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…