Let me start by saying that, although I own a Kindle, I still prefer the feel of a paper book in my hands. It is my plan to provide periodically a review of a book that is no longer in print but is available in the secondary market for a reasonable amount.
Let me further inform you, before we get any further along, that I used to own a used book store with the largest collection of serial romance novels in New York, as far as I can tell.
Romance novels, at least since the early 1970s in the United States, have been massively successful and the primary success, until recently, in terms of actual titles and copies printed, was in the serial romance category, colloquially known by the name of the powerhouse publisher as “harlequins”. Each title typically had only a single print run and was released once, as part of a group of books, or “series” that were similar in format and level of eroticism and adventure.
By design then almost all serial romances are no longer in print and often were printed in relatively small numbers per title. One such title, from the Temptation series, is Alyssa Dean’s Manhunting in Miami. Dean wrote 6 novels for the series in all and Manhunting in Miami is probably her best. She got 4 stars from Romantic Times when the book came out and has an overall rating of 3.57 stars on Goodreads. Described as “lighthearted and humorous” it involves a professional woman who hires an investigator to find her husband candidates who will satisfy both herself and her upper-crust family.
Manhunting in Miami is available for as little as $4.75 from Biblio.
Me as a critic (be careful! the harshness will be well concealed!)