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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: CEOs, Ranchers, and SEALs

Daily Deals: CEOs, Ranchers, and SEALs

Golden Chances Rebecca Hagan LeeGolden Chances by Rebecca Hagan Lee. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Can you borrow a bride for nine months without her stealing your heart?

A demure member of the Richmond Ladies Sewing Circle, Faith Collins certainly isn’t the type of lady who would answer an advertisement to bear a stranger’s child.

Wealthy Wyoming rancher Reese Jordan isn’t looking for a lady—or a bride. But when the dark-eyed beauty responds to his ad, he cannot resist offering her more than just a contract to provide him with an heir to his fortune.

As they travel west and struggle to guard their wounded hearts, Faith and Reese quickly discover just how easily business can turn to pleasure…and pleasure to love.

Book 1 of the BORROWED BRIDES Series, which includes Golden Chances, Harvest Moon and Something Borrowed

Originally published through Penguin in 1992. I actually might pick this up. It’s a historical but a Western.

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SEALed with a Promise  by Mary Margret DaughtridgeSEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret Daughtridge . $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

He’ll do anything to move the mission forward, no matter the cost…

Navy SEAL Caleb Delaude is deadly charming. When he discovers that professor Emmie Caddington’s personal connections can help him get the dirty work done, he sets out to win her over. But her quick intelligence and quirky personality sure do start to get under his skin…

She may just be the key to his salvation…

Emmie’s smart and independent and isn’t looking for a brawny guy to take over her life. But this rugged Navy SEAL, who seems so determined to get close to her, hides a fi erce intelligence and deep sensitivity.

When plans go wrong and a child’s life is on the line, Emmie learns what it means to be a SEAL in action, and Caleb discovers that even a hero can get hurt sometimes…

Robin aka Janet reviewed this book and enjoyed it even though Navy SEALs aren’t really her thing.

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Demon Possession (Shadow Quest Book 1)  by Kiersten FayPicture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes – and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two.

When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn’t there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral – nude modeling for a nearby college’s human form drawing classes.

When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she’s posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she’s ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night and six weeks of perfect dates together, Cat’s absolutely smitten.

But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing – this might destroy their relationship before it’s even had a chance to get off the ground.

Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she’ll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin – even if it means leaving him forever.

This book sounds intriguing but it could easily be terrible given the subject matter. This was a a great review on Amazon that said that the journey between recognizing someone found her attractive to loving herself should have been the focus on the story but wasn’t given enough attention.

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Loving the CEO (bundle of five romance novels) by Noelle Adams, Judy Angelo, Samantha Chase, Stacey Joy Netzel, Ana E RossLoving the CEO (bundle of five romance novels) by Noelle Adams, Judy Angelo, Samantha Chase, Stacey Joy Netzel, Ana E Ross. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A corporate takeover, a sexy rival, a potential gold-digger, a marriage of convenience…just another day in the life of a hot CEO.

From USA Today bestselling authors Noelle Adams and Stacey Joy Netzel and Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors Judy Angelo, Samantha Chase, and Ana E Ross, Loving the CEO is a bundle of five contemporary romance novels featuring sexy, business-tycoon heroes and the women who love them (318,000 words, over 1000 pages).

A Negotiated Marriage by Noelle Adams: Three years into a marriage of convenience, Molly falls for her own husband when sex becomes part of their business arrangement.

Billionaire’s Island Bride by Judy Angelo: During her island vacation, college student Erin ends up blackmailed into marriage with a billionaire bad boy.

Catering to the CEO by Samantha Chase: Cassie is determined to best jaded CEO Adams in a business deal, and the rivalry quickly becomes heated…in more ways than one.

More Than a Kiss by Stacey Joy Netzel: A kiss with Sadie on the set of a commercial sparks the interest of self-made millionaire Zach, until he begins to suspect she’s nothing but a gold-digger.

The Mogul’s Reluctant Bride by Ana E Ross: Rivals Kaya and Bryce will do anything to keep the children they both love—and anything includes getting married.

I’ve posted deals by Noelle Adams aka Claire Kent before. I’ve not read any of the other authors.

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REVIEW:  Turn and Burn by Lorelie James

REVIEW: Turn and Burn by Lorelie James

Dear Ms. James:

I’ve had mixed reactions to this series, but it’s been mostly good. The Berkley publicist, Erin Galloway, pitched this book to a group of bloggers at RT. I read it (in paper) on a flight later that month.  It’s a slow moving romance and the conflict is a little manufactured, but there’s a sense of realism and believability that permeated the connection between champion barrel racer, Tanna Barker, and veterinarian, Augustus “Fletch” Fletcher. Their parallel character arcs gave the story more depth than the current spate of erotic romance releases.

I’m actually hesitant to call it an erotic romance because the sex in the book isn’t the focus of the story. Both Tanna and Fletch are at crossroads in their lives and it is their personal life dilemmas that power the story. The sex scenes, while well done and well integrated, are simply an expression of one part of the couple’s emotional journey.

Turn and Burn Lorelie JamesFletch and Tanna enjoy a one night stand after he watches with humor as Tanna turns away suitor after suitor in local bar in Wyoming but decides that he’ll make his own pitch.  Tanna is agreeable to Fletch’s advances, in part because she likes the look of him and due to the fact that he sees through her various stories.  After a night of boot shaking sex, Tanna runs off and Augustus wants more.

Heart sore after a riding incident that resulted in a serious injury to her and an even worse result for her horse, Tanna has sought refuge with friends in Wyoming.  She’ll be working retail in the boutique shop at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort until she can figure out what she’ll be doing with the rest of her life. It won’t be barrel racing, though, because Tanna can’t bring herself to get back on to a horse.  Her friend hooks her up with a local horse whisperer to see if Tanna can overcome her fear.

Fletch finally catches up with Tanna because it’s a small town and even smaller community.  As Fletch’s feelings for Tanna grow, he begins to be dissatisfied with his life. Fletch is on call, all the time because of his solo practice. He rarely takes a vacation and all his non Vet related activities are shoe horned around his practice.  Having a relationship is virtually impossible with that lifestyle.  The resolution for Fletch’s issues are presented to him, gift wrapped with a Fletch colored bow on the top.

There really isn’t any question of whether Tanna will recover or whether Fletch will slow down and if a reader needs that urgency and movement in her books, she might be disappointed. There really isn’t anything that is urging one to turn the pages other than discovering when and how Tanna recovers and watching Fletch work through his reluctance to let go of total control.

And James book isn’t just about the couple, it’s about the community.  There are many people that come into the circle created by Fletch and Tanna.  If a reader hasn’t read previous stories, the constant reference to and frequent reintroduction of past characters can be a little tedious.   And one thing I just could not get into was Fletch’s nickname for Tanna.  “Say the word, sugar twang, and I’ll walk away.” 

Overall, however, I appreciated the adult attitudes of Fletch and Tanna and their realistic storyline.  It’s not an overloud or exaggerated story but the quiet romance suited me at the time that I read it. It’s a welcome relief to the billionaires of the East Cost.B-

Best regards,


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