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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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Daily Deals: Cheap billionaires, ditzy werewolves, hot firemen

Daily Deals: Cheap billionaires, ditzy werewolves, hot firemen

Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn ChaseFlirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Never Cry Werewolf

Brandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That’s it—she’s officially done with men. Unfortunately, she’s just been told her “soul mate” is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick.

Nick has been searching for true love for one hundred years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she’s the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she’s about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

There’s something I really don’t love about this cover. I’m not sure if it is her obvious cleavage because I like cleavage. Maybe it’s the font, the badly photoshopped people? It all kind of screams amateur hour. It’s not self published, though, because Sourcebooks is the publisher.

This reviewer at Goodreads said the following:

I’m a huge fan of werewolf lore, especially where true mates are concerned. I know this angle has been worked to exhaustion but I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it. Ashlyn Chase took something beautiful and twisted it to the point of being unrecognizable. Nick’s mating instinct is so all consuming that he foregoes his one-night-stand ways, develops an almost stalker-ish obsession with protecting Brandee and proposes to her within the span of a week. If I’d been in this girl’s shoes I would have filed a restraining order and run for the hills!

Brandee’s obviously not the brightest bulb in the box and this is probably the only reason why their relationship doesn’t crash and burn.

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Hot for Fireman: A Bachelor Firemen Novel  by Jennifer Bernard(Avon)Hot for Fireman by Jennifer Bernard . $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

There is nothing hotter than a sexy single fireman, as author Jennifer Bernard so ably proves with her Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel contemporary romance novels. Following Bernard’s sizzling series debut, The Fireman Who Loved Me, her second scorcher, Hot for Fireman, is just the thing to fire up fans of Kristin Higgins, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Jo Davis’s popular stories of firehouse affairs. Return to steamy San Gabriel, California, where a sexy suspended firefighter, hoping to get back on duty at Station 52, is tending bar at a local dive in the interim…even as the bar’s lovely, desperate owner is contemplating burning the money pit to the ground.

While I thought the first book in the series (listed last week in the deals section) was good with a few flaws, this one I really didn’t connect with at all, primarily because the heroine is constantly trying to commit insurance fraud and super fireman is standing by her side the entire time. It’s supposed to be funny but I found the attempt at humor only made the two seem all the more juvenile.

That said, if you had any interest after book 1, a $1.99 price tag is a pretty good deal.

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The Girl Who Disappeared Twice (Forensic Instincts Series #1) by Andrea KaneThe Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

IT HAPPENED ONCE.

IT HAPPENED AGAIN.

Despite all her years determining the fates of families, judge Hope Willis couldn’t save her own. Her daughter taken, she’s frantically grasping at any hope for Krissy’s return.

Her husband dead-set against it, Hope calls a team not bound by the legal system.

Forensic Instincts: a behaviorist. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. An ex-Navy SEAL. Unconventional operatives. All with unique talents and personal reasons for joining Casey Woods’s group, they’ll do whatever it takes. Able to accurately read people after the briefest of encounters, Casey picks up in the Willis household signs of a nervous spouse, a guilty conscience, a nanny that hides on her phone. Secrets beg to creep into the open.

Forensic Instincts will dig through each tiny clue and eliminate the clutter, working around the clock. But time is running out, and Casey’s team knows that the difference between getting Krissy back and her disappearing forever could be as small as a suspect’s rapid breathing, or as deep as Hope’s dark family history.

PW says “Smooth prose and engaging characters help offset some fairly obvious plot twists, a few of which stretch credibility to the breaking point. Also somewhat unbelievable are the near-infallible skills of Forensic Instincts’ members and the willingness of dozens of police officers and FBI agents to let the team skirt legal boundaries repeatedly with no more than a harsh word or two of censure.”

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Billionaire Games Boxed Set (The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Caper, The Marriage Fix)Billionaire Games Boxed Set by Sandra Edwards. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

**Special Holiday sale August 29 – Sept 3! Grab it before the price returns to $9.99.

In THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN Julian de Laurent needs a temporary wife. Camille Chandler needs a job after he inadvertently gets her fired. If she agrees, he’ll pay her five million to marry him. It’s just a business deal, but neither could have foreseen what happens next, especially Camille, when she learns he’s capable of stealing her heart.

