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And Then Comes Marriage Celeste BradleyAnd Then Comes Marriage by Celeste Bradley. $ 2.99

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Celeste Bradley

After years of being a quiet, dutiful wife, the recently widowed Mrs. Miranda Talbot is finally free to do as she pleases. As an attractive woman of independent means at a time when few women are, Miranda is suddenly turning heads all around London. When she meets the dashing Mr. Castor Worthington, she is swept away by his passion. Is he too good to be true?

Little does Miranda know that there is more to Castor than meets the eye. In fact, he’s a twin. Castor’s brother, also a confirmed bachelor, takes his romantic pursuits—and rivals—very seriously. When Castor discovers Miranda is being courted by his own twin, his competitive nature takes over. Who will be the one to win Miranda’s hand and heart? The race to say I do is about to begin…

Some reviewers were shocked by some light BDSM aspects (spanking!) but others were more concerned about the immaturity of the hero/es.

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9780062099396_p0_v3_s260x420On My Knees: A Memoir by Periel Aschenbrand. $ 1.99

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A brash, bawdy, and downright ballsy ode to the ups and downs of life and love, On My Knees opens with Periel Aschenbrand—still reeling from a breakup with her longtime boyfriend—chain-smoking her days away on a plastic-covered couch and watching reruns of Law and Order while she squats in her dead grandmother’s apartment in the East Village.

Armed with her wicked wit and a motley cast of characters that includes her hovering Jewish mother, an eccentric uncle, and her neurotic best friend/wingwoman, Aschenbrand embarks on a Dante-esque journey through the many rings of single-girl hell involving crazy one-night stands; an unhealthy attachment to a dental hygienist; a run-in with Philip Roth; and, in the end, a trip to Israel and an encounter with the man who just might be the one. Hysterical and heartfelt, On My Knees traces Periel’s attempt to rebuild her life, her relationships, and her trademark confidence in a story so riotous it would make Chelsea Handler blush.

I have no idea who Periel is but the reviews say it’s pretty funny although the happy ending is too pat. She doesn’t have a wiki page that I can find so maybe she’s just a literary creation. The book sounds interesting.

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All You Could Ask For by Mike GreenbergAll You Could Ask by Mike Greenberg. $ 1.99

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Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have imagined. . . .

Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses, and the coffee breath, Scott still always winks at her at just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband’s fortieth birthday, she is giving him pictures. Of her. Naked.

Samantha’s newlywed bliss is steamrolled when she finds shocking evidence of infidelity on her husband’s computer. She has been married for two days. She won’t be for much longer.

Katherine works eighteen hours a day for the man who irreparably shattered her heart fifteen years ago. She has a duplex on Park Avenue, a driver, a chef, and a stunning house in Southampton, and she bought it all herself. So what if she has to see Phillip every single workday for the rest of her natural life? Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don’t know one another, but all three are about to discover the conquering power of friendship—and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have one another.

I listen to Mike Greenberg in the mornings on ESPN. He has some great chemistry with Mike Golic. Golic is a former NFL player and Greenberg is a former reporter. Sometimes their criticism of each other is a bit too sharp, but overall it’s entertaining and one of the least misogynistic radio sports shows.

Greenberg’s first published book was more of a comedic memoir. This is his first attempt at writing fiction. PW writes “Greenberg’s promising first effort, told partly in the form of message board postings, develops the lead characters well enough for its predictably feel-good conclusion to feel justified.”

I’m mildly intrigued although skeptical and I wonder why he choose the avenue of writing about three women.

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Learning to Swim: A Novel Sara J. HenryLearning to Swim by Sara J. Henry. $ 1.99.

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“If I’d blinked, I would have missed it. But I didn’t, and I saw something fall from the rear deck of the opposite ferry: a small, wide-eyed human face, in one tiny frozen moment, as it plummeted toward the water.”

When she sees what looks like a child tumbling from a ferry into frigid Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. When she gets the child to shore she discovers that his name is Paul, he speaks only French—and no one seems to be looking for him.

Her determination to protect Paul pulls Troy from her quiet life in a small Adirondack town into an unfamiliar world of wealth and privilege in Canada and then in Vermont. Her attachment to him—and the danger she faces when she tries to unravel the mystery of his abandonment—force her to evaluate everything she thought true about herself.

Sara J. Henry’s riveting, award-winning debut will keep readers engrossed right up to its shattering conclusion.

This book won all these awards. Pretty impressive.

2011 Agatha Award for Best First Novel
2012 Anthony Award for Best First Novel
2012 Mary Higgins Clark Award
Finalist 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel
Finalist 2012 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery

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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. Darlynne
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 14:50:38

    I read LEARNING TO SWIM and enjoyed it, not least for the action taking place in a part of the country I/we don’t read much about. The ending left things open for more about Troy and I’m happy to see there is a sequel, also award nominated apparently.

  2. Jayne
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:38:20

    I read Mike Greenberg’s sports memoir and almost died laughing. Thus I might just have to check this book out.

  3. JJPP
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:58:31

    That twin book sounds cuh-razy! I am very amused by the Amazon review by Jelly Ace, where she calls it,
    “A mess with useless, sex-crazed and loony airheads.” Ha! I used to gobble up Celeste Bradley books, but I haven’t read one in years, actually. I’m curious to see if I’d still enjoy her, but this probably isn’t the one I’ll try. :)

    I did get Learning to Swim — I’m a sucker for exciting openings like that!

  4. Nicole
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 20:06:38

    I really enjoyed Learning to Swim and its sequel. I was thinking about getting the Celeste Bradley book, but that twin thing is giving me major pause.

  5. Laurla
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 06:36:26

    Mike Greenberg wrote his book as a tribute to a family friend, one of his wife’s best friends really, who died of breast cancer – their story was his inspiration. Also, I believe he is donating all of his proceeds to cancer research.

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