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Daily Deals: A 3 foot gargoyle and marriage in trouble

Chances      By: Jackie CollinsChances by Jackie Collins. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From “Lucky” to “Lady Boss” to “Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge” and “Dangerous Kiss”… Jackie Collins’ sizzling Lucky Santangelo saga all began with CHANCES. The book that made Jackie Collins one of America’s favorite authors sweeps you from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas. It plunges you into the reckless, dangerous world of the Santangelo crime family. It introduces you to Gino Santangelo, the street kid who makes it all the way to the top. And then brings you Lucky—his sensual, stunningly beautiful, and passionate daughter; a woman who dares to win her father’s empire for herself; a woman unafraid of taking… CHANCES.

A lot of people think of Jackie Collins when you tell them you read romance. I’ve only read one Collins book and I can’t even remember the title. I do recall it wasn’t a very happy book. I think she and Nicholas Sparks are counted as “romance authors” when sales figures are totted up about the romance industry.

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Levet Alexandra Ivy Levet by Alexandra Ivy. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Gargoyles do not admire difference–and Levet is undeniably different. Of miniscule stature, rather beastly looks, and with fragile, delicate wings, even his family has shunned him, banished him from his beloved Paris. That he is the only gargoyle ever to help defeat the Dark Lord and his hordes of minions makes no impression. But now Levet has come home, determined to be restored to the official Gargoyle Guild. To do so, he must confront the most feared gargoyle in all of Europe. The one who tried to kill him as a child: his own mother. . .

With few allies, Levet’s survival may depend on the aid of two strangers: Valla, a beautiful but damaged nymph, and Elijah, the fiercely possessive, love-struck vampire clan chief to whom she can’t quite surrender–unless Levet has something to do with it. . .

I debated listing this book. On the one hand it is only 60 pages and $1.99 seems expensive for that. On the other, the hero is a 3 foot tall gargoyle. Seemed kind of interesting. It’s the 10th in Ivy’s series so it might not even make sense for non series readers.

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Married in Haste   Cathy Maxwell Married in Haste by Cathy Maxwell. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A scandalous gamble . . .

With her exceptional beauty, heiress Tess Hamlin has been dubbed “the Incomparable” by the lords of the ton. Though she can have her pick of suitors, Tess has no desire to wed. She’d rather delight in the intoxicating effect she has on men when she enters a room. But when she makes a daring wager and must secure a marriage proposal in one evening, she plays a dangerous charade with the first man who’s ever set her pulse racing.

Leads to the most unexpected passion . . .

As the new, impoverished Earl of Merton, Brenn Owen needs to find a wealthy wife—and fast. He can think of no better woman than Tess. She’s stunning, intriguing— and rich! Utterly captivated by Tess, Brenn vows to have her. When news of Tess’s wager breaks, her brother, who hopes to avoid the ensuing scandal, accepts Brenn’s offer to marry his sister—much to Tess’s dismay. Now will a marriage made in haste lead to disaster . . . or the most blissful desire

Steph’s review at goodreads was pretty helpeful. She said it started off strong, had a weak middle, and a great ending.

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Deeper We Fall (Fall and Rise, Book One)      By: Chelsea M. CameronDeeper We Fall by Chelsea Cameron. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie’s face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves “To Kill a Mockingbird” as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can’t help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie’s discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

This author’s first self published book, My Favorite Mistake, became a bestseller and Harlequin signed her to a contract. In the meantime, it looks like she has been self publishing a few other stories. I was a little confused by the blurb because of the names all starting with the same letter. Lexie is the friend who was hurt. Zack is the mean brother. Lottie is the heroine and Zan is the hero. One reviewer says that it takes the ordinary New Adult formula of the broken girl hooking up with the bad boy and gives it a different twist. (I love that we have a new subgenre that is about a year old and already there is a formula!)

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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. mari
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 18:48:37

    I looooved Married in Haste. Both hero and heroine are keeping BIG SECRETS and yes, there is an Unfortunate Deception they practice on each. But each is a genuinely, nice, extremely hot young person. The hero was refreshingly non-alpha and I can’t stress enough how genuinly likable they both are,
    and When All is Revealed, they respond like two year olds initially (there are good reasons for this and considering the nature of the Deception, I’d do the same) but then then they learn to communicate better and become stronger and better for it. I don’t often get the feeling from romance novels that once the thrill of the orgasm has worn off, the couple will be able to weather the trials of life together. But I left Married in Haste picturing hot, nice eighty year olds celebrating their sixtieth wedding anniversary. I really liked this book.

  2. SusanL
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 00:45:55

    I think Danielle Steele may still be included in romance sales figures as well. While her books do have romantic elements, I’ve *never* considered her a romance author.

  3. Eileen
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 06:43:52

    I enjoy reading Jackie Collins, and Chances is her masterpiece. I’ve re-read that book a bunch of times.

  4. Anne
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 10:45:42

    Do you think the gargoyle (Levet) gets a HEA? It doesn’t sound like it from the blurb, which makes me kind of sad. I’d like to read a romance about a 3 foot tall gargoyle!

  5. Jane
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 10:47:24

    @Anne: I couldn’t tell what kind of story it was from the few reviews there were.

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