DAILY DEALS: Women to the rescue in Sierra Leone, isolated islands, and in Regency England
First off, Jayne called me out yesterday for using the word “girl” in the title and while I didn’t mean to be patronizing, I’m sorry that it came off that way and I’ll try to do better. I’m really terrible at writing titles. But what’s probably worse is that I included a description to Jayne’s review of Donna Thorland’s book The Turncoat because it was a recommended read by Jayne but for some reason, I put it in the wrong field and it never showed up. (If you tried to click the iBooks button, it was there instead of the link!)
Here’s the bit.
Jayne gave this a recommended read rating. “There’s a darkness to the story as well as a more believable sexuality than the usual “hop in a bed with a complete stranger.” Kate isn’t looking to protect her virginity for marriage so her willingness to experiment and be pleased works better for me than the trite excuses used in a lot of romance books. I think this also fits in with the more casual attitudes of the period about premarital sex. This is a book about war and the spies working to further the cause of both sides so I appreciate that punches weren’t pulled. Horrible things happen even early in the story but this also means Kate is well aware of the dangers she and Angela face. There were times when I wanted to shake Kate into being a more ruthless and efficient operative but to her credit, she hadn’t been at it as long as Angela and she did as much as her conscience would allow. It was a time that tried mens’ souls – on both sides – I think.”
If you have missed it yesterday, Thorland’s book is still on sale for $1.99.
Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard $ 1.99
From the Jacket Copy: The final “powerfully intense” (Romantic Times) Black Ops, Inc. novel from New York Times bestseller Cindy Gerard, featuring a covert private security team and electrifying romantic suspense. Black Ops, Inc. operative Joe Green is determined to bring to justice the man responsible for former team member Bryan Tompkins’s death.
He’s convinced the ambush that killed Bryan was no coincidence, but a setup. Unsure of the consequences of the battle he’s about to start, Joe distances himself from both his Black Ops, Inc. team members and the woman he loves, Bryan’s sister, Stephanie Tompkins.
But Stephanie knows there must be some reason Joe broke it off, and when she hears Joe’s charged with a murder in Sierra Leone, she wastes no time in breaking him out of prison. Then they must unravel the mystery behind the ambush, and bring resolution to a long-ago betrayal….
The Linen Queen by Patricia Falvey $ 2.99
From the Jacket Copy: Abandoned by her father and neglected by her self-centered, unstable mother, Sheila McGee cannot wait to escape the drudgery of her mill village life in Northern Ireland. Her classic Irish beauty helps her win the 1941 Linen Queen competition, and the prize money that goes with it finally gives her the opportunity she’s been dreaming of. But Sheila does not count on the impact of the Belfast blitz which brings World War II to her doorstep. Now even her good looks are useless in the face of travel restrictions, and her earlier resolve is eroded by her ma’s fear of being left alone.
When American troops set up base in her village, some see them as occupiers but Sheila sees them as saviors–one of them may be her ticket out. Despite objections from her childhood friend, Gavin O’Rourke, she sets her sights on an attractive Jewish-American army officer named Joel Solomon, but her plans are interrupted by the arrival of a street-wise young evacuee from Belfast.
Frustrated, Sheila fights to hold on to her dream but slowly her priorities change as the people of Northern Ireland put old divisions aside and bond together in a common purpose to fight the Germans. Sheila’s affection for Joel grows as she and Gavin are driven farther apart. As the war moves steadily closer to those she has grown to love, Sheila confronts more abandonment and loss, and finds true strength, compassion, and a meaning for life outside of herself.
Nil by Lynne Matson $ 2.99
From the Jacket Copy: On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field. Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love.
With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.
The Pretenders by Joan Wolf $ 0.99
From the Jacket Copy: Deborah Woodly agreed to a pretend engagement with Reeve, Earl of Cambridge, because his straitlaced uncle wouldn’t let him touch his inheritance before his 26th birthday. Not unless he contracted a marriage, which would presumably “settle” him. Deb and Reeve promised not to fall in love, or marry, but to ultimately declare they wouldn’t suit. Broken promises, but also someone was trying to kill Deb.