RECOMMENDED: Simply Irresistible is the first book in Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series, and it's currently $2.99. Book 3, Head Over Heels, is still $1.99, so I'm reposting that below so you can grab both for yourself if you're so inclined.
Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Starting over won't be easy.
Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too. The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men.
Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
RECOMMENDED: Head Over Heels is book 3 in the Lucky Harbor series, and is one of the best in the series. I remember reading this book at a conference and not wanting to leave my room so I could finish it. It's hard to beat life-threatening asthma as a reason why the hero and heroine don't get down and dirty. This book is one of this month's Kindle deals at Amazon and is on sale for $1.99. ETA: BN has matched the $1.99 price, and so has iBooks! That's a great price for a great contemporary romance.
Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn't ready to settle into a quiet life running their family's newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble–and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who'd like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.
Suddenly Chloe can't take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff?
Or will Chloe's colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?
I have two romantic suspense type books to tell you about – and two more Amazon exclusives. Seriously, my book buying account got some exercise today (*whimper*).
Intimate Enemies is the first book in Joan Swan's Covert Affairs series. It is currently .99c. I am totally tickled by this cover because when I glanced at it quickly, I was surprised that his muscular arms did not match his very tiny hands – until I realized those are not his hands. Oops!
Cassandra Christo is on a quest for answers in the mysterious deaths of her mother and stepbrother. But when she returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, Cassie runs into two major obstacles: her corrupt stepfather, and Rio Santana, Saul's right hand man and the person she unknowingly let into her heart after he comforted her during the darkest moment of her life. Rio's been fantasizing about reconnecting with Cassie for months. But not here and sure as hell not now.
As an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he's only weeks away from finalizing transport of a terrorist cell over the U.S.-Mexico border, and he definitely doesn't have time for this wild attraction to Cassie, let alone the risk it poses to his cover. When Cassie's stepfather grows nervous about her investigation and orders Rio to use seduction as a last ditch effort to keep her from learning too much, the heat between them turns into a full blown inferno.
And as the end of the operation draws closer, Rio knows if he tells Cassie the truth about who and what he is, it won't only jeopardize his mission, it may result in him losing her forever.
And if he doesn't, his lies and deception could get them both killed.
Dangerous Secrets is $.99c right now, and is book #2 in Lisa Renee Jones' Tall Dark and Deadly series. (Do not mix this book up with Lisa Marie Rice's book with the same title, which was published in 2008 and is $8.) Lisa Renee Jones' Tall Dark and Deadly series is also available as a Kindle box set for $2.99.
Being a divorce attorney for the rich and famous isn't all it's cracked up to be. Julie Harrison has learned that love doesn't last, and she's sworn never to make the same mistakes as her mother, or her clients. She uses the games men play to keep them at a distance. The only man who managed to break down her walls was Luke Walker, a Navy SEAL who loved her and left her, and changed her forever.
When Luke arrives back in New York, running Walker Security with his brothers and having left his Navy SEAL days behind, he sets his sights on Julie, the woman he's always wanted and couldn't have. Except, she runs from him every time he gets close. But now, one of Julie's clients, a powerful judge, gets involved with a dangerous cartel, and his soon-to-be-ex wife ends up dead. Julie's next on the list, and she finds herself on the run from those who believe she knows too much, and counting on Luke to keep her alive. In the deepest, darkest moments of the night, passion will bring them together while danger threatens to tear them apart.
Can Julie and Luke trust each other and find their happy ending before they find … the end?
Cold Magic is today's Kindle Daily Deal at $1.99. This is the first book in the Spiritwalker Trilogy.
The Wild Hunt is stirring – and the dragons are finally waking from their long sleep… Cat Barahal was the only survivor of the flood that took her parents. Raised by her extended family, she and her cousin, Bee, are unaware of the dangers that threaten them both.
Though they are in beginning of the Industrial Age, magic – and the power of the Cold Mages – still hold sway. Now, betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful Cold Mage, Cat will be drawn into a labyrinth of politics. There she will learn the full ruthlessness of the rule of the Cold Mages.
What do the Cold Mages want from her? And who will help Cat in her struggle against them?
And finally, a cookbook that is also a Kindle deal, and so totally tempting I bought it for myself, then gifted a copy to a friend. I've started buying a lot of digital cookbooks and reading/using them on a tablet. I especially like that I can search by specific ingredient word so I find all the recipes in a book that feature that ingredient. Plus bookmarks and notes, and oh, cookbook sales, you are my kryptonite.
In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite is a Kindle daily deal at $1.99 – that's 93% off the cover price. I so totally bought this. I should not book shop while hungry any more than I should grocery shop while hungry. If you like reading cookbooks as much as I do, this will probably make us both very happy. And hungry.
Clark prefaces each recipe with the story of its creation—the missteps as well as the strokes of genius—to inspire improvisation in her readers. So when discussing her recipe for Crisp Chicken Schnitzel, she offers plenty of tried-and-true tips learned from an Austrian chef; and in My Mother’s Lemon Pot Roast, she gives the same high-quality advice, but culled from her own family’s kitchen.
Memorable chapters reflect the way so many of us like to eat: Things with Cheese (think Baked Camembert with Walnut Crumble and Ginger Marmalade), The Farmers’ Market and Me (Roasted Spiced Cauliflower and Almonds), It Tastes Like Chicken (Garlic and Thyme–Roasted Chicken with Crispy Drippings Croutons), and many more delectable but not overly complicated dishes.
In addition, Clark writes with Laurie Colwin–esque warmth and humor about the relationship that we have with our favorite foods, about the satisfaction of cooking a meal where everyone wants seconds, and about the pleasures of eating. From stories of trips to France with her parents, growing up (where she and her sister were required to sit on unwieldy tuna Nicoise sandwiches to make them more manageable), to bribing a fellow customer for the last piece of dessert at the farmers’ market, Melissa’s stories will delight any reader who starts thinking about what’s for dinner as soon as breakfast is cleared away. This is a cookbook to read, to savor, and most important, to cook delicious, rewarding meals from.