All Historicals, All the Time
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Articles / October 31, 2019

Foolish Bride Foolish Bride by A.S. Fenichel is 99c at Amazon and Kobo! This is a second chance romance between two people who were supposed to get married. Some readers mentioned that the dialogue felt a bit too modern for a historical romance, but others really liked the heroine. Sadly ever after . . . unless some dreams really do come true? Elinor Burkenstock never believed in fairy tales. Sure, she’s always been a fool for love—what woman isn’t? But Elinor knows the difference between fiction and truth. Daydreams and reality. True love and false promises. . . . Until the unthinkable happens, and Elinor’s engagement is suddenly terminated and no one, least of all her fiancé, will tell her why. Sir Michael Rollins’s war-hero days seem far behind him when, after one last hurrah before his wedding, he gets shot and his injuries leave him in dire shape. He wants nothing more than to marry Elinor, the woman of his wildest dreams. But Elinor’s father forbids it . . . and soon Michael is faced with a desperate choice: Spare Elinor a life with a broken man or risk everything to win her heart—until death do they part? Add to…

Guest Review: Once Upon a Mattress (2005)
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Articles / October 31, 2019

B+ Once Upon a Mattress by 2005 Not a Book This guest review comes from Lisa! A longtime romance aficionado and frequent commenter to SBTB, Lisa is a queer Latine critic with a sharp tongue and lots of opinions. She frequently reviews at All About Romance and Women Write About Comics, where she’s on staff, and you can catch her at @thatbouviergirl on Twitter. There, she shares good reviews, bracing industry opinions and thoughtful commentary when she’s not on her grind looking for the next good freelance job. … Kids these days have Merida and Elsa. I had Princess Winifred of the Woebegone, and I enjoyed her greatly. Winnifred was fun and different in a mainstream world where fun and different weren’t often encouraged. If you loved Galavant, you’ve loved Once Upon a Mattress and didn’t know it. For years, this retelling of The Princess and the Pea was my go-to favorite answer to the question ‘what’s your favorite musical?’ But revisiting the play revealed a few blemishes that made me uncomfortable. Now it’s my second-favorite musical. For the purpose of this review, I’ve rewatched the 2005 Wonderful World of Disney version of the musical, though the 1964 version is…

This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman
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Articles / October 31, 2019

B- This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman October 29, 2019 · St. Martin’s Paperbacks Historical: EuropeanRomance The cover of This Earl of Mine won me over before I even read the description, as I’m a bit of a book magpie. The biggest compliment I can give this book is that it was fun as all get out. The characters were cheeky and the fake courtship between Georgie and Ben incited a riot of butterflies in my stomach. A lot happens, though, and as a selfish reader, I didn’t appreciate the details that competed with the romance. Shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed has inherited her father’s very profitable business. She’s easily one of the richest women in society which makes her a target for fortune hunters and her scheming cousin, Josiah. Wary that Josiah will maneuver her into a situation where she will be forced to marry him, Georgie plans to outwit him by marrying a man already sentenced to death at Newgate. Georgie does express uncertainty and sadness that this choice is the only course of action that will deter her cousin. To soothe some of her feelings, a large sum of money will also be paid to her soon-to-be-late-husband’s…