HaBO: Hero is Obsessed with Bows
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Articles / March 10, 2020

This HaBO comes from Morgan, who wants to find the first romance they ever read: Lately I’ve been thinking about the first romance I ever read and I cannot remember the title/author! I’m a librarian so I’ve tried the usually Google tricks, etc, but am coming up with nada. I got it in the bargain bin at a Books A Million in 1999 (ish) and it was a slim (no more than 300 pgs) paperback- I’m thinking Avon? It had a white woman on the cover, rolling in some clover or on a lawn or something. The main color on the cover was definitely green. It took place in post-1900 America, and for some reason, I really think it was on the west coast. The hero was (of course) a rich widowed man with a child, and I remember she was sneaking around his desk (which he later has sex with her on) and then she gets hired as a nanny. I remember he loved the sexy bow (?!) on the back of her dress. He then gives her a bow, or a hat with a bow on it as a gift. I don’t think it was by a popular…

Three Historicals and a Cowboy
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Articles / March 10, 2020

Highland Crown Highland Crown by May McGoldrick is $2.99! Elyse read this one and gave it a C, but notes: If you like historicals with a lot of fast-paced action and don’t mind insta-love, then this book may work nicely for you. She also mentioned it feels more like a historical adventure with romantic elements than an outright romance. Inverness, 1820 Perched on the North Sea, this port town―by turns legendary and mythological―is a place where Highland rebels and English authorities clash in a mortal struggle for survival and dominance. Among the fray is a lovely young widow who possesses rare and special gifts. WANTED: Isabella Drummond A true beauty and trained physician, Isabella has inspired longing and mystery―and fury―in a great many men. Hunted by both the British government and Scottish rebels, she came to the Highlands in search of survival. But a dying ship’s captain will steer her fate into even stormier waters. . .and her heart into flames. FOUND: Cinaed Mackintosh Cast from his home as a child, Cinaed is a fierce soul whose allegiance is only to himself. . .until Isabella saved his life―and added more risk to her own. Now, the only way Cinaed can…

HaBO: Cross Country Train Ride
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Articles / March 10, 2020

This HaBO is from Elle, who wants to find this historical romance: I’ve been doing a bunch of searching on both SBTB, GoodReads, and Google, and am not finding a specific novel I remember loving from my formative early romance reading days. Key plot points: It was historical set in the US with a train journey cross-country. I think the heroine was a writer? Maybe a journalist. And she maybe wore spectacles. The hero might have been a train robber – I’m really not sure on that, but I vaguely remember that he wasn’t the best dude at first. They were forced to stay in the same hotel room (of course), and he protected her. This would have been published before 1995, I think, before I went to college. Thanks for any help you can provide! Very interested if the hero is a train robber!

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S24 E11: Why is this two episodes long?
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Articles / March 10, 2020

It’s Monday night and the first of a two-part Bachelor finale is about to air. Why does it have to be two parts? Because the Rose God is cruel. How much wine will it take me to get through this? Too much. Will this be the most dramatic season ever? Fuck no. Peter is as exciting as a moldering dishcloth. Shit, he spent part of this season actively trying to keep all of the women from walking off in disgust. He HIT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD WITH A GLASS AND NEEDED 22 STITCHES. There has been plenty of speculation as to what the finale to this season will entail. Does Peter end up with a producer? Is one of the women pregnant? Do I care? I can 100% confirm this spoiler: no, I do not. Let’s do this We open up in the studio in LA where Chris Harrison hides during the daylight hours. He tells us that this will be “one of the most controversial and shocking” finales ever. Whatever Chris Peter is in Alice Springs, Australia. He reunites with his family, and his mom acts like he’s been off to war instead of falling into golf carts. Hannah Ann…

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
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Articles / March 10, 2020

D Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams March 10, 2020 · Berkley Contemporary RomanceRomance Content Warning: Sexual Harassment, #MeToo and the costs of reporting Undercover Bromance is an enemies to lovers story that plays with traditional romantic tropes in some clever ways. I have very mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed reading it, and I think it was trying to do some fairly interesting and ambitious things. And it succeeded in some of them; the recurring theme of fantasy/perfection as a romantic hero versus the authenticity/respect for what the heroine actually wants was very deftly done, and an interesting take on the genre. Unfortunately, there were a few things that bugged me even on my first read, and when I started to think about the story critically, I found that it fell apart at the seams. While I admire the attempt to tackle the #MeToo movement and the problems of sexual harrassment in the workplace, in the end it fell short for me in some critical ways, and for a book that is so eager to engage with feminist theory, I felt that its handling of feminism was a bit clumsy. And the epilogue absolutely ruined the story…