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Daily Deals: A runaway bride and small town romance

Wish You Were Here by Beth K Vogt. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Kissing the wrong guy days before her scheduled wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?

Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point. Daniel’s adventures—chronicled through a collection of postcards—have always appealed to Allison’s well-hidden desire for something more. But how can betraying her fiancé’s trust lead to a true happily ever after?

Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Recognizing she doesn’t have all the answers won’t be easy because she’s used to being in control. To find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her—one outside her carefully defined comfort zone—and find the strength to let Him lead.

On Amazon, one reviewer said the Christian message was an afterthought.  The story is described as cute and sweet by the 5 star and 3 star reviews alike.
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How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue. $ 1.99

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Free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clairs’ housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia’s San Francisco mansion and they forged a bond that only two little girls oblivious to class differences could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.

A decade later, Annie bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother’s death, and a painful secret jeopardizes Julia’s engagement to the man she loves. A chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, but when a mysterious saboteur opens up old wounds, they must finally face the truth about their past or risk losing everything.

If you love chick lit, then you’ll likely enjoy this but the reviews warn of unlikeable protagonists and predictable plotlines.
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Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover.

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

First in the Lucky Harbor series. Shalvis writes very likeable characters so that even when the plot seems weak or the character motivations contradictory, the likeability factor powers you through.
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Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Jeaniene Frost’s New York Times bestselling debut in her Night Prince series now includes a special sneak peek from Book 2, Twice Tempted, on sale March 26th.

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all–but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

I reviewed this book last year.

<em>I felt like this was a safe story. It was apparent from the beginning that Vlad and Leila would be lovers when her electrical bolts appeared like foreplay for Vlad instead of painful punishment; when Vlad’s feelings for Leila are intensely returned. Even when Leila was in danger, I never had any moments of uncertainty. One scene has both Leila’s legs broken and the next scene Vlad’s blood has healed her and they are passionately kissing and fondling each other. Possibly the biggest uncertainty came at the end of the story which ends, not quite in a cliffhanger, but unresolved. But because of its safe nature, it’s a bit of a comfort read. It’s a sexy story with a hot billionaire vampire who dotes upon his mortal but powerful girlfriend. </em>

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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

2 Comments

  1. Angela
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 06:01:39

    I finally just read Once Burned this weekend. I enjoyed it, but I agree that it’s a comfort read type of story. My only real issue with it was that Vlad didn’t seem like the Vlad I’d come to love in the Night Huntress books. And the cameo of Bones & Cat/Mencheres & Kira seemed gratuitous and unnecessary.

    Also – Head Over Heels (third in the Lucky Harbor series) is on sale for $1.99 – at least at Amazon.

  2. MrsJoseph
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 11:33:27

    I enjoyed Once Burned but I hadn’t read the Night Huntress series…so thanks for the entire series spoiler, Ms Frost. :(

    All in all, I enjoyed the book but I wasn’t a fan of the ending.

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