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Daily Deals: Contemporaries and a “godgame” tale

Just One of the Guys by Kristan HigginsJust One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Being one of the guys isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

So when journalist Chastity O’Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it’s time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1—she’s five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2—she’s cursed with four alpha-male older brothers.

While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there’s only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she’s never quite gotten over—although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.

Yet the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competition, the irresistible Trevor just can’t seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys?.

A version of it is $3.99 at Kobo but it appears to be free only at Barnes and Noble. I’ve fallen out of love with Higgins’ books, but back in the day, Just One of the Guys was one of my favorite gift books. I reviewed it back in 2008:

Chastity’s heart longs for Trevor Meade, her unofficial fifth brother, good friend, and one time, long long ago lover. But the short love affair ended with Trevor making sure that she understood that they were friends and that they both shouldn’t jeopardize their friendship. Chastity’s heart goes one way but her head goes another. She recognizes that Trevor doesn’t want her that way and so she finds Mr. Perfect, a trauma surgeon who is taller than her and finds her very attractive and one that wants a family. She even enjoys good sex with Mr. Perfect, but in the end, Chastity has to figure out whether being with someone, even if it isn’t the one you love, is better than being alone. Her mother faces the same decision because while she loves Chastity’s father, she’s tired of being the forgotten wife to the firehouse mistress.

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Against His Will Trish JensenAgainst His Will by Trish Jensen. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

They tried to resist each other, but it was impossible. Soon their passions were unleashed, and their self-control went to the dogs . . .
FBI agent Jake Donnelly is not the kind of man who names a dog “Muffin.” Especially not a jowly bulldog. But now Jake’s Aunt Sophie has left him her beloved Muffin, along with a sizable inheritance that has some strings attached. Jake and Muffin have to attend a two-week therapy course designed to work out any bonding issues they may have.
Enter Leanne Crosby, a pet shrink and owner of a luxury pet spa complete with private counseling sessions, a doggie dating service, and plenty of quirky advice on proper pet parenting.
When the gorgeous and brilliant Dr. Crosby sets out to help Jake and Muffin become soulmates, it soon becomes obvious that she and Jake are falling in puppy love.

Light hearted with a little suspense but don’t have high expectations say the readers.

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Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla NeggersSecrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Join New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers with the first book in the Swift River Valley series Secrets of the Lost Summer.

A wave of hope carries Olivia Frost back to her small New England hometown nestled in the beautiful Swift River Valley. She’s transforming a historic home into an idyllic getaway. Picturesque and perfect, if only the absentee owner will fix up the eyesore next door.?

Dylan McCaffrey’s ramshackle house is an inheritance he never counted on. It also holds the key to a generations-old lost treasure he can’t resist?any more than he can resist his new neighbor. Against this breathtaking landscape, Dylan and Olivia pursue long-buried secrets and discover a mystery wrapped in a love story?past and present.

I’ve always found Neggers to be a very competent writer but her romances are subdued. Probably if you like Debbie Macomber or Mariah Stewart, Neggers would hit the right spots for you.

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The Magus by John FowlesThe Magus by John Fowles. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Nicholas Urfe, an evasive young Englishman, accepts a teaching position on a remote Greek island, where his friendship with a reclusive, demonic millionaire lures him into “the godgame”: an elaborate series of staged hallucinations, riddles, and psychological traps meant to test his concept of being and reality.

The reviews say the book is uneven, showing signs of brilliance combined with aimless wanderings.

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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. Andrea
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 13:57:45

    Godgame? Was I really not paying attention in chatechism?

  2. Carrie G
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 17:26:29

    Just One of the Guys didn’t work for me, but that’s partly due to the 1st person present tense and the use of embarrassing moments for humor. I also didn’t enjoy the fact that the main characters spend most of the book with other people.

    Secrets of the Lost Summer has a good mystery plot and I especially enjoyed the story line about Grace’s journals, but there are so many other sub-plots in the book it feels crowded and unfocused.

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