Elyse Watches The Bachelorette–S15 E08: Fucking in a Windmill
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Articles / July 4, 2019

Happy Thursday everyone! And happy Fourth of July to our US readers. I don’t have to work tomorrow, which means I am free to get shitfaced while watching this episode, and I may need it. Unleash the Kraken…rum. Luke hasn’t been eliminated yet, and I want to issue a trigger warning for this recap. Luke engages in manipulative, abusive behavior including gaslighting. I found his words and actions incredibly disturbing, and some readers may want to stop here. We open in Amsterdam where Hannah and Jed go on a one-on-one date. They do some touristy stuff and make out a lot, which is kind of gross because Hannah has a cold. During the dinner they aren’t allowed to eat, Hannah admits she’s got feelings for multiple dudes. Jed tells her that doesn’t bother him, and she tells him she’s falling in love with him. He gets the date rose. The next one-on-one date is with Tyler C and they go horseback riding. The horses, however, are not too keen on this plan and either refuse to move entirely or decide to do their own thing,  wandering off in different directions. At one point Hannah says to her horse, “What have…

A Classic Old School Romance, Contemporaries, & More
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Articles / July 4, 2019

Act Like It RECOMMENDED: Act Like It by Lucy Parker is $1.99! If you haven’t read this yet, it was one of Sarah’s favorite reads in the past couple years. She says, “I mean, I could squee at you some MORE beyond my review but I think you’ve heard me already. I loved this book. You should read it. It’s delightful.” This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre’s Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard’s antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city. Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man? Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance. Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all? Add to Goodreads To-Read…

The Rec League: Recommended Category Romances
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Articles / July 4, 2019

We have a Rec League from Heather S., who is hoping to pass along some great category romance recommendations to a coworker: My coworker wandered up today with two Special Edition titles in hand and proceeded to declare them terrible based on cover/title/plot blurb. I asked if she’d read them, she said no, and admitted she ought to read some before judging them. Now I need a list of the best category romances/authors! The SBTB entry I found in a Google search was nearly 10 years old. I call upon the powers of the Pink Palace to rain fuchsia and great books upon my coworker! Amanda: Would Entangled books count? I feel like those are category-adjacent. Sarah: Yeah category is a length for sure. A | BN | K | AB Amanda: From the Entangled line, I would recommend Tessa Bailey’s Made in Jersey series beginning with Crashed Out and the Sydney Smoke series by Amy Andrews, which begins with Playing by Her Rules. Also a suggestion that if you have any favorite romance authors, there might be a chance they’ve written category length stuff, like Nalini Singh. Aarya: As the resident Nalini Singh expert, I can attest that her…