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Daily Deals: Military men, fighters, and futbol stars

Daily Deals: Military men, fighters, and futbol stars

Red Team 1-3 Boxed Set by Elaine LevineRed Team 1-3 Boxed Set by Elaine Levine. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

On sale now through 7/26!

Red Team 1-3 Boxed Set is a complete collection of the first three sexy romantic suspense stories in the series–a combined page count of over 1100 pages, including:

1) The Edge of Courage

Haunted by memories he cannot reach, stalked by an enemy bent on revenge . . .

Rocco Silas has come home to Wyoming after long years as a Red Team operative in Afghanistan. It isn’t easy returning to civilian life, especially burdened as he is with a staggering case of PTSD or hunted as he is by an enemy determined to seek an eye-for-eye–neither of which can he battle until he confronts the truth of what happened one fateful day in the high mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush.

. . . She alone holds the key to his sanity.

Mandy Fielding’s dream of opening a therapeutic riding center on her family’s ranch is almost within her grasp–until she hires Rocco Silas, a dangerous ex-Spec Ops friend of her brother’s. His haunted eyes and passionate touch promise a love she never dared believe possible. Can they confront the truth of his past and build a future together or will the enemy stalking him destroy them both?

2) Shattered Valor
Every step leads her deeper into danger…

Eden Miller has her life arranged exactly as she wants it–until a reunion with her high school BFFs places her in the middle of a turf war with a ruthless prison gang, their terrorist allies, and the hunters tracking them. Her every move draws her deeper into the danger surrounding Ty Bladen and his team of terror fighters, but his seductive charm and engaging smile make her believe his promises of protection.

A secret is a dangerous thing…

When the terrorists Ty Bladen is tracking infiltrate his remote ranch in Wyoming, he learns the past he buried cannot be so easily escaped. Though he’s recovering from a bullet wound he received in Afghanistan and is hunted by an unseen enemy, he knows he can’t leave Eden alone to face the danger swirling around her, danger he and his team have brought to her–even if he has to risk letting her near his frozen heart. But when she learns his terrible secret, will she stay or will she run?

3) Honor Unraveled
Love Isn’t a Battle…
Kit Bolanger, ex-spec ops soldier, has followed the trail of an international drug lord back to his childhood town, the one place he swore never to return. He and his team of terrorist hunters are the only thing standing between the town’s residents and the evil threatening them. It doesn’t help to know that she’s here–the woman who betrayed his trust and shredded his heart.

…It’s a War and He’s Offering No Quarter
Deciding to put roots down, Ivy Banks has brought her daughter home to the sleepy ranching community of Wolf Creek Bend, Wyoming–the one place where she was certain she’d never run into her high school flame. But he’s back, fighting a global enemy and homegrown terrorists in a hidden war that puts their lives and their hearts in jeopardy. He was bad news in high school, and he’s even worse news now.

Surrendering to him is not an option…but it’s the only thing he’ll accept.
Ages: 18 & up (collection contains sex, profanity, and violence)
Length: over 1100 pages combined!

I thought the first one was flawed but interesting. I believe I skipped the second due to a trusted reader warning me it would make my head blow off. But at .99 I might take the risk. If you don’t hear from me after the weekend is over you know which book to blame.

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Last Chance To Fight by Ava AshleyLast Chance To Fight by Ava Ashley. $ .99

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BUY TODAY! ONLY .99 CENTS for a limited time! Regularly $3.99. SALE WON’T LAST!

After a nine-year separation, high school sweethearts Hunter and Anna reunite for a steamy adventure. But the forces that threaten to tear them apart might be even stronger than the forces of their attraction.

At seventeen, Anna Blakesley thought she was going to die. To spare him the pain, she cut ties with the man she loved, resigned to never seeing him again. But against all expectations, she survived. Now, though still living with the scars of her illness, Anna is determined to finally get her life back, and her love too.

MMA fighter and notorious bad boy Hunter Finn has made a lot of mistakes since Anna left him, and racked up almost as many regrets. When Anna walks back into his life, he’s determined to make up for all of them. But second chances don’t come easy. Hunter’s mistakes come back to haunt him, and one shocking secret threatens to break Hunter and Anna apart no matter how hard they fight for their love.

(Complete novel/ New adult romance. Standalone/No cliffhanger. Steamy.)

The hero is married when the couple reunites which may be considered cheating for some readers. There are only two reviews and I don’t know how reliable they are. Yes, I’m buying it.

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Night by Elie WieselNight by Elie Wiesel. $ 3.99

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A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel
Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

Author Bio: Elie Wiesel is the internationally celebrated author, Nobel laureate, and spokesperson for humanity whose decision to dedicate his life to bearing witness for the Holocaust’s martyrs and survivors found its earliest and most enduring voice in Night, his penetrating and profound account of the Nazi death camps. Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, he was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.

Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America Congressional Gold Medal, the French Legion of Honor, and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University.

An autobiographical narrative in which the author describes his experiences in Nazi concentration camps, watching family and friends die, and how they led him to believe that God is dead.

“A slim volume of terrifying power.”—The New York Times
“Required reading for all of humanity.” —Oprah
“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” —Curt Leviant, Saturday Review

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Soccer Men Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport By Simon KuperSoccer Men by Simon Kuper. $ 2.99.

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In his national bestseller, Soccernomics, Simon Kuper pioneered a new way of looking at soccer, the world’s most popular game, through his witty and meticulous use of data. In Soccer Men, Kuper explores the heart and soul of the sport by getting up close and personal with soccer’s greatest players and coaches. An inquiry into the genius and hubris of the modern game, Soccer Men details the lives of international stars such as Arsène Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Josep Guardiola, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and David Beckham, describing their upbringings, the soccer cultures they grew up in, the way they play or coach, and the baggage they bring to their relationships at work.

