Contemporary Romances, a Labyrinth, & More
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Articles / June 20, 2019

For the Duke’s Eyes Only For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell is $1.99! This historical romance has an archaeologist heroine and a childhood friends to enemies to lovers romance. Carrie read this one and ultimately wanted more nerdery. Have you read this one? If adventure has a name…it must be Lady India Rochester. The intrepid archaeologist possesses a sharp blade and an even sharper knack for uncovering history’s forgotten women. Unfortunately, she has one annoying weakness: the dangerously handsome Duke of Ravenwood. Former best friend. Current enemy. And the man who dared to break her heart. Daniel Bonds, the Duke of Ravenwood, is a thrill-seeking antiquities hunter who only plays by one rule: Never fall in love. He’s in it for the fortune and glory. At least that’s what he wants the world to think. He’s sworn to hide his tangled web of secrets, especially from the one woman he cares about and will protect at any cost. But when a priceless relic is stolen from the British Museum, the rivals must align forces. Racing to recover the stolen antiquity and avert an international disaster? All in a day’s work. Avoiding their buried feelings? More and more impossible. For…

Elyse Watches The Bachelorette–S15 E06: Stupid Shit
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Articles / June 20, 2019

I hope everyone has had a good week so far because it’s time for the trash fire that is The Bachelorette. Pour yourself a stiff drink because we’re going to dive right in. At the dinner they aren’t allowed to eat, Hannah tells Luke P that she can’t give him the date rose. He asks if that means he’s going home, and she says yes. She asks him to respect that decision. Guess what he doesn’t do. Luke tells the camera that he’s shocked and confused. He says he needs to fight for her. Instead of walking out to the Limo of Tears, he goes to the room where Hannah is. “What are you doing?” she asks. Luke P tells her that he screwed up by not showing her his emotions and by trying to be too perfect. “Yes, we talked in circles, and I couldn’t stand it,” he says. “I know that today sucked and I didn’t communicate how I felt.” Hannah says she doesn’t know how she feels about this. I know how I feel about this. He’s not respecting boundaries and needs to leave now, thank you. He apologizes. She waffles. It goes on and on for awhile….

Fiction Podcasts That Are Worth a Listen
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Articles / June 20, 2019

If you’re in the middle overlapped portion of a Venn Diagram between audiobook listeners and podcast lovers, this post of recommended fiction podcasts is for you! Though I’m more of the latter, I see fiction podcasts as “audiobook-lite.” They’re often released in more digestible chunks with episodes often being 30-40 minutes, which makes them easier for me to listen to rather than an audiobook. Because I’m also impatient, most of the podcasts below are completed. You can listen to them all in one go without having to worry too much about cliffhangers. … Deadly Manners A 1950s murder mystery set during a fancy dinner party! This podcast feels very much like a radio play and has a great cast: LeVar Burton, Kristen Bell, and RuPaul to name a few. It’s ten episodes long and finished! You can marathon at your leisure. The cast is really the best part about this podcast and if you gravitate toward audiobooks with many narrators, you’ll enjoy this one. For fans of: Murder mysteries, dinner parties, and the movie Clue. … The Bright Sessions I discussed my love of this podcast with Sarah on the site’s podcast because The Bright Sessions is getting made into a book…

The Rec League: Slytherin Pairings
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Articles / June 20, 2019

We’re back with another Harry Potter house Rec League! This one was sent in by Viktória: I was browsing through the Rec Legues the other day and got inspired by the Slytherin falls for Hufflepuff prompt. I started to wonder if there is such thing as a Slytherin/Slytherin trope? I imagine power couples here, two classic Slytherins be it in the sense of power hunger or having power already through family connections or something else entirely. It wouldn’t be competence porn in the classical sense. In this prompt I see two characters who are intelligent, sly, cunning or all of the above, not necessarily good or bad – classic for the house – fall in love or be in love. The association to power couples came because two characters like this would probably be an unstoppable force to reckon with. So all in all, I am asking for the help of the Bitchery in finding Slytherin/Slytherin power couples ruling together in any scenario, be it contemporary or historical (I would appreciate recs from both). Amanda: Of course, sorting romance characters into houses always proves for a lively debate. Aarya: I can think of a couple but the book isn’t out until next year,…