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In Ride's Trouble Julie Ann WalkerIn Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker. $0.99

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Rebel with a Cause

Becky “Rebel” Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys-she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them.

Man with a Mission

Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank’s way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it’s just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back-whether she says she needs him or not.

Rev It Up is also on sale for .99c

In Rides Trouble received a starred review from PW and is also the one book in the Black Knight Series that I enjoyed. In my review here, I state: ” It is fun and filled with action and for fans of the friends to lovers trope, this delivers a sexy and believable romance. The downside is that we spend more time with the characters’ emotional backstory than the developing romance.”

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Under the Dome by Stephen KingUnder the Dome by Stephen King. $1.99

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On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens — town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing — even murder — to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

Stephen King apparently wrote 1,100 pages in 480 days. I think that is Kristen Ashley’s monthly output. But the speed at which King brought this to publication prompted BN reviewer to say this ” We shouldn’t be too squeamish about the odd half-baked simile or lapse into B-movie dialogue, is my point. Writing flat-out keeps him close to his story, close to his source.”

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Down to You M. LeightonDown to You by M. Leighton. $0.99

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

(NOT appropriate for younger readers)

The scorching tale of one girl and two brothers in a love triangle…that’s not.

Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white.

But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her.

Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them.

Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire.

She wants them both.

And they want her.

How will she ever choose between them?

I thought this was super ridiculous but it’s a popular book and currently on sale for $.99. I can’t say that anything beyond the sex scenes are worth reading. My review is here for the curious.

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Embrace (Embrace Series #1) by Jessica ShirvingtonEmbrace by Jessica Shirvington. $1.99

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It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It’s a battle Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.

LINCOLN: He’s been Violet’s one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he’s Grigori—part human, part angel—and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles.

PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he’s the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln’s lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.

Two sides: Angel or Exile.

Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.

The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity…

This book is $1.99 at Amazon and between $3.49 and $3.99 at Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Using Bargainmoose40 brings the price down to $2.09 at Kobo.

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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. Janine
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 16:35:15

    Has anyone here read Under the Dome? I’m intrigued by the concept but my previous experiences with Stephen King have been a mixed bag.

  2. Linda Winfree
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 18:29:59

    Janine, I read Under the Dome when it first came out. It has the “big story” feel of The Stand, lots of characters, tied together and intersecting. The best King I’ve ever read? No. Worth $1.99? Yes.

  3. carmen webster buxton
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 21:16:05

    As it happens, Under the Dome is the only Stephen King novel I have read. I think he did a wonderful job of capturing small town life and small town politics in the setting, but I don’t think I want to read any more of his books without specific recommendations from friends. Some writers are afraid to kill off characters; King seems to have the opposite problem. I hate getting invested in characters’ lives and then watching them get killed off like that. I also thought the story suffered from a plausibility problem. It’s actually science fiction, but I had very specific problems with the explanation for the dome.

  4. Janine
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 00:43:24

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