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Articles / October 13, 2019

Never a Bride Never a Bride by Megan Frampton is $1.99! This is part of the Duke’s Daughters series and features a fake engagement. Readers recommend Frampton’s writing style, but found this one to be light on historical believability. Have you read this one? She’s a deliciously scandalous woman who is no man’s bride… He’s a black sheep, forced to return home. Together, they enter a make-believe betrothal that shocks London society… After twelve years in Her Majesty’s Navy, Griffith Davies must leave his sea-going life of outrageous freedom behind, forced to rejoin London society as the heir to the Duke of Northam. But though he is now shackled to the land, he has no desire to wed some innocently dull young thing. Who best to shield him from the matchmakers than a woman as notorious as he? Lady Della Howlett’s reputation was tattered years ago, so entering into a false engagement with Griffith is hardly going to make matters worse. What’s one more shock to the ton to set their tongues wagging? And this pact certainly has its pleasures; the passion Griffith commands in her goes well beyond their agreement. Could her feelings be more honorable than she’d first imagined? Soon, Griffith…

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
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Articles / October 13, 2019

Squee The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe 1794 ClassicHorrorMystery/Thriller In Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, the heroine is mesmerized by the scandalous gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho. Readers, I read that novel. My paperback Oxford World’s Classics edition (1998) of The Mysteries of Udolpho is 679 pages long, not counting introduction and notes. That’s a lot of mysteries. I read this so you don’t have to. SPOILERS AHEAD. The Mysteries of Udolpho was a huge hit for author Ann Radcliffe when it first came out in 1794. It’s notable for being the ultimate Gothic novel, for having a lot of changes in tone and mood throughout the story, and for the fact that Radcliffe liked to give all her supernatural horrors mundane explanations. The author herself was described as pretty but shy, and led a mostly reclusive life with her husband and her dog. They liked to travel but not to mingle with society. In her work, she sought to inspire “terror,” saying: Terror and Horror are so far opposite, that the first expands the soul and awakens the faculties to a high degree of life; the other contracts, freezes and nearly annihilates them. Our story of Udolpho begins in a…

Adam & Eve: Spooky and Sexy
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Articles / October 13, 2019

This post is being sponsored by AdamandEve.com and they’ve offered us a coupon code for the Bitchery! Here is the most important information: AdamandEve.com is offering Smart Bitches readers 50% off a single item plus free standard shipping in the US and Canada with code SMART. Please note: certain exclusions apply, but the coupon covers most of the store. If you’d like to see some of the toys we’ve featured in previous posts, check out our Adam & Eve tag! We’ve done themed toy posts before and I figure why not appeal to the inner goth in some of you with items that match you black, moody, spooky heart! This post is extremely NSFW! You have been warned! … Body Bling Breathless Mini Vibe – $69.95 $34.95 with SMART coupon! This vibrator is rechargeable via USB and has eight vibration modes that vary in speed, pulsation, and pattern. This is more of a clitoral rabbit vibrator than a rabbit vibe meant for penetration. You can average about an hour of play time on one charge, but note that this is not a waterproof toy and should not be used in the bath or shower. … Adrien Lastic Touche Finger Vibe…