Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday Romance! Bargain Kindle books (Saturday Mar 23)

It's time for our Saturday Romance selection. Enjoy these highly-rated love stories at bargain Kindle prices!

Marblestone Mansion, Book 1 (Scandalous Duchess Series), by Marti Talbott. (Still 0.99?)

An impecunious duke leaves his new wife in Scotland, seeking fortune in America... where great wealth and unexpected disaster awaits. A sweet historical romance in Marti Talbott's Scandalous Duchess series.

"There are very few authors who have the talent to write such unique, heartwarming stories which will make you laugh, cry, worry about and truly feel you are part of a very special family as you follow their lives through several generations. Pick up Ms. Talbott's truly lovely books on the MacGreagor Clan. Be prepared to spend many wonderful hours lost in a world with all the triumphs and tragedies of a unique and special family from their ancestors to their present generation." -- Amazon reviewer


A Duke by inheritance, Hannish MacGreagor soon learned the title came with very little wealth, so he bought a silver mine in Idaho, left his wife of two weeks in Scotland, and sailed to America. Two years later, he sold the mine and became one of the wealthiest men in Colorado. Convinced his wife would be happy there, he built Marblestone Mansion on a bluff overlooking Colorado Springs, where many a wealthy gold mine owner and their families lived. His hopes were high when he sent for his wife, yet there were signs that all was not well with his marriage. Never could he have imagined the disaster that was headed his way.

Word count: 68,416

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378 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 6 reviews.

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Amazon Lily, by Theresa Weir. (Still 2.99?)

From NYT bestselling author Theresa Weir, this remarkable novel won the Romantic Times Best New Adventure Writer Award, and has been recommended in the Romance Reader's Handbook as an all-time recommended read.

"Illinois farm-bred social worker Corey McKinney is on a church mission to the jungle, along with gravel-voiced bush pilot Asher Adams. Ash saves Corey from a Xingu death pit, a lust-filled Tchikao Indian and a downpour of spiders as she is caught between her continuing repulsion from and growing attraction to him, the latter leading finally to graphically rendered consummation. Alternately cynical and tender, Asher finally sends Corey back to Pleasant Grove and her Dudley Do-right fiance while he continues his search for his brother in the jungle. This is not the end of the story, however, as Ash, who reads Mad magazine and quotes Tolkien, draws the reader into this richly detailed love story." -- Publishers Weekly

Heat rating: 7 out of 10
AS PURE AS A VIRGIN FOREST

She was white gloves and ice cream socials, a nice Midwestern girl who'd come to the Amazon on a mission to save the native Indians. Then Corey McKinney found herself alone in the thick, steamy jungle with a ruggedly handsome bush pilot who dared her to deny what they both knew: she wanted him.

AS DANGEROUS AS A JUNGLE CAT

He was rotgut whiskey and barroom brawls, a street-hardened adventure-seeker who had no time for women with lofty intentions. But Asher Adams was instantly captivated by his passenger's delicate beauty and feisty spirit, and he found himself caring when it was the last thing he wanted to do.

In a jungle teeming with perils, they must band together as they face the most thrilling adventure of their lives--one that will bring a passion that burns hotter than the South American sun, and a love as beautiful as the...Amazon Lily.

240 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 25 reviews.

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The Doctor Wears A Stetson (The Diamondback Ranch Series), by Anne Marie Novark. (Still 0.99?)

"A lovely escape," this full-length present-day western romance has over 20 five-star reviews.

"A wonderful reunion story. One date while in high school set the hearts of Jessie Devine and Cameron McCade on a one-way course to each other. Several detours popped up along the road, but they are given a second chance for true happiness. I loved this story and was captured from the very beginning, when Cameron asks Jessie to go to the senior prom. Fast forward ten plus years and a reunion with sparks is set. The story is great and I highly recommend it." -- Amazon reviewer

Book One: The Diamondback Ranch Series
Contemporary Western Romance Novel
60,000 words/208pp
Heat Index: Spicy


Jessie Kincaid was fifteen and innocent when Cameron asked her to the prom. She lost her heart that night, but his plans didn't change. He left their small town to pursue his dreams.

