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Wrecked  by Priscilla WestWrecked by Priscilla West. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

New Adult Romance Novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Priscilla West

“There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.

The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.

Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”

Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “The Hammer.”

Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.

Lorrie knows that Hunter is exactly the type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.

As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?

The negative reviews say that its Beautiful Disaster only not as good. There’s a sequel. And kittens. Apparently the hero shows his softer side through his love for kittens.

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The Circle Eight: Caleb  by Emma LangThe Circle Eight: Caleb by Emma Lang. $ .99

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A Texas Ranger, a lady blacksmith, a fierce passion, a dangerous game.

Caleb Graham has spent the last four years in too many dangerous situations to count. As a Texas Ranger, he knows no fear, or at least he never shows it. When he’s sent to force a blacksmith off government seized property, he runs face to face into the woman who will change his life.

Aurora Foster grew up on the very land the obnoxious Ranger is trying to throw her off of. Her parents and her husband died for it and there is no chance she would leave without a fight. A lady blacksmith might be an anomaly but she has the strength of the steel she forges and the courage to fight for what she believes is right.

A lady blacksmith? That seems pretty cool. The negative reviews said it was contrived and a little short but a lady blacksmith!

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Miss Timmins' School for Girls: A Novel Nayana CurrimbhoyMiss Timmins’ School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A murder at a British boarding school in the hills of western India launches a young teacher on the journey of a lifetime

In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins’ School for Girls in Panchgani. Shy, sheltered, and running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich Indian girls in a boarding school still run like an outpost of the British Empire. In this small, foreign universe, Charu is drawn to the charismatic teacher Moira Prince, who introduces her to pot-smoking hippies, rock ‘n’ roll, and freedoms she never knew existed. Then one monsoon night, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff, and the ordered worlds of school and town are thrown into chaos. When Charu is implicated in the murder—a case three intrepid schoolgirls take it upon themselves to solve—Charu’s real education begins. A love story and a murder mystery, Miss Timmins’ School for Girls is, ultimately, a coming-of-age tale set against the turbulence of the 1970s as it played out in one small corner of India.

Reviews are super mixed for this with some readers hating the prose and others finding it lyrical. One person’s lyrical is another person’s overwrought and melodramatic writing. Couldn’t find anything with a quick pass over goodreads reviews that suggested it was culturally appropriative.

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A Month at the Shore by Antoinette StockenbergA Month at the Shore by Antoinette Stockenberg. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

He was her childhood knight in shining armor … but she wasn’t a fairytale princess.

Kendall Barclay III was a skinny, nerdy kid when he single-handedly took on a gang of bullies assaulting Laura Shore, a thirteen-year-old girl from the town’s most notorious family. The childhood trauma became one more reason for Laura to flee the small Cape Cod town for the opposite coast and make a name for herself there. But now her tyrannical father is dead, her murderous uncle as well, and her beloved sister Corinne wants Laura and their black-sheep brother to come home and restore Shore Gardens, the family nursery fallen to rack and ruin, back to its former charm.

Reluctantly, they promise Corinne one month. One month, for Laura to face down past memories which are anything but fond and to come to terms with the wild range of feelings she has for the man who is no longer either skinny or nerdy. It’s a daunting assignment — made more so when a shocking discovery is made on the nursery grounds. Have knights in shining armor gone out of fashion? Laura will soon find out.

Originally published by SMP back in 2003, the negative reviews appear to come from primarily non romance readers which means Stockenberg was reaching outside her normal audience with the book. The drawbacks appear to be difficulty engaging with the characters and the heroine being a little whiny.

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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. Sunita
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 13:50:58

    I haven’t read the book, but Currimbhoy is Indian and went to the real-world version of the school she’s writing about, according to an interview I found. I read the first part of the excerpt and some of the lower-star reviews, and I’m guessing the book does a great job with the atmosphere and setting but not as well with the characters and plot. It’s definitely written by an insider, although that never guarantees an absence of stereotypes, etc.

  2. Bea @Bea's Book Nook
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 14:16:22

    If you like the idea of a lady blacksmith, try the Meg Langslow mystery series by Donna Andrews. Meg, the lead, is a blacksmith.

  3. BRNZ
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 00:21:45

    @Bea @Bea’s Book Nook: I read Murder with Puffins which I quite liked but I probably wont read more because I found more of the book was about her silly family and their dramas than the mystery, and I have enuf crazy family of my own to deal with. Certainly dont want to waste time reading about MORE!

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