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Daily Deals: Second chance at love, 1940s detective noir, and SFR

Daily Deals: Second chance at love, 1940s detective noir, and SFR

Snowball in Hell by Josh LanyonSnowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man’s body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he’ll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won’t stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself.

Lieutenant Matthew Spain’s official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he’s saying. But that’s not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist. Matt’s been drawn to men before, but he must hide his true feelings—or risk his entire career.

As Nathan digs deeper, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay one step ahead of Matt Spain—and to deny his intense attraction to him. Nathan’s secrets may not include murder, but has his hunt put him right in the path of the real killer?

Previously published, newly revised by author.

44,490 words

Sunita gave this book an A-.

The cinematic feel of the novel arises not only from the style, but also from the dense, textured depiction of Los Angeles in the 1940s. I kept seeing movie images in my head as I was reading, not because the book is copying them, but because the story inhabits the same world. Each scene, whether long or short, is beautifully evocative. During the club scene I was visualizing supper clubs from an Astaire and Rogers movie. During the Arlen home scenes, I was reminded of the Nick and Nora movie with Jimmy Stewart. And okay, during the inn scene, I thought of White Christmas. I know that’s set later. But it was an empty inn, at Christmas! How could I not?

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Sexy Seal Box Set by Tawny WeberSexy Seal Box Set by Tawny Weber. $ .99

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From New York Times bestselling author Tawny Weber, the scorching hot SEXY SEAL box set!

The Few. The Proud. The Sexy as Hell! Enjoy the first four stories from New York Times bestselling author Tawny Weber’s SEAL collection. Featuring super-sexy navy SEALs and their blazing romances, these sizzling stories are impossible to put down. Includes A SEAL’s Seduction, A SEAL’s Surrender, A SEAL’s Salvation and A SEAL’s Kiss.

“Fiery hot sex scenes, strong characters and exciting action make this one of the best stories in the Uniformly Hot! series—and one of the best Blaze reads in a while.”

—RT Book Reviews on A SEAL’s SEDUCTION

Don’t miss A SEAL’s Fantasy available September 2014!

I read only one book in the box set.  I felt the characterizations were thin.

Eden opening her own vet business seems kind of foolish.  Why not apprentice herself with the existing vet? Particularly in a small town?  Of course, if she did, how else would she be in a position to be rescued by Cade? This time not only is she poor, but her house has two loans two loans on it, she just crashed her car, and she has no business.”

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Alphas Unleashed by S.E. SmithAlphas Unleashed by S.E. Smith. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Discover five sexy alpha heroes in four hot adventures. They were each taken, tortured and tormented.These powerful males were held against their will, prisoners of fate. What happens when they escape their captors…and fall in love?Vengeance. Desire. Destiny. Nothing can stop…Alphas Unleashed.(110,000 words)

A Warrior’s Heart (Marastin Dow Book 1.1) by S.E. Smith

Sealed With A Kiss, A Djinn Novella by Mina Khan

Dead Drop, A My Immortals Novella by Carolyn Jewel

Chimera Born: The Beginning (Book 1 of the Chimera) by Michele Callahan

A Warrior’s Heart (Marastin Dow Book 1.1) by S.E. Smith

Ben and Aaron Cooper think their luck has ended when the freighter they are on is captured by the Marastin Dow, a terrifying alien species known for their savagery. Instead they discover love with two warriors who capture their hearts. Now, they are in a race to keep the fragile gift they find before it is ripped away from them forever.

Sealed With A Kiss, A Djinn Novella by Mina Khan

Rayez, a smoking hot chef and fire djinn in exile, lands himself in deep trouble (at the bottom of a beer bottle) when he tries to help a mysterious beautiful woman.

Selene is pursued and desperate. She’ll do anything to keep her brother safe—including capture a djinn.

While deception brings them together, dangerous enemies make them unlikely allies. Can one wrong lead to two rights and true love?

Dead Drop, A My Immortals Novella by Carolyn Jewel

Wallace Jackson has so little magic she expects to be kicked out of her group of street witches being trained to use their gifts and work with demons. No one is more shocked than she is when a powerful demon proves her wrong. And then asks a favor of her.

The demon Palla is a warlord’s enforcer, a stone cold killer. Wallace Jackson is a pacifist witch with a dangerous power. He wants nothing to do with humans until he needs Wallace to help him free his former lover from a living death and release her spirit from unimaginable suffering.

Chimera Born: The Beginning(Book 1 of the Chimera) by Michele Callahan

Aron of Itara, Forbidden Son, has been a prisoner of fate since before he was born. Captured as a child by the evil Triscani, it’s been centuries since he’s felt the sun on his face or the tenderness of a woman’s touch.Determined to help humanity break the elusive but powerful Itaran Triads’ hold on Earth, Aron escapes with one goal, to find the one man who can help him save humans from an eternal prison. After that, he’ll fight to the death, but he’ll never go back in the cage.

Zoey Williams watched her sister die at the hands of monsters, and no one believed her.She’s spent the last five years using her journalism skills to track aliens, investigate paranormal activity, and hunt for answers.But she got too close to the truth, and now it’s not just monsters hunting her, but her own people. Zoey doesn’t believe she needs a guardian, but once Aron finds her he can’t leave her to the vicious hunters that would turn her to ash or to the power-hungry humans who seek to silence her.In fact, he discovers that he doesn’t want to leave her at all…

I’m keen on more SFR, particularly space opera kind but I’ve always been leery of the novella for these. Anyone have thoughts on this collection?

