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Duke to Die For: The Rogues' Dynasty Amelia Grey Duke to Die For: The Rogues’ Dynasty by Amelia Gray. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

What is a roguish young nobleman supposed to do with a shockingly lovely young ward?
The Duke of Blakewell believes he’d better marry her off as soon as possible, before he gives in to temptation himself…

But Henrietta doesn’t want a husband? she wants her independence…
Sure that she carries a curse that killed her previous guardians, Henrietta just wants the duke to sign over her inheritance before something terrible befalls him…

In a moment of passion, they become scandalously entangled, and suddenly the duke must take Henrietta’s curse seriously, and she must take drastic measures to save the one man she could love…

I liked this summation on Amazon:

This is very much a simple plot, simply told. There are minimal twists and turns in the stories, few disagreements among the characters and the curse aspect of the plot is resolved in a way which seemed rather too easy to me at the end. Historical accuracy isn’t that good in terms of dialogue although some of the background information about ballooning was interesting, although that aspect of the story wasn’t resolved in this book (there are two more novels planned, about Blake’s cousins, which may continue the theme). Although both Blake and Henrietta were very appealing characters, Blake’s behaviour as a guardian was pretty dodgy towards his ward and her tumbling into love with him seemed to reach a great depth very quickly.

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White Girl Problems      by     Babe Walker White Girl Problems by Babe Walker. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Babe Walker, center of the universe, is a painstakingly manicured white girl with an expensive smoothie habit, a proclivity for Louboutins, a mysterious mother she’s never met, and approximately 50 bajillion Twitter followers. But her “problems” have landed her in shopping rehab—that’s what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. Now she’s decided to write her memoir, revealing the gut-wrenching hurdles she’s had to overcome in order to be perfect in every way, every day. Hurdles such as:

– I hate my horse.
– Every job I’ve ever had is the worst job I’ve ever had.
– He’s not a doctor, a lawyer, or a prince.
– I’ll eat anything, as long as it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, and organic.

In an Adderall-induced flash of inspiration, Babe Walker has managed to create one of the most enjoyable, unforgettable memoirs in years.

The reviews are fairly positive for this book calling it very funny but with all humorous books, funny can be very subjective.

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My Fierce Highlander      by     Vonda Sinclair My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans–her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?

Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her–give up her son or the man she loves.

I believe this is a self published book. It has good reviews, but it’s hard for me to judge the sincerity of them. The negative reviews (and even the positive ones) all point toward the heroine being very difficult and unlikeable who uses the hero for sex, money, and position but not much more.

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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody Andrew Shaffer Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody by Andrew Shaffer. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

I’m not a huge fan of parody texts and my guess is that this is only funny if you’ve read 50 Shades but it is a good price and those that have reviewed it, enjoyed it.

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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. Laura Hunsaker
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 12:18:24

    FWIW I really liked the Vonda Sinclair book. It’s well-written and yes the heroine drove me nuts a few times, but it didn’t detract from the story. I’d give it a solid B rating.

  2. cead
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 13:39:16

    I read the Amelia Grey book, and about half its first sequel, and thought it was pretty awful. Actually, I think the sequel may have been the book that finally broke me out of my now-defunct “No DNF” policy. I would agree with the Amazon summary. The characters were independently okay (if not memorable), but their relationship was just really badly done from start to finish.

  3. willaful
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 14:37:09

    I DNF’d Fifty Shades, but I still found Fifty Shames very funny.

  4. EmilyW
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 18:51:24

    Hehe. Merkin.

  5. ms bookjunkie
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 03:55:10

    @EmilyW: ROFLMAO I had to look up merkin. It’s not something necessary in everyday vocabulary. Hehehe Fanny Merkin.

  6. Patricia Eimer
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 06:55:43

    OMG White Girl Problems sounds hilarious.

  7. MrsJoseph
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 09:58:18

    @willaful: I thought 50 Shames was too freaking funny. I’ve been hoping he would P2P this…and he did, lol. I found it LOL funny.

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