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Midnight Man      by     Lisa Marie RiceMidnight Man by Lisa Marie Rice. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Interior decorator Suzanne Barron’s new tenant is the most dangerously sexy man she’s ever met. Navy Commander John Huntington, a former SEAL (aka ‘Midnight Man’) works best under cover of darkness. Within hours of meeting him, Suzanne has wild, no-holds barred sex with John, then panics at the depth of her passionate response to such a powerful and dangerous warrior. Suzanne doesn’t do sex like that. John is definitely someone she needs to avoid for her own peace of mind. But when killers come for her, Suzanne knows she can turn to only one man. John will guard and protect her body. But who will guard and protect her body against John?

I think I’ve read the entire backlist of Lisa Marie Rice and wrote about her books here. When Elizabeth Jennings/Lisa Marie Rice is on the top her game, her heroes are adorable, helpless in the face of their want for the heroine, and the heroine is savvy enough to know this but sweet enough not to abuse it.

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Reckless (Reckless Series #1)      by     Cornelia FunkeReckless by Cornelia Funke. $2.99

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Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies—most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl—a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.

Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell—before it’s too late.

I read Inkheart to tot a few years ago and it was a pretty decent book. It’s a bit like Jasper Fforde, only darker.

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The Duke Is Mine      by     Eloisa JamesThe Duke is Mine by Eloisa James. $ 1.99

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This Duke is Mine

He is a duke in search of a perfect bride.

She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.

Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can’t he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not only is Olivia betrothed to another man, but their improper, albeit intoxicating, flirtation makes her unsuitability all the more clear.

Determined to make a perfect match, he methodically cuts Olivia from his thoughts, allowing logic and duty to triumph over passion…Until, in his darkest hour, Quin begins to question whether perfection has anything to do with love.

To win Olivia’s hand he would have to give up all the beliefs he holds most dear, and surrender heart, body and soul…

Unless it’s already too late.

Don’t miss a new version of The Princess & the Pea, asking an age-old question: What is a perfect princess?

I did not respond well to this book because I felt that the story spent a lot of time mocking a young man who may or may not have a developmental disability. I got the sense from other reviews that you’ll either love or hate this book.

Olivia is betrothed to the heir to the Dukedom of Canterwick and has been since she was fifteen. Rupert is five years younger than her and is dimwitted, short, slender, with a “potato shaped nose and penduluous lower lip.” Rupert is clearly not all there and is the subject of scorn and mockery. He is also about the only physically unattractive person in the book. Not only does he have the bad nose and puffy bottom lip, but his nose ”just seemed to force one to pay more attention to his mouth. Which invariably hung open, his lower teeth visible in a glistening pout.” Rupert’s father choose Olivia because of her “hips and brains”. He tells her to bed the duke’s heir before he goes off to fight in the war. Rupert, the heir, can’t get it up. The heroine mocks him to her sister saying “neither two of his most important organs are functioning.”

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Promise of Gold by     Kristen Kyle Promise of Gold by Kristen Kyle. $ 2.99.

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An Irresistible Prize…

With three aging godfathers to care for, Rosa Constanza Wright had no choice but to turn her unique talents to stealing. Yet when the beautiful and brazen flamenco dancer commits the most daring burglary of her career, she discovers a 270-year-old journal that may hold the key to a wealth of sunken Spanish treasure. But Rosa has competition.

Derek Carlisle, Viscount Graystone, has traveled all the way to Cuba seeking the priceless document, and when he learns that it has fallen into Rosa’s lovely hands, the relentlessly determined and devastatingly handsome archaeologist vows to find her….

An Undeniable Passion

But Graystone is in for the surprise of his life, for Rosa is unlike any woman he’s ever met. Saucy and stubborn, resourceful and clever, she demands an equal partnership in his quest. Soon the two are embarking on a bold adventure on the high seas, where their search for the Spanish galleon will lead them into infinite peril–and where they will discover a passion far more tempting, and far more precious, than a fortune in gold.

Originally published in 2002 by Bantam. There are very few reviews for this book and they have been largely positive but one of the reviews mentioned Cuban politics in the late 19th century which seems very different!

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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. JewelCourt
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 18:50:55

    A few years back I read a few Lisa Marie Rice books (my recollection may be a bit fuzzy) and at first I really liked them. But then as I read more, I began to notice some disturbing (to me) class issues/ traditional gender role ideas. The heroine always seemed to be this feminine ideal who was soft-spoken (obviously no cussing that’s for trashy girls), understated but expensively clothed and didn’t wear too much makeup, worked in a “feminine” field like interior design, bookstore owner, etc. (not that there’s anything wrong with those jobs, just would it have hurt to thrown a lawyer/doctor/mechanic/roofer/accountant, etc into the mix) and I seem to recall most of them coming from money. They were “classy”.
    The dude was always big and hyper-masculine, usually some sort of black ops type guy, who came from a poor, troubled background. He always thought the woman was above him like she was Quality and he was the freaking stableboy.
    Anyway I could be remembering wrong or be overly sensitive, but after reading a bunch in a row I started getting an icky feeling about poor = trash and women should be demure ladies.

  2. Dabney
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 09:53:28

    I love Inkheart. Not anywhere nearly as fond of this book, Reckless . That said, Funke is a distinctive writer, with a vivid imagination.

  3. Dabney
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 09:56:17

    @JewelCourt: In Midnight Man, that stereotype is true in some ways. On the other hand, dainty, sweet Suzanne is turned on beyond belief when John takes her roughly in public, against a brick wall. I like their interaction better than those in the other two Midnight books.

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