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The Iron Duke (Iron Seas Series #1) by Meljean BrookIron Duke by Meljean Brook. $ 1.99

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After freeing England from Horde control, Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire. And when Detective Mina Wentworth enters his dangerous world to investigate a mysterious death, Rhys intends to make her his next conquest.

It’s no secret I love this book. The worldbuilding is clever and more accessible than Brook’s previous PNR series. But hey, if you don’t believe me, read Shuzluva’s review. At this price, it’s worth buying even if you aren’t in the mood. You may be someday.

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Until Trevor by Aurora Rose ReynoldsUntil Trevor by Aurora Rose Reynolds. $ .99

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Trevor Mayson had his life planned out – make the family business successful and play the field for a few more years before eventually settling down. Then he sees her. Liz Hayes was beautiful, shy and everything that he could ever want…but she didn’t fit into his plans. After Trevor painfully rejects her, Liz finally starts to move on, but Trevor is finding it difficult to truly let her go. It seems the more he tries to stay away, the more intense his feelings for her become. Like a stretched rubber band, he can only take so much before snapping. Liz Hayes is done waiting for Trevor and isn’t interested in getting her heart broken by him again, but Trevor is making it difficult for her to forget him when he shoves his way back into her life. Can Trevor prove to her that he is worth falling in love with again, and is he ready to change his life plan to let her into his heart?

The first two books in the “Until” series is on sale for .99. There’s a lot of insta love and a desperate need for a heavier editing hand, but the heroes are fairly sweet and devoted.

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Room: A Novel  by Emma DonoghueRoom by Emma Donoghue. $ 2.99

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To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

This book has been on sale before but it is highly regarded. It is told from Jack’s point of view and the question is was he better inside the room or out of it.

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The Yellow Birds by Kevin PowersThe Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. $ 2.99.

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A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.
“The war tried to kill us in the spring.” So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

Winner of the 2013 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Winner
Winner of the 2012 Guardian First Book Award
2012 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
One of the New York Times Book Review’s Top 10 Books of 2012

New York Times Book Review says “the nonlinear design of Powers’s novel is a beautifully brutal example of style matching content. War destroys. It doesn’t just rip through bone and muscle, stone and steel; it fragments the mind as a fist to a mirror might create thousands of bloodied, glittering shards…Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.”

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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. Julia
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 14:48:06

    The Iron Duke is on sale??!! OMG must send to everyone I know! :)

  2. Colleen
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 14:51:54

    I loved the whole Iron Seas series and Riveted is one of my favorite books ever. 1.99 is a good price to get your feet wet in this fun series.

  3. Janine
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 15:09:57

    That is a great deal on The Iron Duke. I have a review of it here.

  4. kamlin
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 16:32:58

    I love love the Iron Duke.
    Cant gush enough about it….oh Rhys…

  5. Non
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:00:43

    I guess I’ll have to be the one to do this.

    The Iron Duke has strong noncon and dubcon elements. Readers who are uncomfortable with this should stay away, or at least know what they are getting into.

    The most helpful critical review on Amazon is titled “The Good Rape.” 198 readers found it helpful.

    Be warned.

  6. AlexaB
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:04:09

    I read the samples for the “Until” books. “A desperate need for a heavier editing hand” is the understatement of the year.

  7. cleo
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 19:37:39

    I was also going to mention the consent issues in The Iron Duke. Rhys does suffer consequences for his actions (Mina knocks him out at one point) and actually apologizes. But readers who don’t like asshole heroes probably won’t like Rhys.

    The Iron Duke is definitely my least favorite of the Iron Seas books, both because Rhys is an alpha-hole (and I’m allergic to alpha-holes) and because the romance isn’t that well developed or integrated into the action. Riveted is my favorite Iron Seas book.

  8. hapax
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 20:37:19

    @cleo: Yes, yes, yes to everything you said. I *highly* recommend this series, except for passionate desire to drop Rhys overboard into the Mariana Trench … filled with kraken … zombie kraken.

    I’d add that it isn’t all necessary to read the first book to “get” what’s going on in the rest of them. The H/h backstory in HEART OF STEEL is quite gracefully reprised, and RIVETED (which, with my love of beta heros, I ate up with a spoon) features entirely new characters.

    I haven’t read the companion and follow-up short stories (yet), so I’m not sure if they’re standalone or not.

  9. cleo
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 20:55:00

    @hapax: Zombie kraken – lol!

    I’ve read some of the follow ups (I read one to Iron Seas and one to Heart of Steel) – I’d say they’re more fun if you already know the main couple, but the stories themselves are stand alone.

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