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Slow Ride Home by Leah BraemelSlow Ride Home by Leah BraemelSlow Ride Home by Leah Braemel. $ .99

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Book one of The Grady Legacy

Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.

Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories?

Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.

97,000 words

The one three star review says she’s intrigued by the ranch family but remains silent on the romance.

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9780800722494_p0_v2_s260x420That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon. $ 1.99

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Two very different sisters . . . an unexpected homecoming . . . one unforgettable summer

Karen and Val are family–yet they’re anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had other reasons for moving away–as well as a secret to keep–and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke.

Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with past mistakes as they care for their ailing mother. When two handsome men enter the picture, the summer takes on a surprising new dimension. As their lives intersect, can each of them learn how to forgive, let go, and move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love?

With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, award-winning author Irene Hannon pens an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the life-changing process of finding love.

The negative reviews suggest that the opening sequences are a bit slow but that the romances for each sister were sweet.
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Arctic Rising by Tobias S. BuckellArctic Rising by Tobias S. BuckellArctic Rising by Tobias S. BuckellArctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell9780765358738_p0_v2_s260x420Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell. $ 2.99

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Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it’s about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.

Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth’s surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice.

Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia Corp loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world. The nuclear weapon she has risked her life to find is the only thing that can stop the floating sunshade after it falls into the wrong hands.

The ending might leave you frustrated because of the seeming implausibility but the idea is really interesting say reviews.
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9780425266748_p0_v1_s260x420Easy by Tammara Webber. $ 1.99

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Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy?

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior?

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

Did you miss this book the first time around? It was originally self published and was bought by Penguin. The second book, Breakable, comes out on May 6. I confess I was afraid of Breakable. I didn’t want my experience with Easy to be adversely affected. Thankfully Breakable is completely Lucas/Landon’s story. You could actually read Breakable without reading Easy first and vice versa.

If you are curious about the NA genre, this is the book to buy.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

9 Comments

  1. Angela
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 14:10:11

    I really enjoyed Easy – it was one of my first forays into New Adult, and it was so pleasantly good. I was scared of Breakable, too. I’m glad to hear that it works. :D

  2. JJPP
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 14:13:58

    Yikes, that rancher is really copping a feel on the cover of that first book! Ha… it always amuses me when covers that look at first glance like they should be relatively tame end up being a lot steamier when you look more closely. It’s funny to me, because this is so much less explicit than a lot of covers out there, and yet that hint of boob is somehow a little shocking to me under such chipper, brisk lighting. :)

    I remember really liking Easy by Tammara Webber, though I don’t remember the details now. Must be time for a reread!

  3. hapax
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 15:52:17

    If you are curious about the NA genre, this is the book to buy.

    Quoted for truth, even though I really dislike NA.

    I bought this one because of the many enthusiastic reviews, but although it’s well crafted, there were SO MANY themes and tropes I disliked — and these were exactly what turned out to be the defining “core” features of the NA subgenre.

    So even if you think you might dislike NA, I’d strongly recommend reading EASY; I do think its one of the best candidates out there to change your mind.

  4. Janine
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 20:39:26

    It’s on Amazon only, but loads of Anne Stuart titles are on sale for $0.99 today: Moonrise, Lord of Danger, Ritual Sins (but that one has a hero who rapes the heroine, so I wouldn’t advise starting there), Darkness Before Dawn, Seen and Not Heard, Prince of Swords, The High Sheriff of Huntingdon, On Thin Ice, To Love a Dark Lord, and A Rose at Midnight.

    These are all full length novels, and I haven’t read them all. Most of Stuart’s books are cracktastic, but I find even the ones I didn’t like worth reading for the most part. Her books sometimes work better for me as suspense novels than as romances. I’m not sure all that makes sense, but there you have it.

  5. Lindsay
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 21:44:09

    I liked Arctic Rising a whole lot, Anika is a WOC and Buckell is a big believer in cast diversity. Pseudo-science usually drives me nuts, but I was pretty content with the ending.

  6. Kaetrin
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 23:33:45

    I’m so glad you said that about Breakable Jane. I was a bit worried too.

  7. Jo
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 04:31:59

    I was going to buy Article Rising for my mother but it’s not on sale for me *sigh*

  8. MaryK
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 07:54:53

    @Janine: FYI, The High Sheriff of Huntingdon is a novella.

  9. Janine
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:45:12

    @MaryK: Oh! I did not know that. Thanks for the correction!

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