story so it’s odd to see it discounted now. The reviews say that the book is decent but some had a hard time connecting to the storyline. Others really liked it. A few reviews said that the mystery took far too long to resolve.

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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. Kati
    May 10, 2013 @ 14:48:14

    It’s true, Lauren Dane is a sure thing for me. I quite enjoyed Tart, although her Brown Siblings series is her best, IMHO. This is a great buy!

  2. cleo
    May 10, 2013 @ 15:42:40

    Hey Jane – the top link doesn’t work

  3. Katherine
    May 10, 2013 @ 16:25:43

    A note about the Kensington sale – the fine print says “*Our everyday 30% discount PLUS and additonal 20% off”.

    For example, Games Girls Play by Deanna Lee is $9.75 on Kensington -20% with ILOVEMOM = $7.80. Still pretty spendy, IMO.


  4. Liz
    May 10, 2013 @ 17:26:22

    Somebody at Kensington needs to brush up on their math skills, because the last time I checked, 20% off of 30% off doesn’t equal 50% off. A lot of the e-books aren’t 30% off either. Definitely misleading.

  5. Dallas
    May 11, 2013 @ 17:10:25

    Downloaded the Sophie Jordan freebie. Fast read–started yesterday, finished today.

    If you love the romance novels of the–what, ’80s maybe?–you might like this. There’s not a lot of depth to this book. Instant attraction not really based on substantial knowledge of each other’s character, etc. At one point the alpha hero chases after the heroine (who is trying to avoid him), pushes her up against a wall when she slaps him, and kisses her anyway–and of course she succumbs in a second and they have incendiary sex. Yeah, I think I’ve moved on from that.

    Oh, funny little typo in there: He held himself as aloof as a Grecian statute.

  6. Jane
    May 11, 2013 @ 17:11:37

    @Dallas – I would imagine Grecian statutes are cold and unfeeling, as are most statutes, Greek or not. I’ve found the penal code to be particularly harsh. ;)

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