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 North of Beautiful by Justina Chen North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley. $ 2.99

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As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You’re the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?

It’s hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She’s tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably “flawed” face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob’s path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

Jia gave it an A-. Jia. Whom we all affectionately call h8r.

Terra has a port wine stain that covers her entire right cheek. In her small Washington town, it’s branded her a freak since she was little. And it’s not just the people in town who treat her as “flawed.” Terra also gets it from her family. The youngest of three children, Terra is the only one still living at home. Her oldest brother works halfway around the world in China, and the second oldest attends college but never comes home. The reason for their avoidance stems from their father whose determination to control everyone manifests itself via cruel, sniping criticisms.

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Heaven's Fire Patricia RyanHeaven’s Fire by Patricia Ryan. $ .99

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Celibate priest and Oxford scholar Rainulf Fairfax finds himself drawn to a humbly born young woman after he rescues from her vicious overlord. Originally published by New American Library, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

Celibate Priest YOU GUYS. Originally published under the Topaz imprint in 1996, Ryan has republished this digitally and it is now at .99.

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Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley Captain Lacey Regency MysteriesCaptain Lacey Regency Mysteries by Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley. $ 4.99

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Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, Volume One, by Ashley Gardner

A collection of the first three novels in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series, plus two Captain Lacey short stories first published in mystery magazines.

This volume includes:
The Hanover Square Affair (full-length novel)
A Regimental Murder (full-length novel)
The Glass House (full-length novel)
The Gentleman’s Walking Stick (two short stories)

Meet Captain Gabriel Lacey, a half-pay cavalry officer who returns to Regency London with little money and no purpose, but with a sense of honor and fairness. He’s pulled into a search for a missing young woman, and thus begins investigating crime, using his status as a gentleman but a poor one to cross the boundaries between the top of society and the working class of the back streets.

In The Hanover Square Affair, a missing girl and horrific corpse plunge Captain Lacey into the dark underworld of Regency London.

In A Regimental Murder Captain Lacey is on hand to save the life of a beautiful widow; he then investigates the death of her husband, a colonel who had been accused of murdering a cavalry officer during the Peninsular War.

In The Glass House, Lacey investigates the death of a barrister’s young wife, and links her to a notorious brothel where the haut ton play.

Two short stories finish off the collection: In “The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald,” Lacey is asked to locate a man’s missing daughter, though he senses that the family would be just as happy for her to remain missing. In “The Gentleman’s Walking Stick,” Lacey untangles a web of deceit involving a respectable society man, his only clue being a missing walking stick.

Join Captain Lacey and his friends as he investigates intrigue, murder, and villainy from the plush ballrooms of Mayfair to the darker streets of Regency London.

This is a great four box collection for $4.99.

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What Happens in Vegas... (Harlequin Presents Extra Series #215)      by     Kimberly LangWhat Happens in Vegas by Kimberly Lang. $ 2.99.

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Southern belle Evie Harrison has learned to disguise her rebelliousness and be ladylike at all times. But ladies are certainly not supposed to get pregnant from one sinful night with a drop-dead gorgeous stranger.

Evie’s scandalous baby bombshell and the dangerously attractive billionaire Nick Rocco are tantalizing gossip-column fodder that could ruin the Harrison family—even a shotgun marriage is better than an illegitimate heir. So Evie says “I do,” preparing herself for a wedding night more explosive than she dares imagine.?

This is a Presents Extra! so it is minus the overbearing alpha male. I read this but apparently did not review it but I recall enjoying it. Evie goes to Vegas (for some reason that I can’t recall) and has a one night stand with a club owner. She goes home and finds out she is pregnant and returns and has to get married.

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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. Jia
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 15:37:14

    LOL. I will add the caveat to North of Beautiful that it is potentially triggering for abuse.

  2. helen
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 15:39:59

    North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley is 7.99 at BN no deal unfortunately! It looked like a good one but 7.99 is pretty steep for an unknown to me author.

  3. Susan
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 15:58:56

    LOVE the Capt. Lacey series.

    Pat Ryan’s medieval series was good, but nowhere near the Nell Sweeney series.

  4. cecilia
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 18:03:11

    Regarding the HP, do you remember why she “has” to get married? With every passing year, it amazes me more and more that this trope continues to be used in present-day settings. I’ll go along with a fair bit of silliness, but that one seems extra tired.

  5. Jane
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 18:22:27

    @cecilia: Pregnancy.

  6. cecilia
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 18:29:12

    @Jane: Yeah, but why does pregnancy have to necessarily lead to marriage is my question? Not that I want more secret babies, or anything. But it’s not like not getting married instantly is going to ruin anyone’s life anymore. Why not have the couple agree to be adult and involved in the baby’s life together and get married when all that spending time together leads to falling in love? I guess if I want that story I should read a Superromance.

  7. Jane
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 18:31:41

    @cecilia: Oh. Um, I think it had to do with her family upbringing. I honestly can’t remember. It might have had something to do with her family business already having image issues because of his own decisions? Or was it her past? Gah. I can’t remember.

  8. Kaetrin
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 00:31:22

    @helen: It’s $2.99 at Books on Board if you’re looking for a non Amazon copy at the right price. I just bought it myself. :)

  9. Loosheesh
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 06:36:50

    @Susan: Thanks for the comment! I recently read the Nell Sweeney series and loved them, and was wondering if I should try the Captain Lacey mysteries.

  10. SandyH
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 07:26:22

    I highly recommend the Captain Lacey mysteries. If you like C.S. Harris, Deanna Raybourn, Charles Finch, they are well written and very affordable.

  11. Loosheesh
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 20:22:54

    @SandyH: Thanks for the rec! I loved Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia series so, yeah, I got the Laceys ;-)

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