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Tycoon’s, girl assassins, and grim police

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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Daily Deals: Erotica novels, mercenaries, aliens, and a bad publisher

Daily Deals: Erotica novels, mercenaries, aliens, and a bad publisher

Hidden Series 1-3 (Hidden Talents, Hidden Depths, Hidden Crimes) \ by Emma HollyHidden Depths by Emma Holly. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Three full-length paranormal romances: Hidden Talents, Hidden Depths and Hidden Crimes. Whether they involve irresistible werewolf cops, sexy wereseal kings or sassy firefighting tigresses, these adventures turn up the heat!

Back when erotic romance was just finding its footing, Emma Holly was one of its leading lights. She wrote smart, provocative story lines. The two star review said that while it wasn’t to her reader taste if you liked erotic fiction, this is a great deal. I concur.

My only complaint about Holly is sometimes her work veered away from romance and was more fiction.

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Obsidian (Lux Series #1) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsidian by Jennifer Armentrout. $ Free at Amazon | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

Book One of the bestselling Lux series

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

This is the first in Jennifer Armentrout’s YA series. I haven’t read it but it’s a pretty popular series. Voya gave it a cutting review calling the prose juvenile. RT describes it as a cross between Roswell and Dawson’s Creek.

Note that there are two versions of Obsidian at Apple but one is free and the other is $2.99

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And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee GuhrkeAnd Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

An expert in etiquette, Emma takes her pristine reputation most seriously.

But the devilish Lord Marlowe is determined to prove that some rules of proper behavior are made to be broken . . .

This was in the Girl Bachelor series, IIRC. I apparently loved it and gave it an A…Sadly I don’t remember even a bit of it so my grade may have been overinflated.

The book is told in three parts and at the end of each part, I thought to myself, the book is going to falter. When the secretary/employer barriers are removed, there won’t be any tension. When the writer/publisher barrier is removed, there won’t be any tension. When they become lovers, there won’t be any tension. But it never lagged, not once. It moved me from laughter to sadness to joy. I had a goofy smile on my face the entire time I read this book. Thank you for writing a fun but moving book with great character as Emma whose strength was that she took her chances to live her life to the fullest.

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Perils of Pleasure Julie Anne LongThe Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A rescued rogue . . .

Scandal has rocked the city of London. Colin Eversea, a handsome, reckless unapologetic rogue is sentenced to hang for murder and, inconveniently for him, the only witness to the crime disappears. Then again, throughout history, the Everseas have always managed to cheat fate in style: Colin is snatched from the gallows by a beautiful, clever mercenary.

A captivating captor. . .

Cool-headed, daring Madeleine Greenway is immune to Colin’s vaunted charm. Her mission is not to rescue Colin but to kidnap him, and to be paid handsomely for it. But when it becomes clear that whoever wants Colin alive wants Madeline dead, the two become uneasy allies in a deadly race for truth. Together, they’ll face great danger—and a passion neither can resist.

I gave up on the series when I learned that the one romance I wanted to be told wouldn’t be told for quite some time. I guess the question is if I liked the writing, why wouldn’t I just enjoy the journey? I don’t know other than to say I didn’t want to be continually teased in the text about a romance that wasn’t going to happen for years.

Janine gave this book a B

I thought the second half of the book was much stronger than the first. Here, we were given many of the answers to the questions about Madeleine, and learning the truth about her past made her character more whole and complete. This was also the part of the book where Madeline and Colin grew closer and their circumstances improved, so that the charm and humor which had seemed jarring in the book’s first half were more fitting in the second. I enjoyed the second half of the book very much.

I want to mention that The Perils of Pleasure has quite a few strengths. Among them are the unusual plot and setting. I thought the piecing together of the mystery was very well done, and I loved that the book was set in parts of London we don’t often see and featured some unusual side characters.

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