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Tycoon’s, girl assassins, and grim police

The Tycoon's Convenient Bride... and Baby by Shoshanna EversThe Tycoon’s Convenient Bride… and Baby by Shoshanna Evers. $ 99 cents

From the Jacket Copy:

“Perfect summer reading” ~ Random Redheaded Ramblings
“A wonderful escape…I absolutely loved it.” ~ Jennybee’s Book Blog
“Don’t miss out on this incredible story!” ~ NYT bestselling author Melody Anne

After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother’s will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come.

Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution–he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby–and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay.

Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real?

For readers who love the marriage of convenience trope, steamy contemporary category romance, and sexy-as-hell tycoon heroes.  It’s only 99c for a few more days before Entangled Indulgence raises the price to $3.99. The middling reviews say it relies on big misunderstandings and the characters might need therapy. 
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Easy Money by Jens Lapidus.Easy Money by Jens Lapidus. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From one of Sweden’s most successful defense lawyers comes an unflinching look at Stockholm’s underworld, told from the perspective of the mob bosses, the patsies, and the thugs who help operate its twisted justice system.

JW is a student having trouble keeping up appearances in the rich party crowd he has involved himself with. He’s desperate for money, and when he’s offered a job dealing drugs to the very crowd he’s vying for a place in, he accepts it. Meanwhile, Jorge, a young Latino drug dealer, has just broken out of jail and is itching for revenge. When JW’s supplier gets wind of Jorge’s escape, he suggests JW track him down and attempt to win his trust in order to cover more area in the drug circuit. But JW’s not the only one on Jorge’s trail: Mrado, the brutal muscle behind the Yugoslavian mob boss whose goons were the ones who ratted Jorge out to the cops, is also on the hunt. But like everyone else, he’s tired of being a mere pawn in an impossibly risky game, and he’s seeking to carve out a niche of his own. As the paths of these antiheroes intertwine further, they find themselves mercilessly pitted against one another in a world where allegiances are hard-won, revenge is hard-fought, and a way out of it all is even harder to come by.

Fast and intricately paced, and with pitch-perfect dialogue, Easy Money is a raw, dark, and intelligent crime novel that has catapulted Jens Lapidus into the company of Sweden’s most acclaimed crime writers.

From the Hardcover edition.

This is a book about bad guys getting away with bad things. If you’re into justice porn, it sounds like you should stay away.  The prose is also kind of a “love it or hate it” so you may want to sample first.
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The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi ThorpeThe Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“Why did Lorrie Ann look graceful in beat-up Keds and shorts a bit too small for her? Why was it charming when she snorted from laughing too hard? Yes, we were jealous of her, and yet we did not hate her. She was never so much as teased by us, we roaming and bratty girls of Corona del Mar, thieves of corn nuts and orange soda, abusers of lip gloss and foul language.”

An astonishing debut about friendships made in youth, The Girls from Corona del Mar is a fiercely beautiful novel about how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or endure.

Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further—and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, brave, fair Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is, and what that question means about them both.

A staggeringly honest, deeply felt novel of family, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship, The Girls from Corona del Mar asks just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.

This was an Amazon Best of pick. It’s narrated in both first and third person and sad although a three star review said that writing was powerful and beautiful.
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The Hidden Blade by Sherry ThomasThe Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

In the waning days of the last dynasty, in a quiet, beautiful corner of imperial Peking, a young girl’s blissful ignorance is shattered when she learns that she is the illegitimate daughter of an English adventurer and a Chinese courtesan. What future is there for such a girl? But a mysterious figure steps forward and offers to instruct her in the highest forms of martial arts–a path to a life of strength and independence.

Half a world away in England, a young boy’s idyllic summer on the Sussex downs implodes with the firing of a single bullet. Torn from his family, he becomes the hostage of a urbanely sadistic uncle. He dreams of escaping to find his beloved friend–but the friend is in China, ten thousand miles away.

The girl trains to be deadly. The boy flees across continents. They do not know it yet, but their lives are already inextricably bound together, and will collide one fateful night when they least expect it.

CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON meets DOWNTON ABBEY, this remarkable tale of friendship, danger, and coming of age will stay with you long after you have finished the last page.


Thomas “My Beautiful Enemy” is out this week. This is a prequel but I’m not certain how it ties in. My guess is if you liked MBE, you’ll want to pick this book up. (And I understand it is a book, not just a novella)

With the PERKOPOLIS coupon code it is $. 59 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. Barb in Maryland
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 14:28:43

    Just finished ‘The Hidden Blade’ and it was very good.
    As to how it ties in–In alternating chapters it gives us the childhoods of the two main characters in ‘My Beautiful Enemy’: English boy Leighton and Anglo-Chinese girl Ying-Ying (aka Catherine Blade). The chapters set in China are absolutely wonderful.
    I suspect that several minor characters will also reappear.
    Plus there’s the bonus of Thomas’ luscious prose.

  2. azteclady
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 14:41:10

    I’m gorging on Sherry Thomas’ books–her writing is beautiful, and it just pulls you in, even when you don’t want to be there.

  3. kathybaug
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 15:18:01

    The BN buttons don’t work. The books are on the BN website, so is this an error?

  4. Jane
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 15:21:40

    @kathybaug: They used to work but I think BN changed its search link. I need to fix them manually. Sorry about that.

  5. Quressa
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 15:56:45

    The Girls from Corona Del Mar is showing as $10.99.

  6. Susan
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 16:25:54

    @Barb in Maryland: I’m glad to read this. I tried to start this yesterday, but I just couldn’t get into it so I set it aside to come back to later. (I think my problem was that I’d just come off a high from finishing the latest Ilona Andrews book and couldn’t refocus on anything else. I also started 3 other books that I had to walk away from!) Since it sounds like it’s definitely worth the effort, I think I just need to take a mini-break and return with a clear mind.

  7. Barb in Maryland
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 16:34:00

    If you are a Sherry Thomas fan and you’re planning to read ‘My Beautiful Enemy’, I think you will enjoy it.
    I so totally understand the power of a ‘book high’ to make other books seem ‘meh’.

  8. Darlene Marshall
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 17:44:59

    I glanced at the headline and saw “Tycoon’s Girl Assassin”. Now, that’s a book I want to read!

  9. Tanya
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 18:44:31

    Thank you for the $2 Amazon credit I got today, Amazon. The Sherry Thomas is mine.

  10. peggy h
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 19:17:12

    Bought and read The Hidden Blade over the weekend–totally forgot that Sherry self-published this so I could have used a coupon in Kobo. But then, Sherry is one of the very, very few authors whose books I buy without waiting (too long) for a price drop. I really, really enjoyed this, and can’t wait for My Beautiful Enemy, which I have pre-ordered.

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