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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: Box set of danger, pursuing heroines, escorts, and historical hijinks

Daily Deals: Box set of danger, pursuing heroines, escorts, and historical...

Danger ZoneDanger Zone by Marie Marte. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Demolishing the enemy, then blowing up the bedroom…they’re the commanding alpha heroes we all love best, and nine of your favorite romance authors have brand-new stories featuring them. This very special box set is available for a limited time only, with all profits donated to Hope For The Warriors. Novellas in this limited edition set include:

A MAJOR CONNECTION by NYT Bestselling Author MARIE HARTE: All’s fair in love & discipline… When their roles are reversed, this time it’s the major taking orders from a tough Marine with no problem giving her what he knows she needs. A firm hand is only the beginning…

THE STRONG, SILENT TYPE (An East Coast 8 Prequel) by ELLE KENNEDY: Resistance is futile… One look at sinfully sexy Shane Heron, and Jill Marshall is determined to coax the intense SEAL out of his shell—by any seductive means necessary.

From NYT Bestselling Author ELIZA GAYLE: Houston Reed returns home from serving his country with no intention of rejoining the motorcycle club that is his legacy. But a random encounter with a beautiful woman changes everything and he’s thrown back into the life he never wanted but must now accept.

MISSION CONTROL by DESIREE HOLT: Krista (Kris) Gauthier and Mason Rowell are like oil and water from the moment they meet. He never expected the team from Mission Control, the security agency made up of former military, to send a woman to lead the team he hired to fix his problem: find out who is helping smugglers cross his land from the border. Their antagonism is only heightened by the sexual attraction that keeps blazing out of control. Neither of them is happy about the fact they keep falling into bed together and Mason, who values his unattached existence, can’t wait for the team to be finished and Kris to be gone. But when the bad guys are identified and caught and Kris is wounded in the process, the thought of losing her nearly destroys him, and makes him take another look at their relationship.

CHAMPAGNE AND BULLETS by OLIVIA JAYMES: Almost thirteen years ago, Sebastian joined the Army and called off his society wedding to Amanda just days before the event. Now circumstances have thrown them together again and Seb wants a second chance with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But first he has to tell her the truth of why he really left.

STARR’S AWAKENING by KENNEDY LAYNE (Red Starr HRT, Prequel): From the same author who brought you the passionate adventures of the CSA Case Files comes an exciting new military romance series. “Red Starr HRT”. The story features Catori Starr, who must decide if she’s willing to set aside a years-old grief to begin a new life filled with the potential of fated dreams…or deadly peril.

EMBATTLED HEARTS by J.M. MADDEN: ‘Combat Modified’ vet John Palmer doesn’t expect he’ll ever find love, but office manager Shannon Murphy appeals to him more than any other woman ever has. When she has to deal with a vengeful stalker, he’ll be right there protecting her, proving to her he is the man she needs.

ANIMAL ATTRACTION by USA Today Bestseller ANGEL PAYNE: Opposites attract–sometimes in all the best and worst ways… A pheromones experiment gone awry means Dr. Charlotte Sinclare has just landed herself the hottest MP officer on the base–until she and Kaden Tiernan remember how much they hate each other.

HOLD THE LINE (Inked # 1) by SE JAKES: Holding on loosely has never been such a challenge… What happens when a tattoo artist and a Delta Force soldier keep a promise and take a cross-country trip together? Quinn and Con are about to finally meet and find out. Quinn thinks he’s the responsible one, but he quickly learns that he needs to loosen up if he’s got any shot of holding onto Con.

I would buy this bundle for the sole purpose of reading Elle Kennedy’s launch to her new SEAL series on the East Coast. All the stories are new in this collection and not yet available elsewhere. I read the short prequel last night and it’s a fully contained romance with a positive, energetic heroine who nabs the reluctant hero who believes that he isn’t ready for a relationship after his wife passed away two years ago.

“Like you didn’t notice. Oh my God. You’re the worst,” she grumbled. “And a terrible liar, to boot.”

