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DA Recommends for February

We don’t have a big February list but there are a couple of nice (and well priced) series romances along with a new book from old favorites like Nalini Singh and Heidi Cullinan.

Obviously February was a slim month for us.   What would you recommend to us?

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. Babs
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 04:50:18

    I read THE PERFECT PLAY last week as soon as it downloaded to my Kindle. OMG! Amazing book!

  2. Danielle D
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 04:55:38

    I love the Perfect Play by Jaci Burton.

    I just finished Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis — loved it!

  3. ms bookjunkie
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 08:44:58

    Courtney Milan’s UNVEILED. *swoon* ‘Nuf said.

  4. Joy
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 09:21:13

    How did Milan’s _Unveiled_ not make that list? Was it considered a Jan. release? Eloisa James’s _When Beauty Tamed the Beast_ was also remarkably good.

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  6. Jane
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 09:31:47

    @Joy Thanks for the reminder. Jennie did recommend When Beauty Tamed the Beast and I forgot to put it on the list.

    As for Milan’s Unveiled, Robin was the only one of the group that read it (as far as I know) at this point and she didn’t send it over for a rec. Because of the volume of books we are reading/reviewing, some of our reviewers will skip reading a book until later in favor of another book if someone has indicated that they will be reviewing it. This way we get more variety (we hope) in our review offerings.

    The DA Recommended Reads are really “recommended books that I’ve read” versus a list of the only books we think people should read this month.

  7. Jennifer Estep
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 09:45:04

    It’s a young adult fantasy, but I really enjoyed The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal. Loved the strong heroine and sweet romance in the book.

  8. Cheryl
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 10:25:15

    I am reading Deirdre Martin’s Icebreaker and it is very good..she went back to the hockey team and paired a player with a family member from the Irish pub.I also enjoyed Shot Through Velvet by Ellen Byerrum for those who read that series

  9. Janine
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 11:10:30

    Because of the volume of books we are reading/reviewing, some of our reviewers will skip reading a book until later in favor of another book if someone has indicated that they will be reviewing it. This way we get more variety (we hope) in our review offerings.

    Yes. I find that now that we have more reviewers than we used to, I try to be a lot more careful not to read what the other DA reviewers are reading, because there is a higher risk of ending up with duplicate reviews than there used to be.

  10. SonomaLass
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 16:08:39

    I very highly recommend Unveiled. I also enjoyed Scandal of the Year by Laura Lee Guhrke; it features a very unconventional heroine.

    In category romance, I’m reading and enjoying <To Tame a Sheik by Olivia Gates. Several readers have recommended it. The author is Egyptian, so she’s limited in her ability to promote this book. Some other authors are trying to help get the word out; Carolyn Jewel’s post about it is here:

  11. Sylvia Sybil
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 19:31:20

    UNVEILED, of course. =)

  12. Jessica
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 22:06:24

    Another plug for Unveiled.

    Kim Harrison’s newest Rachel Morgan/Hollows series, Pale Demon comes out this month too. Series fans will love this one – Ivy, Rachel, Trent and Jenks go on a roadtrip. Rachel to clear her shunning and Trent on some kind of mysterious elf quest. Definitely deserves the star reviews it has been getting.

    I can’t say enough about A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, which is a debut about a scholar, who just happens to be descended from a long time of witches, who gets a manuscript out of the depths of Bodleian that has been missing for many years. And all the local supernatural creatures want it. The author was at ALA Midwinter and she said she started writing it when she wondered what vampires would do for a job and thought that they would be really good scientists.

    This is one of those books that I love so much I do a telling job describing, so I urge everyone to just go check it out.

  13. DT
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 06:39:16

    Dreams Of A Dark Warrior comes out on Feb 15. Haven’t read it yet, but can’t wait!

  14. Shayera
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 15:32:51

    I really enjoyed First Grave on the Right and The False Princess and When Beauty Tamed the Beast.

  15. John
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 15:35:27

    @Jennifer Estep I think that came out in January. At least, that was the date I believe the galley mentioned. I don’t remember if I included it in the January rec’s or not, but it was indeed very good! :) We don’t see enough of the more classic style fantasy in YA anymore.

  16. Jodie
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 21:09:04

    Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley

  17. nitnot
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 21:18:06

    A new Kresley Cole Lore book is coming out this 15th of February – and yes, with yet another mindbogglingly long title. I don’t care though, I find these books as addictive and double trouble chocolate chip ice cream.

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