HaBO: Businessman Wears an Earring
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Articles / October 22, 2019

This HaBO comes from Katherine, who wants to identify this historical romance: I’m looking for the name of a historical romance (Regency, I believe), in which the hero and heroine were arranged to be married at a young age. They marry and he essentially disappears to London(?) – she eventually tracks him down there. The only details I remember are that he wears an earring that she thinks is silly, he is a man of business, and has a business partner either from Africa or was formerly enslaved. I don’t think it is very old. Perhaps Grace Burrowes? Julia Quinn? I’ve been searching my Kindle for 48 hours (I swear not every book I own ACTUALLY shows up), and I have the kind of brain that won’t let me read anything else with focus until I figure this out. What kind of earring are we talking? Hoop? Stud? A statement piece?

A Thriller, Treasure Hunting, & More
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Articles / October 22, 2019

Twice Bitten Twice Bitten by Lynsay Sands is $1.99! This book came out earlier this year and is book twenty-seven in the Argeneau series. This book can be read as its own. Some readers say there’s more serious elements than they’re used to in this series. However, others say that Sands does a good job blending humor and romance. Thrilling, witty, and oh-so-sexy, Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau novel brings together a beautiful Immortal and the man who is her destiny… For someone who’s been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn’t done a whole lot of living. Now that she’s moved away from her controlling mother, she’s tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth’s surprise, her landlady’s hot grandson checks both boxes. Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth four years ago. He’s stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him. Then again, there are a lot of things about Elspeth that don’t make sense, like the miraculous speed with which her wounds heal. And the chemistry that transforms every touch into an explosion of desire. With mysterious…

HaBO: Heroine Writes for Soap Operas
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Articles / October 22, 2019

This HaBO is from Antoniya, who is looking for this contemporary romance: I was in the hospital and I was reading non-stop. A couple of years later I have forgotten almost everything except this book: The heroine is the creator and the main writer of a popular soap opera. She lives with her boyfriend who is the leading actor in the soap opera. They are from a small town. They met on the school bus. Her father owns a bar (or was it a bowling alley?). A famous actor joins the soap opera cast — his character is written as a villain. Her boyfriend acts erratically. He wants to go to Hollywood. He marries a young starlet while still technically living with the heroine. There was some drama with stolen manuscripts, etc. The heroine gets together with the new cast member who is smart, understanding, and wants to work in TV. I thought the book was by Susan Elizabeth Phillips but alas, I was wrong. I do believe the author is quite famous. Help? I really want to reread the book Thank you in advance. The boyfriend sounds like a dumpster fire.

A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews
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Articles / October 22, 2019

B A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews October 22, 2019 · Perfectly Proper Press Romance It’s meet-disaster for Laura Hayes and Alex Archer: Fascinated by water, Laura is at the local pond practicing her diving skills. Alex thinks she’s drowning and tries to “save” her, much to her indignation. Little does Laura know that wading into the pond to save her was an act of sheer courage on Alex’s part, connected to a past he’d rather forget. A Convenient Fiction is the third book in the author’s Parish Orphans of Devon series, set in 1860s England. I read the previous books and really enjoyed the first, The Matrimonial Advertisement, a well done marriage-of-convenience story with Gothic elements. While it is not necessary to have read the other installments (the plot itself does not hinge on any previous events), it was extra rewarding to finally get to the story of the mysterious Alex, one of four orphans raised in dire, loveless circumstances. That’s what passed for charity in Victorian times, and it reads every bit as horrid as we can imagine. There’s nary a duke or even a viscount in sight, which I quite liked. Laura’s family was in the perfume…