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Bond Girl by Erin Duffy Bond Girl by Erin Duffy. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

When other little girls were dreaming about becoming doctors or lawyers, Alex Garrett set her sights on conquering the high-powered world of Wall Street. And though she’s prepared to fight her way into an elitist boys’ club, or duck the occasional errant football, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head when she’s relegated to a kiddie-size folding chair with her new moniker—Girlie—inscribed in Wite-Out across the back.

No matter. She’s determined to make it in bond sales at Cromwell Pierce, one of the Street’s most esteemed brokerage firms. Keeping her eyes on the prize, the low Girlie on the totem pole will endure whatever comes her way—whether trekking to the Bronx for a $1,000 wheel of Parmesan cheese; discovering a secretary’s secret Friday night slumber/dance party in the conference room; fielding a constant barrage of “friendly” practical jokes; learning the ropes from Chick, her unpredictable, slightly scary, loyalty-demanding boss; babysitting a colleague while he consumes the contents of a vending machine on a $28,000 bet; or eluding the advances of a corporate stalker who’s also one of the firm’s biggest clients.

Ignoring her friends’ pleas to quit, Alex excels (while learning how to roll with the punches and laugh at herself) and soon advances from lowly analyst to slightly-less-lowly associate. Suddenly, she’s addressed by her real name, and the impenetrable boys’ club has transformed into forty older brothers and one possible boyfriend. Then the apocalypse hits, and Alex is forced to choose between sticking with Cromwell Pierce as it teeters on the brink of disaster or kicking off her Jimmy Choos and running for higher ground.

Fast-paced, funny, and thoroughly addictive, Bond Girl will leave you cheering for Alex: a feisty, ambitious woman with the spirit to stand up to the best (and worst) of the boys on the Street—and ultimately rise above them all.

This book engendered a lot of varying opinions. The reader reviews range from “I love it” to “cliched” and unimaginative. From the negative reviews, though, it sounds like Bond Girl doesn’t bring anything new to the chick lit genre but for those who like the genre, the Wall Street setting (which is by all accounts pretty accurate) might be just fresh enough.

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Room Emma Donoghue Room by Emma Donoghue. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Room received a starred review from PW and was selected as one of Amazon’s Best of the Month for September 2010. Negative reviews say it didn’t live up to the hype and that being in the mind of a five year old becomes tedious. One reviewer says that if you like the first couple of pages the book will appeal. So maybe sample first?

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Caroline Linden What A Gentleman Wants What a Gentleman Wants by Caroline Linden. $2.71/3.03.

From Jacket Copy:

Two virtual strangers are swept into a sizzling, spellbinding world of daring deception and unexpected passion in Caroline Linden’s thrilling new romance. . .
What A Gentleman Wants

Marcus Reese, Duke of Essex, has spent most of his life pulling his twin brother out of trouble. An occasional thank you would suffice; instead, his resentful sibling forges his name to a marriage license and presents him with an unwanted wife. She’s a vicar’s widow with a mind of her own who may be the first person in Marcus’s well-ordered life to make him feel. . .completely out of control.

Hannah can’t help but curse her own idiocy. Dire straits have led her to the altar with a gentleman she hardly knows. Played for a fool, she’s embarrassed, furious, and worse, married to an equally outraged stranger–an exasperating man who unleashes all manner of emotions in Hannah, not to mention unwanted desire. Reluctantly, she agrees to play the wife until he can sort out the mess. But the nearness of the undeniably attractive Duke and the passion in his black eyes unsettles her well-guarded heart–making her want to do so much more than “act” the role of blissful bride. . .

Originally published on September 1, 2006. Linden is an under discovered historical author, in my opinion. From the Most Helpful reviewIf you like your hero’s ala proud Darcy types and bold heroines with a bit of steamy love scences added to the mix, you’ll love this one! Marcus, Duke of Exeter is the arrogant snob who looks down upon his plain provincial ‘wife’. Seeing Hannah be able not only to stand toe-to-toe with him, but slowly peel away his crusty layers to show the true man he really is, is priceless. “

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Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Dear Reader,

Yes, our town is way off the beaten path, but strange, wonderful miracles happen a lot around here.

