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Daily Deals: Historical love stories, sagas, and a Roman thriller

Rushed to the Altar (Blackwater Brides Series #1) by Jane FeatherRushed to the Altar by Jane Feather. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather comes the first of a wonderful new trilogy, The Blackwater Brides, set in the sensually im-proper Georgian period, in which three noble brothers discover they will be forced to find brides under highly unusual circumstances.

Jasper Sullivan, Earl of Blackwater, needs a prostitute. Not in the usual way, however. His wealthy uncle’s will promises to divide his huge fortune among his nephews if each rescues a fallen woman . . . by marrying her! And since Jasper’s estates were already mortgaged to the hilt before he inherited them, when he catches a pretty young prostitute trying to pick his pocket, he immediately makes his proposal.

Clarissa Astley is not at all what Jasper believes. The orphaned daughter of a prosperous merchant, she is searching the seedier districts of London for her young brother, abducted by their evil guardian, who wants the little boy’s inheritance. But she needs powerful help, and the darkly handsome Earl of Blackwater is certainly that. So she pretends to be exactly what he assumed— a risky charade for an innocent virgin. But when passion flares between Jasper and Clarissa, the deception becomes even more difficult to handle. . . .

I haven’t read Feather in years, but I used to love her. I thought she was leaving historical romance to write historical fiction. Some of the later books I had read by her in the early 2000s were light on the romance. One reviewer said that while it is set in Georgian times, the time period was not important and the story could have taken place at any time.

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The Dogs of Rome: A Commissario Alec Blume Novel by Conor FitzgeraldThe Dogs of Rome: A Commissario Alec Blume Novel by Conor Fitzgerald. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

On a hot summer morning, Arturo Clemente is sloppily murdered in his Roman apartment by a mysterious slasher. When his wife, an eminent politician, finds his body, she swiftly springs into action–by calling the Ministry of the Interior.

By the time police inspector Alec Blume arrives at the scene, evidence has been collected, command taken, and, in short–his investigation has been compromised. As the details of the case continue to trickle out, Blume soon realizes he is being watched from on high–and that solving this crime may be the least of his worries. Losing sleep and unsure who to trust, Blume feels the case spinning out of control: does anyone involved even want justice? At what price will it come? And who runs this town–the police, the politicians, or organized criminals?

In this riveting novel, we are introduced to Blume, an American expatriate and seasoned police veteran. Intelligent yet sometimes petulant, instinctive yet flawed, Blume is a likeable and trustworthy protagonist for this, the first installment of a gritty and promising series.

Gritty crime in a European setting. Recommended by PW but not by Kirkus who said that it was a dour procedural.

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Roses by Leila MeachamRoses by Leila Meacham. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town’s founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been—not just for themselves but for their children, and children’s children. With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.

Doesn’t sound like this is a great book for romance lovers but maybe for readers of sagas? Doesn’t sound like any of the characters actually get their HEA because unrequited love and poor choices give more emotional power to the story. Thanks to Kim for bringing this to my attention as well as the deal below.

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The Bride Of Larkspear Sherry ThomasThe Bride Of Larkspear by Sherry Thomas. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

What distinguishes this bed is the woman attached to it–her wrists tied behind her to one of the excessively sturdy bedposts.
And this being a work of Eros, she is, of course, naked.

My bride does not look at me. She is determined, as ever, to shunt me to the periphery of her existence, even on this, our wedding night.

I touch her. Her skin is as cool as marble, the flesh beneath firm and resilient. I turn her face to look into her eyes, haughty eyes that have scorned me for as long as I remember.

“Why are my hands tied?” she murmurs. “Are you afraid of them?”

“Of course,” I reply, “A man who stalks a lioness should ever be wary.”

“And what does a man do when he has caught said lioness and put her in a cage?”

I brush aside a strand of hair that has fallen before her eyes. “He teaches her that captivity can be wonderfully enjoyable.”

This is fairly short companion story to Tempting the Bride. It has, according to the reviewers, distasteful things like dirty talk and back door action. I figured that was right up the alley of the DA readership.

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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. cleo
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 11:17:46

    The Jane Feather book is the subject of a hilarious SBTB guest book rant –

  2. Darlynne
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 11:43:32

    I read this first Alec Blume novel and enjoyed it, although, in truth, I haven’t continued with the series. But I take exception to “dour” being a bad thing in a crime novel. If done well, it’s practically a prerequisite.

  3. Justine
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 12:13:56

    I bought Untamed by Anna Cowan when the Amazon price dropped to $2.88 from $4+. It’s still at $2.88 for now.

    I like to check and for price drops.

  4. Hanna Martine
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 13:28:24

    I adore the fact that DA put this on the list *because* of things other reviewers warned against.

  5. Brianne
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 13:50:28

    The Thomas book is the ‘book’ that was featured in the storyline of Tempting the Bride. I think it was the one the hero wrote but was desperately hiding.

  6. Willaful
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 16:58:23

    @Brianne: Yes, that’s the one… though IIRC, he actually gave it to the heroine to read. I found it fascinating in the context of the series as a whole.

  7. cleo
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 18:09:55

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