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Frat Boy and ToppyFrat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Brad is great at meeting other people’s expectations. But his own? Not so much. Take the gay thing. Okay, so yeah. It took a morning meeting with a frat brother’s hairy, naked ass for him to admit it, but he knows the truth about himself now. Let the gay life commence.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. He hasn’t quite determined how to come out to anyone, even Sebastian, the geeky-hot TA in his history class. Sebastian is everything Brad is not. Intellectual, suave, hairy. Out. And he doesn’t seem interested in Brad, even when Brad makes a fool of himself trying to catch his notice.

Score one for foolery: Sebastian does more than notice Brad; he takes him to bed. Brad’s been with plenty of girls, but with Sebastian, the sex is something else entirely—hot, mind-blowing, affirming, and a little domineering in a way that drives him wild. But when great sex turns into something more—dare he admit the “L” word?—Brad must face the crushing realization that Sebastian doesn’t feel the same. Unless, of course, he does. After all, even grad students can be idiots about matters of the heart.

[T]he sex is smoking hot, the relationship is interesting, and the humor is just nonstop. I loved this book. *Dear Author Recommended Read*

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Celebromancy Michael R. UnderwoodCelobromancy by Michael R. Underwood. $ 1.99

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Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is.

Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script.

But nothing is easy in show business. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former child-star-turned-current-hot-mess Jane Konrad, Ree begins a school-of-hard-knocks education in the power of Celebromancy.

Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style with Jedi mind tricks and X-Men infiltration techniques, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. All this without anyone getting killed or, worse, banished to the D-List.

Pocket has placed five books on sale between 1.99 and 3.99 in celebration of ComicCon. One is “Real” by Katy Evans for $1.99 which we featured before and Kati D loved. Another is White Trash Beautiful for $3.99 which I thought was abysmal but the book is on sale so you can make your own judgment if you like.

It’s easy to see why Cass is attracted to Tucker. He’s famous. He’s rich. He seems to care about her. Why Tucker is attracted to her is a mystery. I’m sure there are dozens of young pretty women in roadside cafes all around the country. Why Cass? Tucker interacted with her all of a few minutes before, I guess, he decides she is the one. Cass has no evolution. She has the victim mentality at the beginning of the story (which is completely understandable) but maintains the same mentality throughout the entire book. She is constantly crying. CONSTANTLY. I searched “tears” and there were 36 mentions. Nearly every scene ends with her crying or in tears.

I ended up seriously disliking this book because it was so weak in all areas but mostly because I felt like it was an insult to me as a reader. It was so weakly crafted. It’s not sexy. It’s not realistic. The first person narration is by someone whose only sympathetic trait is that she is abused and if that was taken away all a reader has left is a foul mouthed liar and cheat. The only thing good about the book is the excerpt.

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Mine Till Midnight Lisa KleypasMine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter….

This is book 1 in the Wallflower series and it really elevated Kleypas into another echelon of authors. What’s remarkable about this series is that the heroes aren’t all aristocracy. In this book, Cam Rohan is a gypsy.

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Hugh and Bess by Susan HigginbothamHugo and Bess by Susan Higginbotham. $ 2.99.

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“A delightful novel full of chivalry, romance, and real-life terrors.”
Historical Novels Review

Forced to marry Hugh le Despenser, the son and grandson of disgraced traitors, Bess de Montacute, just 13 years old, is appalled at his less-than-desirable past. Meanwhile, Hugh must give up the woman he really loves in order to marry the reluctant Bess. Far apart in age and haunted by the past, can Hugh and Bess somehow make their marriage work?

Just as walls break down and love begins to grow, the merciless plague endangers all whom the couple holds dear, threatening the life and love they have built.

Award-winning author Susan Higginbotham’s impeccable research will delight avid historical fiction readers, and her enchanting characters will surely capture every reader’s heart. Fans of her first novel, The Traitor’s Wife, will be thrilled to find that this story follows the next generation of the Despenser family.

Here’s a funny for you. I’m looking in the reviews section to see what people thought of this book and I see Dear Author quoted. “A novel following in the footseps [sic] of Jean Plaidy and Norah Lofts.” – Dear Author

In our review, we actually use the word “footsteps”. Relieved. Anyway, Jayne gave it a B.

I think you boiled down the complicated politics of the time very well. The shifting alliances called for adroit tacking in high winds as evidenced by Hugh’s recovery from the pit his father’s and grandfather’s actions had sunk the family into. I could see why Bess was a little reluctant to marry him, not to mention the differences in their ages. The fact that you could make me believe in the possibility of such a love between these two speaks well for your writing abilities.

I was awash in nostalgia after reading this book. And happy that someone is still writing the kind of stories I grew up with. Thanks for bringing back happy memories.

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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. Sarah
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 12:03:15

    Frat Boy and Toppy is totally worth it at that price! Great story. And though that Lisa Kleypas title isn’t one of my favorites, I am totally going to buy it because $2.99 is a price point I can’t resist.

  2. Carrie G
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 12:18:24

    Frat Boy and Toppy is great.

  3. Ros
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 12:38:58

    I just had a huge Kleypas historical re-read. Happy days.

    In her wallflower series, the heroes aren’t all aristocratic either. She has a great mix of characters and makes them seem historically plausible (to me, at any rate).

  4. Lisa J
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 14:09:43

    Kobo’s JULY1930 coupon code is working on Penguin books. My credit card company loves me with all the books I bought using it!

  5. hapax
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 22:24:49

    I’ve had my eye on Frat Boy & Toppy for a while. At that price, a guaranteed sale.

  6. Becca
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 09:32:53

    We’re undergoing some major home renovations that are taking about twice as long to finish as projected – the noise and chaos is unbelievable. I’m falling back on comfort reads, and the Kleypas book is just what was needed. I finished it late last night, and immediately downloaded the next book in the series. Comfort reads FTW.

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