I’ve owned the Cut ‘n’ Curl beauty shop for years, and I’ve seen folks come for a visit, then stay for a lifetime. Take Jane-that pretty firecracker of a girl who just arrived in town. I would swear she’s running from something. She came with only five dollars in her pocket but she’s worked real hard to make a fresh start. She’s turned my son Clay’s life upside down without even realizing it.

And thank goodness for that! Ever since Clay left his country western band, he’s played everything too safe. He needs to take a chance on Jane. Besides, the more he tries to keep his distance, the more he’ll realize that he and Jane are singing the same tune.

But I should quit ramblin’ and go check on Millie’s permanent wave. Next time you’re in Last Chance, be sure to swing by. We’ve got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.

See you real soon,

Ruby Rhodes

I wonder if Jayne would enjoy these? I thought this line from the Starred PW review sounded fun “Despite her sketchy behavior, Clay falls in love with her, and soon he and his mother are scheming in fine style to give Jane a last chance of her 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. Estara
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 14:27:35

    Jane, delete this if you consider it inappropriate, but re: daily deals (as in free ebook ^^) I wanted to invite fellow ebookies to my tiny ebook give-away of Andrea Höst’s And All the Stars on GoodReads – released today. It’s a ya sf fantasy apocalypse that is not a dystopia and I love it very much. There’s even a romance (with one very appropriate awkward, tender sex scene) – actually there are more romances than just one, but they receive less focus than the main heroine.

    My giveaway is here:

    Here’s the blurb of the book:

    Come for the apocalypse.
    Stay for cupcakes.
    Die for love.

    Madeleine Cost is working to become the youngest person ever to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Her elusive cousin Tyler is the perfect subject: androgynous, beautiful, and famous. All she needs to do is pin him down for the sittings.

    None of her plans factored in the Spires: featureless, impossible, spearing into the hearts of cities across the world – and spraying clouds of sparkling dust into the wind.

    Is it an alien invasion? Germ warfare? They are questions everyone on Earth would like answered, but Madeleine has a more immediate problem. At Ground Zero of the Sydney Spire, beneath the collapsed ruin of St James Station, she must make it to the surface before she can hope to find out if the world is ending.

  2. JenM
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 14:37:50

    I really did not want to read Room, but my bookclub picked it, so I read it. They all loved it. I didn’t, but that was more to do with the subject matter than anything else. I thought the writing and story were very inventive, so I would definitely encourage anyone who likes literary fiction to give it a try (or at least to sample it).

    I also read Welcome To Last Chance and enjoyed it. I think it’s gotten somewhat mixed reviews, but if you like small town southern romance, and lead characters with definite flaws, I think you’d like this.

  3. Janine
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 15:32:08

    Jane, Jayne and I all reviewed What a Gentleman Wants in the early days of DA. Here’s Jane’s B review, here’s Jayne’s B review and here’s my C+ review.

  4. Jill Sorenson
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 15:45:17

    I read Last Chance and really enjoyed it. The heroine is down on her luck and not too bright, but it’s a sympathetic portrayal. The hero is a good guy, too. I liked that it started with a one-night stand and went in an unexpected direction, without anyone looking down on the heroine for her choices. I think it has some inspie undertones, but it’s a nice romance if you’re looking for an antidote to slut shaming and knuckle dragging.

  5. Jayne
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 17:52:31

    I actually got an advanced copy of “Bond Girl” and skimmed it a bit. After the skimming, I decided I wasn’t interested in trying it and from what I recall, there is no romance HEA or even HFN at the end.

  6. Lark
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 09:10:26

    Dear “Dear Author,”
    I enjoy your Daily Deals feature, but I’m finding one thing a bit annoying. I know you’ve automated the links to various e-retailers, and I understand why — but could you please check the links (once generated) to be sure the store even *carries* the book, before including the link? I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve clicked the Kobo link to find that either they didn’t have the book, or the search-as-entered didn’t find it. (Admittedly, the latter is their problem, not yours, but I can occasionally find the title by adding the author’s name, or searching just the author’s name. On the other hand, sometimes Kobo simply doesn’t carry the title.) I’m sure I’m not the only one who has initially assumed that if your site includes a link to a bookstore, the title is available through that source.

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