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Hard As You Can (Hard Ink Series #2) by Laura KayeHard As You Can (Hard Ink Series #2) by Laura Kaye. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can—and never let go.

The first book was sale priced for a while so it’s good time to pick up this novel. I started the first book but never finished it. Wasn’t in the mood at the time, but I’m going to buy this…just in case.

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9780671737832_p0_v1_s260x420Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood. $ 1.99

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Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate’s passions, he tasted the wild fire smoldering beneath Christina’s cool charm and swore to posess her…
But the fiesty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon’s sensuous caresses. She dared not surrender to his love…for then, she must also forsake her precious secret…and her promised destiny!

If I hadn’t bought all of Garwood’s books when they first were released digitally at the price of $5.99, I’d be all over this. Lion’s Lady is one of my very favorite Garwood books. I loved her quirkiness, her many divorces of the hero, and just the sweet and wonderful romance.

Lyon noticed Brown standing in the open doorway then. His butler looked upset. “Good afternoon, my lord,” Brown called out. “It is so very good to have you back,” he added. His voice sounded strained to Lyon, relieved as well. “Did you see your shoes, sir?”
“I’m not blind, man. Of course I saw them. Would you care to explain what in thunderation is going on?”
“Your wife’s orders,” Brown announced.
“Past wife,” Elbert interjected with a cackle.
Lyon took a deep breath. “What are you talking about?” He addressed his question to Brown, believing his young butler would make more sense than the old man snickering with laughter behind him.
“You’re being divorced, my lord.”
“I’m what?”
Brown’s shoulders sagged. He knew his lord wasn’t going to take the news well. “Divorced.”
“Cast out, my lord, pushed aside, forgotten, dead in her heart—”
“I get your meaning, Elbert,” Lyon muttered in exasperation. “I’m aware of what the word divorce means.”
Lyon continued into the house. The old servant shuffled after him. “Those were her very words. My mistress is divorcing you the way her people do. She said it was quite all right to get rid of a husband. You have to find someplace else to live.”
“I what?” Lyon asked, certain he hadn’t heard correctly.
Brown’s insistent nod indicated he had.
“You’re cast out, pushed aside—”
“For God’s sake, Elbert, cease your litany,” Lyon demanded. He turned back to Brown. “What is the significance of the shoes?”
“They signify your departure, my lord,” Brown said.
The butler tried not to stare at the incredulous look on his master’s face. He was in jeopardy of losing his control. He stared at the floor instead.
“Let me get this straight in my mind,” Lyon muttered. “My wife believes the house belongs to her?”
“And your mother, of course,” Brown blurted out. “She’s keeping her.”
Brown was biting his lower lip. Lyon thought he might be trying not to laugh.
“Of course,” Lyon drawled.
Elbert tried to be helpful once again. “It’s the way her people do,” he interjected, his voice gratingly cheerful.
“Where is my wife?” Lyon asked, ignoring Elbert’s comments.
He didn’t wait for his servants to answer him but took the steps two at a time to reach the bedrooms. A sudden thought made him pause. “Did she cut her hair?” he called out.
“She did,” Elbert shouted before Brown could open his mouth. “It’s the way of it,” Elbert insisted. “Once the hair’s cut—well, then you’re as good as dead to her. You’re set aside, cast—”
“I’ve gotten her message,” Lyon shouted. “Brown, bring my shoes inside. Elbert, go sit somewhere.”
“My lord?” Brown called out.
“Yes?”
“Do the French really follow these laws?”
Lyon contained his smile. “Did my wife say it was the law?” he asked.
“Yes, my lord.”
“And she told you she was from France?” he asked his butler.
Brown nodded.
“Then it must be true,” Lyon announced. “I would like a bath, Brown. Leave the shoes until later,” he added before turning back to his destination.

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“My lord, I would never presume to intrude upon your private affairs, but I was wondering if you’ll be honoring your wife’s decision.”
Lyon had to remind himself that Brown was very young and hadn’t been in his household long enough to know his lord’s ways well. He’d never have asked such a ridiculous question otherwise. “Why, of course, Brown,” Lyon drawled out.
“Then you’ll let her divorce you?” Brown blurted out, clearly stunned.
“I believe she already did divorce me,” Lyon answered with a grin.
The butler wasn’t at all happy with that announcement. “I shall miss you, my lord.”
“She’s keeping you, too?” Lyon asked.
Brown nodded. He looked miserable. “My lady explained that we are part of her family now.”
“We?”
“She’s keeping the full staff, my lord.”

