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Fixed on You by Laurelin PaigeFixed on You by Laurelin Paige. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out–move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan. But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous–the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it. Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

I reviewed this book a while back. I remember thinking that the concept being of interest but I didn’t see enough of her addiction to make it interesting. I’d read the author again though and for 99c, it’s not a bad purchase.

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To Sin with a Viking (Harlequin Historical Series #1150) by Michelle WillinghamTo Sin with a Viking by Michelle Willingham. $ 1.99

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PLAYING WITH FIRE!

Caragh Ó Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed—only, now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking?.

Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden.

The fiercely handsome warrior both terrifies and allures Caragh, but he is forbidden territory. He is the enemy?and he is married. Yet Styr harbors a secret that just might set them both free?.

Forbidden Vikings

Resist them if you can!

The reviews make this sound fairly intriguing. Styr is in a loveless arranged marriage. He is captured by the Irish and Caragh tempts him constantly but he tries to remain true to his wife who is not entirely faithful herself. Overtime, I guess his defenses erode given that the romance is between Caragh and Styr.

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Murder on Cue: 1 (The Jocelyn O'Roarke Mysteries) by Jane DentingerMurder on Cue: 1 by Jane Dentinger. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke series, when a Broadway show’s lead actress is murdered, her understudy must race to find the killer before it’s too late

Struggling actress Jocelyn “Josh” O’Roarke just got a real offer. Well, something resembling a real offer. Her old friend Austin Frost has written a play for Broadway and cast the glamorous Harriet Weldon as the lead. Not wishing to leave his old friend Josh behind, he has invited her to be Harriet’s understudy. The role of understudy is a difficult one—and it becomes even more so when Harriet turns up dead and the police name Josh their prime suspect.

With the NYPD breathing down her neck, Josh must find the people responsible while ensuring that the show will go on.

Murder on Cue is the first book of the Jocelyn O’Roarke mystery series, which also includes First Hit of the Season and Death Mask.

For the cozy mystery crowd. The three star review says that the theatre aspect makes up for the amatuerish mystery antics.

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Tinkers by Paul HardingTinkers by Paul Harding. $ $2.99 at AMZN | Apple.

From the Jacket Copy:

Pulitzer Prize Winner
New York Times Bestseller

“There are few perfect debut American novels. . . . To this list ought to be added Paul Harding’s devastating first book, Tinkers. . . . Harding has written a masterpiece.” –National Public Radio

“In Paul Harding’s stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“Tinkers is truly remarkable.” –MARILYNNE ROBINSON, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Home, Gilead, and Housekeeping

An old man lies dying. Propped up in his living room and surrounded by his children and grandchildren, George Washington Crosby drifts in and out of consciousness, back to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in Maine. As the clock repairer’s time winds down, his memories intertwine with those of his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler and his grandfather, a Methodist preacher beset by madness. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, illness, faith, and the fierce beauty of nature.

Paul Harding is the author of two novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers and Enon (forthcoming in September 2013). He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and was a drummer for the band Cold Water Flat before earning his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at Harvard and the University of Iowa. A Guggenheim Fellow, Harding now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

I laughed when I pulled the reviews of this book up because this won the Pulitzer Prize yet on the review sites, there are dozens, maybe hundreds, of negative reviews. Maybe Paul Harding cares but I wouldn’t. I’d be rubbing the Pulitzer statute and my bank account.

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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

7 Comments

  1. JJPP
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 15:27:05

    This is a case where the 3-star/”negative” review on Amazon sold me on the book. Just bought To Sin with a Viking… Sounds really interesting.

  2. cleo
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 15:31:14

    I bought To Sin with a Viking recently (think it’s been on sale all month) based on a good review somewhere (maybe SBTB?). Haven’t read it yet, but I liked the sample.

  3. Glittergirl
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 15:48:24

    By the way — you know all those $.99 book box sets? Well I’ve been looking the books up individually in the sets and found the majority of the books in the box sets are old books. Call them vintage or classics? Anyway, if you are looking for current stuff in the 2010’s and not as far back as the 1990’s be careful! Also some contain quite a few novellas and not full sized novels.

  4. Lammie
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 15:56:18

    The Viking on the cover looks like Viggo Mortenson. Every time I see this cover I think of Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.

  5. Little Red
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 16:06:29

    Sold on “To Sin With a Viking”!

  6. Sandra Schwab
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 16:42:48

    @Lammie: That’s it! That’s what (or rather, who) this cover was reminding me of! I just couldn’t figure it out. Thank you for settling that point for me. :-)

    I am happy to say that for once a book is actually cheaper for me than for US readers: To Sin with a Viking is just $ 1.70 for me instead of $ 1.99. Yay!

  7. Jayne
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 06:21:32

    I knew that Viking cover looked familiar – Kelly did a mini review of it a little while ago.

    http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/reading-list-by-kelly-for-junejuly-2013/

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