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Dear Author Recommends for April

Magic BurnsMagic Burns by Ilona Andrews. Both Jane and Jia would recommend this sophomore effort by newcomer, Ilona Andrews. The “Magic” series features a smart mouthed, sword wielding Kate Daniels who helps to enforce the law in an alternate universe Atlanta. For the crossover genre reader (i.e., the romance reader that likes to cross the genre aisles), Curran, the Beast Lord of the Pack of Atlanta, plays the alpha male who likes to tweak Kate’s chain. Jia particularly likes “how their relationship is unfolding slowly, developing over the course of what I hope will be several books. It makes things more believable considering the two people involved: the Beast Lord of the Pack and the lifelong loner with a dangerous heritage.”

First You RunFirst You Run by Roxanne St. Claire is recommended by Jane as a fast paced road romance featuring a hot Austrialian bodyguard and a Mayan scholar. The suspense revolves around the end of the world theory that some believe is predicted by the Mayan long calendar. So you get a bit of historical facts, a bit of suspense, a bit of sexy loving. How do you not want to read that?

Sex Straight UpSex, Straight Up by Kathleen O’Reilly is recommended by Jayne (and Jane). O’Reilly does the near impossible and makes accountants sexy! Sex Straight Up is the second in a series of books about the O’Sullivan brothers. Daniel O’Sullivan lost his wife in the 9-11 tragedy and hasn’t been able to move past her death until he meets art curator, Catherine. Being with Catherine makes Daniel forget for the first time in years but Catherine isn’t quite sure that she can compete with the specter of Daniel’s former love. O’Reilly’s stories often feature two people who are moving at different speeds in the relationship. The suspense is whether one can wait long enough for the other to come to the realization that the love that they’ve been longing for is here and now. Sex, Straight Up is a sweet and sexy story.

Private Arrangements Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas is an universally recommended book by the Dear Author crew. Thomas’ debut book tells the story of Gigi who connives to get all her heart desires only to lose it for 10 years and Camden who is so full of pride and so fearful of losing control that he waits 10 years to seek out the one woman who makes him crazy. Gigi, after 10 years of amicable separation, decides to petition for divorce. Camden returns to demand an heir. Set in the late Victorian period, Thomas makes wonderful use of the changing mores of society.

Unlawful ContactUnlawful Contact by Pamela Clare is a more serious action romantic suspense story one that Clare went extra lengths to achieve a very realistic feel to the story. The hero, Marc “Hunt” Hunter, is in prison for killing a federal officer. When reporter, Sophie Alton, comes to see him, he sees an opportunity to escape and does so, taking Sophie as his hostage. In order to gain some empathy for those in the prison system, on both sides of the gated metal prison doors, Clare asked to spend a night in jail. She was booked, searched, and incarcerated. I think that experience paid off because Hunt’s desperate desire for freedom was tangible. I don’t generally like captivity narratives but this one worked for me.

All of the above recommended reads can be bought through Dear Author’s Amazon Store.

Manga Recommendations from Jan.

  • Ayano Yamane’s A Foreign Love Affair. She’s the author of The Crimson Spell, which I reviewed previously. This book is a lighter one about an Italian cruise-ship captain and a young Japanese gangster on his ship, complete in one volume.
  • Yaya Sakuragi’s Tea for Two. Her artwork is a little odd, but I love her characters for the depth of their emotions. This story is a comedy about a well brought up young man who is a master at the tea ceremony, and a rather uncouth young man who joins the tea club at school because his sister made him. They’re very sweet together. This is the first volume of a longer series that’s currently at 5 books in Japan.
  • Cipher Vol 11, from a shoujo series. This series is reviewed here and the Volume 11 is the next to the last volume.

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. Briefs « Urban Fantasy Land
    Mar 31, 2008 @ 07:38:48

    […] Dear Author has chosen Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews as one of its Dear Author Recommends for April, […]

  2. Sherry Thomas
    Mar 31, 2008 @ 08:24:33

    Are there more MM mangas or is Jan only reading those?

    One of those days Jan needs to list a few good MF manga romances. :-)

  3. Jan
    Mar 31, 2008 @ 08:37:42

    Most of the manga I review here are MF Sherry. Cipher is one of those. Unfortunately, there were no other volumes of MF that are coming out in April that I’d recommend.

  4. Ciar Cullen
    Mar 31, 2008 @ 08:58:36

    Wow, First You Run looks great. Hmnn. Kinda wish Mayan Secrets (my erotic suspense about two Mayan archaeologists) were coming out, well, last year. The 2012 cultists are taking over YouTube ;o)

  5. carolyn Jean
    Mar 31, 2008 @ 12:12:04

    I really appreciate this quick little monthly roundup. I always get good ideas from it. And I’m happy to see you recommend the Magic series. Last week I ordered Magic Burns (from Amazon! In my LAST ever order from them).

    First You Run looks good, too. And I love that title.

    Hey Ciar, don’t worry, I bet the Mayan/2012 thing will only heat up, and I’m sure your book is wildly different from this.

  6. Shiloh Walker
    Mar 31, 2008 @ 23:29:44

    Totally unrelated. But you all are evil, ladies. That black & hot pink was murder. Happy AFD. :P

  7. Julie Leto
    Apr 01, 2008 @ 11:12:59

    Just finished FIRST YOU RUN a few minutes ago. Fabulous book. Delicious hero, smart heroine…intriguing plot.

    And easy to find, too. Good on Pocket for giving it a great print run. Picked up my copy at the grocery store.

  8. The F
    Apr 23, 2008 @ 18:55:24

    I absolutely loved the books by Ilona Andrews and I can’t wait for the next in series. I found myself nodding throughout the review as well.

    I don’t know if you have read the following but I found them to be a great blend of the cross genres, which I came across when I found Ilona Andrews:

    The Study series by Maria V Snyder:
    1. Poison Study
    2. Magic Study
    3. Fire Study

    I also enjoyed Lisa Shearin’s: Magic Lost, Trouble Found.

    Happy readings.

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