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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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Tuesday News: Dropbox drops files; YouTube stars getting book deals; SFF author revealed as controversial blogger; and Catherine Roach on Romance “claims”

Tuesday News: Dropbox drops files; YouTube stars getting book deals; SFF...

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Publishers seeking the next hit author have a new hunting ground: YouTube.

A wave of titles written by YouTube personalities is hitting the shelves this month as book publishers bet on the power of online media. They made a similar bet several years ago on books by popular food bloggers, such as Ree Drummond and Julie Powell.

“The Pointless Book,” an activity workbook by charming, goofy U.K. video blogger Alfie Deyes is coming soon. So, too, is a book by comedian and YouTube star Grace Helbig on how to pretend to be grown up. Two titles based on popular YouTube series for teens also are planned. –Wall Street Journal

1. It is hard to be alone. We are social animals. Most people need and want love, of some kind. Amid all the possibilities for love as philia (friendship) and agape (spiritual or selfless love), the culture often holds up eros or romantic partner love as an apex of all that love can be and do.

2. It is a man’s world. Women generally have less power, fewer choices, and suffer from vulnerability and double standards. They often get stuck looking after men or being overlooked by men.

3. Romance is a religion of love. Romance entails belief in the power of love as a positive orienting force. Love functions as religion, as that which has ultimate meaning in people’s lives. –Teach Me Tonight