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Articles / June 26, 2019

It’s Wednesday! How are y’all doing? Is it warm where you are? Cold? The weather not cooperating for the designated season? The boob sweat is making its presence known over here at my house. … Author Judith Krantz passed away at 91 over the weekend. Do you have fond memories of Krantz’s books and/or journalism? I remember seeing some lovely tributes going around on social media. … Love a man in glasses? Don’t miss these contemporary-set romances with bespectacled heroes! Two of the books mention aren’t out yet, but definitely add them to your TBR pile. … Glamour has a fantastic article on romance writers and the harassment they receive on social media and elsewhere. Content warning for this piece: With more than 15,000 Twitter followers and a slew of best-selling romance novels—including Glutton for Pleasure, A Gentleman in the Street, and her latest, The Right Swipe—Rai is used to talking to readers on Twitter, email, and elsewhere on the internet. But with that success and connection also comes near-daily harassment—propositions in her DMs, alongside threats and abuse in her inbox. “It feels like I almost can’t remember a time when it didn’t happen,” Rai says. There’s also a read discussion on the common reactions…

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Articles / June 26, 2019

The Bride Who Got Lucky The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor is $1.99! This is the second book in the Cavensham Heiresses historical romance series. Readers really enjoyed the chemistry and tension between the hero and heroine, but found there are a lot of subplots that made things feel disjointed at times. It has a 4-star rating on Goodreads. On Sale for $1.99! He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her… The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once—an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse… Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures…

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
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Articles / June 26, 2019

B+ The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite June 25, 2019 · Avon Impulse Historical: EuropeanGLBTRomance The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics is a luscious historical f/f romance. I adored this book, which includes science, art, and feminism. It may be too slow for some people’s taste – this is a book in which people spend a lot of time either thinking about their feelings or talking about their feelings. It’s very much a drawing room romance as opposed to an adventure romance. However, if you have the patience for this kind of slow paced story, you will love this one. Our story begins at a wedding. Lucy’s lover, Pris, is getting married and Lucy is heartbroken. Her father was an astronomer and Lucy did the mathematical calculations that proved his theories. Once Lucy’s father dies, her artistic brother, Stephen, points out that no one will employ a woman as an astrologer. This leaves Lucy at loose ends. Meanwhile, Catherine, the Countess of Moth, is also at loose ends. She had married George, a naturalist, and accompanied him on expeditions around the world. Now that George is dead, Catherine is both relieved (George was abusive) and without purpose…

Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
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Articles / June 26, 2019

A A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards June 25, 2019 · MIRA Mystery/Thriller I absolutely loved A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards. It’s a beautifully executed mystery with a lovely second-chance romance subplot. It also offers a depiction of what living with chronic pain can look like, and as someone who has Fibromyalgia, that was really meaningful to me. I do want to caution potential readers that this book does contain child abuse, specifically click for spoilers …children being drugged so they sleep through the night while their parent leaves and some violence, so if that’s a trigger for you, you’ll want to steer clear. There is also an instance of homophobia which I’ll address later in the review. The book opens with Ryan Gracey getting a strange phone call from her sister, Wendy. Wendy has been traveling for work and she tells Ryan that she’s about to be wrongly implicated in a murder. She needs Ryan to go take care of her two young daughters while she figures things out. Ryan and Wendy aren’t especially close–Ryan was a “change of life baby,” so Wendy was already out of the house when she was growing up. Ryan has…