Urban Fantasy, Dark Romance, & More
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Articles / January 2, 2020

The Bad Luck Bride The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor is $2.99! Sarah had the author on as part of a previous live podcast taping at RT and I found it fascinating. Some readers expressed confusion in how the overall plot unfolded, but others really loved the heroine and her cursed luck. All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! Could her run of bad luck finally be at an end? It’s highly doubtful in this writer’s humble opinion. —Midnight Cryer No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse…especially once she realizes that Lord Pembrooke makes her want to believe she’s not a bad luck bride anymore… Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s…

Stuff You Should Be Watching: The Expanse, Season Four
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Articles / January 2, 2020

Welcome to a joint review of The Expanse Season Four. HeatherT is the person who first got me hooked on the show. Over the last few seasons we’ve had many differences over how we interpret characters and plots and which are our favorites but we remain united in our love of Amos and of Chrisjen Avarasala’s fashion choices. If you are new to the Expanse, we suggest starting at the beginning. While we both found Season 1 to be a weak beginning, it sets so much in motion that if you don’t start there you’ll spend all your time saying “What’s Eros?” and wondering who the guy in the hat is. Newcomers will discover that the show has good science, interesting worldbuilding, great characters, a diverse cast (needs more queer characters though), and a mix of humor, action, space horror, hard sci-fi, and politics. If “found family” is your thing then look no further. The Expanse is not about romance, but it is about relationships, and watching those relationships develop over the course of four seasons is unbelievably rewarding. Holden and Naomi think this show is TOTALLY about romance, specifically, theirs! It’s a tribute to the show’s complexity that we…

The Rec League: Erotic Romances without BDSM Elements
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Articles / January 2, 2020

We have our first Rec League of 2020. I discovered this request buried in the archives of my inbox and put it on the calendar. However, I forget to note the sender. If this is your request, my apologies! But I hope you get some great reading suggestions. I feel the request is pretty self explanatory: the requester is looking for erotic romances without BDSM elements or relationships. Tara: Meghan O’Brien writes a lot of f/f erotic romance like that. Off the top of my head, I can recommend The Sex Therapist Next Door, Camp Rewind ( A | BN ) and Her Best Friend’s Sister. Sneezy: Oooo – tricky tricky!!!! A lot of Kit Rocha’s backlist under their other pen name, Moira Rogers, probably fits. Their Bloodhound series and Down and Dirty trilogy in particular, and I remember their Southern Arcana series being really hot, too. A | BN | K | AB Frozen by Meljean Brook is another one. Grace Draven also wrote some hella hot novellas. I know Wyvern is still sold, but I’m not sure I’d Draconus still is. Catherine: I have no suggestions but I can see already that this is going to be bad…