Cheap eBooks for Friday!

Here are some cheap reads to feed your Kindle or Kindle app for the weekend!  We’ve got a little bit of lovin’, and some YA PNR featuring everyone’s favorite supernatural being, the Grim Reaper!

When a Scot Loves a Lady: A Falcon Club Novel by Katharine Ashe (.99)

London gossips are asking: What use has society of an exclusive gentleman’s club if no gentlemen are ever seen to pass through its door?

After years as an agent of the secret Falcon Club, Lord Leam Blackwood knows it’s time to return home to Scotland. One temptation threatens his plans—Kitty Savege. The scandal-plagued lady warms his blood like a dram of fine whiskey. But a dangerous enemy stands in the way of desire, and to beat this foe Leam needs Kitty’s help…

Kitty never wanted to spend her holidays in a wretched country village! With snow up to the windows, escape is nowhere in sight. A roguish Scottish lord, however, is. His rough brogue sends tingles of heat from Kitty’s frigid toes to her chilled nose, but she’s confident she can withstand that. What she cannot control is the reaction of her carefully guarded heart when she discovers this beast is, in fact, no beast at all…

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Too Scandalous to Wed by Alexandra Bendict (only 1.99!)

HE MUST PROTECT HER FROM HIS PAST …

Unwilling to taint any woman with the terrible secret hidden in his heart, Sebastian, Viscount Ravenswood, has sworn never to marry. Luckily, whimsical Henrietta Ashby was never much of a temptation for the devilishly handsome rogue — until now. Suddenly, Henrietta has learned to seduce him with a bewitching charm … and clandestine midnight kisses.

Henrietta would go to any lengths to catch the eye of the man she’s long loved from afar — even seeking the help of the most notorious courtesan in England! But as Sebastian’s secret follows them from the ballroom to the boudoir, and his diabolical enemy plots revenge, will Henrietta risk her life to offer him a passionate redemption … or will he prove to be too scandalous to wed?


 

 Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride ($2.99)

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?


Croak (Croak (Quality)  by Gina Damico  ($1.99)

Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.

But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice – or is it vengeance? – whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?


Review: Seducing Cinderella by Gina L Maxwell

 

Title: Seducing Cinderella

Author: Gina L Maxwell

Publisher:  Entangled Publishing

Imprint: Brazen

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up. Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance. Soon Reid finds himself in the fight of his life…winning Lucie’s heart before she gives it to someone else.

Review:

I admit the reason I wanted to read Seducing Cinderella is because of the hunky, tattooed guy on the cover.  I like tats.  More specifically, I like his tats.  Add the ink to one of my favorite romance tropes, and “Hello, book, yes, I’d like to get to know you better!”

Seducing Cinderella is the first book that I have read under Entangled Publishing’s new Brazen imprint.  I will compare this to a Harlequin Blaze, which is an imprint that I read infrequently, and again, it is usually the cover that tempts to me scoop one up.  This is hard, admitting that I am such a shallow reader! Still, with the torrential glut of new releases every week, something needs to catch my eye, and I don’t have time to read all of the plot descriptions, so I guess cover illustration it is!  I certainly don’t pick these up based on the title, some of which are so ridiculous I’m glad that I do have several eReaders!

Back to this book – if this is an indication of the Brazen imprint, I would read more, with no hesitation.  This title did have a few irritating moments, but it is a fun, fast, sexy read.  I liked the characters, especially Reid.  While I was expecting a tougher depiction of his MMA manliness, he is a softie on the inside, and the alpha-idiot only reared its ugly head near the end, for which I am grateful.  I like tender guys, who can make you feel like a million bucks with just a smile and few kind words.  I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in a battle of wills with my guy, which so many category romance heroines seem to be in for.  That just doesn’t seem like fun, and I don’t care how rich the guy is.   If he can’t set aside his own ego for more than a few pages, I can’t imagine what it would be like to be stuck with him for the rest of my life!

Physical therapist Lucie Miller is having a really bad day.  She has been in love with a surgeon she works with closely, and when she thinks he’s about to finally catch a clue and ask her out, he asks for her best friend’s number instead.  Instead of letting him know how she feels, she coughs up the number, waits for him to leave, and bursts into tears in her messy office.  When her new patient arrives early for his therapy session, she’s shocked to discover that it’s her brother’s best friend, Reid, incognito.  Oh, noes!  He can’t help but see her puffy, tear-stained face, and after discovering her troubles, he has a proposition for her – if she dedicates the next few weeks to his rehabilitation so he’s ready to win his title back, he’ll help her win over the clueless doc.  Reluctantly, Lucie agrees, and before she knows what’s happened, sexy Reid and his rippling muscles have moved into her apartment.

