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Dear Author Recommends for April


  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage by Miranda Neville, recommended by Janine
  • A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, recommended by Dabney
  • At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran, recommended by Dabney
  • Capturing the Silken Thief by Jeannie Lin, reviewed by Jayne and recommended by Dabney
  • Mariana by Susanna Kearsley, recommended by Sunita (review and giveaway to come)


  • Frat Boy and Toppy  by Anne Tenino, recommended by SarahF
  • The Way Back by Stephanie Doyle, recommended by Jane
  • Scrap Metal by Harper Fox, recommended by SarahF (review to come – note, this is a contemporary with a ghost so not truly PNR)

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. Molly O'Keefe
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 10:11:32

    The Doyle book was delivered to my ereader last night – oh! the joys of preorder. I love it. Smart, great pace. Lots of engaging questions. can’t wait to get back to it tonight!

  2. Carolyn
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 11:23:19

    I read Mariana back in the day, still have the old paperback copy. I remember it was quite frustrating, trying to track it down.

    The Way Back dl’d to my Kindle also. :-) Good reading ahead.

  3. Hannah E.
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 12:09:08

    Too many historicals on that list!

    I’m really glad to know that SarahF liked Scrap Metal. I was already thinking about buying it, but it’s good to get a recommendation from someone whose opinions I trust. Looking forward to reading the review.

  4. Emily
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 13:45:17

    Every month should look like this. Thanks for the recs!

  5. Ros
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 17:58:38

    I just finished Confessions from an Arranged Marriage. It’s the first Miranda Neville I’ve read but it won’t be my last. I really loved it. I am discovering an unexpected fondness for books with bad sex. Not badly written sex, well-written bad sex. See also, A Lady Awakened.

  6. peggy h
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 19:58:39

    Recently read Mariana, and loved it! Looking for this e-book was an adventure, though–it’s only recently in Kindle as a pre-order. It was in in December (along with Season of Storms by the same author), but the Mariana book had a non-functioning link (fortunately, their customer service rocked and I got a refund within an hour or so after sending an email). Then it was in the Sony bookstore, but before I bought it, it disappeared. A few weeks ago, it appeared in Kobo books. I purchased it then (along with Kearsley’s The Shadowy Horses). I’m glad I did–because both books are no longer in Kobo either.

  7. Janine
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 21:51:27

    @Ros: So glad you enjoyed Confessions from an Arranged Marriage. Agreed re. well-written bad sex. In this case, I loved Minerva’s reaction to the bad sex; it felt so true to life. And yeah, it was fabulous in Cecilia Grant’s book too. Mary Balogh does bad sex really well in her traditional regencies from the 1990s — have you read any?

  8. MaryK
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 00:56:53

    I’m pleased to see a Stephanie Doyle book recommended as I’ve had one of her books on my wishlist for ages just because I love the cover. I may go buy it now. :) I rarely have strong reactions to covers. This one is just so perfect for a Rom. Suspense.

  9. Ros
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 06:02:14

    @Janine: I’ve read a couple but they’re not easy to get hold of.

    Sadly, I just started A Dangerous Viscount, and I’m having major problems with it.

  10. Kiki
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 13:35:40

    The Tudour Court Novels, By Phillipa Gregory-The Other Boleyn Girl-The Constant Princess [so sad!}-The Queen’s Fool-The Virgin’s LoverThe Twilight Series, By Stephenie Meyer-Twilight-New Moon-EclipseThe Luxe, By Anna Godbersen – Set 1899Atonement – Ian McEwan [I bought it a few days ago as I’m a big fan of the movie, and I wasn’t dioapsinted] Set 1930 s, 1940 s and PresentNorth and South Elizabeth Gaskell Erm, during the British Industrail Revolution, in the mid-1800 sPride and Predjudice Jane Austen Early 1800 s, I think. I may be wrong.

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