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Lot Like Love JamesA Lot Like Love by Julie James. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The FBI wants her cooperation.

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fund-raiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her.

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more…

DA reviewers and readers are big fans of Julie James. Jayne reviewed this book and gave it a B grade: “I had a great time reading the book and loved watching yet another tough FBI agent meet his soul mate where he least expected her. Poor chief Davis must really fear he’s running a matchmaking agency rather than an FBI field office at this point.” This sounds like a great place to start with James’ FBI/Attorney series.

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Dare to Love phillipsDare to Love by Carly Phillips. $ 0.99

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When it comes to family, Ian Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything.

Carly Phillips is a bestselling trad published author and this self-published novel is the first in a trilogy about the Dare family. The 5-star reviews say it’s passionate and angsty, the lower-starred reviews say there’s too much sex. So, I’m calling it a passionate, angsty, sex-filled contemporary.

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Phantom evil heather grahamPhantom Evil by Heather Graham. $ 2.99

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A secret government unit, a group of renegade paranormal investigators…and a murder no one else can crack.

Though haunted by the recent deaths of two teammates, Jackson Crow knows that the living commit the most heinous crimes.

A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition, Angela Hawkins already has her hands full of mystery and bloodshed.

But one assignment calls to them too strongly to resist. In a historic mansion in New Orleans’s French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death. Most think she jumped; some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits inhabiting the house—once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.

In this seemingly unsolvable case, only one thing is certain: whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion will cast Jackson and Angela into danger of losing their lives…and their immortal souls.

Bestselling author Heather Graham has written a number of PNR series for Harlequin. I have this book in my TBR but haven’t read it yet. Phantom Evil is the first in Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series, and and the second book, Heart of Evil, is also a deal. Today is the last day for both. The books have a 3.9 rating at Goodreads, with some readers thinking there’s too much romance, others saying there’s not enough romance. I’m going with “probably a reasonable romance-suspense balance.” And it’s a ghost story. I like ghost stories. As the series title suggests, it’s set in New Orleans, so if you RT attendees are suffering NOLA withdrawal, and who doesn’t, this might be a temporary fix.

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Snowden Files hardingThe Snowden Files by Luke Harding. $ 1.99.

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IT BEGAN WITH A TANTALIZING, ANONYMOUS EMAIL: “I AM A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.”

What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy.

In a tour de force of investigative journalism that reads like a spy novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s astonishing story—from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow. For the first time, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story—touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector—while also placing us in the room with Edward Snowden himself. The result is a gripping insider narrative—and a necessary and timely account of what is at stake for all of us in the new digital age.

Luke Harding was asked by his editor at the Guardian (the newspaper that published Snowden’s leaked files) to write a book about the man behind one of the biggest stories so far this century. Harding had access to the Guardian’s materials and he interviewed people around Snowden, including Glenn Greenwald (although not Snowden himself). Greenwald was highly critical of the book when it first came out but he seems to have moderated his views slightly after reading it. Harding is an award-winning journalist whose previous book, on Wikileaks, was turned into a Dreamworks film (The Fifth Estate). If you’re as interested in this story as I am, the book should make an interesting tandem with Greenwald’s just-released book. On sale today and tomorrow.

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Sunita has been reading romances since she ran out of Cherry Ames, Student Nurse and Chalet School books and graduated to Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer. Other old favorites include Mary Burchell, Betty Neels, Elsie Lee, and Edith Layton. Among current writers, she reads and rereads Anne Stuart, Tamara Allen, Sarah Morgan, Marion Lennox, Josh Lanyon, and Susanna Kearsley. She blogs as VacuousMinx and tweets as @sunita_p.

9 Comments

  1. cleo
    May 24, 2014 @ 14:17:22

    A Lot Like Love is a lot of fun. It’s the second in her FBI/US DA series. It stands alone – there are a few spoilers for the first book though (it’s not exactly a surprise that the main couple will get together and defeat the bad guy in book one, so it’s not too spoilery – I read it first and it didn’t ruin the first book for me).

  2. Tabs
    May 24, 2014 @ 14:31:57

    I haven’t read the Carly Phillips but I do own it. I bought it after listening to her DBSA podcast interview a few months ago. She had talked about how she wanted to write hotter than her usual fare and the premise sounded interesting.

  3. Tina
    May 24, 2014 @ 15:02:36

    The Krewe of Hunters series …or at least the first 3-4 books of it, are a nice balance of romance and suspense and they are nicely spooky. Unrestful ghosts, furniture flying about, cold drafts, present day murders dove-tailing with centuries old murders (those ghosts want their justice too!) etc. There is also much welcome racial diversity amongst the ensemble cast. The quality of the storytelling deteriorates in the later books as the series goes on. imo, and there is character bloat, but the early books are pretty good.

  4. Anne
    May 24, 2014 @ 19:41:13

    Where is the Julie James only $.99? I’ve checked all of the sites.

  5. JenM
    May 24, 2014 @ 20:58:13

    Don’t know about other places, bit A Lot Like Love is an sale at Amazon. Julie’s books are on my keeper shelf, so I bought it this morning so I could trade out my paper copy.

  6. K F
    May 24, 2014 @ 22:03:03

    I loved A Lot Like Love, Julie James is one of my favourites. I’ve also read Dare to Love but am undecided about it… the book itself wasn’t too bad but I found the hero kind of unlikeable.

  7. Brian
    May 24, 2014 @ 23:12:00

    @Anne: It’s still that price at Amazon & Google at least for now.

  8. Sunita
    May 25, 2014 @ 14:16:54

    @Tina: Thanks for the info, Tina. The 3rd and 4th books are on sale starting today and I don’t have those, but at 2.99 it sounds like they’re worth picking up.

  9. Anne
    May 25, 2014 @ 18:04:22

    Guess it’s a problem with ordering from Canada. I’ll just have to pay full price if I want a digital copy. Actually, the digital copy is more expensive than a paperback copy, which makes no sense whatsoever to me.
    I share the enjoyment of Julie James’ books, or most of them. Her heroines are never TSTL but, on the contrary, are intelligent and strong; the banter with the heroes is amusing; the romances develop naturally; and the legal and business aspects of the stories are plausible.

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