I enjoy Jane Green, and I don’t care who knows it. Are her books likely to change the world? Probably not. But they will take you out of your world for a bit, and that is, in essence, the power of a book.
Tempting Fate by Jane Green. Amazon for $10.99. From Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima J, The Beach House, Another Piece of My Heart, comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships….
Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can’t relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her—until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive—something she hasn’t felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything—and find out what really matters most.
A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and thinking about the characters long after they put the book down.
Ah, parks. Does anyone remember parks, you know, the places with trees that actually have little green things on them? What are those called again? It starts with an “L.”
Well, until we finally pry winter’s cold, bony hands from us, we’ll have to find our springtime in the covers of a book. What better place than in a late-in-life romance?
Thursdays in the Park by Hillary Boyd. Amazon for $0.99. Called “a warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life” (Daily Telegraph), Thursdays in the Park was a runaway best-seller in the united Kingdom. Boyd’s debut novel is a touching, romantic tale of new attraction and old loyalties.
Jeanie is on the brink of turning sixty, and the man she’s been married to for more than half of her life has suddenly abandoned the marital bed. When Jeanie’s husband George retreats from his conjugal duties, she is deeply hurt and very confused: Has she done something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? Her pained bewilderment turns to anger as he remains unable, or unwilling, to provide answers. The bright spot of Jeanie’s week is Thursday, the day she takes her granddaughter to the park. There, one day, she meets Ray — age-appropriate, kind-hearted, easygoing, and downright sexy. In short, he is everything that George is not. As her relationship with Ray begins to blossom and she begins to think that her life might hold in store a bold second act, she begins to wonder if she has the courage to take a step off the precipice of routine and duty and into the swirling winds of romance.
With the weekend nearly here, a little romance is in order with the first book in Kathleen Brooks’ Bluegrass series. This week’s Free Book Friday starts with some Southern comfort and Kentucky horses, and it should warm you up, even if you haven’t hit springy temps where you are.
Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks. FREE from Smashwords.com
McKenna Mason is on the run, leaving her luxurious NYC lifestyle behind. She finds a home in beautiful Keeneston, KY where she starts her new job as an Assistant DA. She finds more than she bargains for when reuniting with a teenage crush, Will Ashton. Will’s horse farm has seen its share of trouble leading up to the Derby. Can Will and McKenna work together to cross the finish line in time?
Looking for a little light fun in the midst of this endless winter? Well, endless here. It’s hard to believe it’s summer in other parts of the world, but I digress.
A tiny peek into a diary sets this future-bride’s world askew. What will she do? Only one way to find out.
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off by Jill Steeples. Amazon for $0.99. Reasons why you should never, ever, read your best friend’s diary (even if it has fallen to the floor, pages open oh-so temptingly…):
– It’s morally indefensible.
– She would never trust you again.
– You probably know it all anyway…
So what harm could the tiniest peek do…? Answer: Lots! The best reason for never reading your best friend’s diary:
– You might just find out something you really didn’t want to know!
Buffy’s not the only one with a thing for demons. Jill Falter’s Chasing Darkness has a teenager, forces of evil, and perhaps a little paranormal romance.
Must be Tuesday.
Chasing Darkness by Jill Falter. $3.99 from Smashwords.com
Muriel Chase is like any other young woman who’s 17th birthday is just weeks away. Her life is simple: she likes going to the beach, she enjoys working out, she loves to go shopping with her mom . . . and she hunts demons. As part of a secret group, she is sent around the world to face the demons that are so dangerous that even the Vatican can’t handle them. Then she meets Michael . . .
So every Friday, A Bit to Read will feature free books. And by “free books,” I mean books that were free at the time I selected them; like the weather, traffic lights and our minds, these things are subject to change. Happy Free Book Friday! I think it calls for a little romance.
Maddy’s Star (Wishing Star Book 1) by Kate Rosebrook. FREE from Smashwords.com
Three women. Three stars. Three wishes.
When three friends make wishes on their piece of the metal Wishing Star, they start to see their dreams come true. But they didn’t know about the supernatural power behind the star, or the deadline to return each piece before their lives are overcome with danger.