Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-30-13

Bridegroom Wore Plaid

By Grace Burrowes / Genre: Historical Fiction / Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars (53 reviews)

Bridegroom Wore Plaid

His Family or His Heart — One of Them Will Be Betrayed…

Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who’s wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.

But in his intended’s penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he’s ever wanted in a wife.

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Asylum: The Complete Series (All 8 Books)

By Amy Cross / Genre: Ghosts, Horror / Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars (153 reviews)

Asylum: The Complete Series (All 8 Books)

No-one ever leaves Lakehurst. The patients, the staff, the ghosts… Once you’re here, you’re cursed for life…

After shooting her little brother dead, Annie Radford is sent to a Lakehurst for treatment. Hearing voices in her head, Annie is forced to undergo experimental new treatments devised by a mysterious old man who lives in the hospital’s attic. It soon becomes clear that Lakehurst’s staff, led by the vicious Nurse Winter, are involved in some dark and horrific plans.

As Annie struggles to survive the hospital, she learns more about her tormentor’s own story. Once a promising young medical student, Nurse Winter also heard voices in her head. What kind of signals are being transmitted from the basement of the hospital? Who is the old man in the attic? Who killed all those nuns? Why are living human brains kept in jars, and what is the dark secret that lurks at the flickering heart of the hospital?

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Doug and Carlie’s Love Conspiracy (Doug and Carlie Series)

By Lisa Smartt / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (39 reviews)

Doug and Carlie's Love Conspiracy (#2 in the Doug and Carlie Series)

Clara Louise Johnson is 32, single, and lonely. The problem? She just got a cat. And when a shy lonely woman gets a cat, everybody knows the universe begins to work against her. Within a year, she could own twenty cats and start operating a failed recycling business out of her backyard. So newlyweds, Doug and Carlie, happily intervene. What happens when a rural-dwelling famous writer becomes a full-time matchmaker for beautiful Clara? A humorous and healing journey toward love begins.

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WHUPPED

By Jim Stevens / Genre: Humor / Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars (41 reviews)

WHUPPED

Alyssa Walworth is young, polished, wealthy and drop dead gorgeous; and Jake Dombrowski couldn’t be more in love with her. So much in love, she’s got him going every-which–way in her quest to have the Beverly Hills wedding of the year.
Jake’s best friends, Gideon and Conrad, see the marriage as nothing more than the first step toward divorce. They try to convince Jake in the conventional manner, but Jake won’t listen, he’s too much in love. Stronger methods are needed, so Conrad and Gideon kidnap Jake on the night of his bachelor party, and leave him chained to the radiator in the apartment of adult film star, Jailbait Jordan. There they do all in their power to convince Jake that Alyssa, the woman of his dreams, will be nothing less than a nightmare.
It all doesn’t work out in any way anybody ever expected.

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Gilded Destiny (Vesper)

By Nola Sarina / Genre: Paranormal, Romance / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (19 reviews)

Gilded Destiny (Vesper)

A woman’s memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her.

Calli tattoos her skin to fill the holes in her memory, thanks to an accident that left her mind damaged and empty. But a nasty encounter with a fired employee leaves her in the arms of her unlikely savior: Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper on the run from his brutal master.

Nycholas’ clandestine world holds the secrets to mankind’s origin and survival… but he only wants one thing before his time is up: a few colorful nights with Calli, the fragile, tattooed, human woman he pursued and saved.

The more Calli learns about Nycholas, the more her own darkened memories return to her. Despite her haunted past, she loses herself to passion and desire with her immortal captor.

Now, Calli must overcome the demons of her past, or allow Nycholas to kiss her memories away and spare her the trauma of loving a doomed immortal. But each choice comes with dire consequences – some that endanger not only herself, but her family as well.

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Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-29-13

Resisting the Bad Boy (NICE GIRL TO LOVE)

By Violet Duke / Genre: Contemporary, Romance / Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (66 reviews)

Resisting the Bad Boy (NICE GIRL TO LOVE)

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast.

Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery–and repel the drama–Connor always makes his one and only rule crystal clear right from the start. Absolutely nothing more than a month.

Turns out, a whole lot can happen in one month.

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True Colours; Can you ever forget your first love?

By Vanessa Fox / Genre: Contemporary, Romance / Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (45 reviews)

True Colours; Can you ever forget your first love?

Can you ever forget your first love?

Successful interior designer Alex Ryan knows going back to Dublin will be difficult, but she has no idea of the hidden dangers that await her.
With her father in hospital after a mysterious accident and a new design client demanding her attention, when Alex finds herself in the offices of Venture Capital Ireland the last person she expects to meet is Sebastian Wingfield, heir to the Wingfield fortune – the one man in Ireland she is desperate to avoid.

