Hockey, a Boxed Set, & More
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Articles / August 12, 2019

His Scandalous Kiss His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes is $1.99! Readers loved the masquerade ball and Phantom of the Opera elements, but found that the external conflict slowed down the romance. This is the third book in the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series, though it can be read as a standalone. Thorncliff Manor is the perfect setting for a masquerade ball… where the heart’s secret desires are about to be uncovered in this scintillating Regency romance from Sophie Barnes… Richard Heartly has exiled himself from society since the war, plotting his revenge for a terrible betrayal. A masked ball at Thorncliff Manor is intended to be a brief diversion. Instead, he encounters a fascinating young woman as entranced by the music as he is. He can’t reveal his identity to Lady Mary. But her siren song keeps drawing him back, and their clandestine meetings could be hazardous to his plan—and to her virtue. Avoiding an unwanted marriage was easy when Lady Mary was ignored by the ton. Thanks to her dazzling appearance at the masquerade, she’s a wallflower no longer. Eligible suitors abound, yet the only man she wants is the brooding, seductive companion who keeps his face hidden. A man who tempts…

Playing House by Ruby Lang
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Articles / August 12, 2019

B Playing House by Ruby Lang August 12, 2019 · Carina Contemporary RomanceNovellaRomance The events of the last couple weeks have underscored how crucial and life-saving the romance genre is to me. It’s an escape, a safe haven in the storm, and a place where happily-ever-afters are always guaranteed. Romance has literally (and I don’t use that word lightly) saved my life while I clung to a spark of happiness amidst the terror of recent events. Playing House isn’t a perfect novella, but it came into my life at the exact right moment. For a few hours, I was able to escape into a world of urban planner nerdery, fake dating, real estate pr0n, imperfect but relatable protagonists, and joy. Because that’s what I felt the entire time I was reading Playing House: joy. Recently divorced Fay Liu is touring a historic home and trying to get rid of an annoying man who can’t take no for an answer (don’t worry, he vanishes after the first three pages and we can pretend that something nefarious befell him). Caught in a desperate situation, she spots fellow urban planner Oliver Huang and lays a big one on him. Sweet, darling Oliver is…

Cover Snark: Dr. Nips, Private Practice
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Articles / August 12, 2019

Cover Snark is here for all your Monday needs! Amanda: Is his neck the horse part? Elyse: Yikes. He has too much neck and she has none at all. Sarah: He looks so uninterested in any kind of redemption – presuming that he is the centaur. It could be her. That would be interesting. I’ve only read one book with a female centaur now that I think about it. Carrie: He’s just not into you. Sarah: He looks so annoyed to be standing in that forest. Like, “Gawd, trees AGAIN?” Sneezy: Be GRATEFUL you still HAVE a forest, you BRAT! I hope the girl’s the centaur and stomps some goddamn SENSE into him! “WE. NEED. THE. FUCKING. TREES!” Actually I just hope she stomps him. Ellen: The man looks like a wax figure of Aaron Eckhart. Also his nipple is like…cradled by the E in “centaur.” From Antipoedean Shenanigans: I kept seeing this Photoshop disaster in my Goodreads feed and finally decided to send it in for Cover Snark. Maybe this is what the Brawny paper towel guy’s arms look like without his flannel. Sarah: I physically recoiled when the image loaded. I get that it’s just the angle, but…