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All I Want For Christmas is a Duke by Máire ClaremontAll I Want For Christmas is a Duke by Máire Claremont . $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

A Christmas anthology by two hot names in historical fiction…

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle

Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance.

Shy and retiring Martin Nicholas Pierce, the Sixth Duke of Somerset, has carried a torch for Lady Jane since her youth, but he is five years her junior. When she married another man, he left for Europe, determined to put her out of his mind. After returning to find Lady Jane free, he vows to replace the memories of her cursed Twelfth Night with a new beginning.

The Twelve Days of Seduction By Máire Claremont

Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward’s governess isn’t quite what she seems. Although Miss Flint is beautiful and intelligent, she misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he threatens to give her the sack mere days before Christmas.

Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she’s grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, although she fears it may cost her heart. Alexander accepts the challenge, unconcerned that he has as much to lose, if not more, than the delectable Miss Flint.

I really cannot get past how horribly anachronistic the cover is. It’s like Entangled Publishing didn’t even try because who puts button-down oxford shirts on the cover of a historical? But the book is free, and maybe you can look past it.

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Family) by Julia QuinnThe Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn . $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London’s most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better…

–Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1814

But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry–he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield–the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes to not make the best husbands–and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate’s determined to protect her sister–but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…

The Bridgerton series is what made Julia Quinn famous and reading the first few books in the series, it is easy to see why. Anthony is a sweet hero, determined not to fall in love with his wife and to make sure his wife does not fall in love with him. He lost his own father at a young age and saw his mother suffer for it. He did not want to inflict those wounds on anyone else.

I haven’t read this book in quite a while but I do recall enjoying it.

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Run Wild (Escape with a Scoundrel) by Shelly ThackerRun Wild (Escape with a Scoundrel) by Shelly Thacker . $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A sexy pair of scoundrels run from the law—shackled together by an unbreakable iron chain.

Nicholas Brogan is an ex-pirate with years of sin branded on his soul. Samantha Delafield is a high-born lady turned devious thief. Captured by His Majesty’s marshals, the two are on their way to the gallows until they stage a daring escape and run for their lives—shackled together by an iron chain that quickly proves unbreakable.

Forced to work together to survive, the outlaws find themselves locked in a battle of fierce wills and fiery passions. From a remote forest in Staffordshire to a secret hideout in London’s most elegant square, they must learn to trust one another as they face old enemies, dark secrets… and discover a love more priceless than any gem they’ve ever stolen.

“4 stars (highest rating). This could be the romance that takes Shelly Thacker to the big time: the hardcover contract, the fan club… Thacker always spins a good story, but Run Wild is her best ever. This time out, there’s a new depth of soul to go with all that heart.” –The Detroit Free Press

“A thrilling romantic adventure, exciting and sensual. Shelly Thacker has a unique and dazzling talent!” –New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas

“Thacker skillfully entangles a notorious ex-pirate with a high-born lady turned thief… Run Wild offers an exciting and innovative plot… and many steamy love scenes.” –Publishers Weekly

“4-1/2 stars (highest rating). Get set for a roller-coaster ride of exhilarating adventure and a romance filled with smoldering sexual tension and lively, passionate love scenes. Shelly Thacker’s exceptional talents soar in this unforgettable romance.” –Romantic Times

A full-length novel of 110,000 words
Adult content: explicit love scenes
Setting: England, 1741
Originally published by Avon Books under the title Hearts Run Wild

This revised Author’s Preferred Edition ebook includes new scenes never before published. Also includes bonus content: “The Making of RUN WILD: The Story Behind the Story,” plus excerpts from upcoming Shelly Thacker books.

The author sent me this deal and I appreciate the heads up. The book has a few reviews but PW, reviewing the original title, said “Thacker’s descriptive phrasing and analysis of characters and events make the fast-paced story come alive-as do the many steamy love scenes. “

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A Deal at the Altar (Harlequin Presents) by Lynne GrahamA Deal at the Altar by Lynne Graham . $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Her indecent proposal!

Having pulled himself up from the streets of Athens, Sergios Demonides thought he had seen it all. Then Beatriz Blake walked into his office and asked him for a marriage of convenience!

Independent, proud and unadorned, Beatriz is a far cry from the usual glamorous women who grace his bed. But Sergios doesn’t need another trophy-he needs a mother for his late cousin’s children.

The overlooked Blake heiress and the ruthless billionaire strike a deal. But she doesn’t read the small print-the one that sees them sharing a bed!

