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Needle in the Blood by     Sarah BowerNeedle in the Blood by Sarah Bower. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

His lust for power gave him everything. But it might cost him the love of his life.

The Bishop hired her for a simple job: embroider a tapestry. It is an enormous work, a cloth trophy of the conquest of England. But her skill with a needle and thread is legendary. It would be uncomplicated.

She plans to kill him as soon as she gets the chance. He and his brother, William the Conqueror, murdered her King and destroyed her world. Revenge, pure and clean. It would be simple.

But neither planned to fall desperately in love. As the two become hopelessly entangled, friends become enemies, enemies become lovers, and nothing in life—or the tapestry—is what it seems. An unlikely love story born of passion and intensity, crafted by critically acclaimed historical novelist Sarah Bower,The Needle in the Blood is a “story of love, war, and the tangled truth of England’s birth.”

This story has an interesting premise but I don’t believe it is a romance.

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A Preacher's Passion   Lutishia LovelyA Preacher’s Passion by Lutishia Lovely. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

After being celibate for five long years, Passion Perkins is ready, willing, and able to end her drought. But she’s also determined to hold out for Mr. Right-a man her friends say doesn’t exist-until handsome Lavon Chapman walks into her life. He’s come to the community to film a DVD about Passion’s minister, Doctor Stanley Lee, and his fiery wife, Carla Lee. Now Passion only has eight weeks to make Lavon her husband and end her celibacy-not necessarily in that order. But she has a most unlikely rival:

Carla Lee herself . . .

Before long, other members of the church community are entangled in scandals of their own, and while some are getting busy in service to the Lord, others are just simply getting busy…

This book has only a few text reviews which are full of praise.

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Ruins of Lace Iris AnthonyRuins of Lace by Iris Anthony. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Lace is a thing like hope.
It is beauty; it is grace.
It was never meant to destroy so many lives.

The mad passion for forbidden lace has infiltrated France, pulling soldier and courtier into its web. For those who want the best, Flemish lace is the only choice, an exquisite perfection of thread and air. For those who want something they don’t have, Flemish lace can buy almost anything-or anyone.

For Lisette, lace begins her downfall, and the only way to atone for her sins is to outwit the noble who know demands an impossible length of it. To fail means certain destruction. But for Katharina, lace is her salvation. It is who she is; it is what she does. If she cannot make this stunning tempest of threads, a dreaded fate awaits.

A taut, mesmerizing story, The Ruins of Lace explores the intricate tangle of fleeting beauty, mad obsession, and ephemeral hope.

This book has some DNF reviews and some positive reviews but even the positive ones say that there is an overabundance of POVs in the story despite the interesting premise of lace as contraband.

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Dark Nights Dangerous Men  Katie ReusDark Nights Dangerous Men by Katie Reus. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

6 Bestselling Authors, 6 Sexy Reads…

From romantic suspense to paranormal romance; from a full length novel to a bite sized novella, whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got the story for you!

Total collection: 317,000 words

STOLEN FURY by Elisabeth Naughton

To unearth a centuries-old secret, an archaeologist must team up with the rakish thief who’s stolen both an ancient relic and her heart…

Word count: 100,000

BOUND BY BLOOD by Cynthia Eden

Married to the enemy. In order to save her clan, vampire princess Morgan LaBeaux will do anything…even marry werewolf alpha Jace Vaughn. She may have to trust him with her life, but Morgan vows to never give the wolf her heart.

Word Count: 21,000

NO ONE TO TRUST by Katie Reus

When Elizabeth Martinez is shoved into the cross hairs of one of Miami’s death-dealing drug lords she has no choice but to depend on former Marine Porter Caldwell, her ex-boyfriend and the one man she’s tried desperately to forget.

Word count: 45,000

RAPHAEL by Alexandra Ivy

The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, crosses his path, his most primitive instincts are stirred. Unable to resist, he takes her to his bed, and is shocked when she
becomes pregnant with his child. It’s a miracle that might prove to be the salvation of his people, but only if he can keep her safe from the mercenaries determined to kill her.

Word count: 21,000

PARISH by Laura Wright

Untamed and undeniably sexy, Parish, leader of the Pantera hunters, rarely leaves the magic of the Wildlands to deal with the humans he despises. But with the prized and risky Pantera birth on the way, puma shifter, Parish must travel to New Orleans to find and bring back a human doctor. The moment he sees the lovely, talented and all too human Dr. Julia Cabot he cannot resist the wild, potent drive to make her his. Betrayed and destroyed by love, Julia will not let her heart choose her path again. But as she and Parish fight to save the life of an unborn child, a fierce and overwhelming bond develops between them, threatening her frozen heart with the secret hope and ultimate temptation of love and family.

Word count: 20,000


An emergency physician on leave returns to Baja Mexico in search of answers in the deaths of her mother and stepbrother and uncovers buried secrets that threaten her life and a man who threatens her heart.

Word count: 110,000

I’ve not read any of these authors. It seems like a good deal. I really disliked the one Joan Swan book I read.


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. cecilia
    May 19, 2013 @ 13:10:48

    Almost every book in that Dark Nights collection has a main character with a common noun as a first name. Weird.

  2. cleo
    May 19, 2013 @ 14:42:06

    Ooh, I’m a big Bayeux Tapestry fan (yes, I’m a textile nerd). I may have to get Needle in the Blood.

  3. Christine
    May 19, 2013 @ 16:54:15

    @cleo- I thought the same thing “Ooh Bayeux Tapestry!” And it’s a Medieval setting which you hardly ever see anymore in Romances. (I know this isn’t a romance but historical fiction) Especially the 1066 era which used to be fairly popular for the Norman vs Saxon thing. I’m guessing this takes place all in Normandy though as it must be about Odo of Bayeux.

  4. cleo
    May 19, 2013 @ 21:25:47

    @Christine: I bought this and started it – I’m about a quarter through. It is Odo’s story but takes place mostly in England so far. They’re making the tapestry at his estate in Kent. I’m enjoying it although there are some odd writing quirks. It’s written mostly in the present tense.

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