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Catching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though–she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

Sarah and I briefly chatted about this book on a recent podcast. I can’t remember why exactly but I enjoyed this YA sports book quite a bit. The heroine is a real jock playing football with the guys. I thought Kenneally did a fabulous job of navigating both her friendships, her romantic entanglements, chauvinism, and her love of football. Definitely recommend at this price.

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9780062276223_p0_v4_s260x420When the Duke Was Wicked
by Lorraine Heath. $ 1.99

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They are England’s most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .

Lady Grace Mabry’s ample inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor is in love with her— or enamored of her riches. Who better to distinguish beau from blackguard than her notorious childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon?

With no interest in marriage, Lovingdon has long lived only for pleasure. He sees little harm in helping Grace find a proper match. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman’s favor— by demonstrating his wicked ways. But as lessons lead to torrid passion and Grace becomes ensnared in another man’s marriage plot, Lovingdon must wage a desperate gamble: Open his heart fully—or risk losing the woman he adores . . .

This is a “dead ex” book meaning Lovingdon once had a wife and child who died from typhus. He’s retreated from society but re-enters it to help Grace ferret out who is a fortune hunter and how to decipher whether a man truly loves her. Sounds kind of swoon although some of the reviews comment that there seemed to be more friendship than eros type of love between the two.

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9780451466686_p0_v2_s260x420Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers ON DUBLIN STREET and DOWN LONDON ROAD

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left brokenhearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever?.

Kati D gave this book a B+.

There was a lot to like about this book. Olivia is smart, but also reads to me like a young 20?s woman. She *thinks* she won’t get caught up taking sex lessons from a bad boy, but of course she does. She’s young, and definitely naive, but she knows her worth and she doesn’t put up with Nate’s commitment phobia. She ends things, cries and tries her best to move on. Nate is a dreamboat of a hero. He’s experienced, funny, makes with the dirty talk, and is a total commitment-phobe. What I liked about him, is that when he realizes his mistake, he throws himself into getting Liv back. He pursues her, and in the end, makes a fabulous Big Romantic Gesture that made me heave the big sigh. I love a hero who gives good grovel. Although this book can stand alone, there are myriad references to past couples, which may be distracting for a reader who prefers to enjoy books in order. For me, Before Jamaica Lane features a truly enjoyable, if young, couple and a really satisfying love story. Final grade: B+

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9781622667697_p0_v1_s260x420Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan. $ .99.

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t’s not easy for a woman with neither money nor family to make her own way in the world, but as one of London’s premier fortune-tellers, Jenny Keeble has managed precisely that. All she has to do is smile sweetly, listen carefully, and tell her clients precisely what they want to hear. It works…until Gareth Carhart, the scientifically-minded Marquess of Blakely, decides to prove that she’s a fraud.

At first, all Gareth wants is to free his gullible cousin from Jenny’s clutches. But he discovers that she’s clever, spirited, beautiful, and not at all the conniving liar that he initially imagined. Still, there’s nothing logical about his attraction to her, and so he refuses to give in to it. He’s vowed to ruin her, so he will—even if he has to break his own heart in the process.

This is an enhanced ebook. In addition to the text of the book itself, it contains pictures, audio, and author commentary. You can read this enhanced ebook on any device, but the audio content may not be accessible on all ereaders. That content has been made available on the web, so you won’t miss anything if your device doesn’t support audio.

Proof by Seduction is the first full-length book in the Carhart series. The full series is:

This Wicked Gift, a prequel novella
Proof by Seduction
Trial by Desire

Courtney Milan is releasing a number of her books in “enhanced form” and distributing them through Entangled. The books contain pictures and audio such as thoughts from Mr. Milan and so forth. I’ve read one enhanced book published by Jenn LeBlanc, or at least I should say I started to read it. I found the pictures to be distracting primarily because I didn’t really relate the people I saw in the images to the characters on the page. I think illustrations would be better? I’m not sure. Suffice to say that I’m not really interested in the enhanced editions but at 99c a piece, it’s a nice way to pick up these titles if you haven’t already purchased them.

