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Articles / November 22, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 378. Owning Your Anger and Being Yourself: Live from East City Books with Andie J. Christopher has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
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Articles / November 22, 2019

C- Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren October 22, 2019 · Gallery Books Contemporary Romance Celebrity romance is one of my favorite tropes, so I was sure to scoop up Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren. This is a first love/ second chance romance as well, and it’s set in two parts: when the hero and heroine meet for the first time, and when they reconnect fourteen years later. I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but I felt like there wasn’t as much focus on the main couple’s relationship in the second half, and there definitely wasn’t enough grovel to satisfy me. Added to that, I really loathed the character of the heroine’s father, and the amount of attention he got in the book irked me. The book opens in London where Tate Jones is celebrating graduating high school by going on a two week dream vacation with her grandma. During dinner one night, Tate and her grandmother meet two other Americans, Sam Brandis and his grandfather, Luther. They’re also on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and are staying at the same hotel. They wind up doing some sightseeing together, and at night Sam and…

Sweetest Thing by Natasha West
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Articles / November 22, 2019

B- Sweetest Thing by Natasha West October 18, 2019 Romance After two and a half months of reading Gothic things and watching Gothic things I read Sweetest Thing on a whim. It was not Goth. I loved it. This f/f contemporary romance is funny and wildly entertaining although there’s a frustrating subplot and there’s a very sudden time gap (more on that later). This book involves a British television baking competition called Bake It! This fictional show is obviously loosely modelled after the real British show, The Great British Bake Off. I adore The Great British Bake Off (pre-network change) as it is the only thing that I can seem to handle during a fibro flare. I must admit that given the cupcakes on the cover, I thought we might get a bit of my old love Cupcake Wars as well (Remember when Weird Al was one of the judges?! Good times!) but that is not the case. Our first contestant is Robyn. Robyn is in a relationship with Alex (a woman), and trying to figure out whether she wants to stay with Alex or not. I know infidelity is a big turn off for many readers so rest assured…

378. Owning Your Anger and Being Yourself: Live from East City Books with Andie J. Christopher
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Articles / November 22, 2019

A | BN | K | AB Recorded on a cold, cold evening on 13 November 2019, live from East City Books: my conversation with Andie J. Christopher about Not the Girl You Marry. We talk about the book (obviously – but I promise no spoilers) and about gender-updates of familiar stories and tropes. We discuss what exactly should happen to the term, “unlikeable heroine,” and what stories we want to read. How many times will we mention Chris Evans? Take a guess! And, if you’re interested, you can take a drink with every mention. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com You can subscribe to Smart Podcast, Trashy Books at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you catch your favorite shows! Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: You can find Andie J. Christopher on her website, AndieJChrisopher.com. She’s on Twitter and Instagram @AuthorAndieJ. We also mentioned: PopSugar Workouts Heather Robertson Workouts Estadio Restaurant in DC Chez Billy in Georgetown   If you like the podcast, you can subscribe to our feed, or find us at iTunes. You can also find us on Stitcher, and Spotify, too. We also have a cool page for…