Historical Romance, Two Boxed Sets, & More
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Articles / April 30, 2019

Into the Drowning Deep RECOMMENDED: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and it’s being price-matched. Elyse & I really enjoyed this horror/sci-fi novel. We jointly reviewed the book and ultimately decided on a B. We loved the cast of characters, but found the ending anticlimactic. New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant, author of the renowned Newsflesh series, returns with a novel that takes us to a new world of ancient mysteries and mythological dangers come to life.  Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets…

HaBO: Hero Feels Responsible That His Brother Can’t Have Heirs
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Articles / April 30, 2019

This HaBO comes from Kae, who is looking for this historical romance: The book I’m trying to remember the title of is a Regency romance. A young woman works as a maid in a house and a visiting lord (duke? viscount?) visits and decides to make her his wife after almost sleeping with her. He mistreats her at first and avoids having sex with her, but his brother is very kind to her. It turns out the brother is the lord of the manor, but he was in an accident and cannot have heirs. Her husband had been avoiding being with her because he felt he was to blame for the accident and didn’t want to create an heir that would take over the fortune. If any of that rings a bell, I’d appreciate it! I think I read it during 2012 or so on an e-reader and it was most likely new at the time. Sound familiar?

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
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Articles / April 30, 2019

B The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal April 30, 2019 · William Morrow Literary Fiction The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a contemporary novel (not a romance) about three sisters who honor their mother’s last wish by going on a pilgrimage to India. At first I found the book to be too slow paced, but once I got into the flow of the story I enjoyed this book for its characters, its perspectives on culture, and its examination of family in general and sisterhood in particular. The prologue is from the point of view of Sita, who is dying of cancer. Sita, a widow in London, is a Punjabi immigrant from India and the mother of three adult daughters. Rajni, the oldest, is ten years older than Jazmeen and Shirina. Rajni helped raise her siblings after their father died, and she’s strict and controlling. Jazmeen is struggling as an actress and is the most rebellious sibling. Shirina married into an extremely traditional Indian family and lives in Australia. Sita’s dying wish is for her daughters to make a trip to India in hopes that the siblings will become closer. Most of the story takes…

Historical Romances, a Boxed Set, & More
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Articles / April 29, 2019

The Widows of Malabar Hill The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey is $1.99! It’s a Kindle Daily Deal today, and the deals feature some romances as well. This is a mystery set in 1920s Bombay. Carrie read this one and gave it a B: It’s not a romance. Romance does not go well for the main characters. However, it’s a very good female-centered historical mystery. 1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.   Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth. Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women’s…

Guest Review: Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles
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Articles / April 29, 2019

A- Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles January 30, 2019 · KJC Books GLBTRomanceHistorical: European Many of the Bitchery have been talking about Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles. Well, now we have a great guest review of it by Claudia. A bit about Claudia: “At sixteen, I found my older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! I love history, so I mostly read historical romance. Favorite authors include Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Miranda Neville, Elizabeth Kingston, and Rose Lerner.” … CW/TW for one dub-con/hate sex scene. When we first meet Lord Alexander Pyne-ffoulkes, he’s agonizing over what to wear. A lounge suit would presumably be best, for informality, but should he wear a colourful waistcoat, to indicate his divergence from sober respectability, or a plain one to avoid attracting attention? And just like that, we are off to a world where a “lounge suit” was something one would don to attend a gaslit music hall. The opening chapter of Any Old Diamonds by K. J. Charles is a masterpiece of “show, not tell” as we see dithering, vain Alec Pyne, as he prefers to…

Cover Snark: Smarties in Her Candy Bag
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Articles / April 29, 2019

Gather round for some Cover Snark! Elyse: Jason. Buddy. You gotta put your arm through the other side now. C’mon man Amanda: I wonder if he’s like a toddler and whenever his valet comes into dress him, he goes all boneless and throws a tantrum. Sarah: Wouldn’t it be uncomfortable if you put on one shirt sleeve and then one sleeve of the jacket? Like, I confess to having a bit of a Thing about sleeves bunched up beneath other sleeves on my arms, but this seems inefficient and uncomfortable as a method. From Pam G: Did this guy’s head get Clawed, Bitten, or Nailed, and who thought a big red bow would make that ok? Amanda: I wonder if there’s nothing up top, like he’s just a Barbie without a head up there. Nothing but that nub. Sarah: I vote for bitten. Bitten clean off. The bow is hiding (or absorbing) the bloodstains. Amanda: I know this is supposed to be a euphemism, but I’d love a full bucket of halloween candy. Also…that “candy bag” she’s holding is already pretty small. Sarah: Not nearly large enough for substantial cramming. Elyse: Am I the only one who didn’t see “Cramming”…

