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Mine To Take (Mine - Romantic Suspense 1) by Cynthia EdenMine to Take by Cynthia Eden. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Skye Sullivan knows that someone is watching her. Not just watching–stalking her. Months ago, Skye was involved in a dangerous car accident. The accident ended her dancing career and sent her fleeing back to Chicago. Skye is convinced that her stalker caused the crash, and she fears that he won’t stop pursuing her, not until she’s dead.

When someone breaks into her apartment in Chicago, Skye turns to the one man she believes can protect her–Trace Weston. Once, Trace was her lover. Two lost souls, they’d come together in a firestorm of need and desire. But then Trace had pushed her away. He’d joined the military, vanishing from her life. She’d put all of her emotion into dancing, and she’d tried to forget him.

Now Trace is one of the most successful men in the United States. Rich, driven, and carrying dark secrets, he agrees to help Skye. He’ll protect her from the danger that lurks in the darkness, but Trace wants more than to just be a guard for Skye.

He wants her. And he’ll take her. The years have changed him, hardened him. He’s not just a poor kid from the streets any longer. Now, he can have anything–or anyone–that he wants. And the one woman he has always wanted has just come back into his life. He won’t let her go again.

But with the threats mounting against Skye, she suspects that her stalker may be intimately close. He’s a man who knows her too well. As his attacks grow ever more dangerous, she realizes that if she trusts the wrong man, she could be making a fatal mistake.

Lust. Love. Obsession.

Just how far would you go in order to possess the one person you want the most?

Author’s Note: MINE TO TAKE is a sexy romantic suspense story, and the tale is intended for adults. Sexy situations and adult language will be found within the pages of this story–please consider yourself warned.

This is a novella and some of the reviews suggest that the inclusion of both a suspense and a romantic plot gave short shrift to the romance. The second in the series comes out on Sept 16 and is apparently another novella.

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Give Me Love by Kate McCarthyGive Me Love by Kate McCarthy. $ .99 at Amazon | Smashwords

From the Jacket Copy:

Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet, she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves relocating her band, including her two best friends guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.

Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie’s best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she’s determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn’t fit in with her plan but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney however, has put her directly in Jared’s path and he has decided it’s the perfect opportunity to make his play.

Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that ‘consults’ in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who’s determined to enact revenge. When this enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.

Is accepting the love he’s so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart…and her life?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

I like the idea of a female rockstar and I love Aussie set books. The major complaints about the book include that it is slow paced in areas and that the character motivations, particularly that of the hero, are confusing.

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The Tell: A Novel by Hester KaplanThe Tell by Hester Kaplan. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

An elegant and haunting novel of love and family, The Tell demands that we reconsider our notions of marriage—duty, compromise, betrayal, and the choice to stand by or leave the ones we love.

Mira and Owen’s marriage is less stable than they know when Wilton Deere, an aging, no longer famous TV star moves in to the grand house next door. With plenty of money and plenty of time to kill, Wilton is charming but ruthless as he inserts himself into the couple’s life in a quest for distraction, friendship—and most urgently—a connection with Anya, the daughter he abandoned years earlier. Facing stresses at home and work, Mira begins to accompany Wilton to a casino and is drawn to the slot machines. Escapism soon turns to full-on addiction and a growing tangle of lies and shame that threatens her fraying marriage and home. Betrayed and confused, Owen turns to the mysterious Anya, who is testing her own ability to trust her father after many years apart.

The Tell is a finely-wrought novel about risk: of dependence, of responsibility, of addiction, of trust, of violence. Told with equal parts suspense, sympathy, and psychological complexity, it shows us the intimate and shifting ways in which we reveal ourselves before we act, and what we assume but don’t know about those closest to us.

This cover looks badly photoshopped. PW writes ” Kaplan (Kinship Theory) suffuses her latest with a sense of its own importance; everything takes on an extremely dramatic tone, even if the events themselves are minor, which makes it difficult to take big problems seriously. Additionally, the characters are not particularly sympathetic and some of their decisions make little sense. Readers may be drawn in by the exploration of addiction and loneliness, but will be disappointed.”

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Josie Day Is Coming Home Lisa PlumleyJosie Day Is Coming Home by Lisa Plumley. $ Free.

