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Daily Deals: Scandalous relationships, NASA doctors, and second generation rakehells

I bought this book but the sale is only at Amazon for some reason.

And I thought this Amazon only sale was pretty good. 6 books for $3.99.

Loving Scoundrel: Malory Family Series by Johanna LindseyA Loving Scoundrel by Johanna Lindsey. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


Johanna Lindsey brings to glorious life her beloved aristocratic family of adventurous rogues and spirited ladies as the Malorys confront the shocking news that Jeremy, the rakehell son of gentleman pirate James Malory, has fallen in love.

When Jeremy Malory hires Danny, a young woman who grew up on London’s streets disguised as a boy, as his upstairs maid, he secretly intends to make her his mistress. But Danny surprises him with her dreams of becoming a refined lady and a gentleman’s wife. As she transforms from urchin to elegant beauty before Jeremy’s eyes, she unwittingly captivates the charming scoundrel. Now high society tongues are wagging: Who is this mysterious newcomer, and what is the truth about her past? No matter that a life-long adversary will go to any lengths to ensure Danny’s downfall, Jeremy, who vowed never to succumb to matrimony, finds his resolve weakening as he pursues a woman whose strong, passionate nature rivals his own and promises the kind of challenge a Malory man can’t resist.

I can’t remember if I read this one or not. I loved the first generation of Malorys and then…I think Lindsey and I took a break.

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The Sixes: A Novel by Kate WhiteThe Sixes by Kate White. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From the New York Times bestselling authorof Hush and the Bailey Weggins mysteryseries comes a thriller set in a college townwhere a student’s death sends one womanon a search for the truth and into theclutches of a frightening secret society.

Phoebe Hall’s Manhattan life has suddenly begun to unravel. Right after her long-term boyfriend breaks off their relationship, she’s falsely accused of plagiarizing her latest bestselling celebrity biography. Looking for a quiet place to put her life back together, Phoebe jumps at the offer to teach in a sleepy Pennsylvania town at a small private college run by her former boarding school roommate and close friend, Glenda Johns.

But behind the campus’s quiet cafés and leafy maple trees lie evil happenings. The body of a female student washes up on the banks of a nearby river, and disturbing revelations begin to surface: accusations from coeds about abuses wrought by a secret society of girls on campus known as The Sixes.. To help Glenda, Phoebe embarks on a search for clues—a quest that soon raises painful memories of her own boarding school days years ago.

As the investigation heats up, Phoebe unexpectedly finds herself falling for the school’s handsome psychology professor, Duncan Shaw. But when nasty pranks turn into deadly threats, Phoebe realizes she’s in the middle of a real-life nightmare, not knowing whom she can trust and if she will even survive.

Plunging deeper into danger with every step, Phoebe knows she’s close to unmasking a killer. But with truth comes a terrifying revelation: your darkest secrets can still be uncovered . . . and starting over may be a crime punishable by death.

The most popular review says that there is a lack of suspense and thrills, characterization was shallow and there was too much bland sex.

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Gravity by Tess GerritsenGravity by Tess Gerritsen. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A young NASA doctor must combat a lethal microbe that is multiplying in the deadliest of environments — space — in this acclaimed blockbuster of medical suspense from Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, and Bloodstream.


Dr. Emma Watson has been training for the adventure of a lifetime: to study living beings in space. But her mission aboard the International Space Station turns into a nightmare beyond imagining when a culture of single-celled organisms begins to regenerate out of control — and infects the space station crew with agonizing and deadly results. Emma struggles to contain the outbreak while back on Earth her estranged husband, Jack McCallum, works frantically with NASA to bring her home. But there will be no rescue. The contagion now threatens Earth’s population, and the astronauts are stranded in orbit, quarantined aboard the station — where they are dying one by one…

If you recall from our news piece, Tess Gerritsen is now suing the movie producers for infringement on her book. Many of her readers thought the movie was based on Gerritsen’s story.

