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Happy Endings are All Alike by Sandra ScoppetoneHappy Endings are All Alike by Sandra Scoppetone. $ 1.99

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Sandra Scoppettone’s 1978 lesbian young adult romance was a novel ahead of its time. The story follows the relationship between high school seniors Jaret and Peggy. At a time when girls were only allowed to date boys, Jaret and Peggy know they had to keep their love a secret. Of course, nothing goes according to plan, and before long they have to contend with the confusion and outright hatred of those closest to them. But nothing compares to the danger ahead, and the tragedy that will not just test their faith in their relationship, but their belief in themselves.

Sandra Scoppettone has published nineteen novels, primarily writing crime, mystery, and young adult. She has published three novels under the pseudonym Jack Early, including A Creative Kind of Killer, which received an Edgar Allen Poe Award nomination and a Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America.

Small town prejudices emerge when a love affair between two teenage girls is revealed.

I’m so intrigued by this book and I had to buy it.

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Occupational Hazard Box Set by Eve LanglaisOccupational Hazard Box Set by Eve Langlais. $ .99

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My Secretary, My Mistress – Eve Langlais
Can a boss let go of his inhibitions and let his secretary take charge of him in the bedroom?

Yours to Take – Cathryn Fox
Revenge takes on a sexy twist when a powerhouse lawyer is stripped of her control by the handsome multi-millionaire she once took down in the courtroom.

Against Company Policy – Mandy Harbin
Cassie Tucker and Ian Cope know they should keep things professional on their new assignment, but when desire is faced with physical boundaries and company policy, it’s time to get a little creative…and a little kinky.

White Collar Cowboy – Parker Kincade
Lauren Delgado has had a crush on Gavin Mathis for years, but has a strict “hand-off” policy with the men she works with. When her life takes an unexpected turn, there’s nothing to stop her from accepting Gavin’s invitation to his vacation home on Galveston Island … where she learns the policy is definitely hands-on.

Seducing Chase – Cassandra Carr
When a doctor disappears with millions, can Val and Nate set aside their explosive attraction and save the hospital?

First Kiss – Ann Mayburn
Ryan will never forgot that night in high school when he kissed Emma and lost his heart to her forever. Years later he finds Emma again, but now she’s a pro-Domme that refuses to fall in love. Ryan begins a campaign to win her reluctant heart, one night at a time.

Flirting with the Camera – Ros Clarke
Brilliant, beautiful and bigger than your average plus-size model, Hattie Bell can do anything she sets her mind to. After all, she’s just landed her dream job, modelling for top photographer, Tom Metcalfe. So her next goal should be a piece of cake: getting Tom to break his strict rule against workplace romances…

No Restraints – Lilly Cain
Bad girl Selene Carter will do anything to save her business, even team up with the cop who stole her heart. But can Detective Tom Barker help when he knows she’s no innocent?

Pleasing Sir – Delilah Devlin
Raelie might be a submissive in search of just the right Dom, but she’s not the kind to sit back and wait for the right man to happen. When she gets the chance to fill in as Bryce Caldwell’s executive assistant, she decides some subtle seduction is needed to see if he dominates the bedroom the same way he does the office.

Shadowboxer – Cari Quinn
She’s in for the fight of her life…with the man who only wants to be her lover.

Look! A whole box set of workplace harassment romances. I kid. I’m fond of the boss/secretary storyline even though part of me inwardly cringes. I wasn’t ever harassed by my boss but I did have an attorney on the same floor in my building who had made some unwelcome advances. Having those types of passes made toward you in the elevator or office hallways can be very emotionally debilitating. I was afraid of leaving my office without a friend for several months. Nonetheless, romances aren’t like that for good or bad.

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Firelight (Darkest London Series #1) by Kristen CallihanFirelight (Darkest London Series #1) by Kristen Callihan. $ 1.99

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London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . . .

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . .

Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

This is a much beloved paranormal romance series. I think it’s been called a gothic of sorts? I was a bit disappointed by the reveal of the hero’s secret but she’s won several awards and other bloggers love this series.

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Rome (Marked Men Series #3) by Jay CrownoverRome by Jay Crownover. $ 1.99.

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Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed “bad boy” friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won’t let herself get burned again. She’s waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he’s returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome’s used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

I had a spirited debate with a friend over this cover. I thought the guy was smoking hot and she thought he looked like a douche. I agreed, but a smoking hot douche. Sadly, the book didn’t work all that well for me but if you buy the book, you can stare at the cover for a long time so that you can decide which side of the douche/hot spectrum you fall.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

4 Comments

  1. Angela
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 14:19:15

    I thought the guy was smoking hot and she thought he looked like a douche. I agreed, but a smoking hot douche.

    LOL! I get into discussions like this with my friends ALL the time.

    I really, really enjoyed Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series (which Firelight is the first of). I do think the hero’s reveal was a bit .. expected and I kind of hoped for more, but it didn’t much disappoint me. I’ve read the first three or so, and thought they got progressively better, still the first book was a 4 star read for me.

  2. Jolanda
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 07:41:13

    At Amazon: box with 3 firefighter novels by Jill Shalvis = USD 4,76

  3. DS
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 09:17:20

    The Scoppetone book reminded me that I noticed on Audible there was going to be an audio edition of The Shockproof Sydney Skate. It was a book I quite liked involving the children of gay parents in the 70’s. It was written by Marijane Meaker AKA M. E. Kerr/Vin Packer/Ann Aldrich. The last two names were used to publish lesbian PBOs in the 50’s and early 60’s. I keep meaning to read her memoir about her relationship with Patricia Highsmith, A Romance of the 50’s.

  4. Tanya S
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 11:13:46

    I think if Rome’s shirt wasn’t open at the top the douchness factor would go down.

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