YA Fantasy, Robin Hood, & More
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Articles / June 27, 2019

The Serpent The Serpent by Sarah Fine is $1.99 at Amazon! This is the first book in the urban fantasy Immortal Dealers series. I mentioned it on a previous Hide Your Wallet and it’s part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals. Like with many new urban fantasy series, it can be a rocky start as readers get their footing with the worldbuilding. And this one is no exception, but readers say it ultimately delivers. One woman is in a world of otherworldly trouble—and she’s going to have to bet her life to save humankind. Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has put her dreams aside to look after her eccentric mother. Case in point: saving her from a mysterious stranger who’s just stormed the terrified woman’s antique store wearing a rattlesnake tattoo, leveling threats, and brandishing the weirdest deck of cards Ernie’s ever seen. When Ernie grabs some of the cards and runs, she’s launched into a world she never knew existed—one her mother may know more about than she’s revealing. With a handful of stolen cards, Ernie has just been made an unwilling player in a game of good versus evil. But she’s not even playing with a full deck, and its original owner is more than happy…

YA Fantasy, Laura Kinsale, & More
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Articles / June 27, 2019

The Serpent The Serpent by Sarah Fine is $1.99 at Amazon! This is the first book in the urban fantasy Immortal Dealers series. I mentioned it on a previous Hide Your Wallet and it’s part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals. Like with many new urban fantasy series, it can be a rocky start as readers get their footing with the worldbuilding. And this one is no exception, but readers say it ultimately delivers. One woman is in a world of otherworldly trouble—and she’s going to have to bet her life to save humankind. Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has put her dreams aside to look after her eccentric mother. Case in point: saving her from a mysterious stranger who’s just stormed the terrified woman’s antique store wearing a rattlesnake tattoo, leveling threats, and brandishing the weirdest deck of cards Ernie’s ever seen. When Ernie grabs some of the cards and runs, she’s launched into a world she never knew existed—one her mother may know more about than she’s revealing. With a handful of stolen cards, Ernie has just been made an unwilling player in a game of good versus evil. But she’s not even playing with a full deck, and its original owner is more than happy…

Elyse Watches The Bachelorette–S15 E07: Toxic Luke
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Articles / June 27, 2019

Happy Thursday everyone, it’s time for The Bachelorette. Be warned that this episode contains levels of toxic masculinity, posturing, and gaslighting that made me long for something better to do with my time…like have food poisoning. I’m incredibly fed up with Luke this season who has full-on exposed himself as someone who is emotionally abusive and who is being kept around probably by the producers. Men like Luke should get no airtime, but of course, The Bachelorette will play up his possessive nonsense as if it were romantic. I hope you’re drinking. We open in Rika, Latvia, and the first one-on-one date goes to Garrett and the bird that lives in his hair. For the date, they go naked bungee jumping. Yes, that’s a real thing. They’re strapped face-to-face and ABC blurs out their butts. It’s also cold enough to be snowing so…sorry Garrett. Garrett and his giant hair During their dinner Garrett tells Hannah how he grew up in a “big football family” and how he was really pushed to play football, but he really hated it, and acknowledging that was what led him to find golf and… I’m like He tells Hannah he’s falling in love with her, and she…

Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor
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Articles / June 27, 2019

B+ Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor June 25, 2019 · St. Martin’s Paperbacks Regency Right now my brain is very, very tired. My brain doesn’t want puzzles to solve; it wants a nap, a cat to cuddle, and possibly a glass of wine. Rogue Most Wanted worked really well for my brain-fatigue; it’s a fake-engagement romance that features the heroine being welcomed into a warm and loving family. The black moment and resolution were pretty predictable, but predictable worked for me perfectly in this moment. I already guessed what was going to happen and how it would be fixed, and I was totally content with all of that. I just wanted to go along for the ride, and the ride itself was quite enjoyable. Lady Theodora Worth spent seven years running her grandfather’s estates, and upon his death should have inherited one of his titles to become the Countess of Eanruig. The problem is that Thea cannot find the charter of title that stipulates that her title (a Scottish one) will pass down through “heirs of the marriage” and not “male heirs of the marriage.” The next in line to inherit the title, the Duke of Ferr-Colby, is contesting…

The Rec League: Underrated Authors and Romances
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Articles / June 27, 2019

This Rec League came from the comments on our Hidden Gems podcast episode! DiscoDollyDeb gave us some tough parameters: How about a Rec League where the Bitchery is asked to name relatively obscure/underrated romance writers whose work they’d love to promote to a wider audience. To keep it manageable, the number of writers recommended by each commentator could be no more than three—to keep it manageable and to make us really think about which three writers we’d recommend. Amanda: We had a really tough time with this one, mainly because we were struggling with the definition of “underrated.” I’m also going to alter the request (BECAUSE I CAN) and suggest a lesser known book in a well-known author’s backlist. Aarya: This is a great question but also difficult. Sometimes what I consider to be “well-known/popular” is talked up a lot in my Romancelandia twitter circles. But in reality, a lot of people don’t know about those authors Amanda: We obviously can’t assess which readers know about which authors, but it might be helpful to think of an author’s reach. Tessa Dare and Beverly Jenkins are publishing powerhouses and are routinely recommended for first-time readers. I’m using that as my measuring stick….