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November Recommended Reads

Seven Nights to Forever by Evangeline CollinsHere’s our November Recommended Reads. Do you have a book you think we should have recommended. Did you read one of these and have a totally different response? Let us know in the comments.

Jennie and Jane

Janine and Shuzluva:

Shuzluva:

Sunita

Janine and Sunita

Jayne:

Jill Sorenson

Jane:

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

28 Comments

  1. Danielle D
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 07:09:15

    My recommends!

    A Duke’s Temptation by Jillian Hunter
    Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
    Her Sinful Sectret by Emma Wildes
    Promises In The Dark by Stephanie Tyler
    When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer (I love the title)

    I may buy the “Seven Nights To Forever” just for the cover!

  2. Linda Rader
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 08:09:10

    I second Best Laid Plans. It’s a well paced and plotted Harlequin Super Romance by an accomplished author. I liked the characters and the premise of a biological clock baby quest. I will look for other of Jane’s reommendations if we are so in sync on that one.

  3. Melissa
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 08:12:10

    Does anyone know why some of these Harlequins are showing up as “Not available” for Amazon Kindle?

  4. Jane
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 08:26:33

    @Melissa No, because these are all new releases they should all be available for the Kindle. Weird.

  5. Christine Rimmer
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 08:27:52

    Melissa, they’re there. I think the links are messed up today as this is the day they technically go off preorder and onsale. Try another way to the book. Like the author’s name and then through their available Kindle books.

    Jane, :-D

  6. Jane
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 08:34:17

    @Linda Rader: Eek. I thought I replied but I see my reply didn’t go through. In any event, if you liked Best Laid Plans, you may like Karina Bliss’ What the Librarian Did and the Untameable Rogue by Kelly Hunter. The latter, while labeled an HP in the US, doesn’t really feature the overbearing alpha male and the doormat heroine which HPs are unfortunately known for.

  7. Melissa
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 09:21:34

    @ Jane and Christine,

    The Harlequins are still coming up unavailable which is strange because I preoder books like these all the time and today is actually the release day. I will just try again later to see if Amazon gets it straightened out.

  8. MaryK
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 11:16:11

    I’m happy to see the Morgan and Hunter on the list. I ordered them in the eHarlequin sale this weekend. :)

  9. Shannon Stacey
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 11:23:11

    I was just able to buy Best Laid Plans for Kindle, so hopefully it was just a little glitch.

  10. Liz
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 12:51:47

    Best Laid Plans kept me entertained during a long travel delay this week, so thanks, Jane, for the review/rec!

  11. GrowlyCub
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 13:41:20

    Was really interested in the Collins until I saw the price and format. :( As soon as the new site is up, I want to add that as a lost sale!

  12. Melissa
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 13:50:53

    All of the Harlequin Kindle links are now active (and I just bought a bunch because I can’t resist Harlequin Christmas romances).

  13. SarahT
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 14:59:32

    @Jane: Have you read any of Beth Andrews’ books? I quite enjoyed her November Super Romance, ‘A Marine for Christmas’. The imperfect characters resonated with me.

  14. Jane
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 15:04:09

    @SarahT I have that book but I haven’t read it. I’ll mark it down, but now it’s Nov and I have a new slate of ebooks to read!

  15. Sally
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 15:09:31

    I too want to know why the Trade format for the Collins’ book. I would love to the reasoning.

  16. sally
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 15:10:53

    That should be “I would love to hear the reasoning”.

  17. Jane
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 15:14:58

    @sally My guess and this is just a guess is that Collin’s is deemed to write books that might not appeal to the mass. The book is about a real courtesan and a merchant hero. I know that a publisher can sell far fewer copies of a trade book and still make a profit so it allows them to make “riskier” publishing decisions.

  18. Statch
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 15:43:39

    I’ve been on a major Marion Lenox binge since so many of her backlist books came out in digital format, and I just have to comment on how good they are. She has quite an imagination, and manages to come up with incredible…and yet credible at the same time…plots. I also love her sense of humor.

