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Carolina Home by Virginia KantraCarolina Home by Virginia Kantra. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times–its traditions slipping away like sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life’s storms by steering a steady emotional course…and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.
Newcomer Allison Carter came to Dare Island to escape the emotional demands of her wealthy family. The young teacher aims to build a life here, to make a lasting place for herself. She doesn’t want to be another Woman Who Once Dated Matt Fletcher. It’s both tempting and dangerous to believe she can be something more.

Then Matt’s brother Luke makes a sudden return home, with a child of his own–and a request that will change all their lives. With a child’s welfare at stake, Matt must turn to Allison to teach him to let go of the past, open his eyes…and follow his heart.

I think Kati D and Jayne both enjoy this series. Jayne reviewed Carolina Home here. 

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Once Again a Bride by Jane AshfordOnce Again a Bride by Jane Ashford. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

She Couldn’t Be More Alone

Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband’s intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she’s unsafe in her own home…

Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle’s untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle’s beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte’s head.

He Could Be Her Only Hope…or Her Next Victim

This book has an upstairs and downstairs romance but because there were two of them it sounds like both were a bit truncated. Add in the murder mystery and not enough attention is paid to any aspect.

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Sex Tips For Straight Women from a Gay Man by Dan AndersonSex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man by Dan Anderson. $ 1.99

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Who better to unveil the mysteries of the he-man psyche than a woman’s best friend, the master of clever and refined thinking, the gay man? He knows exactly when, where, and how to elicit that ultimate ooh-ooh, because he knows all too well what he wants.

Two fearless and dedicated scholars, Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman have conducted an intensive, lifelong survey on the subject of male pleasure, at times even descending into the trenches themselves. Now the wisdom they gained can finally be divulged to the heterosexual public.

Dazzle your guy with surefire man-pleasers!

The Flying Wallenda Position
The Upstanding Citizen
The Princeton Belly Rub
Get the fire started with foolproof first moves!

“Wait a second . . . let me get that thread off your pants.”
“Wow, you’ve been working out! Make a muscle.”
Hot tips for hot loving!

The Up, Twist, Over, and Down—the stroke that’ll have men fighting over you like you were Helen of Troy!
Remember: You want to hold a Diet Coke, but you don’t want to crush the can.
So take some Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man . . . and drive your lover to new heights of ecstasy!

So my favorite review of this book is “Bought this book after watching the movie Hope Springs. But really made it seem like gay men are easy…
Definitely a book for beginners.” But a lot of the reviews did say it was very basic information.

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The Glassblower of Murano Marina FioratoThe Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light.

The reviews for this book are middling. And like so many books which feature past and present, the past part of the story was more compelling.

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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. Kati
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 14:38:13

    I do really enjoy Virginia Kantra books. This series is set in a small-town, but they don’t FOCUS on the small-town setting so much. The characters are likable and they deal with *real* problems. I enjoyed all three in the series very much.

  2. Jane
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 14:40:53

    @Kati: I think the hockey match fried my brain. I obviously left off the rest of the title of the post.

  3. Kaetrin
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 23:20:13

    I’ll add my recommendation to the Kantra series. I’ve enjoyed them all.

  4. HM
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 01:05:11

    Would that be the Canada vs US women’s gold medal game? It was an exciting game, and I’ll be watching it again tomorrow!

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