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The Chief (Highland Guard Series #1) by Monica McCartyThe Chief by Monica McCarty. $ 1.99

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AN ELITE FIGHTING FORCE UNLIKE THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN . . .

Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. And to lead his secret Highland Guard, Bruce chooses the greatest warrior of all.

The ultimate Highland warlord and a swordsman without equal, Tor MacLeod has no intention of being drawn into Scotland’s war against the English. Dedicated to his clan, the fiercely independent chief answers to no one—especially not to his alluring new bride, bartered to him in a bid to secure his command of the deadliest fighting force the world has ever seen. The treacherous chit who made her way to Tor’s bed may have won his hand, but she will never claim his heart.

Although her husband’s reputation is as fierce as his manner, Christina Fraser believes that something softer hides beneath his brutal shell. But the only warmth she feels is in their bed, in glorious moments of white-hot desire that disappear with the dawn. When Christina’s reckless bid to win her husband’s love goes awry and thrusts them into danger on the eve of war, Tor will face his ultimate battle: to save his wife and to open his heart—before it’s too late.

I read this book and I don’t remember an overproliferation of “Ay lassies, well ken me” in it. That’s a bonus. When it was first published, it was sold as Navy Seals meets Highlanders and that’s a pretty good assessment.

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Misplaced Princess by Mari Carr, Lexxie CouperMisplaced Princess by Mari Carr. $ Free

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Foreign Affairs, Book One

Annie Prince has impetuously flown halfway ’round the world to visit a sexy cowboy she met online-only to find herself stranded in Sydney. Seems she and Dylan crossed wires, and he’s on his way to New York. His twin, Hunter, saves the day and whisks her back to the family cattle station. Hunter’s as easy on the eyes as Dylan, and even easier to talk to. Annie might have flown to Oz to meet one brother, but soon sparks are flying with the other.

Hunter considered Dylan a dumb arse for jetting off to America for some stranger-until he met Annie. Turns out the New Yorker is a smart, funny, hard-working jillaroo . . . and hotter than the Aussie desert. Hunter’s not normally one to poach his brother’s women, but he can’t keep his hands, lips, tongue and other body parts off this sexy city girl.

When raging lust leads to emotional attachment, where does that leave Annie and Hunter when her vacation comes to an end-or when Dylan finds out?

Ah Ellora’s Cave. I haven’t been to that site in a year, at least. Are they cooking up anything good?

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Defiance by Stephanie TylerDefiance by Stephanie Tyler. $ 1.99

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Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home?and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough—and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response?and the inevitable fallout

This is the first book in the Defiance post apocalyptic series. Kati was a big fan. The second book, Redemption, is available for $3.99 and features a mute hero. I liked it better than the first one.

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Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum Series #19) by Janet EvanovichStephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. $ 2.99

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#1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are: “irresistible” (Houston Chronicle), “stunning” (Booklist), “outrageous” (Publishers Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do.

After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track him down. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory.

The entire backlist of Plum books are $2.99 except for book 19 which is the blurb I included below. That title is $3.99 in some locations. The series began in 1995 with One for the Money and is now in its 19 installment. I stopped after Book 8 and when I learned that Evanovich has no intention of ever having Stephanie either grow as a character or make a decision about the future of her life. Each book is kind of a repeat of the first and while that was fun for a while, I had to get off the train.

Reading Order:

One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Deadly
Four to Score
High Five
Hot Six
Seven Up
Hard Eight
Visions of Sugar Plums (between-the-numbers holiday novella)
To the Nines
Ten Big Ones
Eleven on Top
Twelve Sharp
Plum Lovin’ (between-the-numbers holiday novella)
Lean Mean Thirteen
Plum Lucky (between-the-numbers holiday novella)
Fearless Fourteen
Plum Spooky (between-the-numbers novel)
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
Sizzling Sixteen
Smokin’ Seventeen
Explosive Eighteen
Notorious Nineteen

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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

9 Comments

  1. carmen webster buxton
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 14:54:10

    I pretty much agree with you on the Stephanie Plum books, but at $2.99 and even $3.99, I’ll bite. This sort of relates to your pricing post the other day. That price is low enough that I will buy it even if I don’t plan to read it right away.

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  2. Keishon
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 15:03:33

    Stephane Plum series – the first three were great. Four was okay and High Five was my favorite. I hopped off the train at book six.

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  3. Heather U
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 15:13:18

    I totally got off the Stephanie Plum train, as well. Seeing as she doesn’t age, can’t make any type of mature decision, and she can’t freakin’ pick a man.

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  4. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 15:14:39

    I loved The Chief and this entire series. If you also appreciate historical fiction, you’d like this book and those that follow. It’s a bargain at this price.

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  5. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 15:16:45

    Oh, I bailed on the Stephanie Plum series after the first book. To be fair, I’d just read the In Death series and she paled in comparison to Eve Dallas.

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  6. Mary
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 15:55:05

    I started reading Stephanie Plum in 2009 so the 13th(?) had just come out. Maybe? Have there really been 6 books since then? I love love loved the series until the 11th, when her once interesting characters became stereotypes of their former selves, and it became clear that Stephanie was not going to pick a man ever. I kept reading through fifteen, attempted to read 16, then just gave up. I was a Morelli girl but…sigh. Also the movie…Katherine Heigl is nowhere on my list of actresses who should play Stephani Plum.
    The Ellora’s Cave book sounds…interesting. I’m not sure whether it will be really good or really terrible.

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  7. Jennie
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 16:40:26

    I need to wait until I get home and look at my book log to see which Plum book I’m on (maybe 15?). I know I have read all the paper copies I have, and I’m willing to buy the next one or two at $2.99 to save for a rainy day. I think I’ve said before that usually when I start reading one of these, they seem stupid and repetitive (what with all the backstory, as if anyone is just going to start with book 9 or something), but about a quarter in I usually get absorbed in Stephanie’s world and I genuinely enjoy myself. They are light and easy reads; I’m not often in the mood for that, but when I am, these hit the spot.

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  8. hapax
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 16:48:47

    Ay-yi-yi — that cover to MISPLACED PRINCESS.

    That nipple. It’s STARING at me. Make it stop…

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  9. pamelia
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 17:50:53

    @ hapax: LOL!
    To be fair, it would be staring at you for FREE. :)

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