Rather than answer, he stared straight ahead. And sighed.

“Did you just sigh?” she exclaimed. “Gee, am I inconveniencing you by sharing my feelings?”

His lips twitched, but he swiftly masked his amusement because the woman beside him didn’t seem the slightest bit amused. When he shot her another sidelong look, he noted that her cheeks had turned the same shade of red as her hair.”

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Chasing Temptation (a Chasing Love novel) by Joya RyanChasing Temptation by Joya Ryan. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Good things come in naughty packages…
What does it take to turn a good girl bad? Sick of her interfering brother nosing into her love life?and by proxy, her sex life—Penny Diamond has decided she needs a break from her “girl next door” reputation. And she knows exactly who can help her… Tall, lean, and impossibly intense Sebastian Strafford is rumored to have a sexual appetite with a decidedly wicked flavor.

Unfortunately, he’s also her brother’s best friend.

Sebastian doesn’t do relationships. Getting involved with Penny?and giving into that carnal thirst he’s tried to ignore all these years?is just about the worst idea ever. But he’ll be damned if she turns to anyone else for her “education.” So Sebastian makes her a deal: just two weeks to indulge in every sensual sin imaginable. Now he just has to keep himself from falling for the good girl. Especially when she’s so deliciously bad…

I asked for this book to review because of the hero being the BFF of the heroine’s older brother. I love that storyline for some reason. I’ve started but not finished the book yet. Sebastian’s pretty growly and it is only a category length so I expect it to have only a small amount of conflict. Pros so far is that the heroine pursues Sebastian who is reluctant for reasons I don’t know yet.

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Escorted  by Claire KentEscorted by Claire Kent. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A USA Today bestseller.

She hired him to take her virginity…but now she wants even more.

Lori might be a popular romance writer, but she’s never been anything but a flop with sex and love in her personal life. Still a virgin at twenty-six and increasingly frustrated by her inexperience, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity.

She assumes one time with Ander will be enough, but she never dreams how much pleasure he can make her feel. Once isn’t nearly enough. Twice isn’t enough either. Soon, she becomes one of his regular clients.

Lori knows that nothing would be as foolish as falling in love with her paid escort, but she’s never been wise with her heart. And, despite his professionalism, he doesn’t seem entirely immune either.

This book started my love affair with Noelle Adams aka Claire Kent. I don’t like books featuring prostitutes but I liked this one. I gave it a B and recommended it. “What I found rather amazing was how clinical some of the sex scenes were as Ander and Lori discussed what would give her the most pleasure; yet how very sexy they were. The sex scenes progressed as their relationship did, from awkward and business like to much more romantic.”

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THE SCANDALOUS ADVENTURES OF THE SISTER OF THE BRIDE by Victoria AlexanderThe Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride by Victoria Alexander. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The bride and groom cordially request the presence of. . .

The bride’s sister, Delilah, the very proper widowed Lady Hargate, and Samuel Russell, the groom’s friend, a very eligible, slightly improper bachelor, at their upcoming wedding.

Lady Hargate and Mr. Russell, previously acquainted during one unforgettable night in New York City when caution–and clothing–were thrown to the wind will choose to pretend they have never met before.

The lady plans to avoid love and its complications at all costs.The gentleman intends to change her mind.

Guests are invited to enjoy the many diversions of Millworth Manor–delightful grounds, lavish drawing rooms, secluded corners–and the chance to discover that one night may have been only the beginning. . .

Library Journal gave it a starred review “VERDICT Rapier wit, excellent repartee, and breathtaking sensuality make this blithe and funny romp a total delight and nicely expands Alexander’s growing Victorian world.”

Also has the magic words for me in “pragmatic heroine”.

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Daily Deals: Elephants, Chinese detectives, and mysteries

Daily Deals: Elephants, Chinese detectives, and mysteries

Mine To Have by Cynthia EdenMine to Have by Cynthia Eden. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden continues her dark and sexy “Mine” romantic suspense series with…MINE TO HAVE.

Is he a hero…or the villain?

