Links: Met Gala, Conferences, & More
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Articles / May 8, 2019

Happy Wednesday! BookLovers’ Con is a week away! I’ll be there and hope to see some of you there, too. It’s also my first time in New Orleans, and I’m very excited about it. May is just flying by, isn’t it? … Intercepted by Alexa Martin has got some exiting news! It’s been picked up for an adaptation on Starz. I feel like each week gives way to more romance adaptation and I’m here for it. … Gaze upon these gorgeous hand-painted KitchenAid stand mixers! I will never be able to afford one, but they sure are nice to look at. … Are you free tonight and in the D.C. area? Don’t miss Sarah and author Rachel Hawkins at East City Bookshop at 6:30! … Bowling Green State University has announced their 2020 Researching the Romance conference that will be held in late April. Presentation proposals are now open and will close November 1. … The Met Gala was this week and if you enjoy looking at pretty things, please enjoy this Twitter thread from Penguin Teen that compared Met Gala looks to book covers. The #MetGala as book covers: a thread A River of Royal Blood, @amandajoywrites pic.twitter.com/mc9L7wI4Nm — Penguin Teen…

Sci-fi, an Heiress, & More
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Articles / May 8, 2019

Walk of Shame Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne is $1.99! I’ve seen this one mentioned in the comments here, so if you’ve read it, do chime in with your thoughts. This is an opposites attract, enemies to lovers contemporary romance. It has a 4-star rating on Goodreads. Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Love Story. Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams. Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of…

Guest Review: Proper English by K. J. Charles
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Articles / May 8, 2019

A- Proper English by K.J. Charles May 8, 2019 · KJC Books Historical: EuropeanGLBTMystery/ThrillerRomance This guest review is from Aarya Marsden. Aarya Marsden is a pseudonym for an Indian-American college student and long-time romance reader. Her favorite authors include Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Lucy Parker, Kresley Cole, Alisha Rai, Lisa Kleypas, Alyssa Cole, Tessa Dare, Meredith Duran, Mina V. Esguerra, Kate Clayborn, and many more. You can follow @Aarya_Marsden on Twitter, where she gushes about romance novels and is a firm advocate for a happily-ever-after. … Back in November 2018, I tweeted out a request for one of my favorite plot devices: a romantic mystery in a house party. I didn’t get many responses, mostly because it’s not that common of a plot device. However, one of my mutuals responded, “You’re in luck, KJ Charles is writing an f/f story set at a hunting house party Sounds like it would fit your request.” Ever since then, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to Proper English and was ecstatic to receive an ARC. Why do I love house party mysteries so much? It combines two of my favorite plot elements: house parties and a whodunnit mystery. One of my first historical romance…

Mister McHottie by Pippa Grant
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Articles / May 8, 2019

D Mister McHottie by Pippa Grant October 30, 2017 Contemporary RomanceRomance Mister McHottie by Pippa Grant is a book that has been recommended to me by many, and was getting a lot of love on social media. Hype and good word of mouth is a heady combination for me so I picked up this enemies to lovers contemporary. Unfortunately, few things worked for me, such as the overall wackiness that bled into nearly every piece of dialogue and scene. As I read I realized that the exaggerated humor and comedy style fell flat for me. It made me feel like the fun police. Chase Jett and Ambrosia “Sia/Bro” Berger have a past. They grew up picking on one another and playing pranks. Let’s say they were friendly adversaries. Until the night Chase ruins Sia’s life and takes her virginity in one fell swoop. Sia hasn’t had to think about Chase for years. Then the small-town-boy-turned-billionaire buys the company where she works, throwing the two into close quarters again. A majority of my dislike for this book is firmly rooted in my own reading tastes, and I acknowledge that. There’s a subgenre of romantic comedies that are over-the-top, ridiculous in their…