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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry is on sale for $.31 at Amazon.

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Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin Trilogy Series #2) by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her home to the life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of death himself, he must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

I’m repeating this deal because it is now available on Amazon and Google Play.

This is the second in the series. The first one is “Grave Mercy.” This is a beauty and the beast story and received a number of stellar reviews from PW, Library Journal, and Voya.

Ordered to save the life of the ugly Beast of Waroch, a knight loyal to the duchess, Sybella soon ends up on the run from her father’s vengeance. Brimming with powerful emotions, thrilling sword fights, and accurate period detail, this tightly plotted tale will enthrall readers of romantic historical fantasy. – PW

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Simple Riches: That Second Chance, Book 3  by Mary CampisiSimple Riches by Mary Campisi. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

It’s all about that second chance…

Simple Riches is Book Three of That Second Chance Series. (These are stand-alone books tied together by a common theme—belief in the beauty of that second chance.)

If you enjoyed the small town sense of community and caring in A Family Affair (Truth in Lies Series) you’ll experience that same coziness in Simple Riches. There’s heartache, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption, all wrapped up and waiting for you.

Alexandra “Alex” Chamberlain is a big city girl who knows nothing about close-knit families, sibling rivalry, or receiving an unsolicited opinion in the name of family. She’s been raised by an aunt and uncle who’ve provided her with a wealthy lifestyle and a fancy education, but have withheld what she craved most—love and acceptance. Her uncle has taught her to disregard everything but the bottom line on a balance sheet and she’ll do anything to earn his approval. She prides herself on excelling at her job which is selecting small towns to buy, flatten, and replace with luxury resorts. When Alex decides to investigate Restalline, Pennsylvania, as a potential site for the next resort, she enters the town under the guise of a researcher gathering information for a documentary. Her uncle wants this project badly, and she’s not going to disappointment him.

This town should be like all the others. Only it isn’t. This town has the Androviches, a family who values hard work, honesty, and doing the right thing. And this town has Nick Androvich, the town doctor with a battered heart who doesn’t quite trust her, but can’t deny the mutual attraction.

Oh, but it’s going to get messy when the truth about Alex’s real purpose for being in Restalline sneaks out…and the truth always does. But fear not, the town is not going to sit by quietly and watch this meant-to-be-together couple lose their happily ever after…

That Second Chance Series

Book One: Pulling Home

Book Two: The Way They Were

Book Three: Simple Riches

Book Four: Paradise Found

Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife

Book Six: The Butterfly Garden

The negative review says it is repetitive and predictable and there are very few reviews. This used to be published as a Zebra Contemporary in 2002 so it might be dated.

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Scandalous (Banning Sisters Trilogy)  by Karen RobardsScandalous by Karen Robards. $ 1.99

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England, 1810: When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half-brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters, Claire and Elizabeth, are suddenly penniless. The family’s riches will pass to the next male heir — a distant cousin — and the Banning sisters are doomed unless Gabby thinks fast.
Which she does. Pretending that Marcus is still alive, Gabby arranges beautiful Claire’s London season. She’ll keep up the pretense just long enough for Claire to marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives at the door and claims to be Marcus, Gabby’s plan backfires. For if she exposes this mysterious stranger’s deceit, she exposes her own. Bound by secrets and lies, Gabby and the roguish adventurer strike sparks off each other — and soon London society is abuzz over the scandalous pair of “siblings” who appear to be falling in love….

With this beautifully rendered romance, bestselling author Karen Robards begins a sweeping series about three unforgettable sisters poised to take the ton by storm.

A three star review on goodreads said that the characters are funny and that the situation of the two being brother and sister present a bit of dilemma as they fall in love. It’s a fun read but not something that is going to stick with you.

“What I loved about this book: Gabby is feisty. She throws things. She shoots people. It’s fantastic.”

I think this might be my May historical read.

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The Comfort of Lies: A Novel Randy Susan MeyersThe Comfort of Lies: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Five years ago . . .

Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. When she became pregnant, Nathan disappeared, and she gave up their baby for adoption.

Caroline reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. Now she’s ques­tioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.

Juliette considered her life ideal: solid marriage, two beautiful sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.

Now . . .

When Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband that contains pictures of a child who deeply resembles him, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? What other secrets is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl, and before long the three women are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

Soooo, this one review on Goodreads basically said all three women were kind of awful.

Then you take this long drawn out, running in circles plot, with these insane (literally) characters and I am left with a book that had me, upset and questioning what was accomplished. Does Tia have the strength to realize that men and alcohol isn’t the key to her happiness, or the way to make decisions? Will Juliette step off the crazy bus and realize that her marriage is going to require hard-work and communication for it to work? Is Caroline going to get a one way ticket to a padded room with a jacket that lets her hug herself? I’m not sure how Juliette and Tia will turn out but there was a small crack of light at the end of the tunnel for Caroline, and I hope she can get it together and do what is best for that little girl.

