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Articles / April 20, 2020

Rookie Move Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen is 99c at Amazon and $2.99 elsewhere! This is book one in the Brooklyn Bruisers series about a hockey team. Both Elyse and I have enjoyed books in this series, though I think we both agree that the second book, Hard Hitter is our favorite. Readers loved the second chance romance in this book, but found the pacing in the first half a bit slow. The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series. In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold… Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington. Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to…

Keeper Shelf: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
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Articles / April 20, 2020

Squee Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder June 1, 2004 · Mira Fantasy/Fairy Tale RomanceScience Fiction/Fantasy CW: child harm, threatened rape, bloody violence How do I love thee, let me count the ways. Specifically, there are six ways in which I love you, Poison Study. Reason, the first: Yelena Yelena is a badass. She survives cruel General Brazell’s torturous “children’s home” by killing her torturer, the General’s son Reyad. Of course, Brazell is now all aboard the SS Vengeance, destination: Yelena. But Yelena has an unlikely hero in The Rules. More on this later. For now, I’d love to rhapsodise a bit more on how extraordinary Yelena is. Usually first person narration drives me a little nuts, but I love being inside Yelena’s perspective. It gives me the distinct pleasure and privilege of seeing the world as a brave, strategic, empathic person sees it. It’s a good place to be. The world building is deftly woven into the narrative. I traverse this world, seeing it through Yelena’s eyes. “Sheltered” as she has been, she and I discover the world around her together. The bravery and openness with which she interacts with her world stokes the fires of my curiosity. Reason,…

Stuff We Like: Animal Crossing New Horizons
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Articles / April 20, 2020

In this very odd time, many of us at SBTB HQ are finding solace in Animal Crossing New Horizons. What’s that, you ask? It’s a very soothing and wholesome game on the Nintendo Switch that focuses on island management and decoration. If you’ve played Stardew Valley, it’s akin to that, but with no romancing options or dungeons. Want to hear why we love the game so much? Click on over! We talk about our experiences with the game and the franchise, plus show off our islands!