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Come Home to Me (Whiskey Creek)  by Brenda NovakCome Home to Me by Brenda Novak. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Home is where her heart is

When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.

There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.

A lot of reviews point to a character named Cheyenne as ruining the story for them and that there were so many lies the characters told that it was difficult to believe they could trust each other. Seriously, Cheyenne is apparently the devil.

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Waiting On You (Blue Heron Book 3)  by Kristan HigginsWaiting On You by Kristan Higgins. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Is your first love worth a second chance…?

Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

The readers loved the two leads but had a problem with not only the reasons for separation but the refusal by the male character to rectify it, even when he professed to love the heroine deeply. Some people did not like the heroine and her “slutty” ways. Apparently her sleeping around without commitment made her beyond the pale for some readers. But it could have been the way Higgins wrote the character too. Some of her books place intense blame on the female characters for their own unhappiness. (It’s actually why I stopped reading her a while ago)

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Play (Completion Series)  by Holly S. RobertsPlay by Holly S. Roberts. $ .99

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When Killian MacGregor, the hottest quarterback in the NFL, eyes the perfect pair of female legs, he spends an hour tracking the gorgeous woman in a room filled with rowdy teammates until one gets out of line.

Rebecca Cavanaugh, a long distance runner for the state team, intimidates boys and men with her quick wit and majestic height. The pre-season jock party isn’t her scene, but she’s roped into attending to provide her sister a sober ride home.

Hiding in the kitchen to avoid the athletic sex fest, a drunken thug forces Rebecca to her knees, and waves a giant ding-dong in her face. Before Rebecca can extricate herself from the hairy situation, an unknown champion saves the night. When Killian assists Rebecca off the floor, she’s stunned into silence while staring at the sexiest man alive.

Will Killian’s bad boy rep and Rebecca’s need for commitment, make this the most impossible “Play” of the season? Or, will Killian’s haunting past and need for victory destroy the most important game of his life?

“Play” is intended for mature readers 18+. Enjoy with caution… this book contains adult situations,sex, and more balls than a girl knows what to do with.

I enjoyed this book and think its worth the 99c price. “The football aspect is well done and completely believable. Rebecca meets Killian during pre season which makes his intense pursuit during that time period a little more believable and there’s a good blend of football details without overwhelming a non familiar reader.

but “There are things you might have to overlook like the constant threat Rebecca’s exposed female parts present to upholstery. More than once we are told that she is in danger of ruining fabrics due to her extensive lust. I know I was supposed to see this is sexy and maybe slightly funny but it was actually a bit too much. The love scenes are graphic and I think that a little subtlety could have gone a long way.”

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Still Missing  by Chevy StevensStill Missing by Chevy Stevens. $ 2.99.

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On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two year old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever- patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

The truth doesn’t always set you free.

Still Missing is that rare debut find–a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.

PW writes “Starred Review. Stevens’s impressive debut, a thriller set on Vancouver Island, pulsates with suspense that gets a power boost from the jaw-dropping but credible closing twist. “

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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. Dee
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 14:27:40

    I HATED Cheyenne!! This book abt turned me off the series

  2. Justine
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 14:35:51

    I’d never heard of Chevy Stevens until a confluence of circumstances vaulted her onto my TBR list. Firstly, my book club recently read Gone Girl, so I’ve been keeping my eyes open for more psychological thrillers with twisty plots and/or surprise endings. Secondly, I liked the write-up of That Night by Chevy Stevens (June 17, 2014) on July’s Indie Next List. Chevy Stevens has written four novels and after reading industry reviews, I concluded that the books of hers most worth reading are That Night (her latest release) and Still Missing (her debut). Other books that have made my read alike short list are The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (2013) and Sister by Rosamund Lupton (2010).

  3. Rebecca (Another one)
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 15:03:09

    Cheyenne and her husband were the main characters of another book, When Snow Falls. Her sister and his brother are the main characters of this book.


    Cheyenne decides for her husband’s own good to tell him a big lie and have her sister and his brother (heroine / hero of this book) participate in this lie. And it is a VERY BIG LIE. I can’t say anymore without really spoiling it. It ruins any happily ever after for them to have this hanging over their heads.

  4. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 15:10:33

    I wouldn’t recommend reading Come Home to Me if you haven’t read the earlier books. Love this series, hated this book for all the reasons already stated.

    I loved Waiting on You and didn’t get the slutty vibe, though I can understand how others might have. Thought Colleen was a bit free spirited and made no excuses for herself.

  5. Another Sarah
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 15:18:44

    The really disappointing thing about the Cheyenne story in this book was how much I loved their book, When Snow Falls.
    What I couldn’t get over was someone like Cheyenne whose life was pretty much one big lie so quickly telling and perpetrating one herself.

    I have only liked the other stories in the series and I absolutely HATED Come Home to Me. I, too, don’t know if I will read others in the series.

  6. jane
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 15:20:00

    Someone needs to spoil the Cheyenne thing for me. I ain’t going to read it at this point!!

  7. Rebecca (Another one)
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 15:34:35

    I used the “Contact us” to email you the spoiler.

