RECOMMENDED: All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey is .99c right now. The Kowalski series seems to be dropping in price out of order, so you might already have some of the other titles. I really enjoyed this book, especially the heroine, who is strong and independent and looking to establish her home. Stacey's schtick, “This is only temporary so long as I'm in town, oh wait, no it's not” works SO well here. This book introduces the newest Kowalski trilogy, set in Maine at the Lodge.
He won't stay put for a woman, and she won't chase after any man…
Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase—and he likes it that way. Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. But when he's called home to help with the family lodge, he's intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn't need a man. If there's one thing Mitch can't resist, it's a challenge.
After a nomadic childhood, Paige Sullivan is finally putting down roots. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she lives by the motto “Men are a luxury, not a necessity.” But when Mr. Tall, Dark and Hot pulls up a stool in her diner and offers her six weeks of naughty fun with a built-in expiration date, she's tempted to indulge. They're the perfect match for a no-strings fling. Until they realize their sexy affair has become anything but casual…
Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux is $1.99 right now. Hot diggity! When I glommed every Deveraux in existence, I loved this one, though I suspect a re-read might reveal a bit how I've changed as a reader. That said, there is nothing like a 90's Deveraux book, especiall a Deveraux for $2. Sweet Liar is a contemporary/historical/suspense mix (and I am so reading it again, really really soon).
It was her father's dying wish that Samantha Elliot search for her grandmother, who'd disappeared from Louisville when she was a baby. So here she was, in big, dirty New York City…her parents were dead, her divorce was final, and she was all alone…. Michael Taggert was Samantha's landlord, and he was easily the most beautiful man she'd ever seen. He was charming, too — his zest for life was so contagious that in his presence Sam bloomed like a flower after the rain. Yet Mike could only get so far with her — when he tried to get closer, it was like running into a brick wall.
But Mike wouldn't give up. As they probed her grandmother's past, he was slowly uncovering the joy and affection Samantha had buried long ago — and leading them closer to the dangerous truth about a bloody spring night in 1928, and a seductive blues singer named Maxie…
Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe is on sale for .99c right now. This is the third book in her Crooked Creek series. If you like contemporary romance with incredible emotional realism and characters who are not at all cookie-cutter reproductions of contemporary romance folks, you will like this. The hero is a professional athlete, and the heroine is an accomplished television host, and theirs is a second chance at love story. O'Keefe's writing blends angst and realism into deep poignancy. (Thanks to Amy for the heads up about this one).
Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband.
Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It’s his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. He believes in the fire in Maddy’s whiskey eyes and the passion that ignites the air between them. This bad-boy heartbreaker wants a last shot to be redeemed by the only thing that matters: Maddy’s love.