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June Recommended Reads

recommended bannerReviews forthcoming. I’m not sure why we are all in a historical slump of late.  Anyone have some good historicals to recommend?


  • Bad Company by K.A. Mitchell, recommended by Sunita.
  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon, recommended by Sunita.
  • Deconstruction by Kit Zheng, recommended by Sarah F


  • The Charm School by Susan Wiggs, recommended  by Angela Toscano.


  • Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh, recommended by Jane, Shuzluva, and Janine
  • Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews, recommended by Jane, Shuzluva
  • Blood of the Witches by Karina Cooper, recommended by Shuzula.
  • The Daddy Catch by Leigh Duncan, recommended by Jayne
  • Misty and the Single Dad by Marion Lennox, recommended by Jayne
  • Honey Grove by Genell Dellin, recommended by Jayne
  • Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, recommended by Jane


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. Darlene Marshall
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 10:19:56

    Doing my part to save the historical: Sea Change, a June release now in ebook (soon available in print and Kindle) from Amber Quill Press:

  2. Aleksandr Voinov
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 11:06:00

    Mere Mortals by Erastes, also Lion of Kent by Kate Cotoner (and myself)?

  3. Carin
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 11:24:43

    I’m surprised you didn’t list Unlocked by Courtney Milan under historical. I guess maybe it was a May book? I know it was an A from you. I’ve got it on my reader and I’m looking forward to it after Yours To Keep.

    Also, I like that you have this month’s recs broken down by genre. Please keep that feature!

  4. Angela
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 11:47:23

    I also love that they’re broken down by genre! Loved both Kiss of Snow and Magic Slays.

  5. Danielle
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 11:58:53

    Seconding Carin’s request about continuing to group monthly recommendations by genre.

    Coincidentally, I am reading The Charm School right now, the first romance by Wiggs that I have tried. I am a quarter into it and liking that the author is allowing time for a relationship to develop – the h/h have not mentally lusted over each other once yet and the overall tone has been sweetly emotional. By now the storyline has moved onto a ship bound for Brazil. Wiggs has been throwing around a lot of nautical terms and somewhat strained shipboard slang (“shiver my timbers”) but otherwise the sense of place and time feels so-so. The characterisations of the h/h are a different story though, the heroine so far perhaps more thoughtfully drawn than the hero. A well-read but ridiculed spinster from a wealthy Boston family and a Southern gentleman turned “Yankee skipper”, they are the black sheep of their respective families. I do wonder how the author is going to light a fire under the romance, however, because the exasperated politeness and reluctant pity on one side and apologetic firmness on the other have not created much of a spark. Sweetness is one thing, questionable chemistry another. But it is early days yet. I am also very curious to see whether Wiggs will continue to develop the issue of slavery into a subplot and what she will do with the Brazilian setting.

  6. Mrs. Hanson
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:10:05

    Lorraine Heath’s Waking Up With the Duke was so so good.

  7. DianeN
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:21:18

    I thought The Charm School sounded familiar, and sure enough it turns out it was first published in 1999, and I own it. Looks like it was reprinted in 2008 as well.

  8. Sabrina
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:33:22

    Maybe I am blind and just not seeing it, but wasn’t there a section here that had all the books for the month coming out, it showed the cover and you could click on it? I also like the genre but would love to find that section again:)

  9. Jane
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:38:19

    @Sabrina – Check out the For Readers menu item

  10. Jane
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:38:33

    @Carin – Forgot! Will add it.

  11. Sabrina
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:41:16

    Thank you! Going to go to my corner and color now:) I must have past over that one numerous times!

  12. Jane
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:50:35

    @Sabrina – Don’t be. I think I left it out for a month or so.

  13. Jane
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 12:53:52

    @DianeN – I thought it had been re-released as an ebook. Oh well!

  14. Lindsey
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 13:19:06

    A new K.A. Mitchell is out? Sold. I loved KoS, it was done to absolute perfection. Magic Slays is in my TBR pile. While I normally would have consumed it instantly, I figured that I should wait until I finish my finals (one more day!) first.

  15. Lynn S.
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 14:59:30

    Isn’t Silk is for Seduction, the new Loretta Chase, coming out in June? If you tell me nobody likes it, I’m going to be very scared and unhappy and traumatized.

  16. Val
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 16:10:57

    @Lindsey – Also note that the anthology “Hexed” comes out today and includes a story from Ilona Andrews that happens BEFORE the events in “Magic Slays”. That is the only reason I have managed to not completely inhale the next Kate Daniels yet. But that ends today!

  17. Thea
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 20:08:18

    I think “Blood of the Witches” should actually be “Blood of the Wicked.” In any event, it’s added to my to-be-read pile.

  18. Jane
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 20:14:57

    @Thea – you are right. Thanks.

  19. Jane
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 20:52:06

    @Lynn S. – Don’t be scared. It’s a July release or I should say, we consider it a July release.

  20. Lindsey
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 22:35:34

    @Val: Oh, I know, I bought Hexed this morning, heh. I was kind of waffling over whether to get it or not, just because 7.99 is a lot of pay when you only know that for sure that you’ll like one story (the other authors are ones I’ve not read), but I gave in, because I just couldn’t wait for Jim and Dali’s story to be released as a separate ebook.

  21. rebekah
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 18:44:24

    under GLBT – I really enjoyed Radclyffe’s Innocent Hearts. Two young women fall in love in the 1860’s. An excellent read.

  22. Holly
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 20:40:43

    I just finished Julia Quinn’s latest, Just Like Heaven. Pretty good.

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