Links: Resolutions, Fiber Libraries, & More
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Articles / February 19, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday Links! I had to double (and triple) check that it was Wednesday, as Monday holidays always mess with my sense of time. SBTB hopes you all had a great Valentine’s Day, whether your date was with a partner or just yourself. Though I am in a relationship, I took myself to an afternoon showing of Birds of Prey. Seeing it a second time was still a joyful experience. … Sticking with your New Year’s resolutions? Fell off the wagon already and ready to get back on? Regardless of which camp you’re in, Frolic has some romance recs based on your 2020 goals! … You may have heard of Little Free Libraries, but what about a Little Free Fiber Library? If you’re in the Philly area, you can check it out! … Sarah: Rothy’s have released a new shoe, the Mary Jane. It’s so adorable I wanted to make sure you knew about it. I shared an image with Amanda last night, who promptly replied, “Well, those are cute.” Brace yourself! They also come in black and leopard (I think that’s leopard? Maybe cheetah? I am not good at identifying animal prints): I’ve mentioned Rothy’s before as they are…

YA Royals, Gothic Romance, & More
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Articles / February 19, 2020

The Wolf at the Door The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara is $1.99 at Amazon! This is a m/m paranormal romance and was recommended by Aarya in our Underrated Authors & Romances Rec League. Though this one wasn’t Aarya’s favorite in the series, she still really liked this one. A former FBI agent is partnered with the enemy in this suspenseful male/male shifter romance from debut author Charlie Adhara Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton’s plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park. Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. But as far as Cooper’s concerned, it’s failing. As they investigate a series of mysterious deaths unlike anything they’ve seen, every bone in Cooper’s body is suspicious of his new partner—even when Park proves himself as competent as he is utterly captivating. When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets. And though he’d resolved to keep things professional, Cooper’s friction with Park soon erupts…into a physical need that can’t…

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S24 E8: Why is there an airplane in here?
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Articles / February 19, 2020

Welcome to the cringey-est night in television–the hometowns episode of The Bachelor. Tonight Peter travels to Madison, Kelsey, Hannah Ann, and Victoria F’s respective hometowns where he meets their families. Why is the secondhand embarrassment so high? Because a lot of the time, contestants’ families aren’t really prepared for the shitshow that is this franchise. Not to mention that visiting with a dude who is dating your daughter, and three other women, and who might have sex with them in the Fantasy Suite is just fucking weird. First up is Hannah Ann, who is from Knoxville, Tennessee. She tells Peter that her dad is a tough guy, and that she needs Peter to toughen up. They go axe throwing and are not good at it. Remember how last episode Hannah Ann wrote Peter a list of the reasons why she likes him (and how she doted her i’s with hearts?)? Well, Peter wrote her a list too. He says he loves how “intentional” she is, and I have no idea what that means. Then they meet Hannah Ann’s family. Her father, Rick, is clearly not impressed. “We were excited to see Hannah Ann…and then of course she went and brought…

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
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Articles / February 19, 2020

A The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James February 18, 2020 · Berkley Mystery/Thriller The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James was the feminist, cold-case mystery I didn’t know I was waiting for. It has everything. It has intrepid amateur detectives. It has vengeful female ghosts. It has delicious justice and women coming together to deliver it. Added to all of that, the mystery was executed perfectly. In fact, here’s the one-line review I posted on Twitter: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James is so good that I realized my hands where shaking when I was turning pages at the end. Highly recommend — Elyse (@ElyseIndeed) February 15, 2020 The book is set in two different timelines, 2017 and 1982. In 1982, Viv Delaney is struggling with her parents’ divorce. She runs off intending to make it big in New York City, but winds up in the small upstate town of Fell instead. She ends up taking a job at the Sun Down Motel, a rundown motor lodge, watching the office during the night shift. The Sun Down Motel is a character in its own right. It’s outdated and weirdly suspended in time. It’s also definitely…

HaBO: Travel Agent, Maybe Rachel?
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Articles / February 18, 2020

This HaBO comes from Priya, who is looking for a possible category romance: I read this (possibly Silhouette) romance in the mid-90’s. The heroine is a travel agent who once married an older man and adopted a son with him, but is now a widow raising a teenager by herself. The hero is a well-off business dude who’s only just discovered that his high school sweetheart got pregnant and gave up his/their baby without telling him that she was ever pregnant. He’s tracked the baby down (who is now being raised by the heroine) and wants to get to know him. And he ends up falling in love with the kid’s mom. Does anyone remember this book? I think it was called “Loving Rachel” but the only book I can find with that name is a memoir and decidedly not a Silhouette romance. So maybe I’m wrong about the title. Would love to know if anyone else remembers this book. Sound familiar to anyone?

