HaBO: Sister Trio All Have Different Hair Colors
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Articles / June 18, 2019

This HaBO comes from Katy, who is searching for a series with sister heroines: The series is three books, each about one sister: a blonde, a redhead, and a brunette. The redhead is some sort of nature or trail guide, and her hero is a nerdy type who literally washes up on the shore of whatever lake or ocean they’re near. The blonde sister’s hero was a bad boy type. I think the brunette’s story might have been a second-chance romance. These would have been published in the late 1980s or early 1990s, I think. Does anyone recognize this series?

A Recommended Novella, Contemporary Romance, & More
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Articles / June 18, 2019

Her Royal Spyness Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen is $1.99! This is the first book in a series of the same name, and I know Sarah has been enjoying these books both on paper and audio. She gave this one a B-: The allure of the story wasn’t the mystery so much as it was Georgie and her friends. I loved her ingenuity and her way of managing people and situations, her determination and her sense of humor, and especially her friendships. London 1932. Narrator Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She bolted from Scotland — and engagement to Fishface (Prince Stiegfriend) — for London, where she has: a) built a fire in the hearth b) fallen for an absolutely unsuitable Irish peer c) made a few quid housekeeping incognita, and d) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son When an arrogant Frenchman trying to swipe our family estate winds up dead in my bathtub, how can I clear my very long family name? Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       Blurred Lines Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne…

HaBO: Wave Causes Heroine to Lose Her Virginity
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Articles / June 18, 2019

This HaBO is from Amanda, who is looking for this Old Skool romance: Long ago, I read a book with a bonkers plot. It had to have been published in the 80’s. The heroine, a virgin of course, ends up on a ship heading to the Caribbean. I don’t remember if she was trying to escape her family or if she was kidnapped for revenge. Anyhoo, she and the ship’s captain butt heads. He thinks she’s a sex worker but can’t resist her, and she falls in love with him, as one will do in an 80’s novel. They mess around, but never do the dirty deed. Once they reach the island, he drops her off at his house on the beach. The night before he leaves, they’re in the ocean fooling around saying goodbye. Now here’s the crazy part. They consummate their relationship when a wave picks her up and she lands on his…you get the idea…she’s no longer a virgin. The man is such a dolt as he doesn’t realize it’s her first time until later. He finds her sitting in a window seat in his house on the top floor all depressed. Of course, they profess their…

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall
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Articles / June 18, 2019

B The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall June 18, 2019 · Ace Science Fiction/FantasySteampunk The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a homage to both Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraftian fantasy. The book is told as a memoir written by Captain John Wyndham, who finds lodging with a sorceress and named Ms. Shaharazad Hass. The Mysterious Letter is their first case together. The reader is dropped into the world of Captain John Wyndham. Everything takes place in a multi-dimensional, multi-timeline, multiverse world, with a roughly steampunk Victorian aesthetic. Ms. Haas is approached by a friend, and by “friend” I mean “ex-lover and mortal enemy,” which describes a surprising number of people in Ms. Haas’ life. This friend, Miss Eirene Viola, asks Ms. Haas to find out who is blackmailing Eirebe. The detecting that ensues includes, but is not limited to, a ball, a shark attack, various attacks both magical and mundane, and a lot of tea. Watching this gender-flipped, fantasy Holmes tribute play out is a lot of fun, but it’s more “fantasy” than “Holmes.” Sherlock Holmes could solve a mystery without leaving his room (sometimes) and is focused entirely on intellect. Haas travels all over the place…