Tessa Bailey, a Holiday Novella, & More
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Articles / October 10, 2019

A Duke in Disguise RECOMMENDED: A Duke In Disguise by Cat Sebastian is 99c! This is part of the Regency Imposters series. Ellen reviewed this one and gave it an A-: I have a hard time imagining any romance novel reader who wouldn’t appreciate and enjoy this book for one or more or many reasons. One reluctant heir If anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. The last thing he needs is to discover he’s a duke’s lost heir. Without a family or a proper education, he’s had to fight for his place in the world, and the idea of it—and Verity—being taken away from him chills him to the bone. One radical bookseller All Verity wants is to keep her brother out of prison, her business afloat, and her hands off Ash. Lately it seems she’s not getting anything she wants. She knows from bitter experience that she isn’t cut out for romance, but the more…

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
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Articles / October 10, 2019

C+ The Grace Year by Kim Liggett October 8, 2019 · Wednesday Books Science Fiction/FantasyYoung Adult The Grace Year is described as a “haunting, feminist YA speculative thriller,” and I mostly agree with that assessment. It’s twisted, memorable, and eerie (there is a tree from which severed fingers and other body parts hang). It’s a book you’ll be thinking about for days after you’ve finished reading, but it does struggle with being overly ambitious in subplots and when it comes to a satisfactory ending, it doesn’t stick the landing. There is graphic violence, though thankfully no sexual violence, and people just being really shitty to one another, but I feel like these are things you will glean from the book description and set up. Please note this review spoils a fair of the book, but those spoilers are hidden. In Garner County, young women are feared for their magic, which gives them the ability to lure men away from their families and turn wives violent with jealousy. At the age of sixteen, young women are banished for a year to purge themselves of their magic. No one speaks of what happens during the grace year. Some women never make it…

Blood in the Water by Cynthia Rayne
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Articles / October 10, 2019

D Blood in the Water by Cynthia Rayne December 23, 2016 Romantic SuspenseRomance Good morning, class! I’m Charlotte B., and I’ll be your professor for Legal Ethics 101. I hope everyone has done the assigned reading. Wait – you say you didn’t sign up for law school? That this is a site about romance novels? Well, I’m sorry, friends, because today we’re discussing a romance novel – Cynthia Rayne’s Blood in the Water – whose entire plot turns on the ethical obligations of a crusading criminal defense lawyer to her odious, murderous client. Here’s the fact pattern: Our heroine, Jane, is a defense lawyer in Dallas. Jane has recently won acquittal for an accused serial killer named Oscar Valentine. It’s obvious as soon as Valentine enters the page that he’s actually guilty – he doesn’t twirl a mustache, but only because he doesn’t have one. When he invites Jane over for a celebratory dinner, he closes out the night by revealing, in gory detail, the crimes he committed and pledging his undying love for Jane. Since he’s a Very Creepy Romance Villain, Oscar quickly escalates to burglary, stalking, assault, and (more) murders. Jane, however, is a highly ethical person! And…