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Justice Karen RobardsJustice by Karen Robards. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards is back with an exhilarating romantic thriller that will leave readers breathless.

Feisty criminal attorney Jessica Ford has done her best to comply with the orders of the Secret Service’s unofficial witness protection program ever since she became the lone witness to the First Lady’s murder. She changed her name, dyed her dark hair blonde, and traded her sturdy black-rimmed glasses for contact lenses. Unfortunately, winning her first high-profile case for prestigious Washington, D.C., law firm Ellis Hayes, and subsequently landing her face all over the news, is not exactly “keeping a low profile.” Or so says hunky Secret Service agent Mark Ryan, whose newest assignment—despite Jess’s stubborn protests—is keeping her safe at all costs. It just so happens he’s also her ex-boyfriend.

The trial earns Jess a permanent spot on the firm’s elite legal defense team, replacing an associate who eloped suddenly and never came back. It’s the chance of a lifetime. But Jess’s mind has raced with questions from the moment the prosecution’s star witness shocked the courtroom with an electrifying revelation involving the handsome son of a powerful U.S. senator. Was the pretty, young mother intimidated into changing her story on the stand? Why will she not return Jess’s calls? Did Jess’s ambitious predecessor on the case really just abandon her successful career? Or did both women mysteriously disappear?

After Mark rescues Jess from an attacker outside her apartment, she begins to consider the possibility that she is a target. Maybe it’s not so bad to have her irresistibly charming and hard-bodied former lover around for protection. Maybe. The question is, which of the many inadvertent enemies Jess has made recently is he protecting her from? The investigation leads her to some startling coincidences—and to a teenage runaway who may just hold the missing link . . . if Jess can find her.

As Jess hurtles closer to the truth—and the sexual tension between her and Mark grows hotter than ever—she finds herself in a race against the clock to find the answers before what she doesn’t know gets them both killed.

This sounds like a book right up my alley but the reviews are really mixed. Because I read for the romance, a less thrilling suspense plot can work so long as the characters’ love story is strong so I tend to discount the reviews that say that the plot isn’t gripping enough. But, there are romance reader reviews which seem to indicate that the romantic tension between the characters is lacking as well.

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These Girls Sarah PekkanenThese Girls by Sarah Pekkanen. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Family secrets may shape us all, but it’s the rich, complicated layers of friendship that can save us.
Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance.

Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazine. It’s a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated. Her roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee’s weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills—despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she’s heading for real danger.

Then there’s Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby—or why she left everything she once loved behind.

Pekkanen’s most compelling, true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different women as they navigate the complications of careers and love—and find the lifeline they need in each other.

Sounds like a book that could be a “new adult” complete with the heroine who suffered a tragic past.

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Feed Mira GrantFeed by Mira Grant. $ 2.99

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The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

FEED is the electrifying and critically acclaimed novel of a world a half-step from our own—a novel of geeks, zombies, politics and social media.

As post apocalyptic stories go, this is supposed to be one of the better ones. It’s more than just a survivalist story but weaves in political intrigue and human interest. It’s not really about zombies but how individuals are coping post zombie outbreak.

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Shot of Sultry  by Macy BeckettShot of Sultry by Macy Beckett. $ .99.

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Welcome to Sultry Springs, Texas: where home can be the perfect place for a fresh start.

For West Coast filmmaker Bobbi Gallagher, going back to Sultry Springs is a last resort. But with her career in tatters, a documentary set in her hometown might be just what she needs to salvage her reputation. She just can’t let anything distract her again. Not even the gorgeous contractor her brother asked to watch over her. As if she can’t handle filming a few rowdy Texans.

Golden boy Trey Lewis, with his blond hair and Technicolor-blue eyes, is a leading man if Bobbi ever saw one. He’s strong and confident and—much to her delight—usually shirtless. He thinks keeping his best friend’s baby sister out of trouble will be easy. But he has no idea of the trouble in store for him…

This book didn’t work for me because I chafed at what I perceived as the unintentional but casual misogyny in the writing. Lots of people have read and enjoyed this series. PW says ” A cast of eccentric characters rounds out the story, which is muscular but sweet at its core”

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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. MaryK
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 14:18:42

    After reading the Shot of Sultry review, I decided to hold out for a better price so I’m glad to see it go on sale.

  2. LJD
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 17:14:16

    I have wanted to read the Sarah Pekkanen book for a while but it was quite expensive. Thanks for listing this deal! By some miracle, not only does the deal exist in Canada, but it is even cheaper ($1.99) here.

  3. Laurla
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 17:40:06

    JUSTICE appears to be a sequel of sorts to PURSUIT. I read PURSUIT and really enjoyed it. I didn’t walk away from it thinking Mark and Jess didn’t get an HEA. Apparently they got a HFN and the For Now part didn’t last long. From what I’ve read of reviews, it sounds like the characters aren’t really true to who they were in the first book. I’m afraid to read this for fear it will take away from the good feeling I had after reading PURSUIT. And I’m one who usually can’t stand to NOT finish a series or sequel or whatever. Besides – if you saw the first lady murdered why would you still be DC for Witness Protection Program? I don’t think changing name, hair or eyes would really keep you protected in a high profile city after a high profile murder….

  4. BRNZ
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 19:42:07

    FEED is 17 different kinds of awesome!!! I am not a zombie fan in the slightest but I am a fan of the author (also known as Seanan McGuire FYI) and this got so many positive reviews I thought I would give it a go.

    As noted, its really a political thriller that happens to hav zombies in it, adding an extra layer of tension and complication to the plot. Its a tightly written and engrossing story, and I have to say the ending is quite something.

    TBH I thought this was by far the best book in the series (its the first in a trilogy) and I wasnt a huge fan of the second and the third introduced some interesting new concepts but neither had the overwhelming punch that reading Feed for the first time did.

    Take a chance on it, I promise its worth it!

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