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If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney SheldonIf Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon. $ 1.99

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Lovely, idealistic Tracy Whitney is framed into a fifteen year sentence in an escape-proof penitentiary. With dazzling ingenuity she fights back to destroy the untouchable crime lords who put her there. With her intelligence and beauty as her only weapons, Tracy embarks on a series of extraordinary escapades that sweep her across the globe. In an explosive confrontation Tracy meets her equal in irresistible Jeff Stevens, whose past is as colorful as Tracy’s.

After being framed into a 15-year sentence in an escape-proof penitentiary, Tracy Whitney fights back to destroy the untouchable crime lords who put her there.

I used to read everything Sidney Sheldon wrote along with Nelson DeMille, John Sanford, James Patterson. It was in college mostly. I think it’s because those are the books I could find. I didn’t have a car and the bus routes to the library branch that had a lot of romance was spotty. I could walk there. It was a couple of miles and I do remember making the walk a couple of times but the downtown library had easier access and so I’d go down there, check out some mainstream fiction and read those.

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Just One Kiss by Susan MalleryJust One Kiss by Susan Mallery. $ 1.99 AMZ | Google Play

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He won’t hesitate to put his life on the line…but will he ever risk his heart?

Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw’s otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now he’s back in Fool’s Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won’t abandon her again—and her daughter, too?When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought him to this idyllic town and he never forgot its warmth, or the sweet beauty of his childhood friend. He’s returned to open a defense academy, and the Patience he once knew is all grown up. He can’t resist her smile, or her curves. But Justice’s past doesn’t make him husband, or father, material.

Patience and Justice think they’ll succumb to just one kiss… Then one more… Okay, just one night together. But they might learn that falling in love is beyond anyone’s control.

If you’re a fan of Fool’s Gold, you’ll love Ana Raquel and Greg’s delicious romance, featured in Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook, along with her favorite recipes from the land of happy endings.

New readers to Fool’s Gold might have problems keeping track of the characters. The conflict is introspective and everyone is very kind.

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The Trouble with Honor by Julia LondonThe Trouble with Honor by Julia London. $ .99 AMZ | Google Play

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Passion and scandal collide in New York Times bestselling author Julia London’s brand-new series about four sisters determined to rescue themselves from ruin…

Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family’s ruin. Upon the earl’s death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home—and their place on the pedestal of society—to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil’s bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother’s fiancée out of the Cabots’ lives for good.

An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.

The heroine is a schemer and allows the hero to grope her per one three star review. And there’s a lot of groping and sexy talk. I was actually saying to another reader the other day that historicals are often overly prim but apparently not this one.

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Imperium by Robert HarrisImperium by Robert Harris. $ 1.99 AMZ | iBooks.

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FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FATHERLAND AND POMPEII COMES THE MOST PROVOCATIVE AND BRILLIANT NOVEL OF ANTIQUITY SINCE I, CLAUDIUS –
IMPERIUM
A CAUTIONARY TALE OF CICERO, THE GREATEST ORATOR OF ALL TIME, AND HIS EXTRAORDINARY STRUGGLE FOR POWER IN ROME.

When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island’s corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Marcus Cicero — an ambitious young lawyer and spellbinding orator, who at the age of twenty-seven is determined to attain imperium — supreme power in the state.

Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Cicero. And Tiro — the inventor of shorthand and author of numerous books, including a celebrated biography of his master (which was lost in the Dark Ages) — was always by his side.

Compellingly written in Tiro’s voice, Imperium is the re-creation of his vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero’s quest for glory, competing with some of the most powerful and intimidating figures of his — or any other — age: Pompey, Caesar, Crassus, and the many other powerful Romans who changed history.

Robert Harris, the world’s master of innovative historical fiction, lures us into a violent, treacherous world of Roman politics at once exotically different from and yet startlingly similar to our own — a world of Senate intrigue and electoral corruption, special prosecutors and political adventurism — to describe how one clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable man fought to reach the top.

PW writes “Harris’s description of Rome’s labyrinthine, and sometimes deadly, political scene is fascinating and instructive. The action is relentless, and readers will be disappointed when Harris leaves Cicero at the moment of his greatest triumph. Given Cicero’s stormy consulship, his continuing opposition to Julius Caesar and his own assassination, readers can only hope a sequel is in the works. Until then, this serves as a superb first act. “

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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

11 Comments

  1. library addict
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 11:27:23

    If Tomorrow Comes is my favorite Sheldon book. The plot is somewhat dated now (none of the schemes would would in the internet age), but the romance still works.

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  2. P. J. Dean
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 11:42:03

    Yes, I was a Sidney Sheldon nut too. Now, the thing I’ve forgotten is, was “If Tomorrow Comes” one of those spectacular 80s miniseries with one of those “Lifetime” Queens: Victoria Principal, Jane Seymour, Lindsay Wagner or Jaclyn Smith? Oh, and was manly Jeff Stevens played by jack Scalia, Barry Bostwick or Tom Berenger. A-A-Ah. Those were the days when cheese was cheese and knew it. And liked it.

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  3. Sunita
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 11:52:01

    I haven’t read the Harris book because I’m not big on ancient Rome novels, but I’ve read several of his other books and enjoyed them thoroughly. He’s a terrific writer of mainstream fiction.

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  4. library addict
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 12:06:22

    @P. J. Dean: The mini-series starred Madolyn Smith Osborne as Tracy, Tom Berenger as Jeff, and David Keith as Daniel. It also featured Liam Neeson in a small part as the Interpol Inspector. Cheesy yes, but I’ll admit to owning the DVD.

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  5. tina
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 13:46:17

    Oh, I loved ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’. It was actually lighter in tone than quite a few of Sheldon’s other books. Serendiptiously, I read this almost back-to-back with Nora Roberts’ ‘Sweet Revenge’ (they were only published a few years apart). They had similar themes and worked great as companion reads.

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  6. MaryK
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 14:24:29

    Caitlin Crews’ August HP is 1.99 at Amazon.

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  7. cleo
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 14:58:39

    Pretty sure I read If Tomorrow Comes. Is this the one where she does Tai Chi or some other martial arts to stay sane in solitary confinement? And when she was robbing a house and the doorbell rang, she answered the door wearing a face mask and not much more?

    I had such a love hate relationship with Sydney Sheldon (and Judith Kranz and Jackie Collins, et al) in high school and college. I was so, so scornful of them but I also secretly gobbled them up. And I remember them so fondly now. They were so unapologetically over the top.

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  8. Janine
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 16:25:42

    @P. J. Dean: Yes, If Tomorrow Comes was adapted into this miniseries back in 1986. I remember watching it and later reading the book, which was fun at the time. I haven’t read it in 25+ years though.

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  9. P. J. Dean
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 18:55:49

    @library addict @Janine thank you. I knew it was one of those Smiths and a Berenger. Liam Neeson? Wow. How did i miss him? Gotta catch this again. i miss miniseries.

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  10. Kate Hewitt
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 08:33:10

    The Harris book wasn’t showing up as 1.99 on Amazon US for me. It was over $10.

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  11. Christine
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 10:00:04

    @Sunita: Robert Harris is Fabulous! I really loved Pompeii – I’ve read it a few times and listened to the audiobook and enjoyed it each and every time. I was also really impressed with Fatherland (which, for those who don’t know, is the alternate history book set in Berlin 1960s assuming Hitler won the war). The set of books about Cicero of which Imperium is the first is quite fascinating. Sunita, I highly recommend that you try Pompeii as it is a standalone. It’s set in the 3 days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and is riveting, especially since you know what is coming!

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