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Never Seduce a Scot Maya BanksNever Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks. $ 3.99

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Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. Never Seduce a Scot features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

As a commenter pointed out, the entire Highlander historical series by Banks’ is on sale. These are not historically accurate books but if you like Julie Garwood, mostly likely these will appeal.

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The Proposal by Mary BaloghThe Proposal by Mary Balogh. $ 3.99

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“This is Mary Balogh at her riveting best.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her. Hugo is a gentleman in name only: a war hero whose bravery earned him a title, a merchant’s son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title now demand that he finds a wife. Hugo doesn’t wish to court Gwen, yet he cannot resist her guileless manner, infectious laugh, and lovely face. He wants her, but will she have him? The dour ex-military officer who so gallantly carried Gwen to safety is a man who needs a lesson in winning a woman’s heart. But through courtship and seduction, Gwen soon finds that with each kiss, and with every caress, Hugo captivates her more—with his desire, with his love, and with the promise of forever.

“[Mary Balogh] writes with wit and wisdom. . . . The Proposal is both moving and entertaining and the beginning of what promises to be an outstanding series.”—Romance Reviews Today

“A historical romance of unusual thoughtfulness and depth.”—Publishers Weekly

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Ready Player One Ernest ClineReady Player One by Ernest Cline. $ 4.99

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A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

I’ve heard so many tremendous things about this book and I’m finally going to buy it.

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Perfect Timing Jill MansellPerfect Timing by Jill Mansell. $ 2.99.

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When you meet the man of your dreams on girls night out, it’s hardly…Perfect Timing

In this fresh and funny contemporary romance by bestselling author Jill Mansell, Poppy Dunbar’s whole life gets turned upside down after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger…

Never a troublemaker, Poppy had always been content with the way things were supposed to be done—which included marrying predictable Rob McBride. But that was before she met Tom Kennedy the night before her wedding. Could she really be falling in love with a stranger?

Unable to forget Tom, or go through with the wedding, Poppy runs off to London. Her new life and colorful friends are anything but predictable. Misunderstandings, family secrets, and jealous quarrels ensue, but can Poppy stop running long enough to figure out what—or, rather, who—is in her heart?

PW says “While undoubtedly by-the-numbers, the story is elevated by strong characters; Poppy and Caspar in particular, and even Claudia, who could so easily be a cliché, earn the reader’s sympathy. The end result is thoroughly enjoyable”

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Kidnapped Suzanne FerrellKidnapped by Suzanne Ferrell. $ .99

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FBI Agent Jake Carlisle is in deep trouble. He’s been shot and if he can’t get help fast, two lives will be lost-his and that of the young witness whom he’s sworn to protect. Desperate, on the run from both the police and the Russian Mafia, he kidnaps a nurse from a hospital parking lot.

ER nurse Samantha Edgars has been living in an emotional vacuum since the death of her daughter. Mentally and physically exhausted following a difficult shift, she’s suddenly jolted from her stupor when she’s bound and gagged, then tossed into the back of her car. Forced to tend a bleeding FBI agent and his injured witness, she’s terrified. But Samantha quickly learns the rogue agent and orphaned boy need more than just her professional skills. Danger is bearing down on them, and she must learn to trust Jake-and her heart- if they’re all going to survive.

Some of the reviews said that there were a few homonyms and the story was a bit predictable but there was a good romance with a dash of suspense thrown in.

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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. Carolyne
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 12:52:16

    I thought Ready Player One was tremendous BUT as I got deeper into the book it was harder to ignore that there was very little female presence/agency in the characters and worldbuilding, and some of it felt uncomfortably close to stereotyping–sure that could be an interesting character, but when all we get are a couple of typical “types”… The last third or so of the book I spent mostly disgruntled, because otherwise it was quite good, and should have been better.

    My opinion is a bit wishy washy, though–I borrowed the book so wasn’t very concerned whether I was getting my money’s worth.