  8. Faye
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 15:35:16

    Seconding the comment about Waiting on You- I read it last night and loved it. The heroine (and the narrative itself) makes no apologies for the casual sex she’s had.
    I think she was definitely celebrated by the story in way we don’t often see.

  9. Cheryl
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 15:53:59

    Higgins has written some heroines that have said and done things that irritated me beyond belief, but I really liked the heroine in “Waiting on You”. I’d say she’s the most brazen heroine that Higgins has written (at least of those I’ve read which have been most but not all). She likes her push up bras and flirting with men and having sex. The anger directed towards her usually came from men she rejected. The character is quite happy with her life until that hero rolls back into town.

  10. Kaetrin
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 20:14:52

    @Rebecca (Another one): oh, Jane can you email spoiler details to me please? I NEED to KNOW.

  11. Sydneysider
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 20:31:53

    Please post the spoiler! Loved When Snow Falls and will be avoiding this one after reading the comments. So spoil away please!

  12. Jane
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 20:35:51

    Buried Comment (Reason: SPOILER FOR THE CHEYENNE THING)   Show

    Cheyenne’s husband is infertile and so rather than tell him that he is infertile (I don’t know how she knows but he doesn’t) she decides to get artificially inseminated with his brother’s sperm but not tell the husband because that would make him feel bad…

  13. Jane
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 20:36:10

    @Rebecca (Another one): Thank you and OH MY GOD!

  14. Sydneysider
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 20:44:41

    Thank you! Wow that is …. I can’t even. My mouth is just hanging open.

  15. hilly
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 21:26:49

    Sincere thanks for the “spoiler”, as I truly prefer to know what to expect going in. Helps the decision making.

    Speaking of decisions, the H.Roberts story is another one that I’ll be passing up, due to the totally ridiculous “ding-dong” phrase used incorrectly in the blub. My mind went to chocolate cakes. Anyone else?

  16. Sunita
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 21:54:51

    @hilly: Yes. Although I always preferred Ho-Hos. But definitely.

  17. Jane
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 22:03:16

    @hilly: No, that’s a reference to dick. I’ve heard it used before. But maybe derivative of the dessert, who knows? Why is it used inaccurately?

  18. Kaetrin
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 22:19:59

    @Jane: OMG – I can see why people are saying that ruined the previous HEA. That’s just… NO NO NO NO NO. And the others involved went along with it??? o-0

  19. Kaetrin
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 22:22:22

    @hilly: Here in Australia “dong” is a euphemism for dick. And the cake Ding-Dongs aren’t readily available here so my mind went to the euphemism first.

  20. Lana Baker
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 22:36:11

    I read Come Home to Me, and enjoyed parts of it, but the whole Cheyenne B story was a giant WTF. No way that isn’t going to come back and bite everybody in the hiney. And if it were me finding out after the fact, that’s ground for divorce. Some lies/omissions might be okay, but that one? Nuh-uh.

  21. MaryK
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 23:06:14

    @Jane: Wuh-ow. Wow. That’s kind of amazing.

  22. MaryK
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 23:21:12

    The reviews for the Novak are interesting. Even some of the glowing reviews said they didn’t like the Cheyenne subplot. And I’ve never seen so many negative “in exchange for an honest review” reviews.

  23. hilly
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 23:25:58

    @Jane: & @Kaetrin: The “ding” part is extraneous and erroneous, unless we’re talking cupcakes or foolish blub-writers.

    Unless the two-word phase is some newer colloquialism, the single word “dong” — as you & Kaetrin pointed out — is the euphemism.

    @Sunita: :Waves to Sunita: I loved Ho-Hos! I hope that you don’t mind my pointing out what a more apt cake choice for a “dick” that is than a “ding-dong” !!

  24. Jane
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 00:20:44

    @hilly: That’s just her writing style. I don’t think it’s inaccurate or a mistake. Just her style.

  25. FD
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 05:28:32

    Ding-dong is also a colloquial way of saying argument, with the implication that it’s a bit noisy/rowdy; cf ‘the neighbours were having a bit of a ding-dong last night’.

  26. MrsJoseph
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 12:57:35

    @Jane: OMG. Thank you for this spoiler. That would infuriate me.

  27. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 13:44:50

    @Kaetrin Yes, they ultimately decided it was the right thing to do. This is probably the biggest WTF moments I’ve ever had. In fact, that’s the title of my review.

  28. Jenns
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 13:59:57

    I just want to add my thanks for the spoiler. I had been meaning to read this series but was put a bit put off by some things I’d read about When Lightning Strikes premise. This, though … The sheer WTFery amazes me – and not in a good way. I think I’ll be giving it a skip.
    The Higgins book sounds interesting, though.

  29. CK
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 14:04:57

    @Sydneysider: That’s exactly my reaction right now. Jaw totally dropped. >:-O,

    @Jane: Thanks for posting it.

  30. Janine
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 14:36:21

    My first association to ding-dong is the doorbell sound. I’d only heard of dong as a euphemism before, but Ding Dong is also listed in the Urban Dictionary with that definition.

  31. Crickettu
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 00:19:19

    I can’t seem to buy books with the Barnes and Noble link. It keeps sending me to a blank page

  32. willaful
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 02:12:34

    I was yet another so disgusted by the Cheyanne subplot that I’ll probably never read another book in the series.

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