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First Sinners (The Sinners' Club) Kate PearceFirst Sinners by Kate Pearce. $ Free

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Their identities a secret, they are men of mystery with hidden pasts and dark passions. Welcome to the Sinners Club…
Secret Desires

Faith Pelly is tired of being the responsible daughter. She longs for adventure with a man who will introduce her to the secrets of carnal desire. But she never dreams she will meet the Savage Rake who flirts with her, seduces her and takes her as his own…

Dark Secrets

Asked to investigate charges of treason, the Earl of Westbrook attends a house party determined to discover the truth. That includes using all his sensual wiles on the lovely Miss Pelly, a beguiling young woman eager for erotic excitement with a man who will fulfill all her secret fantasies. And he plans on being that man…

This is just a novella. The most helpful review says it is spicy but shallow and that it read almost like a spoof. Don’t expect historical accuracy.

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Exposed Anthology by Brooke CumberlandExposed Anthology by Brooke Cumberland. $ .99

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Note: This anthology is only available for a very limited time! Each book is either a first in a series or read as a stand alone.

Erika Ashby – Moving Forward (Book 1 in the Timing is Everything Series)
J.L. Berg – When You’re Ready (Book 1 in the Ready Series)
MJ Carnal – Taming the Bachelor (Book 1 in the Moretti Novels)
J.S. Cooper – The Last Boyfriend (Book 1 in the Forever Love Series)
Brooke Cumberland – Spark (Book 1 in the Spark Series)
Kimberly Lauren – Beautiful Broken Rules (Book 1 in the Broken Series)
Adriane Leigh – Wild (Book 1 in the Wild Series)
Kasey Millstead – Cowboy Town (Book 1 in the Down Under Cowboy Series)
Mia Sheridan – Stinger (Sign of Love Series, all stand alones)
Harper Sloan – Axel (Book 1 in the Corps Security Series)

I really liked Mia Sheridan’s book “Asher’s Voice” and have meant to read others by her so this anthology would be worth it to me had I not already bought her other books. I’ve read JS Cooper (not for me) and Harper Sloan (also not for me) but not the other ladies.

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His Forbidden Touch by Shelly ThackerHis Forbidden Touch by Shelly Thacker. $ .99

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She may never reach her royal wedding if she can’t resist the rugged mercenary assigned to protect her.

Disgraced ex-knight Royce Saint-Michel was banished from his homeland because of an impulsive act that cost him all he held dear. Now, he has the chance to reclaim his birthright—if he agrees to protect a princess on a journey that may prove deadly to them both.

Royce must escort the lovely Princess Ciara across a war-torn land to her royal wedding… and ensure that she arrives untouched. The two set off alone on a treacherous journey through snowy mountain passes, but forbidden desire soon proves even more dangerous than the assassins on their trail. With the fate of two kingdoms hanging in the balance, will Royce and Ciara do as honor and duty demand… or surrender to the longing in their hearts?

A full-length novel of 100,000 words
Adult content: explicit love scenes
Originally published by Avon Books

Reviews say it is shallow and repetitive but others said it was steamy and enthralling.

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Stoner John WilliamsStoner by John Williams. $ 2.99.

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William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.

John Williams’s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

“Stoner by John Williams, contains what is no doubt my favorite literary romance of all time. William Stoner is well into his 40s, and mired in an unhappy marriage, when he meets Katherine, another shy professor of literature. The affair that ensues is described with a beauty so fierce that it takes my breath away each time I read it. The chapters devoted to this romance are both terribly sexy and profoundly wise.”—The Christian Science Monitor

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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. MaryK
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 14:28:21

    I found a cool thing on Amazon. Somebody on Twitter recommended a Shelly Thacker book as the book that got her started reading Romance. So, I looked it up hoping it would be on sale but it doesn’t have an ebook edition. However, the Amazon page for the out of print version does have this note: “This book is coming soon in a new Author’s Preferred Edition, as a Kindle ebook and in paperback here on Amazon.” That’s quite useful information. I guess they do that when you publish through Amazon?

  2. Kate Pearce
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 14:38:37

    Sorry I know I shouldn’t say anything about my own book, but I can’t help it LOL It is a spoof, it’s a take on the classic Regency gothic historical romance, but with lots more sex. :)

  3. Lisa J
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 15:30:42

    I liked The First Sinners. It was a hot, fun, fast read.

  4. Fallen Professor
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 15:48:32

    Sigh… I’d sworn I wouldn’t buy anything this week, since my TBR pile is getting huge and I have some ARCs to go through, but I couldn’t resist Stoner. I don’t miss the crappier aspects of teaching, but I do miss the general scholarly environment and talking about literature, so I’ll jump on almost any book set in a university. This will be near the top of my “to review” pile for sure.

    I also picked up First Sinners; thanks for the heads up, Kate! I do love spoofs, and the price was right. :-)

  5. Isobel Carr
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 16:40:45

    @MaryK: If an author has claimed their books at Amazon, they can go to their Amazon Central account and update the product data. I like the idea of that information being added. I just updated the book I got my rights back to so that people looking for it can see that it will be back out in a new edition soon.

  6. MaryK
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 17:01:07

    @Isobel Carr: I was going to order the Thacker book from PaperbackSwap but now that I know the ebook will be out soon I’ll just wait for it. She saved a sale with that info.

  7. library addict
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 21:33:12

    a new Author’s Preferred Edition

    I hope that doesn’t mean changes. It really irks me when authors update/revise their backlist titles because they feel that “modern” readers will like them more. Makes me feel like a chump for liking and wanting to buy the original version in digital (because I read and enjoyed it in print). Sigh.

  8. Elizabeth Cole
    Apr 17, 2014 @ 14:02:36

    Stoner is a great novel. And in fact, the series it’s part of the (the NYRB series) is pretty solid in terms of quality. Forgotten books from several genres that might have been classics and are now getting a second chance. I recommend checking them out.

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