  19. Statch
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 15:44:30

    Lennox (not Lenox) — sorry!

  20. Sunita
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 16:25:11

    @Statch: I hadn’t realized that her backlist was coming out until Jane posted last week, but I’m thrilled.

    The Medical I recommended is a tough read in some ways; it’s set in the immediate aftermath of the Australian wildfires. I’m obviously not a native or familiar with the area beyond what I’ve read, but it didn’t feel at all exploitative to me and it was intense and very moving. Lennox has an amazing ability to mix humor, angst, and improbable settings (I even like her Fake Tiny Royal Country books, and I’m usually allergic to that setting). Her Medicals generally feature more ordinary people, and they’re very grounded in the setting. Dating the Millionaire Doctor reminds me of the intense, realistic novels we found in Harlequin and Silhouette in the 1990s.

  21. DS
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 18:36:40

    If only there were a couple of animals peering at the couple on the cover of Seven Nights To Forever I would swear it was an 80′s Pino Daeni cover.

    Darn, I didn’t realize he died in May until I Googled to check my spelling of his name.

  22. Statch
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 20:09:37

    @Sunita, I bought about 20 of the Lennox backlist books. It was one of the few times Fictionwise has been useful for me lately. I got the ‘first week’ discount, plus my member discount, so it worked out well. As I mentioned, I’ve been on a binge with them, which usually leads to ‘formula overload,’ but hasn’t, mainly because the story lines are so imaginative. They do tend to be intense and moving, yet also with humor and witty dialog. The characters are nice (not bratty or overly alpha), but with real problems to overcome. The Medicals have enough medical information to be very interesting, but not overwhelming or distracting.

    The Doctor’s Proposal has one of the most imaginative birth scenes I’ve ever read. It shouldn’t work, but it did (for me, at least). (It’s the 2d in a series; the woman giving birth gets her story in The Heir’s Chosen Bride.)

    One thing worth noting for potential readers is that her books are sensual but not at all explicit – mostly only at the ‘kisses’ level and nothing past the bedroom door (that I’ve found yet). I was slightly disappointed in that at first, but I’ve enjoyed the stories so much that it hasn’t bothered me since.

  23. kate r
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 22:24:16

    Oh, JOY! A Balogh Christmas story!

    If only I could get an anthology with a new Metzger, Farr, Butler etc in it (no Layton though. Argh). Then I could face the holiday season with enough of the proper brand of sap to keep me going.

  24. Janine
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 22:46:03

    @kate r: Balogh’s A Christmas Promise (a reissue of a trad regency that first came out 18 years ago and hasn’t been reprinted in a long time) is a strong contender for my favorite Balogh thus far, which is saying a lot, given the size of her backlist (then again, I’ve only read around 30 of her books). Sunita and I are working on a review of it.

  25. helly
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 17:08:31

    @Linda Rader:
    I bought “Best laid…” on this rec, but was very disappointed. To me it read like a grocery shopping list, there was no tension and no surprise and no feeling whatsoever. However, I have just discovered Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series on a rec by Janine (I Kissed An Earl), so I am not complaining. Eagerly awaiting “What I Did For A Duke”, out next year.

  26. Jane
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 20:12:19

    @helly: I’m sorry that Best Laid didn’t work for you. I liked it because I thought that there was a lot of emotional conflict between the hero and heroine, particularly the hero who didn’t feel like he could take another chance on loving someone.

    I am glad that other recommendations worked. Sometimes you just line up better with one reviewer’s taste than another. I know Janine’s tastes and mine are really different. You can click on a review by Janine and then click on her name. It will bring up an archive of all the reviews she has written.

  27. helly
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 07:33:54

    @Jane: That is excellent, thank you for the tip. I really appreciate your site. Before I used to buy ebooks simply based on the blurb on the ebook site, and that did not work out for me at all. Also, I find the D-reviews very entertaining.

  28. Jane
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 09:25:54

    @helly: Thanks helly! It’s a crapshoot out there sometimes.

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