Look for more Harlequin Presents books from this author and check out our six new titles available every month!

I found this deal at most retailers except for Apple. For some reason the Kindle one wasn’t showing up under a title search. Lynne Graham is a regular buy for me from the Harlequin Presents line. After I read the blurb, I knew I had to purchase this one. I will give a warning that the asphalt to doormat ratio is sometimes high a Graham book

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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. Janine
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 14:05:44

    I read Hearts Run Wild (the original edition of Run Wild) years ago and I recall enjoying it enough to dig into Thacker’s backlist. It remained my favorite by this author even after I read some of the others. That was a long time ago and I can’t say how I would feel about it today, but I purchased the new edition since it was 99 cents and since I’m curious to see if it will still appeal to me.

  2. Lada
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 14:26:28

    I feel dumb for asking but could you clarify what you mean by “asphalt to doormat ratio”? Sounds like it should be obvious but I can’t seem to figure it out. Thanks!

  3. Jane
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 14:30:20

    @Lada: This is hilarious. I was using Dragon Naturally Speaking to do the deals this morning and it must have interpreted asshole as asphalt!

  4. mari
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 14:45:12

    Actually I think I prefer “asphalt!” ;)

  5. EGS
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 14:58:33

    The Viscount Who Loved Me was one of my first romance novels. Also, that was when Quinn was worth reading.

  6. Lada
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 15:10:04

    LOL…I think I prefer asphalt, too!

  7. Isobel Carr
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 15:21:14

    I find the Victorian boots, modern prom dress, and modern shackle on the 1740s book every bit as historically appalling as the button down shirt on the early Victorian book.

    Disclaimer: the top of the “gown” on the Delilah Marvelle books is actually my entirely hand-sewn and 100% period accurate stays (c. 1810-1820). They’re white in real life. This is the same photo session that has been used by Avon for Tessa Dare (twice). I don’t think he’s wearing a button down shirt either. I think it’s a peiod white shirt with a split halfway down the front. The dark color is making it look like an Oxford though.

  8. Ros
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 15:52:54

    Anyone who is bothered by historical inaccuracy ought to avoid the Julia Quinn, too. Well, all Julia Quinns, not just that one.

  9. Gillyweed
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 15:55:36

    @EGS: Me too! I really enjoyed it, but I still laugh about the hero’s boob-sucking response to the bee sting incident. As I recall, there are some good (intentional) laughs to be had throughout the book.

  10. Ros
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 15:56:11

    @Isobel Carr: I looked at a bigger picture of it and the buttons do seem to go all the way down the front. Not a button-down collar, though.

  11. Charlotte Russell
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 17:07:42

    I keep coming back to this post just to giggle about the “asphalt to doormat ratio.”

  12. Susan
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 17:33:04

    I was sure I owned all of the Bridgerton ebooks, but was surprised when I checked that I didn’t–so I clicked this one. Thx. BTW, when I also looked at the Amazon listing for Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, I was amused to see a translator credit next to the author name.

  13. Loonigrrl
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 03:27:08

    The Viscount Who Loved Me is easily my favorite Julia Quinn novel. I looove love that book- and every time I go back and re-read it, I still laugh out loud. The dog scene, the croquet scene- ha! So funny. :)

  14. cleo
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 11:49:43

    FYI – BN is having a sale – 50% off fiction favorites (romance, mystery and sf/f). Here’s the link for the romances – Not sure if Amazon is price matching.

    @Loonigrrl: I loved the croquet scene too. And the one in one Kleypas’ Wallflower books – apparently I have a thing for croquet and courtship.

  15. Isobel Carr
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 12:00:47

    @Ros: Ah, well, we all do the best with we can with what’s out there (there’s a reason I MADE the costumes for my upcoming self pub covers).

  16. Ros
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 12:28:39

    @Isobel Carr: That is true commitment!

  17. Loonigrrl
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 04:51:05


    Is that the scene where they play in their underwear? I had almost forgotten! That was a great scene too! I think it was in “It Happened One Autumn,” maybe? I might need to go back and re-read that one. . .

  18. cleo
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 06:43:12

    @Loonigrrl: I was thinking of Daisy’s story – Scandal in Spring (had to look up the title). It’s been a while, but iirc, she and Matthew get into a cutthroat game of croquet (at a house party?) – one of his friends tells him that beating a lady at croquet is an usual courtship technique, but it seems to be working, or something like that. I don’t remember any underwear during croquet, but I think there’s some kind of risque parlor game that Matthew tries to rescue her from. I may have to re-read it.

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