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An HP, erotic fantasy romance, a caustic comic, and a western

Contract with Consequences by Miranda Lee. $2.99

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Last year, Scarlet King was a blushing bride-to-be, but now she’s alone and more than anything she longs for a baby. This time, she’s determined to prove she doesn’t need a man!
Successful, spine-tinglingly gorgeous John Mitchell has desired Scarlet for years, so he seizes the chance to claim her. But his proposal comes with a devilish price: if she wants a baby, they’ll do it the old-fashioned way!
John reminds Scarlet of the pleasures she’s been missing, but when the affair is over, will Scarlet gain her wish, but lose her heart?

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I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me by Joan Rivers. $2.99

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Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated—especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted, a.k.a. boring, ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction.
With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes. Here—uncensored and totally uninhibited—she give the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures. And even when letting herself have it, Joan doesn’t hold back in this honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us

I think if you enjoy Joan River, you’ll enjoy this book and if you find her grating and or annoying then the book will be grating and annoying.
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Slave by Cheryl Brooks. $0.99

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He may be the last of a species whose sexual talents were the envy of the galaxy.
Cat is an enslaved warrior from a race with a feline gene that gives him awesome beauty, fearsome strength, and sensuality and sexual prowess unmatched by any other males in the universe. Even filthy, chained, and beaten, he gives off an aura of power and virility and his feline gene gives him a special aura.
Jacinth is an intergalactic trader on a rescue mission and she needs a man she can trust with her life.
She has spent years pursuing her kidnapped sister from planet to planet. Now her quest leads her to a place where all the women are slaves. “Jack” needs a slave of her own-one who can masquerade as her master.
Enmeshed in a tangle of deception, lust, and love, they must elude a race of violent killers and together forge a bond stronger than any chains.

If I recall correctly, there is some whacky stuff in this book and the hero is a feline.
are all also .99c today.
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Lady X’s Cowboy by Zoe Archer. $0.99

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Constrained by her life as a Society widow, Lady Olivia Xavier finds escape in two unusual ways: as the owner of a successful brewery, and as a secret reader of penny dreadful Western novels. But Olivia’s beloved brewery is being threatened, and she has no ally in her fight. Until a mysterious cowboy steps out from the London fog, saving her from a terrifying brawl. Suddenly, Olivia isn’t just reading about the Wild West, she’s living it.
Colorado cowboy Will Coffin has made the long journey from his Rocky Mountain home to discover his birthright. While searching for his family, he encounters the beguiling Olivia. Will’s never met a real English lady before—certainly not one as lovely and courageous as Olivia—and he can’t resist coming to her rescue.
Olivia is powerfully drawn to the rough but honorable cowboy. She proposes a most scandalous arrangement: in exchange for helping protect her brewery, she’ll help Will find his family. Even more scandalous is that he’ll be sleeping under her roof. The entire arrangement sets Society’s tongues wagging. Meanwhile, the danger to the brewery, and Olivia herself, keeps escalating. But nothing’s as dangerous, or seductive, as the growing desire between the lady and the cowboy…
Lady X’s Cowboy was originally published by Dorchester in 2006 and is newly revised by the author.

Jayne reviewed this book back in 2006 when it was originally released by Kensington.
“Will’s dialect does border on being silly but perhaps you’re trying to make him sound like one of the heroine’s favorite dime novels and since he turns most other Western cliches on their heads, I could tolerate it. You also turns a lot of other Romance cliches around which I found to be very refreshing. The love scenes are hot without being too purple and the epilogue didn’t make me want to gag. It’s a very nice B grade book.”
This review was published in the first week of Dear Author’s existence. We were briefer back then.
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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. Merrian
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 14:35:55

    I bought Lady X’s Cowboy because of your original DA review and today bought Barbara Metzger’s Christmas Carrolls. I enjoy dipping into some of the older books because it is always interesting to see what stands the test of time or how the genre may have changed or where an author has come from in their craft journey, and just because. I also think that in a high volume publishing genre that it is so easy to lose that good stuff just because time has passed. So I like the little timeslips reviews of older books take me on.

  2. CathyKJ
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 15:50:37

    Does the plot of Slave make anyone else think of a Dara Joy novel?

  3. Stacie
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 15:58:00

    I have the entire Cat Stars Chronicles series. I’m waiting on the next book to come out in February. Outcast and Stud are my favorites. I don’t usually see books where the hero suffers from impotence.
    I haven’t been reading the comments lately so I don’t know if anyone commented on the fact that if you are a member of the Discover a New Love book club all the sourcebooks are 25% off the daily 12 more days of Christmas deal of the day sale. The 99¢ books have been 74¢ so I’ve gone on a bit of a buying spree.
    I also bought Barbara Metzger’s Christmas Carrolls based on yesterday’s Daily Deals post. Thanks for the great recommendation.

  4. Luce
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 16:32:05

    The deal for the Joan Rivers book is only valid at Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Everywhere else it’s between $16 and $21. :-/ (I’ve got a nook hence the blank face).

  5. Gina, book dragon
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 17:21:32

    I saw HP and thought Potter not Harlequin! I did wonder if it was really Harry. The Cat Stars Chronicles series looks interesting, thanks for letting us know about it.

  6. kathybaug
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 17:40:28

    @Luce….The Joan Rivers ebook is the nook daily find. I just checked, and it is still $2.99. Are you in the US? I can’t think of another reason why you don’t see it. Check it again and see if you can find the deal.

  7. LG
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 17:43:29

    @CathyKJ: Yup, Dara Joy was the first thing I thought of. The hero sounds like he came straight out of Mine To Take.

  8. Susan
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 23:26:05

    Since no one here actually knows me, I will confess that Cheryl Brooks’s Cat Star books are a guilty pleasure for me. Slave is the first book in the series and is pretty representative of the rest. Yes, they’re ridiculous as all get out (intentionally so, for the most part), but I have every one in at least one format. And, thanks to today’s sale, I now own all of the ebooks.

    I also used to read Dara Joy’s books but, strangely, can remember very few details about them now other than the general tone.

  9. Estara
    Jan 03, 2013 @ 11:32:48

    @CathyKJ: That was my first thought, too.

    Also, Jane, I like long reviews ^^.

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