Links: Cats, Rats, & More
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Articles / February 12, 2020

Hey there! Welcome back to Wednesday Links! Here, we share some fun, insightful, or otherwise pretty neat things that we’ve seen around the internet recently. It’s a nice way to take a break in your day, maybe over lunch or a much-needed afternoon cup of coffee. … Have you seen that nickname Lord Byron had for William Wordsworth? … In the NY area? Berkley is having a fancy shindig with some authors on the 18th! There will be books and cocktails! … I feel like it’s necessary for me to post something 50 Shades of Grey related this week. How about 50 Shades of Grey cats? … Author Malinda Lo wrote an amazing piece of the lack of lesbians in YA. While the essay is YA focused, I feel like there are a lot of parallels to the romance genre. … I am obsessed with the Best and Worst Rat of the week from Rachie’s Ratirement Home. View this post on Instagram #ROTW featuring #Johnny and #Button Check out some of our favourites! @theunusualpetvets @alison_ratwise @therescuecollective #RachiesRatirementHome #thisiswhyifoster #thisislove #mylittleloves #mylittleratbags #shenanigans #cutiepatooties #fostering #fosterbabies #ratrescue #rescuebabies A post shared by Rachie's Ratirement Home (@rachiesratirementhome) on Jan 27, 2020 at…

Highlanders, YA Fantasy, & More
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Articles / February 12, 2020

A Duke by Default RECOMMENDED: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole is $1.99! We read this for my book club and we all agreed there wasn’t enough blacksmithing and sword-making. Carrie enjoyed this one and gave it an A-: This is such a solid book – it’s tear-jerking, it’s inspiring, it’s sexy and romantic, it’s interesting (sword history!) and it’s funny. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr. Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project. Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the…

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S24 E7: Peru
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Articles / February 12, 2020

This week on The Bachelor, Peter, Hannah Ann, Madison, Natasha, Kelley, Kelsey and Victoria F travel to Peru. Peter has a lot of paring down to do because next week is hometowns, where the Bachelor meets the families of 4 of the remaining contestants (it’s also the episode with the most secondhand embarrassment). Peter stops by the ladies’ hotel to tell them he’s serious about this season ending in marriage and asks them to be honest about why they are there. In head wound news, the bandage is off the gash on his head and the stitches are out. Since he can’t operate a golf cart and a glass at the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if he reopens it somehow. The first one-on-one date goes to Madison. Like a six-year-old, Peter points out to Madison that he took the Band-Aid off his ouchie and she tells him his scar looks like he got into a fight with a tiger. Click for me They go fishing, eat ceviche, and drink on a boat. Then they make out and there is a disturbing amount of tongue. During the dinner they aren’t allowed to eat, Madison tells Peter that her religion is…

A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers
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Articles / February 12, 2020

D- A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers February 11, 2020 · Redhook Science Fiction/Fantasy CW/TW: sexual assault, violence A Witch In Time is billed as the story of magically star-crossed lovers, both artists, cursed to be reincarnated and live out their doomed affair again and again throughout history. Based on the description and premise, I thought this book was going to be an atmospheric, poetic, romantic, and maybe slightly sad book with some occult elements. Not only was it not really any of those things, it was also an incredible mess. This book is, as the Young People would say, not it. My primary reactions were irritation, anger, boredom, and very occasional, grudging, momentary enjoyment before I got irritated, angry, or bored again. The structure and plotting, world-building, characters, and “romance” (if you can even call it that) were all weak. Sexual violence is handled quite poorly and insensitively. In fact, there were so many things I disliked about this book that I had to make a list and sort it by order of priority to decide what I was actually going to discuss in my review. To be able to adequately describe what all is going on here,…