HaBO: Cat Sculptures
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Articles / June 4, 2019

This HaBO request is from Jamie, who is searching for an older romance: I am looking for one of the first romances I read, probably 20 years ago or so. I think it was Harlequin. The heroine is pregnant and gets taken in by a curmudgeon who turns out to be handsome. She is an artist, sculptor specifically (if I recall correctly). I remember a sculpture of a cat being a presence. At the end (or toward the end), she has a successful art showing – potentially in the hero’s house. Not sure if this one is historical or contemporary.

A Recommended Thriller, Historical Romance, & More
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Articles / June 4, 2019

Someone to Wed RECOMMENDED: Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh is $1.99! To say Elyse loved this book is an understatement. She gave it an A: It was emotionally rich, with a deeply engaging, slow-building romance centered around a conflict that didn’t ruin me. There’s sadness there, but not darkness.  If you love slow-burn romance or just a really beautifully written Regency, pick up Someone to Wed. You won’t be disappointed. A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Timesbestselling author of Someone to Hold. When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . . A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to…

HaBO: Romantic Suspense with Cults & Politics
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Articles / June 4, 2019

This HaBO is from Diane, who is looking for a romantic suspense. BIG CONTENT WARNINGS for the description below: It was a romantic suspense about the law enforcement hero/heroine investigating a house fire initially, and then trying to figure out what was going on with the girls living in the house. I have marathoned on so many audio books that I can’t figure out which book this is – I was thinking Allison Brennan but apparently not. It was a good read – but the ending escapes me which is very frustrating. The book starts with a woman trying to escape her cult leaderish husband with a baby and young child. She didn’t know that her oldest daughter did not open the gates to the compound, but instead told her father of her mother’s escape plans. The mom tried to drive the truth through the gates, telling the child in the car to always look after the baby. The mom does not get through the gates and is killed. Fast forward many years and the child is now a sex worker living in a house in a nice neighbor with 6 or 7 other teen sex workers. The neighbors all…

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
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Articles / June 4, 2019

B+ Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin June 4, 2019 · Berkley Romance Now THIS is how it’s done! Ayesha At Last is a lovely loose retelling of Pride and Prejudice, with a perfect mix of humor, heartbreak, misunderstandings, and humor. It’s a contemporary set in Canada and the characters are described with empathy and with plenty of surprises. Upon somber reflection it has some flaws, but the reason the flaws are so glaring is that most of the book is so perfect. The Darcy of the book is Khalid, a Muslim man who works in IT. He lives with his mom and expects her to arrange a marriage for him. He wears robes, has a long beard, and avoids shaking women’s hands. However, he is respectful and appreciative of his female coworkers, including Clara, the company’s empathetic Human Resources manager. Khalid meets Clara’s friend Ayesha at a lounge (“Not a bar!” his friends insist, despite the presence of alcohol, which makes Khalid very uncomfortable). He immediately assumes that Ayesha is “the type of Muslim who frequents bars” and she assumes that he is a “judgmental, sexist jerk.” Ayesha lives with her widowed mom and her grandparents. Ayesha longs to be…