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A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there’s another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood … an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn’t hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger’s bedroom pretty quickly — once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That’s a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into … if he can just get Lissianna to bite.

This is the first in Lynsay Sand’s The Argeneau Family vampire series. It’s a fun and irreverent look at vampire romances. The heroine the vampire in this book and the hero is a psychologist. I recall reading this a very long time ago but enjoying it. Don’t expect anything deep or meaningful.

Chasing Perfect Susan Mallery Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery. $3.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Welcome to Fool’s Gold, California, a charming community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There’s lots to do and plenty of people to meet, especially women. Because there’s just one tiny problem in Fool’s Gold: the men don’t seem to stick around. Maybe it’s the lure of big-city life, or maybe it’s plain old bad luck, but regardless of the reason, the problem has to be fixed, fast. And Charity Jones may be just the city planner to do it.

Charity’s nomadic childhood has left her itching to settle down, and she immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer—everything, that is, except its sexiest and most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she’s not about to take a chance on another bad boy, even if everyone else thinks he’s perfect just the way he is. But maybe that’s just what he needs—someone who knows the value of his flaws. Someone who knows that he’s just chasing perfect.

A book I’ve read! I enjoyed this book despite some of the problems. The hero is a cyclist, which I thought was different at the time. “Despite the problems I had with Charity, the story was an easy read.   Josh was charming with a somewhat simplistic story arc.   The matriarchs of Fool’s Gold were both smart and comical.   I thought for the most part the story was a very pro feminine one but I would have liked the insides of the cake to have matched the outer frosting.”

I’ll also add that I have written my share of negative reviews of Mallery’s books but she has never been anything but polite and gracious to me. A complete class act.

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Summer at Willow Lake Susan Wiggs Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Real estate expert Olivia Bellamy reluctantly trades a trendy Manhattan summer for her family’s old resort camp in the Catskills, where her primary task will be renovating the bungalow colongy for her grandparents, who want one last summer together filled with fun, friends and family. A posh resort in its heyday, the camp is now in disarray and Olivia is forced to hire contractor Connor Davis–a still-smoldering flame from her own summers at camp.

But as the days grow warm, not even the inviting blue waters of Willow Lake can cool the passions flaring or keep shocking secrets at bay. The nostalgic joy of summers past breathes new promise into a special place and people…a promise meant to last long after the season ends.

This is the first in a series and is called a “quiet, character based romance” by Publishers Weekly. Another reviewer said that the time spent setting up all the subsequent books (Sequelbait) was distracting.


Yesterday's News by Kajsa Ingemarsson Yesterday’s News by Kajsa Ingemarsson. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Agnes has most things in life: a job at a fancy restaurant, a boyfriend who loves her, and a best friend whom she knows inside out. Or does she? All of a sudden things begin to crumble, one by one, and soon nothing is as it was. Her boyfriend leaves her for a big busted singer, and she is fired by the sexist and abusive owner of the restaurant where she works. She gambles everything she has on the success of a newly opened restaurant, but the road to the glowing review which will open the door to fame and fortune has, to say the least, unexpected twists and turns.

In?Yesterday’s News Kajsa Ingemarsson’s?comic talent comes into its own. The book is one of the greatest bestsellers of all time in Sweden with more than 800,000 copies sold. Juicy and satisfying,?Yesterday’s News?is a story about daring and winning and about faith in yourself, a feelgood novel sure to please anyone looking for the antithesis to Stieg Larsson.

This is the Nook Daily Deal and most times Amazon matches this price. The 3 star review on Amazon called it chick lit set in Sweden. I’ve never read a Chick Lit book set in Sweden and I admit I am intrigued. From the blurb, it does sound like a chick lit book is a universal experience. I also laughed that 1 in 4 Swedish women have read this book.


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
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 14:27:56

    Yesterday’s News got a good review at SBTB awhile back, so I just got it. Yay for daily deals.

  2. Nicole
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 17:51:34

    I still love the Lynsay Sands books. They’re light and fluffy, but lots of fun. This one wasn’t my favorite and was actually not written first, but it’s not bad.

  3. Susan
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 18:16:17

    This is just FYI–didn’t know where else to post. (Feel free to delete for being off-topic.)

    Have you seen this yet?

  4. AMG
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 20:41:22

    I would love to read a book about a real estate agent/designer male and a female contractor for a romance novel. How many times has the city lady in female oriented job goes to the country meets hunky contractor/construction/small town guy been done? Please authors, mix up the gender roles.

  5. Sunhi
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 22:12:31

    Check it out, I wrote that review about Wigg’s book years ago and it has a ton of comments. I should review more often and read comments to my reviews more often. I stand by my original review — too many things happening in the book and too much set up.

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