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What Not to Bare: A Loveswept Historical Romance by Megan Frampton What Not to Bare by Megan Frampton. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

In Megan Frampton’s witty historical romance, a woman is judged by her gown, and a man by his reputation—until both are shed in one sexy moment of seduction.

Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing because she doesn’t want to be pursued in the first place? But when Charlotte meets Lord David Marchston, suddenly a little courtship doesn’t sound so bad after all.

David will be the first to admit he’s made some mistakes. But when he gets yanked from his post by his superiors, he is ordered to do the unthinkable to win back his position: woo his commander’s niece. If David wants his life back, he must use his skills as a negotiator to persuade society that Charlotte is a woman worth pursuing, despite her rather unusual “flair” for color. But David does such a terrific job that he develops an unexpected problem, one that violates both his rakish mentality and his marching orders: He’s starting to fall in love.

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Heat Wave (Nikki Heat Series #1) by Richard CastleHeat Wave by Richard Castle. $ 2.99

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A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. She’s hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York’s Finest. Pulitzer Prize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren’t her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.

The series of books by the television character Richard Castle featuring a police detective named Nikki Heat are all on sale for $2.99. When I think of the knocks against romance for being formulaic and pulpy, I can’t help but point to this series.

Deadly Heat (Nikki Heat)
Storm Front (Derrick Storm)
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat)
Frozen Heat
Naked Heat (Nikki Heat)
Heat Rises (Nikki Heat)

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie BarrowsThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel by Mary Ann Shaffer. $ 1.99 Google | Amazon

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“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

One reviewer on Amazon said “It’s a sweet little story and I liked the book, but I doubt it will stay with me very long. It’s enjoyable, well-intentioned and commendable, but ultimately, like the potato peel pie of the title, made with love but not truly satisfying.”

Charming and probably worth $1.99.

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Tall, Tatted, and Tempting (The Reed Brothers)  Tammy FalknerTall, Tatted, and Tempting by Tammy Faulkner. $ .99.

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***This New Adult book is intended for audiences over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations***

Kit

Logan wants to know my name, but I can’t tell him. I can’t tell him anything. There are too many people looking for me. He’s pretty persuasive, though, and he convinces me to go home with him so he can keep me safe from this harsh city where I find myself. It’s not my home. It’s his. He belongs. I don’t.

Logan lives with four brothers in the inner city. Yet I’ve never felt more safe than I do when I’m with him. I want him. But he won’t let me have a darn thing, aside from his friendship, unless I’m willing to tell him my secrets. But they’re mine, and I can’t share them. Not unless I want them to come and get me.

Logan

She catches my eye because she’s so beautiful she takes my breath. But that’s not all that I love about her. I love the way she smells. The way she smiles. The way she plays the guitar is unlike anything I have ever seen. She sleeps in my bed every night, and drives me crazy with her touch. But I can’t take what she offers because I need all of her. I need for her to tell me her secrets. I need for her to trust me.

I enjoyed this book but it’s problematic. The hero is deaf which I liked but the conflict was really contrived but for 99c? Decent read.

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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

11 Comments

  1. Sirius
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 14:10:30

    Loved Guernsey a lot. Really did, stayed with me for months at least.

  2. JJPP
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 14:28:28

    Just purchased Guernsey Society and What Not to Bare. A friend of mine told me she really loved Guernsey, but I hadn’t gotten around to buying it yet… score!

    The reviews of What Not to Bare on Amazon sound great.

  3. MJ
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 15:06:54

    I loved Guernsey – so much so that I bought a wildly overpriced special edition at the airport, even though I was already halfway through it on my kindle. Yes, it has sweetness and frothiness but underlying that it is still a story with WWII at its core. I knew little about the role of the Channel Islands during the war and to me, it told the story in a very human and somewhat understated way that was both charming and incredibly poignant.

  4. Loosheesh
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 15:45:22

    @MJ: “… it told the story in a very human and somewhat understated way that was both charming and incredibly poignant.”

    Yes, this! I love this book to bits, and it found its way onto my best-of-2013 reading list.

  5. Little Red
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 16:22:16

    “What Not to Bare” sounds like a fun read. I’ll get it.

  6. hilly
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 16:50:25

    Is it me, or does anyone else notice that the description for the Megan Frampton’s What Not To Bare sounds uncomfortably like the description for Courtney Milan’s The Heiress Effect ?

    I’ve read the Milan book; Frampton is new to me; has anyone read both?

    Also, I am tempted by all your glowing endorsements of the Shaffer book, however … will I need hankies? (And if so, how many?)

  7. Megaera
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 17:36:02

    Adding another vote for Guernsey. It was a terrific book, and has some serious material at its core. I cried when [spoiler] towards the end, and I don’t cry at books very often (movies are another story altogether).

    The Castle books, OTOH, well, they’re about as silly as silly gets, but fun for a fan of the show (which I am).

  8. Janine
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 17:57:23

    Sold! On both the Frampton and Guernsey. I believe Jennie recommended The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society in one of her reading list columns and Sirius included it as one of the best books read in 2013.

  9. Justine
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 18:27:15

    @hilly: It *does* sound very similar! I’ve read Milan’s book. I haven’t read any Frampton yet.

    A list of Loveswept 99c deals is available at http://www.romanceatrandom.com/specialdeals-awesome-reads-99/ I’ve noticed that R@R is updated almost daily whereas readloveswept.com is rarely updated. Although I’m tempted by Lauren Layne’s Isn’t She Lovely, I’m not entirely convinced that I want to read “a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman.” Until There Was You by Jessica Scott also sounds interesting, but — holy moly — that cover is just too much Photoshop.

  10. Kaetrin
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 19:14:49

    I’m picking up the Frampton too.

  11. Becky
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 20:13:36

    Adding my vote for Guernsey too–listened to the audiobook for book club, and really liked it a lot. Picking up Megan’s book now!

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