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  • A Lot Like Love

    A Lot Like Love by Julie James

    A Lot Like Love by Julie James is $1.99! Thanks to everyone who told us about this one! James is always recommended for readers who want a contemporary romance with competence porn. I remember reading this one and I loved that the heroine owns a wine store. However, some readers felt that the characters weren’t as engaging as in other James’ books.

    The FBI wants her cooperation. As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

    Agent McCall just wants her. As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment— one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

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  • I Owe You One

    I Owe You One by Sophia Kinsella

    I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella is $1.99! I feel like Kinsella’s books are hit or miss, or you’re either a fan or you’re not. The description describes a pretty adorable meet cute. Have you read this one? Are you a Kinsella fan?

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

    Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

    So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

    Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

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  • The Guncle

    The Guncle by Steven Rowley

    The Guncle by Steven Rowley is $1.99! I mentioned this book on a previous Get Rec’d. It’s a bittersweet read about Patrick, the fun, gay uncle (guncle) who becomes the temporary caretaker for his niece and nephew.

    Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is honestly a bit out of his league.

    So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick’s brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of “Guncle Rules” ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old. Quickly realizing that parenting—even if temporary—isn’t solved with treats and jokes, Patrick’s eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you’re unfailingly human.

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  • Girly Drinks

    Girly Drinks by Mallory O'Meara

    Girly Drinks by Malloy O’Meara is $2.99! I mentioned this on a previous Book Beat because it sounds like right up the Bitchery’s alley. If you like niche non-fiction or loved Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist, maybe try this one.

    “At last, the feminist history of booze we’ve been waiting for!” —Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

    From Los Angeles Times bestselling author Mallory O’Meara comes a lively and engrossing feminist history of women drinking through the ages

    Strawberry daiquiris. Skinny martinis. Vodka sodas with lime. These are the cocktails that come in sleek-stemmed glasses, bright colors and fruity flavors—these are the Girly Drinks.

    From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. But when exactly did drinking become a gendered act? And why have bars long been considered “places for men” when, without women, they might not even exist?

    With whip-smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils an entire untold history of the female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to iconic 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O’Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that readers everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book—and proudly have what she’s having.

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  1. Tam says:

    Sophie Kinsella’s books just make me anxious. The Shopaholic books made me want to hyperventilate – JUST STOP SPENDING, IDIOT WOMAN – and this one sounds anxiety-inducing in a new and interesting way. I think they must be enjoyed by people who worry less than me.

  2. burkina says:

    I wish Julie James would return to writing novels! I saw from her IG that she’s returned to screenwriting.

  3. Marian says:

    The cover for A Lot Like Love by Julie James had me confused. I was sure I read it long ago but I remember it was set in Chicago in February, so much snow. I had to find a sample chapter online to make sure. Chicago in winter is not the image I get from that cover of vineyards, floaty dress, and heels.

  4. Laura says:

    I haven’t read The Guncle but the synopsis has my vote for a movie starring Neil Patrick Harris.

  5. LML says:

    The Guncle is one of the best books I read last year. Funny, smart, and touching.

  6. Empress of Blandings says:

    If you like some Cate C Wells, The Lone Wolf’s Rejected Mate is currently free on Kindle.

  7. Jane says:

    Before I explored romance novels, Sophie Kinsella was one of my favorite authors. I remember laughing really hard at “I’ve Got Your Number”. I’m super curious how her books would feel to me now that I am surrounded by many more, romantic tales. I’m also more anxious than I used to be, as I get older, so Tam’s comment makes me wonder if that would also hurt my appreciation of her books.

  8. flchen1 says:

    Susan Sands’ Love, Alabama

    The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season: A Novel by Molly Fader

  9. KatieD! says:

    “Girly Drinks” was quite interesting! I enjoyed reading it very much, and learned a lot about a fascinating slice of history. It’s written in a very casual and conversational style, so was a pretty easy read even though it covers a couple of thousand years of history.

  10. AMB says:

    A Lot Like Love included a trip to Napa – and while Napa is definitely not Chicago in February it would still be a rare day (but not impossible) for it to be warm enough for a floaty dress and strappy sandals.

  11. flchen1 says:

    Completely agree, @AMB and @Marian. I do think the new series covers are very pretty, but still totally prefer the originals, LOL! They also have the benefit of not giving off that misleading vibe.

  12. Glen says:

    Shopaholic is my least favorite Kinsella book; the MC is terrible and doesn’t learn anything in the entire book.(Jo Walton has been reading these for her blog at Tor – according to her, the MC finally starts getting a clue in Shopaholic and Baby, but that’s three more books than I’m willing to read.)
    Better books of Kinsella’s are Twenties Girl and The Undomestic Goddess.

  13. Kit says:

    Think I read a couple of chapters of the shopaholic before giving up in frustration of the MC. Like get some scissors and cut up your cards before you get further into onto debt.

    In their defence, they were written in the early 2000’s (maybe earlier) where every advert on tv seemed to be a loan advert. Getting into debt due to overspending was seen as the norm. It an attitude that angers a lot of people today (many are in debt from just trying to pay bills and get food on the table).

    So I m not sure if the series improves but it does seem of its time imo.

  14. Cicely says:

    I love Julie James (and I quite liked this one) but I find her titles and covers all blend together … I can’t tell which is which just from those. My favorites are “the one with the guy who takes down Twitter” (I think sequel to the above mentioned one) and “the one where she negotiates an awesome new job for herself and also involves Denver omelette” …

  15. flchen1 says:

    @Cicely, I love About That Night (#3, about Kyle, the infamous Twitter Terrorist) and Love Irresistibly (#4, about Cade, who called Kyle the Twitter Terrorist in court). I think I’m less enthusiastic about books five and six, and then love #7, The Thing About Love.

  16. Ruth says:

    I love Julie James and it does make me sad that she’s left novel writing behind. My favorites are definitely #4 Love Irresistibly about Cade, Brooke, and Denver omelets and #5 It Happened One Wedding. I just love Vaughn and Sidney as a couple, I like their siblings so much, I love the whole thing. Also strong is #7, A Lot Like Love. It was great to see them realize what a strong team they made instead of just competing.

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