Magical Realism, a Mystery, & More
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Articles / April 30, 2020

Spellbound Spellbound by Allie Therin is $1.99! This is a gay fantasy historical romance with a dash of mystery. Most readers loved the writing, while others wished the execution were better. Reviews also mention that this one has closed door/off the page sex scenes. To save Manhattan, they’ll have to save each other first…  1925 New York Arthur Kenzie’s life’s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it. When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects. This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psychometric…and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogether. Rory Brodigan’s gift comes with great risk. To protect himself, he’s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques. But with the city’s fate hanging in the balance, he can’t force himself to say no. Being with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory’s ever-growing attraction to him begins to make him brave. And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form. One that proves impossible to break—even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep…

Minor Admin Note: Comment Hearts Are Back!
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Articles / April 30, 2020

On Christmas Eve last year (remember that? It was like sixty-twelve years ago) the comment liking plugin was really unhappy, and was dragging the load time of the site. So I turned it off. A number of you emailed to ask where the hearts on comments had gone, as it was a feature y’all really liked (ba-dum-bum). So! I’ve done some investigating and have re-enabled the comment liking. Woo! You should see little hearts next to comments that you can click on to like them. I have disabled logging of those likes to comply with international laws on privacy so I don’t have records of what IP likes what (you like what you like, right? Right!). But if you would be so kind as to help me test the comment likes a bit, I’d be very grateful. You can leave a comment here (tell us a joke! Say hello from where you are!) and like different comments. If you notice a problem or if the site slooooooooooooooooows down to a whoa-crawl, let me know here or at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom. I’ll be keeping an eye on the site, too. Thank you!

The Rec League: Supportive Brothers
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Articles / April 30, 2020

This latest Rec League is inspired by a discussion I had during one of my romance book club meetings. I can’t remember what book we read, though I think it was a historical romance. But in a lot of cases, in books where there is a brother/sister sibling relationship, the brother is usually an asshole or even the bad guy. They’re judgmental about their sister’s dating life, is ruining her financially, or is somehow impeding her independence and autonomy. So I’m personally asking for romances with healthy brother/sister dynamics! Carrie: The many generations of Bridgertons ( A | K | G | AB ) have mutually supportive brothers who lend their names and hearts to many a spin off novel. Claudia: That’s easy — Loretta Chase’s Carsington Brothers, and I always thought the earl dad deserved a prequel. Carrie: Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie has a pair of brothers that start off somewhat codependent but who end up being mutually supportive. AJ: The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer has a pretty good brother, as I recall, although he doesn’t get his own separate sequel. Amanda: I THINK the original siblings in the first Maiden Lane books may qualify. The brother…