Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long
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Articles / October 29, 2019

A Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long October 29, 2019 · Avon Historical: EuropeanRomance Angel in a Devil’s Arms is the second book in Julie Anne Long’s Palace of Rogues series, and it is adorable. I loved basically everything about it, from the ensemble of ‘found family’ at the Palace of Rogues, to the humour, to the sweetness and intimacy of Lucien’s conversations with Angelique, and most especially to the subversion of several very Old Skool tropes which are beyond ready to be retired. You don’t really need to read Lady Derring Takes a Lover to enjoy this story (though you might as well, because it is also excellent fun), though you should know that Angel in a Devil’s Arms does contain one mild spoiler for the previous book, since we begin by discovering just who it was that hired the Palace’s best room by sending a supercilious stranger with a large sum of money and a mysterious token. That person is the same person who left the following message in the betting book at Whites: I wager every penny I possess I will have revenge – BOLT. And lest you think this message is insufficiently sinister,…

Nora Roberts, Romantic Suspense, & More
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Articles / October 28, 2019

The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston is 99c! This is part of the Seduction Diaries series and readers are divided on whether they eventually warmed up to the hero. Jennifer’s podcast interviews on the site is one of my faves because she’s so fascinating. New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston continues her enchanting Seduction Diaries series as a bookish spinster and an unrepentant rogue unite to unmask a traitor Every girl dreams of a hero . . . No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that’s why she’s reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won’t end up with a villain instead. But sometimes only a scoundrel will do. When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London’s most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more…

“Libraries are Not the Enemy:” A Guest Post from Wendy the SuperLibrarian on the Macmillan eBook Embargo
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Articles / October 28, 2019

This guest post is from Wendy Crutcher. Wendy, aka SuperLibrarian, has been blogging since 2003, and was Romance Writers of America Librarian of the year in 2011. She’s been a collection development librarian for over 20 years, and has been working to educate patrons on how libraries work for even longer than that. Many of you have been talking about the Macmillan eBook embargo, and what you can do about it. We are beyond fortunate to have her guest post today to give context and some history to the issue, and to enable us to identify what we readers can do next to help out. … If you’re an avid reader, you may have already heard about the Macmillan eBook embargo, which goes into effect for libraries on November 1. The details, simply put: Libraries will be allowed to purchase one ebook copy of new release Macmillan titles during the first two months. This license will cost $30, will not expire, and follows the standard eBook checkout model: Someone has it checked out? You have to wait. Oh, and this option is only available during this two month window. One copy. For two months. After two months is up, and…

Cover Snark: We’ve Caught the Man Flu
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Articles / October 28, 2019

Welcome back to Cover Snark! This is where we stumble across some very striking book covers and proceed to snark on them. Amanda: I thought it said “sun.” I could go for a flight into the sun sometimes. Not gonna lie. Also…is her dress just hanging on by her nipples? Elyse: I don’t know what’s more upsetting, the fact that her dress is glued to her nipples, that we clearly see her labia or that it dissolves into mist behind her. Oh and she’s missing an arm. Amanda: I hope to god this is a parody and not real. Aarya: The tag line!!! Carrie: This cover is glorious. No one touch it – with the exception that it needs more unicorn. AJ: Seconded! But other than the lack of unicorn, I think Andrea is living her best life. She has a nice garden, an active social life, and a keen appreciation for fashion tape. What more do you need? Sneezy: Nipples: the New Hanger Lara: AJ, you’ve given a perfect summary of this FANTASTIC cover. I’d only add…that facial expression has to be the dictionary definition of DGAF. CharlotteB: I unabashedly love this. From Lils: I saw this and had to go…

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…

Guest Review: No Judgments by Meg Cabot
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Articles / October 26, 2019

C+ No Judgments by Meg Cabot September 24, 2019 · William Morrow Paperbacks Chick LitContemporary RomanceRomance Esme Brett reviews romance on Instagram as @Feminist_Romance. She lives in New Zealand and is a devoted cat mother to Franklin. Her areas of expertise involve Buffy the Vampire Slayer, winged eyeliner, and red wine that’s less than 9 dollars. … TW/CW ahoy Trigger Warning: sexual assault. This review won’t go into specifics. Little Bridge is an idyllic island in the Florida Keys. Unfortunately, it’s also in the direct path of a category 5 hurricane. Most of the island population evacuate except for Bree Beckham, hottie Drew Hartwell, and a whole bunch of beloved pets in need of Bree’s help. These details form the structure of the plot. There are three things you need to know about Bree: she’s stubborn she loves animals she has a weakness for a hot male bod. So even though Hurricane Marilyn is getting very huff-y and puff-y, Bree stays put and makes it her mission to assist the left-behind pets of Little Bridge. Luckily, Drew is on hand to help and he is, as I say, hot. (I’m not just repeating this because it’s an important point, I’m…

Whatcha Reading? October 2019 Edition, Part Two
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Articles / October 26, 2019

It’s our last Whatcha Reading for the month of October! How are we all feeling? Exhausted? Thrilled for the holidays? Right now, I have two modes: devouring a book in one sitting or not touching a book for DAYS. Catherine: I’m reading Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey ( A | BN | K | AB ), which I was drawn to after reading this review a couple of years ago. I grew up on Greek myths and legends, so I’m delighted to read a new perspective and a new translation (and the introductory essay at the start is fantastic). And lest you think I am just showing off with all my classical reading, I am also reading Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland by Melinda du Champ ( A | BN ), which certainly is a thing. Think coming-of-age porn with Lewis Carroll-style rhymes and so much BDSM. It’s very funny (though the humour is a little mean-spirited at times), and very hot if kink is your thing. Charlotte: I’m reading Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen ( A | BN | K | AB | Au ), which is pretty good but not great – the worldbuilding is…

Podcast 374, Your Transcript is Ready!
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Articles / October 25, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 374. Artisanal Podcasting Under the Big Gay Umbrella: A Conversation with Jeff Adams and Will Knauss has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →