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Connected: How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do by Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. FowlerConnected: How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do by Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Renowned scientists Christakis and Fowler present compelling evidence for our profound influence on one another’s tastes, health, wealth, happiness, beliefs, even weight, as they explain how social networks form and how they operate.

Your colleague’s husband’s sister can make you fat, even if you don’t know her. A happy neighbor has more impact on your happiness than a happy spouse. These startling revelations of how much we truly influence one another are revealed in the studies of Drs. Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide.

In CONNECTED, the authors explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, CONNECTED overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm-that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives.

PW says “In Connected, versatile Harvard scientist Nicholas Christakis and University of California political science professor James Fowler make a compelling case that social networks hold powerful influence over our health, taste, wealth, happiness, beliefs, and even our weight. Never have contagions been so entertaining.”

I was reading Vanilla on Top by C.J. Ellisson last night and one of the themes of the book was how your friends may unconsciously try to sabotage your growing intimate relationships when those relationships threaten to outpace the friend’s relationships. It was an interesting addition to the romance story.

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The Pirate Lord (Lord Trilogy Series #1) by Sabrina JeffriesThe Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A Splendid Opportunity

A shipload of women—theirs for the taking! Pirate captain Gideon Horn couldn’t be more delighted. His men are tired of wandering the high seas and want to settle down with wives on the uncharted island paradise they’ve discovered. And the women are bound to be grateful to be rescued from the life of drudgery awaiting them in New South Wales . . .

Lord, he’s so clever!

A Splendid Passion

Married? To pirates? Sara Willis couldn’t be more appalled. First she demands proper courting—at least a month. The darkly handsome pirate lord gives them two weeks. Then Sara insists the men vacate their huts for the women—Gideon demands her kisses in return. As the demands heat up, so do their passions—and soon Sara can’t remember just why she’s fighting the devilishly seductive captain so hard. . .

I included this book solely because of the cover. I love the jewels hanging down out of the bandana and his attempt to smolder for the camera. I can hear the photographer yell out. “Sexy. Give me sexy.” click. click. click.

As for the book, the negative reviews say it is boring and there is one that calls the hero a rapist.

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The Wolf Who Loved Me Lydia DareThe Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Regency England Has Gone to the Wolves!

Lady Madeline Hayburn Has Money Problems…

Specifically, she has so much of it that she’s dogged by fortune hunters, including her bewilderingly attractive, penniless neighbor, with his wild nature and uncouth manners…

Weston Hadley Has An Identity Crisis…

Specifically, he’s just turned into a wolf while Madeline was watching. Now it’s up to the regal lady to tame the wild beast…if she can…

The reviews indicate that this is a heroine in distress story and the heroine is a bit clueless (woefully naive was one of the descriptions) and often in need of assistance from the hero. It is lighthearted and there is a big misunderstanding but had largely positive reviews.

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She Tempts the Duke by Lorraine HeathShe Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.

Sebastian Easton always vowed he would avenge his stolen youth and title. Now back in London, the rightful Duke of Keswick—returning from battle a wounded, hardened, changed man—cannot forget the brave girl who once rescued him and his brothers from certain death.

Lady Mary Wynne-Jones paid dearly for helping the imprisoned young Lords of Pembrook, and she remembers well the promise she made to Sebastian all those years ago: to meet him once more in the abbey ruins where they shared a bold, forbidden kiss. While Mary is now betrothed to another, a friendship forged with dark secrets cannot be ignored. Unexpected passion soon burns dangerously between them, tempting Sebastian to abandon his quest for retribution and fight for a love that could once again set him free.

This might be one of my favorite references in a review ever: “Like the Three Little Pigs, each Easton boy goes on to make his way in the world. Tristan becomes a successful ship’s captain, Rafe makes it big in the underworld as owner of a gaming hell/brothel and Sebastian is a brave soldier who is wounded in battle and left one-eyed and disfigured. But they all get back together 12 years later and show up at a ton party ready to avenge evil uncle David and have Sebastian take over the title. And wonder of wonders, who’s there but Mary, rather recently rescued from the convent by her caring aunt and being introduced to society. (How caring is this aunt, anyway, to wait a decade before rescuing her?)”

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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. Spinster
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 14:26:21

    Maybe it’s just my monitor, but it looks like the pirate lord is sporting an empty left eye socket…

  2. cleo
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 15:11:51

    @Spinster: Maybe he’s a zombie pirate?

    @jane – thanks for including the pirate cover – it seriously made my day.

  3. Lori
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 15:28:48

    Oh, to be a pirate’s booty….

    That was seriously wonderful to see that cover today. And yes, with the empty socket and bandana and smoulder. I almost want to read the book. Almost.

  4. Kelly
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 16:04:43

    I’ve read the pirate book. And it is…um…memorable. The pirates need wives to establish a utopian society on an uninhabited island. There’s a Big-Ass Snake Incident. And the title is a hint at the captain’s Deep Dark Secret.

    It’s definitely $1.99 worth of crazy.

  5. sandyl
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 16:18:46

    I read The Pirate Lord when it first came out and I really enjoyed it. However, I don’t remember a rape scene. It was humorous if I recall correctly. I can’t tell you if it has stood the test of time.

  6. Tabs
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 17:23:35

    The pirate book sounds like a pirate version of “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” … and I think that means I need to buy it STAT.

  7. Bronte
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 20:17:37

    I also remember enjoying the pirate lord when it was released – and I don’t remember it being rapetastic.

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