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Simply Irresistible Jill ShalvisSimply Irresistible
by Jill Shalvis. $ 2.99

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Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover.

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

We’ve reviewed a lot of Jill Shalvis’s books here at DA, and we’ve featured her books on the deals page before. But this is the first book in the Lucky Harbor series, and if you’re a confirmed start-at-the-beginning reader of series like me, this is your chance. Go back to where it all began.

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Nightingale Girls DouglasThe Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas. $ 1.99

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Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned.

This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life.

Jayne sent me an email that there were new student-nurse books over at Netgalley. Given my love for Cherry Ames, Sue Barton, and all the nurses of Betty Neels, of course I was intrigued, but my TBReviewed pile is out of control. But then I found the first book of the series on sale! For the low low price of $1.99 I can read without further responsibility. The promo material says it’s for fans of Call the Midwife, which I’ve never seen, but nurses in wartime is enough for me.

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Dark and Deadly AshleyDark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance by Jennifer Ashley. $ 0.99

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Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley
Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters–having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.

He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.

BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?

DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London
Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman with special psychic abilities, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for her…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.

THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…

TRAPPED by Caris Roane
Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.

I don’t read much PNR but even I recognize the names in this box set, and eight books for 99 cents! How can you go wrong. We featured a previous Dark and … set headlined by Ashley in the Deals a few months ago; this one has some of the same authors but different books by them. It looks to be Alphas galore.

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Single and Single LeCarreSingle and Single by John le Carré. $ 1.99.

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A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children’s magician in the English countryside is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter’s modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer “Tiger” Single disappears into thin air.

In Single & Single the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. Le Carré’s finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son.

This is territory le Carré knows better than anyone. Masterful and prescient, he is writing at the height of his creative powers, and Oliver Single, the central protagonist, is one of his most fascinating character

John le Carré defined and then redefined the Cold War espionage novel. His writing is superb, his plotting is intricate, and his characters, especially his main characters, are fascinating. This is a post Cold War story but the Russian angle feels relevant in today’s climate. It’s not considered one of his best books, and it’s probably not a great place to start (the Smiley books would be my choice), but le Carré at his less than best is still many times better than most authors.

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Sunita has been reading romances almost as long as she has been reading. Her favorite genres these days are contemporary, category, and novels with romantic elements. She also reads SFF, mysteries, historical fiction, literary fiction, and the backs of cereal boxes. As of January 2015, all the books she reviews at Dear Author are from: (1) her massive TBR, (2) borrowed from the library, (3) received as gifts from friends/family, or (4) purchased with her own funds.


  1. carmen webster buxton
    May 22, 2014 @ 14:39:59

    Cherry Ames! OMG, I have not thought about Cherry Ames in years! I might check out THE NIGHTINGALE GIRLS.

  2. Lea
    May 22, 2014 @ 15:59:42

    I don’t know if you watch TV episodes on Amazon Prime, if you do, there is a series called “London Hospital” that sounds a lot like “The Nightingales” you might like. I have it on my watchlist but haven’t viewed it yet.

  3. Fiona Lowe
    May 22, 2014 @ 16:16:12

    Sunita, Call The a midwife is a wonderful BBC series…track it down!

  4. Christine
    May 22, 2014 @ 16:16:20

    @carmen webster buxton: I also loved Cherry Ames and Sue Barton – my mom had copies that she had read and gave to me. Fond teenage memories.

  5. Zara Keane
    May 22, 2014 @ 16:54:51

    ‘Simply Irresistible’ is my favourite Shalvis book. Very funny with a seriously hot hero.

  6. Sunita
    May 22, 2014 @ 17:06:28

    @carmen webster buxton: @Christine: You may not be happy with me for telling you this, but some of them have been digitized and are available at least at Amazon, and probably elsewhere. I own a couple but I’m almost afraid to reread.

    @Fiona Lowe: @Lea: Thank you both! I believe at least some episodes of Call the Midwife are at Amazon Prime (which we do indeed watch) and I’ll look for London Hospital as well.

    @Zara Keane: That’s a recommendation that makes it impossible to turn down, thanks!

  7. Christine
    May 23, 2014 @ 07:03:17

    @Sunita: I wonder how they would hold up as an adult vs a young teenager. I certainly read books that are much spicier now!

  8. Christine
    May 23, 2014 @ 07:04:47

    @Zara Keane: I have all the Lucky Harbor books -they are excellent. I’m starting to listen to them on audiobook now too – just finished Head Over Heels (Chloe and Sawyer’s story) which is my favourite. The narrator was excellent.

  9. Jane Lovering
    May 23, 2014 @ 08:58:45

    Sunita – you might want to check out a BBC One series called The Crimson Field – student nurses during the First World War, if you can find it.

  10. Kay Sisk
    May 23, 2014 @ 13:22:32

    Yes and yes to London Hospital and Call the Midwife. Watched the former with Amazon Prime. Each episode comes with facts about the circumstances portrayed. I can’t remember if it’s a preface or at the end. The first two seasons of Midwife were based on a memoir. Prepare to get hooked.

  11. amymedicalauthor
    May 24, 2014 @ 08:15:03

    Ooh, echoing Call the Midwife plugs. Brilliant, brilliant series. Great atmosphere, wonderful writing, amazing acting. Top notch!

  12. Sunita
    May 24, 2014 @ 11:57:10

    Call the Midwife and London Hospital are now ensconced on my Prime viewing list. The Crimson Field is not yet available in the US, but I’ll keep an eye out for it. Thanks, everyone!

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