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Rogues, Dukes, Small towns, and Thieves

Rogues, Dukes, Small towns, and Thieves

The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda NevilleThe Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville. $1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Charm, wit, and nerves of steel have helped Marcus Lithgow gamble his way across the Continent. But when his heart is at stake, all bets are off for this most perfect rogue . . .

Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can’t men like her for her sharp mind and kind heart rather than her impressive dowry? Just when she is about to bow to her fate as a confirmed spinster, she meets the handsome and charming Marcus Lithgow.

It’s been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus’s first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he’s the one hanging by a thread?

She nearly falls for Marcus’s smooth seduction. But when Anne realizes she’s being strung along, a lust for payback empowers her like never before. Two can play the game of deception. The game of love, however, has its own rules . . .

The second volume in The Wild Quartet series has never been on sale before. Readers can get caught up before the publication of the last volume, The Duke of Dark Desires, in January. It was a recommended read at DA.

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Down on Love (A Marsden Novel #1) by Jayne DenkerDown on Love (A Marsden Novel #1) by Jayne Denker. $0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When it comes to love, she’s a professional skeptic. Is it too late for a career change?

If there’s one thing Georgiana Down is an expert in, it’s bad relationships. That’s what inspired her blog, Down on Love, where she gives snarky advice–usually along the lines of “dump him.” In fact, George is abstaining from men all together. At least that’s the plan–until she makes a trip back to her tiny hometown in the Catskills, where meddling is an art form. . .

George loves helping out with her new baby niece, but she’s counting the days until she returns to Boston. Then she runs into Casey Bowen, her high school crush. The boy she once loved is now a handsome grown man–and suddenly George needs a little advice of her own. She’s in the right place, because when she drunk posts on her blog, everyone in Marsden has something to say about George and Casey. It’s like high school all over again–but maybe this time she’ll get things right. . .

DOWN ON LOVE is the first in a small-town rom com series set in the fictional Catskill town of Marsden. The 99 cent sale runs for the whole month of October. It has an 4.5 star average on Amazon and B&N. 

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Guilty Pleasures (Guilty Series) by Laura Lee GuhrkeGuilty Pleasures (Guilty Series) by Laura Lee Guhrke. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

One of Daphne Wade’s guilty pleasures is to watch the Duke of Tremore as he works, shirtless, on the excavation site of his ducal estate. Anthony Courtland is by far the most exciting and handsome man she has ever known, and she dreams of one day being able to speak with him without getting tongue tied.

Anthony, meanwhile, only sees Daphne as a hard worker on his excavation team. He considers her a plain young lady and says so in a careless remark to a friend, unaware that Daphne is outside the library door, her heart shattering to pieces. So Daphne decides she will not be so silly any longer. She begins to be tutored in the social graces, forcing Anthony to see the beauty who has been right in front of his eyes.

Mrs. Giggles, a notoriously hard grader, gave this book an 88. “With apparently little effort, Ms Guhrke ropes me in and makes me care for her characters. As a result, despite my disappointment with some of the fundamental aspects of this plot, I grow to emphatize, root for, and cheer Anthony and Daphne on. The plot isn’t anything new, but because the characters are compelling, I want to read on regardless of how predictable the story can become. This book may be called Guilty Pleasures, but this is one book that can and should be openly enjoyed.”

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Flirting With Danger by Suzanne EnochFlirting With Danger by Suzanne Enoch. $ 1.99

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In her dazzling romantic suspense debut, USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Enoch brings us a thrilling tale about a thief who needs to prove she’s no murderer and the millionaire who loves her.

Samantha Jellicoe is a thief and proud of it. Raised to appreciate the finer things in life, Sam has no trouble divesting the wealthy of their treasures. This all changed, however, the night she attempts to steal a valuable item from a Palm Beach estate. Before she knew what hit her, a bomb goes off, a guard is killed, and Sam ends up saving millionaire Richard Addison. She’s a good thief and will own up to her jobs, but if anyone thinks to tie her to murder, they better think again.

On any other night, having a one hundred plus pounds of female fling herself at you is a good thing. But on this particular night, Richard Addison is mad as hell. Not only did he just have his gallery blown up-with him about to enter it-but the woman who rescued him didn’t stick around to offer any explanations. When the dust settles, Rick knows the only person with answers to his questions is the mystery woman. And if she thinks she can hide from him, she better think again.

Think Thomas Crown Affair. I really liked the first couple books in this series. I should re-read and review it. I don’t see that I posted any reviews on DA.

