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Sex and the Single Girl by Helen Gurley BrownSex and the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Before Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Miranda Hobbes, and Charlotte York tore up the town, there was Helen Gurley Brown, the real-life editor in chief of Cosmopolitan.

In this deliciously tantalizing book, Cosmo’s leading lady told women how to be glamorous and sophisticated and how to fill their lives with romance and delectable men. She showed women how to meet men and sweep them off their feet-all while looking and feeling fabulously sexy. Since that time, sexual attitudes may have changed, but the art of being a woman has not.

Still provocative after all these years, Brown celebrates the pleasures of flirting, of enjoying affairs from beginning to end, throwing brunches and dinner parties, finding men where you might not think to look, dating (and ditching) married men, and being both feminine and powerful.

It’s been over 40 years since Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl sent shockwaves through American culture. How times have changed, or have they?

This was probably the definitive chick lit book that launched a thousand derivative books. That said, I’m not sure how much of her advice holds up today.

“I think marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. During your best years you don’t need a husband. You do need a man of course every step of the way, and they are often cheaper emotionally and a lot more fun by the dozen.”

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Blacklisted by Gena ShowalterBlacklisted by Gena Showalter. $ 1.99 at AMZN | Apple

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Alien hunting can get a girl killed. It can also get her a date.

High school senior Camille Robins and her best friend are determined to snag the attention of their crushes before graduation next month. Armed with red-hot outfits and killer hair, they sneak into the hottest nightclub in town — which caters to the rich and famous, both human and alien. They end up following Erik (who is human) and Silver (who isn’t) through a guarded door and are soon separated and under attack…and not the good kind.

Bad boy Erik spares Camille’s life, but the two are soon being chased by gun-toting Alien Investigation and Removal agents. Camille’s more confused than ever because Erik’s finally showing real interest in her, but the agents are accusing him of dealing Onadyn — a drug that ruins human lives. Suddenly, with the heat of his kiss lingering on her lips, Camille has to decide whose side she’s on…and whether she’s willing to put her life on the line to save Erik’s.

This is the second book in the Teen Alien Huntress series. Doesn’t look like more are in the offing. Pleasant read with a rushed ending per reviews.

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Riding High by Vicki Lewis ThompsonRiding High by Vicki Lewis Thompson. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

A new Sons of Chance story from New York Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson!
There ain’t a rider that can’t be thrown. And large-animal veterinarian Regan O’Connelli was thrown hard when he discovered his fiancée with his best friend. Now he’s starting his life over at the Last Chance Ranch, run by the tightly knit Chance clan. But damned if his libido hasn’t perked up over the spirited redhead who looks a lot like trouble?.

Lily King is the queen of anti-structure. Turns out, that makes running a horse sanctuary a challenge. Regan’s help is exactly what Lily needs—not to mention the seriously sexy sparks that are flying between them. Now she just has to convince this fallen cowboy to dust himself off and get back in the saddle?and into her bed!

Collect all three in this sizzling hot trilogy!

Riding High
Riding Hard
Riding Home

I’ve enjoyed most Vicki Lewis Thompson books I’ve read. Soft humor, low angst. Pleasant diversions.

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The Reincarnationist by M. J. RoseThe Reincarnationist by M. J. Rose. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A bomb in Rome, a flash of bluish-white, and photojournalist Josh Ryder’s world explodes. As Josh recovers, thoughts that have the emotion, the intensity, the intimacy of memories invade him. But they are not his. They are ancient…and violent with an urgency he cannot ignore–pulling him to save Sabina…and the treasures she protects. But who is Sabina?

Desperate for answers, Josh turns to the Phoenix Foundation–a research facility that scientifically documents past-life experiences. He is led to an archaeological dig and to Professor Gabriella Chase,who has discovered an ancient, powerful secret that threatens to merge the past with the present.

Here, the dead call out to the living, and murders of the past become murders of the present.

Booklist review says “This is one of those books that succeeds in spite of itself: even though the writing is merely competent, the story itself is so appealing that you can’t stop reading. Josh Ryder is a difficult character to pull off (among other things, he’s a man in love with a woman who lived 1,600 years ago), and at times he comes off a little loopy. But for the most part he, like the novel itself, is surprisingly well grounded in the real world. “

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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

One Comment

  1. Mary Beth
    Aug 02, 2014 @ 19:28:29

    Well, Regan looks like a very sexy cowboy, however all that hay he is leaning on with his bare back makes my skin itch just thinking about it.

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