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Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane) by Elizabeth HoytWicked Intentions
by Elizabeth Hoyt. $ 1.99
From the Jacket Copy:

From the New York Times bestselling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.

A MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES . . . Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST . . . Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.


Lazaraspaste gave it a B+ grade.

“Some romances are about the detectives falling in love with each other as they solve the crime. This isn’t one of those stories. The mystery is like a foil to the burgeoning relationship between Caire and Temperance and also, the opportunity for it to take root. That isn’t to say there is not who-dunnnit aspect to this book. I just wouldn’t call it a mystery because it doesn’t truly proceed like one. The mystery is there really to reflect the personal demons each has; to thwart both Caire and Temperance in achieving their goals, and to highlight their personal flaws. St. Giles is frustratingly obscure and silent on this murder. Every piece of information leads to a dead end. The frustration that this causes is reflected by the fact that Lord Caire doesn’t really understand his motivations for trying to solve his mistress’s murder. He never loved the woman and in two years barely spoke to her. As for Temperance, she is barely given a chance to look for a patron, her excursions into the ton as equally frustrating as Lord Caire’s excursions into St. Giles. All in all, this is a book that’s really about the emotional landscapes of the hero and heroine, not the suspense of an unsolved murder. The mystery is just a means of revealing that landscape.”

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Shiver Trilogy by Maggie StiefvaterShiver Trilogy
by Maggie Stiefvater. $ 3.99 at AMZN | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

Lose yourself in Maggie Stiefvater’s NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Shiver series: SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER, and now SINNER.

shiver Sam’s not just a normal boy — he has a secret. During the summer he walks and talks as a human, but when the cold comes, he runs with his pack as a wolf. Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house — but never dreamed that she would fall in love with one of them. Now that they’ve found each other, the clock ticks down on what could be Grace and Sam’s only summer together.

linger Can Grace and Sam last?

Each will have to fight to stay together — whether it means a reckoning with his werewolf past for Sam, or for Grace, facing a future that is less and less certain. Enter Cole, a new wolf who is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being human. For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is harrowing and euphoric, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But can it be enough?


For Grace, Sam, and Cole, the story continues — only now, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. It’s becoming harder and harder to hold on to one another. The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment — a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

I bought this. I think Google Play discounted it and Amazon price matched. Stiefvater writes pretty Twilight-esque YA.

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The Deadly Series Boxed Set Jaycee ClarkThe Deadly Series Boxed Set
by Jaycee Clark. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy: There are few men as sexy and charming as Jaycee Clark’s Kinncaid brothers, and readers will be thrilled to find them all in one great place. Each of their heart-pounding stories is told in this five-book collection, including Deadly Shadows, Deadly Ties, Deadly Obsession, Deadly Games, and Deadly Secrets.

I read the reviews for the first book in the series so the following comments don’t apply to all the books but reviewers had problesm with the heroine and the over the top villain.

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No Man's Nightingale (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #24) by Ruth RendellNo Man's Nightingale (Chief Inspector Wexford Series #24) by Ruth RendellNo Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy: From “one of the most remarkable novelists of her generation” (People) a “refined, probing, and intelligent” (USA TODAY) mystery in the masterful Inspector Wexford series…more enthralling than ever after fifty years. A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. A single mother to a teenage girl, Hussein was working in a male-dominated profession. Moreover, she was of mixed race and wanted to modernize the church. Could racism or sexism have played a factor in her murder? Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who discovered the body, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. Wexford is intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, and when he is invited by his old deputy to tag along with the investigators, he leaps at the chance. As Wexford searches the Vicar’s house, he sees a book on her bedside table. Inside the book is a letter serving as a bookmark. Without thinking much, Wexford puts it into his pocket. Wexford soon realizes he has made a grave error in removing a piece of valuable evidence from the scene without telling anybody. Yet what he finds inside begins to illuminate the murky past of Sarah Hussein. Is there more to her than meets the eye? No Man’s Nightingale is Ruth Rendell’s masterful twenty-fourth installment in one of the great crime series of all time, an “absorbing and rewarding” (Seattle Times) mystery that explores issues of sexism, class, and racism. As Stephen King said: “No one surpasses Ruth Rendell.”

This is the 24th book in the series. PW writes “Wexford’s strengths as a man and as a detective are his calmness and resilience. A serene atheist, he looks to the conscience of humanity and Britain’s flawed but well-intended laws to glean whatever justice can exist today”

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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. EGS
    May 01, 2014 @ 14:22:48

    I read the first of Stiefvater’s werewolf books and wasn’t a fan. I just remember that you could stop being a werewolf by getting a terrible fever to kill the werewolf virus. Or something.

  2. Liviania
    May 01, 2014 @ 14:27:45

    The Shiver trilogy isn’t super Twilight-esque. There’s no love triangle, the girl and the boy tend to be on equal footing in the relationship, and the boy certainly isn’t tempted to kill and eat her. It is about young supernatural beings in love and came out shortly after Twilight.

