Charlie’s Angels (2019)
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Articles / November 19, 2019

Charlie’s Angels (2019) by Elizabeth Banks, Evan Spiliotopoulos, David Auburn Squee Not a Book I saw Charlie’s Angels by myself in a theatre the Friday of opening weekend. It was absolutely delightful, and immediately upon exiting I told Amanda that she needed to see it. I also said, “If you go see Charlie’s Angels, I’m going to need you to text me when you’re done to let me know you’re okay.” Amanda: Is it good?! Sarah: I had SUCH a good time. But the amount of lesbian energy is so substantial that I’m concerned you may pass the entire fuck out. So much Lady Thirst. Amanda:  Sarah: I was never in doubt that they would be in grave peril but I was surprised by some scenes and really loved the cameos. I won’t say anything more but you will probably really like it Amanda: I have successfully roped my roommate into going with me on Monday Sarah: Good call. … Readers, I sat on my fingers and didn’t spoil anything. I told a few people that I’d liked the movie, and then watched the negative press roll in over the weekend about how it was a big fail. Honestly, I…

HaBO: Heroine is a Successful, Silent Business Partner
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Articles / November 19, 2019

This HaBO comes from Michelle, who is looking for this contemporary romance: The book I’m looking for is a contemporary romance, with a hint of a mystery. Probably came out 5-10 years ago. Dude shows up at the home of a super-smart businessman, and the businessman’s silent partner/best gal friend. The BF is interested in the Dude, but he’s there under false pretenses; he’s really investigating the big chunk of money that is not fully accounted for to the board of the businessman’s company. I can remember what the reveal is, but not the author, names, or title. I’d really like to reread it, because it was a different concept. It’s was kinda rom-com-ish, but I liked that the BF was acknowledged as being an important part of the company, but she really was a lot more than anybody realized. Who can identify this one?

Contemporary Romance, an Anthology, & More
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Articles / November 19, 2019

Do You Want to Start a Scandal RECOMMENDED: Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare is $1.99! This is part of the Castles Ever After series, but can be read on its own. Elyse loved this book: I loved Do You Want to Start a Scandal. It’s funny, it’s sexy and it’s got some Clue-like shenanigans going on. If you have better self control than I do, I recommend savoring this book rather than powering through in one sitting (good luck). On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it. All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue. But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land…

HaBO: Pepper Powder in Her Heehaw
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Articles / November 19, 2019

This HaBO request is from Cat, who is looking for this bonkers book: So, while in Mexico I picked up a paperback someone left behind. It was written by a man, and I remember thinking, “this really feels like a good female romance writer!” Here’s the premise: There was a ship on the cover. Three brothers, one might have been a pirate. What stands out for me is one brother falls in love with a princess somewhere in Arabia. A eunuch catches her and locks her up, but before he does, he puts a packet of super hot pepper powder (some pepper from the region which can literally burn the skin) wrapped in rice paper up her heehaw. The rice paper melts slowly and the pepper will kill her. The son in love with her has to find her and save her before it’s too late. That’s all I remember, but it was a damn good swashbuckling tale and I would love to read it again! Wow.

A Lady’s Past by A.S. Fenichel
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Articles / November 19, 2019

C- A Lady’s Past by A.S. Fenichel November 19, 2019 · Lyrical Press Historical: EuropeanRegencyRomance Content warning: Heroine has history of torture, attempted rape, traumatic death of parents. None of this is described in detail, but it is there, and I do discuss it in the review I picked up the ARC of A Lady’s Past purely based on the cover, which really is a thing of beauty, somewhere between impressionist and pre-Raphaelite. It is the fourth book in the Everton Domestic Society series, but it stands alone reasonably well. Having said that, I suspect that I would have liked the hero more if I’d read previous books in the series – the hero is clearly suffering from some Past Traumas which affect him, but they are alluded to fairly briefly here, and so it’s harder to forgive his more troubling behaviours. This is a really tricky book to review, because while I enjoyed reading it and will be seeking out the previous books in the series, I found it very tonally dissonant. The emotions, words, and actions don’t match. In terms of plot and emotions, the book is full of the highest melodrama – the heroine’s backstory is extraordinarily…