When Elizabeth Ward sees Saxon Black rushing into the backroom of The Blade—a low end bar in Miami—she isn’t sure if he’s there to save the day…or just to raise some hell. But she’s being held hostage, and he’s her best hope of survival. Within minutes, she’s away from the jerks with the guns and riding fast and hard on the back of Saxon’s motorcycle.

Death stalks them.

Saxon has been working undercover for far too long. When he finds sexy Elizabeth—with a gun to her head—he knows he will do anything to keep her safe. But once he gets her away from her abductors, the threat to her isn’t over. Someone has put a price on Elizabeth’s head, and if Saxon can’t keep her safe from the danger stalking her, then she’ll be dead.

Their lives are both on the line.

As their enemies close in, Elizabeth and Saxon must go on the run. And the longer they are together, the hotter their attraction for one another seems to burn. Saxon vows not to let anyone hurt her, no matter what he has to do, because he’s falling fast for Elizabeth. He’ll stop the killers on her trail, and then he’ll have her. Forever.

Other books in the “Mine” series by Cynthia Eden:

MINE TO HOLD – Book Three

Melissa from SM Book Obsessions and fellow Packer fan loves this series. There’s no review of the first one and I think Mel has told me the series gets exponentially better after the first.

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Flower Net (Liu Hulan Series #1) by Lisa SeeFlower Net (Liu Hulan Series #1) by Lisa See. $ 1.99 AMZN | iBooks

From the Jacket Copy:

“Lisa See begins to do for Beijing what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did for turn-of-the-century London or Dashiell Hammett did for 1920s San Francisco: She discerns the hidden city lurking beneath the public facade.”
–The Washington Post Book World

In the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Xiaoping’s reign, the U.S. ambassador’s son is found dead–his body entombed in a frozen lake. Around the same time, aboard a ship adrift off the coast of Southern California, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Stark makes a startling discovery: the corpse of a Red Prince, a scion of China’s political elite.

The Chinese and American governments suspect that the deaths are connected and, in an unprecedented move, they join forces to see justice done. In Beijing, David teams up with the unorthodox police detective Liu Hulan. In an investigation that brings them to every corner of China and sparks an intense attraction between the two, David and Hulan discover a web linking human trafficking to the drug trade to governmental treachery–a web reaching from the Forbidden City to the heart of Los Angeles and, like the wide flower net used by Chinese fishermen, threatening to ensnare all within its reach.

School Library Journal reviewed this but it appears to be an adult mystery. It says “American and Chinese cultures are naturally juxtaposed as Liu and David move from one side of the Pacific to the other, offering a richness in background beyond the usual espionage tale. The writing is crisp and the story moves at a fast clip with flashbacks adding background fibers to the webbing. This top-quality novel will be enjoyed by teens who like romance, adventure, or just a great story.”

So I’m reading this. Or at least I’m buying it.

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Teardrop by Lauren KateTeardrop by Lauren Kate. $ 2.99 AMZN | iBooks

From the Jacket Copy:

An epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away. The first book in the new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series

Everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, a mysterious blond boy who tells her she’s in danger. Ander knows things about Eureka she doesn’t yet know herself, but not her darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her friend, Brooks, and some heirlooms—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea.

The haunting tale is more than a story. It’s real.

And Eureka’s life has far more evil undercurrents than she ever could have imagined.

School Library Journal says that fans of the other Kate novels will “swoon” but its tiresome for other readers. Plus, it’s the first in the series.

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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence AnthonyThe Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to animal conservation, protecting the world’s endangered species. Then he was asked to accept a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand. His common sense told him to refuse, but he was the herd’s last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn’t take them.

In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Anthony’s experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, Anthony’s unrelenting efforts at animal protection and his remarkable connection with nature will inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

The LIbrary Journal and Kirkus Reviews have fairly divergent opinions on this book. Library Journal says that its a a disappointment to those who like memoirs and African wildlife. Kirkus says that he demonstrates sensitivity and nuance and that his courage is inspiring.

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