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Colleen Hoover HopelessHopeless by Colleen Hoover. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

.99 cents, March 2nd only!
Due to heavy subject matter and sexual content, this book is recommended for mature readers.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL
“Hopeless blew me away. I was so wrapped up in this story, I felt as if I was Sky. She’s so real. And Holder…dear God, fan me please. This one will rock your world. Trust me.” ~Abbi Glines, bestselling author.

“HOPELESS has set the bar for the best first kiss in the history of first kisses. And the best leading man. And the best plot twists. And the best love-making. And the best last ‘chapter.’ I guess it’s safe to say this book has set the bar for every book I pick up from here on out.” ~Lynn’s Reads

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and heavy subject matter involving abuse.

This is in the process of being acquired by Atria (or has been acquired already for print purposes). At $.99 it is definitely worth a read. There are a lot of issues going on in this story and I felt it was emotionally manipulative, particularly at the end. Hoover is very good storyteller, though, and if you like the NA sub genre, this is one you’ll want in your library.

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Planning for Love (Aisle Bound) Christi BarthPlanning for Love by Christi Barth. $ Free at Amazon / BN / Apple

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Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes
and
anti-Cupid Bennett Westcott
request the pleasure of your company for
their disaster of a courtship

Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she’s not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she’s asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn’t matter that the show’s videographer happens to be a recent—and heartbreaking—one-night stand.

Bennett Westcott admits he didn’t handle his encounter with Ivy very well. But looking at her beautiful smile—and great body—through a camera lens every day? He can’t be faulted for suggesting they have some no-strings fun.

The more time they spend together, the more Ben realizes Ivy isn’t the wedding-crazed bridezilla he’d imagined. But if he doesn’t trust himself to make a relationship last, how can he convince Ivy to give him another chance?

97,000 words

Angela James of Carina Press edited this and really loved it.

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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art ForgerCaveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi. $ 2.99

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It is said that the greatest art forger in the world is the one who has never been caught—the astonishing story of America’s most accomplished art forger.

Ten years ago, an FBI investigation in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, renowned experts, and the major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence collected. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure.”

Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this book, Caveat Emptor, is Ken Perenyi’s confession. It is the story, in detail, of how he pulled it all off.

Glamorous stories of art-world scandal have always captured the public imagination. However, not since Clifford Irving’s 1969 bestselling Fake has there been a story at all like this one. Caveat Emptor is unique in that it is the first and only book by and about America’s first and only great art forger. And unlike other forgers, Perenyi produced no paper trail, no fake provenance whatsoever; he let the paintings speak for themselves. And that they did, routinely mesmerizing the experts in mere seconds.

In the tradition of Frank Abagnale’s Catch Me If You Can, and certain to be a bombshell for the major international auction houses and galleries, here is the story of America’s greatest art forger.

I thought this book sounded really intriguing but PW’s review reveals some flaws “In theory, there’s enough to this story to pique a discerning reader’s interest; on the page, however, Perenyi’s tale unravels with vacuous prose and a lack of self-awareness or genuine insight; he offers little more than rote, blow-by-blow accounts of his scandals. Most interesting is Perenyi’s description of aging and distressing his forgeries so that they might appear authentically weathered. Unfortunately, he never presents the reader with an authentic depiction of the mind of a pathological fraud.”

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Lady of Mercy  by Michelle Sagara WestLady of Mercy by Michelle Sagara West. $ .99.

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Part of the “Sundered” series – the heroine continues her struggle against the forces of evil. The harrowing tale of Erin Elliath, warrior and healer, continues in this episode of the battle between good and evil. When Erin rejects her position as Lady Sara, wife to the First Servant of the Dark Heart, she escapes from her husband’s lands with the help of Darin, the Patriarch of Culverne and the last of his line. After combining forces with the deposed prince of Marantine and a mysterious old man – who has magic skills that neither Erin or Darin can identify – the foursome hatch a plan to wrestle control of the usurped kingdom of Marantine away from the priests of the Dark Heart. Meanwhile, Erin continues to struggle with her part in the betrayal of her people, the deaths of her most beloved friends, as well as her feelings for the man who doomed them for her sake.

Michelle Sagara West is one of Jia’s favorite authors.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

3 Comments

  1. Jane A
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 09:07:46

    I feel like this is a doh question, but what is NA? And why does the woman on the cover of Hopeless look dead?

  2. Loosheesh
    Mar 03, 2013 @ 15:30:46

    @Jane A: NA = New Adult.

  3. Estara
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:01:59

    At Kobo both Lady of Mercy AND Into the Dark Lands from the same series are at the sale price even today, by the way.

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