Avengers: Endgame (Spoiler Free Review)
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Articles / April 28, 2019

Avengers: Endgame by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby A- Not a Book Ed note: This is a very brief, spoiler-free review from Carrie. Please maintain the spoiler-free zone in the comments. Enough people haven’t seen it yet that we don’t want anyone who hasn’t sought out the information for themselves to be spoiled. So please keep any and all comments spoiler free. Thanks!  Well, here we are. Avengers: Endgame is out, I’ve seen it, and I feel all grown up. Consider this not so much of a review, as list of things you should know: As everyone is so fond of pointing out, the movie is three hours long. However, it doesn’t feel long. I’ve sat through many shorter movies that felt longer. If you really have to pee, you can pee as soon as the movie goes to Japan, but don’t stay in the bathroom for long. There’s no filler. The movie is carefully constructed and edited. There’s also very little exposition. The filmmakers assume that you’ve seen other Avengers movies and that you are caught up. One of the post-movie joys is discussing whether or not the events of this movie make…

A SEAL, Historical Romance, & More
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Articles / April 28, 2019

NB: Apologies if these sales are no longer valid. I’m seeing Avengers: Endgame at 9am and had to plan in advance. I’m sure you all understand. : ) One Night with the Laird One Night with the Laird by Nicola Cornick is $1.99! The hero and heroine have had relations in the past and now the heroine needs the hero’s help, so there’s a second chance element. Readers say the sexytimes have a hint of BDSM to them (restraints), but that the villain was rather obvious. A wicked attraction! Fashionable society widow Lady Mairi MacLeod cannot understand the dark passion that binds her to Jack Rutherford. He is everything she dislikes in a man, rakish, arrogant and charming, and she would prefer to forget the night of wicked passion that she spent in his arms. But when Mairi is threatened by a blackmailer, Jack is the only man who can protect her. As they work together to uncover where the danger lies, their passion reignites. Little by little, the masks they wear burn away, and their most private secrets come to light… Add to Goodreads To-Read List → This book is on sale at:       Melting Into You Melting…

Reviewers Wanted
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Articles / April 28, 2019

Wanna write for us? Read on! We are looking to expand our coverage of romance titles, as the number of titles published grows hourly. There were probably fourteen-sixty-hundred new books published in the time it took to write this sentence. So, it’s time to bring on more reviewers! We are in particular focused on including more marginalized voices and perspectives, and encourage you to apply if you’re interested. Requirements: Reviewers must be able and willing to write critical and thoughtful reviews of primarily romance fiction. We are open to reviews of titles which include romantic elements or may be of particular interest to romance readers, but we focus on romance fiction. A critical review is one that is not merely praise or a summary of the plot. A critical review can discuss what one liked about a book and why, and the opposite – what didn’t work and why. The text of the review can be serious or silly or a balance of both. We are looking for readers and writers who are deeply familiar with the romance genre, if not fluent in most aspects of it. Expectations: We will work with your availability as we establish a minimum monthly…

Whatcha Reading? April 2019 Edition, Part Two
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Articles / April 27, 2019

In case you missed it, we’re doing Whatcha Reading twice month! If you missed Part One, you can find it here. This post is where we can talk books (obviously) and discuss all the good and bad we’ve read. Your TBR piles will never be the same and I inevitably end up adding at least two books from the comments section. Let’s get started! So, whatcha reading? Carrie: I’m almost done with The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson( A | BN | K | G | AB ) and it has been AMAZING. Sarah: I cannot wait to hear about it. A | BN | K | AB Amanda: I’m getting ready to start The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren ( A | BN | K | G ). Their writing is so comforting for me and I think it’s what I need right now. Elyse: I’m debating if I want to start Fumbled by Alexa Martin or A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). I just finished The Savior by JR Ward ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). Sarah: I’m reading Stealing Luna by…