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Weekends Required by Sydney Landon Weekends Required by Sydney Landon. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant at Danvers International for three years, and he has never thought of her as a woman until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend’s bachelor party.

Claire is forced to work a second job at a party planning company to support her ailing mother. She is horrified when Jason not only finds out, but has a front-row seat to the action. With Danvers in the process of merging with another company, Claire is forced to travel with Jason as well as work weekends. Suddenly all the fantasies she has entertained for years about her boss seem to be coming true. Her outspoken best friend Suzy thinks that just getting laid will solve everything. The problem is, Claire sees much more in Jason than just sex.

Jason is determined to know how the beautiful, sexy woman in the cake could also be his Plain Jane assistant who tries her best to blend into the background from 8-5 every day. Now not only does Jason see her as a woman, he fully intends to give her the fairy-tale ending that she deserves!

This book was sold to a mainstream publishing house so if you are interested, it would be a good time to buy it before the price increases.

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Princess of the Midnight Ball Jessica Day George Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. $1.99.

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Rose is one of twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The key to breaking the spell lies in magic knitting needles, an invisibility cloak, and-of course-true love. Inspired by “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,”this novel is as captivating as it is fresh. Enchanted readers are sure to clamor for the new companion, Princess of Glass, also published.

The sequel, Princess of Glass (Princess of the Midnight Ball), is also $1.99 at Amazon. These books are aimed at the preteen or tween. Booklist says that the girls, though cursed, are not passive victims. The books contain a romance between the a soldier (who is also a knitter) disguised as a gardener and Rose, one of the twelve princesses.

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Horace McCoy Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by Horace McCoy. $.99.

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McCoy’s hardboiled noir classic, about an Ivy League graduate’s criminal rampage through the seedy underground and glitzy high society of an unnamed American city

To escape prison, Ralph Cotter uses the same genius for planning and penchant for cold-hearted violence that helped earn him a spot in the slammer in the first place. On the lam in a city where he knows nobody, Cotter has nothing to lose, no conscience to hold him back, and no limit to his twisted ambition. But in the midst of a criminal spree, a grift leads him to the boudoir of wealthy heiress Margaret Dobson, a woman with the power to peel back the rotten layers of his psyche and reveal the damaged soul beneath.

Vicious and thrilling, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is a look at one man’s relentless attack on American society, conjuring one of the most memorable antiheros of twentieth-century noir fiction.

Sounds like Ralph Cotter was Patrick Bateman before Patrick Bateman was American Psycho. From an Amazon review “Fiction doesn’t get any more noir than Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye. It’s a gangster tale told by a gangster. And not just any gangster at that.

Ralph Cotter is evil incarnate. He’s an amoral criminal who kills in cold blood. But unlike most other murdering thugs, Cotter is a cultured, educated man. His Phi Beta Kappa key is probably the last thing he ever came by honestly. To make everyone aware of his intellectual superiority, he freely uses five dollar vocabulary words and regularly makes obscure references to the classics.”

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A Pirate's Love  Johanna Lindsey A Pirate’s Love by Johanna Lindsey. $2.53.

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A Pirate’s Love

Sailing westward toward the Caribbean sun, young Bettina Verlaine obediently sets out to fulfill the promise made by her father–but not by her heart — a prearranged marriage destined not to be…once the notorious Captain Tristan’s pirate ship appears on the horizon.

Abducted by the bold and handsome brigand, the pale-haired beauty surrenders her innocence in the warm caress of the tropical winds — detesting her virile captor for enslaving her. . .yet loving him for the passionate spell he casts over fragile, yearning heart.

I don’t think I’ve read this book by Lindsey and perhaps one reason why is that it is apparently rapetastic. Per a goodreads reviewer, it’s a “rape o rama“:

Sounds enticing. When can you get this type of book for only $2.53

Rapist (AKA Captain Tristan) – I’ve captured a fair young maiden! Take off your clothes so I can rape you now.

SOV – I’d rather you didn’t.

Rapist – If you don’t, I’ll kill all the prisoners.

SOV – Well, if you put it that way, OK.

*rape ensues*

SOV – Now set the prisoners free!

rapist – I lied, there are no prisoners.

SOV – I only disliked you before. Now I will scream and cry because you lied to me!

rapist – get used to it. I’m going to continue to lie to you and rape you daily.

*days of sailing with more lies and as promised a daily raping*

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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

10 Comments

  1. ms bookjunkie
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 12:21:38

    Ouch! Judging from the cover, the first book is in dire need of a copy editor.

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  2. Sunny
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 12:21:44

    I had to go read the entire Goodreads review of A Pirate’s Loveand it had me cracking up. Definitely not my kind of story, but I’m glad there are people who will read and review them like that!

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  3. Sandra
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 13:40:27

    @Sunny: Yeah, the book sounds awful, but the review’s hilarious.

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  4. Janine
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 13:55:48

    I read A Pirate’s Love when I was thirteen or fourteen. At that age, the soapy plot and the melodrama of it all appealed to me. Years later I reread it and had to marvel at my teenage self.

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  5. Rosie
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 16:43:34

    @ms bookjunkie: Yep. If you can’t get it right on the cover, how bad is the lack of editing inside?

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  6. Anthea Lawson
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 17:57:03

    Big thumbs-up here for Princess of the Midnight Ball. Jessica Day George is a skilled writer, and this book trades POVs between the hero and heroine – both wonderfully drawn characters.

    Also, bonus for magical knitting patterns! Seriously, this is a book both myself and my ‘tween daughter loved.

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  7. Kaetrin
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 20:28:44

    @Janine me too! I still remember the fifteen words that made everything right in Bettina’s world – written in dust by the pirate-woman with whom Bettina thought Tristan was having an affair: “you wanted her when you could’ve had me. I’ll never forgive you for that Tristan.”

    I’m so glad my reading tastes have matured! :D

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  8. Janine
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 01:34:17

    @Kaetrin: LOL, I had forgotten that, but your quote brought it all back.

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  9. Dabney
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 07:52:00

    @Janine: Ditto!

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  10. kbrum
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 05:41:47

    It never ceases to amaze me that that lindsey book gets reprinted. hands up who actualy finished reading this book the first time if was published.

    There is another early Lindsey just as bad – the sheik one (possibly A captive bride ?).

    Where does the demand come from? Who decides when a book should be reprinted? why these books glorifying rape? I’d love to see the market research results supporting that the idea that these two books were worth reprinting.

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