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  • An Ex for Christmas

    An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

    An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne is $1.99! This is a friends to lovers romance with a hint of some holiday cheer. Readers definitely think this has Hallmark movie potential. I will warn that this romance is from the heroine’s POV and other readers wished to know what the hero was thinking at some points.

    She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

    When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

    Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

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  • Virgin River

    Virgin River by Robyn Carr

    Virgin River by Robyn Carr is $1.99! This is the in the Virgin River series, and features a mystery baby and a military hero. It’s also been made into a Netflix show. Have you watched? This series has been mentioned a couple times on the site, especially if you like small town romances.

    Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.

    When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.

    But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans… and former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.

    Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.

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  • Truly Devious

    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson is $2.99! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals This is a fantastic YA mystery. Readers love the setting and whodunnit setup, but warn that the ending is a cliffhanger. Thankfully, the full trilogy is out, unless Johnson has decided to keep going outside of the three original books.

    Something is wrong at Ellingham Academy: Its murderous past won’t stay in the past.

    Ellingham Academy is an American institution. Students can’t buy admission, they have to earn it: these are the brightest of their generation, the thinkers, inventors, artists, dreamers, and schemers who will change the world. Ellingham is the brainchild of philanthropist and tycoon Edward J. Ellingham, who happened on a remote, idyllic spot outside of Burlington, Vermont in the 1920s, the perfect setting for his “dream school of the future.” For Ellingham, the dream ended a decade later, when his wife and child were kidnapped, then murdered, in what would become the crime of the century. Ellingham pledged everything to find the killer—he ended up giving his life.

    It was an empty sacrifice: For years, the killer remained at large. He taunted the police, signing his letters Truly, Devious. Eventually, someone was caught, found guilty, and executed for the heinous crimes… but questions lingered. Why, for example, did Ellingham write these words on the day he died?

    Where do you look for someone

    who’s never really there?

    Always on a staircase

    but never on a stair.

    Every institution has its ghost stories; every school imagines itself haunted. Ellingham Academy is, officially, beyond such silliness: it is devoted to greatness, and everyone accepted achieves it.

    This includes Stevie Bell, who gained her fame by solving a murder when she was thirteen years old. Clever murders don’t happen along very often, and Stevie has been struggling to find her place in the competitive atmosphere of Ellingham. Then she finds out about the decades-old Ellingham riddle: Problem solved. She’ll solve the riddle, name the real killer, and prove herself exceptional. True Ellingham material.

    Her investigation into the cold case is interrupted by a fresh one. When one of her classmates, internet superstar Hayes Major, turns up dead, Stevie is the first to question the official explanation. An accident? Really? Everyone else is convinced that Ellingham’s murderous past is just that, which leaves justice up to Stevie.

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  • A Rogue by Any Other Name

    A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

    RECOMMENDED: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean is $1.99! This is book one in the Rules of Scoundrels series, all of which take place in and around a gaming hall. We had two A-grade guest reviews for this one.

    What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets…

    A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

    A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

    Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them… even her heart.

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  1. 1
    Susan says:
    5+

    I liked Truly Devious but was very disappointed in the other two books to the point that I’m sorry I invested my time and money in them. Maybe my expectations were too high, but there was so much squandered potential.

    (I’m not the target audience, and I’m probably in the minority, so this is a YMMV situation. But I’d advise checking out reviews for all 3 books to see if they’re your cuppa before jumping in.)

  2. 2
    Missy says:
    5+

    I did not really like Truly Devious when I first read it but I loved the other two books so this is definitely a YMMV series. Also while the Truly Devious mystery is completely wrapped up at the end of the third book, it looks like Johnson is continuing the series with the same characters and a new mystery.

  3. 3
    Lisa F says:
    3+

    I’ve been meaning to read Virgin River for forever, but I haven’t managed to get to it yet – I do love the MacLean, though, and that’s my pick.

  4. 4
    FashionablyEvil says:
    19+

    I think the MacLean has popped up on sale before—there were some really good warnings about it. Bourne is definitely at the bottom of my list of romance heroes—he’s a complete arse to the point that I find him irredeemable. He basically kidnaps Penelope and rips off her clothes so she can’t leave, but notes that he’s not actually raping her, just letting people think she’s been ruined, so he’s not so bad. There’s no amount of grovel that can bring that back for me.

  5. 5
    Teev says:
    3+

    Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson is $2.99 at Amazon (Black Friday). I read it a few weeks ago (from the library so no growling at the sale today, and I bought it even though I just read it) and it is so much fun! Check the sample as it is written in a catch-phrasey way that is on purpose (the robot writing it wants it accessible) and if it bugs you in the sample be warned it never stops. I was reading Because Internet (Gretchen McCullough) (which is also excellent) at the same time so it worked for me. A robot dentist studies film-making so he can write a script that will make humans see robots as sapient beings with rights. 10/10 if you love robots learning to feel and studied film-making! Hah!

  6. 6
    Em says:
    0

    I read the first Virgin River book years ago and remember enjoying it, but didn’t read any more of the series. I had forgotten all about it until Netflix recommended the show to me and I realized I knew the story. I don’t know how someone who is a huge fan of the book series will feel, but I enjoyed the show and was excited to hear season two comes out 11/27.

  7. 7
    tammy cat says:
    0

    I loved Virgin River series but I like Thunder Point series better, there is some cross over. I’ve seen the characters on Netflix and they look so unlike the description in the books I won’t bother. The lead male, former military as are most of the characters, has long hair. The book constantly mentions his military look, which would be short although not as short as the “high and tight” marine cut. Growing up near a large base and having worked on one for 10 years, you expect a certain look. and I must say it wasn’t a hard day going to work around all that male pulchritude. Preacher is a big hulking guy, who looks very threatening. I guess if you change him to a black character, they decided to soften his look considerably as a large threatening black male would not go over well? It’s a miscast for sure. There are many other characters in the series that could be changed to a black character that would have worked better. Doc was a bit older and more feeble, than Tim Matheson. I always prefer books to the screen and these 2 are my favorite romance series.

  8. 8
    BKMeggie says:
    3+

    I really enjoyed the Truly Devious series. I know the MacLean is very popular but I really disliked it. As @FashionablyEvil states, the hero is irredeemable, there’s basically no grovel, and I personally hate the trope where a dude marries a woman to seek revenge against some relative of hers. But that’s me. YMMV, I know it’s beloved by a lot of people.

  9. 9
    FashionablyEvil says:
    6+

    @BKMeggie—I was coming off reading Brazen and the Beast which I really liked, so I was willing to give MacLean the benefit of the doubt, but Bourne is just the worst. MacLean definitely likes a good grovel, but I’m more in the, “hmm, maybe just don’t be a total ass in the first place…?” camp.

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