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Some Like It Hot by Susan AndersenSome Like It Hot by Susan Andersen. $ .99

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“Wrong for each other” never felt more right?
Even a lifelong traveler like Harper Summerville has to admire the scenery in Razor Bay, Washington. There’s the mountains. The evergreens. The water. And Max Bradshaw, the incredibly sexy deputy sheriff. Still, Harper’s here only for the summer, working covertly for her family’s foundation. And getting involved with this rugged, intense former marine would be a definite conflict of interest—professionally and personally.

Max’s scarred childhood left him determined to put down roots in Razor Bay, yet one look at Harper—a woman who happily lives out of a suitcase—leaves him speechless with desire for things he’s never had. He might not be big on talking, but Max’s toe-curling kisses are getting the message across loud and clear. Harper belongs here, with him, because things are only beginning to heat up?.

I wish I remembered the Susan Andersen books better because I enjoyed them at the time! The only thing that sticks out in my mind right now is that one hero had a curved penis. Like a banana. I know, I’m a terrible person. I’ll show myself out.

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses  by Tom StandageA History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage. $ 1.99

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From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history.

Throughout human history. certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization.

For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.

This looks like a fun non fiction book. Beer, wine, spirits, tea, coffee, and cola are all addressed. PW gave it a starred review “Standage tucks some wonderful tidbits—on the antibacterial qualities of tea, Mecca’s coffee trials in 1511, Visigoth penalties for destroying vineyards—ending with a delightful appendix suggesting ways readers can sample ancient beverages.”

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Forever Consumed (Consumed Series Book 3)  by Skyla MadiForever Consumed by Skyla Madi. $ .99.

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**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

This is it.

My revenge.

I can taste it on my tongue, it’s sweet and it’s addictive.

I’ve worked way too hard to settle for second best and I will come out on top.

Seth Marc is back and training harder than ever before to redeem his loss to Don Russell. Tensions are high but stakes are higher as MMAC founder, Matt Somers, forces Seth and Don to train under the same roof.

Though Matt Somers believes it’s only good fun to provoke the two for publicity, he doesn’t realize just how serious the situation is.

With Olivia by his side, Seth Marc pushes himself to his limits and struggles to keep opponent, Don Russell, out of his head as they fight it out one last time.

This is the third book in the series. I remember buying the first one but I haven’t read it. It sounds from the review that this is a continuing series about the same couple and that there is a marriage in trouble storyline. A couple of reviewers felt that the characters either reverted to their previous bad behaviors or changed entirely in a not satisfactory fashion.

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Deathtrap by Dana MartonDeathtrap by Dana Marton. $ .99

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She’d been “the sick girl” for most of her life. She refused to go straight to “the weird girl”. Heart-transplant recipient Sophie Curtis has been in her own antiseptic bubble for so long, she just might not be able to venture out into the real world again. Her spooky body memories are scary enough, but then she finds herself in the cross hairs of a killer.

“Love was blind, people said. But lust was blind, deaf and reckless.” Ethan Bing hadn’t been a great romantic before he became a cop. Whatever shred of optimism he had left after becoming Broslin Chief of Police had been seared out of him by the unsolved murder of his wife two years before. A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life. She gets through his defenses like no other before, but soon it becomes clear that she’s been selected as the killer’s next victim.

It’s a full sized book! (as opposed to the pint sized ones). A three star review said it was a good mystery and a good romance. Another three star review noted that the physical heart does not produce emotions. That’s the function of the brain but the author conflates the two organs repeatedly in the book.

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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. Darlynne
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 14:51:08

    “Like a banana. I know, I’m a terrible person. I’ll show myself out.”

    The only thing I remember from a Sidney Sheldon book was a young woman’s response to her first sight of a peni$: a turkey neck and two gizzards.

    You’re not alone out there, Jane.

  2. JacquiC
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 15:03:52

    Ok. I admit it. Now I’m dying to know which book had the “banana” in it. Think I read all the Susan Andersen books back in the day, though I haven’t read many of the recent ones.

  3. SusanS
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 15:12:03

    Leaving for Beach Week on Saturday and I always try to include a few interesting non-fiction books along with the more traditional beach reads. History of the World in 6 Glasses sounds perfect. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Isobel Carr
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 16:09:57

    I loved A History of the World in 6 Glasses, and at that price, I’ll buy it again (gave away my print copy as it was good I thought my brother needed to read it!).

  5. Jill Sorenson
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 16:37:46

    I believe the banana penis was described as a scythe? Sitar? Is that a thing? I remember him saying “the better to hit your g-spot with.” I’ll show myself out also.

  6. Bella F
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 16:41:19

    Lol! Like a banana

  7. jane
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 16:45:47

    @JacquiC: It was an older one. The hero was a Marine or cop. They had sex in an attic or upstairs apartment.

  8. K.L.
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 16:54:03

    Also dying to know about the banana book. Because a comment like that will indeed make me want to read a book that I have no other interest in reading – just to see 1) how the author managed to describe it and 2) if that would make me think of the character only as BananaPenis for the rest of the book.

    Suddenly I’m wondering what this is going to look like when it shows up in your google searches. Heh.

  9. K.L.
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 16:57:20

    Hmm I think it ate my comment, which was another vote for the banana book because now I’m curious. Also I had to buy the 6 glasses book because I am a sucker for interesting nonfiction that I can read at night but not get so interested in that I forget to actually sleep. (It is SO hard to screen books for Something That Won’t Keep Me Up All Night Because I Must Know What Happens.)

  10. cleo
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 17:58:35

    @K.L.: I have the same criteria for my commuting reads – they must be interesting enough to keep my attention on the train, but not so interesting that I don’t want to put down my book and actually work. It is tricky. Game Change (about the 2008 American election) worked well for me -it was well written and compelling, but not suspenseful since we already know who won.

  11. Tina
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 18:55:26

    My son has to read The History of the world in 6 Glasses this summer in Prep for his 10th grade AP World History course he’s taking next year. My husband who teaches Freshman World Civ sometimes is reading it too to see if he should use it in his classes. He says he is enjoying it so far and it is a really interesting way to frame history.

  12. Lindsay
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 19:16:33

    @K.L.: I have EXACTLY that same problem and have to relegate most of my non-fiction reading to the daytime, and even then it can make me late for things!

  13. Susan
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 21:18:04

    Hmm, 6 Glasses is showing up as $8.51 at Amazon. Short sale. Weird price. (Luckily, I already owned it, but I can’t remember what I paid for it back when.)

  14. ML
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 21:20:20

    6 Glasses is an entertaining and fascinating book. Definitely recommended.

  15. Kaetrin
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 22:51:40

    @jane: It was totally this one (I remember it too – the girls like to “ride the Rocket”).

  16. Laura
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:45:38

    The banana book is Head Over Heals. It’s still on a shelf in my womancave. I’m not sure what that says about me as a reader.

  17. Laura
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:46:05

    *Heels. D’oh.

  18. Laura Jardine
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 14:05:06

    6 glasses doesn’t seem to be on sale here and the normal price is >$10 :(
    Sounds interesting though. Maybe I’ll buy it eventually…

  19. Kim
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 20:52:42

    A banana shaped-penis, sex in the attic – I read that book so, so many years ago, and yet it all came back to me (Head Over Heels).

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