And the last thing on Sebastian’s mind is interior decoration.

But Sebastian is to marry his best friend’s sister, Caroline, in eight weeks time. And as the wedding plans unfold, unknown to any of them, someone is set on ruining him – whatever it takes.
There is no escaping the past, and the night Alex meets Sebastian at Kilfenora House, more than just their TRUE COLOURS are finally revealed.

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Never Buried: Volume 1 (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series, Book 1)

By Edie Claire / Genre: Humor / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (424 reviews)

Never Buried: Volume 1 (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series, Book 1)

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn’t pack heat–just a few extra pounds. And she doesn’t go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara’s refurbished Victorian house, she wasn’t planning on discovering a corpse–certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin’s house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house–someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn’t know Leigh’s impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

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The Beholder, a Maddie Richards Mystery

By David Bishop / Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (109 reviews)

The Beholder, a Maddie Richards Mystery

Maddie Richards is an efficient and resourceful detective with a secret wish that she could handle her messy personal life as well as she handles her work life. As a homicide sergeant for the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department, she has one of the highest solve rates in America. Her success leads her chief of police to assign her a serial killer case. Some sicko the press calls the Beholder is killing beautiful women. Her chief describes the case as “a career maker or breaker, get me?”
She has an ex-husband she still cares for, but who was bad for her and her ten-year-old son. Her widowed mother who lives with her is both a blessing and a trial. And, oh yes, her ex-husband has married an extremely wealthy and politically connected woman who cannot give birth. So, Maddie’s ex is filing a motion to obtain permanent custody of their son, citing the risks attendant to Maddie’s police work endanger the boy.
If that were not enough, the brother-in-law of the chief of police is using his position as an administrative assistant to sexually harass Maddie. She could file a formal complaint, but the good-old-boys network in the department is watching how she handles the situation.

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Replacing Gentry

By Julie N. Ford / Genre: Literary Fiction / Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (31 reviews)

Replacing Gentry

When Marlie attends a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she does not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her such a chilling message. Despite the cadaver’s warning, a year later Marlie is married to Tennessee state senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step-sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry, and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past ends with Marlie facing a dangerous conspiracy.

A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels like Rebecca and Jane Eyre, REPLACING GENTRY follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she seeks to learn the truth about the man she married.

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Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-28-13

Broken Promises (Broken Series)

By Dawn Pendleton / Genre: Coming of Age / Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars (43 reviews)

Broken Promises (Broken Series)

After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart.
Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself together and move on, even if only just barely. When Mallory shows up in town, Luke vows to stay away from her at all costs. So why does he want to spend as much time with her as he can? He knows she’s going back to Boston eventually, but he just can’t resist the lure of Mallory. Even if it means he’s heartbroken again when she leaves.

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Camelot’s Cousin: An Espionage Thriller

By David R. Stokes / Genre: Political, Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (47 reviews)

Camelot's Cousin: An Espionage Thriller (Spies and Intrigue/Kennedy Assassination)

When a Dad tries to dig a hole in his Northern Virginia yard to bury the remains of the family pet, he chances upon a mysterious briefcase. Its contents include a journal with cryptic writing. He turns to his friend, and boss, Templeton Davis, a Rhodes scholar, popular national radio talk show host, and best-selling author of spy novels and history books, for help figuring out what he’s found. They soon realize that they possess materials concealed more than 60 years earlier before by Soviet intelligence and espionage agent, Kim Philby–and also clues to the last great secret of the Cold War. There was another highly placed spy. Someone never discovered–until now. This traitor had unique access to the White House, and was perfectly positioned to influence President John F. Kennedy as he faced challenge after challenge in the era now remembered as Camelot.

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It’s Murder, My Son (A Mac Faraday Mystery)

By Lauren Carr / Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (81 reviews)

It's Murder, My Son (A Mac Faraday Mystery)

What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday’s life would end up being a new beginning. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret, which would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America’s Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.

Soon after she moves to her new lakefront home in Spencer, Maryland, multi-millionaire Katrina Singleton learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some unknown reason, a strange man calling himself “Pay Back” begins stalking her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.