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Daily Deals: Fairies, corpses, and TBI survivor

Daily Deals: Fairies, corpses, and TBI survivor

Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen AshleyFairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley. $ .99

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In Isabella Austin Evangelista’s life miracles never happen… she knows she’s destined to be the princess who’s stuck in the middle of a fairytale where there will be no happily ever after.

Once upon a time, Prentice Cameron loved Isabella Austin until he discovered she was a spoiled, rich girl who spent her summers toying with his heart.

Life led Prentice to his own fairytale, the love of the full-of-life Fiona Sawyer. That being so, that fairytale was torn away when Fiona died of a brain tumor leaving Prentice with a house to keep clean, piles of laundry to be done, a business to run and two children who were getting tired of takeaway.

But Isabella comes back to Prentice’s tiny fishing town and she sweeps into his children’s lives like a beautiful, well-dressed fairy godmother who bakes exquisite chocolate cakes and gives the perfect manicure to six year old girls. Then Prentice finds out Isabella’s soul destroying secrets, secrets that explain why she left him so many years ago.

Fiona, stuck in her village and forced to haunt her family and watch Prentice and Isabella’s crazy dance, finds the impossible happening. She’s cheering for Bella and Prentice to rekindle their love. Then she finds out why she’s caught in her heartbreaking haunting and discovers she must embrace her magic and keep Bella safe or Bella’s fairytale will never come true.

Ashley has her fairies and ghosts series on sale for 99c. These aren’t my favorite and some I haven’t even read all the way through. The books are loosely connected stand alones. I think it has more to do with my aversion to ghosts and fairies than the stories themselves.

Penmort Castle
Fairytale Come Alive
Lacybourne Manor
Mathilda, SuperWitch (Mathilda’s Book of Shadows 1)
Sommersgate House
Three Wishes

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly BlackThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Jia, a fan, wroteIn many ways, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown reminds me of a cross between The Silver Kiss and Lost Souls. It’s the theme of making peace with the past combined with a road trip and goth sensibility. I also appreciated the easy inclusion of diversity within the cast. It didn’t draw attention to itself and no one was portrayed as a freak. (Though I guess that’d be something in a world of vampires.) And for me, I thought the ending was perfect. B”

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The Sum of All Kisses by Julia QuinnThe Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn. $ 2.99 AMZN | Google

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He thinks she’s an annoying know-it-all

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she’s long since tossed them out the window. Besides, even if Hugh did grow to enjoy her company, it wouldn’t matter. A reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now, unable to run, ride, or even waltz, he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

She thinks he’s just plain mad

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought three years earlier, the one that forced her cousin into exile, nearly destroying her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn’t matter. She doesn’t care that his leg is less than perfect, it’s his personality she can’t abide. But when the pair is forced to spend a week in close company, they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless.

Over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Sarah gave the book a C+. “Once Sarah and Hugh address their personal differences and admit that they have Big Feelings for one another (cut the emo-tingles, big sigh), there has to be something keeping them apart, of course. There were too many pages until the ending for that to be the ending. The conflict that appears between them is part of what allowed Daniel to arrive home in the first place in the previous book, and is big and annoying and entirely rests on one other person – Hugh’s father.”

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The Day My Brain Exploded by Ashok Rajamani.The Day My Brain Exploded by Ashok Rajamani. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

After a full-throttle brain bleed at the age of twenty-five, Ashok Rajamani, a first-generation Indian American, had to relearn everything: how to eat, how to walk and to speak, even things as basic as his sexual orientation. With humor and insight, he describes the events of that day (his brain exploded just before his brother’s wedding!), as well as the long, difficult recovery period. In the process, he introduces readers to his family—his principal support group, as well as a constant source of frustration and amazement. Irreverent, coruscating, angry, at times shocking, but always revelatory, his memoir takes the reader into unfamiliar territory, much like the experience Alice had when she fell down the rabbit hole. That he lived to tell the story is miraculous; that he tells it with such aplomb is simply remarkable.

More than a decade later he has finally reestablished a productive artistic life for himself, still dealing with the effects of his injury—life-long half-blindness and epilepsy— but forging ahead as a survivor dedicated to helping others who have suffered a similar catastrophe.

Many of the reviews say that this is probably a book only TBI (traumatic brain injury) sufferers, their friends, and families would be interested in. Interestingly the character had the TBI while masturbating…There’s a cautionary tale.

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