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Daily Deals: Two great novellas, one romantic suspense, and one mystery

Heat of Passion By: Elle Kennedy Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy. $2.66.

From Jacket Copy:

On the road to forever, anything goes…

An Out of Uniform story.

Carson Scott is the king of one-night stands, so a naughty encounter with a sexy brunette in a nightclub supply closet is right up his alley. When his mysterious seductress disappears, he’s blindsided by an unfamiliar emotion—disappointment. One thing’s for sure…if he ever encounters his lady of the evening again, he won’t let her slip away so easily.

Between her catering business, family issues, and her broken heart, Holly Lawson has too much on her plate to think about committing to a serious relationship. Hot, sweaty, anonymous sex with a Navy SEAL…now that sounds like the perfect appetizer to take the edge off. With no plans to ever see him again, she indulges in a fling. Only to come face to face with him weeks later while working a wedding.

Worse, Carson is hell-bent on the one thing she doesn’t want. The R word. She has no intention of falling for him, but in the face of his seductive, mind-changing methods, her resistance is crumbling…

This really isn’t a “deal” but it is cheap price for a fun and sexy novella. I read/reviewed several Elle Kennedy novellas last spring but had since forgotten about them until the most recent one Feeling Hot came out. Then I discovered that Mandi from Smexy Books hadn’t ever read this series. I wondered if I should take her erotic romance card away given that a) she likes men in uniform and b) likes erotic romances. This series is tailor made for those types of readers. She and Kaetrin later admitted to glomming the entire series yesterday. I’m not suggesting that you readers engage in that kind of sick behavior (as I did, obviously) but if you were to read one, I’d recommend starting with this title. You can read my review of it here.


Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Eight months after The Iron Duke, can their marriage survive a new danger?

After Mina is called in to investigate the murder of an aristocratic bounder, her husband Rhys—known to the world as the Iron Duke—must overcome his fear for his new bride before his need to protect her tears them apart. But when she invites him to join her at the murder scene, a search for a mysterious killing machine puts her in more danger than ever before…a danger that leads straight back to Rhys.

Speaking of novellas that I hadn’t mentioned before but are worth reading, if you are a fan of the Iron Seas series, you’ll want to pick up Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City. This was an original novella that appeared at the end of the mass market printing of The Iron Duke. It takes place (like the blurb says) eight months after The Iron Duke. It’s kind of an extended epilogue, the one that the Iron Duke kind of needed with its abrupt and maybe ambiguous ending so I don’t recommend it for newcomers to the series. If you are wanting to try out the series but don’t want to commit to a full length novel try The Blushing Bounder in Wild & Steamy, a self published anthology for $2.99. Or, delve right in with Riveted. It’s out next Tuesday and can be read without having even opened a previous Iron Seas book. It’s a remarkable story with two amazing leads.


A Dark Love Margaret Carroll A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Only Caroline knows the truth about her husband, the brilliant psychoanalyst whose list of patients includes some of Washington, D.C.’s, most celebrated. Caroline has seen the darkest side of this cruel, controlling psychopath who watches her every move. With only a few precious minutes allotted to her, escape is now or never. Caroline must run for her life . . . as far and fast as she can.

But even two thousand miles isn’t far enough. A new identity, new town, and new love–rugged pro-footballer-turned-outdoorsman Ken Kincaid–won’t protect her. Because Caroline knows Porter will never stop until he’s hunted her down.

And there will be a reckoning . . .

I apparently gave this book a B- back in 2009.  I don’t have a strong recollection of the book. I remember the second book (Riptide) by Carroll was completely NOT a romance but marketed as such. I guess I remember my bitter disappointments more than I remember the somewhat pleasurable read. In retrospect, it sounds a little like a Linda Howard novel but I recall that there wasn’t any explicit loving in the story and that I characterized it more as a thriller than a romance because while there was a romance, it was very understated. So at $.99 you should expect a decent thriller with a soft current of romance. Oh and the second book, Riptide, is also on sale for $.99.


The Brimstone Wedding Barbara Vine The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

An elderly nursing home patient tells stories of her past that seem to mirror her caregiver’s life to a disturbing degree—and that’s before the stories take a deadly turn

Stuck in a loveless marriage and mired in a troubled affair, Genevieve Warner doesn’t have a friend in the world—until she meets Stella, a patient at the nursing home where she works as a caregiver. Whip smart and deeply familiar, Stella confides in Genevieve the story of her life, a story that builds toward a horrifying confession. As Genevieve’s own life slips helplessly down the same path, she desperately tries to turn away from a fate that seems inevitable.

Sensitive and heartbreaking, The Brimstone Wedding is a mysterious tale of mistakes repeated.

It’s on sale today only for $1.99. It’s her best novel, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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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. Susan
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 21:02:39

    I love Barbara Vine. The characters are not always likable, and the stories are often very dark—but they come together so deliciously. I’d rather read a Vine title over a Rendell title any day. (Vine’s books remind me a bit of Minette Walters’s, one of my favorite authors that many people just cannot stand.) I didn’t have Brimstone Wedding so was happy to get it at this price. Thx.

  2. Nicole
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 22:30:19

    I read The Brimstone Wedding years ago, and I don’t remember much of the plot (except the big revelation) but I do remember that it was a rewarding reading experience. As I read any Barbara Vine book I always marvel at her skill. The construction is beautifully precise, with every scene perfectly placed to feed the reader a nugget of information at a time. Her characters are psychologically convincing, so the most startling revelations don’t seem unrealistic. The cover blurb for any of her books can’t really give much of an idea of what to expect.

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