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Kowalski Series Bundle 1: Exclusively Yours\Undeniably Yours\Yours To Keep by Shannon StaceyKowalski Series Bundle 1: Exclusively Yours\Undeniably Yours\Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey. $ 4.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Meet the Kowalskis?
Three contemporary romances about family, fun and falling in love by New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey
Exclusively Yours (Book One of The Kowalskis)
When Keri Daniels’s boss finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job. Joe’s never forgotten the girl who broke his heart, so he proposes an outrageous plan—for every day she survives his family camping trip, Keri can ask one question. Will a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling interludes make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever?

Undeniably Yours (Book Two of The Kowalskis)
Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but he’s more interested in finding Mrs. Right than Miss Right Now. Enter Beth Hansen. They may have started out all wrong, but Kevin knows there’s more to their relationship than a one-night stand. Especially when Beth winds up pregnant?

Yours to Keep (Book Three of The Kowalskis)
Emma Shaw needs a husband, stat! Grandma Shaw is coming to town, and she’ll have nonstop questions about Emma’s (stagnant) love life. A little pretend kissing with recruited fake fiancé Sean Kowalski won’t hurt anyone—but when innocent kisses lead to very real sparks, Emma and Sean discover that their big ruse might just lead to happily-ever-after?

Contains an exclusive three-chapter excerpt from Taken With You, releasing March 2014 from Carina Press.

This is a pretty great deal for three books by Shannon Stacey. My favorite is the third book. I love the post it note feature that is carried throughout the story. It was cute and tender at times.

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Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea FineBest Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

“By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Best Kind Of Broken has become one of my favorites!” — CORA CARMACK, New York Times bestselling author


Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can’t. And the damage is done. She’s hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there’s a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more-until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he’s right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she’d long buried . . .

Levi can’t believe he’s living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple “sorry” won’t suffice-not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie’s better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she’s so close, Pixie’s heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear-he can’t live without her.

(70,000 words)

I enjoyed this book and gave it a B-.

“While I’m getting allergic to the word broken–which has become overused in the New Adult genre–I didn’t feel like this book came off as tragedy porn. Instead, through circumstances revealed late in the book, two good friends were wrenched apart at the beginning of a burgeoning romance.”

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Some Like It Royal by Heather LongSome Like It Royal by Heather Long. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

It’s the role of a lifetime?

Living out of a car and waiting tables to make ends meet is hardly the stuff of fairy tales. So when a gorgeous man approaches Alyx Dagmar with a wild story about her royal lineage and an even wilder proposition, the aspiring actress is sure he’s got the wrong woman.

Self-made billionaire Daniel Voldakov needs connections before he can expand his software business into Europe. A blue-blooded fiancée would open all the right doors—and Daniel’s certain he can tempt the pretty but penniless Princess Alyxandretta to accept the part she was born to play.

Alyx can’t resist Daniel’s offer, and throws herself into the role. But as the paparazzi fall in love with their “storybook romance,” Alyx finds herself drawn to Daniel in ways she’d never imagined. Are his returned affections true, or all just part of the plan? He’ll do anything it takes to prove his love, and to make her see that the only happily ever after he wants is with her?the real her.

57,000 words

The three star review said that it took some time to build up but that it turned out to be a great read. That’s a pretty good review for a three star. Another complaint was that the hero was too nerdy. Um, sold.

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Of Poseidon (Syrena Legacy Series #1) Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help–no matter what the risk.

I’m intrigued and the reviews are pretty positive. The main complaints is that despite the interesting mythology, there were some predictable ways the plot unfurled. There is also some problematic female characterizations. One commenter wrote ” I think that the mermaid lore was certainly interesting, but then it digressed to the typical shy-girl-falls-madly-in-love-with-perfect-hot-guy YA plot. ”

This doesn’t deter me. I’ll probably buy this story.

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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. Laurie
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 12:53:53

    Kobo has an unlimited use 40% off coupon PERKOPOLIS . And speaking of kobo, your link to their site doesn’t work.

  2. loonigrrl
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 18:03:47

    Re NA and the use of the word “broken:”

    Me too. I like some NA but all the “broken” heroines, their “tragic” and “traumatic” pasts, and the emotional and psychological “scars” that they have to work through have been scaring me off of many NA books for awhile. I mean, some of them appear to be just sooo frickin’ tragic and heavy. And while that’s ok sometimes, I can only take it in small doses.

    That being said- I might read a sample of this one if it’s not so tragedy-centric.

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