How I Lost You is $1.99 today at most retailers. This is a YA novel about two best friends, one of whom is the risk taker and the other is… not so much. It involves drug use, risky behavior, and PAINT BALL. The school paint ball team, as a matter of fact. Did my school have a paint ball team when I was in high school? Heck, no. I'm jealous, for sure.
Reviewers like Jen loved the focus on the deep friendship between two girls, and the problems they deal with together.
There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Buds Before Studs. Sisters Before Misters.
But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected. And suddenly the person who's always been there starts to need the favor returned. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive.
And the answer is not what they expected.
Rush Me by Allison Parr is a contemporary romance, and is labeled by some as New Adult. It's .99c at Amazon, and $2.99 elsewhere (which I think is the regular price). I read this and I'm still having a hard time articulating my reaction. I really disliked the heroine at times, and felt like she had a huge entitlement problem, but the hero and his friends, all of whom are NFL players in a mythical New York team, are fascinating characters. And the scenes where the heroine ends up hosting shabbat dinner for one of the team rookies are really adorable. If you like sports romances, you may like this very much.
When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gatecrashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.
While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school. Or her brother, who’s obliviously dating Rachael’s high school bully. Or that same high school’s upcoming reunion.
Still, when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday night dinners for half a dozen football players.
Over pancake brunches, charity galas, and Alexander the Great Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love–even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.
A Kiss in Winter by Susan Crandall is $2.99. This is a contemporary wounded-hero/wounded-heroine romance with a heavy suspense element.
Six years ago tragedy struck and Caroline Rogers had to make tough decisions to sell the family farm and put her life on hold to raise her younger siblings. Now that they're entering adulthood and her long-delayed photography career is taking off, she can almost taste the freedom.
Shaken by self-doubt, Dr. Mick Larsen turns his back on his big-city psychiatric practice and settles for the small-town quiet of Redbud Mill, where he can hide his past successes and failures. To Caroline, he shows only a man who wants to put down roots and start a family–good reasons for her to stay away. Then someone starts vandalizing local landmarks she has photographed. Now Caroline must convince a man with little faith in his own abilities that he can help her find the disturbed mind in their midst. But even as she teaches him to trust himself, she must fight the temptation to trust him with her future and her heart.