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Blood Bound (A Gallows Novel)

By Sharon Stevenson / Genre: Occult, Horror / Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (17 reviews)

Blood Bound (A Gallows Novel)

19-year-old twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to running into trouble – mostly the kind with fangs – but while Sarah embraces her powers to their fullest extent, trusting her instincts implicitly, Shaun distances himself from his abilities and can do little more than despair at his sister’s reckless nature and idly back her up.
When they come across 17-year-old Melissa Carling, a demon tracker who’s been torturing innocent super-naturals, they know they have to stop her. Sarah is desperate to punish Melissa for what she’s been doing but Shaun’s instant attraction to the girl points to a soul-mate bond stronger than anything he’s ever had to fight before…

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Shelly’s Second Chance (The Wish Granters, Book One)

By L B Gschwandtner / Genre: Contemporary, Romance / Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (18 reviews)

Shelly's Second Chance (The Wish Granters, Book One)

Shelly Wagner is in trouble but her fiancé, Ben, doesn’t know it. Broke and ready to gamble her last dollar on a Super Lotto ticket, she really needs some help.

It arrives in the form of Joe and Alanna—Wish Granters from another world. One problem: it’s their very first assignment and they’re fairly clueless about their new wish granting powers and how to best use them. Plus they have a few things to work out in their own lives—if only they were still among the living. They want to return to earth, but can only get back by helping Shelly first.

After Joe and Alanna show up, Shelly’s life takes a drastic turn. So drastic that Shelly sees she may have been wishing for the wrong thing all along.

Is Shelly doomed or will Joe and Alanna help her squeak through? And, once they grant her wish, will she truly be able to turn her life around?

The Wish Granters: They’ll grant your wish, but the rest is up to you.

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Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-27-13

Harvest of Rubies

By Tessa Afshar / Genre: Historical, Religious Fiction / Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (158 reviews)

Harvest of Rubies

The prophet Nehemiah’s cousin can speak numerous languages, keep complex accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve great mysteries. There is only one problem: she is a woman.

In her early childhood years, Sarah experienced the death of her mother and her father’s subsequent emotional distance and she came to two conclusions: that God does not care about her, and that her accomplishments are the measure of her worth – the measure of her self.

Sarah, the talented scribe and cousin to Nehemiah, is catapulted into the center of the Persian court, working too many hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and solving intrigues for the Queen. Ironically, it isn’t failure but success that causes Sarah to lose her only source of external validation.

Sarah soon learns that she has something of worth to offer beyond her ability with languages and sums – her very being proves to be a blessing to others particularly the aristocrat, Darius, she was given to in marriage.

Sarah and Darius’ story continues in Harvest of Gold. Darius may be able to learn to love his wife, but can he ever learn to trust Sarah and her Lord?

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Marrying Cade

By Sally Clements / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (19 reviews)

Marrying Cade

Capable financial advisor Melo Bellucci always knew when it came to organising her sister’s wedding she’d be in charge. After all, her sister Rosa is notoriously scatterbrained. But there’s a silver lining in the form of the Best Man, Melo’s childhood crush, Cade West.
When Cade returns to the Tuscan island, Isola dei Fiori, he’s prepared to mix business with pleasure, especially when he meets Melo again. The confident, sexy woman is a world away from the lanky tomboy he remembers, and attraction burns between them instantly.
But when he discovers that the perfect site for his hotel, idyllic Paradise Beach, belongs to Melo rather than her father, can their relationship survive, when there are two plans for Paradise?

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Alex

By Sidney Knight / Genre: Hard-Boiled, Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars (68 reviews)

Alex (a psychological mystery/thriller, with crime, literary drama, romance and suspense)

On 1st June, 2010, an unspeakable act of murder was committed—a crime so evil that its perpetrator, Alex Merton, could never be forgotten.

He left behind not just his bloody fingerprints stained over the city, but also debate, confusion, question upon question as to why he did it.

How could a man in possession of such genius—a man so in love—unleash such horror on the living? How could a man so seemingly invisible in the community become the face of a nation’s nightmares? And who was the mystery somebody who knew of his murderous blueprints way beforehand, yet decided to do nothing until it was too late?

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Holding On

By Meg Jolie / Genre: Contemporary, Romance / Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (40 reviews)

Holding On

Quinn Johnson has known the McGrath boys for as long as she can remember.

Luke has been her best friend for most of her life. He’s always been there for her, catching fireflies with her, maneuvering the hazards of high school with her, attending college parties with her, and protecting her. He was the boy that she could always trust, even if he was the boy that stole her first kiss.

His older brother, Jake, was the one who teased them mercilessly while they were growing up. Yet, he was the one who would ultimately steal Quinn’s heart.

A surprise pregnancy and a cruel twist of fate are about to change everything.

Forever.

Friendship and family will be tested.

