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May Recommended Reads

From Jayne

A Lady’s Secret by Jo Beverley. “I’ve gone on and on about what I liked about the book but I think the best way to show how much I like it is to say that after I read the free arc we got, I went out and bought my own copy. A-” Read more…

To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt. “I love the beginning of a new series. New characters to meet, new situations to explore, new relationships to work out. Everything’s fresh and (hopefully) wide open. "To Taste Temptation" is, I believe, book one in what looks like a four book series if the fable at the start is our guide. Okay, let’s get going.

Lady Emeline Gordon starts off so correct, so polished, so controlled that I just knew she’d end up rumpled, turned upside down and very out of control. I enjoyed watching Samuel slowly peel away her perfect exterior. She’s afraid to love again after losing her first husband, afraid to trust a man’s promises after the deaths of her brother and father have left her alone and it takes a lot of work to get her heart to crack open enough to admit love again.” Read more…

Nightcap by Kathleen O’Reilly. “The dialogue is still wonderful. As I read the book, I kept marking scenes that I wanted to put up here until it got to the point that I was in danger of trying to quote 1/3 of the book. And that’s way too much to put in one review!” Read more…

“His Secret Past” by Ellen Hartman. This is a short book packed with a lot of great conflict, emotion, and secondary characters. There are no standard romance tropes to turn away the jaded romance reader. It’s romance with a great beta guy, an intelligent heroine and un contrived personal problems as the center of the conflict. Review coming…

From ジェーン (Jān)

B.O.D.Y vol 1 is coming out, and that’s one I recommended in First Impressions 2.

Sand Chronicles vol 2 will be out. I reviewed vol 1 in First Impressions 3, and I highly recommend the series.

From Janet

From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris. “First I have to admit that I adore this series; I feel very connected to the characters and to the world of the novels. Although I’m not old enough to be Sookie’s mother, I have very protective feelings toward her and wait impatiently for my yearly fix of her continuing saga, cheering her on as she becomes more independent and confident, feeling sharply the bittersweet sacrifices and compromises she so often has to make. And quite honestly, this is one of the few series of books I inhale rather uncritically. However, since this is a review, I have to say that while I am every bit as hooked in emotionally to this series as I was after reading Dead Until Dark, as a crafted work of fiction, From Dead To Worse is not the strongest book in the series.” Read more…

From Jane

Passage by Lois McMaster Bujold. “I have been a late adopter of the Bjuold universe, but I am becoming an ardent collector. My first book that I had read of yours was the first in this series: The Sharing Knife: Beguilement. We are on book 3 of this series featuring Dag, a Lakewalker and Fawn, a farmer’s daughter.

I spoke with Robin last night about the difficulty I was having in writing this review. I wanted to be careful how I presented because I don’t think any review can really do justice to the totality of the experience of reading one of your books. What I mean by that is that one 500 word blog post would struggle to capture your voice and your skill.” Read more…

The Courtesan’s Secret by Claudia Dain. This book isn’t for everyone. It’s for those who like to read Regencies for the intricate manner dance each party plays. No overt moves. No direct challenges. It’s for those who like the sly innuendo and the double entendre. It’s for those who realize that in the 1800s, a society woman’s best chance at happiness was picking the right one to marry. This book is not without its flaws. It’s cast of characters could be trimmed. It’s focus is more on the matchmaker than the heroine. But for all of its detractions, the strength of its wit and the pro female-centric made this a recommended read for me. Review coming

Scream for Me by Karen Rose. “It’s a tough time to make the move, what with the cratering economy and all. Even before it cost be $10 to drive from home to work and back again everyday, I always held hardcover books to a higher standard. After all, at the increased price, the book had to be 3 times as good as other books because of the foregone opportunity cost. (e.g. I could buy 3 paperbacks at the price of 1 hardcover). While Scream for Me isn’t a perfect book, I’d still rather read it than three other romantic suspenses on the market.”Review coming

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. bam
    May 06, 2008 @ 12:07:29

    I’m really looking forward to the latest Sookie book.

    I’m going to get it in the mail soon, i think.

  2. Jill Myles
    May 06, 2008 @ 12:20:30

    I absolutely LOVED the Jo Beverley book. Once I’d finished reading it, I went to two different stores and bought every Jo Bev they had on the shelves. She’s a great author.

  3. merumo3o
    May 06, 2008 @ 19:08:01

    Oh, please, don’t recommend BODY to anyone!! >___<
    I know the first chapters might seem interesting, but trust me, it’s just a big disappointment. The story becomes boring, and the characters are stupid and some plot twists are plain silly!

    You have so many good Japanese comics in the US, like EMMA by Kaoru Mori, or Apollo’s Song by Osamu Tezuka, SWAN by Kyoko Ariyoshi, Cipher by Minako Narita, Afterschool Nightmare by Setona Mizushiro, Suppli by Mari Okazaki, Flowers & Bees by Moyoco Anno… please try any of these but stay away from junk like Body ;___;

    I live in a country where Body and other horrible girls’ comics like Mayu Shinjo’s are super popular, and masterpieces like Emma by Kaoru Mori are ceased… so… I know I may sound a bit over the top, but it’s painful… and BODY is evil, LOL.

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