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Recommended Reads of Dear Author for August 2012

Dabney recommends:

  • The Legendary Playboy Surgeon by Alison Roberts (Contemp).  (Review here)
  • Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry (Contemp). (Review here)
  • Broken Harbour by Tana French (Mystery).  (Review here)
Janine recommends:
  • Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch.  (Review here)


  • Her Cowboy Avenger by Kerry Connor (Contemp). (Review here)
  • In His Eyes by Emmie Dark (Contemp).
  • The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand (Contemp). (Review here)

Kati D


  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Mature YA). (Review here)
  • Hearts of Darkness by Kira Brady (PNR). (Review here)

I am looking at the list and surprised by the number of contemporaries and total lack of historicals.

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. Mandi
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 10:04:05

    I thought the Chocolate Thief was a nice change for a contemporary. Loved the setting. I wanted to get to know the hero a little more..but I hope she writes more.

  2. B
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 10:40:16

    I too find it odd that no historical/regency books were on the lists. I have several that I just ordered that I have been waiting for. End of July: Moonglow and The Bride Wore Pearls are two. In August Sweet Deception and Blackstone’s Bride are just twoo I am looking forward to reading.

  3. Darlynne
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 12:02:40

    I’ll come right out and say it: I am relieved at the total lack of historical novels in the recommended reads. Even though I read them–hello, C. S. Harris, loving When Maidens Mourn as we speak–I am mortally tired of earls, dukes, highlanders, princes and so on. Maybe it’s just the titles that make my eyes roll back in my head, but this list is a welcome break. Thank you.

  4. DS
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 12:17:32

    I downloaded Broken Harbour by Tana French from I really liked her last book in the series and I have high hopes for this one.

  5. Janine
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 13:03:04

    I recommended Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch.

  6. Jane
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 13:06:03

    @Janine – sorry!

  7. Janine
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 13:08:16

    @Jane: No biggie. Thanks for adding it to the post!

  8. Hannah E.
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 13:40:38

    Nice to have a break from historicals. I haven’t been in the mood for a historical in almost a year. They’re all starting to sound like the exact same story to me.

    By the way, I think it’s Emmie Dark, not Emmy.

  9. Dabney
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 14:01:15

    @DS: I will be interested to hear what you think. I liked Broken Harbor. I lovFaithful Place; I think it’s the best book she’s written. Broken Harbor reminded me more her first book in some ways.

  10. Sunita
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 14:32:51

    @Hannah E.: Oops, that was my fault. Thanks for the heads-up, I corrected it.

  11. Janine
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 16:16:16

    I’m on a break from historical romances at the moment too, which probably won’t last long, but still amazes me — historical romance has been my favorite subgenre of romance since I started reading in the genre. I wonder if it’s something in the air?

  12. Jayne
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 18:21:58

    @Mandi: I know Laura has at least 2 more contemporaries due out and I think she’s working on a fourth.

  13. Sunita
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 18:42:54

    @Mandi: I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  14. Jayne
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 07:43:13

    @Sunita: She also has a tie-in novella in the “Kiss the Bride” anthology.

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