Contemporary Romance, a Boxed Set, & More
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Articles / October 27, 2019

Last Night with the Earl RECOMMENDED: Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen is $1.99! I so loved this book and gave it an A-. This is the second book in the Devils of Dover series, but can be read out of order (I did). For readers who love slow burn historicals that have a focus on emotional healing, I can’t push this into your hands or onto your e-readers fast enough. After Waterloo, Eli Dawes, Earl of Rivers, was presumed dead-and would have happily stayed that way. He’s no longer the reckless young man he once was, and only half as pretty. All he wants is to hide his scars away in his country home. But when he returns home and tries to sneak into his old bedroom in the middle of the night, he’s shocked to find someone already there. Rose Hayward remembers Eli as an arrogant rake who helped her late fiancé betray her. Finding him stealing into the house currently rented by Haverhall School for Young Ladies doesn’t correct her impression. Her only thought is to get him to leave immediately. Yet the tension between them is electric, and her painter’s eye can’t help but admire him, scars…

Bound in Flame by Katherine Kayne
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Articles / October 27, 2019

F Bound in Flame by Katherine Kayne October 28, 2019 · Passionflower Press Book TW Bound in Flame is packed with narrative storylines that could be triggering, including the attempted rape and torture of the main character, animal abuse and the on-the-page killing of a horse, a string of murders by a serial killer whose victim of choice is women (but he’s not that discriminating), and child abuse and abandonment. Sorry friends, unfortunately this is not going to be the kind of F grade review where we all get to giggle over an especially prodigious number of tentacles or the shared discovery that shifter Rudolph’s nose is cold and wet in his human form, too. Bound in Flame by Katherine Kayne is grounded in imperialist tropes that are deeply distressing, especially because it is dressed up as a book written to celebrate Hawaii and its culture. Leticia Liliʻuokalani Lang or Letty is a half-White, half-Native Hawaiian woman with a fiery nature to match her red hair. Also, she’s got flames. Not shooting out of her eyes (which is my dearest wish for my own superpower), but a near constant (but invisible) sensation of flames that lives in her lower back….

Lightning Reviews: Romantic Suspense, Mythology, & a Holiday Romance
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Articles / October 27, 2019

Welcome back to Lightning Reviews! The following three reviews are a little longer than our standard mini reviews, but also didn’t warrant a dedicated full-length review. There’s a holiday historical romance, a romantic suspense category Harlequin, and historical fantasy with Mexican folklore. Enjoy!   B The Earl’s Christmas Pearl author: Megan Frampton I know we shouldn’t judge books by covers but I took one look at the gorgeous cover of The Earl’s Christmas Pearl and thought, “A) I want that dress, B) I also want that suit, and C) yep, I’m definitely reading it.” Luckily for me, this cover didn’t lead me astray and I enjoyed most of this sweet Christmas novella about a duke’s daughter and a grumpy Welsh earl with a Welsh corgi (who should’ve definitely been on the cover. Come on, Avon art department!). What’s the story about? There’s not much plot but it’s still fun. Grumpy earl who needs love and Christmas cheer so they won’t be grumpy anymore (well, at least not to their partner)! Aristocratic and unassuming heroine who yearns to fall in love! So much holiday decorating (holly and ribbons and trees, oh my)! Forced proximity via snow! Kissing lessons to provide joy…