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Tarnished Knight  by     Bec McMasterTarnished Knight by Bec McMaster. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he’ll go to protect the woman he loves…

After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John ‘Rip’ Doolan, thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realised precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined…

For six months Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she’s devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.

But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship… or risk losing each other forever.

I really liked the first steampunk story from Bec McMaster and her second was interesting even though I did come away unsatisfied. But it’s free and so, of course, I am going to give it a try.

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Bear Meets Girl (Pride Stories Series #7)      by     Shelly LaurenstonBear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

He’s big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He’s also about to get trapped by own his game. . .

Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that’s turning Crush’s lone-bear world upside down–and bringing his passion out of hibernation. . .

As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she’s joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who’s got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn’t because Crush’s stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways. . .

“Laurenston’s characters shine with wit and depth.” –Publishers Weekly on Belong to the Night

This isn’t my favorite Laurenston and I felt it suffered the same problem as the most recent release – too many characters and not enough focus on the main couple.

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Return of the Viscount by     Gayle CallenReturn of the Viscount by Gayle Callen. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Her marriage of convenience seems far too convenient . . .

Desperation drove Cecilia Mallory to seek a union with a stranger—one who would wed her sight unseen and grant her full access to her inheritance with no expectations whatsoever. She anticipated, perhaps, an older, undesirable, equally desperate husband—never the young, vibrant, and devastatingly attractive man who answered her call. What could such a man really be after?

Unknown to Cecilia, Viscount Michael Blackthorne, a soldier and gentleman, owes a debt of honor to Lady Cecilia’s father, and granting her unusual request to wed seemed a worthy way to repay it. But an unseen threat perilously close at hand is convincing Michael thathis true responsibility is to protect the beautiful, warm-hearted lady he has married . . . the woman he is unexpectedly coming to love.

Gayle Callen is getting the discount treatment this month. Gail Dayton, who is one of my favorite Goodreads people (and author), said that this was a complex read with a nice little mystery. Gail is a tough grader and if she likes a book, then I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it.

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Dark Descendant by Jenna BlackDark Descendant by Jenna Black. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress.

Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

This was favorably compared to Jennifer Estep’s YA series but one complaint was that Nik was a bit of an incompetent, relying a great deal on her god given talent and having a tendency to forget her weapons (aka gun) at inopportune moments. Mandi from SmexyBooks warns that there is no romance in the book at all.

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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. Christine
    May 07, 2013 @ 16:45:32

    The Bec McMaster novella is excellent. It takes place after “Kiss Of Steel” and before “Heart Of Iron.” The characters are introduced in KOS and the world building is set up in that one so I think it would be more enjoyable if you have read the first book before reading this. It also features an “older heroine” I think she is 36 or 38 perhaps? It also contains a “lost scene” of sorts that helps set up the tension in “Heart Of Iron”

  2. Jane A
    May 08, 2013 @ 08:43:32

    I’ve been looking forward to Bec McMaster’s second book, so I’m sorry to hear you didn’t find it satisfying. I did read the free novella and I, like Christine, thought it was excellent. The story is enhanced if you’ve read Kiss of Steel, but I’m not sure it’s absolutely necessary.

  3. Leigh
    May 08, 2013 @ 12:28:48

    I keep staring at the hero’s tiny tiny head on the Tarnished Knight cover. It’s very distracting.

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