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Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star  Heather Rigaud Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Rigaud. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Darcy’s as hot as he is talented…

Fast music, powerful beats, and wild reputations-on and off stage-have made virtuoso guitarist Fitzwilliam Darcy’s band into rock’s newest bad boys. But they’ve lost their latest opening act, and their red-hot summer tour is on the fast track to disaster. Now Darcy and bandmates Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam are about to meet their match…

But she’s about to rock his world…

Enter Elizabeth Bennet, fiercely independent star of girl-band Long Borne Suffering. Elizabeth, her sister Jane, and friend Charlotte Lucas have talent to spare and jump at the opening band slot. Elizabeth is sure she’s seen the worst the music industry has to offer. But as the days and nights heat up, it becomes clear that everyone is in for a summer to remember.

This is here because it is cheap and I know that there are readers who love the Darcy fan fiction.

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Fatal Affair Marie ForceFatal Affair by Marie Force. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career—and her confidence—after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff…and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can’t afford—especially when the bodies keep piling up.

Tina at Goodreads gave this a three star for good suspense and a decent romance. “I had the biggest problem, though with some plotting elements and characterizations.”

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Blood, Smoke and Mirrors      by     Robyn Bachar Blood, Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.

Wrongly accused of using her magic to harm, the closest Catherine Baker comes to helping others is serving their coffee. Life as an outcast is nothing new, thanks to her father’s reputation, but the injustice stings. Especially since the man she loved turned her in.

Now the man has the gall to show up and suggest she become the next Titania? She’d rather wipe that charming grin off his face with a pot of hot java to the groin.

Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian—until now. The lingering guilt over Cat’s exile and the recent death of his best friend have shaken his dedication. With the murder of the old Titania, the faerie realm teeters on the brink of chaos. His new orders: keep Cat alive at all costs.

Hunted by a powerful stranger intent on drawing her into an evil web, Cat reluctantly accepts Lex’s protection and the resurrected desire that comes along with it. Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe…and win her back. If they both survive.

Warning: This book contains one tough and snarky witch, one gorgeous guardian, explicit blood drinking, magician sex, gratuitous violence against vampires and troublemaking Shakespearean faeries.

I’ve never heard of this author before but this is book 3 in the series. Author Gail Dayton (whose Goodreads bookshelf has a really good correlation with mine) wrote ” There’s lots of fighting, sneakiness, betrayal, hurt, loving, making up, and other stuff in this story, and I just really enjoyed it.”

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Magic In His Kiss      by     Shari AntonMagic in His Kiss by Shari Anton. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

By order of King Stephen, Nicole de Leon has been confined to Bledloe Abbey since her father’s death eight years ago. As an orphaned noblewoman, she has always known that she would be married off to strengthen King Stephen’s political position. But as she reached marriageable age, she never dreamt that her extended family would come to her aid and prevent this unwanted marriage. For Nicole’s uncle, Connorap Maelgwn, has always despised King Stephen and would do anything to thwart him…even commit an act of war by kidnapping the bride the King needs to solidify an alliance. But Connor can’t charge through England with an army. He needs a warrior who’s trustworthy…a warrior like Rhodri ap Dafydd.

Rhodri ap Dafydd, a bard and warrior, has one purpose: to bring Nicole de Leon and home to Wales. He has no interest at all in politics—he’s merely helping a friend. But from the moment he lays eyes on Nicole, friendship is the last thing on his mind. With her fiery nature and her sharp tongue, Nicole is unlike any woman he has ever met. But falling in love with her was never an option. Brought together by fate but soon torn apart by war, can these two star-crossed lovers find a future together?

There is some crazy pricing going on with the Hachette paperbacks right now. I’m not sure if this is predicating a shift toward non Agency pricing, but the list price of a number of mass market titles are $9.99 to $19.99. Reviews for this sweet romance range from “pretty awful” to “sorry to see it end.” One reviewer mentioned a touch of paranormal activity.

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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. Jae Lee
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 14:19:01

    Blood, Smoke and Mirrors is book 1 of the Bad Witch series, not book 3. Sorry to be nitpicky.

  2. Lynne Connolly
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 14:19:45

    Hey, I had that cover for “Sunfire.” Popular cover, huh?

  3. Ros
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 14:38:10

    The Darcy fanfiction gives me the ragiest rage of all rages.

  4. Charlotte Russell
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 15:00:20

    @Ros: Amen.

  5. hapax
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 15:07:22

    Yep, the Darcy fanfic is pretty WTFBBQ, but for me, this surpasses it for rage-inducing:

    Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career—and her confidence—after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed

    I realize that authors aren’t always responsible for their jacket copy, but I have less than zero interest in reading about a cop “heroine” who looks at a brutal murder as a “big win” and a “perfect opportunity.”

  6. JenM
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 15:59:31

    I’ve read Marie Force’s entire Fatal series, and Sam, the cop heroine, is honest, sympathetic, and compassionate. She cares deeply about the victims of the crimes she investigates and is definitely not a publicity hound, or someone who cares mainly about closing a case just to make a name for herself.

  7. Tessa Dare
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 03:45:58

    I love that rockstar Darcy book. I read it when it was on fanfic boards (titled “Slurry”) years ago and yes, I know how crazy the premise sounds–but it is really, really enjoyable. Also HOT.

  8. SAO
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 01:45:10

    I just don’t get the point of writing Darcy fan fic that totally ignores Darcy’s character. Why pretend it is Darcy? What’s next? A sweet, inspirational romance with a Godly, praying and sanctimonious hero named Mick Jagger?

  9. SusanL
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 04:32:13

    @SAO I don’t know what adaptations have been made for publication, but the original fanfic version didn’t ignore Darcy’s character. It has been several years since I read “Slurry”, but I remember it being pretty faithful to Darcy. Now, Charlotte Lucas is an entirely different story :D

  10. Susan
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 20:17:53

    I just finished the Darcy book, and I adored it! The essence of the main Austen characters is faithful to the author’s vision, except for Charlotte Lucas, and I say, good for her – she did get short shrift in the original! It was very nice to read a contemporary P&P book instead of the many adaptations that stay within the original time period. Try this!

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