HaBO: Historical with a Surly Lighthouse Keeper
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Articles / July 9, 2019

This HaBO is from Jess, who is looking for a book she sampled at the library: This one has been bugging me for ages – I picked it up in a library while killing some time before an interview and really liked the first few chapters, then put it down and was never able to find it again. This is a historical, set in I believe the early 1800’s. The heroine is a widow, running away from her dead husband’s family. She was pregnant when he died and was afraid that whomever else was to inherit his estate – an evil cousin? – was going to hurt her and the impending baby. I think she was English, or perhaps had married into a wealthy New England family. She ends up shipwrecked on the east coast of the America south (Maryland? North Carolina?) and is rescued by a surly lighthouse keeper (the hero) and the other men who keep watch along the shore (charming comic relief). She has the baby, and I remember at one point when it wets its diaper, one of them shouts “scuppers awash!”, a term I have since appropriated. Thanks in advance and all hail the might…

Romantic Suspense, Hockey Players, & More
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Articles / July 9, 2019

A Princess in Theory A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole is $1.99! This is the first book in her Reluctant Royals series and this seems to be a series that just keeps getting better with its books. Many readers loved how Alyssa writes consent, agency, and all sorts of other awesome and empowering things. However, some warn that this book takes several chapters to get into the swing of things. From acclaimed author Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . .  Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise. Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his…

HaBO: Childhood Friend is Now a Post-Apocalyptic Government Soldier
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Articles / July 9, 2019

This HaBO was sent to us by Gabby, who is looking for this young adult, possibly post-apocalyptic, novel. CW/TW for the description below: This book haunts me at night. I read it pre-2015 and I believe it was fairly recent when I read it (likely published around the Hunger Games/Divergent era). It was a YA novel that involved heavy military/government control of society and possibly a post apocalyptic scenario. The heroine is detained by the government (can’t remember if she did anything or if it was just her family or something). She is to be taken to some kind of government facility. The solider transporting her is a childhood friend she hasn’t seen in a very long time. He doesn’t acknowledge their history. There is lots of tension surrounding this car ride. Only the military can use roads. I think he shows a couple of small kindness acts, like letting her sit in the front not trapped in the back. At some point he starts to take a weird route, before revealing to the heroine that he has been in love with her the whole time and asks her to runaway with him. She agrees and they do. If I…

Reader Request: Wedding Readings from Romance Novels
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Articles / July 9, 2019

In Ye Olde Inbox, I received the following query from Angela: My name is Angela and I’m a huge fan of this blog! I’ve been reading you for 7+ years. I have a random question – I’m getting married [soon] in a non-denominational ceremony and I’d love to do a reading from a romance novel. Do you have any recommendations? My current favorite one is Ilona Andrews’ Magic Binds, when Roman does the ceremony for Kate and Curran, but I wish it was a little longer. Would love to tap into the bitches expertise!! Any recommendations you give would be helpful. I feel like I should have some kind of audio signal for this kind of request. Any suggestions for a reading from a romance that would work for a wedding? Please drop your ideas in the comments? And mazel tov, Angela! We wish you the happiest of ever afters.