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Tell Me When Stina LindablettTell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her—and Amber is determined to protect Marcus?even if that means pushing him away.

For fans of New Adult, this sounds like a good entry. It’s rather serious but apparently the hero, a Math tutor, makes really bad math jokes. That’s something different. I bought it.

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Amish Country Box Set by Marta PerryAmish Country Box Set by Marta Perry. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Take a trip through the Amish countryside and fall in love with these three sweet tales of Amish romance.

While searching for her Amish roots in Pennsylvania Dutch country, a young nurse falls for the dashing local police chief. The new doctor in town clashes with the Amish community’s trusted midwife until they realize agree on what’s truly important. A sensible young Amish woman must choose between family obligations and the love of a handsome newcomer with a bad reputation. If you love Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter, then you’ll love these Amish books from Love Inspired. Three heartwarming books, one great price.

This bundle includes:
THE DOCTOR’S BLESSING by Patricia Davids
COURTING RUTH by Emma Miller

Marta Perry is a big name in Amish romance so my guess is that this is a good deal for a newcomer or for fans.

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Some Like It Hawk by Donna AndrewsSome Like It Hawk by Donna Andrews. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith’s trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by her town’s sudden notoriety as “The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail.” The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly’s public buildings, and all employees have evacuated except for Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk who barricaded himself in the courthouse basement.

Phinny’s year-long siege of protest has been possible because of a tunnel through which his local supporters deliver food and supplies. But when a woman is found dead on the premises, Phinny becomes a person of interest. Meg is certain that Phinny’s been framed by the hawkish lender. Now it’s up to Meg and the rest of Caerphilly to protect Phinny—and his beloved pet pigeons. Meanwhile, the killer has flown the coop…

This is the fourteenth book in the series and it has a madcap setup. Kirku “Not even Andrews (The Real Macaw, 2011, etc.) can sustain the comic inspiration of her wacky opening premise for an entire volume, but it sure is fun to watch her try.”

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich. $ 1.99 AMZN | Apple.Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich

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In a chronicle that captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and intrigue, John Julius Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world. Norwich presents such popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat; Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun; the infamous “pornocracy”—the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome’s most powerful families; Pope Paul III, “the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s teaching and discipline; John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 instituted reforms that led to Vatican II; and Benedict XVI, who is coping with today’s global priest sex scandal. Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is an enthralling history from “an enchanting and satisfying raconteur” (The Washington Post).

Ned’s been reading a lot of history books and I thought I’d pick this up for him because he’s Catholic. His first question? Did it have good reviews. Per the Times, yes.

Absolute Monarchs sprawls across Europe and the Levant, over two millenniums, and with an impossibly immense cast&#8230Norwich man­ages to organize this crowded stage and produce a rollicking narrative. He keeps things moving at nearly beach-read pace by being selective about where he lingers and by adopting the tone of an enthusiastic tour guide, expert but less than reverent.
—The New York Times Book Review

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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. hapax
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 14:13:19

    I can’t seem to brain today, so I at first thought this was a review of a “New Adult Amish Pope romance.” I’d buy that — on sale, at least.

    I *did* buy ABSOLUTE MONARCHS, at full price even, because I am so enraptured by Norwich’s gorgeous writing (his three-volume history of Byzantium is, against all the odds, one of my go-to comfort reads!) This isn’t his best book, by any stretch; the opening bit on the first thousand years or so of Popery is pretty Wikipedia-ish. But once he gets into the late Middle Ages and the Mediterranean shenanigans he does so well, this is genuinely a rocking good read.

  2. Jennie
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 16:21:16

    I bought the Popes book just now – I love history and papal history is pretty juicy!

  3. Jia
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 16:36:47

    I read the Lindenblatt book a couple months ago. It does go to some really dark places. It’s a decent read, but I don’t know that it brings anything new to NA contemporary romance. Not that this is a requirement, of course, but if you’re tired of the well-worn tropes, they’re definitely present here.

  4. Laura Jardine
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 19:28:30

    I want to read a book about an engineering student + bad math jokes! (Says the woman with an engineering degree and a Pinterest board dedicated to math humour.) But I’m not a fan of the whole traumatic past thing that is popular in New Adult, so I guess I’ll pass…Too many books to read as it is.

  5. Kaetrin
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 20:39:43

    @Jia: I’m buying it. I say I’m a fan of NA but I haven’t read all that much in it – I tend to be picky about which books I buy and then there are even fewer which do more than languish on the TBR pile. Which is a long way of saying I’m not jaded yet. :)

  6. Kim W
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 22:48:16

    Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison is free on amazon. It’s the first book of a good UF series. It has light romance elements but that isn’t the focus of the story.

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