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The Brothers Wroth Kresley ColeThe Brothers Wroth by Kresley Cole. $ $7.59 at Amazon

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An exclusive Kresley Cole eBook box set featuring her New York Times bestselling Immortals After Dark titles! Includes Warlord Wants Forever, No Rest for the Wicked, Dark Needs at Night’s Edge, and Untouchable.

Simon & Schuster is putting together different ebook bundles. The pricing is insane but thank goodness Amazon is discounting them. This ebook bundle would be for fans of vampire paranormal romances. The heroines are smart mouthed but entertaining. The guys are traditional overbearing alphas.

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Angel's Ink - The Asylum Tales      By: Jocelynn DrakeAngel’s Ink: The Asylum Tales by Jocelynn Drake. $ Free

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Let’s start with the premise that this book is FREE. Okay, moving on. The reviews suggest that its a book that has some flaws but is overall enjoyable. Some of the criticisms include too many things going on at one time and thus lacking focus, too similar to the Dresden stories, and too heavy handed in some places.

This deal may be at BN and Amazon only.

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When Summer Comes By: Brenda NovakWhen Summer Comes by Brenda Novak. $ 1.99

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One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news…

She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren’t good.

Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents’ farm. She’s always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn’t been worked in years and she begins to fear she can’t manage it, that she’ll have to return to town.

One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…

He’s an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for a few nights’ shelter. Callie figures she doesn’t have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she does have something to lose–her heart. And, although he doesn’t yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.

The hero in this story is a vagrant, mostly, and for that reason alone I liked this book. It was something different. I reviewed it here and gave it a C+: This is a slow moving romance and focuses almost more on Callie’s fight with her disease but the sweetness of the story drew me in. These Whiskey Creek novels are pleasant diversions. They aren’t breaking down barriers, but an escape from the non billionaire alpha hero was a relief.

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No Proper Lady      by     Isabel CooperNo Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper. $ .99.

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Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Library Journal Best Book of the Year RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence and Finalist for Best Book of the Year

When a half-naked woman suddenly appears on his country estate, Simon Grenville doesn’t have time to be shocked. Demonic beasts are hot on his heels until the beautiful stranger unsheathes several knives strapped to her skin-tight trousers and kills them. As he stares at her fierce, heart-stopping face, Simon knows he’s in a hell of a lot of trouble…

Joan is from a time where demons run rampant and humanity is fighting for its existence. To prevent this terrible future, she is sent back to Victorian England to kill the magician responsible for unleashing the dark forces. But Joan is a soldier more used to sparring than dancing. To get close to her target, she’ll need Simon to teach her how to fit into polite society. Joan doesn’t mind practicing proper flirtation on Simon, but she can’t allow herself to be distracted by his gentle hands or devilish smile-the very future depends on it.

Lazaraspaste reviewed this for DA a while back, giving the book a B+. Character arc, world-building, and the progress of the relationship are all interwoven in this one small exchange. And what’s even more extraordinary is that this aspect of magic, the limitations of the world, and previously unknown aspects of Joan herself, is not information forced upon us through some roughly inserted exposition or awkward dialogue, but comes to us readers through what I think is one of the central components of romance: conversation. They are talking, talking because Simon caught Joan crying. How normal! And in world where demons exist, to boot!

In fact, the greatest strength of this book is that our understanding of each time period comes through the encounter of that period by one of the characters. What I mean is, that instead of being told what such and such a place is like for Joan or Simon, we experience their wonder or terror or joy, etc. along with them.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

5 Comments

  1. Jen
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 14:18:06

    I used to be obsessed with Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series – they were cracktastic to me. I’m no longer addicted, though I still generally read all her new books. If you haven’t read them before, I think the bundle sounds like a great deal for some fun, slightly over the top paranormal goodness.

    I also really enjoyed No Proper Lady. It was a unique premise.

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  2. mari
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 15:15:54

    A hearty second for Kresley Cole! Very hot, sexy paranormals. There is a benefit to reading them in order, but its not as always nessescary. The violence seems to have ramped up to a disturbing degree (I was thinking of Lothaire) in the last few but perhaps I am the only one bothered by this. Lothaire made a lot of “year’s best” lists. Def.worth checking out.

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  3. mari
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 15:24:04

    Another word on Cole…..Cole is one of very few authors that csn handle the balance of power between male and female really well. I dislike books ending with a loss of power from either the male or female. Like the only way either protagsnist can be happy. is if they lose a little bit of who they are. In Kole’s world, kickass witches stay kickass, and demon king remain kingly. I like.

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  4. Ellie
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 16:57:55

    I totally agree, she does do the balance of power well. I have a hard time even thinking of a weak heroine by Cole. Nope, not finding one.

    I loved Lothaire too – it was violent, but he made the grade for hero in my eyes.

    And a male virginal hero – also well done (in the one reviewed above).

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  5. Jennifer
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 13:19:54

    @Jen – I am still obsessed with Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. I could not sleep last night when the Kindle went low on battery before I was done with my “No Rest for the Wicked” good night session.

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