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Articles / May 13, 2019

Jane Steele RECOMMENDED: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is $1.99! Carrie read this one and, as a Jane Eyre fan, really enjoyed it. She gave it an A-: This book is bloodthirsty and exciting. It’s hard-boiled and tender. It’s funny and full of gothic melodrama. I enjoyed every bit of it. A reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer, from the author whose work The New York Times described as “riveting” and The Wall Street Journal called “thrilling.”   “Reader, I murdered him.” A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre “last confessions” of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement.  Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess. Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito, and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents—the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army…

Guest Review: At Your Service by Sandra Antonelli
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Articles / May 13, 2019

B+ At Your Service by Sandra Antonelli September 13, 2018 Contemporary RomanceMystery/ThrillerRomance This guest review is by Catherine Heloise. Previously, Catherine ranted about Shakespearean rockstars and loved Chase Me by Laura Florand. She has a food blog called Cate’s Cates, where she creates allergy-friendly treats, and she also runs the Stories Under Paris website, where she creates fictional stories based on the names of Paris Metro stations. How cool is that? … I rarely read contemporary romance, and I’m not a big fan of thrillers. When I discovered that Sandra Antonelli’s At Your Service features rarely-seen-in-romance older main characters, though, I was instantly on board. I am very glad I went out of my comfort zone. At Your Service is the first book in Antonelli’s In Service trilogy, which features Mae Valentine, a retired butler, and Kitt, a retired British Army major who works in risk assessment. Mae is about 50, and Kitt is five years younger. Some three years before the start of the book, Mae and Kitt struck an unusual arrangement. Mae is Kitt’s landlady, as he rents a flat adjacent to her house, but also his employee. Mae came out of retirement to be Kitt’s butler (he travels…

Cover Snark: Horse Whisperer
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Articles / May 13, 2019

It’s Monday, which is the perfect day for Cover Snark! From Deborah: I feel as if the horse is giving me a “don’t judge us” look, but…I’m judging. Oh, boy, am I judging. Sarah: That horse looks like it would very much like some assistance, or at least an alternate breathing location that doesn’t include nipple. I also admire how the L in “Royal” hugs the curve of the gentleman’s backside. That’s a nice touch. Elyse: Poor horse. He didn’t consent. He didn’t want this. He just wanted a sugar cube or an apple. Instead he got a face full of man titty. Amanda: That “L” is definitely putting in some work. CarrieS: A dog is a man’s best friend but a horse is a man’s best soulmate. From Jenn: I’m submitting the book Fated by Rebecca Zanetti for a healthy dose of cover snark. First, please tell me I’m not the only one who saw this and at first glance thought it was titled “Farted”?! Second, what’s with the purple circle around his nether regions? Why not just a more obvious “your eyes here” label? And finally, are we to assume his testicles are supposed to be the Dark…