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Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu. $ 2.99

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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

PW says “June’s life has been shaped by intellect, and to be driven by an emotion as ungovernable as grief makes her vulnerable in painful, dangerous ways. Day has known grief all of his life, but is no more immune to it than June is. The chase unfolds against a plague-infested Los Angeles of Gotham-like grit that Lu conjures with every nuance of smell, sound, and sight. First in a series, this story is utterly satisfying in its own right and raises hopes high for the sequels to come. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)”

Calling Jia. Did you like this book?

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Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale, Stan ReddingCatch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale. $ 1.99 at AMZ | Itunes

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Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot’s uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as “The Skywayman,” Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the lam-until the law caught up with him. Now recognized as the nation’s leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades, and ingenious escapes-including one from an airplane-make Catch Me If You Can an irresistible tale of deceit.

The uproarious, bestselling true story of the world’s most sought-after con man currently in development as a DreamWorks feature film.

“I stole every nickel and blew it on fine threads, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes, and other sensual goodies. I partied in every capital in Europe and basked on all the world’s most famous beaches.”

This was a movie with Leo diCaprio. BN review reveals “After a five year prison sabbatical, Alagnale received an offer he couldn’t refuse: parole for the price of his knowledge. this extraordinarily informative (and strangely exhilarating) memoir was first published twenty years ago. Alagnale (who now runs an anti-fraud corporation) has updated his tale with insights into criminal advances in the technological age.”

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A Little Too Far (Kindle Edition) by Lisa DesrochersA Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers. $ .99

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Have you ever gone just a little too far? Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years . . . and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt . . . and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon . . . only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

This book was the first in a series that HarperCollins paid seven figures for. I didn’t read it but at 99c I’ll buy it and tuck it away for a rainy day. I was told that the love triangle spends about 80% on the guy that the girl does not end up with so that doesn’t sound super enticing to me.

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French Quarter by Lacey AlexanderFrench Quarter by Lacey Alexander. $ Free.

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The decadence of Bourbon Street is beckoning …
Hot in the City, Book 1

When prim, proper Liz Marsh suspects her fiancé is cheating on her, she’s almost too embarrassed to hire a P.I. to prove it. And when she gathers her courage and walks into Jack Wade’s office, she has no idea he’ll be the sexiest man she’s ever encountered, nor that his light Cajun accent will make her tingle in all the wrong-or is that right?-places.

After Jack brings her questionable yet undeniably arousing evidence, the only solution is for Liz to get a closer look with her own eyes. And Jack is more than happy to show her everything she’s been missing. One night in the French Quarter’s entrancing red light district, and Liz finds herself caught up in the provocative allure of an erotic new atmosphere and the sudden, urgent need to experience it for herself-with Jack.

Jack’s normally a keep-it-casual guy, but as nights with Liz get hotter, so do Jack’s feelings for the seductive woman in his arms. Bourbon Street decadence beckons and Liz embarks on a sizzling journey of sexual awakening that has her more willing to shed her inhibitions minute by carnal minute. But someone else has noticed her insatiable appetite for sensual adventure, someone who’s just beginning to realize what he’s lost-and who’s determined to tear Jack and Liz apart…

Warning: Contains sizzling hot sex any way she wants it-and a man (or two) more than willing to show her the ropes. Let the good times roll, baby!

I found this book (and I think I read the second) a little porn-y. Too much sex and zero plot but hey, free.

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Once a Ferrara Wife... by Sarah MorganOnce a Ferrara Wife by Sarah Morgan. $ 1.99

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For better?or for bedding?

Laurel Ferrara wouldn’t know a happy ending if she fell over it—of course her whirlwind wedding was always going to end in disaster. But it wasn’t as simple as just walking away. From the moment she is summoned back to Sicily, the shivers of unease set in?.

The command comes from legendary tycoon Cristiano Ferrara, the husband she can’t forget—but it might as well have come from the devil himself. The outrageously gorgeous Cristiano’s power is a potent reminder of this Sicilian dynasty’s unbreakable rule: once a Ferrara wife, always a Ferrara wife?.

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This is kind of an ominous title. Once a Ferrara Wife, always a F wife. No escapes!! We did not review that book although we did review The Forbidden Ferrara where Jayne gave the book a C-

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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. Jen
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 14:07:49

    Ugh, I had a friend once who actually dated her stepbrother and it was super, super weird. I don’t think I personally could ever read A Little Too Far for that reason! I’d keep thinking about her.

