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Articles / December 8, 2019

The Truth About Cowboys The Truth About Cowboys by Lisa Renee Jones is 99c! This is the first book in a new series and seems to have a lot of catnip, but also a lot going on: small town, an athlete turned cowboy, opposites attract, and a writer heroine. Fans of Jones say they enjoyed the departure from her typical romantic suspense. Steamy, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, THE TRUTH ABOUT COWBOYS is a new contemporary novel that will pull your heartstrings and steam up your e-reader… While I was off pitching in the big leagues, my family was back in the small town of Sweetwater, Texas, running the family ranch. Then tragedy hit and I discovered there were secrets that my family kept, problems they hid. I went home, left behind the money, women, and fame. I took over the ranch and took care of my grandmother. I took over hiding the secrets. Then she came to town. A smart-mouthed, clumsy, too-smart-and-too-pretty-for-my-own-good city girl hiding out to write a book. She’s right here, on my property, in the cottage my grandmother rented her without my permission, and she sees too much. She knows too much. Now suddenly my world is spinning,…

A Beastly Kind of Earl by Mia Vincy
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Articles / December 8, 2019

B- A Beastly Kind of Earl by Mia Vincy November 26, 2019 · Inner Ballad Press Historical: EuropeanRomance This is a joint review by Aarya and Claudia. Sometimes reviews here are in the form of a dialogue, and sometimes they are rather longform; this one is both, and we hope you enjoy our discussion. CW/TW warnings inside CW/TW: discussion of deceased character with bipolar I disorder and psychosis (specific terminology is not named in text but explained in the author’s note) Claudia: I have a confession to make: I was today years old when I discovered what is really my favorite romance trope. Oh, for years I was pretty sure it was marriage-of-convenience. For me, a reader of (mainly) historical romance, it gets the job done with minimal fuss and maximum enjoyment. Lately, though, some of the marriage-of-convenience books I was reading had started to look a lot alike, and I could feel my enthusiasm for the trope ebbing. Enter my new thing, the fake marriage of convenience. Call it a variant: All that on-page interaction, with an added layer of shenanigans. And I have A Beastly Kind of Earl to thank for that realization — for that and for…

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
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Articles / December 8, 2019

B+ The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim 1922 Classic Somehow I’ve managed to exist this far into life without having seen or read The Enchanted April. Finally I have gotten to the book and it is indeed delightful, although reading it immediately after finishing Gideon the Ninth was perhaps not the best choice (tonal whiplash!). This slow paced, lyrical novel is about friendships between women and the joy of literally having a room of one’s own, if only for a month. The Enchanted April, written in 1922, is about four women who rent a castle in Italy together for one month (April, duh). The story is set in motion by an advertisement that reads: To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine. Small mediaeval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let Furnished for the month of April. Necessary servants remain. Z, Box 1000, The Times. Londoners Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot know each other (barely) because they attend the same church. Mrs. Wilkins has spent her adult life waiting on a demanding and disapproving husband. Mrs. Arbuthnot began married life madly in love with her husband, but after years of marital disappointment and the death of…