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Dear Author Recommends for September – Updated

Usually we try to provide a recommendation list that has a little variety but this month, it’s all historicals. In my rush yesterday to post our recommendation list, I totally forgot two authors that I had read a long time ago and loved. I am an idiot.

Driven (Shomi)I thought this one came out next month, but in double checking, I realized that the release date was late August. Eve Kenin breathes new life into the urban fantasy world with Driven whose post apocalyptic vision of the future (or alternative dimension) balances intricate world building with character development. Raina Bowen must win a race of truckers delivering cargo across a highway controlled by Duncan Bane. Duncan holds a weapon over Raina’s head and if she can win, she can remove that weapon and seek vengeance upon Bane. Wizard, a mercenary, appears to complicate and help Raina at the same time. She’s not quite sure his motivations but she doesn’t care so long as he doesn’t prevent her from gaining the ultimate prize. Together Wizard and Raina learn about humanity and what lengths they will go for the ones that they love.

Caressed By Ice (The Psy-Changeling Series, Book 3)First up is Nalini Singh’s Caressed By Ice . This is the third in the Psy/Changeling series and the first to feature a Psy hero. Judd Laurens was a Psy weapon who could kill a man with his mind. His family dropped out of the Psy network and lives with the SnowDancer clan. Judd is the perfect Psy, cold and unfeeling and completely unchanged despite months spent with the clan. Brenna Kincaid is suffering mentally for her abduction by a Changeling serial killer who was apprehended in the first Singh book, Slave to Sensation. Judd seems like the least likely man to attract a woman damaged like Brenna but it turns out that Judd’s coldness is no match for Brenna’s heat.

Die for Me I also forgot to add that I thoroughly enjoyed romantic suspense novelist Karen Rose’s September release, Die for Me. Rose is particularly good at theming her books and this one is about families. The interrelationship of families, of how far one family member will go for another, drives the suspense and conflict in this story. Detective Vito Ciccotelli finds a number of graves, some empty and some filled and works with local archaelogist Sophie Johannsen to discover the secrets of the graves to prevent more bodies filling the ground. Rose writes strong romances in amongst the suspense and does it seemlessly.

The Serpent Prince (Warner Forever)Jayne and Jane both recommend The Serpent Prince. It’s a dark, emotional romance between a man bent on revenge and the woman in whose arms he finds succor. The reason for revenge is compelling but each act stamps a dark stain on Viscount Simon Iddesleigh’s soul and even Lucy’s love might not be enough to save him.

If His Kiss Is WickedJo Goodman never fails to deliver the reader a rich and nuanced story of love. Unlike The Serpent Prince, If His Kiss Is Wicked is a heroine in trouble story. The hero, Restell Gardner, a bit of a disreputable fellow, is known to help people in exchange for a favor. Emma Hathaway must place her trust in Restell in order to find peace in her life. Their future, however, is endangered by the envy and hate of others as well as the fear Emma harbors in secret. The relationship unfolds along with the mystery Emma brings to Restell, and the reader is rewarded along the way with wonderfully layered characters, intelligent dialogue, and detailed historical settings. This is definitely a book to savor.

lord johnJayne reports that she inhaled Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade. Lord John's widowed mother is getting ready to remarry and he and Hal are meeting with the groom-to-be and his stepson. John realizes he's met the stepson and where he met him –" at a London male brothel. The stepson, Percy Wainwright, acknowledges John and the two begin, or try to begin, a flirtation. Percy is looking to join the Army and is persuaded to buy into John and Hal's regiment. John takes him under his wing and the two begin a love affair – one which must remain secret as homosexuality is a capital crime in 1750s England. The regiment is due to set out for Germany (the fighting is part of the global Seven Years War of which the American "French and Indian War–? is a part) where disaster strikes. John is injured and returns to England where he begins to wonder if a series of what he thought were random street attacks might have something to do with his father's long ago suicide. Or was it suicide? And if not, who were the men responsible? And did it have anything to do with the Uprising in 1745? And yes, Jamie shows up a few times. John must try to discover what happened so many years ago while keeping his true nature hidden from family, friends and his enemies.

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. Jorrie Spencer
    Aug 28, 2007 @ 13:00:38

    Cool. I want to read all these!

    I think Goodman usually does heroine-in-trouble storylines, though I haven’t read her exhaustively. I happen to love that storyline in the hands of the right author, which Goodman is.

  2. HelenKay
    Aug 28, 2007 @ 13:45:25

    Not a huge historical romance reader but after all this Elizabeth Hoyt talk I feel as if I’m missing something. Must check her out.

    Were there any September contemporary romances that did anything for you? Not that I’m desperate to read one or anything…

  3. Jane
    Aug 28, 2007 @ 14:34:21

    Jorrie – I thought this one of the better Goodman books. Her endings usually fall apart for me, bringing down my overall enjoyment for the book, but not this one.

    HelenKay – It did occur to me that I enjoyed Karen Rose’s Die for Me and I should have included that one in the “recommendations”. Otherwise, the contemps I read were pretty meh.

  4. Carrie Lofty
    Aug 28, 2007 @ 16:01:53

    Have you considered Morag McKendrick Pippen’s Perfidia? (She’s writing as Elspeth McKendrick.) It was released today and is set in 1939 Berlin. I’m just keen on finding out how she makes a Nazi hero sympathetic. We’re giving away copies this week over at Unusual Historicals.

    As for this list, I’m looking forward to The Serpent Prince

  5. sula
    Aug 28, 2007 @ 17:13:17

    Great list! I’m dying to get Serpent Prince as I’ve been enjoying Hoyt’s work ever since the Raven Prince. I just read the Goodman book this weekend and it was very very good. And Gabaldon is an auto-buy, so I’m excited to see a new LJ story available. This is gonna be a good month. (Can’t forget Vishous’ book coming out at the end of September too!)

  6. Jayne
    Aug 28, 2007 @ 18:04:01

    Carrie, I have a copy of Perfidia but haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet.

  7. Kristie(J)
    Aug 28, 2007 @ 19:40:29

    Well, I have the Goodman, will be getting the Hoyt the minute it hit’s the stores here, have the previous Rose book so that’s all good. I read Outlander by Gabaldon and while I enjoyed it, it was enough for me to know later that Jamie and Clare got back together and haven’t read any of her other books. So two – kind of three out of four isn’t bad!

  8. Amanda
    Aug 29, 2007 @ 09:42:29

    *Still* waiting for Nalini Singh’s series to come out in ebook. I’m about ready to give up and order it in paperback form. :(

  9. anu439
    Aug 29, 2007 @ 19:55:59

    I break into a huge grin when I think of Caressed by Ice. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

  10. Jaci Burton
    Aug 30, 2007 @ 13:50:23

    I LOVED Nalini’s Caressed by Ice. I think Judd is my favorite so far. Nalini is an autobuy for me. This series rocks my world.

    I’ve heard great things about Driven. Might have to check this out.

  11. sula
    Aug 30, 2007 @ 18:42:34

    I saw Caressed by Ice at Borders today in my hunt for The Serpent Prince. It made me wish I liked the series; I would have bought it. But I read the first one, and although it was okay, it just didn’t “get” me on any level. Somehow I never connected emotionally to the characters; they felt too cold to me. Still, every time a new one comes out and I read the buzz, it makes me wonder why it didn’t work for me. :( Oh well, to each her own.

  12. Anji
    Sep 04, 2007 @ 13:04:51

    Btw, Amanda, I saw Caressed by Ice at Books on Board and Fictionwise today – available as ebook! Fictionwise has it in MS Reader and eReader format, and Books on Board has in both of those formats, plus in Adobe Reader format.

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