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Cost of Repairs by A.M. ArthurCost of Repairs by A.M. Arthur. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Fixing the home can heal the heart-if you can find all the pieces.
Police officer Samuel Briggs is getting to know the people on his new, third-shift beat, but he’d prefer they not know too much about him-or the painful past that drove him away from New Mexico to start fresh in small-town Stratton, PA.

All he wants is peace, a manageable routine, and time to fix up his project home. There’s no room in his broken heart for a new relationship. It’s crowded with too many memories. But there’s something about the Dixie’s Cup short-order cook, who’s flirty one minute, distracted the next, that piques Sam’s interest.

Part-time cook, part-time hardware salesman and full-time handyman Rey King lives to work-but not because he loves it. Relationships? No time. Until one glance at Sam’s haunted eyes sends a plumb line straight to his wary heart.

One afternoon of impulsive, no-strings sex begins to grow into a cautious friendship. But when Rey is seriously injured protecting a friend, the cracks in their already shaky foundation begin to show. Falling in love wasn’t in either man’s recovery plan…and this time, the risk could be too great.

Warning: Contains one emotionally wrecked cop, one angsty short-order cook, a few too many secrets, some meddling small-town folk, and plenty of hot man-on-man action.

We don’t get a lot of m/m deals. For some reason they don’t show up in the locations where I look but I’m happy to include them if I get a heads up. Thanks to Sirius for the tip on this deal.

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Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy) by Ilsa Madden-MillsVery Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy) by Ilsa Madden-Mills . $ .99

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Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect…

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about…until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

This is $2.99 at BN but available at Apple, Kobo and AMZN for 99c. I’ve been eying this book and am happy to snap it up at $.99. Of course, why she’s at an “Academy” after high school is kind of questionable.

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Kate Hewitt This Fragile LifeThis Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt. $ 1.36 | 1.99

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You love your best friend. You trust her with your life. But could you give her the most precious gift of all? Alex’s life is a mess. She’s barely holding down a job, only just affording her apartment, and can’t remember when she was last in a relationship. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing she needs.

Martha’s life is on track. She’s got the highflying career, the gorgeous home and the loving husband. But one big thing is missing. Five rounds of IVF and still no baby. The solution seems simple. Alex knows that Martha can give her child everything that she can’t provide. But Martha’s world may not be as perfect as it seems, and letting go isn’t as easy as Alex expected it to be. Now they face a decision that could shatter their friendship forever. Provocative. Emotional. Affecting. Share This Fragile Life with your best friend.

This is a full length women’s fiction novel by Harlequin author Kate Hewitt. It’s got a few really great reviews. Sounds like a Jodi Picoult novel.

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9780061665431_p0_v1_s260x420Thy Neighbor’s Wife by Gay Talese. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The provocative classic work newly updated

An intimate personal odyssey across America’s changing sexual landscape

When first published, Gay Talese’s 1981 groundbreaking work, Thy Neighbor’s Wife, shocked a nation with its powerful, eye-opening revelations about the sexual activities and proclivities of the American public in the era before AIDS. A marvel of journalistic courage and craft, the book opened a window into a new world built on a new moral foundation, carrying the reader on a remarkable journey from the Playboy Mansion to the Supreme Court, to the backyards and bedrooms of suburbia—through the development of the porn industry, the rise of the “swinger” culture, the legal fight to define obscenity, and the daily sex lives of “ordinary” people. It is the book that forever changed the way Americans look at themselves and one another.

Sex from a white guy’s point of view in the 80s.

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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. Janine
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 15:21:45

    It’s not super cheap but the ebook for Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue, my favorite book of 2012, is now $6.06 at Amazon, which is half it’s original price and about 40% less expensive than it’s recent price of $9.99.

    Bitterblue is part of a YA fantasy series and I recommend reading Graceling first.

  2. hapax
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 16:43:28

    Sex from a white guy’s point of view in the 80s.

    I have never read a more precise, succinct, and dead-on review.

  3. Nemo
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 18:19:41

    Oh my god. If I never hear of a hero swearing to “never fall in love” or swearing off love or declaring he’s only interested in flings it will be too soon. It’s every.single.hero in all the books. Why can’t men be totally interested in finding their romantic partner? “I don’t want to love” is the least healthy start to a successful relationship barring confessing you’re a murderer. And it’s not just the men! All the women think it’s all the rage too. And it’s not like they just weren’t looking for love, or hadn’t thought about it, they are genuinely opposed to it and actively avoided it.

    …sorry for the crazy rant. But two in one day? I’m newish to romance, is it always this way?

    Also, why do they always have these ‘rules?’ Do romance characters make a list at the end of each failed relationship or personal trauma? “Rule 27: Don’t date women who wear pink. Rule 83: If he asks for cream in his coffee this might be a come on. Tell him you have one rule: Never fall in love. Walk away stiffly, hunched under the burden of your scars and traumatic past.”

    Otherwise, thanks for the deals! I buy almost every freebie that looks interesting because, hey, free, and I wouldn’t know about them without these posts.

  4. Susan
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 18:56:55

    For what it’s worth, I read Harvard Hottie, which you had on the DD list the other day. I enjoyed it and it was one of those books that will probably stay with me for quite awhile. I then immediately downloaded/read the author’s other book, The Boy Next Door. I didn’t enjoy it as much–and it probably didn’t help that I read it hot on the heels of HH (hehe)– but it was still a +. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. loonigrrl
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 19:02:16

    From what I remember, the protagonist in Very Bad Things is still in high school- hence why she’s at an Academy. She started grade school late and is 19 while in her senior year.

  6. Amanda
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 19:48:57


    I just read Harvard Hottie because it was on the DD list too. Really enjoyed (though I wish there had been one more chapter there at the end) and agree it is the kind of book that stays with a reader.

  7. cleo
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 12:42:51

    I read Cost of Repairs yesterday (yay free books). It’s a hurt /comfort mm with a super mega dose of angst. Even more than I was expecting from the blurb. Trigger warnings – sexual assault (past for one hero and during the story but off page of a secondary character), violent crime, kidnapping, and I’m probably forgetting something.

    Sam lost his partner tragically (pretty common mm trope). Rey has so many traumas in his backstory, and such bad luck during the story, that I started feeling a little cranky and emotionally manipulated as they were revealed. I didn’t hate it, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

  8. Sirius
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 13:42:33

    @cleo: You know, I did not remember details on this one at all. I was left with overall ok impression, but no details – thanks for reminding me about triggers. I feel bad now – I did not mean to be silent about those.

  9. NBLibGirl
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 20:21:30

    Read Cost of Repairs and enjoyed it enough to buy the next book in the series. Yes, there are lots of issues to be dealt with (Book 2 is similar, FYI) but the characters in the book are fully developed and handle them fairly realistically.

    There are 3 in the series currently available and Book 4 (to be published in Dec.) sounds like a true sequel to Book 1, which I’ll probably also get. Thanks for the heads up Sirius!

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