From the Jacket Copy:

USA Today bestselling author Lisa Plumley does it again with another sparkling, sexy novel of crazy coincidences—and crazier love…

Her name was Josie, she was a showgirl…
…until the night she Heimliched a martini olive out of fabulously wealthy and eccentric casino owner Tallulah Carlyle. Now Josie Day—proud new owner of one of Tallulah’s spare estates—is leaving Vegas behind for…Donovan’s Corner, Arizona? Ironically, her “reward” has brought her right back to the dusty hometown she thought she’d left behind forever. Still, Josie’s ready to prove there’s more to her than feathers and a wicked rumba. She plans to sell the old mansion and use the profits to open a dance school. But first, she’ll have to figure out some fancy footwork to avoid knocking heads—and other things—with caretaker and local bad boy Luke Donovan…

It isn’t every day a woman like Josie comes strutting into town—which is fortunate, since her presence on the estate has Luke hotter and more bothered than he’s been since, well, ever. He’s a little annoyed with his Aunt Tallulah, though. This was supposed to be his property to renovate and sell—an opportunity to make good after being cut off from the family fortune. But Josie doesn’t have to know that…at least not until Luke figures out a way to make both their dreams come true—and prove that Vegas isn’t the only place where taking a chance can change everything…

PW says “Josie’s initial decision to return to Donovan’s Corner, the “Aqua Net–soaked, small-minded gossip haven” that once branded her disreputable, is more than unexpected; it’s unbelievable. The same could be said for the townspeople’s decision to just as suddenly and inexplicably embrace Josie for her false eyelashes and skimpy Spandex skirts. This unreality cripples the story from the start. A slow-paced plot doesn’t help, either, nor does the heroine’s penchant for atrocious knock-knock jokes.”

Erm, even at free I’m wondering if I should — oh what am I saying. One click.

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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. Deljah
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 12:20:06

    How are these daily deals selected? All of the accompanying reviews were negative or mediocre at best.

  2. Jane
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 12:24:04

    @Deljah: I select them every morning. I try to find books that I think will interest the readership and feel like the blurb is all about why you should read the book and then in the comments section, if I haven’t read it, I try to include some criticisms so that readers can decide for themselves if the book works for them.

  3. Renda
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 12:38:15

    I started the Plumley book (for free) a couple of days ago, and that is about it.
    It stretches the believability band. It is appealing, but very slow.
    The premise is far fetched (go figure), but the pieces just don’t fit. No spoilers here, but things just don’t make much sense in the setup and I am having a hard time making myself interested.
    But for free, try it yourself and see. It is well written and edited. No glaring issues in that way.

  4. MaryK
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 12:40:10

    I read the Lisa Plumley a long time ago and I remember liking it. Don’t know what I’d think now.

  5. SAO
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 13:05:20

    I got the Cynthia Eden a few months ago. I didn’t get very far. Trace was a jerk and both MCs were dumb. The writing was repetitive and written at a third grade level. I’m not sure I got to the end of the first chapter. Taught me a lesson about ninety-nine cent deals.

  6. Lindsay
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 14:05:01

    Bella Andre’s Sullivan books are all $1.99 on Amazon today (except for the newest, and since I paid full price for that I appreciate it, heh) — I really loved this series, even tropes that don’t usually work for me totally did thanks to the writing and characterization.

  7. Jenna
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 14:58:30

    I bought a 5 book New Adult bundle on Amazon for .99 a couple of days ago. I liked all the books but Random Acts of Crazy, which I DNF’d. A really great deal for .99. I did a quick look on B & N but couldn’t find it there. Sorry. The books are:

    Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins — She’s obsessed with a rock star. He’s crazy enough to want to be one. Sometimes the best things in life are crazy. Amazon Top 100 Bestseller.

    Random Acts of Crazy by Julia Kent — Darla isn’t the type to pick up hitchhikers — especially naked ones. But when she makes an exception for handsome Trevor, she finds herself caught between two delicious men in this fun-filled, steamy USA Today bestseller.

    Mad for You by Anna Antonia – Loving Gabriel Gordon was like trying to love the sun…Emma Adams was destined to burn. Given their tumultuous natures and personal demons, there was only one way a relationship between them could survive: in madness.

    Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose — One kind deed can change your life forever…. Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart, but when she buys a cup of coffee for a stranger sitting in the cold, she sets into motion a course of events that can only lead to one kind of fairy-tale ending.

    Dance For Me by Helena Newbury — When troubled ballet student Natasha agrees to be the muse of millionaire designer Darrell Carner, she doesn’t expect to fall for him…or to discover that his past is just as dark as hers. Can two broken souls heal each other…or will their secrets tear them apart?

  8. Lynn S.
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 16:59:46

    … and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

    Isn’t that true of every book?

    Kobo has a couple of promo codes worth mentioning: Comeback9_632 (35% off any title that accepts promo codes, which now includes Penguin and Random House titles) and 2DAYOFFER (which is good through today for 30% off; it is one of those codes that supposedly works only for books on a list, but appears to work on all Harlequin titles since I picked up the latest Ainslie Paton, which wasn’t on the list.)

  9. Kaetrin
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 00:41:42

    @Lynn S.: Thx for that Lynn. I always love to hear about Kobo codes!

    I downloaded the Plumley. Who knows when/if I’ll get to it but I have a soft spot for bad knock knock jokes.

    I listened to a Cynthia Eden book earlier this year and it didn’t work for me so even at 99c I’m hesitating on that one. Tempted by the Aussie Rock star book though…. oh, what the hell. Click.

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