Books I Recently Downloaded After Reading the Samples (June 2012)

I’m not saying that I’m enjoying taking a few days off from not doing anything but writing in my spare time, I’ll just say that these are the samples I read and either enjoyed or was intrigued enough to download in full. I’m going to try to make this a regular feature, but no guarantees. Also, if you’ve read and enjoyed any of these books, let me know, and I’ll push them higher up the list. Meanwhile, look forward to an onslaught of reviews, starting next Monday.

In no particular order:

1. SLIGHTLY SINFUL by Yvette Hines. Intriguing situation, and I really enjoyed Ms. Hines secretary-boss romance, A PIECE OF ME. 

2. LAWKED FLAME by Erosa Knowles. If I finish reading this, it will be my first Erosa Knowles novel. But like I’ve said before, I love when authors who are known for writing one kind of thing (in this case contemporary romance), try their hand at writing another kind of thing.

3. HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART by Asha King. This seemed like a cute read, and it features a young couple. Occasionally, I like to throw in gummy bears with my salt. Smile.

4. LIVING VIOLET by Jaime Reed. Another young couple, but I find it appalling how little diversity there is in YA, so I was really happy to see this paranormal. Also, the sample pages were solidly written.

5. RESCUE ME by Shara Azod. I love Germans, and you never get to see them as heroes. Also, this couple is so opposite, I wanted to keep reading just to see how it would all work out.

6. TAKEN BY THE NYMPH by Lizzie Lynn Lee. I love the idea of a nymph king trolling bars for an earthly bride. Also, like the hero, I’m a bit of an alcohol snob myself. And, the sample pages were really funny.

7. SHERRY’S WOLF by Maddy Barone. I love “different,” and this is certainly that. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic future where a group of time-travelling current-day women are forced to depend on a group of Native American shifters — who also want them for mates.

8. HAVEN: RULES OF MATING by Nia K. Foxx. I tend to love IR set in small towns. And this is about a recently transferred big-city wolf sheriff in lust/possibly love with a feline doctor who can’t shift.

9. THE RANCHER’S ULTIMATUM by Nia K. Foxx. I had never read this author before going on my downloading spree and she got me to go all in on two samples. Good job! Also, I think my tastes — which can run toward the Harlequinesque — makes be automatically want to download any title that features the word “ultimatum.”

10. TAMING THE SCOTSMAN by Sienna Mynx. I’m a sucker for an IR romance set abroad, and this one had me at private train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. Now that’s a setting you don’t see often!

11. HARMONY by Sienna Mynx. A historical romance set during prohibition times? Sold! And the sample was fantastic. Of all the books on this list, I’m looking most forward to reading this one.

12. TATTED by Renee LaRuse. A police officer and a former career criminal fall in love? Wha??? Now this was something I definitely had to get into!

Let me know your thoughts on the list or about stuff you’ve recently sampled and downloaded in full.





  1. DNelly
    Jun 10, 2012

    Big fan of Shara Azod and I loved “Rescue Me” just wish it was a bit longer! Also enjoyed “Taming the Scotman” And “Slightly Sinful” The rest I definitely have to check out!

    Really into Billy London lately. Amazon suggested her when I downloaded a Sienna Mynx novel. And now I’m HOOKED! Especially the Italian Knights trilogy. (Even though I’m being cheap and waiting on The Claim to go on sale! lol) Check her out if you can!

    • Theodora Taylor
      Jun 13, 2012

      I’ve been meaning to check out Billy London. Thanks for the rec!

  2. D, Palmer
    Jun 3, 2012

    You are going to enjoy “Taming the Scotman” by Sienna Mynx, I love this book. I also purchase “Harmony” and “Black Butterfly”

    • Theodora Taylor
      Jun 13, 2012

      I did enjoyed TAMING THE SCOTSMAN and I absolutely flipped over HARMONY. Review coming soon.

  3. Tatted…was so good! I really love stories that feature realistic cross-class and interracial relationships. I mean, not every thuggish white boy is a rapper! I wish there were more stories like that out there.

    • Theodora Taylor
      Jun 13, 2012

      Finishing up TATTED now and am enjoying it with a few reservations. But yes, that premise is off the hook. And I do love a really sincere hero.

  4. KHill
    Jun 1, 2012

    Let’s see… I’ve read Slightly Sinful, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, Rescue Me, and The Rancher’s Ultimatum. I read The Rancher’s Ultimatum some time ago and I thought it needed editing. I liked Rescue Me but thought the story needed to focus more on the hero and heroine. Likewise with How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. While Slightly Sinful is definitely sinful, I found myself slightly disappointed. There’s a bit between the heroine and the hero and three other men that I wasn’t expecting. But what upset my applecart is that I’m a big fan of Yvette Hines and I suddenly realized that many of her plots are very similar. (The heroine has a one night stand a with man she expects to never see again but finds that one night unforgettable. Then, unexpectedly, he’s back in her life in an unavoidable way. Usually, she’s forced to work with him.)

    • Theodora Taylor
      Jun 13, 2012

      I just finished SLIGHTLY SINFUL. It’s only my second Hines book, so I didn’t have any plot fatigue. And I actually liked the bit with the 4 men, if only because I wasn’t expecting it. It takes a lot to surprise me and I was definitely surprised. Respect that she went *all in* with the orgy.

      I think the version of THE RANCHER’S ULTIMATUM I read may be an edited one. In any case, I really enjoyed it. However, we are of a similar mind about RESCUE and MEND. Reviews coming soon.

  5. R.K.
    Jun 1, 2012

    HARMONY looks good. I think I’ll have to check that one out.