  2. Janine
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 14:43:43

    I could’ve sworn that Jia reviewed Legend but I can’t find her review. Maybe it only happened in my imagination. Anyway, my husband and I read Legend and it was just so-so for me. The hero was appealing and the heroine had a nice ambiguity but the worldbuilding was simplistic and other than the heroine the other villains who pursued the hero were flatly evil, without much complexity or nuance. I’d give it a C or maybe a C+, but a lot of people loved it.

  3. Jia
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 14:49:37

    I did read Legend ! It’s been a while but I don’t recall having any negative emotions linked to it. I remember thinking it was very predictable but it’s very difficult to do anything new in this subgenre. I found the worldbuilding incredibly vague. But again, that’s nothing new.

    Oh wait! The book does do that thing where the strong, kick-butt girl is wrong about the world and the boy shows her the true way of things. So there’s that familiar dynamic at play.

  4. Jia
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 14:53:04

    @Janine: Huh, I went looking and discovered that this had been included in one of the reading lists I used to do!

    Another book from the crowded YA dystopian genre. This takes place in California, which has since become a totalitarian state. It’s about a girl prodigy who’s the darling of the regime and a boy who’s the regime’s #1 outlaw. A decent read if you don’t think too hard about the worldbuilding. There’s not much explanation and while I’m not a fan of overexplaining, a little information would have been helpful regarding the different factions of the U.S.

    Yeah. I realize that doesn’t actually tell you much other than the fact that I’m a stickler for worldbuilding. (Which everyone already knows.)

  5. Sarah
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 16:54:35

    I had been eyeing the Deroschers title but wasn’t willing to spend the ebook price for it. However, $0.99 and I am willing to give it a try. Thanks for posting about it. I doubt I would have caught it otherwise.

  6. Janine
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 17:02:36

    @Jia: I saw that but I thought there was a review too? But maybe I’m imagining things!

    ETA: Agree on the worldbuilding being “incredibly vague.” That’s what I meant by simplistic but you articulated it better.

  7. Willaful
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 17:26:54

    I agree with Jayne that The Forbidden Ferrara was not great, but I really enjoyed Once a Ferrera Wife. My GR review:

    Usually when a couple in a Harlequin Presents each think the other did them wrong, there’s an external reason — an Evil Other Woman led them astray, or a letter didn’t get delivered, or a phone call was misunderstood. This story was interesting because, realistically, both parties are right — or wrong, as the case may be. It was also interesting as a turnaround of the usual scenario: Laurel, who grew up in foster care, is the one who is emotionally closed off, while her husband Cristiano is the one who needs her to open up.

    The story is a total angst fest, well supported by the characterizations. Even one of my biggest pet peeve plot elements is actually well integrated into the story as a whole. Laurel’s experience really touched me on a personal level, so this might not be such a tear-jerker for others, but aside from a little dragging in the middle it’s a generally good read.

  8. Sunita
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 18:09:00

    I thought I had reviewed this; it turned up it a What Sunita’s reading post. I had much the same reaction as Willaful:

    From the first scene you know this is going to be an angsty ride, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m not big on full-on angst, but it is well motivated here; this is a marriage in trouble book and the storyline is about their paths back to each other. Laurel Ferrara and her billionaire hotelier husband, Cristiano, have been estranged for two years. When they meet again at his sister’s wedding, they are forced to revisit both their unresolved conflicts and their reignited attraction for each other. Laurel still hasn’t forgiven Cristiano for the crisis that drove them apart, and watching him comes to grips with what a true apology is, not to mention accepting responsibility for his mistakes, is something to behold. But Lauren isn’t blameless; she has to overcome her inability to trust anyone, even those she loves. Cristiano’s billions and Lauren’s business success are almost beside the point as we watch them try and forge a healthier relationship (although the usual Presents accoutrements certainly help the background scenery). The scenes where Cristiano thinks he is making huge strides while we (and Laurel) know they are inadequate are especially effective. My least favorite aspect of the novel was the epilogue, especially considering what had caused the rift in the first place, but I give props to Morgan for making it less predictable than usual. Grade: B

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