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Daily Deals: Superheroes, Irish lasses, and crazy overspenders

Sidekicked by John David AndersonSidekicked by John David Anderson. $ 1.99 AMZN | Apple

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Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses—his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet—he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. There’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna—their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.

But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justicia, superheroes begin disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It’s what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear?

PW writes “Anderson tackles some heady topics, including superhero morality, teenage confusion, and divided loyalties, playing with the usual comic book tropes without treading on overly familiar ground (even for fans of Jack Ferraiolo’s similar 2011 novel, Sidekicks). There’s a lot to enjoy, from memorable characters to a complex yet accessible plot, in this superhero story that any comics fan will enjoy.”

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I See London by Chanel CleetonI See London by Chanel Cleeton. $ .99

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Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change—and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she has always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted?and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This book has a dreaded love triangle but at least it is resolved by the end of the book. I keep meaning to read it and now that it’s on sale, I can’t really say no.

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Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic Series #3) by Sophie KinsellaShopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella. $ 1.99

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There’s never been a better excuse to buy a new dress…or two.

Shopaholic Ties the Knot

The irresistible heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan is back!–in a hilarious tale of mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, and one blushing bride who just can’t say no to saying “I do.”

Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything…

Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky’s head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky’s overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum’s frilly old gown. While Luke’s high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can’t seem to turn down either one. Can everyone’s favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

So she’s not really recovered from her addiction but has found a job that complements it. I guess that’s a good thing. Now she’s getting married and she has to go to two weddings? Sounds terrible.

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Wild Angel (The O'Byrne Brides Series - Book One) by Miriam MingerWild Angel by Miriam Minger. $ Free.

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Readers from coast to coast have fallen in love with her strong, forceful heroes and fiery heroines. Now award-winner Miriam Minger sweeps you into a world of epic adventure and bold passion in the O’BYRNE BRIDES SERIES!

WILD ANGEL – Ronan was a legend among men…and the last thing he needed was a troublesome woman. Yet this fierce Irish warrior took a deathbed oath to protect a chieftain’s rebellious daughter.

Triona was a hellion of a woman…who would let no man rule her. Raised in the ways of a warrior, she defied Ronan’s every command. So he planned to marry her off, to be rid of the wild lass forever. But in the heat of battle–enflamed by her passionate spirit–Ronan decided he wanted this beautiful, impossible woman for himself!

It’s free and it’s a historical. Beverly left this three star review on Amazon “This is one of over 100 free ebooks I felt compelled to download the first month I had my Kindle. So many books, this one included, sounded so good. Unfortunately, I have not taken the time to read this one, Yet. but I plan to.”

She didn’t have any helpful votes. Other three star reviews suggest that the secondary characters save the story but the main conflict dragged on far too long.

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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. Lisa J
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 14:08:19

    Isle of Lies by Donna Fletcher is free at Amazon. Here’s the blurb:

    Moira Maclean is summoned by Mother Abbess in the dead of night. Frightened and worried and with no time to dress, she rushes in her night dress and bare feet to discover disturbing news. Her father and brothers have been killed by a rival clan and it is her father’s dying wish that she wed the Highlander warrior he sent to keep her safe.

    The stranger appears to have come directly from the battlefield and Moira has little choice but to obey her father’s dying wish. A hasty ceremony and equally hasty consummation, and it’s over, though Moira soon finds that… it has only just begun.

    Her father arrives and she learns that the warrior she wed, Ian of the clan Cameron, is her father’s mortal enemy. A bargain is struck between the two men and she is once again left at the convent to live out her days.

    But danger lurks in the shadows and Moira carries a secret she’s been warned not to share and with her life in peril Ian returns to take his wife home. It doesn’t take long for Ian to realize that Moira has the power to heal his broken heart and that he has the power to wake her dormant passion and love has the power to bring the unlikely pair together.

  2. MaryK
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 17:53:01

    Kristen Ashley’s The Gamble has dropped to 3.99 at Amazon if, like me, you’ve been waiting for a sale.

  3. Darlynne
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 10:22:34

    Did I read this correctly: “Unfortunately, I have not taken the time to read this one, Yet. but I plan to.” I shouldn’t be surprised and it’s not the first time, but leaving a “review” for a book one hasn’t read is just … ignorant. /rant

  4. nasanta
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 11:25:28

    I really enjoyed Isle of Lies when I read it years ago. I reread it occasionally since. It’s got a scientifically-inclined “older” woman married to a younger man. The mass paperback cover was so much better, in my opinion, but I downloaded the Kindle version anyway since I don’t have ready access to the paperback anymore. Thanks, @Lisa J!

  5. Lisa J
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 13:38:29

    @nasanta: You are welcome. It’s a story I enjoy, too. The original cover is better.

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