In this updated edition, Kuper profiles Hope Solo, Raymond Domenech, Andrea Agnelli, Robin van Persie, Carlo Ancelotti, and more. He also provides a brilliant comparison of two tales of immigrant life: Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and the autobiography of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

This is the last soccer book I will probably feature until the next World Cup. According to reviews, this is really a collection of previously published columns by Kuper compiled into one place. There are approximately 65 short stories which profile various current and former stars. The reviews indicate that the writing style is wryly humorous as is befitting a British journalist. “There are two types of British footballer: ugly ones like Rooney, Paul Gascoigne and Nobby Stiles, and pretty ones like Beckham and Michael Owen. The British public usually prefers the ugly ones.”

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Daily Deals: The American West, a little menage, a little diversity

Daily Deals: The American West, a little menage, a little diversity

Tangled Bundle: Tangled Past\Texas TangleTangled Bundle: Tangled Past\Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel. $ .99

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Texas Tangle (Tangled Series, Book One)
Thanks to her cheating ex-husband, all Nikki Kimball has left is a bruised heart, an over-drawn bank account and an empty home. When sex-on-legs Dillon Barnett and his foster brother Brett Anderson start showing more than just neighborly attention, Nikki is intrigued. Back in high school, the two friends fought a bitter battle to win her heart. Society says Nikki must choose between the two men she loves. Is she strong enough to break all the rules in order to find happiness?

Tangled Past (Tangled Series, Book Two)
Forced to marry a man she just met, Sarah McLeod clings to the hope that she’ll finally find the love and acceptance she’s always craved. But her tenuous dreams of a happy life on the frontier are in danger of being dashed by the one thing she can’t change—her husband’s love for another man. With the open frontier closing in around them, is Nate’s suggestion of a permanent threesome their path to happiness? Or will others destroy what they’ve found together?

Tangled Past is a menage story with diverse characters set in the American West. Lynette Two Cents gave it a three star review but recommended it “Sarah spies Jackson and Nate in an amorous encounter at the beginning of the TANGLED PAST, when her father and step-brother arrive they see Jackson naked and Nate with his shirt off and assume that she was in the act with Jackson. She has a shot gun wedding and is carried off to Nate’s ranch. For Sarah, although the situation she found herself in was bad, marriage to Jackson is a big improvement to how she was treated by her “father” and step-brother.”

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The Thief (The Queen's Thief Series #1) by Megan Whalen TurnerThe Thief (The Queen’s Thief Series #1) by Megan Whalen Turner. $ 1.99

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“Gen the thief is released from prison in the imaginary medieval land of Sounis by the king’s magus, on the condition that he join an expedition to recover the legendary Hamiathes’s Gift Stone….For the chance at regaining his freedom, Gen agrees….His ultimate discovery of the legendary stone and the clearing of his reputation are as grand as the fantastic myths the travelers tell on their fateful trip. This is an uplifting book, a literary journey that enhances both its characters and readers before it is over.”—Kirkus Reviews.

I believe that despite Janine’ss B- she enjoyed the series. I didn’t continue after the first book.

From the review: “The setting of The Thief is based on Greece, and it was refreshing to read a fantasy with a Mediterranean flavor. I enjoyed the little details such as the characters eating olives and cheese for lunch and yogurt for breakfast, but one little detail that threw me was the mention of guns. Although they were said to be less accurate than crossbows, I still had to revise my mental picture of the society of this world. Because everyone traveled on horseback and there were no other inventions as advanced that were mentioned, I had not anticipated that guns would exist in Sounis, Eddis or Attolia.

While I can’t rave about The Thief, I enjoyed it enough to look for the next book in the series, especially since I’ve heard that this is where things get romantic between Gen and a rather interesting woman who makes a brief appearance in The Thief. As for this book, although I think it may be a better read for young adults than for grownups like me, it’s still good enough to get a recommendation and a B- from me.”

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2940149788545_p0_v1_s260x420The Bad Boys of Summer Anthology by Selena Laurence. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Seven Full-Length steamy romances from NYT, USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Authors.

Savor You by Emily Snow
Metamorphosis by Erin Noelle
Crazy Beautiful Love by J.S. Cooper
Collaboration by Michelle Lynn & Nevaeh Lee
A Lush Betrayal by Selena Laurence
Who He Is by Shanora Q. Williams
Remember When by T. Torrest

The reason to buy this is for Collaboration by Michelle Lynn & Nevaeh Lee which is a romance between a rapper and a country music star–a little diversity for your rock star romance collection.

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Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian ArendRocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend. $ FREE.

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Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands-and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “do not touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the heat between them slides past simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided that Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants . . .

I read this book! I gave it a C-.

“In the end, I felt like this was more family saga than romance. Yes, there were romances or at least emotional conflict leading to a satisfactory ending for one couple in this story, but the conflicts and focus were really on the family dynamics of the brothers and their unsatisfactory sexual relationships. Blake and Jaxi’s story resolves itself in the first third whereas the rest of the story is focused on the brothers. Travis was dealing with finding the right partner and exploring his desire for pain that wouldn’t leave lasting wounds. Jessie and Joel were brothers who wanted one girl to share. Daniel had just been dumped by a long time girlfriend after finding out that Daniel couldn’t have children. Matt and Helen had a complicated relationship. Those storylines were interesting but I wondered why I had to field all of them in this one book.”

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