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In Bed with the Boss Susan NapierIn Bed with the Boss by Susan Napier. $2.39/2.77.

From Jacket Copy:

For three years, Kalera has been a model secretary to Duncan Royal, with only one hiccup in their otherwise perfect relationship: a one-night stand that should never have happened, and which both have tried to forget. Or so Kalera thought.

But Duncan is haunted by their one night of unbelievable passion, and secretly longs for their relationship to develop after office hours. As a rule, he can have any woman he wants–so he’s furious when Kalera announces her engagement to another man! Whatever it takes, Duncan intends to entice her into his bed once more–and this time it will be forever.

Susan Napier is a trope bender. Within the confines of the Harlequin Presents style guidelines she manages to write unique romances that tilt existing, familiar tropes, just a bit. It was such a good book that it appears to have been the template (plot, characters, everything) for a self published work but this is the very good original which can’t be beat by the copy.  I wrote in my review:

Part of the fun with In Bed with the Boss is that the reader is in on a secret. That is, we know that Duncan (the boss) is in love with Kalera (the secretary), but she is willfully or unconsciously blind to his feelings. Seeing her awaken to this is part of the pleasure.

One aspect of this book that I loved was Duncan’s account of how he came to befriend Kalera’s husband and how he came to admire the man and want to be worthy of being the one to take care of his widow. I don’t remember another story like that.

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Natural Evil by Thea Harrison. $2.66.

From Jacket Copy:

Attempted Murder. Passion. Betrayal. It’s a dog-eat-dog world.

Claudia Hunter is on a road trip through the Nevada desert when she sees the body of a dog on the side of the highway. Pulling over to investigate, she quickly determines that the enormous animal is clinging to life. While working to save him with the help of the local vet, Claudia realizes there’s something about the creature that seems more. Other. Wyr. Which makes this case of animal cruelty attempted murder.

Too injured to shape shift, Luis Alvaraz is reluctant to tell Claudia what he knows about his attack, afraid it will only make her a target. But the sheriff is corrupt, and his attackers know Luis is alive and vulnerable. To make matters worse, a sandstorm is sweeping into town, and if they’re going to survive the night, Luis will have to place all his trust in Claudia.

Warning: Take a gorgeous man temporarily stuck in the dog house, add a strong, take-no-prisoners woman, mix in encroaching enemies and a raging sandstorm and stir to combine. Enjoy with a freshly opened can of whoop-ass.

This is a novella and part of Harrison’s Elder Races series. Of all the novellas she’s written, I think this is my favorite. I wrote in my mini review:

Claudia is a loner by choice and circumstance. She has been alone for so long that her attraction to Luis catches her off guard. Luis is less concerned about his attraction to Claudia and he sets out to prove that while he is much younger than her, they are well suited. This is a gender flip/role reversal with Claudia being the older, closed off, wounded military heroine and Luis being the younger, more resilient, more hopeful hero. Of course, that is why I loved it. The ending is a bit ambiguous but you leave the story believing that Luis’ indomitable spirit will win Claudia over, eventually.

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Every Night I'm Yours by Christie Kelley Every Night I’m Yours by Christie Kelley. $2.41/2.61.

From Jacket Copy:

A woman who wants to know what she’s been missing… A man perfectly suited to train her… Christie Kelley weaves a scintillating novel of one rapturous night of ecstasy…

A WOMAN YEARNING FOR A TASTE OF THE FORBIDDEN…

At twenty-six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley intends to wear spinsterhood as a badge of honor. But when she discovers a volume of erotica that ignites a searing fire within her, Avis realizes just how much she doesn’t know about the actual pleasures of the flesh. Determined to learn more, she devises a daring plan…

A MAN READY TO TEACH HER MUCH, MUCH MORE …

Avis chooses Emory Billingsworth, a fellow novelist-not to mention a beautiful specimen of manhood-to instruct her in carnal pleasure. But when the brash earl of Selby, Banning Talbot, a man she has known for years, unearths Avis’ true intentions, he claims she’s made a dangerously bad choice. Volunteering his services for one wicked night of reckless, abandoned passion, Banning promises he will satisfy all of her deepest longings. Yet Banning cannot begin to imagine the effect his willful, voluptuous, and very eager student will have on him-or how far an innocent lesson in desire can go…

The summary I gleaned from the reviews was that this book contained a familiar trope done many times in romances but that the hero was super hot, the sex scenes were good, and the heroine was so so. For the price, many readers were satisfied.

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Mountain Moonlight by Jane Toombs Mountain Moonlight by Jane Toombs. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

In Jane Toombs’ Mountain Moonlight, published by Books We Love, Vala, now a divorcee, and her young son, Davis, arrive in Phoenix, Arizona, intending to hike into Superstition Mountain to follow an old map her son was given by an elderly Apache before he died. Davis believes it’s a treasure map. Convinced by a camping outfitter that they need a guide, Vala checks the list on the store’s bulletin board, and finds one name crossed out. Perversely she reads it anyway. . Bram Hunter! Even though she left Phoenix with her family when she was sixteen, she’s never forgotten him.

Which drives her to call the number listed.

Bram’s planning to leave for a Caribbean vacation in a few days, but he remembers Vala. He has no intention of guiding anyone anywhere right now, but remembers one night long ago, and agrees to meet her.

Originally published by Kensington and apparently an Amazon only exclusive. I tried to find it on Smashwords and BN but only the paper version appeared at BN for a penny. Her first romance, a gothic, was published by Avon in 1936. Her website appears to have been hacked or taken over by someone. I had thought Jayne reviewed Toombs once and I noticed when I googled searched that Toombs had been published through Whiskey Creek Press at one time.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

4 Comments

  1. Laura Florand
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 09:06:04

    I’m with you in that Natural Evil is my favorite Thea Harrison novella. My only problem with it was that I really, really didn’t want it to end so soon. I could have spent a nice long book with those characters. I loved that little smell of gun-oil on her, and that he found it erotic. :) I’m trying to save her new one (Hunter’s Season) for my plane trip Wednesday, but Heather Osborn (her Samhain editor) told me I would probably really like the heroine in it, too, since I have a weakness for strong heroines.

  2. Heather
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 10:36:54

    See Natural Evil was my least favorite novella. Hunter’s Season was really good ;)

  3. Nicole1000
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 12:15:27

    Yeah, a mention for Susan Napier. She’s my guilty pleasure from HQ. I have all of her books but had not thought of Kindle (she hasn’t published anything new in the last few years though). thanks for the reminder. In Bed is a fav as well.

  4. brandy
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 18:04:49

    Loved the Christie Kelley. Cover doesn’t quite look it, but it’s a Regency. The rest of the series is pretty good, too!

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