I also have to say that either Harlequin is really generous to allow her to self publish her own competing ebook edition or there is a huge hole in their contract. Really who is going to buy an ebook at $7.99 when there’s another one (even if it has annoying sound and pictures) for only $.99?

Proof by Seduction (A Carhart Series Novel) (Entangled Edge)
This Wicked Gift (A Carhart Series Novella) (Entangled Edge)
Unveiled (A Turner Series Novel) (Entangled Edge)
Trial by Desire (A Carhart Series Novel) (Entangled Edge)
Unclaimed (A Turner Series Novel) (Entangled Edge)
Unlocked (The Turner Series)
Unraveled (The Turner Series Book 3)

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

15 Comments

  1. pooks
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 15:07:32

    I’d said all along I’d find the interactive aspects of such books annoying since author sountracks rarely [actually never] work for me, nor do other people’s ideas of what characters look like. But for .99 I can’t resist seeing how it works out.

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  2. Isobel Carr
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 15:50:08

    @pooks: My understanding is you can read them just like a normal eBook without interference from the enhancements.

    @Jane: I think this is just like anything else that is/isn’t covered by your contract (e.g. some contracts take audio rights, some don’t). If your contract reserves enhanced eBook rights for the author, then you can put out an enhanced eBook.

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  3. Isobel Carr
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 15:50:44

    Hello, not a spammer!

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  4. Jane
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 15:56:29

    @Isobel Carr – I get that there are things a contract does and does not cover. Not covering an enhanced ebook seems like a big contract hole.

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  5. Jia
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 16:39:23

    I read Kenneally’s RACING SAVANNAH and I really liked it — the navigation of being a girl jockey in a male dominated field, female friendships & class issues was really nice. I’m definitely looking at the rest of Kenneally’s backlist. I love female athletes.

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  6. cleo
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 17:02:05

    I own Catching Jordan, probably bought it during a previous sale. Still haven’t read it but I always like seeing the cover in my tbr folder. I’m not usually a big fan of the headless cover but I have a weakness for faded denim – I just love this cover.

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  7. Jas
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 20:31:05

    Do you have to read the first two books in order to enjoy Before Jamaica lane?

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  8. Kaetrin
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 20:36:05

    @pooks: I read a post on Courtney Milan’s website where she said the idea was that people could read the enhanced ebooks like a normal ebook and the enhanced stuff wouldn’t intrude – but if you want to look at the extras there are links within the book. Something like that anyway.

    I could imagine maybe looking at the enhanced stuff after I’d read it but not while I was reading. It would be too distracting. But I might be curious enough afterwards to have a looksee.

    Just checked – they are $4.00 for me. Not 99c :(

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  9. Jas
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 20:36:12

    And rereading I see that my question was answered in the review. This is what happens when I multitask. Sorry!

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  10. Anne
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 20:51:29

    Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is currently $1.99 at Amazon. Reviewed by Janine in February.

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  11. Lindsay
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 22:00:21

    @Anne: Oh wow, GREAT price for what I felt was the year’s best Sci-Fi offering.

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  12. Lostshadows
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 00:42:53

    @Anne: I loved that book. Kind of surprised though. Judging from the pb info, they’re still at war with Hatchette.

    Parasite is also now $1.99 at Amazon.

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  13. Nadia Lee
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 03:55:44

    @Jane: I’m quite certain it WILL be plugged next time.

    Also if it had been any other author but Courtney, Harlequin might have sued.

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  14. Ros
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 07:01:26

    @Nadia Lee: Right. I think Courtney and/or her agent were in pretty close contact with Harlequin when she decided to do this. They knew it was happening and, I guess, agreed she had the right to do it. I wouldn’t recommend any author just start putting out enhanced ebooks without checking their contracts VERY thoroughly and making sure they’re completely covered legally.

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  15. cleo
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 07:14:18

    I just read Catching Jordan and it was a lot of fun. It does have the dreaded YA love triangle, but it worked for me this time.

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