Contemporary Romance, Gothic Romance, & More
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Articles / November 14, 2019

Project Duchess Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries is $1.99! This historical romance is the first book in the Duke Dynasty series. I also made a cocktail for this one! Jeffries books are hit or miss for me and if memory serves me right, a Jeffries title was the first book we read for my romance book club! From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries comes a sparkling new series about an oft-widowed mother’s grown children, who blaze through society in their quest for the truth about their fathers . . . and in the process find that love just might conquer all . . . A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher “Grey” Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey’s focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather’s funeral, he’s shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn’t interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . . Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago,…

The Rec League: More Romantic & Potentially Smutty Manga
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Articles / November 14, 2019

After Ellen’s lamenting about The Bride of the Water God and the search for a Midnight Secretary replacement, we wanted to do another Rec League. We’ve done requests in the past on webcomics, WebToons, and my very own search for something similar. But new books are being published and discovered every day. Give Ellen’s review a read and see if you have something to recommend! Susan: I’ve not read Midnight Secretary so if you want something specifically like that I can’t help, but I can definitely have a crack at romance manga recs. A | BN | K | AB Sneezy: Midnight Secretary is smutty as all fuck (or as much as you can get with published manga), with dollops of angst and crazy sauce in Vampire Flavour. There’s Discord Comics if anyone wants LGBTQ+ YA/New Adult smut. I didn’t keep up with this site after I finished the Khaos Komix story line, but I remember it as being REALLY GOOD and REALLY HOT. I remember the side stories as being more hot and heavy. Although, content warning, Khaos Komix deals with the ups and downs of being Queer, so violence and bullying are shown. So was eating disorder, childhood…

Wolf of Wessex by Matthew Harffy
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Articles / November 14, 2019

A Wolf of Wessex by Matthew Harffy May 1, 2020 · Aria Mystery/Thriller CW/TW and spoilers for plot elements Animals are hurt and killed. People are hurt and killed. The violence is coldly, graphically described. And for those who need to know about the dog specifically, Odin is hurt, presumed dead, but he makes a reappearance, back to his healthy self, towards the end of the book. I’ve just discovered my new catnip. Old soldiers protecting their adopted granddaughters as they move through the forests of southern England seeking justice. Dare I say it, they are on a QUEST! Yes, please! Welcome to the Kingdom of Wessex in Britain in the year 838. Here, we meet Duncan, a former warrior, who now lives in the woods with his one-eyed dog, Odin. He is willfully self-sufficient and months will pass before he travels into the nearby town (it’s a full day’s walk away). He’s old, has a bum knee and he misses his wife who passed away after a short and powerful bout of illness. I realise that yet another white male protagonist is a major NO THANK YOU for many in the Bitchery (understandably so) but Duncan’s fragility, grumpiness and…

Bride of the Water God by Mi-Kyung Yun
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Articles / November 14, 2019

C Bride of the Water God, Volume 1 by Mi-Kyung Yun October 30, 2007 · Dark Horse Books Manga This intrepid comics correspondent has been trying to fill the void left by Midnight Secretary (which I read thanks to this very site!) for lo these many years. I am sorry to report that Bride of the Water God does not fill that void. How hard is it to find a romance comic with beautiful art, a winning heroine, both humor and high-stakes over-the-top soap-style drama, and a surly supernatural hero with a heart of gold!? (INCREDIBLY HARD, EVERYONE. IT’S INCREDIBLY HARD.) I was drawn to Bride of the Water God, a popular Korean manhwa series, by the gorgeous art and the premise. In the first pages of Volume 1, Soah is drowned in a ritual sacrifice as the “bride of the water god” to end a drought. Instead of dying, she is transported to the water god’s magical realm. Dark and mystical-sounding, right? Well, while volume 1 was promising, I found that the following 3 volumes did not quite live up to that promise. After that point I decided to stop reading, so this review is based on the first…