Another week, yet another opportunity for Library Loot. It seems I just can't help myself - I go to the library to return books and end up finding even more books that I actually want to read! What is up, public library? How did you suddenly get so much better at stocking romance? Oh well. The loot:
A Bride in the Bargain, by Deeanne Gist. I've never read inspirational romance before, but I was interested in this book because Gist hosted a very illuminating workshop at RWA 2009 about how book covers come to be, and this book was featured. Yup - Bethany House has some gorgeous covers y'all. FUN FACT: that girl on the cover is actually Gist's daughter! Anyhoo, the story sounds pretty good - hero needs a wife in order to keep his land. Heroine thinks she's being hired as a cook. Hilarity ensues!
The Courtesan's Daughter, by Claudia Dain. Where better to go for a lucky author dip than a place where you don't have to pay for a book? I've heard some good things about Claudia Dain's Courtesan series, and since this is the first book, I thought I would give it a try.
From the blurb, it sounds like the heroine's having a tough time getting a husband because her mum used to be a courtesan, so Mummie Ho agrees to clear the hero's debts in return for marrying her lovely daughter.
Hilarity - and presumably, financial transactions - ensues!
Just as I thought I was on my way out the library door, I caught sight of Victoria Dahl's One Week As Lovers, the sequel to A Rake's Guide to Pleasure that stars Emma's hot-but-poverty-stricken BFF Lancaster. Not only was it there - it was a new library copy. The spine of the paperback wasn't even creased! None of the pages were bent!
So yeah, I caved. A Rake's Guide to Pleasure was a lovely book, and this novel has a gorgeously romantic cover - that for once depicts something tender and sweet and not one of those hair-in-the-wind, O-face, riding-the-hero's-muscular-thighs cover.