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Something Like Normal by Trish DollerSomething Like Normal by Trish Doller. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

The price is only reflected at Amazon but I figured since I profiled the freebie at B&N yesterday, I could sneak this one in. I really liked this book of a 19-20 year old boy returning from Afghanistan and struggling with his best friend’s death over there. It definitely has a New Adult feel to it even though it is marked as a Young Adult. I reviewed it here.

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The Demon Trapper's Daughter (Demon Trappers Series #1) by Jana OliverThe Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is the first novel in Jana Oliver’s Demon Trappers—a spellbinding young adult fantasy series. Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself—and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get—even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils—Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart—and her life?

PW says the heroine is strong and VOYA writes “Though Riley is a stubborn character, she has guts to rival any of her fellow demon trappers, and it is not surprising that several guys are rivaling for her affection. Oliver’s prose is generally smooth, though there is one random dialogue between Riley’s mirror reflection and herself that seems a bit jarring because of the inconsistency in style”

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The Rebel may mcgoldrickRebel by May McGoldrick. $ 2.99

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Jane Purefoy is a woman with a double life masquerading as the leader of a gang of Irish revolutionaries. But its the passionate and determined Sir Nicholas Spencer who tears her heart in two.

Originally published by Signet Eclipse in 2002, May McGoldrick is the penname for a husband and wife writing team – Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick. The more negative reviews caution that the book is boring, delving too much into history and using repetitive language.

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Pleasure Control Cathryn FoxPleasure Control by Cathryn Fox. $ 1.99.

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A dedicated scientist, Laura Manning has an I.Q. that’s off the charts. But beneath her pristine white lab coat is a curvaceous body that craves satisfaction. She finds it hard keeping her mind on the experiment and off what’s under the lab coat of her bad boy research partner, Jay Cutler, whom she’s working with to develop a libido suppressant, an “antidote” for a society gone sex-mad, pumped up and over-stimulated by the miracle of Viagra.

With time running out, Jay offers to act as a human guinea pig, injecting himself with the libido suppressant. Laura’s role requires lingerie, soft music and candlelight. Her job is to entice him, to determine if the suppressant tamps down his desires. Rather than cooling the flames of lust engulfing them, their “antidote” only heats them up . . . and there’s only one scandalous way to deal with it!

Suddenly long days of laboratory work are giving way to sizzling nights of sensual experimentation—and a different kind of “chemistry” that leaves Jay and Laura breathless and gasping for more! Their professional careers may depend upon a successful climax—and there are dangerous competitors determined to steal their research. And maybe their pleasure games have gotten a bit out of control.

But who in her right mind would want to pull the plug on her man’s libido when the loving is this deliciously hot?

I’m not a fan of the sexy-underneath-her-buttoned-up clothes trope and the name of the hero, Jay Cutler, would probably make this book impossible to read. Jay Cutler is the quarterback for the Chicago Bears and isn’t a guy I cheer for. (On the subject of names, there is an upcoming Harlequin Superromance which features a hero named Rick Warren. Because of the name, I simply can’t read the book). Back to Pleasure Control. The reviews say the book focuses on the sex and not enough on the characters or their romance.

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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. Beth
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 12:05:52

    Rick Warren? Seriously?
    Oh dear

  2. Sophydc
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 12:39:13

    Wouldn’t an author google a prospective character name to make sure it is not associated with any well known public figure? Eew, I could not read a book with a hero named Jay Cutler or Rick Warren….

  3. B. Sullivan
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 16:28:35

    I am with you on the Ew over Warren. And I’ve found in the past when I’m reading a book that has a character with a name that I associate with Ew that unless the writing and plot are really, really good, I can NOT get over that Ew reaction and it distracts me like crazy. So yeah, I’m also wondering if author’s don’t google names because you’d think it wouldn’t be a small amount of us with that sort of automatic name reaction.

  4. Sophydc
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 20:18:41

    @B. Sullivan: Even if it is not a negative association, it just takes you out of the story and makes it harder to envision the character as a real person becuase in your head they are already someone else…

  5. San
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 20:35:39

    Jay Cutler is also Mr. Olympia. One of them looks like Eeyore and the other a meathead . Can’t do it either!

  6. Maggie
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 22:22:20

    Conversely, I would TOTALLY read a book where the hero’s name was Aaron Rodgers :). Hmmmm, there’s gotta be some good AR fanfic out there…Jane?

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