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What a Lady Needs by Kasey MichaelsWhat a Lady Needs by Kasey Michaels. $

From the Jacket Copy:

From USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels comes the second book in her captivating series about the Redgraves—four siblings celebrated for their legacy of scandal and seduction?
Lady Katherine Redgrave has one mission—to find her deceased father’s journals, which may hold the key to a traitorous conspiracy that puts Kate’s family in danger. Kate vows to let no obstacle stand in her way?but when she meets Simon Ravenbill, Marquis of Singleton, her attention is diverted as the sinfully handsome nobleman tempts her beyond reason.
Simon has a mission of his own: to uncover the truth about the secret society he believes murdered his brother. All he needs is to get to the Redgrave journals before Kate does. The solution is simple—he’ll romance the fiery beauty in hopes of distracting her from her quest, all while covertly searching for the diaries himself. Yet what begins as a charade soon becomes an all-consuming desire?one that could lead them down the most dangerous path of all.

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Handling Sin by Michael MaloneHandling Sin by Michael Malone. $ 2.99

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On the Ides of March, our hero, Raleigh Whittier Hayes (forgetful husband, baffled father, prosperous insurance agent, and leading citizen of Thermopylae, North Carolina), learns that his father has discharged himself from the hospital, taken all his money out of the bank and, with a young black female mental patient, vanished in a yellow Cadillac convertible. Left behind is a mysterious list of seven outrageous tasks that Raleigh must perform in order to rescue his father and his inheritance.
And so Raleigh and fat Mingo Sheffield (his irrepressibly loyal friend) set off on an uproarious contemporary treasure hunt through a landscape of unforgettable characters, falling into adventures worthy of Tom Jones and Huck Finn. A moving parable of human love and redemption, Handling Sin is Michael Malone’s comic masterpiece.

This rollicking odyssey sweeps across the South, as a reluctant Quixote-like North Carolinian is forced on an uproarious quest by his eccentric runaway father. Malone is the acclaimed author of Foolscap.

PW says “This is a highly refreshing tale in which Malone has managed to make the bizarre hilariously credible.” but Library Journal disagrees. “This episodic novel panders with explicit sexual encounters, manipulated incidents/coincidences, and flagrant reliance on deus ex machina. But, alas, there is little reading pleasure in it.”

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Bend by CD ReissBend by CD Reiss. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Eight mistresses of the erotic bring you eight original, never before published stories to excite and arouse, including USA Today Bestsellers Alessandra Torre and CD Reiss, and NY Times Bestseller K. Bromberg.

These are not your mother’s erotic stories.

We’re not giggling about foul language over tea, or avoiding smut talk at the Tupperware party.

This book is slick fingers and flesh on your lips. It’s twisted bodies late at night when the city sleeps and the moans fall where no one can hear them. This book is pain and pleasure, lust and passion, a body brought to the breaking point. It’s drenched in the musk of sweat, shuddering at the touch of a Master.

It’s not your mother’s erotica. It’s yours.

Unraveled By K. Bromberg
The Devil in Me by KI Lynn
Kick by CD Reiss
Worth by Shay Savage
These Men by Andrea Smith
Come by JA Huss
Red & Wolfe by Ella James
Still by Alessandra Torre

This set will only be available for a limited time, so get it before it disappears.

These are short stories. I hate hate hate hate the use of “not your mother’s _____.” Some readers a) like their mothers b) think their mothers have good taste c) are mothers themselves and d) have been reading erotica for years. This generation did not invent romance, erotica, or any other trope or genre.

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Seductive Chaos by A. Meredith WaltersSeductive Chaos by A. Meredith Walters. $ .99.

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***This is the third book in the bestselling Bad Rep series. It CAN BE read as a stand alone!***

Cole Brandt was the self-centered and philandering lead singer for Generation Rejects

Vivian Baily was a flaky, attention seeking drama queen.

Apart they were challenging…together they were complete and total chaos.

Cole and Vivian were two people who should never have been together.

Yet they crashed into each other at every turn.

Their relationship was anything but stable. But it was passionate. It was messy. It was hopelessly seductive. And it might possibly drive them both insane.

They fought. They made up. They screamed. They made love.

They hated and they loved in equal measure.

And now that Generation Rejects are starting to hit it big and the band is on the road, temptation and massive egos could very well spell the end of their roller coaster.

If only they could stay away from each other.

But Vivian has finally reached her breaking point. Tired of their endless cycle, she is ready to say goodbye to Cole for good.

Yet Cole isn’t one to go away quietly. Particularly when he is starting to realize exactly what he stands to lose if Vivian walks away.

As his world begins to turn upside down, Cole realizes that the one person who can hold him together is the girl who may no longer want him.

Love can be a comedy of errors, particularly for two people who never seem to get the timing right.

And In the crazy world of rock and roll, the hardest lessons to learn just might be the ones with the sweetest rewards.

I read The Find You in the Dark series, the first one being more powerful than the second. I thought I read Bad Rap but when I read the blurb, it didn’t sound familiar at all. I’ll probably buy this at the 99c price point.

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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. CelineB
    May 05, 2014 @ 14:12:43

    Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan is .99 at Amazon. It’s a really sweet, emotional book and I highly recommend it.

  2. batgrl
    May 05, 2014 @ 14:44:27

    Whenever I hear “Not your mother’s” my brain automatically thinks “meh, written by marketers.” I thought it was as old as the 1950s, but (from what I can google so far anyway) it might be a riff off of the “not your father’s Oldsmobile” campaign. If that wasn’t a riff on something else. (I need to go dig up my history of advertising books…)

    Short version: I REALLY hate that line too.

  3. MrsJoseph
    May 05, 2014 @ 15:04:54

    Count me as another person who hates the “not your mothers” crap. My mother is the person who started me reading romances AND my mother also reads erotica.

  4. Isobel Carr
    May 05, 2014 @ 16:34:50

    I flat out won’t buy anything advertised as “Not your mother’s …”

  5. Darlynne
    May 05, 2014 @ 17:11:06

    Wow, talk about YMMV. HANDLING SIN is one of my three all-time favorite books, requiring a re-read every year to visit characters I have come to love. It is also the funniest book I’ve ever read, the one I recommend when other readers scratch their heads, as I did, over CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES.

    “This episodic novel panders with explicit sexual encounters, manipulated incidents/coincidences, and flagrant reliance on deus ex machina.”

    Seriously? I’ll give Library Journal the other two (which is part of the fun of this book) except explicit sexual encounters. Where? With whom? Was it the Sisters of Mercy and the St. Bernards? Vera’s wired teeth getting caught in Raleigh’s trousers? I am at a loss to figure out what Library Journal could possibly be talking about.

  6. Susan
    May 05, 2014 @ 17:11:55

    FYI–Amazon has price matched (for now, at least) yesterday’s B&N sale price of Robin LaFevers’s Dark Triumph.

  7. Amanda
    May 05, 2014 @ 18:25:32

    I find the “not your mother’s” line insulting. Even though I am not a mother I am old enough that I could have a full grown child and that line makes me feel that they don’t want women of my age reading their book.

  8. Tabs
    May 05, 2014 @ 19:13:03

    @Susan: Thank You! Off to buy right now.

  9. Elizabeth McCoy
    May 05, 2014 @ 22:24:58

    Well, there is one thing where “not your mother’s X” might amuse me — “Not your mother’s sex-toys. No, really, these are brand new sex toys that have never been used by anyone. Especially not your mother.”

    …it’s been a really, really long day. Please forgive my sense of humor. It’s a little punch-drunk.

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