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And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily Series #1)      by     Tasha AlexanderAnd Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder

And Only to Deceive

For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily’s dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek.

Emily’s intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband’s favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she’s juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.

This is a much loved Victorian England set mystery series. And Only To Deceive is the first title. The third title, A Fatal Waltz, is also on sale for $1.99. The prices for the other books in the series range from $7.99 to $11.99.

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Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)      by     Amy ThomasParis, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave Manhattan for Paris to write ad copy for Louis Vuitton. Working on the Champs-Élysées, strolling the charming streets, and exploring the best patisseries and boulangeries, Amy marveled at the magnificence of the City of Light.

But does falling in love with one city mean turning your back on another? As much as Amy adored Paris, there was part of her that felt like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macarons. PARIS, MY SWEET explores how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a salted caramel souffle’s rise, as intensely satisfying as molten chocolate cake, and about how the life you’re meant to live doesn’t always taste like the one you envisioned.

Part love letter to Paris, part love letter to New York, and total devotion to all things sweet, PARIS, MY SWEET is a treasure map for anyone with a hunger for life.

Readers here have loved Laura Florand’s books about her French chocolatiers so I wondered if Jayne would be interested in this title. It’s a non fiction title about an ad executive who goes to Paris while working the Louis Vuitton account. “Thankfully, her vivid descriptions of baguettes, macaroons, and baba au rhum do more than merely tempt-supplemented with an extensive list of Thomas’ favorite bakeries in Paris and New York, readers can get their own taste of two cities, though Thomas’ is the tale to beat.” says PW

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Under a Vampire Moon (Argeneau Vampire Series #16)      by     Lynsay SandsUnder a Vampire Moon: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When Vampires Go On Vacation . . .

Escaping a horrible marriage, Carolyn Connor has no desire to think about men—a vow she’s determined to keep while on vacation in St. Lucia. She’ll take the Caribbean sun and sea and plenty of tropical drinks with those cute umbrellas poolside, thank you. She absolutely does not need male company, no matter how tan and rock-hard his body may be.

Easy enough, but then Carolyn meets the charming Marguerite Argeneau, who is infamous among her family for her matchmaking prowess . . .

Christian Notte has well known the power of finding a life mate. He’s seen enough of his Argeneau relatives taken down for the count, but he never imagined he’d let himself fall in love—until he meets the enthralling, charmingly skittish, and oh-so-mortal Carolyn. But how will he reveal what he is and still convince this once-bitten mortal to trust him with her heart . . . and her forever?

This is the 16th! entry in Sands’ bestselling Argeneau series. The PW review makes this book sound pretty funny. The heroine is a middle aged ad exec escaping an abusive marriage. On vacation she meets Christian Notte who believes she might be his mate. Because of Carolyn’s relationship skittishness, Christian pretends he is gay and enlists Carolyn as his beard. It made me think of this video about gay men marrying straight guy’s girlfriends if they don’t support gay marriage.

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The Fireman Who Loved Me (Bachelor Firemen Series)      by     Jennifer BernardThe Fireman Who Loved Me: A Bachelor Firemen Novel by Jennifer Bernard. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Fearless, smoking hot, and single: meet the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. These firemen might be heroes, but it’s their bad luck in love that makes them legendary.

News producer Melissa McGuire and Fire Captain Harry Brody couldn’t be more different, though they do have one thing in common: they’re both convinced they’re perfectly wrong for each other. But when Melissa’s matchmaking grandmother wins her a date with Brody at a Bachelor auction . . .

Sparks fly. Passion flares. Heat rises. (You get the picture.)

Add a curse, a conniving nightly news anchor, a stunningly handsome daredevil fireman, a brave little boy, a couple of exes, and one giant fire to the mix, and Melissa and Brody’s love may not be the only thing that burns.

I reviewed the book when it was released in May of 2012. At 99c, I’d say this is a great price for a decent contemporary romance. The hero, Captain Brody, is really adorable and the heroine is also very likeable.


Brody is a really great hero. He’s unshakeable. There is a scene early on in the book where Melissa is relating all her assumptions about firemen and Brody doesn’t rise to the bait. His character was consistent throughout. The steadying hand, the leader, the guy who watches out for others. Melissa was observant, as befitting her role as a news producer, and a quick learner. She led her tribe of news people in her own way. She was quick to make amends, didn’t hold grudges, and allowed herself to be educated.

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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. Lori
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 12:09:09

    Jane, these daily deals are killing my bank account a little at a time. However my Kindle is a very happy, full machine.

  2. Carolyne
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 12:30:42

    @Lori: Ditto! And to be fair, I’ve discovered some amazing reads, and only a couple of duds. Nightshifted (11/10 Daily Deals) turned out to be pretty good–could have been better, heroine has her issues, but I liked the concept, my hot buttons were less pushed than Jane’s (in her comment about it), and I’ll be reading the next book in the series to see where the author goes next.

    And when the prices are even lower, it’s hard to say no. The description of And Only To Deceive is absolutely irresistible. I’ve already ordered it.

  3. Kelly
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 12:44:00

    For the Lady Emily series – the books don’t have to be read in order, but definitely start with Book 1, because the backstory is really important. Without it, you might think Lady Emily is a touch TSTL and Colin is blah – but they’re really not.

  4. ms bookjunkie
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 14:57:17

    International readers, check back on those Loretta Chase Trad Regencies! Their Amazon Kindle prices were stubbornly set at $5.74 for me—until this week when they dropped to $2.99.

  5. Jane
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 15:07:19

    @Lori – in 99c increments right? it’s the death of a thousand small cuts.

  6. Luce
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 17:08:41

    That blurb for And Only to Deceive made it way too hard for me to overlook the book. *g*

  7. Shelley
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 18:09:32

    Am I the only person who cannot stand Sands’ vampire books? I really, really hate them. I’ve tried several and just cannot get into them. They’re so contrived and silly. Her historicals are another matter cuz I do like those. Maybe I’m just “vampire” saturated? :-/

    ETA: Thought the cover of this one makes it tempting. I’m so shallow.

  8. LeeF
    Dec 02, 2012 @ 12:07:33

    A friend forced the first 10 books of the Sands’ vampire series on me after I told her I just couldn’t get into all of these vampire stories. Well, I guess I was in the mood for vampire-lite since I have now read all of them! I agree- they are a bit silly and repetitive; I just chalk it up to paranormal crack syndrome. (I confess, I did like the first few books of the Undead/Davidson series).

  9. Shelley
    Dec 02, 2012 @ 14:37:39

    @LeeF: Maybe one of these days I’ll give them another try. After I read all the rest of my TBR list. Like in 50 years…. :O)

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