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Heiress Without a Cause by Sara RamseyHeiress Without a Cause by Sara Ramsey. $ Free Amazon | Kobo

From the Jacket Copy:

One title to change his life…
A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William “Ferguson” Avenel is content to live in exile – until his father dies in the scandal of the Season. With rumors of insanity swirling around them, his sisters desperately need a chaperone. Ferguson thinks he’s found the most proper woman in England – and he won’t ruin her, even if he secretly desires the passionate woman trapped beneath a spinster’s cap.

One chance to break the rules…

Lady Madeleine Vaillant can’t face her blighted future without making one glorious memory for herself. In disguise, on a London stage, she finds all the adoration she never felt from the ton. But when she’s nearly recognized, she will do anything to hide her identity – even setting up her actress persona as Ferguson’s mistress. She’ll take the pleasure he offers, but Madeleine won’t lose her heart in the bargain.

The negative reviews say that the backstories are fairly predictable and shallowly developed. One complained that it would have been great but for the pages and pages of graphic sex.

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The Nosy Neighbor by Fern MichaelsThe Nosy Neighbor by Fern Michaels. $ 1.99

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Lucy Baker walks away from her high-flying legal career when she successfully defends yet another heinous criminal. Almost a year after her life-changing decision, Lucy has never been happier. Leaving New York City for the suburbs, tending her garden and her dog, Lucy is making future plans with her fiancé, Jonathan St. Clair — and getting acquainted with her neighbors, including the handsome, exasperating one next door, Wylie Wilson. But when FBI special agents confront Lucy with shocking revelations about her fiancé’s secret double life, everything about her husband-to-be is cast in suspicion. Recovering from a freak accident that has left her with a heightened sense of intuition, and getting closer than she ever dreamed to Wylie, Lucy must determine who to trust — and fast, before someone breaks down her defenses and targets her….

I confess that I’ve never read a Fern Michaels’ book – at least not that I can remember.

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A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia NasarA Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar. $ 1.99

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“HOW COULD YOU, A MATHEMATICIAN, BELIEVE THAT EXTRATERRESTRIALS WERE SENDING YOU MESSAGES?” the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. “Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did,” came the answer. “So I took them seriously.”

Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who—thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community—emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution. The inspiration for an Academy Award–winning movie, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over adversity, and the healing power of love.

Nash sounds fascinating. ” Despite his condescending manner and personality quirks — Nash was known for incessantly whistling Bach’s Little Fugue, chewing empty coffee cups and having notoriously complicated romantic relationships with both men and women — he flourished in the elite hierarchy of first-rate mathematicians. Most of his peers agreed with the eminent geometrician Mikhail Gromov, who called Nash “the most remarkable mathematician of the second half of the century.””

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Strangely Normal by Tess OliverStrangely Normal by Tess Oliver. $ .99.

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A unique summer job lands eighteen-year-old Eden Saxon into a lifestyle completely different than her own. She becomes a companion for nineteen-year-old Finley King, the daughter of a rock legend. Finley suffers from severe anxiety, and her father fears her being alone. Eden leaves her loving, but wildly dysfunctional, parents and dreary apartment and enters a world where no luxury is overlooked. She instantly adores Finley and her charming, quirky personality. The whole situation has only one flaw– Finley’s older brother, Jude. Jude King is cocky, arrogant and irritating. Unfortunately, he’s also completely irresistible.

Eden realizes she’s underestimated the depth of Finley’s problems, and suddenly her dream job turns out to be a lot more than she’d expected. Eden soon finds herself in over her head . . . and her heart.

I thought the premise was really interesting and the few reviews indicate that the topic of the anxiety disorder was treated respectfully. The heroine does not come from a dysfunctional family and there is a great friendship between the girls. Plus, the author’s books don’t have a gazillion reviews making me believe that the reviews are mostly authentic.

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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

One Comment

  1. Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 11:39:25

    Thanks for the heads up. I like how you are doing the review assay and analysis.

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