Seventeen years later, a trip home leads Cameron McCade back to Salt Fork, Texas and the newly widowed Jessie Devine. Since his return, the fire between them burns as hot as ever. Can they take up where they left off? Can Jessie risk her heart again?

258 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 47 reviews.

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When in Paris... (Language of Love), by Beverley Kendall. (Still 2.99?)

A steamy romantic comedy from the Language of Love series.

"This book was a lot of fun to read. The characters are great and likeable, and while they make some silly conclusions on very little data, that's typical of a romantic comedy. The side characters, Troy and April, are intriguing as well, and I was gratified to realize they are getting their own installment! Plus, that means I get to see more of Zach, who is super hot! There are steamy scenes, but they aren't gratuitous." -- Amazon reviewer

Recommended for readers +17 and up
New Adult - mature content (language & sex)

They say there's a thin line between love and hate

College freshman Olivia Montgomery is thrilled at the chance to start over, escape the rumors that plagued her in high school. And she can finally put her juvenile crush, Zachary Pearson, where he belongs--in her past. Then her unrequited love strolls into her French class, shattering Olivia's newfound peace, and the feelings she'd thought buried for good come rushing back. Now she can't shake her unwanted attraction to the one guy who can twist her stomach into knots with just a smile...but has never given her the time of day.

Zach's good looks may have always gotten him his pick of girls, but it's the star quarterback's skill on the football field that gives him his pick of the Big Ten colleges. To escape the crushing demands of his win-at-all-costs father, Zach opts for a private university in upstate New York where...his present and past collide. And the one girl he's always wanted but can't have--and a class trip to Paris--turn out to be the ultimate game changer that has him breaking every one of his rules.

98,000 words - 349 printed pages - full-length book

341 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 34 reviews.

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Serendipity House, by Joyce DeBacco. (Still 2.99?)

The always-compliant Sylvie finds her life turned around when she leaves her fiance at the altar and ventures to a quiet country inn... where a memorable cast of characters awaits. A delightful romance with a touch of mystery, this book was awarded Red Adept's Best Indie Romance of 2011.

"I am absolutely amazed and blown away by Joyce DeBacco's work. Her characters really gripped me and the plot line sucked me in instantly." -- Molly E. of Readers Favorite.

"Serendipity House is an interesting story; I also enjoyed the cast of characters that make up the 'family' she finds at the quaint old inn." -- Stevie B. of Manic Readers.

"A wonderful job of dealing with such deep emotional issues as mother-daughter conflicts." -- Meg Kinsella of The Romance Studio

Sylvie was a pleaser. She did as her mother pleased, and she did as her fiancé pleased. Then she did as she pleased. Determined to take back her life, she heads to the hills instead of the altar on the day she's to wed. Coming across a quaint, country inn with an intriguing name, she impulsively checks into the Pocono Mountains resort. Peopled with an odd assortment of characters, the inn has clearly seen better days; even the regulars have a bit of wear on them. When Alex arrives and is strangely comfortable vacationing among the geriatric set, Sylvie tries to ignore him.

But Alex will not be ignored, pushing her buttons until she admits, if only to herself, that she's falling for him. Not until she's hired to manage the inn does she learn he's not the businessman he pretends to be, but a streetwise PI hired by her ex to find her. Adding insult to injury, he buys the inn and asks for her help in restoring it to its former glory, not an easy task with someone sabotaging their efforts.

Forced to work together, both learn about relationships, expectations, and acceptance among family members as well as strangers who become like family.

188 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 13 reviews.

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Come Home to Me (Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series Book 1), by Peggy L Henderson. (Still 2.99?)

A historical time-travel romance, from the acclaimed Peggy Henderson. Praised by readers as a "great old-fashioned romance," you'll enjoy the premise and plot of this intriguing book.