  2. Jen
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 12:53:08

    I LOVE Never Seduce a Scot. It has my favorite kind of hero, which is really strong but also wise and kind. Just awesome. The second in the series didn’t grab me in the same way so I didn’t read more, but that first one is awesome.

    And I really loved Ready Player One too. I wasn’t bothered by the female characters, to be honest. It’s really a coming of age story and the protagonist is a guy, so he’s naturally the focus.

  3. Tabs
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 13:17:09

    Can anyone recommend/not recommend “The Proposal”? I’ve never read a Mary Balogh but her backlist keeps tempting me.

  4. Ros
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 13:47:56

    A lot of years ago – maybe 15 or more – I got Perfect Timing as a freebie with a magazine. Since then I have devotedly bought all of Mansell’s books as soon as they come out. So I’d recommend it. :)

  5. cleo
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 13:53:03

    @Tabs – The Proposal is relatively new – think it was pub this year. The heroine Lady Gwen was a supporting character in a few other Baloughs – particularly in Summer to Remember, which is my all time fave Balough. I haven’t read it yet, so I don’t know if it’s stand alone enough to be a good intro to Balough.

  6. Carrie G
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 14:20:20

    The Proposal is the first of a new series, The Survivor’s Club. It has some good reviews on Goodreads. I’ve read the second installment, “The Arrangement” and thought it was good, but not Balogh’s best effort. I’ve only read some of her books, not whole series, but I think she is a very good author. I just don’t read lots of historical romances. I’m sure someone here can tell you a really good one to start with. My favorite of the admittedly limited number I’ve read is “The Secret Pearl,” which is a stand-alone. I’ve also really enjoyed Slightly Married (which has the benefit of being the beginning of a series).

  7. Kim
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 14:36:02

    The Proposal is the first book in a new series, so it introduces characters that will be featured in future books. If I remember correctly, the book starts slowly, but eventually picks up and winds up being a good story. Be prepared for a lot of the hero & heroine’s inner thoughts.

  8. Darlynne
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 14:44:06

    My love for READY PLAYER ONE is boundless. I listened to the audio version (read by Wil Wheaton), was unable to finish it before leaving on a trip, so bought the digital edition and read it twice, ahead of all the others titles begging to be read.

    I don’t know anything about gaming and didn’t pick up on a lack of female characters or stereotypes, particularly because one of the best gamers/influential bloggers in the book was a young woman named Art3mis (not a typo). Saying more would reveal too much, but READY PLAYER ONE is one of my top reads this year. I hope more people will climb aboard.

  9. Tina
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 14:49:19

    @Tabs – The Proposal is a good MB book. It has many of her trademarks that her readers have come to know her for. Hero has PTSD, heroine has a limp, there are class differences that feel more important to the hero than they really are. All those things are important to the story and yet the book isn’t heavy or anything. I really enjoyed it and the romance.

    This is the start of a new series, but the heroine Gwen was first encountered in One Night For Love…which spawned A Summer to Remember…which spawned the ‘Slightly’ series etc. Gwen pops up as a minor character in a few of those. You don’t need to have read the others to enjoy this, although a reader who is familiar with the earlier books will enjoy seeing some familiar characters as they make minor appearances in this one.

  10. Amanda
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 15:18:47

    I have never read Maya Banks but Never Seduce a Scot sounds like its right up my alley.

  11. cbackson
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 19:38:14

    I enjoyed Ready Player One, but ultimately, I’ve forgotten much of it as soon as it was over. Ultimately, I never felt like there was enough at stake – the book didn’t do enough to create the fear that the heroes might not make it out. It felt, for lack of a better word, safe – and given the set up, safe wasn’t compelling.

  12. Eliza Evans
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 22:06:03

    I love Ready Player One and recommend it to everyone I know who likes video games. Also, if you liked Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, give it a try. I think RP1 is much better but they have a lot in common thematically.

  13. Tabs
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 16:06:32

    Thanks everybody. I think I’m going to give “The Proposal” a try.

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