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Daily Deals: Infidelity, the King’s Mistress, and an inspirational NHL romance

Bounce by K.M. JacksonBounce by K. M. Jackson. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Growing up, Sabrina Jacobs could only dream her life would be this good. She has a successful career, a famous sexy husband, two children, a house in an affluent Westchester suburb and a shoe collection worthy of a magazine spread.

Too bad it’s all a façade.

It has been almost a year since her husband admitted he had an affair with a younger and bouncier coworker. Follow Sabrina as she tries to rein in her out-of-control life by kicking her husband out on his rear, chucking her career and even firing her too-cute-for-the-job nanny.
But how will she survive life as a single stay-at-home mom in the land of wine and play dates, designer kids’ parties and Botox lunches? Hmm… maybe the hunky young French teacher, who has been flirting shamelessly with Sabrina, is just what she needs to take her mind off her problems. Not if her husband has something to say about it. Will Sabrina be able to forgive and still be true to herself? Find out in Bounce.

The three star reviewer had a hard time buying into the forgiveness of the ex plot theme. She liked Sabrina but wasn’t thrilled with Sabrina’s choices.

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It Had to Be You (Christiansen Family Series #2) by Susan May WarrenIt Had to Be You by Susan May Warren. $ Free at AMZN \ APPLE

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Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all. Tyndale House Publishers

This is published by Tyndale House and has an inspirational message. There aren’t any negative reviews.

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Wilde Nights in Paradise (A Wilde Security Novel) (Entangled Brazen)  by Tonya BurrowsWilde Nights in Paradise by Tonya Burrows. $ .99

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He’ll guard her body all night long. Former Marine Jude Wilde’s motto has always been “burn bridges and never look back,” so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they’re forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can’t ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker’s threats escalate to attempted murder, he’s left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend’s safe house in Key West, FL. Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby’s resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body’s demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?

A reader who enjoyed the author’s book “SEAL of Honor” didn’t think Wilde Nights was very good. The characters were predictable and forgettable.

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A Lily on the Heath (Medieval Romance) (The Medieval Herb Garden Series)  by Colleen GleasonA Lily on the Heath by Colleen Gleason. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“Lush, romantic and unputdownable!” –bestselling author Cheryl Bolen

Passion and deception amid the shadowy court of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II….

An honorable man: Malcolm de Monde, Lord of Warwick needs a wife. He reluctantly journeys to the turbulent royal court where his plan is simple: find a dutiful woman, gain the king’s approval for his choice and return to Warwick with his chosen lady wedded, bedded, and carrying his heir—all before winter.

An independent woman: Judith of Kentworth, Royal Falconer and lady-in-waiting, is a woman from Malcolm’s past. Although she is a confidante of the queen, Judith’s beauty and vivacity attract the unwanted attentions of the king—and the woman who commands winged predators becomes prey herself.

A simple plan that goes awry when Malcolm encounters Judith, once betrothed to his friend—and a woman who is nothing like the meek wife he seeks…but who may be exactly the type of woman he needs.

An impossible choice: Malcolm offers Judith a chance to escape her predicament…But can she risk entangling her own personal white knight in a dangerous web of royal intrigue?

One reviewer notes that the King and Queen are referred to as “milord” and “my lady” which she thought was historically inaccurate. I believe there are rape themes in the book. One reviewer notes the heroine is the “unwilling mistress” of the King.

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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. Lindsay
    May 12, 2014 @ 14:10:49

    I see the cover for Bounce and all I can think of is jumping on that bed. Possibly not the message they were going for.

  2. Nicole
    May 12, 2014 @ 14:25:13

    I haven’t read Bounce, but I tend to have problems with the “forgiving the ex” kinds of books. If the guy was legitimately scum and deserved to be heaved out the door, then I don’t want to see the heroine end up with him later. Even if she believes that he’s changed, I probably don’t. If he was imperfect but shouldn’t have been shown the door, and the estrangement was more of a poor communication issue, then I’m going to be annoyed at the heroine and less invested in their relationship.

    I read one book where the cheating spouse was just the worst. He flagrantly escorted his mistress to different locales all over the town where he was campaigning for some local government office. He barely knew his teenaged children. He frequently said crappy things to his wife and derided her photography, which he’d discouraged her from doing professionally. He also called her two trips home to spend time with dying father and then sister “vacations.” Vacations, people. There’s no recovery from that. So of course the author gives this guy some sort of epiphany (I’ll call it, “my wife left me and is going to have fun for the first time in her adult life; we can’t have that”) and the idiot wife takes him back. I was angry at the author for writing this crap, the character for taking back her dbag of a husband, and the dbag for finally putting in an effort when the wife finally had a chance to be with a super hot, supportive guy.

    Wow, I really hated that book, and now I hate Bounce for making me think of it.

  3. MrsJoseph
    May 12, 2014 @ 16:01:44

    @Nicole: I agree, I hate those kinds of books.

    I jsut read some additional reviews of Bounce and the reviews seem to give the impression that the book is more about the heroine getting her head together and making life-changing decisions vs. a “get back with my ex” book. It makes me want to take a chance on a NTM author.

  4. MaryK
    May 12, 2014 @ 17:59:32

  5. Nicole
    May 12, 2014 @ 21:08:33

    @MaryK: Oooh, that looks good. Purchased!

  6. Kaetrin
    May 12, 2014 @ 22:39:03

    @Nicole: Well that made me laugh. Thx! :)

  7. Nicole
    May 13, 2014 @ 09:32:24

    @Kaetrin: LOL. I feel like I’m a fairly easygoing reader, but as you can see, there are things that get me really worked up.

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