Friday, February 18, 2011

10 Under 100: Random Books For Your Consideration

10 Under 100 is a monthly feature here on 100 Stars or Less.

Are you looking for something different than the current bestseller?

Just want to see what else is out there?

Here’s a list of 10 random books taken from the database with less than 100 ratings.

Today we take a look at 10 random ROMANTIC books (to honour Valentine's Day!).

Just a note before we start. Most of the books listed below are available in both ebook and paperbook format but a few are only availble in ebook. In order to save myself some time (avoiding harlequinns, etc), I researched this topic. You can find more indie/small press romances listed on the kindle boards.

 Angel with a Ray Gun by Deborah Kinnard

Summary points:
Matt Greenlee has managed to mix an active ministry with his secret life as a science fiction writer. When he's assigned a new -- female -- editor, Matt senses disaster. What sort of damage will she do his next bestseller? And once he sees her, he wonders what kind of damage she could do to his heart.

 Childproofed by Reese Reed

Summary points:
Motherhood sometimes seems as though it's not all it's cracked up to be. Sleepless nights, baby fat, encrusted bits of spit up clinging to my clothes and hair...not exactly what I'd pictured it as being. Sometimes I wonder where the real Virginia went - the person I used to be before I was just someone's wife or mother. Now I find out that a hot young girl is after my husband. Perfect. This is the life of a mother. It's real, and it's definitely nothing like a baby ad.

 Best Friends by Consuelo Saah Beuhr

Summary points:
It was unlikely they would ever meet. Yet fate brought them together first as naïve schoolgirls . . . then as complicated women facing events that would alter the shape of their lives forever.

 Kismet's Kiss by Cate Rowen

Summary points: 
In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a magical healer from an enemy land has the skill to save his royal household, but Kuramos never imagined the healer would be a woman.

Healer Varene finds her own surprises in Kad. She expects the sultan's arrogance, but not his courage or his selfless care of the ill—or the possibility that the epidemic is the curse of a vengeful goddess.

 Lost Without You: A Novel by Annette Lyon

Summary points:
Will Brooke be safe from her unbalanced ex-boyfriend? And can Greg Stevens ever heal from the death of his wife and open his heart again? A delightfully gripping novel about the occasionally treacherous path to true love, and one woman's unexpected journey along it.

 Midnight Reflections by P.M. Richter

Summary points:
Together, Julia and Robin manage to uncover information so explosive they are forced to flee a furiously angry and influential politician, who rules an army of people willing to do anything to get in his good graces. Even murder.

 No Cure for the Broken Hearted by Kenneth Rosenberg

Summary points:
Katherine Spencer is an up-and-coming architect in New York City. Her professional life is on the fast-track. Her personal life is a shambles. Katherine compares every man she ever meets to Nick Bancroft, the billionaire’s son who broke her heart one summer long ago. Now, twelve years later he’s suddenly reappeared, asking her to design a house at the cove where they shared their first kiss. Is he looking for an architect, or something more? And should she forgive him?

 Not What She Seems by Victorine Lieske

Summary points:
Steven Ashton, a billionaire from New York, and Emily Grant, on the run from the law... and when they meet he can't help falling for her. What he doesn't know is that interfering in her life will put his own life in danger. Not What She Seems holds you in suspense from the moment you begin down the path of murder and romance. 

 The Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio

Summary points:
“Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” for Julie Fraser, who was minding her own business, living her life as snug as a bug in a rut in San Diego, California. As the least adventurous person she knows, Julie finally whooped it up one day to jet off and surprise her husband, who was on a business trip in Costa Rica. Reeling from the discovery that her husband wasn’t who she thought he was, she accidentally steals an ancient artifact and is chased through the wilds of the rainforest, not knowing where to turn, literally, or whom to trust. She knew she should have stayed home.

Can a monkey, a blond Juan, a foreign scientist, a mysterious ‘love potion’ and the jade stone itself (that may hold secrets to global warming), help Julie on her mission to find and forgive her husband?

The Third Kiss: Dorian's Dream by Heather Killough-Walden

Summary points:
An ancient Roma foretelling speaks of vampire kings one day dreaming of the women who could bear them children. These children would be powerful vampire warriors and treasures to their kingdoms. Their mothers would become queens. However, a thousand years have passed and not a single vampire has dreamt of anything at all, much less of salvation through companionship.
And then, in a massive master bedroom in a mansion upon sprawling estate grounds in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the French vampire king awakens from a slumber ripe with visions of a young American beauty. Julian Adalard, the ruthless ruler of his people, has dreamt of his queen. At once, he sends his bounty hunter to retriever her.

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