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Sunita has been reading romances since she ran out of Cherry Ames, Student Nurse and Chalet School books and graduated to Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer. Other old favorites include Mary Burchell, Betty Neels, Elsie Lee, and Edith Layton. Among current writers, she reads and rereads Anne Stuart, Tamara Allen, Sarah Morgan, Marion Lennox, Josh Lanyon, and Susanna Kearsley. She blogs as VacuousMinx and tweets as @sunita_p.

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Daily Deals: Last Chance for Romance (Deals)

Daily Deals: Last Chance for Romance (Deals)

The first book is on sale through Monday, but the other three deals expire at the end of the day today.

 

close-to-the-edge-farrellClose to the Edge by Suzanne Ferrell. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Westen Series #2, where small-town romance meets an edge of suspense.

After facing death as an undercover narcotics cop, Gage Justice has come home to heal. His recuperation is cut short by his father’s unexpected diagnosis of cancer and subsequent death. Now he’s honoring one of his father’s last wishes by taking over as the sheriff of his boyhood home, Westen, Ohio. Biding time until his father’s term is finished, he fights boredom more than crime in the sleepy little town—that is until one sexy little teacher-turned-Private-Investigator literally falls into his arms.

Bobby Roberts is looking for adventure. After giving up her own dreams to raise her two sisters after the death of their parents, she’s been trapped in a schoolroom for nearly two decades. The suffocating claustrophobia of the classroom has set her on a new career path. She arrives in Westen, complete with brand-spanking-new PI license, a handgun and a simple case—investigate a lien on property of a dead man.

Little does she realize her “simple little case” will lead her into the world of one sexy sheriff and the path of a murderer intent on keeping them both from discovering his secrets or stopping his plans that could destroy Westen.
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This is a small-town set Romantic Suspense and the Amazon reviews are pretty good. It’s the second in a series set in the town of Westen but it doesn’t seem to be a problem to read it out of order. The hero is the town sheriff and the heroine is a visiting PI, who for reasons that presumably will be revealed, spends some of her time doing his office filing. But the comparisons to early Linda Howard and Suzanne Brockmann sold me on it.

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greeks christmas baby monroeThe Greek’s Christmas Baby by Lucy Monroe. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

After a head-on collision with another vehicle, Eden Kouros is overjoyed that her unborn baby has survived. But Aristide, her husband, has suffered a partial loss of memory.

Eden’s heart is torn in two. Aristide remembers almost everything–except that he has a wife. Yet perhaps Eden has been given a second chance to save her marriage, which was at breaking point before the accident: Aristide’s body hasn’t forgotten the desire they once shared…and she’s still carrying their precious, tiny child….

This was the other top choice when I was picking a Lucy Monroe for the deals a few days ago. I went with the cat, obviously, but amnesia-trope lovers, this one’s for you! It is a favorite of several ladies at the Amazon HP boards, and while one reader says that a skillet would have been handy at time (for the hero, I presume), it sounds like the kind of romance mix that HP does really well. Also, while I don’t celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday and I don’t have children, I am a complete sucker for Christmas Baby books. Go figure.

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sacred evil grahamSacred Evil by Heather Graham. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A terror born of Jack the Ripper

The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body—a promising starlet—has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan’s oldest graveyards.

One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau: a re-creation of Jack the Ripper’s gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous…and unexplainable.

As the city seethes with suspicion, Jude calls on Whitney Tremont, a member of the country’s preeminent paranormal investigating team, to put the speculation to rest. Yet when Whitney and Jude delve deeper, what they discover is more shocking than either could have predicted, and twice as sinister…

This is the third in Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series. I featured the first when the first two were on sale, and now the third and fourth are discounted. DA commenter Tina says that the first 3-4 books “are a nice balance of romance and suspense and they are nicely spooky,” and they feature a diverse cast of characters as well. And, of course, New Orleans.

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tango me home finnHold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by Maria Finn. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Maria Finn’s husband was cheating. First she threw him out. Then she cried. Then she signed up for tango lessons. It turns out that tango has a lot to teach about understanding love and loss, about learning how to follow and how to lead, how to live with style and flair, take risks, and sort out what it is you really want. As Maria’s world begins to revolve around the friendships she makes in dance class and the milongas (social dances) she attends regularly in New York City, we discover with her the fascinating culture, history, music, moves, and beauty of the Argentine tango. With each new dance step she learns—the embrace, the walk, the sweep, the exit—she is one step closer to returning to the world of the living. Eventually Maria travels to Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango, and finds the confidence to try romance again.

