HaBO: Dragon Shifter & Her Sister Are on the Run
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Articles / November 26, 2019

This HaBO comes from Gullan, who is searching for this book with paranormal elements: I really could use your help finding a paranormal I read a few years ago and want to reread. I don’t think this book could be classified as a romance since it doesn’t have a HEA, but it’s a paranormal shifter book. It’s a newish one, not published earlier than 2015 I think. The heroine of the story is a dragon shifter, but she and her sister need to hide this since they are on the run from their family. I believe female dragons were very few and badly abused/used as broodmares. The heroine had some sort of soul mate, a fey who was the boss or prince of a fey family or something, but she ran away from him because she had to hide her shifter abilities. When they meet again, they have sex since they crave it, but none of them is happy about it. He’s very possessive though. I distinctly remember the ending: the heroine has to shift to fight but doesn’t shift back, instead she roams the world as a dragon. A couple months later she comes back to her “soul mate”…

Jane Austen’s Ghost by Jennifer Kloester
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Articles / November 26, 2019

B+ Jane Austen’s Ghost by Jennifer Kloester October 29, 2019 · Overlord Publishing Mystery/ThrillerRomanceScience Fiction/Fantasy Jane Austen’s Ghost is a ghost story and a mystery of sorts, with romantic and historical elements. There is a satisfying romance in the middle, and there is a lot of humour, but, as befits a ghost story, there will be parts that make you cry, too. It’s quite a gentle, comforting sort of story to read and comes together in a very satisfying way at the end. I enjoyed it a lot. The story begins with a prologue in which Jane Austen refuses a proposal from a suitor who frankly makes Mr Collins look like a bit of a catch. The Reverend James Stainier Clarke, however, is disinclined to take no for an answer, and when Jane finally manages to persuade him that she is serious, he turns to magic to get his way. He places a curse on Jane that will somehow bind her to him. It is not clear precisely whether this succeeds, but she certainly is bound to the Phantasmal Realm (which exists between the Terrestrial and Celestial Realms) as a ghost. The story now enters the modern era, where we…

Witches, Julia London, & More
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Articles / November 25, 2019

The Other Miss Bridgerton The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn is $1.99! This is the third book in the Rokesbys series and also described as a Bridgertons prequel. However, readers say this works fine as a standalone. Quinn is an auto-buy for a lot of romance readers, though some were unable to forgive the hero for kidnapping the heroine. She was in the wrong place… Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed… He found her at the wrong time… Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But…

The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard
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Articles / November 25, 2019

B- The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard November 26, 2019 · Entangled: Amara Historical: EuropeanRegencyRomance The Beast of Beswick is what you get when you put Beauty and the Beast and The Taming of the Shrew into a blender with a whole lot of feminism and drink the results. The heroine, Astrid, is beautiful, bookish and prickly; full of feminist rage; and determined to protect her sweet, pretty, but surprisingly shrewd younger sister, Isobel. The hero, Thane, is horribly scarred; very brooding and moody; and rather inclined to embrace the role of a villain in a gothic novel. His saving grace is a rather sarcastic sense of humour, and the hero and heroine spend most of the book arguing, bickering, and fighting with each other. This is less distressing than it may sound – both Astrid and Thane clearly enjoy a good fight with someone who isn’t afraid to fight back – but if you don’t enjoy conflict between hero and heroine, this book is probably not going to be for you. I want to start by noting that while there is a good strong homage to The Taming of the Shrew here, Thane absolutely does not share Petruchio’s…

Cover Snark: Show Us the Cyborg Parts
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Articles / November 25, 2019

If you needed some Cover Snark today, we have your back! Sneezy: Where did his hands go? Did his pecs eat them? And has anyone held a baby like that? It doesn’t look comfortable for either party????? Amanda: no thank you on all fronts Tara: Someone got paid to Photoshop a baby on a bodybuilding flex? Also, are cyborgs one of the last frontiers of secret baby books? Sneezy: Oh GOD, don’t say that out loud!!!!! Someone’s going to take that as a challenge!!!!!! Next thing you know, we’ll be up to our ears in the secret babies of a newt’s third toe. Sarah: When my supremely reflux-y sons were babies, carrying them like that could give them some gas relief from both ends. However, even with breastfeeding my chest was not that big. And I have plenty of real estate up there. Also if that baby doesn’t have a diaper on, there will be some pee. Count on it. Hope it doesn’t short circuit the cyborg. Sneezy: Babies are terrifying Tara: As someone who had a similar problem with their first baby, I can also guarantee that baby will barf down his arm. Sarah: oh yeah. If there’s rocking…

Angels, Contemporary Romance, & More
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Articles / November 24, 2019

The Kingmaker Chronicles Complete Set The Kingmaker Chronicles Complete Set by Amanda Bouchet is $2.99! This sale, I believe, ends tomorrow at some point, so get this one while you can. It collects the complete Kingmaker Chronicles series. I really loved this series; you can read my review of the first book here. However, there are other readers who didn’t enjoy it. Definitely check out the discussion in the comments to see if it’s your bag! The complete USA Today bestselling trilogy The Kingmaker Chronicles! KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT A Promise of Fire Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever. Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Breath of Fire The heart-racing Kingmaker Chronicles continues in this second book….

Movie Review: The Knight Before Christmas
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Articles / November 24, 2019

The Knight Before Christmas by Cara J. Russell D+ Not a Book Alright, bitches, I watched The Knight Before Christmas so you don’t have to. Or so that you will watch it immediately. It’s on Netflix and I’m not here to judge your choices. I highly recommend that you use the subtitles because they are, presumably accidentally, super funny. I was disappointed by this film even when judged by the standards of other holiday films, but I will admit that the leading man is cute. The plot of the movie is that Cole (played with extremely high levels of charm by Poldark’s Josh Whitehouse) wants to be a true knight. An “Old Crone” sends him to 2019 on a quest that must be completed by midnight on Christmas. He keeps calling this woman “Old Crone.” “Stop doing that!” I yell. “It’s rude!” Alas, he does not care for my opinion. He ends up (remarkably unfazed) in a quaint small town in Ohio and is taken in by Brooke, played by Vanessa Hudgens. She is a schoolteacher who does not believe in True Love. Oh, gracious goodness me, I wonder what will happen. Can someone explain this sweater to me? It…

Whatcha Reading? November 2019 Edition, Part Two
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Articles / November 23, 2019

I refuse to believe we’re on Part Two on Whatcha Reading this month! HOW? WHEN? WHY?! Either way, here is what we’ve been reading in preparation for December! Catherine: I just finished The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman. ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) This is the most recent novel in her Invisible Library series, and it’s fantastic – a funny, clever heist story, full of twists and turns and dragon politics. Highly recommended (but you should probably start with the first book in the series). Right before that, I read and loved Talia Hibbert’s novel, A Girl Like Her ( A ), which is sweet and moving and funny and occasionally enraging (for the right reasons), and also Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), which has escape rooms and unashamed geekiness and a great, snarky, disabled heroine, and which I absolutely adored, so I’m having a really good week, reading-wise. Sneezy: My ADHD brain has me scampering everywhere like a squirrel right now, so I’m bouncing between several books. It’s mostly an even split between The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (FIIIIINALLYYYYYY, THE HOLD…

Podcast 378, Your Transcript is Ready!
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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…