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Articles / January 9, 2020

The Bawdy Bride The Bawdy Bride by Amanda Scott is $1.99! This is a historical romance that was originally published in 1995 and seems to have Gothic elements. Some reviews mention there are some hefty old school vibes, while others said they were surprisingly bored. A marriage of convenience flames into a treacherous, passionate liaison in bestselling author Amanda Scott’s spellbinding Regency tale. As the third and last unwed daughter of an earl, Lady Anne Davies doesn’t expect her marriage to be a love match. She is in need of a husband. Lord Michael St. Ledgers needs a woman to run his home and be a mother to his orphaned niece and nephew. It seems the ideal business arrangement. When Anne travels to Michael’s ancestral estate, the Priory, deep in the Derbyshire countryside, she starts to uncover his disturbing secrets. Michael’s brother perished under mysterious circumstances, and now someone at the Priory is stalking her. As Anne begins to fear for her life, she realizes that the greatest danger may come from the man she has come to trust–and love. Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       You’re Still the…

Movie Review: Little Women (2019)
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Articles / January 9, 2020

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Greta Gerwig A- Classic Where should I start with this movie, you guys? Should I start with the acting? The costuming? The structure? The subversion of romance? The female rage? Single moments of brilliance? The warmth and love and humor? The personal note that after I read Little Women as a child I called my own mom “Marmee” for a year which suggests that I am not an impartial viewer? This movie is remarkable. Little Women is the story of the four March sisters, especially Jo, as they leave the relative freedom of childhood and face the problem of how to live as adults in a time of limited choices for women, especially women who are genteely poor. The semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott was published in 1868 and 1869 (in two volumes). Every generation reads it differently and adapts it differently. For 2019, we get a version that focuses on Jo’s frustration with her role as a woman, as well as her bond with her understanding mother, played by Laura Dern, and her bonds with her sisters. There has already been so much writing about this movie that I’m only going to…

The Rec League: Jim & Pam
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Articles / January 9, 2020

I swear this request came through my email. Can I find it? Absolutely not. For those who are unfamiliar, Jim and Pam are two characters from The Office and they have a romance that spans several seasons. They started off as really good work friends. For a long time, they could never get the timing right on their relationship. Until they did. And it was wonderful. When I’m having a bad day, I like to watch the episode where they get married. It gives me a good kind of cry. Anyway, we’re looking for romances that have a Jim & Pam quality. Sarah: For someone who hasn’t watched The Office (raises hand) can someone explain what that means? Amanda: Hmmmmm workplace friends to lovers probably with a beta hero? Sarah:Got it! A Shana: My favorite office workplace is Austin Chant’s m/m romance Coffee Boy…but there’s a power difference between the two heroes, one is the supervisor on a political campaign and the other is an intern (and trans, yay!). I loved this quiet little romance. However, my recollection is that while Jim is technically higher in the office hierarchy than Pam, the difference seemed minimal. Is that true? It’s been a…