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Undeniable by Serena GreyUndeniable by Serena Grey. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

“Protest all you want, Olivia” he says, “this thing we have between us, it’s undeniable.”

Olivia Wilder fell in love with Jackson Lockewood the first time she laid her eyes on him. She gave him her heart and her love, and ended up alone, heartbroken and with scars that were almost too much for her to bear.

Seven years later, they cross paths again. Jackson is everything she remembers, only more irresistible. Underneath his disdain, his desire to possess her lights a response within her, but she has no desire to rekindle their past, or face the pain of all those years ago.

However, Jackson has no intention of making it easy for her, this time he’s determined to make her pay for the past, and for the future they should have had, even if it means destroying her in the process.

This is told in flashbacks with alternating chapters in the present and the past. That wouldn’t work for me but a lot of other readers enjoyed it.

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Daily Deals: Pimps, Viscounts, and lost friends

Daily Deals: Pimps, Viscounts, and lost friends

Owen's Daughter by Jo-Ann MapsonOwen’s Daughter by Jo-Ann Mapson. $ .99 AMZN | iBooks

From the Jacket Copy:

Skye Elliot is given a choice after her car accident—jail or rehab—and her ex-husband, a bull rider who introduced her to the party scene, gets custody of their four-year-old daughter Gracie. It takes Skye eight months to get clean, but the day she is released, she has one plan: to be a good mother—better, at least, than Skye’s own selfish mother and absent dad.

Owen Garret hasn’t seen his daughter in ten years. He, too, needs to make amends. Newly out of prison, he picks her up from rehab and together they set off to find Gracie, and to forge a relationship that transcends the hurt and anger that have brewed between them for almost a decade. In the meantime, they find Margaret Yearwood, too—Owen’s lost love whom he left when he turned himself in for a long-ago crime.

Owen’s Daughter is a stand-alone novel that brings back characters from Mapson’s treasured novel Blue Rodeo, and introduces them to the beloved cast of Solomon’s Oak and Finding Casey. With its father-daughter story and characters who overcome personal failings against great odds, Owen’s Daughter is a story of love and family that will enchant Mapson fans both old and new.

Booklist says, “Like Skye, Bill Samson has rechristened himself after a stint in prison, now going by the name, Owen Garret. Together, the wounded and wary duo make their way to Santa Fe, where Owen is reunited with his former lover, Margaret, an accomplished artist who is battling both MS and the return of her headstrong son, Peter. Reuniting cherished characters from Solomon’s Oak (2010) and Finding Casey (2012), Mapson introduces yet another fetching cast of fragile yet resilient personalities who warmly work their ways into readers’ hearts.”

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena FerranteMy Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. $ 2.99 AMZN | iBooks

From the Jacket Copy:

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a trilogy, she proves herself to be one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.

The second book “The Story of a New Name” is also on sale for $2.99. The third book in the trilogy is due out on Sept 2. PW writes “This is both fascinating—two girls, their families, a neighborhood, and a nation emerging from war and into an economic boom—and occasionally tedious, as day-to-day life can be. But Lila, mercurial, unsparing, and, at the end of this first episode in a planned trilogy from Ferrante (The Lost Daughter), seemingly capable of starting a full-scale neighborhood war, is a memorable character. “

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Knight by Kristen AshleyKnight by Kristen Ashley. $ .99

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Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams.

Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone.

Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays – good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can’t fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.

Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her.

But Knight has a dark past and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal and clean.

WARNING: This book is an ADULT EROTIC romance featuring an anti-hero. This novel contains explicit sex scenes and language. The hero in this novel lives a life by his own code with no apologies. He is not your “normal” hero. If you do not enjoy the above, this novel may not be for you.

The hero is a pimp. Kati reviewed it here. You should read her review.

I read Knight too. Despite so many things wrong with this book, I went on to read other Kristen Ashley books and eventually read 75% of her backlist over a three week period of time. I didn’t read anything else but one KA book after the other.

I remember being completely scandalized by this book and the hero’s profession. Now? I’m immune. What’s happened to me?

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Master of Love by Catherine LaRocheMaster of Love by Catherine LaRoche. $ 1.99 AMZN | Apple.

From the Jacket Copy:

Available on eBook—a sexy historical romance featuring a genteel book dealer who is commissioned to organize an impressive personal library in the home of London’s most notoriously seductive lord.

Dominick Avery, Viscount Rexton, has a brilliant mind, yet is so intoxicatingly handsome no one ever takes him seriously as the philosopher he longs to be. He cultivates a wicked reputation as Lord Adonis, Master of Love, until his uncle sends him an irresistible bequest of books, on the condition he accept also the prim librarian who comes with them.

Miss Callista Higginbotham struggles to support her quirky household as a rare book dealer and librarian, while tottering on a dangerous edge of genteel poverty. But she quickly finds herself in greater danger yet, as her newfound desire flares for the infuriatingly flirtatious lord. Dominick wants nothing more than to unleash his luscious new librarian from her straight-laced propriety. He’s learned, however, never to trust desire—let alone the consuming passion that soon bedevils him.

Both must learn not to judge a book by its cover. But when Callista discovers a plot against Dominick’s life and risks all to save him, they both learn that love is the one lesson that cannot be learned from books…

No, I don’t know why Apple and Amazon are the only retailers price matching these days but they are. I guess iBooks wants to erode some of Amazon’s market dominance. That’s a good thing, for sure.

So on to the book. According to the top review on Amazon, the heroine develops both the dewey decimal system and the card catalog system. There’s good banter but not a lot of common sense between the two. Having the hero be the dumb blond, though, is always a little entertaining.

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