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In Bed with the Competition  by J.K. CoiIn Bed with the Competition by J.K. Coi. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

This rivalry is too hot for the tropics…

Elizabeth Carlson and Ben Harrison used to be friends, coworkers…and almost lovers. But that was before Ben proposed mixing business with pleasure. Elizabeth refuses to lose her heart to a hotshot tycoon with a cutthroat, take-no-prisoners attitude. Not with the prospect of starting her own company at stake.

Driven to succeed in all areas of his life, Ben couldn’t resist the temptation to make Liz his. But then she walked away, igniting a bitter rivalry. Competing for the same contract at a Caribbean conference ignites sparks too hot to ignore, and Ben’s determined to finish what they started, even if it’ll only last a few steamy, tropical nights.

Elizabeth’s resolve begins to crumble under Ben’s blatant seduction. Can she walk away from a hot island fling with the sexiest man she’s ever known with her heart intact, or will losing herself in Ben destroy everything she’s fought to achieve?

The three star review complains about the shortness of the book. It’s less than 200 pages so maybe around 50K words or less?

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If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“Farizan’s prose is frank, funny and bittersweet, enjoyable . . . And her secondary storylines ring out memorably.” –The New York Times

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love–Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret–until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they had before, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively–and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants in the body she wants to be loved in without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?

The BookSmugglers put this book on their radar and while I can’t find it on sale anywhere else, I think it’s worthwhile to point out this lesbian/trans YA romance that comes highly recommended by School Library Journal “Farizan’s portrayal of Sahar and her predicament is sensitive and heartbreaking. Even less-sympathetic characters, such as Nasrin and her parents, are portrayed in a nuanced manner; in the culture Farizan depicts, the girls’ fears that their romantic relationship will become known are realistic and understandable. Rich with details of life in contemporary Iran, this is a GLBTQ story that we haven’t seen before in YA fiction. Highly recommended.”

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Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.

84,000 words

Reader Michelle pointed this out to me. This is more UF and Myrna is entertaining per the reviews but she’s somewhat a doormat with respect to her ex boyfriend Trian. I remember starting this book and not liking Trian much and putting it down. Sounds like he’s a real problem in the story.

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The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

From the superbly gifted Sherry Thomas comes this beautifully written romance about a marriage of convenience that turns inconveniently passionate…

Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Even Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation.

Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth—though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection, and the praise he garners everywhere he goes. Still, when he is the only man to propose at the end of the London season, she reluctantly accepts.

Louisa does not understand her husband’s mysterious purposes, but she cannot deny the pleasure her body takes in his touch. Nor can she deny the pull this magnetic man exerts upon her. But does she dare to fall in love with a man so full of dark secrets, any one of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?

Willaful gave this a recommended read rating. “I very much enjoyed the clever structure of this story, and its effective heart-wrenching. One aspect that disappointed me was the primarily off-stage character of Louisa’s sister Matilda, one of her primary motivations for marrying well. At one point, Louisa thinks, “It would never have occurred to her to disparage another debutante for her own competitive advantage, not even with an epileptic sister as an excuse.” That sums it up pretty well — Louisa’s sister does come across as more an excuse than an actual person, and Louisa thinks of her in a condescending, pitying way that’s grating.”

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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

5 Comments

  1. CelineB
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 15:36:25

    Amazon has a lot of good deals in their monthly 3.99 & under sale but I’m not sure if the deals are being price matched yet.
    Lion’s Lady-Julie Garwood 1.99
    Destiny’s Surrender-Beverly Jenkins 1.99
    Sweet Liar-Jude Deveraux 1.99
    No Choice but Seduction-Johanna Lindsey 1.99

  2. Ros
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 15:55:18

    The Coi is in Entangled’s Indulgence line, so yes about 50k.

  3. hapax
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 15:57:25

    I’ve already got THE LUCKIEST LADY IN LONDON in print, but at that price, it’s worth getting an e-version too.

  4. Darlynne
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 16:25:35

    One of my favorite surprises last year was Craig Lancaster’s 600 HOURS OF EDWARD, which is on sale at Amazon for $1.99. Edward is 39, has Asperger’s and OCD, and is one of the most decent and likable characters I’ve ever met. There’s a second book, EDWARD ADRIFT, which I’m hoping to clear the decks for soon.

  5. Kaetrin
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 23:54:52

    @Darlynne: Thx for the heads up about Edward Adrift. I listened to the audiobook last year of 600 Hours of Edward and liked it a lot. (DA peeps note: It’s definitely not a romance – it has a happy enough ending but it’s not a romance so don’t expect a romantic ending).

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