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Daily Deals: Three contemporaries and a Scottish Highlander

Daily Deals: Three contemporaries and a Scottish Highlander

Falling for Max by Shannon StaceyFalling for Max by Shannon Stacey. $ 1.99 AMZN | Google

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Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he’s starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he’s always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn’t help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material.

Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she’s intrigued. When she finds out he’s in the market for a wife, she’s fascinated?and determined to help.

Molding Max into every woman’s dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori’s plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she’ll have to find a way to show just how she’s fallen for him?the real him.

It’s $2.50 at BN and $4.99 at Apple. I could hardly believe that this was the 9th Kowalski book. Amazing. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my endless to be read list. I’m sure it’s good as I’ve enjoyed most all of the Kowalski books in the past.

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You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlaneYou Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane. $ 1.99 AMZN | Google

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Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.

Ten years after they said goodbye, Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day. As they talk, the years melt away.

But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is not. And slowly but surely, Rachel feels the return of the broken heart she can’t do anything to mend.

Couldn?t put down ONE DAY? Love WHEN HARRY MET SALLY? Then this is the book for you. Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ?Hello?.

This is British chick lit and I guess one down side is that Ben is married to someone else for most of the book. And most of the readers loved Rachel and those who didn’t like the book kind of hated Ben.

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The Highlander's Bride by Michele SinclairThe Highlander’s Bride by Michele Sinclair. $ .99 AMZN | Kobo

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BOUND BY DUTY
Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. Beneath the dirt and grime it was clear Laurel Cordell was beautiful. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress or had Conor finally found the one woman who could lay claim to his heart?

DRAWN BY DESIRE
Laurel trusted that the Scottish chieftain would keep her safe from the cruel laird from whom she had escaped. Looking deep into Conor’s silver eyes she saw not only his calculating warrior ways but his quick arousal to passion. But before they can explore the growing desire between them, their newfound love is threatened by secrets from her past.

I have no idea why some deals are at one retailer and not at the other. Sadly about the only thing we can count on is that the book will almost always be discounted at Amazon.

This was originally published in 2007 through Kensington and from the reviews, it sounds like it is solidly in keeping with the Garwood heroines who are beautiful, feisty, great with weapons, beloved by the people and entrancing to the hero yet adorably unaware of her adorableness.

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Missing by Noelle AdamsMissing by Noelle Adams. $ .99.

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Sex would never be enough…

Nathan Livingston has more in his life than he can handle–a high-powered job in D.C. politics, a sixteen-year-old daughter he’s raising alone, and another daughter who ran away from him, whom he hasn’t seen in two years.

He doesn’t have anything left to invest in a real relationship. A night of hot sex with Lynn every three months is as much as he’ll allow himself, and it doesn’t matter that it never feels like enough.

Lynn shouldn’t be involved with someone as high-profile as Nathan, since it could negatively affect her successful web magazine, but she just can’t resist their nights together.

Then his complicated personal life catches up to their no-strings-attached affair, and they both find out everything they’re missing.

I really like Adams’ voice. If I had to compare it to anyone, it might be Nora Roberts. Her characters are often pragmatic and Adams isn’t given to overly flowerly turns of phrases. I read this book and thought I reviewed it on the blog. Maybe I meant to and forgot? Oh wait, here’s my Goodreads review:

The best thing about the Noelle Adams books is that they feature largely adult individuals whose romantic conflict isn’t based on the fact that they are afraid to talk to each other or that their first response is to assume the worst about their partner.

Nathan and Lynn begin to have a relationship that is primarily sexual in nature – meeting every three months for a torrid night and then returning to their jobs. Nathan is a political consultant whose family tree includes a former president and various other political luminaries. Lynn is an editor of an online magazine that is only a few steps up from a tabloid. She runs this magazine with her ex husband. Her sleeping with Nathan would diminish her magazine’s already shaky reputation.

But Nathan’s got another big secret. His oldest daughter ran away and he’s searching for her. He can’t have an intimate relationship without ultimately revealing that detail.

I liked that the big emotional movements came from Nathan and not Lynn. It’s often the other way around. As with other Adam’s heroines, Lynn is self sufficient and pragmatic. I really enjoy Adams’ voice and her rather sensible romances.

One of the biggest impediments to Nathan and Lynn being together is never resolved on page and that is how Lynn will continue running her magazine despite having a public relationship with Nathan. I was also disappointed a little that the issue with Lynn’s ex husband wasn’t completely resolved. I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to take that Nathan would always have these jealousy issues or those scenes were included just to show how Nathan and Lynn could argue and still be in love.

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Daily Deals: Spies, Amnesiac heroes, too nice bad guys, and a Iranian love story

Daily Deals: Spies, Amnesiac heroes, too nice bad guys, and a...

A Spy in the House (The Agency Series #1)A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee. $ 1.99

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Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is more than surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners-and a most unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is in fact a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must work against time as she infiltrates a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But it soon becomes clear that the Thorold household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust-or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets-including those of her own past. First in a riveting detective trilogy!

This is a Victorian set YA mystery that has a lot of love in the reviews. The readers say the writing craft is high, the plot is unique, and the pragmatic heroine is a refreshing lead. I’m picking this one up.

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Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti.Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti. $ 1.99

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His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him
Shane can’t remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside-or who he even is-but he knows something isn’t right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he’s ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew-one who carries such a deadly secret?

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Zanetti is an author I keep meaning to read. Her books look to be right up my alley. I need to just pick one and sit down. PW says that this book features some “sly subversions” as the heroine continually protects herself despite the brawny men who surround her. That’s intriguing.

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Monster in His Eyes by J. M. DarhowerMonster in His Eyes by J. M. Darhower. $ .99

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Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

This author wrote the Sempre series, a self published success that sold to Simon & Schuster. This series is another dark romance. The book on sale is the first in at least a duology. The second book is to be released shortly. This is one of those books where the dissenters are hard to find. One of the critical reviews said the hero was too nice for a dark character…but the primary complaint I saw was that the story was slow to develop and the heroine’s youth and innocence was offputting.

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If You Could Be Mine by Sara FarizanIf You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they had before, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants in the body she wants to be loved in without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?

What angst! School Library Journal goes on to explain “When desperate Sahar meets transsexual Parveen at a party given by her gay cousin, she thinks she sees a way to be with Nasrin. In Iran, it is not illegal to be transsexual, as it is to be gay or lesbian, and the state will even pay for sex reassignment surgery because it is seen as a necessary medical procedure. Sahar pursues sex reassignment, dreaming of marrying Nasrin even though she knows in her heart that she doesn’t really want to become a man.”

The reviews say that it’s more about the message and less about the characters but what an important message.

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