In THE MARRIAGE CAPER Andre de Laurent, Julian’s little brother finds himself in a predicament. Is it possible that Tasha Gordon, his new sister-in-law’s best friend, is the answer to his prayers?

In THE MARRIAGE FIX little sister Lecie travels to America where she may well have found her Prince Charming–who’s in desperate need of help.

Cheap billionaires. (I think I’ve used that before but that’s how I think of these books)

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REVIEW:  A Terrible Love by Marata Eros

REVIEW: A Terrible Love by Marata Eros

Dear Ms. Eros:

I requested this book because I have yet to read a New Adult romantic suspense and I thought that this book might bring something different to the genre. Unfortunately the suspense portion of the story hinged on rather dumb people and highly suspect coincidences lending a feeling of unbelievability to the entire story.  The best part of the story was the heroine’s love for ballet.  That was the only thing that came off authentic in the entire book.

Hugging couple on black backgroundJess Mackey is the missing daughter of a presidential candidate. She has moved to Seattle and because of hair dye and colored contact lenses, she is completely incognito.  No one can recognize her!  And she’s able to afford going to another college without any family help. If only college was so cheap, right?  Jess is tormented by a memory of hiding in a closet while her best friend is bludgeoned to death by her step brother.  Her answer to this is to run away. The fact that a presidential candidate’s daughter was missing would be such huge news that unless the chick is living in an underground, closed off silo this storyline doesn’t work at all.

At her new college, she has made friends with a couple of girls and is meandering her way through classes because she misses her true love – dancing.  Her friend and roommate knows this and arranges for her to “secretly” audition for the Seattle Pacific Ballet which is selecting a student from her University to be part of the ballet company.

Jess is also the hottest thing on campus apparently because gorgeous male specimen A, Marcus, asks her out and continues to pursue her even though Jess is embarking on a sex only relationship with gorgeous specimen B, Camden.  She also has a hottie she sits next to in Biology class that defends her from jocks who make rude remarks to her. Everyone loves her and wants her from her killer step brother to the random stranger hanging around campus on his motorcycle.

In an effort to maintain suspense, the backstory of why Jess has run away and what trauma she has sustained is dribbled out in vague references and isn’t even fully explained in this book. I started the companion book on a whim and it was fully explained in the first chapter.  Why we didn’t get this kind of closure in book 1, I’m not entirely sure. (The companion book is the same story from the male POV). Suspense isn’t driven by Jess’ flight from her PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FATHER but rather some brute on campus that is repeatedly trying to rape Jess.  After the third attempt on Jess’ body, I’m not horrified or scared for her, I’m rolling my eyes at the clumsy use of this plot device.

There were two areas that I thought was decently done – the sexual tension and the dancing.  The love of ballet exudes from the pages as the heroine spins on her toes and sweats blood and tears through each practice. A true ballerina.  But as a romantic suspense, vagueness and lack of a believable plot really drags the story under.  The whole tone of the book is vague and melodramatic with Jess constantly telling us how not pretty, not talented, and ordinary she is.  Given that everyone else thinks she is beautiful and desirable and the best ballerina ever, her Eeyore attitude is wearying and comes off as false modesty.

A tiny bit of racism at the end. Thanks a lot. But seriously, if I see a white chick do that in a nail salon, I think I might punch her out. Really not funny.

FANCY NAILS, the sign claims. Uh-huh.

We sit down and strip our winter boots and socks off.

“I make your feet look pretty,” an Asian pedicurist promises.

But he hasn’t seen my feet yet . . . really looked.

Though anything would be better than what’s going on now. He looks at my beaten feet and asks, “What do you do to your feet, pretty girl?”

“I dance,” I answer.

“You pay extra for more work.” His syllables pop like second- language gunfire.

“Okay.” I relent and Carlie shrieks laughter beside me.

“I love you long time,” she giggles while she shakes her ample bosom back and forth and my face flames in embarrassment.

I realized at the end of the story that this was a good idea and I’d love to read some New Adult suspense but something that was better executed than this.  D

Best regards,

Jane

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