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By Private Invitation Stephanie Julian by By Private Invitation. $ Stephanie Julian

From the Jacket Copy:

Some invitations don’t need to be sent…only accepted.

Antiques dealer Annabelle Elder’s life is nowhere near as passionate as the erotic art she collects. A cheating ex-boyfriend and her business have seen to that. So when she attends a New Year’s Eve party at Haven Hotel, she sees a chance to blow off some steam. But she never expected to meet anyone like Jared—or to experience such passion in his arms…

Handsome, rich, and charming as hell, Jared Golden brought his Midas touch to Haven Hotel—and created an anything-goes pleasure palace on one floor to cater to his special friends and their very special desires. After falling in lust with Annabelle at first sight, seducing her was easier than he expected. What he didn’t expect was to be seduced in turn…

But unrestrained passion in the bedroom is not the only spark between Annabelle and Jared. Their mutual attraction is confounded by their separate pasts. Caught in an ever-growing web of painful secrets and sensual fantasy, will they be able to face the truth about themselves and trust in true love?

I’m hoping by the time this post goes live, the $2.99 price will have shown up everywhere. Penguin tweeted the deal out in the morning.

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Faking It to Making It (Harlequin Kiss)  by Ally BlakeFaking It to Making It by Ally Blake . $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A dilemma, a deal…a date!

Charmer Nate Mackenzie is in the middle of a plus-one dilemma for his friend’s wedding. Any of his recent dates would start dreaming of a solitaire for their own left hand. Worse, going stag will leave him at the mercy of a setup by his ever-hopeful sisters.

Discovering that Saskia Bloom is doing online-dating research for a website, he strikes a deal. She’ll take the research rather than a relationship and he’ll get a fake date. There might be no shortage of sexual attraction between them—but as complete opposites, will they be at all convincing as a “happy couple”?

I haven’t read this. The KISS line confused me because I wasn’t really sure what book I’d get out of it. Some of the stories were much tamer than others. The reviews for this book are sparse. Random reader and Harriet Klausner give it 4 stars.

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Afterburn      by Sylvia DayAfterburn by Sylvia Day. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day, America’s premier author of provocative fiction, delivers the debut novel from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

The realization that Jax still affected me so strongly was a jagged pill to swallow. He’d only been part of my life for five short weeks two years ago. But now he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. And God, he was magnificent. His eyes were a brown so dark they were nearly black. Thickly lashed, they were relentless in their intensity. Had I really thought they were soft and warm? There was nothing soft about Jackson Rutledge. He was a hard and jaded man, cut from a ruthless cloth.

In that moment I understood how badly I wanted to unravel the mystery of Jax. Bad enough that I didn’t mind how much it was going to cost me….

This is a novella and I’m not sure the total length of it, but it felt very truncated to me. It’s one half of a longer story with the second part due out in November but it doesn’t feel like half of a story but more just a set up. I didn’t love it and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it at $1.99 either unless you are a big Day fan.

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The Fireman Who Loved Me: A Bachelor Firemen Novel by Jennifer BernardThe Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard . $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Fearless, smoking hot, and single: meet the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. These firemen might be heroes, but it’s their bad luck in love that makes them legendary.

News producer Melissa McGuire and Fire Captain Harry Brody couldn’t be more different, though they do have one thing in common: they’re both convinced they’re perfectly wrong for each other. But when Melissa’s matchmaking grandmother wins her a date with Brody at a Bachelor auction . . .

Sparks fly. Passion flares. Heat rises. (You get the picture.)

Add a curse, a conniving nightly news anchor, a stunningly handsome daredevil fireman, a brave little boy, a couple of exes, and one giant fire to the mix, and Melissa and Brody’s love may not be the only thing that burns

I feel like I’ve featured this book before in a deal. I liked it (review here) although I felt there were flaws but at 99c, it’s probably worth the purchase.

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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. Kati
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 14:39:55

    Oooh, yeah! I remember By Private Invitation. I reviewed it. The hero got an erection every time he was within a 5 mile radius of the heroine.

  2. Jill K.Q.
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 14:40:43

    I haven’t read this Ally Blake, but her books are usually entertaining and smoothly written. good heroines and gimmick free (no weird wills or surprise babies)

  3. MaryK
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 14:46:47

    Amazon has a .99 historical rom by Sophie Barnes that sounds interesting. Has anybody read her?

  4. Kari Young
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 15:24:58

    I love your comment, “random reader and Harriet Klausner give it 4 stars.” Thanks for making me chuckle.

  5. FD
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 15:45:31

    I liked Faking It To Making It, but uh, the main remembrance of it I have is the early meet cute chapters. Can’t even recall the central conflict… something something, commitment issues? The characters were well drawn, sympathetic, and realistic modern types though, and there was nothing headdesky about it.

  6. Ani Gonzalez
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 16:34:51

    I’m buying the fireman book. I just can’t resist that adorable beagle.

  7. Carolyne
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 16:54:59

    I’m glad it’s not only me who can’t resist a beagle.

    I was kinda sorta intrigued by By Private Invitation and the promise of crazy OTT debauchery. But I couldn’t even finish the last book I read with one of those heroes who gets proximity-alert erections. Unless the hero is a hormonal teenager, it’s just disturbing (and even more disturbing if he’s a hormonal teenager, actually).

  8. Susan
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 20:29:27

    @Ani Gonzalez: Me, too! I’m not big on contemporaries as a rule, but the beagle made me hit the buy button.

    Klausner only gives 4 or 5 stars. I don’t know if it’s the product of a coin toss, or if the 4-star books are ones “she” didn’t like.

  9. library addict
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 21:58:43

    I have the Fireman book on my wishlist. And it’s on sale on Kobo, too. So I can use one of my 30% coupons.

  10. library addict
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 22:23:20

    Oops never mind. That publisher is not coupon eligible. But 99¢ is a great price, too.

  11. Nicole
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 22:47:01

    @MaryK: I bought There’s Something About Lady Mary. The title made me chuckle. I was drawn to the unconventional heroine (she’s a surgeon!), and definitely enjoyed the novel, although some of the book’s dialog struck me as way too anachronous, even for a novel with such an unusual premise. At $0.99, I found it to be a good deal for me, and I’d be willing to buy Ms. Barnes’ next book.

  12. MaryK
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 08:58:05

    @Nicole: Thanks!

  13. Lindsay
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 11:38:29

    I really enjoyed the Fireman book and it promised to be one of many, I should keep an eye on the ones that have been written since to see if they go on sale. I’d definitely read more, I liked a lot of the secondary characters in the book.

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