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Articles / October 24, 2019

The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander is $1.99! This is the first book in the Lady Travelers Society series and it has, you guessed it, lady travelers. Readers say the plot takes a while to pick up, but others say this historical romance is both sweet and funny. Embark on the breathtaking romantic adventures of The Lady Travelers Society in the brand-new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander Really, it’s too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders’s favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what’s a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he’s escorting the world’s most maddening woman to the world’s most romantic city to find her missing relative. While India Prendergast only suspects his organization defrauds gullible travelers, she’s certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she…

Announcing the Frolic Podcast Network!
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Articles / October 24, 2019

You might have seen some of the news this week, on the Frolic site, or on Yahoo!Finance or (my favorite) Broadway World, but my podcast, Smart Podcast Trashy Books, and many brilliant others are now part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Yay! What’s that mean? Basically, it’s a network of really terrific podcasts and podcasters who produce episodes devoted to romance, pop culture, and other romance-related topics. So if you like what we do, or you like, for example, The Big Gay Fiction Podcast or Learning the Tropes, you’ll find other shows in the Frolic Podcast Network that you’ll probably love just as much. So far, the network includes: The Cutaways: Film editors Ashley and Justine as they dissect romantic comedies through the ages. My Imaginary Friends w/ L Penelope: Award-winning fantasy author L. Penelope shares perspectives on the writing life, creativity, inspiration, and the week’s best thing. Learning The Tropes: Erin Leafe and Clayton Gumber discuss new romance novels every week in this fun celebration of the romance genre. Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast: The Big Gay Fiction Podcast is for avid readers and passionate fans of gay romance fiction. Each week they bring you exclusive author interviews, book…

Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles
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Articles / October 24, 2019

A- Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles October 23, 2019 · KJC Books Romance CW/TW Heroine going through a miscarriage, mostly off page. Susan “Sukey” Lazarus has been a favorite character of mine since I first met her as the sharp-eyed 12-year-old “medium” apprentice in An Unnatural Vice, the second book in the author’s Sins of the Cities series. Adult Susan, who is bisexual, reappeared nearly two decades later as the friend of one of the heroes in Any Old Diamonds, bent on revenge and just as perceptive. Susan was the engine of the riveting plot twist in that book, which is the first in the Lilywhite Boys series and features a duke’s son, Alec Pyne, and a jewel thief, Jerry Crozier, as the two heroes. By the end of Any Old Diamonds, it was evident that Susan and Templeton Lane, Crozier’s partner in crime, had a long and fraught history. Gilded Cage is their story, past and present, and one that I was very much looking forward to reading. Templeton’s real name is James Vane, and he is the great-nephew of Richard Vane, the leader of the “Ricardians” in the author’s Society of Gentlemen series. Thus, Gilded Cage is set…

The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan
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Articles / October 24, 2019

B The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan October 22, 2019 · Avon The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan is about a young woman who wants to be a courtesan in order to support her siblings and needs a foxy duke to give her sex lessons. It’s not erotic, per say, although I will say it’s hotter than a fair amount of historicals, and while I felt the hero and heroine had a ton of chemistry, I also thought the book relied too much on external conflict. That was a fairly minor gripe, though, and overall I thought the novel was a lot of fun. Marian Langley was the daughter of a successful doctor, but when her father passed he didn’t leave behind any provisions for his children. That means that Marian has to find away to support herself and her younger sisters. When the book opens she’s doing her best to stave off debt collectors and still keep food on the table. Marian knows she has the option to marry–but doing so may put in her the same position again. As a married woman she won’t have control over her finances, she’d have no guarantee that her husband…