Fall by Kristen Callihan
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Articles / September 5, 2019

B- Fall by Kristen Callihan October 23, 2018 · Plain Jane Books Contemporary RomanceRomance A content warning before I begin: both the book and this review discuss depression, anxiety, and suicide. There is repeated mention of the male lead’s previous suicide attempt, and while it does not appear on the page, late in the book there is a flashback to his thoughts in that moment. It is my belief that these subjects are handled with the care they require. Fall is the third book in Kristen Callihan’s VIP series and it features John “Jax” Blackwood, frontman of the band Kill John, as its hero. The story stands entirely on its own, though couples from earlier in the series make their appearances. The book begins the night before a March blizzard hits New York City when Stella Grey, our female lead, kisses a man in the grocery store to distract him from taking the last carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream. And I mean, who hasn’t kissed a strange man in a grocery store who you later realize, while guiltily eating said ice cream you snatched away from him, is a very famous rockstar? That’s what happens to Stella. When…

The Rec League: Sexy Heyer
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Articles / September 5, 2019

Ready for another Rec League? This one comes from Tanvee and proved to be a little challenging: I’m actually afraid my request is really specific because I mean very literally Frederica-but-with-sex or Arabella-but-with-sex. My favorite Heyers are Frederica, Cotillion and The Unknown Ajax and I’m wondering if someone has taken a stab at retelling a Heyer novel with sex in it. I did read Any Old Diamonds, which was quite close to perfect. But I know that’s quite a difficult thing to find – so if there are books which have protagonists in close proximity, dealing with relatives and the like, exchanging witty repartee and sexual tension, that would be great! A | BN | K | AB Aarya: BAND SINISTER BY KJ CHARLES Okay, I’ll stop screaming but this is exactly what you’re looking for. Charles wrote the book in an homage to Heyer, and it’s a perfect, witty, and queer romance. It stands alone and you’ll enjoy it without knowing anything about Heyer, but it has such clever allusions to Venetia (the younger sibling getting injured and recuperating at neighboring rakish/notorious estate), Sylvester (someone writes a book that portrays the rakish hero as a villain), and more. But…