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Sword of Chaos by Marion Zimmer BradleySword of Chaos by Marion Zimmer Bradley. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

This second anthology of all-original Darkover stories, first published in 1982, contains the following stories:
Lesson of the Inn, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
A Sword Called Chaos, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Dark Lady, by Jane Brae-Bedell
Of Two Minds, by Susan M. Hansen
Through Fire and Frost, by Dorothy J. Heydt
Way of a Wolf, by Lynne Holdom
A Recipe For Failure, by Millea Kenin
Where the Heart Is, by Millea Kenin
Di Catenas, by Adrienne Martine-Barnes
Camilla, by Patricia Shaw Mathews
Skeptic, by Lynn Mimms
Cold Hall, by Aly Parsons
A Gift of Love, by Diana L. Paxson
In the Throat of the Dragon, by Susan M. Shwartz
Legend of the Hellers, by Terry Tafoya
Escape, by Leslie L. Williams
Rebirth, by Elisabeth Waters
Confidence, by Phillip Wayne
Wind-Music, by Mary Frances Zambreno

I have this negative knee jerk reaction whenever I seee MZB’s name, but I figure this is an anthology collection of several authors not unlike the “BOX SET” that authors currently tout and we don’t have enough straight up SFF in the deals.

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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

12 Comments

  1. Lada
    May 06, 2014 @ 14:52:12

    I have that same reaction to MZB. Haven’t been able to read anything by her in years.

    I would love to hear what you think of Scandalous. I agree with that 3 star review. Fun when you’re there but otherwise forgettable. I remember waiting for that 3rd book don’t remember it being published. Think Robard’s RS had taken off by then.

    I just checked and the original 2 books in the Banning Sister trilogy were published in 2001 & 2002 but the final wasn’t published until 2010. No wonder it fell off of my radar.

  2. Julia
    May 06, 2014 @ 14:55:51

    I have such a weakness for historical heroines who shoot people. I’ll probably have to get the Robards book.

  3. Karen D
    May 06, 2014 @ 15:07:33

    Loved the first two Robards’ books in that series, especially Irresistible, but was terribly disappointed in the third one after the 8 year wait for it. Not sure if my tastes changed or her writing changed or what.

  4. MrsJoseph
    May 06, 2014 @ 15:47:55

    Ok, I guess I’m super behind the times: why the knee-jerk negative reaction to MZB?

  5. Rebecca (Another one)
    May 06, 2014 @ 16:06:19

    The MZB thing is mentioned on her Wikipedia page. I won’t say more, so people can remain unaware if they like.

  6. Juanita
    May 06, 2014 @ 19:09:15

    Warning to those going to the BN site for MZB. This is a different version.

    Even though her short story, A Sword of Chaos, is amazing, it is only 20 pages and that is ALL you are getting.

    You will not be purchasing Sword of Chaos, the anthology by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Friends of Darkover (240 pages in paperback).

  7. library addict
    May 06, 2014 @ 19:43:05

    The Maya Rodale is free at Kobo as well.

  8. MikiS
    May 06, 2014 @ 22:18:33

    Has anyone here read the LaFevers? The (not very long) sample at BN.com both had two strikes against it – first-person-present-tense gimmick and no flipping quotation marks to identify dialogue. I know sometimes books will use FPPT as an initial flashback type of scene, then switch to past tense for the rest of the book.

    I’m so tired of buying books that sound good but I can’t finish because I’m so distracted by the mechanics that I can’t get lost in the story.

  9. SonomaLass
    May 06, 2014 @ 23:05:00

    Sword of Chaos is one of the better Darkover anthologies; even if you skip MZB’s story, there are several quite good ones by other authors. I always enjoyed the anthologies, because it’s rare that readers get to see different authorial voices writing about the same fantasy world.

  10. SAO
    May 07, 2014 @ 11:59:19

    I loved Scandalous. It was at a book swap and I picked it up because I had more credits than I knew what to do with. It introduced me to Robards and I then read everything else she’s published. I thought the second of the Banning trilogy was a bit slow; the third was good, if you could manage the huge suspension of disbelief required.

    I read the two Charlotte Stone books. The first was fascinating because the hero she ended up with was a surprise (I kept wondering why he was more interesting than the guy I presume was the hero).

    Karen Robards doesn’t write fast enough for me and I keep trying to find another go-to like her, but I’ve tried Elizabeth Lowell and Iris Johannesson, but didn’t like them. Any other Robards fan have some recommendations?

  11. AlexaB
    May 07, 2014 @ 12:04:22

    @MikiS:

    I have the print version of Dark Triumph. Alas, if you don’t like first person present tense and it will throw you out of the story, you’re out of luck. On the other hand, quotation marks (and all other punctuation) are used appropriately.

    I’m a LaFevers fangirl, so I’m biased as to the quality of the story. I easily got past my dislike of FPPT, which seems to be the default setting for YA/NA these days.

  12. MikiS
    May 07, 2014 @ 23:28:45

    @AlexaB: Thanks, Alexa! The only FPPT book I’ve been able to finish was The Time Traveler’s Wife. I appreciate the info.

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