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Promise Me This by Cathy GohlkePromise Me This by Cathy Gohlke. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Annie Allen never imagined the day she watched her brother, Owen, sail on Titanic would be the last time she’d see him. Nor could she guess how the tragedy would forever knit her life to Michael Dunnagan, who survived through Owen’s sacrifice.

As Annie struggles to navigate a challenging life in England, Michael labors in New Jersey to create the gardening business Owen once dreamed of and to heal Annie’s grief through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when her brother did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected.

Bound by a promise yet battling circumstances beyond their control, Michael and Annie dream of the day she can join him in America. Just when Michael saves enough money for her passage, WWI erupts in Europe. Then Annie’s letters mysteriously stop, forcing Michael to risk everything to find the woman he’s grown to love before she’s lost forever. Tyndale House Publishers

Per PW: Two-time Christy Award winner Gohlke tells a gripping tale of sacrifice, loss, love, and hope against the setting of familiar historical events; the loss of the Titanic marks its centennial in 2012.

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Black Butterfly by Sienna MynxBlack Butterfly by Sienna Mynx. $ .99

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Sydney Allen has a dream. To dance one day on Broadway, and be a star. She’s moved to New York, and with her best friends Portia and Trish at her side, her dream is destined to be a reality. That is until she meets the Executive Producer of her show–Nolen Adams. A Wall Street Investment banker who’s playboy ways are notorious among the Big Apple’s socialites. His lust and desires for Sydney are at first spurned. She will never be a casting couch bunny.

Nolen Adams doesn’t take well to rejection. He’s a man who always gets who and what he wants. Despite her efforts to achieve her chance at stardom through handwork and discipline, she is forced to address the admiration of her Producer. His pursuit of her sets Sydney and her friends on a collision path of pain, heartache, and self-discovery that will forever change their friendship. Every bond between friends and new lovers are put to the test when lies and deceit overshadow the best of intentions. And Sydney soon learns the price of fame can ultimately be the cost of one’s heart.

I read this interracial romance a year or so ago. I didn’t think much of it but I know it is recommended often. I felt the story presented me a melange of unlikeable characters and I wasn’t a fan of the writing technique.

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Falling (The Fading Series #3) by E.K. BlairFalling (The Fading Series #3) by E.K. Blair. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

*The conclusion to the USA Today bestselling series.*
**This book can be read as the first in the series.

Sometimes it takes someone else to show us what we are truly capable of becoming.

Suffering from years of violent abuse, Ryan Campbell has learned how to keep people from getting too close. But when you shut yourself off, people get hurt along the way. Never caring much about others, Ryan creates a world in which he doesn’t have to feel.

When Ryan meets Candace Parker, all of his walls slowly begin to crumble. Not sure of the truth of who she is, he feels his mind is playing tricks on him. Unable to force out the thoughts that consume him, Ryan is haunted by visions that torment him every time he looks at her. He finds himself swallowed by guilt and blame, but he’s unwilling to turn his back on the one person that could possibly save him.

You’ve heard Candace’s story in Fading, now hear Ryan’s.

This is the third book in the series and is the alternative point of view retelling of Fading. Jennie reviewed all three books in the series and gave Fading a B+ rating. I read the first one and enjoyed it and started Fading but lost interest. Perhaps because I tried to read them too close together?

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Born in Blood  by Alexandra IvyBorn in Blood by Alexandra Ivy. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

In a stunning new series, Alexandra Ivy lures readers into the dark, seductive world of the Sentinels–humans outcast by their hidden abilities, treading the line between life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain. . .
In The Heart Of Darkness

Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. Beautiful erotic dancer, murdered at home, no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro–one of the dead-channelling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desparate measures.

Lies The Kiss Of Death

Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line. . .literally.

Too much time was spent with the bad guys per one reviewer. I was amused by this three star review which was Amazing!! but only worth three stars.

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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. cleo
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 14:17:25

    Alisha Rai’s Play with Me is free at ARe today and tomorrow. Haven’t read it but I usually like her work. Think it got a good review here.

  2. Janine
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 14:23:38

    Is Promise Me This a Christian romance? It is published by Tyndale House and Library Journal recommends it for fans of Francine Rivers. On the one hand, I don’t read Christian books. On the other hand, it’s free, has a lot of good reviews, and the Titanic!

  3. Angela
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 15:01:57

    @Janine: I was all in to one-click it until I saw that it was Tyndale House Publishers. I just don’t usually read Christian romance. =/

  4. Monique D
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 15:24:42

    Buy Born in Blood at that price. I paid full price. It’s very good, very good world building but the hero, Duncan O’Conner is very unpleasant, and I was not the only one with that opinion. There’s Alpha and there’s rude. And he’s sorely lacking in social graces. Unfortunately.

  5. Monique D
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 15:29:49

    Lexi Ryan, Lost in Me; I’m halfway through it and so far, it’s fantastic ! Not sure if it’s still $0.99 but it’s really good. Now I wish I remembered where I saw it recommended ! I’m done :-)

  6. Janine
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 15:55:22

    @Angela: I one clicked but I don’t know if I’ll read it. I’m hoping someone can weigh in on how religious it is.

  7. AlexaB
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 17:44:39

    “Black Butterfly” sounds right up my alley, but if the writing inside the book matches the writing in the blurb, I just can’t. The Kindle would be flying across the room.

  8. Melissa
    Apr 18, 2014 @ 21:53:36

    Promise Me This sounds good. I don’t mind religious themes anymore because I am finding better stories in Christian historical romance than in the secular historical romance. One can only read so many rakes/rogues/dukes/earls, etc before every story has been told repeatedly.

  9. Kaetrin
    Apr 19, 2014 @ 08:40:23

    @cleo: I’ve read the first two books in the Bedroom Games series by Alisha Rai and I have the third book on my tbr. I enjoyed them very much. Very sexy and funny too. I say snap it up when it’s free. :)

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