I thought the pacing was spot on.  This is a whirlwind romance, and it reads like one, with all of the breathless anticipation and jittery nerves to crank up the impossible to ignore attraction that rages between Reid and Lucie.  I enjoyed their banter, but I did not enjoy the make-over Reid insisted that Lucie receive.  Her clothes are all wrong, her make-up barely there, and she can’t even make a positive impression when she enters a room.  Reid’s words, not mine. I so do despise these miraculous make-overs, because of course Lucie would not have the faintest clue how to attract a guy without Reid’s coaching.  This just made Lucie seem dumb and naïve, but we know that she’s not.  She is a successful therapist, she is intelligent, and she was married previously.  She didn’t just crawl out of a hole with no clue about what boys and girls do together, or how to get one to give you a second glance.  This particular plot device drives me nuts.

Reid’s behavior near the end irritated me, too, because of his lack of faith in Lucie.  She deserved more credit than he gave her, and I was just so disappointed with him.  If stupidity was contagious, he had just caught it.  Probably from his dad, which was a plot thread that seems unconvincing and tacked on at the end.  It’s just not possible to fix decades of indifference in two short chatting sessions, but I guess Reid needed his happy ever after with his disapproving and demanding father, too.  These quibbles aside, I found Seducing Cinderella a fun popcorn read.  Take it to the beach the next time you go!

Grade:  B/B-

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Jessica Warman, Author of Beautiful Lies

Jessica Warman is the author of Beautiful Lies, which just hit store shelves.  Jessica recently dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her new book and writing influences. Check out what she has to say.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jessica Warman] Introvert w/ a wonderful life doing what I love. Born w/an itch for trouble. Mouth like a trucker. I grow on people. Crazy like a fox.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Beautiful Lies?

[Jessica Warman] Sure! The book is about a set of identical twins, Rachel and Alice, who have always had an incredibly powerful bond. When one of them goes missing, it is up to the remaining twin to figure out what happened, primarily by tapping into this bond. I’ve been told by more than a few readers that it’s a pretty scary book, which pleases me to no end.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Jessica Warman] My family has a strong history of what I’d suppose you’d call clairvoyance. A number of people on my mom’s side of the family have either worked as psychics or else claimed to be psychic. That being said, I’m extremely skeptical about these kinds of things, but it fascinates me nonetheless. My idea for the concept came from sorting through many of the family stories I’ve been hearing all my life, and then putting my own spin on it. Some of the characters mirror members of my own family pretty closely. As for the twins, my husband’s sisters are red-headed twins. They’re gorgeous and smart, and they also have an incredible bond – they were my inspiration for Alice and Rachel.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rachel?

[Jessica Warman] She’s secretive, guarded, and kind.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Alice would never have in her purse?

[Jessica Warman] The first one is definitely black licorice! Also, a picture of herself and her boyfriend together, and a to-do list.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Are you more like Alice or Rachel?

[Jessica Warman] I’m definitely more like Alice. I’ve always been pretty wild, especially when I was a teenager. But I’ve also mellowed quite a bit with age, to the point where I understand there’s a time and place for certain kinds of behavior. No matter what, though, I think the maniac in me will always be in there somewhere, waiting for an appropriate time to shine.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Jessica Warman] David Foster Wallace is my favorite writer of all time, hands down. His work – especially his nonfiction – is just the greatest stuff I’ve ever read. People talk about art “changing their life” all the time, but in this case it’s true: his writing has changed my life. It’s made me a better person. It has enriched my life in ways I never could have anticipated, and made me feel whole in ways nothing and nobody else has ever been able to do. He was a genius, and we should all support his legacy by reading his work.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jessica Warman] 1) Complete silence. I mean no noise whatsoever, not even the sound of a kitten purring, or rain falling.

2) I have to be well-rested. I’m nonfunctional if I don’t get enough sleep.

3) I have one of those e-cigarettes, even though I haven’t smoked for years. The cartridges I use are just filled with water, so I’m only inhaling water vapor, but it gives me something to fidget with whenever I need to take a little break from typing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jessica Warman] “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This book… I was awestruck at the end. What he does with words is nothing short of sorcery. It’s just a beautiful, beautiful piece of art. If I ever see Mr. Saenz again, I’m going to hug him. Then I’m going to thank him for sharing this story with the world.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Jessica Warman] Probably “The Twits” by Roald Dahl, followed by everything else he’s ever published. The man was a magician. I recently gave my 7-year old daughter the boxed set of his complete works, and I’m having so much fun living vicariously through her as she experiences them for the first time. Even today, as an adult, reading any of his books makes me feel like I’m getting a big hug from the universe.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Jessica Warman] Well, I read a lot. I read everything I can get my hands on. And as boring as this sounds, I actually really enjoy cleaning my house. I love cleaning up big messes, because it provides such an immediate sense of accomplishment. If I hadn’t become a writer, I think I would have started a crime scene cleanup company.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Jessica Warman] The best way is through email. They can email me at jwarmanwrites@gmail.com, or jkwarman@hotmail.com, or they can send a message via my website, www.jessicawarman.com. They can also follow me on twitter (@jkwarman) or contact me through my Facebook page, which is just www.facebook.com/authorjessicawarman. Sometimes it takes me a long time to respond, but I truly do try to write back to as many people as possible.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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