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Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Muses of Mayfair)  by Sara RamseyScotsmen Prefer Blondes by Sara Ramsey. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

She never wanted marriage…
When a friend is forced to consider a marriage of convenience, Lady Amelia Staunton is determined to rescue her. But her plans trap her in an illicit seduction, and Amelia must marry him herself. Malcolm’s all-consuming kisses and devilish humor might make up for her lost freedom, but she believes he will force her to abandon the Gothic romances she yearns to write. Since she can’t escape him, she must distract him from her secret…

He isn’t looking for love…

A powerful autocrat with a well-hidden rebellious streak, Malcolm MacCabe doesn’t need another beautiful mistress – he needs an obedient wife. Obedience is not one of Amelia’s virtues. But he’s too enthralled by her wit and passion to let her go – even if it means risking the political reputation he is building to save his clan.

Their hearts can’t survive the scandal…

Despite their intentions, every wicked embrace binds them together. But as their conflicting desires combust into insatiable hunger and unavoidable ruin, they must decide whether to pursue their personal destinies alone – or fight for the love that could destroy them both.

The negative reviews say that it was boring and that the hero was a “Drama queen.”

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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. Samantha
    May 14, 2014 @ 14:07:39

    Loving Scoundrel is my FAVORITE of the Mallorys! The heroine is smart and uncompromising and I loooooooved it.

  2. CelineB
    May 14, 2014 @ 14:21:53

    I bought and read Loving Scoundrel yesterday and I just thought it was okay. The storyline of the finding out the heroine’s true identity just didn’t work for me. It seemed like after certain facts came out they should have been able to figure out who the heroine was almost immediately but they didn’t figure it out for a few weeks. I did like the heroine as a character but the hero felt pretty generic to me.

    I don’t know if Johanna Lindsey doesn’t work for me or if I’m just choosing the wrong books to try by her. I may have to try the first few Mallory books since they seem to be the Lindsey books everyone loves.

  3. Lostshadows
    May 14, 2014 @ 14:28:00

    A Loving Scoundrel doesn’t seem to be on sale anywhere. (I think it was a KDD a day or two back.)

  4. Lada
    May 14, 2014 @ 14:57:49

    @CelineB: Or it could be that Lindsey hasn’t aged well. I loved me a JL back in the day but I don’t think I’d enjoy her nearly as well today, especially if I had never read her before.

  5. CelineB
    May 14, 2014 @ 15:06:43

    That may be the case. I have similar problems with Jude Deveraux so maybe some of those classic 80’s/early 90’s romances just don’t work for people like me who didn’t read them when they were first published.

  6. Amanda
    May 14, 2014 @ 16:03:24

    All I remember is that I was disappointed by A Loving Scoundrel. It might me my fault however I had certain expectations for Derek because he was James’s son and they just weren’t met

  7. Jayne
    May 14, 2014 @ 16:11:25

    I just got this email from BelleBridgeBooks about some Kathleen Eagle books which are on sale at Amazon.

    “For the rest of this week, these six spectacular eBooks by NY Times Bestselling Author – Kathleen Eagle – are on sale for only $0.99 and $1.99!

    Dash on over to Amazon and grab these while you can!

    Grab WHAT THE HEART KNOWS and THIS TIME FOREVER for only $0.99!

    only $1.99!

    These fabulous titles are on sale for only the rest of this week!

    Do not miss out on this deal!

    Go grab them now! “

  8. Janet
    May 14, 2014 @ 18:27:02

    The Lindsey book doesn’t seem to be on sale.

  9. Jane
    May 14, 2014 @ 21:43:32

    @Janet: Sorry folks. It was $1.99 this morning. It must have switched over really quick.

  10. Kim W
    May 15, 2014 @ 08:41:06

    I just finished Gravity which I thought was pretty meh. I don’t see the comparison to the movie Gravity. The book Gravity had people in space and one of them happened to be a woman. It’s like comparing the animated movie Cars to the movie Death Race because they both had automobile races.

  11. cleo
    May 15, 2014 @ 09:05:29

    @Kim W – I think the issue is over scenes the author wrote for a movie adaptation of her book that wasn’t made – which are apparently very similar to scenes in the movie. Iirc she didn’t take action until she learned that someone involved with her screenplay was also involved with the movie Gravity.

  12. Janine
    May 15, 2014 @ 12:04:12

    @CelineB: Lindsey’s 1980s books were rapey and do not hold up well for the most part. But some of her 1990s books didn’t have that issue and were written with verve, though also with a disregard for historical accuracy. If you want to try them, I recommend starting with Once a Princess (1991), or if you want something humorous, Man of My Dreams (1992). They were some of my favorites back then, though I haven’t reread them recently.

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