Quinn will find out that sometimes the only way to get through life is to hold on with everything you have. And other times…the only thing you can do is let go.

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The Color Of The Soul (The Penbrook Diaries)

By Tracey Bateman / Genre: Historical, Religious Fiction / Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (40 reviews)

The Color Of The Soul (The Penbrook Diaries)

The story of an old woman’s need for forgiveness, a young man’s drive to succeed, and the history that links them both will keep readers enthralled from beginning to end. A Pandora’s box opens when reporter Andy Carmichael, too light-skinned for acceptance by blacks and too dark-skinned for acceptance by whites, is sent to Georgia to interview Miss Penbrook, an icon of Southern literature. From her deathbed, the mysterious Miss Penbrook gives Andy journals that reveal a surprising twist–”her story and his own meld into one.

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Best Free and Bargain Kindle Books: 07-26-13

The Seven Steps to Closure

By Donna Joy Usher / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (103 reviews)

The Seven Steps to Closure

Tara Babcock awakes the morning after her 30th birthday with a hangover that could kill an elephant – and the knowledge she is still no closer to achieving closure on her marriage breakup. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers that, not only is her ex-husband engaged to her cousin – Tash, the woman he left her for – but that Jake is also running for Lord Mayor of Sydney.
Desperate to leave the destructive relationship behind and with nothing to lose, she decides- with encouragement from her three best friends – to follow the dubious advice from a magazine article, Closure in Seven Easy Steps.
The Seven Steps to Closure follows Tara on her sometimes disastrous- always hilarious – path to achieve the seemingly impossible.
A credible and amazingly touching debut novel from Donna Joy Usher, this is a solid, light-hearted and honest read with plenty of laughs.

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Bittersweet

By Noelle Adams / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (44 reviews)

Bittersweet

As a widow at twenty-six, Zoe isn’t looking for love. She’s just looking for the energy to get through the next day and take care of her infant son. She might have to deal with Adam, her husband’s cousin and business partner, but she doesn’t have to like it. She doesn’t have to like him.

But he just won’t go away.

Adam knows that Zoe needs time and space to heal, so he resolves to be a friend and help her when he can. He wants to do the right thing. He doesn’t want to act on feelings he shouldn’t have for her.

But they just won’t go away.

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Brownie Points

By Jennifer Coburn / Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (80 reviews)

Brownie Points

Sometimes that’s the way the Thin Mints crumble…

When Lisa Taylor and her family move from San Francisco to the suburban paradise of Los Corderos, they know their family won’t fit in perfectly. They’re the only interracial family in the neighborhood. Lisa is a snarky sculptor. And 13-year-old Logan is gay.

After Logan is repeatedly bullied at school, he finds his niche in an unusual place – his twin sister’s Girl Scout troop. When he tries to join, the organization refuses, so the boy sues for gender discrimination and sets off a firestorm of national media coverage. This only makes matters worse between the Logan and his father, a macho firefighter who is already struggling with his son’s sexual orientation.

Adding to the strife is Lisa’s increasing distaste for Junta Moms who wish each other “Namaste” while rigging school elections and stealing each other’s husbands.

Join the Taylors on their hilarious journey as they face the fight of their lives and,in the process, discover what it means to be a family.

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The Shipwreck

By Glynnis Campbell / Genre: Historical Romance, Romance / Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (25 reviews)

The Shipwreck

When his wife and children die, Viking marauder Brandr has nothing left to live for, so he sails away on one final voyage. A storm at sea leaves him shipwrecked, alone, and barely alive on a foreign coastline. Along the Pictish shore, Avril, a warrior maid and the victim of a Viking berserker, banished from her ancestral home of Rivenloch to a seaside cottage, dreams of the day she’ll raise her sword, take back the castle that is rightfully hers, and find her half-Viking daughter a proper father. Discovering a broad-shouldered, fair-haired, broken castaway washed up on her beach among the wreckage of his longship, she takes him captive and binds him in chains. She refuses to be a Viking’s victim again…never imagining that soon her fiercest enemy will earn her trust, invade her heart, and enthrall her senses.

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Blur (Night Roamers)

By Kristen Middleton / Genre: Fantasy, Romance / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (105 reviews)

Blur (Night Roamers)

Danger lurks in the dead of night…

Seventeen year old Nikki and her twin brother, Nathan, move to the small town of Shore Lake to start over after their mother is brutally attacked. When a missing teenager washes up on shore during their first night at the cabin and there are whispers of vampires in Shore Lake, Nikki begins to realize that there are things roaming in the darkness that are far more sinister than what they left behind in the city.

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