As exhilarating as the dance itself, the story whirls us into the center of the ballroom dancing craze. And buoyed by the author’s humor and passion, it imparts surprising insights about how to get on with life after you’ve lost in love.

This memoir presented the same dilemma for me as yesterday’s book about learning Hindi: the dreaded Eat, Pray, Love is invoked but I love the the subject. The description made me think of the films Strictly Ballroom and Can We Dance, as well as Carlos Saura’s brilliant Flamenco, all of which are favorites of mine. It also brings up special memories of my late, beloved father, who was an amateur ballroom dancer for about a decade. I attended small and large dance competitions with him, including Blackpool, and I saw a lot of tango, done well and done less well but enthusiastically. The reviews say the writing is good and the tango information is interesting. How could I not choose it? (And this one is definitely at Kobo today.)

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Daily Deals: YA, Curmudgeonly Detectives, and Learning Hindi in India

Daily Deals: YA, Curmudgeonly Detectives, and Learning Hindi in India

Something like summer bellSomething Like Summer by Jay Bell. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim’s heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.

Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

I haven’t read this but a lot of my m/m romance reading friends have raved about it since it came out, especially about Bell’s writing. I believe it is angsty but has at least an HFN. It is the first book in a series, but there’s no cliffhanger; the quartet tells the story of two couples from different perspectives and in different eras. I would classify it as a coming of age YA romance, and a movie is in the works.

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stormbringers-gregoryStormbringers by Philippa Gregory. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The second book in a YA quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.

The year is 1453, and the end of the world is closer than ever.

As Luca and Isolde continue their journey, their attraction grows with each passing day. Even as they try to remain focused on the mysteries they’ve been ordered to investigate, the tension between them builds.

Their budding, illicit relationship is put on hold when a boy, Johann, and his army of children arrive in town. Johann claims to have divine orders to lead the children across Europe to the Holy Land, and the townspeople readily accept his claims. Luca wants to believe, but his training tells him to question everything…but when Johann’s prophecy begins to come true, Luca wonders if they have finally stumbled upon a real miracle.

Yet even the greatest miracles have the potential for darkness…and the chaos that follows Johann is unlike anything anyone could have imagined.

The second in Philippa Gregory’s four-book series delves further into a forbidden romance and an epic quest as secrets about The Order of Darkness are finally revealed…

I was of two minds whether to post this deal, because it’s the second book in a series. I had no idea Philippa Gregory was writing YA, but I guess everyone is these days. A reviewer who hadn’t read the first book didn’t have any trouble starting here. There is a fair amount of religion in the book, which seemed to surprise some reviewers. However, given that the blurb refers to “divine orders” and the Holy Land, the focus was not exactly a secret.

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last detective loveseyThe Last Detective by Peter Lovesey. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A nude female corpse has been found floating in a large reservoir just south of Bristol. In order to solve the mystery of the “Lady in the Lake,” Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must locate two missing letters attributed to Jane Austen and defy his superiors on the force to save a woman unjustly accused of murder. This is the first of the Peter Diamond series; it won the 1992 Anthony Boucher Award for Best Mystery Novel.

I’m sure I’ve read this and it’s on my bookshelf but I don’t remember anything about it. Lovesey is a well-known author of police procedurals and this is the first in a series featuring DS Peter Diamond. Diamond hates computers, which I’m coming to sympathize with more and more. This installment involves Jane Austen letters, which makes it related to romance, right?

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dreaming in hindi richDreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

An eye-opening and courageous memoir that explores what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, ourselves.

After miraculously surviving a serious illness, Katherine Rich found herself at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor. She spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the place and the language, and before she knew it she was on her way to Udaipur, a city in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, in order to learn Hindi. Rich documents her experiences—ranging from the bizarre to the frightening to the unexpectedly exhilarating—using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world, reporting back from the frontlines of the science wars on what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. She brings both of these experiences together seamlessly in Dreaming in Hindi, a remarkably unique and thoughtful account of self-discovery.

I was intrigued by the title but I was afraid it was going to be another Eat, Pray, Love. But I liked the sample, and it’s hard for me to resist a book about language learning. I especially like that the book focuses on the cognitive processes involved in language acquisition, although a couple of reviewers thought there was too much of that. One person’s stay-away is another person’s one-click, right?

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