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Daily Deals: Brazen women from assassins to literary scholars

The Brazen TrilogyElizabeth BoyleThe Brazen Trilogy by Elizabeth Boyle. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A bargain-priced boxed set of Elizabeth Boyle’s wildly popular, Brazen series: BRAZEN ANGEL, BRAZEN HEIRESS, and BRAZEN TEMPTRESS.

BRAZEN ANGEL: Lady Sophia D’Artiers plays a dangerous game of deception that pits her against the most unlikely of adversaries, her betrothed, Giles Corliss. Winner of the prestigious RWA RITA Award for Best First Book.

BRAZEN HEIRESS — Lady Lily D’Artiers is lured into spying by her childhood love, the bold and dashing Webb Dryden.

BRAZEN TEMPTRESS— Julien D’Artiers’ double life as the toast of the ton and an American privateer are about to collide when he finds himself face to face with the one woman who could unmask him: his wife.

This series was originally published by RandomHouse back in the late 1990s. You can pick up the first book, Brazen Angel, for 99c and the two others for $3.99 each but this is such a great deal.

There may be problematic elements in this series just given the date of its publishing but I don’t recall reading them.

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Clarity (Clarity Series #1)      by     Kim HarringtonClarity by Kim Harrington. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Don’t close your eyes. Except when the truth is too dark to bear.

Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case — but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother — who has supernatural gifts of his own — becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

PW gave this a starred review “Harrington’s well-developed characters and tight plot are simultaneously charming, realistically complex, and intriguing. . . . Clare is a teen detective for the 21st century.”

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Nice by Jen SacksNice by Jen Sacks. $ 2.99

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Sexy, funny, and dark–this is the story of a nice girl who discovers that murder is the only way out of a dead-end relationship. But one man knows exactly what she’s up to because he’s exactly like Grace. He’s a killer himself.

The cult favorite that was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel is back in a special 15th Anniversary Edition.

…First there was Clay–it just sort of happened.
Then there was Pete–he was becoming way too attached.
Ben, well, he totally had it coming.
And then there was Sam…

Grace is nice to a fault. She never picks fights, and doesn’t like to criticize or hurt people’s feelings. Problem is, the men in her life never seem to take a hint. And she just can’t bear to tell them outright when she isn’t interested. So she kills them. A clean break–no messy emotions, no heated arguments. But someone is onto her. His name is Sam, and he and Grace, with one very dangerous thing in common, make a killer couple. It’s a match made in heaven–as long as they can both survive the relationship…

I read this a while back and it was super fun. I really dislike the new self published cover. As I recall it, it was a dark comedy about two assassins falling in love. It was fairly short and told in alternating first person.

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The Wife: A Novel Meg WolitzerThe Wife by Meg Wolitzer. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The moment I decided to leave him, the moment I thought, enough, we were thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean, hurtling forward but giving the illusion of stillness and tranquility. Just like our marriage.” So opens Meg Wolitzer’s compelling and provocative novel The Wife, as Joan Castleman sits beside her husband on their flight to Helsinki. Joan’s husband, Joseph Castleman, is “one of those men who own the world…who has no idea how to take care of himself or anyone else, and who derives much of his style from the Dylan Thomas Handbook of Personal Hygiene and Etiquette.” He is also one of America’s preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award to honor his accomplishments, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop.

From this gripping opening, Wolitzer flashes back fifty years to 1950s Smith College and Greenwich Village — the beginning of the Castleman relationship — and follows the course of the famous marriage that has brought them to this breaking point, culminating in a shocking ending that outs a carefully kept secret.

Wolitzer’s most important and ambitious book to date, The Wife is a wise, sharp-eyed, compulsively readable story about a woman forced to confront the sacrifices she’s made in order to achieve the life she thought she wanted. But it’s also an unusually candid look at the choices all men and women make for themselves, in marriage, work, and life. With her skillful storytelling and pitch-perfect observations, Wolitzer invites intriguing questions about the nature of partnership and the precarious position of an ambitious woman in a man’s world

Many of the readers on Goodreads felt the book read like a vindication. A lot of women have felt slighted in the support of the males in their lives (whether that support was intentional or not) but the ending also seemed a bit of a let down. Intriguing nonetheless.

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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

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