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Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter Series Prequel) by Sherrilyn KenyonFantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace—the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon

What I recall about this book was that it read like the chic lit version of vampire novels complete with brand name dropping and a flakey heroine. But if you bought the collection of Kenyon novels a few weeks ago at $1.99 each then you’ll want your collection filled out by this one.

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The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose IvyThe Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

This isn’t a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I’d be happy to recommend one, but I don’t have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It’s the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it’s also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.

*New Adult Romance- Contains Sexual Situations*

The blurb suggests bad sex with the bad boy? That’s kind of unique.

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Off The Record by Sawyer BennettOff The Record by Sawyer Bennett. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Ever Montgomery suffered the ultimate betrayal by the one man who she should have been able to count on for anything. It has left her hurt, jaded and incapable of forming relationships, but it also means that she can spot a liar a mile away. These traits are earning her a reputation as a reporter with a keen nose for a good story and a complete understanding of the extreme power of the written word.

Lincoln Caldwell, is the hot goalie for the New York Rangers. At twenty-four and a rising star, he works hard and he plays even harder. He’s gorgeous and carefree—the ultimate charmer. Ladies fall at his feet and the single life has never been lived the way Linc Caldwell does it.

When Ever publishes an article about Linc containing information that she received off the record, she finds herself on the receiving end of the athlete’s fury. Rather than basking in the glory of exposing Linc as a shameless user of women, she finds herself at his mercy when he demands and receives retribution. Required by her editor to trail Linc for six weeks, Ever is forced to look at the real Linc Caldwell.

And she just might find that she has misjudged him.

Like hockey books? Me too. Sawyer Bennett has a four book series and three of them are on sale for 99c with the fourth one at $2.99.

I haven’t read this entire series although I think I may have started the first one. Yes, I’m going to buy these books. I know I’ll only regret it later if I don’t get them at 99c. Just know that I’m with you in the book hoarding circle.

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Pulp by Charles BukowskiPulp by Charles Bukowski. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Opening with the exotic Lady Death entering the gumshoe-writer’s seedy office in pursuit of a writer named Celine, this novel demonstrates Bukowski’s own brand of humour and realism, opening up a landscape of seamy Los Angeles.

There are several Bukowski titles on sale for $2.99 and under including:

Run with the hunted
Love Is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977
What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire
You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense
Hot Water Music

According to PW, Pulp is a skewering of noir fiction, a send up of bad writing. Library Journal cautions “There are some truly funny moments, but many will find Bukowski’s raw, ugly side repulsive and his negativity unbearable.”

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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. Angela
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 12:40:51

    About the only thing I remember about Fantasy Lover is that I enjoyed it when I was first getting into Paranormal Romance.

    I just can’t resist $0.99 for books. I’ll be joining the book hoarding circle too. I bought all four (three hockey and skinny dipping) LOL

  2. Lori Toland
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 13:57:02

    Is there a self-help group for 99c book hoarders?

  3. Monique Daoust
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 14:29:49

    Thank you for telling us about Sherrilyn Kenyon; was hoping it would be on sale and on sale in Canada, and it is; so bought it !!!

  4. Monique Daoust
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 14:30:47

    @Lori Toland: I hope so because I need one !!!

  5. Jane
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 15:48:04

    @Lori Toland: There is but there isn’t any help in getting over the problem. Just a bunch of people exchanging links on what they bought and bemoaning the state of their wallets.

  6. Angela
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 16:52:11

    @Jane: This seems to be like all my book support groups – I have a NetGalley problem too, and the support group me and friends formed for that just enables us all to request even more – books we wouldn’t have even noticed before :P

  7. Kaetrin
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 20:20:55

    I already have Fantasy Lover and I have managed to successfully resist the temptation of the 99c Hazards of Skinny Dipping. I’m not sure I’m strong enough to do it twice in one day though so any specials I see on Twitter later are likely MINE MINE MINE.

  8. Sarah Machado
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 07:48:14

    Jane, I read Dear Author every day, but never comment – perhaps I’m afraid my lousy english will show itself. I bought the one by Bennett, Off Record, and I gotta say, it’s unrealistic.
    According to my kindle, I read 21% of it, and already feel like way too much.
    The girl, Ever, is 21 years old, fresh out of college, just got her first job and a major interview with a hockey player and then purposely rights an unethical article while overreacting – REALLY overreacting.
    I gotta say – as a 21-year-old just out of college also on her first job, if I had done something like that on my first month, I’d be fired. But then, again, I don’t know if the same applies to the US.
    The protagonist had bad experiencies, but even so, after she wrote the article, I just can’t connect with her. I will give it some more try, but I personally dislike when LOTS of unrealist things happen just so the couple can be set together.
    If you started reading, please let me know your opinion!

  9. Jane
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 07:57:06

    @Sarah – thank you for commenting! The issue of unethical behavior would really, really bother me so I appreciate your response so much. I don’t know if I would be able to read it knowing that.

  10. Sarah Machado
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 15:55:37

    @Jane – I don’t know if everybody will consider it unethical. I did because, as the book says, she really does use off reacord information and on top of that, she twists lots of half trues, doesn’t check the information that she has – and all because she is anger at men.
    For me, all that is uneathical journalism.
    I think it would be ok to write about something you off record if it was important, not to get an intrusive and nasty article on someone for selfish reasons, like she did.

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