"2nd chances, growing feelings, full of twist and surprises along a journey back in time with a growing romance that Jake and Rachel cannot ignore. Will scouting for the wagon train, something he didn't want to do, help Jake find out what he really likes and wants in life? Will watching out for Rachel, bring out feelings Jake didn't know he had? Do they both get a 2nd chance in life? Come Home To Me, is a heart warming story and every time you think you know what is going to happen, a new surprise happens. This is a fast paced page turner. Wonderfully written that makes you feel like you are right there with them. A must read for any romance lover." -- Amazon reviewer

Jake Owens is tired of life on his parents’ Montana ranch, catering to city folk who want a taste of old-fashioned country living. He enjoys life in the fast lane, with fast cars and even faster women. When he falls in with the wrong crowd and is accused of murder, a stranger’s bizarre offer at a second chance might be his only hope to clear his name.

Rachel Parker is highly devoted to her family. A tragedy prompts a daring move to the Oregon Territory for a fresh start in a new land. After meeting the wagon train’s scout, the meaning of a fresh start may be more than she ever imagined.

Jake can’t believe he’s been sent back in time to act as scout for a wagon train headed for Oregon, and given the added burden of keeping one emigrant woman safe during the journey. He and Rachel are confused by their attraction to each other. Jake’s ill-mannered, unconventional ways are overshadowed only by his notorious reputation. Rachel’s traditional values and quiet, responsible character are the complete opposite of what attracts Jake to a woman. When their forbidden attraction turns to love, what will happen at the end of the trail'



253 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 33 reviews.

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This Time Next Door, by Gretchen Galway. (Still 3.49?)

Rose attempts to re-make her life by moving to California - but that all changes when she meets her geeky neighbor. A full-length, light-hearted romance from Gretchen Galway.

"This book was cute, fun and a quick read. Rose and Mark were both very likeable characters. It was nice to see Liam and Bev again from "Love Handles", but you definitely do not need to have read that book to enjoy this one. I have really enjoyed everything I have read so far from this Gretchen Galway. If you are looking for a light-hearted contemporary romance, you can't go wrong with this book-- enjoyable characters and story, good writing, and a great price." -- Amazon reviewer

Twenty-six-year-old Rose Devlin may shop in the plus-size department, but she's never had a problem attracting men--with disastrous consequences. Recovering from her latest mistake, Rose has sworn off casual sex and moved to California to grow up, help her best friend, and make something of herself.

When Rose asks the cute-but-geeky guy next door to help her land a job in high tech, she never expects to unearth his quiet strength, stunning accomplishments--and hidden talents.

With a secret in her own past, Rose tries to keep her distance, but she finds that nerdy Mark isn't so nerdy when the lights go out. And that maybe, just maybe, she's not too grown up to risk one more disaster...

**Note: This title was previously published us THE GEEK WHO LOVED ME**

345 pages, with a 4-star rating from 3 reviews.

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The Next Chapter (The Gaze), by Javier A. Robayo. (Still 4.99?)

All five-star reviews for this dramatic romance - and sequel to highly-praised The Gaze. Warmly-reviewed for its well-crafted prose and roller-coaster ride of a story, pick up both books and enjoy these fine works of romantic literary fiction.

"The author continues to impress (and bless) me with his manipulation of the English language with his poetic, flowery writing. Robayo does not overuse metaphors, similes, and such, but every time I read one of his original creations using different literary techniques, I stop and reread it as each and every one is so amazing, so breathtaking, ingenious, in fact. I can't count how many times I have asked myself, "How in the world does he do that!" All I can say is that the characters are alive! They are distinctive, vibrant, and SO full of life. No way can a person read this book and not run the gamut of emotions as the characters' portraits are crafted, relationships developed, and their lives intertwined in an authentic way, so (if you're a crier) get a box of tissue and set it close to you as you read." -- Amazon reviewer

In this sequel to The Gaze, the unique brand of love that’s bonded Lewis Bettford and Samantha Reddick throughout their lives faces its most challenging test as a life-altering event looms in the horizon.
Lewis is assailed by a sense of an impending, drastic change that’s aggravated when his ex-partner Terence rips the fabric of his identity with one simple truth, precipitating a quest for his true self that will forever alter the next chapter of his life.



525 pages, with a 5-star rating from 11 reviews.

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