Welcome to the “one of these things is not like the other” installment of What’s She Reading…as well as the “cheap as heck” one, because all of these books are currently $1.99 or less at Amazon! You could kick back, relax, and have yourself a lovely afternoon of reading all three of these books for less than $4. Pretty sweet.

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The Lawyer’s Luck: A Home to Milford College Prequel Novella, Piper Huguley

Oberlin, Ohio – 1844

Lawrence Stewart is a rare man. Raised with his grandmother’s Miami Indian tribe, as a Negro he has consistently walked between two worlds most of his life. He devotes his time and study to becoming a lawyer, fully intending to obtain justice for the ousted Miami Indians. No Negro man has accomplished these things before, but he is not daunted. He studies for his exams as he rides circuit through the backwoods of Ohio, handing out justice to people who cannot easily reach a courthouse. His life is perfectly set until one June day….

Aurelia “Realie” Baxter made her way from enslavement in Georgia to the free land Lake Huron in Ohio. Far from happy as a slave doing the bidding of a woman cooped up in a house all day, Realie is a bona fide tomboy with a special gift with horses. Now, she is so close to freedom in Canada, she can smell it, but her plans are interrupted when Lawrence shoots her…by mistake….

Lawrence cannot study encumbered with the care of an enslaved woman, but he’s responsible for her injury…

Realie wants to get to Canada, but Lawrence won’t let her get away in trying to help her…

One chance meeting can change your life from what you thought you wanted….to what you really need.

I’ve been wanting to try Piper Huguley’s work for some time, ever since KJ Charles recced her on Twitter, but I’ve been hesitant because I’ve never read an inspirational. My worries were for nothing; I loved this story from the first few sentences. Lawrence is a wonderfully proper circuit lawyer who has lost his horse and Realie is a runaway slave trying to get to Canada. Lawrence is Black and Native American. He’s been raised in the North and attends Oberlin College. He has blind spots in regards to the white people in his life, who he tends to view as benevolent. Realie escaped slavery and has no such illusions, nor does she trust this handsome young man in his store-bought clothes. I complain all the time about poorly structured novellas and this is NOT one of them. I can’t believe how layered and nuanced this story is, rich with historical details and centered in a sweetly developing love story. I highly recommend that anyone who is hesitant about inspirationals give this one a try. It absolutely won’t be my last book by Piper Huguley.

Ice Planet Barbarians, Ruby Dixon

You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me…

Ice. Planet. Barbarians. This is an erotic romance featuring 7-foot tall blue furry aliens and — hey, where are you going? Come back! No, seriously, This book was a blast. A spaceship full of hot 22 year-old women who were abducted from Earth crash lands on an ice planet conveniently populated by giant blue horny bachelors. What makes this book special is that it takes the women’s plight seriously — the unpleasant and frightening details of being abducted and held captive are not skimped on — and the worldbuilding is interesting enough from a sci-fi standpoint to feel invested in the world. And tropes? We’ve got tropes galore here. Soulmates, bonding, fuck-or-die, alien biology, breeding, and a hell of a sense of humor about the whole thing. And for those of us who imprinted on Jeff Goldblum in Earth Girls Are Easy…well, let’s just say that being a blue fuzzy alien isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker. It’s free on KU or through the Kindle lending library and you need this kind of silly, hot, fun in your life. (Thanks to Elisabeth Lane from Cooking Up Romance for pointing it out on Twitter. She has awesome taste.)

The Theory of Attraction, Delphine Dryden

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

Wow, this book is so intensely hot. I don’t read a lot of BDSM romance, but this one came highly recommended and I’m so glad I picked it up. Camilla’s hot, socially awkward, intense rocket scientist neighbor Ivan asks her to help him improve his social skills for a fundraising event. It’s never directly stated, but Ivan appears to be somewhere on the autism spectrum. Cami thinks she’s going to be the teacher, but when Ivan recognizes her attraction to him, he becomes the master, teaching her all about submission. This book is swelteringly hot, with agonizing sexual tension and intensely erotic scenes. I’m always impressed with authors who can write sex scenes that hit that sweet spot between using euphemisms and getting uhhh…gynecological. It’s harder than it looks (hey-yo) so kudos. I loved the world of their apartment community that Dryden builds, the friendships and secondary characters that feel so real. I also loved that you got to see both Ivan and Cami being competent and confident at their jobs, and that one wasn’t sacrificed in service of making them more needy than the other. I’m going to reread this one again and again, and I will certainly be picking up the rest in the series.

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