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Daily Deals: Romantic suspense & the history of the world in 6 glasses

Daily Deals: Romantic suspense & the history of the world in...

Some Like It Hot by Susan AndersenSome Like It Hot by Susan Andersen. $ .99

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“Wrong for each other” never felt more right?
Even a lifelong traveler like Harper Summerville has to admire the scenery in Razor Bay, Washington. There’s the mountains. The evergreens. The water. And Max Bradshaw, the incredibly sexy deputy sheriff. Still, Harper’s here only for the summer, working covertly for her family’s foundation. And getting involved with this rugged, intense former marine would be a definite conflict of interest—professionally and personally.

Max’s scarred childhood left him determined to put down roots in Razor Bay, yet one look at Harper—a woman who happily lives out of a suitcase—leaves him speechless with desire for things he’s never had. He might not be big on talking, but Max’s toe-curling kisses are getting the message across loud and clear. Harper belongs here, with him, because things are only beginning to heat up?.

I wish I remembered the Susan Andersen books better because I enjoyed them at the time! The only thing that sticks out in my mind right now is that one hero had a curved penis. Like a banana. I know, I’m a terrible person. I’ll show myself out.

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses  by Tom StandageA History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage. $ 1.99

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From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history.

Throughout human history. certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization.

For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.

This looks like a fun non fiction book. Beer, wine, spirits, tea, coffee, and cola are all addressed. PW gave it a starred review “Standage tucks some wonderful tidbits—on the antibacterial qualities of tea, Mecca’s coffee trials in 1511, Visigoth penalties for destroying vineyards—ending with a delightful appendix suggesting ways readers can sample ancient beverages.”

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Forever Consumed (Consumed Series Book 3)  by Skyla MadiForever Consumed by Skyla Madi. $ .99.

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**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

This is it.

My revenge.

I can taste it on my tongue, it’s sweet and it’s addictive.

I’ve worked way too hard to settle for second best and I will come out on top.

Seth Marc is back and training harder than ever before to redeem his loss to Don Russell. Tensions are high but stakes are higher as MMAC founder, Matt Somers, forces Seth and Don to train under the same roof.

Though Matt Somers believes it’s only good fun to provoke the two for publicity, he doesn’t realize just how serious the situation is.

With Olivia by his side, Seth Marc pushes himself to his limits and struggles to keep opponent, Don Russell, out of his head as they fight it out one last time.

This is the third book in the series. I remember buying the first one but I haven’t read it. It sounds from the review that this is a continuing series about the same couple and that there is a marriage in trouble storyline. A couple of reviewers felt that the characters either reverted to their previous bad behaviors or changed entirely in a not satisfactory fashion.

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Deathtrap by Dana MartonDeathtrap by Dana Marton. $ .99

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She’d been “the sick girl” for most of her life. She refused to go straight to “the weird girl”. Heart-transplant recipient Sophie Curtis has been in her own antiseptic bubble for so long, she just might not be able to venture out into the real world again. Her spooky body memories are scary enough, but then she finds herself in the cross hairs of a killer.

“Love was blind, people said. But lust was blind, deaf and reckless.” Ethan Bing hadn’t been a great romantic before he became a cop. Whatever shred of optimism he had left after becoming Broslin Chief of Police had been seared out of him by the unsolved murder of his wife two years before. A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life. She gets through his defenses like no other before, but soon it becomes clear that she’s been selected as the killer’s next victim.

It’s a full sized book! (as opposed to the pint sized ones). A three star review said it was a good mystery and a good romance. Another three star review noted that the physical heart does not produce emotions. That’s the function of the brain but the author conflates the two organs repeatedly in the book.

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Daily Deals: Reunited Lovers, Football stars, Shocking Suspense

Daily Deals: Reunited Lovers, Football stars, Shocking Suspense

Come Home to Me (Whiskey Creek)  by Brenda NovakCome Home to Me by Brenda Novak. $ 1.99

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Home is where her heart is

When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.

There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.

A lot of reviews point to a character named Cheyenne as ruining the story for them and that there were so many lies the characters told that it was difficult to believe they could trust each other. Seriously, Cheyenne is apparently the devil.

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Waiting On You (Blue Heron Book 3)  by Kristan HigginsWaiting On You by Kristan Higgins. $ 1.99

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Is your first love worth a second chance…?

Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

The readers loved the two leads but had a problem with not only the reasons for separation but the refusal by the male character to rectify it, even when he professed to love the heroine deeply. Some people did not like the heroine and her “slutty” ways. Apparently her sleeping around without commitment made her beyond the pale for some readers. But it could have been the way Higgins wrote the character too. Some of her books place intense blame on the female characters for their own unhappiness. (It’s actually why I stopped reading her a while ago)

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Play (Completion Series)  by Holly S. RobertsPlay by Holly S. Roberts. $ .99

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When Killian MacGregor, the hottest quarterback in the NFL, eyes the perfect pair of female legs, he spends an hour tracking the gorgeous woman in a room filled with rowdy teammates until one gets out of line.

Rebecca Cavanaugh, a long distance runner for the state team, intimidates boys and men with her quick wit and majestic height. The pre-season jock party isn’t her scene, but she’s roped into attending to provide her sister a sober ride home.

Hiding in the kitchen to avoid the athletic sex fest, a drunken thug forces Rebecca to her knees, and waves a giant ding-dong in her face. Before Rebecca can extricate herself from the hairy situation, an unknown champion saves the night. When Killian assists Rebecca off the floor, she’s stunned into silence while staring at the sexiest man alive.

Will Killian’s bad boy rep and Rebecca’s need for commitment, make this the most impossible “Play” of the season? Or, will Killian’s haunting past and need for victory destroy the most important game of his life?

“Play” is intended for mature readers 18+. Enjoy with caution… this book contains adult situations,sex, and more balls than a girl knows what to do with.

I enjoyed this book and think its worth the 99c price. “The football aspect is well done and completely believable. Rebecca meets Killian during pre season which makes his intense pursuit during that time period a little more believable and there’s a good blend of football details without overwhelming a non familiar reader.

but “There are things you might have to overlook like the constant threat Rebecca’s exposed female parts present to upholstery. More than once we are told that she is in danger of ruining fabrics due to her extensive lust. I know I was supposed to see this is sexy and maybe slightly funny but it was actually a bit too much. The love scenes are graphic and I think that a little subtlety could have gone a long way.”

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Still Missing  by Chevy StevensStill Missing by Chevy Stevens. $ 2.99.

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On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two year old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever- patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

The truth doesn’t always set you free.

Still Missing is that rare debut find–a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.

PW writes “Starred Review. Stevens’s impressive debut, a thriller set on Vancouver Island, pulsates with suspense that gets a power boost from the jaw-dropping but credible closing twist. “

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