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Worth Keeping  by Susan Mac NicolWorth Keeping by Susan Mac Nicol. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Abused horrifically as a boy, Nick Mathers has come to terms with his existence as a man. Mostly. Other days life seems a little much. Especially when Nick knows he’ll always be alone.

On those days his thoughts turn black. He walks the Norfolk coast and considers the frigid embrace of the waves. And then, one stormy night, he finds someone who’s tasted just that. The beautiful stranger on the beach is near death, and Nick rushes him home to slowly nurse back to health. As he does, he finds a love unlike any other. Owen Butler’s body is as warm as the sea was cold, his heart as big as an ocean. And Owen is a man who swears to repay the favor. Nick can yet be saved from himself, and he will see that he is indeed a man…WORTH KEEPING.

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I saw this m/m book being touted on twitter and I know I don’t profile enough of those (although they never show up at the places I look either). The negative review says it is too short and 1/4 is pure PWP sex (don’t know what that is–penis with penis?) The reviewer says try Matelots by Hoffman instead.

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A Place Called Home Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1)  by Patricia McLinnA Place Called Home Trilogy Boxed Set by Patricia McLinn. $ .99

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A Place Called Home …
Far Hills Ranch has been the Suslands’ beloved Wyoming home for more than a century. But with it has come the legend of a family curse. Now, according to the legend, the current far-flung Suslands are the last with a chance to lift the curse . . . whether they believe in it or not.

To fulfill the legend’s demands, these cousins must face personal challenges and risk their hearts, all for the sake of

A Place Called Home
Book 1: Lost and Found Groom

“While following a story in distant Santa Estella, hardheaded journalist Kendra Jenner finds herself in the middle of a vicious hurricane. . .and unexpectedly in the arms of a stranger who speaks virtually no English. Fear leads to passion leads to their making a baby, a baby which Kendra fully expects to raise on her own, since her search for Matthew’s father – who she only knows as Paulo Ayudor – is a fruitless one. Then, three years later, her “Paulo” shows up out of the blue at her home in Wyoming, speaking the perfect English of an American, and identifying himself as Daniel Delligati. He announces he’s come for his son. . .and for her.” — (From an Amazon review by Karen Templeton)

Book 2: At the Heart’s Command

Colonel John Griffin Jr. is a good and honorable soldier, determined to protect Ellyn Sinclair at all costs – especially from himself.

Once, he’d rejected a young Ellyn’s advances, because he could not give her the life she deserved. Instead, Grif stood up as best man when Ellyn married his best friend. Then, he became a member of the family, godfather to her children.

But now Ellyn is a widow, back in Far Hills, Wyoming with her two young children, and having a tough time. And no matter what it costs him, Grif will do his duty – help Ellyn and her children, while ignoring that he has never stopped wanting her.

Book 3: Hidden in a Heartbeat

Rebecca Dahlgren comes to Far Hills Ranch hoping for answers to her unknown heritage. But from the first moment, she finds foreman Luke Chandler hard to miss. The sexy cowboy with the sleepy eyes that aren’t interested in sleeping means just the sort of trouble her patrician grandmother has always warned about.

Luke has his own reasons for wanting to steer clear of anything like commitment. But the secrets behind Rebecca’s dark eyes keep luring him on … even if it means baring his own heart.

I’ve liked most McLinn books I’ve read and I think Jayne has too. These are not loud, ugly cry romances but they feature likeable characters. It’s a nice way to spend a rainy Sunday.

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Otherkin  by Nina BerryOtherkin by Nina Berry. $ 2.99

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I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb.

Dez is a good girl who does as she’s told and tries not to be noticed. Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself. Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her.

Everything is about to change—and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them, are prepared for what Dez will unleash.

Voya does not recommend. ” Within the first few pages, Dez is hopelessly in love with a tall, dark stranger with a secretive side. In other words, this is lazy plotting at its worst. Although it moves quickly and entertainingly enough, every significant beat is taken from the teen novel closest to hand. Add in Berry’s stunningly tone-deaf dialogue, and there is really no need to read this novel over any of the seemingly hundreds of other paranormal romances out there. Reviewer: Mark Flowers”

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The Curse (The Beladors)  by Sherrilyn KenyonThe Curse by Sherrilyn Kenyon. $ 1.99.

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Evalle Kincaid will fight to the death for her supernatural friends.

But when Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love’s tough-as-nails heroine reveals her darkest secret, who among those she had trusted will be left standing?

With the freedom of an entire race hanging in the balance, Evalle has two days to make good on a promise that she suddenly has no hope of fulfilling when demonic Svart Trolls invade Atlanta. She takes a leap of faith, seeking help from the one man who recently put Evalle in his crosshairs—Black Ops specialist Isak Nyght. While trying to stop the bloody troll-led gang wars, Evalle unwittingly exposes a secret that endangers all she holds dear and complicates her already tumultuous love life with the mysterious Skinwalker, Storm. But when Evalle discovers she’s the number one target in the Medb coven’s ruthless plan to destroy all Beladors, the deadly Alterant is forced to make a game-changing decision with no time left on the clock.

This is the third book in the Belador series and I’m making a wild stab you can’t read this as a standalone. I haven’t read Kenyon in years. The reviews indicate that nothing is resolved even in book 3 and that there isn’t a lot of hope for the future.

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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

4 Comments

  1. CrankySarah
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 11:19:31

    PWP = Plot? What Plot? (Generally. I’ve seen people try to use it as “Porn With Plot” but that’s not the norm.) I don’t know if it’s specifically fannish in origin, but it’s been used in fanfiction circles since forever to denote a story that’s little more than an excuse for your two favorite characters to get it on.

  2. Liviania
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 11:50:48

    @CrankySarah: I think it’s Porn Without Plot, not Porn With Plot.

  3. Dallas
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 12:08:26

    I second that PWP = Porn Without Plot. Back in my days of reading copious amounts of Spuffy and Spander fanfic, discerning readers and authors were quick to point out which stories had actual plots and character development and which ones were simply PWP. Not all fanfic readers enjoy the latter.

  4. Kaetrin
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 04:08:58

    I bought the McLinn box set and the m/m. If/when I get around to reading it, I shall report back, but one of my GR friends rated it as 4 stars.

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