Time Travel, Dragons, & More
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Articles / February 18, 2020

Garden Spells RECOMMENDED: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is $2.99! This author became an auto-buy for me after I read this book as a part of a GoodReads reading challenge. I would liken this book to women’s fiction with a magical realism slant. It’s heartwarming and beautiful and has a 4-star rating on GR. I even wrote a Keeper Shelf squee for it; that’s how much I love this book. In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.… The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures. A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her…

HaBO: Hero Abandoned on the Docks
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Articles / February 18, 2020

This HaBO request is from Susan, who is searching for a historical romance: Hero’s backstory: He is the son of a Duke (?) and his mom hates his dad so much she drops the hero off on the London docks/Thames waterfront when he is a small child. He gets put to work as a mudlark along with other young boys. When he is years older, maybe 8 to 12 yeas old, his father somehow finds him and takes him back into the life he should have led. He’s married and the heroine also has a troubled past. Her mother died in a carriage accident on a bridge over the Thames, and there is some controversy about a missing necklace. In the end the hero proves his love by using the mad skills he developed as a child (as if, just got to love these bananas books!) swimming underwater. He dives down and miraculously finds the lost necklace. How deep is that dive?

Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
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Articles / February 18, 2020

C+ Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas February 18, 2020 · Avon Historical: EuropeanRegencyRomance In Chasing Cassandra, the sixth book in the Ravenels series, railway magnate Tom Severin finally gets his turn to be the hero. I have been hoping for a book about Tom since he was introduced in the first book in the Ravenels series. After all, I love to read about a Sad Historical Businessman brought low by love! Unfortunately, while I enjoyed this book, it also pained me because I felt like it could have been so much more. We open on the wedding of Pandora and Gabriel, who were the main couple from a previous book in the series, Devil in Spring. This wedding is where Tom and Cassandra meet. Tom is basically instantly smitten with Cassandra, but he’s also afraid of how intensely she makes him feel. Cassandra is charmed by Tom, but wants to marry for love, and Tom claims to be incapable of that. Most of the book describes their quite entertaining will-they-or-won’t-they quasi-courtship over the course of many months. There are plenty of accidental meetings, meddling relatives and secretaries, an adorable orphan child named Bazzle, one or more humorous lice infestations, and,…

Dukes, Soldiers, & More
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Articles / February 17, 2020

Death Below Stairs RECOMMENDED: Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley is $1.99! It was a previous book club pick and Sarah has great things to say about the series: I love the whole series and it’s on my short (very short) list of books to give to friends who are grieving. Competence porn, women looking after one another, and a wonderful set of characters. And food porn too. High grade. Proceed with caution if hungry or do yourself a big gifty favor and read with snacks. Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne. Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin’s…

Caption That Cover: A Throwback
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Articles / February 17, 2020

For this caption contest, we’re going Old Skool! This was sent in to us by Ashley for Cover Snark consideration. Here’s what Ashley said: I’m kind of afraid of the animal fur dress she’s wearing, but also will not lie to you. I’d probs wear it. It looks fun and warm. Once I stop looking at the dress though, I notice the man has no pants? So I’m glad he custom fashioned an absolute banger of a dress for her, but can he please make himself some a nice pair of fur pants for himself as well? Some of these older covers are really worthy of being made into prints and I so wish the image quality was better on these older scans to do so. Comment below with your caption! Caption that cover however you wish! Want to take guesses on what animal produce that fur? Maybe you have questions on how they get their hair so shiny and soft looking! The best captioner will receive a $10 bookstore credit to a book retailer of their choosing. Standard disclaimers apply: We are not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Open to international residents where permitted by applicable law. Must…