Guest Squee: The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
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Articles / November 2, 2019

Squee The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite June 25, 2019 · Avon Impulse Historical: EuropeanRomance 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. … When I was a little pansexual girl growing up and devouring romance novel after romance novel, my heart yearned. Sure, I could find plenty of stories about heroes rescuing heroines, but where were the books about women falling in breathless love with one another? I went through life half-satisfied in my romance reading. Even as I grew up, outlets for lesbian romances were limited. You had a lot of mainstream novels being published in the 90s and 00s, but you weren’t guaranteed a happy ending for the couples in them, or even in the limited movies I saw (Thank you, But I’m a…

The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
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Articles / November 2, 2019

F The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen October 1, 2019 · Ballantine Books Mystery/Thriller The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen is a ridiculous book. I had hoped that it would transcend into glorious F+ territory, but sadly, despite all of its WTFery, it doesn’t. I also thought it might be romantic suspense, but it’s not. The Shape of Night is a thriller with erotic and paranormal elements (BDSM ghost sex, for real) but it fails to stick the landing on the thriller portion, it isn’t particularly erotic, and the paranormal world building doesn’t make sense. It was supremely disappointing. Ava Collette is a cookbook author from Boston who is renting a seaside home in Maine for the summer. It’s pretty clear from the beginning that Ava is running from something back home–she avoids her sister’s calls, ruminates on a tragedy that occurred on New Year’s Eve, and drinks heavily to numb herself. Her cookbook, a collection of traditional New England recipes, is also overdue. I will say that this book contains some serious food pr0n, so if you’re going to read it, don’t do so while hungry. Ava researches recipes and then tests them, and the descriptions of…