A Deal and A Confession

September 16, 2013 Opinion 5

The Deal:

Kobo is having an awesome sale through the end of the month. Using the coupon code “sept50” gets you 50% off, and you can use it multiple times.

The Confession:

I totally planned to run a post today about the author vs. reviewer vs. authors who are also reviewers war that’s been raging for a few weeks now, but it just wasn’t happening before bedtime. So I’m going to sit on that for a bit. Instead, I thought I’d list some of the books I bought on sale and talk about what I’m looking forward to reading. Feel free to use the comments to call me a lazy procrastinator, but I’d love to hear which books you’re looking forward to.

Book cover for Freedom's Embrace by Kianna Alexander. A black woman with long dark brown hair gathered together in the back sits in a half-timbered cabin while wearing an 1850s style black dress.Freedom’s Embrace
by Kianna Alexander

Jonathan is the only doctor within several days’ ride of Graham, Pennsylvania, and he’s desperate for a nurse to assist him. His salvation comes in the form of Naomi, a runaway slave who shows up ill on his doorstep. When she agrees to be his nurse in exchange for treatment, his world lights up.

Unfortunately, not everyone in town approves of Jonathan’s new nurse. His mother and some of his patients express their distaste, but she’s captured Jonathan’s heart, and he’ll defend her at any cost.

When Naomi’s former master rides into town, Jonathan discovers just how far he’ll go to keep the woman he loves from being torn from his arms, and from freedom’s embrace.

I’m a sucker for American historical romance to begin with, and African-American historicals are rare birds. That’s enough to get me to try an Ellora’s Cave book. Fingers crossed that it’s good.

Book cover for The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody. A colorful illustration of a square rigged sailing ship cutting through ocean waves.The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin
by Colette Moody

The Gulf of Mexico, 1702: When pirates of the square-rigger Original Sin steal ashore to abduct a doctor to tend to their wounded, they end up settling for the doctor’s attractive fiancée—Celia Pierce, the town seamstress.

Together with Gayle Malvern, daughter of wounded pirate captain “Madman” Malvern, Celia becomes a reluctant participant in an unexpectedly thrilling journey through the Caribbean. For Gayle, Celia’s presence is at first a welcome and shapely distraction, but as her attraction to the seamstress deepens, she realizes that Celia comes to mean more to her than is almost cerntainly prudent. As Celia and Gayle navigate the perilous territories of gypsies, prostitutes, mercenaries, and slave-traders, they forge a partnership born of necessity that Gayle soon hopes will veer away from insurmountable danger—and instead detour directly to her bed.

Lesbian pirate romance with a ship named Original Sin? HELLO NURSE!

Book cover for Rulebreaker by Cathy Pegau. A white woman with a dark  brown pixie haircut looks at the camera while wearing a strapless shirt and holding a futuristic gun over her head. Another white woman with long brown hair stands behind her, partially obscured.Rulebreaker
by Cathy Pegau

Liv Braxton’s Felon Rule #1: Don’t get emotionally involved.

Smash-and-grab thieving doesn’t lend itself to getting chummy with the victims, and Liv hasn’t met anyone on the mining colony of Nevarro worth knowing, anyway. So it’s easy to follow her Rules.

Until her ex, Tonio, shows up with an invitation to join him on the job of a lifetime.

Until Zia Talbot, the woman she’s supposed to deceive, turns Liv’s expectations upside down in a way no woman ever has.

Until corporate secrets turn deadly.

But to make things work with Zia, Liv has to do more than break her Rules, and the stakes are higher than just a broken heart . . .

Science fantasy romance with what looks like a bisexual heroine and an f/f romance. I’ve been meaning to grab this one for a while. I’ve heard only good things.

Book cover for Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson. A white man in a cowboy hat, jeans held up with a western-style belt and buckle, and a white shirt unbuttoned to show his bare, hairless chest, stands against a backdrop of western ranch land.Heart of the West
by Penelope Williamson

Clementine Kennicutt, a ladylike New Englander, aches to leave her home and her oppressive father. So when Gus McQueen, a cowboy with laughing eyes and big dreams, presses her to elope with him to his Montana ranch, she is ready. But nothing has prepared her for the harsh realities of frontier life, or for the unpredictable yearning of her heart—and least of all for the fact that almost from the first moment she sets eyes on Rafferty, Gus’s dashing, ne’er-do-well brother, she knows he’s the one she was destined to love. Brought up to be a lady, Clementine determines not to let the frontier—or her marriage—defeat her. She devours life, befriending the town prostitute, defending Indians, and suppressing her heart’s desire, until Rafferty forces her to face him and make her choice.

I’ve wanted to read this for years, but it was out of print and not available as an ebook. I tried getting a used copy of the paperback, but I couldn’t manage the Bible-thin paper pages with my hands. To say I’m excited to see it re-issued is an understatement.

Taking Him Down
by Meg Maguire

Rules of the Ring… No unsportsmanlike conduct

Matchmaker Lindsey Tuttle always thought Rich Estrada was a whole lot of sexy. What’s not to lust after? He’s a gorgeous, flirty mixed martial arts fighter. When they find themselves heating up during an unexpected-and superintense-make-out session, Lindsey is ready…until Rich ends it with no explanation.

Three rounds…

Now it’s almost a year later, and Rich has a broken foot, which means a frustrating recovery back in Boston before his next fight. But this could be the perfect time for a rematch with a sexy little matchmaker….

And minimal clothing!

There’s no denying the chemistry between them. It’s full-contact, no-holds-barred attraction…and only one can be on top!

This one has a Colombian-American hero *and* it’s set where I live. I’ll probably read this next. This author hasn’t written a book yet that I didn’t like.

What about you? What does your bookshelf look like? Do you read new releases, or do you just grab whatever catches your eye and read it?

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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.

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5 Responses to “A Deal and A Confession”

  1. Penelope

    I rarely buy the “new popular kid on the block” books. When I see 10 million blogs reviewing the same book at the same time, I run as fast as I can in the opposite direction. Too much buzz kills my interest. Instead, I like looking for obscure titles, older stories, anything that catches my fancy on the Amazon message boards.

  2. willaful

    I can never remember what I’d wanted to buy when I see one of those coupon codes. But now I’m going to go check the price of Heart of the West, which is awesome.

    I’m feeling kind of meh… nothing I’m really eager to read. I’m using the slump time to try and delete freebies.

  3. Evangeline

    My bookshelf is usually non-fiction heavy, with romance and historical fiction/mysteries sprinkled throughout. I usually pick up whatever catches my eye–and since I do browse publisher catalogs for upcoming releases, I usually know what I want to buy ahead of time..

  4. Beks

    i LOVE Original Sin. i keep bugging Colette to write another historical romance. hopefully she responds to being bugged.

  5. Marijana

    I read and loved Penelope Williamson’s The Passions of Emma. Her limited ebook releases have geo restrictions, which is annoying. I am definitely going to try and read more of her work. I love the multi-use codes. Not that I need any more books but I got a couple of Pamela Morsi books, a YA, and the new Sherry Thomas YA/NA fantasy.