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Articles / January 27, 2020

Rogue Most Wanted RECOMMENDED: Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor is $1.99! I believe the price will go up to $2.99 later in the week. Elyse gave this one a B+: For me, the charm of Will’s beta-hero kindness, his family’s welcome, and Thea’s realistic relationship with an aging grandparent overrode any irritation I might have had at the plot. There’s one creed all Cavensham men subscribe to: they fall in love completely, and decidedly. But what happens when the woman you fall in love with is already your wife? Rogue Most Wanted is the next book in the sparkling, romantic Cavensham Heiress series by Janna MacGregor. SHE NEEDS TO MARRY HIM Miss Theodora Worth needs to marry fast in order to keep the land within her family. It’s been her heart and home for years, and she’ll not lose it to anyone. There’s just one problem—as a woman who was raised in isolation by her grandfather, she’s completely incapable of pouring a cup of tea, never mind wooing a man. She’ll need a little matchmaking help from her sprightly next-door neighbor in order to find a convenient husband… SO THEY’LL FORM A FAKE ENGAGEMENT Lord William Cavensham’s heart was broken years ago, and since…

Once in a Lube Moon: Why We Need More Lube in Romance
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Articles / January 27, 2020

I love lube. It is an oft-overlooked and quite versatile tool in erotic life. In my not-at-all-humble opinion, it is one of the simplest and most straightforward ways to improve the experience of vaginal penetration. Unfortunately, I don’t think romance loves lube nearly as much as I do. Recently, in a very un-scientific experiment, I searched through my extensive, romance-dominated Kindle library to see how many books mentioned the use of lube during sex. I searched for “lube,” “lubricant,” and “oil” and paged through the results to see which ones were sex-relevant. I was disappointed, but not surprised, to see that the only mentions of using any kind of lube during sex were for anal penetration. No lubricants or oils or other friction-reducing agents were mentioned in the context of vaginal penetration. The books in my collection cover such diverse acts as role-play, bondage, domination and submission, spanking and other pain play, voyeurism, menages, orgies and play parties, mutual masturbation, literal sex magic, analingus, and sex on a church altar (thanks, Sierra Simone!). There are occasionally dildos and sometimes condoms (I could write an entirely different post on the woeful state of birth control and STI protection in romance, but…

Cover Snark: Stomach Cramps But Make Them Sexy
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Articles / January 27, 2020

Get ready for some Cover Snark! Susan: I know this is a fairly mild example, but I was fine with this cover until I noticed the newspaper. Also I think the dude’s leg is pasted on. Tara: The newspaper looks like a flap on his shirt. Elyse: Either she has a pocket or that guy is missing all the fingers on his hand. Amanda: At first, I thought it was tied around his waist like a little satchel. Catherine: I feel like the guy on the left got pasted into the picture after the rest was done. And are the men holding hands through her pocket? Which suggests that it has certain flaws as a pocket. Lara: Maybe the original picture was a lot more… ahem, naughty, and the newspaper is being used to cover up the ass-less jodhpurs he’s actually wearing. Sneezy: It looks like one is wearing white long johns which, as Lara pointed out, may or may not be ass-less. The other guy may just be a floating torso, but definitely seem covetous of the woman’s pockets. Or maybe he made note of what happened to Sméagol. Tara: I…got nothing. Catherine: He looks like he is in…