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Mad Dog and Annie by Virginia KantraMad Dog and Annie by Virginia Kantra. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

“At one time MAD DOG AND ANNIE thought they’d have a future together, but he left town and she married his best friend. Now the sinfully sexy policeman unexpectedly returns and once again looks in her direction. Years of abuse from her soon-to-be-ex have made the single mom wary of love. Well-developed characters, strong emotions and good romantic tension blend beautifully in this first-rate Virginia Kantra offering.” –RT Book Reviews

Bad boy Maddox “Mad Dog” Palmer has loved Annie Barclay since they were kids. But when she married his high school teammate, golden boy Rob Cross, Maddox backed off and moved away. Now he’s back in town, and Ann is in trouble, threatened by both her abusive ex-husband and the law.

Tender-hearted Ann is fighting for a new life and custody of her young son. She has enough on her plate without a burned out, big city cop reigniting an old flame or reminding her of the girl she used to be. Maddox tempts her beyond her safe boundaries. But can the first man who made Ann feel desire teach her to love again?

Romance Writers of America RITA© Award finalist
All About Romance “Desert Isle Keeper”

I think I’ve read this book and enjoyed it but it has been so very long. It was originally published in 2000. The reviewer at All About Romance said this story concerning domestic violence is well-crafted without being dark and heavy.

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Arouse: A Spiral of Bliss Novel (Book One) by Nina LaneArouse by Nina Lane. $ .99

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“One day I’m going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me,” he said.

And he did.

Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv’s inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure.

But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other as dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface.

This was sent to my inbox as a recommendation. The first book in the series is .99. The marriage in trouble story is told from both character’s points of view but contains a number of flashbacks.

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The Rebound Girl by Tamara MorganThe Rebound Girl by Tamara Morgan. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Plastic surgeon Whitney Vidra knows all about getting over a cheating ex. She followed her boyfriend halfway around the world before she found out about his infidelity. Now she’s focusing on her career and her friends, and using men just for single-serving, no-strings fun. Until she meets charming Matt Fuller.

Newly single Matt is captivated by the vibrant Whitney, in every way the opposite of his cheating ex-wife. When he confesses to Whitney that he hasn’t had sex since his divorce, she volunteers to be his rebound girl. But Matt’s not a no-commitment kind of guy—he’s either all in, or all out.

Whitney is determined to remain attachment-free, but Matt is equally determined to prove to her that what they have is more than just a rebound fling.

94,000 words

I didn’t love this book. Whitney grated on my nerves a lot but I know others found her personality refreshing.

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Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan Series #9) by Kim HarrisonPale Demon by Kim Harrison. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Condemned and shunned for black magic,Rachel Morgan has three days to get tothe annual witches’ conference and clearher name, or be trapped in the demonicever-after . . . forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car going across the country?Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, evenwithout being the targets for assassination.

For after centuries of torment, a fearsomedemon walks in the sunlight—freed at lastto slay the innocent and devour their souls.But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, andin the fight for survival that follows, evenembracing her own demonic nature maynot be enough to save her.

I stopped reading the series at book three that I know this is a series that has remained popular with a lot of urban fantasy readers. Booklist gave it a starred review and said that it was an excellent entry guaranteed to satisfy the author’s fans.

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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. Glittergirl
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 16:47:39

    Regarding Nina Lane’s Arouse/Sprial Bliss Series. It’s now 3 books. I was not impressed, sorry Nina. I made it through Arouse and I was drawn to it because it was about a married couple. I started #2 Allure and DNF about half way through. It was over 600 pages (on my Nook/epub) and just bogged down. She needed better editing and the story wasn’t progressing. I quit caring after a while. I got these quite a while ago and they now have new covers so maybe she polished them up?

  2. Maria D
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 17:36:54

    Absolute.y LOVED the Spiral of Bliss Trilogy by Nina Lane!!! Arouse is such an amazing book and each book just gets better!!! Definitely worth reading, especially at that price!!! You can’t go wrong!!! Highly recommend!!!! Must read!!!

  3. Julie M.
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 18:16:08

    Hmmm, I like and use exclamation marks, but I’m seeing too many….

  4. Kaetrin
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 20:07:57

    Bought the Virginia Kantra book. I’ve just “discovered” her. It’s great she has a long backlist. This makes me happy.

  5. Nicole
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 20:48:38

    I just finished the Arouse/Allure/Awaken (not sure about the order of the last two books) series this past weekend, and I was really impressed by it. This is one of the few trilogies that I’ve read lately where I could see a legitimate need to have split the story in three parts. Further, I was impressed by the way that both Dean and Liv ended up maturing both as a couple, and as individuals. Even their missteps were understandable, given who they were. Dean in particular was a great character; he was a strong, confident man who had to balance his protective instincts with the knowledge that his wife was a capable adult whose abilities deserved the same respect as his. I liked how the characters genuinely liked and supported one another.

  6. Loonigrrl
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 02:15:31

    I stopped reading the Kim Harrison books somewhere around book 6. I’ve really wanted to finish reading the rest of the series, but at this point I feel like I’d have to go back and re-read all of them. Not sure if I have the time/energy for that…

  7. Kati
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 08:46:35

    @Kaetrin: I’ve been really enjoying Kantra’s books too. A long time ago, I read her selkie books as decided she wasn’t for me. But I love her Carolina series.

  8. Michelle
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 09:01:10

    I absolutely adored the Spiral of Bliss trilogy by Nina Lane. Of course, I paid more than 99 cents for the first book. It’s so nice to read a series where there is not this big alpha man who is a billionaire. This series captured my heart because the couple was already married, but you are treated to numerous flashbacks. Definitely top 10 reads for me. Nina is a brilliant writer and her books are all perfectly edited! Flawless.

  9. Lena
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 14:06:02

    I can’t say enough good things about the Spiral of Bliss series by Nina Lane. Her writing style is beautiful and I found the characters easy to relate to. Their story is refreshingly realistic… Marriage isn’t always a fairytale, but these two are determined to find a way back to each other because their love is so strong. I highly recommend this series.

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