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Almost Perfect Patricia Rice Almost Perfect by Patricia Rice. $2.99.

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Cleo Alyssum would do anything to transform herself into the kind of mother her young son needs, but she’s learned from hard experience that people only wreck her life, making it tough to prove that she deserves her son back. Celebrated cartoonist Jared McCloud is just the kind of sexy, artistic, impossibly bull-headed extrovert who can shatter her carefully constructed serenity and ruin her chance to be perfect. But how can she avoid a man who doesn’t grasp the meaning of no or resist him when he breaches all her No Trespassing signs?

Patricia Rice contacted me to let me know that she is also an author part of Book View Cafe and is offering several of her books at a discount. I’ll feature those individually over the next few days. One of my favorite books by Rice is “Blue Clouds” and this book kind of reminds me of it. I’m going to pick it up.

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The Redbreast      by     Jo Nesbo The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo. $3.99.

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Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins he’s been reassigned to mundane surveillance tasks. But while monitoring neo-Nazi activities in Oslo, Hole is inadvertently drawn into a mystery with deep roots in Norway’s dark past—when members of the nation’s government willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany. More than sixty years later, this black mark won’t wash away, and disgraced old soldiers who once survived a brutal Russian winter are being murdered, one by one. Now, with only a stained and guilty conscience to guide him, an angry, alcoholic, error-prone policeman must make his way safely past the traps and mirrors of a twisted criminal mind. For a hideous conspiracy is rapidly taking shape around Hole—and Norway’s darkest hour may still be to come.

Ned really loved this series and I paid full price for each of them. I told him he had expensive reading tastes!

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Anne Stuart Ritual Sins Ritual Sins by Anne Stuart. $Free at Amazon.

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Rachel Connery is a woman with a mission—to destroy Luke Bardell, the charismatic man who seduced millions of dollars from her dying mother, thus robbing Rachel of her inheritance. Now Rachel wants revenge—and she’s willing to enter Luke’s lair and risk the lure of his magnetic personality to get it. Luke Bardell is a master manipulator. He always gets what he wants from people, and Rachel Connery looks like an especially easy mark, She is beautiful and angry and spoiled, and the challenge of melting her icy exterior inspires him. For Luke it is a standard ritual. But desire is a dangerous weapon that cuts two ways. Rachel could get trapped in a nightmare of forbidden feelings…or she could use her strength and intelligence and fierce will to find a way into Luke’s heart and force his utter surrender to her—body and soul.

It looks like we’ve reviewed several Anne Stuart books ( but not this one. I’m sure it has an evil villain hero, though.


Gutshot Straight      by     Lou Berney Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney. $2.99.

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Professional wheel man Charles “Shake” Bouchon is too nice a guy for the life he’s led and not nice enough for any other. Fresh out of prison, he’s supposed to deliver a package to Vegas strip-club owner Dick “the Whale” Moby and pick up a briefcase for Shake’s former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, pakhan of L.A.’s Armenian mob. But when the “package” turns out to be Gina, a wholesome young housewife, Shake decides to set her free—a move as noble as it is boneheaded.

Now Shake and Gina are on the run in Panama—looking to unload the briefcase’s unusual contents while outmaneuvering two angry crime bosses, a heartbroken ex-linebacker, and a sadistic thug plagued by erectile superfunction. And Shake’s learning that Gina is less wholesome and more complicated than he initially imagined.

From the Starred PW Review: “Virtually every character is memorable, and the chemistry between Shake and Gina, the gorgeous and devious stripper, is brilliant. The plot turns are constant, and the dialogue is sharp. The bad guys are wonderfully scary, and the locales—Las Vegas and Panama—are vividly drawn. The estimable Elmore Leonard might be very pleased to call Gutshot Straight his own”

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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
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 14:58:00

    Ah, Ritual Sins. I’m not sure what to say about it. Like Moonrise, it’s another Stuart that I can’t view as a HEA romance, but that is hard to stop reading as a suspense novel. A warning to readers who are triggered by non-consensual sex scenes: there’s a hero/heroine scene in Ritual Sins that qualifies as non-consensual.

    A question to readers of Jo Nesbo– is this the first novel in the series?

  2. Brian
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 15:42:11

    The Jo Nesbø book is number three in the Harry Hole Series. The first two aren’t available in the US yet.!/books

  3. Cindy W
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 16:00:26

    The Anne Stuart book is 10 pages??? BUMMER

  4. Janine
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 16:06:33

    @Brian: Thanks so much. I got this info from Keishon (@avidmysteryfan) on Twitter as well, and I purchased the book.

    @Cindy W: What? The paper copy is something like 300 pages long, but also listed at Amazon as being 10 pages. That has to be an error.

  5. DS
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 16:13:58

    May be an error. The actual book is fairly thick– as is the heroine, who is also neurotic. The hero is my favorite villain though.

  6. Sunita
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 16:20:49

    @Cindy W: No, DS is right, that’s an error. I was afraid it was only 10 pages too, but when I downloaded it I saw that it’s the full novel.

    I don’t love Ritual Sins the way I love Nightfall, but it’s a keeper. These two books fit *my* definition of cracktastic: gripping, can’t-put-down, well-written, with a healthy dose of “I can’t believe she went there.”

  7. Suzanna Medeiros
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 16:33:06

    I, too, read Ritual Sins in paper and I’m very ambivalent about it as a romance. Like Janine, though, I couldn’t stop reading.

  8. B. Sullivan
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 18:16:47

    “The actual book is fairly thick– as is the heroine”

    This has to be my favorite sentence of any I’ve read today! *glee*

  9. Cindy W
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 10:09:09


  10. Teri P
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:04:04

    I have to admit that Ritual Sins was nonputdownable for me. Luke Bardwell is one of my favorite nasty villains. The book struck a cord with me because it was written around the same time as the Waco situation. Anne Stuart is the best when it comes to nasty, spiteful men. I have to be in the mood to read her books, and sometimes after I am done they resonate for a while, as in was the hero really a hero? Or the wrath of God in disguise?

  11. Janine
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:51:56

    @Teri P: Didn’t she write a novella where the hero was a demon? I haven’t read it though.

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