The Rec League: Throuples
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Articles / December 12, 2019

Thank you to Daniela for sending this request in, as I know many members of the Bitchery will be both interested in this one and have some great recommendations: I was hoping you could help me in my quest to find a solid novel (or ten) featuring thruples (m,m,f). I recently read Heart and Hand by Rebel Carter and was really taken by the idea of exploring the dynamics of three people in a relationship. I really liked Heart and Hand but was bummed that it didn’t do enough, in my opinion, to explore the relationship between the two guys. We were told over and over again they loved each other but we never SAW it…anyway, my point is: I’m looking for an M,M,F romance that meets the following criteria: a) it is not solely centered around sexy times (although explicit sex is more than ok) and does a good job at exploring the other aspects of the relationship between the characters, b) does not involve the men being brothers, c) the love/attraction between the men is explored. Maybe I’m looking for a unicorn but I figured if anyone would know of a good rec for this very specific request…

Links: A Feel Good Video, Robots, & More
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Articles / December 11, 2019

Welcome back to Wednesday links! It is Wednesday right? I have no concept of time and the fact that the sun sets at 3:30pm right now is the worst. As always, the end of the year means exciting stuff on the site, namely our Hanukkah giveaways and our Best Of lists. Thank you for being with us for another year and of course, we hope you stick around for what we have planned in 2020. … The ocean is a scary and wondrous place. If you don’t know what I mean, check out this interactive scrolling map! … McSweeney’s has all the qualifications Hallmark movie heroines are expected to meet: She must go home for Christmas and throw that high powered career in the garbage Sure, she gets great satisfaction from maintaining her independence, achieving her goals, and surrounding herself with people who challenge and inspire her, but it’s time for her to stop working and start living the Hallmark way. It’s time for her to go home for the holidays. It’s frighteningly accurate! … I love jokes that take the long con, dedicated approach and this fits the bill. It took me a while to realize I was being tricked…

2019 SBTB Gift Guide: We Love Our Selves, and Our Pets!
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Articles / December 11, 2019

It’s time for the latest edition of the 2019 Smart Bitches Gift Guide! This week? Gifts for our lovely selves, and our even more lovely pets! I love doing our gift guides, especially this latest edition. Want to see? Just click that image above or click right here, and come shop with us! And if you’d like to browse some more, we have a complete Stuff We Like archive, including past Gift Guides and other posts of our favorite items.

Blitzed by Alexa Martin
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Articles / December 11, 2019

D+ Blitzed by Alexa Martin December 3, 2019 · Berkley Contemporary Romance CW/TW Inside CW/TW Sexual Assault Blitzed is the third book in Alexa Martin’s Playbook series. I spent the entire time I was reading it thinking that it was the final book, but just so you don’t go into it with the same misconception: It’s not the final book! There is a fourth book, Snapped, to come. The heroine of Blitzed is Brynn, owner of HERS, a bar created predominantly for women. HERS has reached a level of fame that Brynn could never have imagined for it, helped by its prominence on the show Love the Player, a reality show following the lives of the WAGS of Denver’s football team. We open at a celebration for the show at HERS, with Brynn behind the bar, flirting with Maxwell Lewis, the shy defensive back who she’s had a crush on for years. Brynn’s friendships with the wives of Maxwell’s teammates mean that they’ve been around each other a lot and when the book starts, Brynn is ready to make her move. But Maxwell receives an apparently distressing call and, to put it lightly, freaks out. What he actually does is…

HaBO: Audible Romance Series
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Articles / December 10, 2019

This HaBO is from Ruth, who is trying to find this audiobook series. Content warning for the description below: I’m driving myself crazy because I can’t remember any information about a 4-book series I listened to on Audible in January. I was on a trial “Romance Unlimited” package and apparently borrowed books aren’t listed in my account. I even mentioned it in a comment I left here, but I have no idea what the comment was to! Anyway: four-book series, set several years after a car accident in which one woman died and the other had injuries that changed her personality so that, among other things, she no longer loves her husband; she’s also made multiple suicide attempts. The book starts when he meets a new woman and decides it’s time to move on. Unstable now-ex-wife causes all kinds of problems, including a hostage situation that turns out to be fake. The second book is about the fiance of the woman who died. The third book is about unrelated people: a woman in witness protection recovering from having been gang raped and the undercover agent who saved her whom she bonded with (not in a romantic way). The fourth book…

