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Edge of Black by J. T. EllisonEdge of Black by J. T. Ellison. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She’s trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children—but old hurts leave scars.

Before she’s even unpacked her office at Georgetown University’s forensic pathology department, she’s called to consult on a case that’s rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died—just three.

A miracle and a puzzle?

Amid the media frenzy and Homeland Security alarm bells, Sam painstakingly dissects the lives of those three victims and makes an unsettling conclusion. This is no textbook terrorist causing mayhem with broad strokes, but an artist wielding a much finer, more pointed instrument of destruction. An assassin, whose motive is deeply personal and far from understandable.

Xander Whitfield, a former army ranger and Sam’s new boyfriend, knows about seeing the world in shades of gray. About feeling compelled to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Only his disturbing kinship with a killer can lead Sam to the truth ?and once more into the line of fire.

PW says it is very exciting (breathtaking is the word used). I read an Ellison a long time ago and enjoyed the suspense and romance.

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The Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel GibsonThe Trouble with Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

It’s the one day each year when being single is a sin . . .

The Trouble With Valentine’s Day?

It just plain stinks!

Kate Hamilton should know. Dumped by her boyfriend, burnt out by her job, she’s returned to Gospel, Idaho, where a Mountain Momma Crafters’ original poetry reading is about as good as it gets on a Friday night. Then her first attempted seduction of a hunky stranger is completely rejected. So much for her self-esteem!

It turns out that Rob Sutter, former ice hockey madman, owner of Sutter’s Sports—and the hunky stranger who told her to get lost—has been more than burned by love and isn’t looking for a relationship. But then he and Kate find themselves in an ultra-compromising position in the M&S Market after-hours, giving the phrase “clean up in aisle five” a whole new meaning, and causing a whole lot of gossip in Gospel . . .

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The Perfect Match by Kristan HigginsThe Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

What if the perfect match is a perfect surprise?

Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now—a mere three weeks later—Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off and get back out there?or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn’t easier said than done.

Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States—and leave Charlie behind.

In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience—and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancé, hiding out from her former best friend and managing her job at the family vineyard isn’t easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love?.

I gave up on Higgins (intentionally because a book made me angry) but she generally had a very appealing voice.

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Harlequin E Contemporary Romance Box Set Volume 1Harlequin E Contemporary Romance Box Set Volume 1 by Sarina Bowen. $ 3.82.

From the Jacket Copy:

Four Romances for One Amazing Price

Stranded together by a blizzard, scholar-turned-farmer Willow Reade and bad-boy ski champion Dane “Danger” Hollister generate enough body heat to make it through the night. But the sparks don’t stop flying when the snow does….

When stressed-out single mom Kayla Clark hires “retired soldier” Ronnie Brown from Man Maid to whip her household into shape, she’s not expecting him to be young, hot and willing to take care of her more personal needs….

Veterinarian Sarah Tyler isn’t going to wait another eternity for hotshot photographer J. D. Damico to kiss her again. And she’s gambling that what happens in Vegas will change her luck!

Bakery owner Marissa Llewellyn has always been sweet on sheriff Jax Carlisles, but her efforts to help a wayward teen have her bending the rules he’s bound to uphold….

Indulge your craving for fresh contemporary romance with this collection of four full-length novels!

Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen
Maid to Fit by Rebecca M. Avery (Man Maid, Book 1)
Calling His Bluff by Amy Jo Cousins
Baker’s Law by Denise McDonald

Not sure what “E” stands for. I think I was told at one time, but have since forgotten. I am unfamiliar with these authors but given that it was the Olympics, a book with an Olympic Alpine sky champ seemed apropos.

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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. Christine
    Feb 07, 2014 @ 16:13:13

    I think the E in the Harlequin E Contemporary box set implies only available in digital e-copy and not print form. That’s my guess anyway.

  2. Nicole
    Feb 07, 2014 @ 17:02:37

    It’s been a while since I read it so I don’t remember specifics, but I know that I really enjoyed the Ellison book. I read the second one, too, and am looking forward to the third, whenever it’s released.

  3. Heather Greye
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 18:47:11

    I’ve read 2 of the 4 stories in the new Harlequin boxed set. I really enjoyed the skier story, though it’s a bit dark at times.

    From what I understand, all 4 authors are debuts. And after a month, the set will be broken up and sold separately.

  4. Brandie Mcnemar
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 14:36:08

    I love the darker side of the romantic suspense, I really enjoyed Coming in from the Cold. I am currently reading one that is a little dark as well by Vadim Babenko called A Simple Soul. He writes very contemporary, but it’s so good. is his site, he’s got Semmant also which is on my list to read next. Something about his writing really captivates me. He’s tells a great story, I recommend him.

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