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About Jane Litte

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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: A collection of starter books courtesy of a BN promotion & Amazon’s price matching

Daily Deals: A collection of starter books courtesy of a BN...

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies Series #1) by Pittacus LoreI Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Nine of us came here.

We look like you.

We talk like you.

We live among you—but

We are not you.

We have powers you dream of having.

We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—

But we are real.

They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya.

They killed them all.

I am Number Four. I am next.

Quite the blurb. For romance fans, several of the reviews wish the the love story was omitted so yes, there is a romantic element.

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Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter Series #1) by Sherrilyn KenyonNight Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind and the fate of the world is in their hands. . .

He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she’s being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it’s not just their lives that are hanging in the balance. Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion. Let’s hope they win.

Last week, twenty one books in the Dark Hunter series was on sale. Almost all except the first one. But now thanks to BN’s “firsts” sale and Amazon’s price matching, you can round out your collection.

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Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor Series #1)by Jill ShalvisSimply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover.

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

I know I’ve featured this book before. It’s been on sale several times. However, given that book 3 was on sale yesterday, I figured some people may not have picked up book 1 before. Jill Shalvis writes about nice people having romances but the tension can sometimes be a little manufactured.

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Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons, Book 1)  by Daniel ArensonBlood of Requiem (Song of Dragons, Book 1) by Daniel Arenson. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Song of Dragons — a trilogy of blood, steel, and dragonfire. For fans of epic fantasy like A Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings.

BOOK ONE: BLOOD OF REQUIEM

Long ago stood the kingdom of Requiem, a land of men who could grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem ruled the sky.

But Dies Irae, a tyrant leading an army of griffins, hunted Requiem’s people, burned their forests, and shattered their temples. Requiem fell. This ancient land now lies in ruin, its halls crumbled, its cries silenced, its skeletons littering the burned earth.

In the wilderness, a scattering of survivors lives in hiding. The griffins still hunt them, and every day promises death. Will Requiem’s last children perish in exile… or once more become dragons and fly to war?

I found this BN review rather amusing “This book is an acceptable story that kept me interested enough that i purchased the 2nd and 3rd books. I do not always have time to read sweeping epic tales with so much going on. (I have a 3 year old)”

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REVIEW:  Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris

REVIEW: Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris

This series is edited by Robin aka Janet who reviews here at the blog.  Robin emailed me and told me this and so I edited the review to make the change.

 

Dear Ms. Harris:

I was intrigued by this book when I first heard about it. It is a novel length versus the category romances you’ve been writing in the past and includes an element of suspense that absent from your Harlequin Presents. When it showed up on NetGalley, I thought it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

Hot Pursuit Lynn Raye HarrisMatt Girard is returning home briefly after a HOT team mission that went pear shaped and ended with his team captured and two of its members dead before the dust had settled. He’s not sure if he has been permanently benched from the HOT teams or not.

Evie Baker is home, she hopes briefly, until some restaurant will take a chance on her.  Her ten year career as a chef and owner of a restaurant was destroyed when she trusted her partner, a dirty accountant with ties to the mob.  Evie and Matt have a past together that includes him deflowering her and then bragging about it later that night to all of his buddies.

Matt regrets this and so he decides the best course of action to make it up to Evie is to bag her again while he’s cooling his jets in their home town.  I did not get this but it’s not the first time I’ve encountered it. Matt is genuinely apologetic about his past behavior but I don’t get how a one night (or two night stand) is matching words with actions.  Maybe I am supposed to view them as so caught up in passion that they can’t help themselves, but I would have appreciated a slower pace to the evolution of their sexual relationship, particularly when Evie is still so hurt by the past.   Matt’s bragging made Evie a target for boys who thought she was easy and girls who were jealous.  Evie showed some indecision but not enough that it keeps her out of Matt’s bed. The only impediment to their consummation is an unwelcome interruption.

Evie’s home life is complicated by her sister’s involvement with a bad seed in town that leads to even worse results when the sister stupidly throws in with someone else.  I got the sense that the thematic arc of the story was about mistakes. Matt made a mistake by not trusting his gut and it cost him two friends and possibly his job.  Evie made a mistake by trusting the wrong guy and it cost her a business and her livelihood.  Both return home to lick the wounds and figure out the way forward.

While the suspense plot provides Matt a way to redeem himself, I wasn’t sure about Evie.  I think what I lacked from Evie’s perspective was more internal fortitude. For instance, when Matt tells Evie that he only wants sex and casual at that, she was tearful even after she proclaimed that she wanted sex only as well.  When they have to look for something important, Evie is distracted and has to be brought back on task by Matt.  I wanted Evie to tell Matt off, to not have to rely on him so much, to have a little more agency.

The ex shows up at Evie’s and it’s not hard to guess that he’s left something important with her which is, in essence, the milkshake that brings the bad guys to the yard. And there are a number of bad guys from Jimmie, the drunken lout who blames Matt for being the soldier that Jimmie could have been to the various people surrounding Evie’s ex partner.

The twists in the suspense and the action in the latter half of the story engaged me.  Evie was given more opportunity to display wits and bravery but she remained emotionally vulnerable throughout. It was just her personality, I guess, and I shouldn’t have wanted something more from her but I did.   I’m on board for another romantic suspense book even though this one wasn’t wholly successful for me, particularly at the beginning. By the end of the story, I was more satisfied by Evie’s actions but still mystified by Matt’s motivations. Their love connection needed more time to bake in the hot Louisiana sun for me to buy into an HEA.  C

Best regards,

Jane

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