HaBO: Bare Root Roses, Not a Euphemism
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Articles / April 28, 2020

This HaBO request comes from Irene, who is trying to identify a book her housemate keeps talking about: My housemate has been describing this book to me, and I am, frankly, desperate to read it. Things she remembers: The heroine is the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman and his mistress. The heroine is destined for a life as a mistress, and her mother and her mother’s friends are trying to set her up with a nice young man as her first paramour. The heroine and hero agree to fake a relationship for REASONS. (Her mother and her friends are trying to do right by her within their scope, they are not bad people) He is supposed to bring her flowers, and the heroine’s mother sees him bring…a bare branch? And her friend goes “No! This is trouble! He has brought her a BARE ROOT ROSE! THE MOST ROMANTIC GIFT.” At some point the hero and heroine are FORCED INTO MARRIAGE and he goes off feeling like he was LURED. The heroine’s parents have broken up because her father said ‘how dare you lure my daughter into being a mistress!’ and her mother is all ‘I’M YOUR MISTRESS’. At some point…

Hugo & Nebula Award Nominees and Winners
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Articles / April 28, 2020

Gideon the Ninth RECOMMENDED: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir is $2.99! AJ and I did a lot of squeeing about this one on a podcast episode. Will you understand what’s going on? Probably not, but you’ll have a lot of fun being clueless. I also gave it a B+: Gideon the Ninth is a unique and bloody bananapants book, and I do think it’s worth a reader’s curiosity. Gideon is an unforgettable protagonist. Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton. The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service. Harrowhark…

HaBO: Austenland Erotica
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Articles / April 28, 2020

This HaBO request is from J, who is looking for this romance with Regency cosplay: I think I read this around 2014 or 2015. The heroine is some kind of Regency expert and she’s invited to this country house, which has been restored, and the guests are supposed to dress in period costume and live as though they are in Regency England. There’s an age difference between her and the hero – I think she’s older, which isn’t as common. There’s also a subplot with the gay couple who run the spa/retreat and one of their employees. I think it’s a little one sided. The heroine is scattering her recently deceased husband’s ashes at the beginning of the book and there’s some angst over being attracted to the hero, who I think is a fellow guest. It’s resolved by the heroine discovering her late husband’s affair with a student, so she suddenly feels no guilt. I think it was HQN maybe? One of those black covered trade PB with the heroine in a fancy (purple?) dress that were so popular at the time. Thanks, Bitchery! Who knows this one?

Flying Gold by Vanessa North
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Articles / April 28, 2020

B+ Flying Gold by Vanessa North April 27, 2020 · Carina Press Romance Sometimes the right book comes along just when you need it, and that was Flying Gold for me. I love reading about a heroine’s personal growth but have no patience for heroes who have to learn not to be assholes. I’ve been easily distracted lately, and this second chance romance set in a world I know nothing about, amateur classic car racing, hit my sweet spot. My tolerance for plot stress is zero right now, and I was worried the racing storyline would be too competitive for my tender heart. Luckily, the focus was less on racing (or the main characters’ past disagreements) and more on how their love for cars reminded them of their teenage longing for one another. The main characters in this book pick up their intense teenage romance after ten years, without the bog of eternal flashbacks. This gave me the headiness of instant emotional connection, without needing the suspension of disbelief that instalove requires. Matt is a cinematographer who left small town Georgia to follow his moviemaking dreams in Hollywood. Now he’s back on location in Atlanta for several months, and reliving…