  3. cleo
    May 01, 2014 @ 14:28:11

    Anyone know anything about Evernight Publishing? They’re 25% off at ARe – a quick look showed me that I didn’t recognize any of the author names and the titles are kind of hilarious (in a way that could be good or bad). Any stories worth picking up?

  4. Lada
    May 01, 2014 @ 14:48:19

    Do the Ruth Rendell books stand alone or would I be missing anything by skipping around in the series?

  5. Angela
    May 01, 2014 @ 14:53:20

    I saw the Stiefvater books on sale and immediately went to check them out – it’s hard to resist 3 full-length novels at that price. But I was still leery.

    I downloaded the sample, and 43% in I was BEYOND BORED. The characters had the same voice, had no real personality outside of longing for each other, the timeline jumped around too much, the chapters (alternating character POV) were too short to let me really get to know the characters. I just couldn’t bring myself to care, and was already skimming so I gave up.

    If someone says it gets significantly better, I may still go buy it, but I think I’m going to pass.

  6. Susan
    May 01, 2014 @ 15:33:06

    It used to be one of my favorite mystery series, but I broke up with Wexford/Rendell awhile ago. A good thing, too, considering how her books are priced now. For anyone new to the series, I’d suggest picking up one of the earlier books–from the library–before making a commitment.

    Although they are VERY hit-or-miss with me, some of Rendell’s books written under the Barbara Vine name remain favorites. They’re a very different voice, and I tend to either love or hate them.

  7. Christine
    May 01, 2014 @ 15:53:16

    I have enjoyed all of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series of which Wicked Intentions is book 1 ( My favorite is Notorious Pleasures). I had borrowed this one from the library – I’m tempted to buy it for myself as I have the rest of them. I highly recommend the whole series! As an added note, the audiobooks are excellent as well. My library has had several :-)

  8. Sabrina
    May 01, 2014 @ 16:12:49

    I’ve got to jump in to state my love for Maggie Stiefvater. Though I found the Shiver trilogy to be boring, I absolutely adored her later books: The Scorpio Races and the first two books in the Raven Boys cycle, none of which are in the least bit Twilight-esque. Her writing is far superior, for one, and the characters are fascinating and nuanced. The Scorpio Races was a Printz Award Honor book, and the Raven Boys books are some of my all-time favorite YA. So even if you were turned off by Shiver, please give at least excerpts from the others a try!

  9. Lynn M
    May 01, 2014 @ 18:03:42

    @Sabrina: I’m totally with you – I just couldn’t get into “Shiver”. I read about 1/3 and gave up. But “The Scorpio Races” is one of my all time favorite YA books – wonderful! And I did really enjoy “The Raven Boys”. I have the next one in that series but haven’t had time to read it.

  10. Jacqui
    May 01, 2014 @ 19:23:34

    Maggie’s writing is like poetry – she conveys so much with so few words. To say the Shiver trilogy is Twilight esque is like saying apples are orange-esque. Sure, they share some similar features (both books with supernatural elements). But really perhaps that creates an expectation that the story or writing is going to be a certain kind of book when it is something else entirely.Its very lyrical – a slow burn of a story, beautifully written. I generally don’t enjoy YA but these books are so much more. And yes, her Raven Boys series is good as well.

  11. azteclady
    May 02, 2014 @ 01:49:48

    I don’t know about anyone else, but after Ms Stiefvater wrote her “reviews are little academic papers” bit on her blog, there’s no way I would spend money, or time, on her books.

  12. Jacqui
    May 02, 2014 @ 08:36:36

    I think she was trying to say that a review should be a little more thought out than just saying ” this is awesome” or “this sucks” not that they should be an academic paper only written by academics. Also she is not saying they should only be negative or that these simple posts are not legitimate feedback about a book – just that they are not a review as such. Not sure I completely disagree with her …. I much prefer a thought out review myself …. that is why I read this blog.

  13. Willaful
    May 02, 2014 @ 12:38:57

    @Sabrina: Pretty much what I was going to say. I couldn’t get through the Shiver books either in print or audio, but The Raven Boys is fantastic. I’ve read a reviewer who commented that Siefvater writes very differently from book to book (possibly series to series) so that might explain the discrepancy.

  14. azteclady
    May 02, 2014 @ 15:00:25

    @Jacqui: I’m not sure you read the entire exchange. I did. And what I got from her was pretty much dismissive of both romance readers and reviewers in general. YMMV

  15. Jacqui
    May 02, 2014 @ 15:36:24

    It was a while ago (she has since deleted it, I think) so am relying on memory. Oh well, I love her books too much to really care too much – a good story and good writing always trumps any particular opinions about reviews or nonreviews. As for romance novels … well, most writers/readers outside the genre have that opinion as well. Unfortunately. I probably have similar opinions about YA.

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