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Daily Deals: Denim Clad Ladies and Procurer Sons

Denim and Lace by     Patricia RiceDenim and Lace by Patricia Rice. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

RITA FINALIST by bestselling author of the Magic series

Samantha Neely thought she might have to kill Sloan Talbott. Talbott had already tried to run her and her family out of town, and now she finally had her chance to confront the man she believed responsible for her father’s disappearance. To do so, she had to prove she was woman enough to bring down the handsomest, most sinfully dangerous man she’d ever met.

Sloan Talbott called Sam a ragtag redheaded tomboy, but her honeyed voice taunted him. In denims, she made him crazy. In lace, she made him wild. Concealing his own private demons, Sloan didn’t need a woman like Sam revealing what kind of man he really was. He couldn’t let himself love her, but he couldn’t stop wanting her. Instead, he offered her a proposition she ought to refuse…

The original cover copy told us that the heroine was a “feisty, denim-clad” lady. The reviews say the book is witty and filled with sarcasm. I like.

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Vanity Fare - A novel of lattes, literature, and love      By: Megan CaldwellVanity Fair by Megan Caldwell. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

olly Hagan is overwhelmed.

Her husband left her for a younger, blonder woman; her six-year-old son is questioning her authority, and now so is she. In order to pay her Brooklyn rent and keep her son supplied with Pokémon and Legos, not to mention food and clothing, she has to get a job—fast.

So when an old friend offers Molly a freelance position copywriting for a new bakery, finding romance is just about the last thing on her mind. But the sexy British pastry chef who’s heading up the bakery has other thoughts. And then so does Molly, when she meets the chef’s intimidating business partner—who also happens to have a secret that might prevent Molly from getting her own happily ever after.

This is the psuedonym for Megan Frampton, reader, blogger, and author.

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The Mighty Quinns: Jack By: Kate HoffmannThe Mighty Quinns: Jack by Kate Hoffmann. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A forbidden fling…

Jack Quinn has always been his widowed mother’s fiercest protector. So, when his mom decides to reunite with her childhood sweetheart all the way out in California, there’s no question–Jack’s going with her, and to hell with the consequences….

Mia McMahon isn’t exactly thrilled about her wealthy father dating a woman from his past. She smells a gold digger. But once she meets Jack, she forgets all about getting his mother out of the picture–and focuses on getting him into bed!

The attraction between Mia and Jack is intense, irresistible…and breaks every rule in the book. Then again, everyone knows that the most delicious affairs are the forbidden ones….

When I was putting these deals together, I thought that the blurb said “forbidden fling” and then “his widowed mother’s incest protector.” Yeah, I know. I need to get more sleep.

This has almost no ratings on Goodreads and no actual text reviews. The blurb looks appealing. I’ll buy it and report back. Or wait, I think I have an ARC somewhere.

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Elmore Leonard Get ShortyGet Shorty by Elmore Leonard. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Loan shark Chili Palmer didn’t say anything when Ray Bones stole his leather jacket from Vesuvio’s in Miami. He just went to Ray’s house, broke his nose, took the jacket, and left. Twelve years later, on account of his boss getting whacked, Chili finds himself working for Bones and ordered to collect on a bad debt from Leo Devoe, a guy who died in a plane crash. But it turns out Leo isn’t dead; he’s in Las Vegas with the $300,000 the airline paid to his wife. So Chili follows him to Vegas and then on to Hollywood, where he hooks up with movie producers, actors, and studio execs. Getting Leo becomes a movie pitch unfolding in a city where every move you make is a potential scene, and making it big isn’t all that different from making your bones: You gotta know who to pitch, who to hit, and how to knock ’em dead.

Loved the movie. Never read the book but usually the book is always better than the movie except in the case of Swiss Family Robinson. Why was Rene Russo not in more movies? I loved her in Lethal Weapon 18,000 and The Thomas Crowne Affair. She usually played strong, smart, savvy heroines.

Ahem, back to the book. Goodreads ratings for this book average around 3.87, which, on Goodreads, is like a 2. However, some of the three star reviews are “oh my god, so funny.” It’s a headscratcher.

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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. Sunita
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 14:27:54

    Get Shorty is terrific, and it’s a good introduction to Leonard for people who haven’t read him. The movie is quite faithful to the feel of the book, as I remember, so one doesn’t battle with the other in your mind.

  2. Michael
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 15:09:31

    Heads Up: you have the Vanity Fair book listed as the author and Caldwell as the title.

    I may need to pick up Get Shorty at that price. The movie was great.

  3. Jane
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 15:13:39

    @Michael – thanks.

  4. Lada
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 15:15:22

    Totally agree about Rene Russo! The Thomas Crown Affair is one of my favorite movies because she plays the type of heroine I like to read about.

    Not sure about the Patricia Rice cover but what I’m really getting annoyed with is when authors release their backlists in digital and don’t make that clear. Demin & Lace was originally published in 1996 by Topaz but is listed as published in 2011 on Amazon and B&N. It may not read as dated but it would be nice to have that information upfront. Why am I starting to feel like the onus is on readers to research before buying to make sure they aren’t getting a repackaged book?

    Also, if I try a book by an author without realizing it’s an older publication and it comes across as “old skool” when that’s not what I’m looking for, I’m not likely to try that author again, even newer releases.

  5. Tabs
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 18:55:25

    @Lada: I really hate that too. It makes me feel like I’ve been cheated. I read one last year that I had seen positive reviews for but DNF’d because it felt so stale and dated. Then I saw on goodreads that it was a rereleased category romance from 1991.

    On the other hand, I read a slew of 90’s categories from the Harlequin Treasury series last year and loved the hell out of them.

  6. Kaetrin
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 21:36:25

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the first book was this:

    brought back memories! :D (I was VERY young then. Really).

  7. Has
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 12:03:51

    I highly rec Patricia Rice’s Denim and Lace – its def snark filled and the romance was fun with a grumpy antisocial hero.

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