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Daily Deals: Last Chance for Romance (Deals)

The first book is on sale through Monday, but the other three deals expire at the end of the day today.

 

close-to-the-edge-farrellClose to the Edge by Suzanne Ferrell. $ 0.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Westen Series #2, where small-town romance meets an edge of suspense.

After facing death as an undercover narcotics cop, Gage Justice has come home to heal. His recuperation is cut short by his father’s unexpected diagnosis of cancer and subsequent death. Now he’s honoring one of his father’s last wishes by taking over as the sheriff of his boyhood home, Westen, Ohio. Biding time until his father’s term is finished, he fights boredom more than crime in the sleepy little town—that is until one sexy little teacher-turned-Private-Investigator literally falls into his arms.

Bobby Roberts is looking for adventure. After giving up her own dreams to raise her two sisters after the death of their parents, she’s been trapped in a schoolroom for nearly two decades. The suffocating claustrophobia of the classroom has set her on a new career path. She arrives in Westen, complete with brand-spanking-new PI license, a handgun and a simple case—investigate a lien on property of a dead man.

Little does she realize her “simple little case” will lead her into the world of one sexy sheriff and the path of a murderer intent on keeping them both from discovering his secrets or stopping his plans that could destroy Westen.
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This is a small-town set Romantic Suspense and the Amazon reviews are pretty good. It’s the second in a series set in the town of Westen but it doesn’t seem to be a problem to read it out of order. The hero is the town sheriff and the heroine is a visiting PI, who for reasons that presumably will be revealed, spends some of her time doing his office filing. But the comparisons to early Linda Howard and Suzanne Brockmann sold me on it.

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greeks christmas baby monroeThe Greek’s Christmas Baby by Lucy Monroe. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

After a head-on collision with another vehicle, Eden Kouros is overjoyed that her unborn baby has survived. But Aristide, her husband, has suffered a partial loss of memory.

Eden’s heart is torn in two. Aristide remembers almost everything–except that he has a wife. Yet perhaps Eden has been given a second chance to save her marriage, which was at breaking point before the accident: Aristide’s body hasn’t forgotten the desire they once shared…and she’s still carrying their precious, tiny child….

This was the other top choice when I was picking a Lucy Monroe for the deals a few days ago. I went with the cat, obviously, but amnesia-trope lovers, this one’s for you! It is a favorite of several ladies at the Amazon HP boards, and while one reader says that a skillet would have been handy at time (for the hero, I presume), it sounds like the kind of romance mix that HP does really well. Also, while I don’t celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday and I don’t have children, I am a complete sucker for Christmas Baby books. Go figure.

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sacred evil grahamSacred Evil by Heather Graham. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A terror born of Jack the Ripper

The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body—a promising starlet—has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan’s oldest graveyards.

One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau: a re-creation of Jack the Ripper’s gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous…and unexplainable.

As the city seethes with suspicion, Jude calls on Whitney Tremont, a member of the country’s preeminent paranormal investigating team, to put the speculation to rest. Yet when Whitney and Jude delve deeper, what they discover is more shocking than either could have predicted, and twice as sinister…

This is the third in Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series. I featured the first when the first two were on sale, and now the third and fourth are discounted. DA commenter Tina says that the first 3-4 books “are a nice balance of romance and suspense and they are nicely spooky,” and they feature a diverse cast of characters as well. And, of course, New Orleans.

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tango me home finnHold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by Maria Finn. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Maria Finn’s husband was cheating. First she threw him out. Then she cried. Then she signed up for tango lessons. It turns out that tango has a lot to teach about understanding love and loss, about learning how to follow and how to lead, how to live with style and flair, take risks, and sort out what it is you really want. As Maria’s world begins to revolve around the friendships she makes in dance class and the milongas (social dances) she attends regularly in New York City, we discover with her the fascinating culture, history, music, moves, and beauty of the Argentine tango. With each new dance step she learns—the embrace, the walk, the sweep, the exit—she is one step closer to returning to the world of the living. Eventually Maria travels to Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango, and finds the confidence to try romance again.

As exhilarating as the dance itself, the story whirls us into the center of the ballroom dancing craze. And buoyed by the author’s humor and passion, it imparts surprising insights about how to get on with life after you’ve lost in love.

This memoir presented the same dilemma for me as yesterday’s book about learning Hindi: the dreaded Eat, Pray, Love is invoked but I love the the subject. The description made me think of the films Strictly Ballroom and Can We Dance, as well as Carlos Saura’s brilliant Flamenco, all of which are favorites of mine. It also brings up special memories of my late, beloved father, who was an amateur ballroom dancer for about a decade. I attended small and large dance competitions with him, including Blackpool, and I saw a lot of tango, done well and done less well but enthusiastically. The reviews say the writing is good and the tango information is interesting. How could I not choose it? (And this one is definitely at Kobo today.)

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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.

12 Comments

  1. jody
    May 31, 2014 @ 14:34:39

    Sunita, if you haven’t seen the Argentinean movie “Tango”, directed by Calos Saura, you should definitely track it down. OMG. Didn’t know there was a flamenco movie, but I’m all over it!

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  2. Sunita
    May 31, 2014 @ 15:33:11

    @jody: Thank you, I don’t know how I missed that! And Vittorio Storaro doing the cinematography as with Flamenco, so it has to be good. The latter is a documentary, by the way, just an hour and a half of amazing dance and music.

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  3. Angela Booth
    May 31, 2014 @ 16:25:54

    Bought “Close To The Edge” – she had me at the first sentence. I read on for a couple of pages, and can’t resist the heroine.

    Thanks for the tip that it’s on special. Linda Howard’s Mr Perfect is one of my favorites, so that comparison drew me in.

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  4. Jody
    May 31, 2014 @ 17:04:27

    Oh, Sunita–Tango has a plot! It’s very sexy, exotic, and, well, tango. Please let me know what you think. It’s my go-to movie when I need something to get me out of my head.

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  5. Jayne
    May 31, 2014 @ 18:31:04

    For that price I have to try the Tango book.

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  6. Lindsay
    May 31, 2014 @ 22:48:54

    Tor’s Hugo finalists are all free on Amazon, B&N and iTunes at the moment — http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/05/get-torcoms-original-fiction-hugo-finalists-for-free#more

    Lady Astronaut of Mars is fantastic, and I have been wanting to read Equoid for a while now, so I was thrilled to see this.

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  7. cleo
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 06:55:42

    @Lindsay – thanks for posting this!

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  8. Cynthia Sax
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 10:35:26

    Dang it.
    I was locked in the writing cave and missed out!
    (though my TBR pile is pretty darn high after my ARe 50% off shopping spree so this might be a good thing)

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  9. hapax
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 10:55:05

    @Lindsay: “The Water that falls on you from the Sky” is possibly the most beautiful love story that I’ve read in YEARS. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.

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  10. Sunita
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 11:10:29

    @Jody: I just looked up the movies on a different site, and it turns out that these two are part of his “Flamenco trilogy.” I had no idea. And the third and final one is Fado. Sold!

    @Lindsay: Thanks! I had already put them on my list for tomorrow’s deals, but the more links the better! Great minds, etc.

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  11. jody
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 11:15:04

    Fado for the win! Sunita, you’ve made my day.

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  12. Sunita
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 11:34:42

    @jody: And vice versa! Thanks to you too. ;)

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