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.

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“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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