HaBO: Heroine From a Sailing Family
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Articles / September 3, 2019

This HaBO comes from Nicole, who is hoping to find this historical: I have been trying to remember the name of a book and the series it belongs to an I cannot for the life of me come up with anything. I remember it being a fairly popular historical/by a popular author, and this is the story of one of the sisters in the family. The father and possibly an older brother are sailors/pirates/seafaring dude people and she spent at least some of her childhood sailing with them. She remembers a sister and is told that this sister is imaginary, but I believe later realizes that she really does have a half sister that her father and maybe also the brother lied to her about (because it would reveal the father’s infidelity?). At the end of one of her (acknowledged) sister’s novels, she takes off to go find her missing sister, setting up the next novel, in which she is half of the main duo. What is this series? I’ve thoroughly forgotten basically everything I ever knew about historicals. Forget secret baby. What about secret sisters?!

Dukes, Lizzie Borden, & More
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Articles / September 3, 2019

Kingdom of Exiles RECOMMENDED: Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau is $1.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and is being price-matched. Many of today’s deals include romance, so check them out! This is the first book in a fantasy romance series and I enjoyed it, giving it a B+: If you’re a patient reader and get excited at having a coterie of magical animals, you’ll have a ton of fun with Kingdom of Exiles. Assassin’s Creed meets Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in this gripping, epic fantasy romance trilogy. My heart wasn’t part of the deal when I bargained for my life, But assassins so rarely keep their word. Exiled Charmer Leena Edenfrell is running out of time. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts-an offense punishable by death-and now there’s a price on her head. With the realm’s most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes Noc an offer he can’t refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life. Plagued by a curse that kills everyone he loves, Noc agrees to Leena’s terms in hopes of finding a cure. Never mind that the dark magic binding the assassin’s oath will eventually force him…

HaBO: Risque Conversation About Horses & Bridles
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Articles / September 3, 2019

This HaBO request is from Sally, who is looking for a historical romance: I am looking for a historical romance with possibly older dark and sinister man who is fascinated by a possibly plain and unresponsive woman. The detail that stands out is that they have a risqué conversation about whores, horses and bridles while on a country walk and possibly quip at each other under a tree. Ring any bells? Though the HaBO is rather sparse, that certainly sounds like a very memorable scene.

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
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Articles / September 3, 2019

B+ Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore September 3, 2019 · Berkley Historical: EuropeanRomance Bringing Down the Duke is a historical romance set in England in 1879. It involves the early days of the women’s suffrage movement, so basically I’m all, “You had me at suffrage movement.” Every time they focused on romance drama instead of suffrage drama I got all sad but then cheered up because the romance was very good. This story excels in terms of entertaining characters, and I’d love to see a spin-off story about almost every single one of them. Annabelle Archer wants to go to Oxford, which just opened its first women’s colleges. Since her father died, Annabelle has been her cousin Gilbert’s “maid for everything.” I do not want a spin-off about Gilbert, who is exercable. Anyway, after some deft manipulation by Annabelle, Gilbert agrees to let Annabelle go to Oxford as long as she sends him two pounds a week so he can hire someone to take her place in the household. In addition to the money, she must have perfect moral conduct. This is a problem, because Annabelle’s scholarship comes from the National Society for Women’s Suffrage, and a requirement of…