Lauren Layne, Shifters, & More
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Articles / December 10, 2019

To Woo a Wicked Widow To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon is 99c at Amazon! This is the first book in The Widows’ Club and has a heroine who is trying to avoid getting married again. Readers seemed divided on the heroine. Some enjoyed her independence, while others couldn’t really connect with her. The war years are behind them.  The future is before them. And one by one, the widows of Lyttlefield Park are getting restless…   Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way. Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only…

HaBO: Surfboard Wax
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Articles / December 10, 2019

This HaBO request is from Debbie, who is looking for this recent-ish contemporary: Contemporary in the last five years? Headhunter helps heroine find job with hero. Hero started a cosmetic company because surfboard wax? he invented also worked for personal grooming. His girlfriend was murdered. There’s a huge building size portrait of her face on the wall outside the office. Near the end, the hero finds out a homeless person killed his ex-girlfriend, perhaps with a penknife that the hero or his girlfriend gave the homeless person. Hero breaks up with the heroine, but watches her place from across the street. I think what spurs the hero to move forward is when the heroine’s brother takes her out and hero thinks the brother is a date. Well this is certainly something.

Movie Review: Anna and the Apocalypse
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Articles / December 10, 2019

Anna and the Apocalypse by Alan McDonald & Ryan McHenry Blazing Griffin B+ Not a Book After the second song of the musical Anna and the Apocalypse, my teen viewing consultant looked at me with puzzled eyes. “Mom,” she said slowly, “This is…good!” And it is. While I spent my entire first watch of this movie trying to figure out what it was, I watched it again the next day and found it weirdly affecting for a zombie musical set during Christmas in the fictional town of Little Haven, Scotland. The story, a mix of zombie movie tropes and musical tropes and high school tropes, concerns various teens, including our heroine (Anna), her best friend John who is madly in love with her, and their friends Chris and Lisa, who are madly in love with each other. “Withdraw your tongues!” snaps Headmaster Savage at Chris and Lisa, who exchange what may be cinema’s longest single kiss. We also have Nick, a ridiculously handsome guy who is, alas, a bully and who also has a thing for Anna. There’s Steph, a queer student from America who feels alienated by her parents and her peers. Anna’s dad, Tony, is one of the…

Wolves, Dukes, & More
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Articles / December 9, 2019

Melting the Ice Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton is $1.99! This is book seven in the Play-by-Play series and though it’s been a while since I’ve read this one, I think it’s fine as a standalone. I have a soft spot for this series as I devoured it rather quickly in my early 20s. The lovely team at Berkley even turned this cover into a poster for me. It hangs over my bed.  Body Check Everything’s coming together for budding fashion designer Carolina Preston. Only months away from having her own line, she could use some publicity. That’s when her brother suggests his best friend as a model – hockey player Drew Hogan. Carolina and Drew already have a history – a hot one, back in college. Unforgettable for Carolina, but for Drew, just another slap shot. This time, though, it’s different. His perfect body would be for professional use only. This time, she could use him. Drew is all for it. He’s looking forward to the exposure. Plus, it would give him a chance to prove to Carolina that he’s changed. If only he could thaw her emotions, convince her to let down her guard and let him in just one…

A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian
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Articles / December 9, 2019

A- A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian December 10, 2019 · Avon Impulse Historical: EuropeanLGBTQIARegencyRomance I came close to crying more than once when reading A Delicate Deception. Sometimes I think of myself as a jaded reader; many books entertain me, but few impress me, and even fewer really move me. But then I read a book like this one and it turns me into a giant mush-ball and I think maybe my book-reading heart and brain are not so hardened as all that. A Delicate Deception is about Amelia Allenby, a young, reclusive historical novelist, and Sydney Goddard, who is a gentle, surly engineer. Amelia is the younger half-sister of the hero, Alistair, from the first book in the Regency Imposters series (Unmasked by the Marquess) and was friends with the heroine of the second book, Verity Kent (Amelia wrote the non-salacious parts of the salacious novel Verity publishes in A Duke in Disguise). Amelia and Sydney meet walking in the countryside, although in their first few encounters Amelia is silently annoyed that a man is intruding on her solitude and Sydney is silently polite: He lumbered along the path she had worn with her own feet as if…