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Daily Deals: Angsty YA, Urban fiction, and two 99c contemporaries

Dare to Love  by Carly PhillipsDare to Love by Carly Phillips. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

New cover – Same story!
New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal.

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything.

Reviews say that the move from meet to moving in is really quick and that it was a quick, short read.

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Street Covenant ( La Femme Fatale Publishing )  by Latanya L. JonesStreet Covenant by Latanya L. Jones. $ .99

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Beautiful and amazingly talented dancer Tannah Johnson is filled with promise and ambition, but is lost amid a maze of ballet slippers and drug dealers, pimps and thieves. And the further along the maze she goes the more of herself she loses.Angel Sears, witty, street savvy, out spoken, and fearless endures more than a young woman should and falls off onto the deep end of life’s abyss. Both have a street covenant and are looking for love in all the wrong places

There are only a handful of reviews and they look to be either family or friends. The sole goodreads review says that it is good urban novel.

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The Program  by Suzanne YoungThe Program by Suzanne Young. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

PW says “While Young’s (A Want So Wicked) book is unrelentingly emotional and dark—qualities that sometimes threaten to overwhelm the story line—it confronts readers with questions about whether the past or the present defines a person, while makes a strong case for the value of all memories, good and bad.”

There is a sequel called The Treatment that is out at the end of this month.

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Last Hit by Jen FrederickLast Hit by Jessica Clare. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Nikolai:

I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.

Daisy:

I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Homeschooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.

Mini Excerpt:

I watch her through my bathroom window. I’ve placed one of my four rented chairs in here for that express purpose. I tell myself it is not creepy, as the American girls would say, because I watch everyone. But really I watch only her.

I cannot see everything. I’ve never seen her nude. I’ve never seen inside her shower. Smartly there is no window there. But I can see her bedroom and her living room and beyond that, with my scope, her kitchen. I know her schedule. When she gets up in the morning, when she returns to her apartment. If she were a mark, I could’ve killed her a dozen times over by now and been in the wind.

She throws her bag onto her bed and then lies down next to it. It takes many muscles to smile, more to frown but only a few to pull the trigger. I peer down the scope and place my crosshairs over her forehead. Puff, dead.

Katiebabs reviewed the book and said that it was enjoyable but unrealistic. Some reviewers had problems with the dialogue of the hero along with his creepy tendency toward stalking.

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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

4 Comments

  1. CelineB
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 12:37:44

    Live by Mary Ann Rivers is .99 at Amazon. I know her novella, The Story Guy, was well-reviewed and DABWAHA nominated. I believe Live is her first full-length novel.

  2. Darlynne
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 13:45:20

    Pierre Lemaitre’s ALEX is on sale at Amazon for 1.99. It’s the first of his crime trilogy published in the US, translated from the French; the second is due fairly soon, I think. Keishon raved about this book and while I hesitated because it is flat-out brutal, ALEX is one of the best books I’ve read. It should come with a warning for every conceivable trigger, and yet, it was exhausting and brilliant, a book and characters I think about often.

  3. LeeF
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 14:33:58

    @CelineB:

    The Story Guy was just as good, if not better, than expected so I figured Live would not be as good as I wanted it to be. WRONG- very charming story. I am keeping an out for Laugh’s release in May.

  4. Christine
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 21:11:40

    I bought Live for $3 or $4 and didn’t regret a penny, I loved the book and am looking forward to Laugh in May. As for the above deals, I have been wanting to try Carly Phillips Dare to Love series (I heard her interview with you, Jane, and Sarah from SBTB on your podcast where she talked about the books) so I’m happy to see it on sale. I remember that podcast was about price points for books and that she was going to price under $5 for this self pub series, which I thought was a great idea.

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