Law Man by Kristen Ashley is a KDD at .99c – and it's price matched at BN, too. Kristen Ashley's books are crack-tastic for many readers. This is book 2 in the Dream Man series, and has a 4+-star average on GR. Reviewers in particular loved the super-alpha caretaker hero.
Four years ago, Mitch Lawson moved across the breezeway from Mara Hanover and she fell in love with the tall, good-looking police detective who had an uncanny ability to dress well even though he’s single. It was not a stalker kind of love; she knows she has no hope since Mitch is way out of her league. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s her dream man.
Then one day Mara’s faucet won’t turn off and she knows nothing about plumbing. Being a good guy, Mitch offers to help then he invites himself over for pizza. Mara gives it a go but finds herself running away from him (literally) on their first date, standing him up their second and then she runs into him (again literally) on her way to save her ne’er do well, criminal cousin’s kids who’d just run away from their ne’er do well, criminal Dad.
Suddenly, Mara finds she has on her hands the guardianship of two kids and a gorgeous police detective who’s willing to do anything to help out… including giving fabulous foot rubs.
But Mara knows who she is and where she came from and she knows Detective Mitch Lawson is better than her. Hot law man Mitch disagrees and his challenge is to convince Mara to let go of her past and he sets about building a family at the same time he finds he also needs to protect them all against known and unknown adversaries that would tear them apart.
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple is $3.99 at Amazon right now. (Come on, Price Match Goddesses!)
This book has been recommended by so many different people in my life, I'm totally buying it at this price. Bernadette is a contemporary mystery with a lot of humor and a very, very strong sense of place (Seattle and Microsoft culture specifically) and what is sometimes called “competence porn:” the profession of Bernadette (she's an architect) plays a huge role in her character. I cannot wait to read this.
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
The Story of Beautiful Girl is a KDD today at $1.99 — which is being price matched at BN (so far – thank you Goddesses). This is a mix of historical fiction, mystery, and some romance, and reviewers at GR say it's compelling, especially in the beginning, sad and powerful.
It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow.
But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.
But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: “Hide her.”
And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling, is $3.99 right now. If you've been curious about the book but didn't want to pay a lot, that's a pretty good discount. This is not Harry Potter (which you probably already know, given the title). It's a very sad and bleak book and more than one reviewer called it “depressing.”
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?