Some of you asked which books I bought. Well, here they are and the reasons I bought them.
The Convenient Groom stood out to me because of the cover. It's just awesome and immediately makes me wonder what this bride has up her...sleeve. LOL Then the title is intriguing as well. The clincher, however, is that I need to study the pacing and style of a single title contemporary romance, and there were only about two on the shelves. This won out.
Then I saw An Unexpected Pleasure for five dollars on my way to the register. The price and the author's name is what prompted me to buy this one. No other reason than it was a good deal and I knew I would probably like it because I've read a few of her books before.
Finally, the book I chose for pleasure, and pleasure alone, is Sinner by Sharon Carter Rogers. The cover and title immediately caught my eye. The blurb sounded great and when I saw that agent Steve Laube represented it, I thought, I want to read this book. I met Laube at a conference and he was a very nice person who took the time to give a newbie some great advice. I'm really, really looking forward to reading this one.
These are it, but if I'd been a little less tight with my wallet, I would've bought a ton more.
So, I've bought books for many reasons, but I've never bought a fifteen dollar book for "research". Have you spent that much to research a genre or comparable work?