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In the Thrill of the Night Candice HernIn the Thrill of the Night by Candice Hern. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:
Fans of the historical romances of Sabrina Jeffries, Loretta Chase, and Jo Beverley will enjoy this sexy, award-winning romance by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern.

Meet the Merry Widows – a group of respectable ladies with a secret pact that is anything but respectable! The five friends who act as patronesses of charity balls are assured of money and position. None are interested in marrying again. But they have no intention of forsaking physical passion for the rest of their lives. Instead, they make a daring pact to seek out lovers for the pure pleasure of it.

Marianne Nesbitt adored her late husband, David, but the racy reminiscences of the Merry Widows make her wonder if she missed something special. Might she find it now through a love affair? Uncertain how to go about it, she asks Adam Cazenove, an old friend and notorious rake, to tutor her in the arts of seduction.

The brazen request turns Adam’s world upside down. He never imagined his best friend’s very proper and exceedingly attractive widow would seek out a lover. If not for his recent betrothal to a young beauty, he would jump at the chance to warm Marianne’s bed. Since he cannot bear the thought of another man doing so, he foils her every attempt at seduction.

Until one night of unintended passion changes everything.

Originally published in 2006 through Penguin, this is s self published re-release. Two reviews used the word outrageous as in outrageously sexy and outrageously original.

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Real Katy EvansReal by Katy Evans. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

An indie phenomenon and New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, the first in a heartwrenching New Adult series about a beautiful young sports rehab specialist who can’t fight her attraction to a dangerously sexy underground fighter.

A fallen boxer.

A woman with a broken dream.

A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents…

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

Kati D loved this book. I think this one could easily fall under the outrageously sexy moniker.

What I liked best about this book was the sexual tension and chemistry between the two leads. The book is extremely hot, without actually giving all that much away. The sex scenes, once they finally occur, are beautifully written, well choreographed and placed within the story to enhance the couple’s emotional journey. Prior to them having sex, the tension between them is palpable enough for me to be shrieking in my head “For God’s sake, just do it! Please *just* do it!”

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We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen.We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Carsten Jensen’s debut novel has taken the world by storm. Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world’s oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. Spanning over a hundred years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War, and from the barren rocks of Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest bars in Tasmania, to the frozen coasts of northern Russia, We, the Drowned spins a magnificent tale of love, war, and adventure, a tale of the men who go to sea and the women they leave behind.

Ships are wrecked at sea and blown up during wars, they are places of terror and violence, yet they continue to lure each generation of Marstal men—fathers and sons—away. Strong, resilient, women raise families alone and sometimes take history into their own hands. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating tragedies, and miraculous survivals—everything that a town like Marstal has actually experienced, and that makes We, the Drowned an unforgettable novel, destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.

The cover of this book was so evocative and very well reviewed. It’s Danish epic novel translated for English reading folks. Library Journal says “VERDICT Starting off slowly, Jensen’s novel builds momentum and becomes quite thrilling and engaging on many levels, from adventures on the high seas to devastating personal dramas in a small community at the mercy of the forces of nature and history. It may not appeal to a large audience, but it won’t disappoint those willing to make the effort.”

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How to Paint a Dead Man  Sarah HallHow to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The lives of four individuals—a dying painter, a blind girl, a landscape artist, and an art curator—intertwine across nearly five decades in this luminous and searching novel of extraordinary power. With How to Paint a Dead Man, Sarah Hall, “one of the most significant and exciting of Britain’s young novelists” (The Guardian), delivers “a maddeningly enticing read . . . an amazing feat of literary engineering” (The Independent on Sunday).

I choose this for inclusion in our deals today for the cover as well and the title. The reviews are full of allusive sentences such as the author displaying a “sure command of character as well as a poetic mastery of language.” I’m not entirely sure what that means but it is well reviewed.

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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. Darlynne
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 13:07:50

    I’m not a reader of historical romance, but for some reason, I read a few of Candice Hern’s Merry Widows books and loved them. Go figure.

    Jane, the cover of We, the Drowned doesn’t appear, at least not for me.

  2. leslie
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 14:48:12

    @Darlynne: Me too! I really liked the Merry Widows…..especially In the Thrill of the Night.

  3. Char
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 16:34:29

    If you didn’t like Beautiful Disaster because of the violence then you wont like REAL by Katy Evans. Remy is seriously scary! REAL was just too unbelievable for me but if you like psycho heroes you might like this one.

  4. Marc
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 16:56:09

    Adam from “In the Thrill of the Night” is one of my favorite heroes. I have reread it often and still love it.

  5. Lil
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 07:16:15

    I remember reading, and thoroughly enjoying, Hern’s Merry Widow series. I need to pick this one up to read it again.

  6. Susan
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 17:33:08

    I already own both a paper and an ebook of ITTOTN. It’s my favorite in the series, but I enjoyed them all. For 99 cents? Buy it.

  7. Jo
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 19:02:20

    @char. Real was DNF for me. I knew when I started to get a headache from the number of eye rolls I was doing it was probably past time to put it down.

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