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9780758203199_p0_v1_s260x420Behind Closed Doors by Shannon McKenna. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Surveillance expert Seth Mackey knows everything about the women his millionaire boss Victor Lazar toys with–and tosses aside. But Lazar’s latest plaything, Raine Cameron, is different. Beautiful. Vulnerable. And innocent. Just looking at her triggers a white-hot passion Seth can barely control as night after night, he watches her on a dozen different video screens. Raine is pure temptation, but Seth can’t slip up: he’s convinced Lazar had his half-brother murdered. His secret investigation–and his life–are on the line. But then he finds out that Raine may be Lazar’s next victim…
Raine knows she’s being watched–but no one can see the secrets in her heart. She has reasons of her own to seek revenge on Victor Lazar, and she will, despite her fear–and the distracting presence of Seth Mackey. His fiercely masculine good looks and animal sensuality stir her most erotic fantasies when she’s alone…and lead her to a bold plan. Offering her body to him, surrendering totally to his ruthless desire, might well push her beyond all emotional limits–and beyond fear itself.

I listed a deal a week or so ago for McKenna but said it wasn’t her best. I think this is her best. Seth is a stalker, for sure, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are interested in McKenna, this is the book to buy.

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9780312541903_p0_v1_s260x420A Murder Hatched: Murder with Peacocks and Murder with Puffins by Donna Andrews. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Catch the first two books in Donna Andrews’s award-winning laugh-out-loud Meg Lanslow series: this ebook bundle contains Murder with Peacocks and Murder with Puffins.

From ducks to penguins to peacocks to parrots, Donna Andrews knows her birds! And she’s channeled all her skill and winning humor into one of the most accomplished, entertaining cozy series around. It all began with Murder with Peacocks, which won the St. Martin’s Minotaur/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. Upon learning that her novel had won, Donna acquired a copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and settled herself down with her zany heroine, blacksmith Meg Langslow. The fun has not stopped since. Murder with Peacocks scooped up the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, along with the Romantic Times award for best first novel and the Lefty award for the funniest mystery.

See how this stunning, laugh-out-loud series all began and meet Meg Langslow, one of the most dynamic and hilarious characters ever to grace the mystery shelves.

This is an especially good deal because it has two books. The mysteries are more lighthearted. One of the reviews called the protagonist a “lovable loon.”

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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

8 Comments

  1. Caro
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 14:18:50

    Just FYI, Donna Andrews’ “Some Like it Hawk” is $1.99 at Amazon at the moment, so if you grab both, that’s three books for $4.98.

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  2. Michelle
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 14:35:56

    Ancillary Justice is 1.99 at Amazon.

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  3. Darlynne
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 15:11:57

    @Michelle: And 1.99 GBP at Amazon UK.

    I’m of two minds about HARD AS YOU CAN. I read the first book and didn’t hate it, although whatshername nearly drove me to drink. So now I have to wonder if I’ll hate myself in the morning for buying the second.

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  4. Readsalot81
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 15:12:44

    Some Hachette Books are on sale at Amz for $1.99 – http://www.dailycheapreads.com/post/2014/07/04/11/42/31/110643/read-a-romance-over-the-holiday-weekend-1-99-each/post.html

    I don’t know what this spells out, but I’ve been reporting to Amz everytime I see a Hachette book I want that’s on sale. *shrug*

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  5. Michelle
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 15:57:24

    The McKenna book isn’t coming up on sale at Amazon anymore

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  6. Anne
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 16:19:51

    It looks like Bloomsbury has a lot of books on sale for $.99 at Amazon. This one caught my eye- She Rises by Kate Worsley. I’m trying to avoid any spoilers in the reviews but it looks like it might be historical f/f.

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  7. Jae Lee
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 00:23:47

    Ancillary Justice is on sale for 1.99 at Amazon, at least. Parasite by Mira Grant is on sale too.

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  8. janedoe
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 23:20:29

    I liked the first Laura Kaye novel more than the second. As Hard As You Can felt rushed and the romance very, very quick.

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