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Grayson Brothers Series Boxed Set (4 books in 1) by Wendy LindstromGrayson Brothers Series Boxed Set by Wendy Lindstrom. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Four strong men—four stories of passion and once-in-a-lifetime love.

Fall in love with the Grayson brothers in this award-winning series by bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom. Normal price for boxed set $7.99. Box includes RITA winner Shades of Honor and RT Best American-set Romance Nominee The Longing.

The author sent me this deal which I appreciate. One reviewer compared the stories to Lavyrle Spencer.

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Dark Wolf: 1 (Spirit Wild)  by Kate DouglasDark Wolf by Kate Douglas. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“Kate Douglas is definitely NOT for the timid reader.” –Anne McCaffrey, New York Times bestselling author
It is a new beginning for the Chanku. For so long they kept their shapeshifting ability secret, but now they have assimilated into the world in ways they once never thought possible. Still there are those who want to destroy them, with dark powers of their own. . .

A Bold New Beginning

The CEO of Cheval International, Lily Cheval chooses to live alone, but a series of rapes and murders leave her wary and worried for her fellow Chanku. Then she meets Sebastian Xenakis and the connection is intense and immediate. The son of a charismatic cult leader, Sebastian is a mysteriously sensual man who uses magic to shift into wolf form. He and Lily come together in a moment of supreme ecstasy, succumbing to a primal passion that leaves Lily shaken but utterly alive. Is Sebastian her lifetime mate or is he her worst enemy?

Reviewers were disappointed by the lack of a futuristic feel despite the setting and the drawn out conflict of the couple declaring they would never be mated when it was obvious they would.

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The Marrying Season (Legend of St. Dwynwen Trilogy)  by Candace CampThe Marrying Season by Candace Camp. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Her brother Alec, Earl of Rawdon, has joyously wed his true love, but Genevieve Stafford anticipates no such unabashed emotion on her wedding day. The icily beautiful aristocrat is to marry Lord Dursbury, and love is not part of the bargain. But when someone frames Genevieve in a cruel scheme, the scandal shatters her engagement and her respectability. So why has Sir Myles Thorwood gallantly offered to marry her? Handsome, flirtatious Myles is her opposite in many ways, yet he understands her the way no other man ever has. Trumping her expectations of a loveless marriage, Myles shows Genevieve just what it means to be man and wife . . . but are his attentions mere kindness or true devotion? Will their passion endure for more than a passing season?

Booklist gave it a starred review “Camp’s third book in her Legend of St. Dwynwen series (A Winter Scandal, 2011; A Summer Seduction, 2012) sets a charming courtship against the duplicitous actions of the upper class. Readers will be captivated by the strong-willed heroine and the man who loved her all along”

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What a Gentleman Desires (Hqn)  by Kasey MichaelsWhat a Gentleman Desires by Kasey Michaels. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Wicked intrigue unfolds in USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels’s series about the Redgraves—four siblings celebrated for their legacy of scandal and seduction?
Plagued by the scandal that once destroyed his father and now threatens his family, Valentine Redgrave dreams of dark justice. Brother to the Earl of Saltwood, with secret ties to the Crown, he won’t rest until he infiltrates and annihilates England’s most notorious hellfire club. To cross its elite members is to court destruction, yet he’s never craved a challenge more. Until he encounters enigmatic governess Daisy Marchant, who behind a plain-Jane guise harbors a private agenda and appeals to his every weakness?and desire.

Valentine’s hunt for revenge is Daisy’s key to finding her sister, who may be lost in the clutches of a deadly Society. But his seductive charm unlocks passion that can undo them both. Now, the only way to escape death and rescue their families is to trust each other in love and loyalty?even as they tread deeper into danger.

You’d think that with all these historicals on sale, we would start seeing a resurgence.

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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. Angela
    May 16, 2014 @ 15:07:16

    I stopped reading them a while a go, but a bundle of the first 24 books in the Dark Hunter series (excluding novellas and Chronicles of Nick books) is on sale for $19.99 on Amazon. It’s called The Dark-Hunters (The Collection Thus Far).

    That’s a pretty amazing deal. It’s normally ~ $147

  2. Joanna
    May 16, 2014 @ 15:33:07

    Anybody else getting tired of seeing a book or boxed set as being “award winning” or from an “award winning author”? I’m starting to wonder where all these awards come from and discount the phrase as meaningless because I’ve seen it so often. (unless it says something like RITA award winner – that one at least I recognize) I’ve never heard of Wendy Lindstrom, or many of the authors that use this in their description and it certainly isn’t helping sell me their books. (Okay rant over, resume your usual discussion!)

  3. Fallen Professor
    May 16, 2014 @ 15:45:59

    @Angela: I’m seeing that Kenyon collection at $144.33 at Amazon US, and $134.09 Amazon Canada. Maybe I’m looking at the wrong one?

  4. Jo
    May 16, 2014 @ 16:03:51

    I read the Grayson brothers books when they first came out and REALLY enjoyed them…great price for all four. Each book has it’s own HEA (“stand alone connected”).

  5. Darlynne
    May 16, 2014 @ 16:05:05

    @Joanna: I’m with you. “Award-winning” has become ubiquitous and, therefore, meaningless, sadly.

  6. Liviania
    May 16, 2014 @ 16:11:32

  7. Angela
    May 16, 2014 @ 16:20:46

    @Fallen Professor: Liviana posted the link to the one I was looking at. I didn’t see another one so I’d assumed it was the only one, sorry about that!

  8. MrsJoseph
    May 16, 2014 @ 16:21:17

    @Joanna: I so agree! I totally ignore “award winning” for the most part. It seems everyone has won an award that no one has ever heard of…

  9. Fallen Professor
    May 16, 2014 @ 17:58:47

    Yes, that’s the one I was looking at. I can’t see the US price from your link because I’m in Canada and I get a link to the product, which unfortunately is not at such a nice price. Oh, well. I’ve read a few in the series, and would have enjoyed the bundle at that price.

  10. MaryK
    May 17, 2014 @ 00:01:41

    An Anne McCaffrey cover quote? Really?

  11. Brian
    May 17, 2014 @ 03:25:35

    @Joanna: I pretty much ignore awards too, in all genre’s. I mean I’m happy when an author I like wins a known award, but I don’t generally use it as part of my shopping criteria. Just like when they say “Best Selling Author” there are so many best seller lists and I don’t care.

    The author mentioned here, Wendy Lindstrom, apparently won a Rita for best first book in 2003 (one of the books in this box set) and a Golden Heart for the same story in 2000.

  12. Alice
    May 17, 2014 @ 09:41:04

    Not romance, but the first 7 Dresden Files are on sale today on Amazon for $1.99 each. Last time I thought about picking them up, they were $9.99. Hopefully the rest will go on sale too :o)

  13. FD
    May 17, 2014 @ 13:18:18

    @MaryK: Yeah, my eyebrows scrunched up involuntarily when I read that. It’s an odd pull quote, particularly given that McCaffrey died in 2011.

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