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Articles / February 3, 2020

Stripped Stripped by Zoey Castile is $2.99! This is the first book in the Happy Endings series. I read this one and gave it a B grade: Stripped is an uncomplicated romance between two goofy, sexy people. It has a sweetness to it that’s reminiscent of a contemporary friends to lovers trope. If that hits all of your buttons, do read this!  Skilled, sculpted, and sexy, the men of adult entertainment are the kind of guys a woman reserves for her fantasies , not her reality. But is there more to these professional hotties than meets the eye? . . .  The day Robyn Flores meets Zac Fallon is one of those days. You know, when you’re already late for work. Mostly because you haven’t really slept since your best friend abandoned you for her fiancé and her exponentially better life. The kind of day you drag yourself to the cleaners to pick up your laundry, only to discover you’ve got the wrong bag—Star Spangled sequined thong, anyone? So Robyn is definitely not ready for the ridiculously gorgeous guy at her front door, except that they have each other’s clothes. But then, is any woman ever ready to meet the love of her life? There’s just one problem: Zac…

Guest Review: Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid
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Articles / February 3, 2020

A Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid February 3, 2020 · Carina Press Contemporary RomanceRomance In addition to Catherine’s review of Hearts on Hold, we also received this lovely review from Carole B. Carole is a Jamaican immigrant, a lover of politics and popular culture, a Tar Heel by way of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism, and a die hard, unrepentant bookworm. She teaches, researches and writes about media and society, politics, and public opinion. She’s most interested in how gender, race and sexual identity shape how we see, navigate and live in the world. Her upcoming book The Politics of Interracial Romance in American Film, is a comprehensive analysis of the representation, reception and social and political significance of Black-White romantic narratives in American film. … Having more multicultural representation in romance is not the same as having better, more inclusive representation. I’m inordinately happy to report that Charish Reid’s Hearts on Hold is the latter, a complex interracial romance rendered with authenticity, insight and humor. I enjoyed reading this book. A lot. Both main characters are great— interesting, specific and very human. Dr. Victoria Reese is a lovely and ambitious,…

Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid
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Articles / February 3, 2020

Squee Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid February 3, 2020 · Carina Press Contemporary RomanceRomance So it’s going to be very hard to write this review, because basically I am sitting here flailing (which makes it very hard to type), and it is taking everything I’ve got not to just scream “Eeeeeeeee this is so adorable everyone should read it right now!” and then just dive back in for another reread instead of writing a proper review. Therefore, in the interest of not standing between you and an AWESOME ADORABLE SWEET PERFECT CINNAMON ROLL of a book, here is a short list of reasons to one-click on this book. The hero is a children’s librarian who looks like a Viking. He is charming and sexy and kind. (He is also the kind of uncle who lets his niece and her friends hold a slumber party at his house where they play Alanis Morisette and paint his nails.) The heroine is a Black professor of literature who kicks ass both in her profession and also, well, she is a military brat and she can actually kick ass. Even the hero’s, if necessary. She is organised and serious and has a plan…

391. RWA One Month Later, Part IV: A Conversation with Courtney Milan
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Articles / February 3, 2020

Welcome to part four and the final episode in my series on RWA: One Month Later. We’ve heard from C Chilove, Laurel Cremant, and Diana Neal, the officers of CIMRWA, from past RWA president HelenKay Dimon, and from Jessie Edwards, Marketing and PR Manager for RWA. Today, I’m speaking with Courtney Milan. There’s a lot to process, and this is a somewhat emotional interview wherein we talk about what happened, her reactions, and what’s next for her. We also talk intermittently though non-specifically about the physical manifestations of trauma so please be aware going into this episode if that’s something difficult for you to listen to. I’ll be taking this Friday, February 7, off, and I’ll be back on February 14 – Valentine’s Day – with Amanda. See you then! Music: https://www.purple-planet.com You can subscribe to Smart Podcast, Trashy Books at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you catch your favorite shows! Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: If you like the podcast, you can subscribe to our feed, or find us at iTunes. You can also find us on Stitcher, and Spotify, too. We also have a cool…