The Lost Ones by Anita Frank
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Articles / May 30, 2020

D The Lost Ones by Anita Frank November 14, 2019 · HQ Mystery/Thriller CW: The death of a child, sexual assault, suicidal ideation The Lost Ones by Anita Frank lured me in with the promise of a Gothic set in WWI, but the pacing was massively slow and the characters largely unlikeable. As a result, I only finished the book because I needed resolution on the ghostly portion. This book actually made me grind my teeth, and at one point my cat, Dewey, shut the book on me and insisted on therapeutic nose boops. As I said earlier, this book is set in the midst of WWI. Stella Marcham had been working in France as a nurse, until her fiancé is killed in combat and she is sent home to grieve. Stella is overcome with grief, and tries to kill herself but her maid, Annie Burrows, saves her. The relationship between Annie and Stella was one of the things that made my teeth super grindy, but I’ll touch more on that later. Anyway, Stella’s sister, Madeline, asks her to come stay with her at her husband’s family seat, Greyswick. Madeline is pregnant with her first child, and her husband, Hector,…

Podcast 407, Your Transcript is Ready!
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Articles / May 29, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 407. The Privileges of Being a Rakess with Scarlett Peckham has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

A Historical Mystery, a Boxed Set, & More
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Articles / May 29, 2020

Hero in the Highlands Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch is $2.99! This is the first book in the No Ordinary Hero series and has an enemies-to-lovers element. Some readers thought the romance felt forced, while others loved Enoch’s writing. Have you read this? WILD AT HEART Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing. Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands…

The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron
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Articles / May 29, 2020

B- The Girl Next Door by Chelsea Cameron May 26, 2020 · Carina Adores Contemporary RomanceLGBTQIARomance CW lifted from the book: The Girl Next Door includes a description of a sudden past death of a partner. I (Tara) am a Chelsea M. Cameron superfan, so I was excited when Shana asked if I wanted to review this with her. Unfortunately, although there were elements I liked about The Girl Next Door, it ultimately fell a little flat for me. Shana hasn’t read Cameron, but her catnip is small-town romances where a character reluctantly returns to their hometown. She found this a slow, but relaxing read, with squee-worthy heroines, but an occasional overdose of cheesiness. Iris Turner is back in her tiny hometown of Salty Cove, Maine and she’s not happy about it. She had dreams of making it big in marketing in Boston, but she couldn’t find the right job that would pay the bills. So, Iris and her Weimaraner, Dolly Parton, have moved back in with her parents until she can get her shit together. It’s not all bad since her next door neighbour Jude is hot AF. Jude Wicks moved back to Salty Cove a couple of years…

407. The Privileges of Being a Rakess with Scarlett Peckham
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Articles / May 29, 2020

A | BN | K | AB Today, I’m talking rakes, rakesses, and historically ferocious women with Scarlett Peckham. We talk about what she calls her feminist primal scream book, The Rakess, about steely steadfast cinnamon roll heroes, and we deep dive into what we love about characters who destabilize and unpeel one another emotionally and, uh, literally. Also: a sneak peek into what’s next in her Sirens series and for the Charlotte Street series! TW/CW: talk about sexual harassment, the price of being female and speaking up for yourself, the challenges of owning sexuality, domestic violence, workplace harassment and assault, and specific crimes against women – to quote Feminist Survival Project hosts Emily and Amelia Nagoski, Patriarchy, UGH. Thank you to Jacqueline, Carrie, Aarya, Leigh, and Claudia for the questions! … Music: https://www.purple-planet.com Looking for a new show to enjoy? Check out My Imaginary Friends with L. Penelope. Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: You can find Scarlett Peckham at her website, ScarlettPeckham.com, on Instagram @ScarlettPeckham, and on Twitter @ScarlettPeckham. And you can take a peek at the audiobook art for The Rakess – don’t miss it! If…

$2.99 Kindle Daily Deals
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Articles / May 28, 2020

All of today’s titles are part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals, with some spotty price-matching.  Time’s Convert Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness is $2.99! Fans of Harkness, please give me clarification. Can this one be read without reading the  A Discovery of Witches series? Or is that essential to the story? If it’s the latter, Lara just wrote a great post about why the series is such a favorite for her. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.  On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood. Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has…

The Rec League: “Normal” Heroines in Fantasy Romance
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Articles / May 28, 2020

This Rec League was sent into us by Deborah! Is there a good fantasy romance novel or series in which the heroine is normal and STAYS normal? I’m getting a bit tired of the Chosen One cliche and would like to read about a character who doesn’t have a billion hidden/latent talents and solves her problems like all us average plebs. Sarah: I think some of the Laurenston Pride books ( A | BN | K | G | AB | Au | Scribd ) have heroines who are not shifters and stay not shifters. Amanda: Maybe the Kowal Glamourist Histories. ( A | BN | K | G | AB | Au | Scribd ) A | BN | K | AB Also Radiance by Grace Draven EllenM: I second radiance. Pretty sure Master of Crows by Grace Draven ( A | BN | K | AB ) also avoids the “chosen one” fantasy heroine trope, I don’t recall her having any hidden talents other than just being more competent than anticipated. Actually I think I have a few for this; let me think about it. Catherine: I realise that Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher is my answer to…

Ready, Set, Go: Un-Putdownable Romances
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Articles / May 28, 2020

Time for the most evil recommendation feature we have: READY, SET, GO! Here are the rules: We pick a specific sub-genre, trope, or type of romance, and we have to make ONE recommendation for that type. ONE. YES, ONE. And no more than two sentences as to why. It’s a challenge! Which one book do you pick to fill that rec? This month we have a guest request from Susan T: “Since I don’t have to get up quite so early to take the kids to school, I thought that right now might be a great time to have a list of recommendations of books that are likely to re-up one’s membership in the Bad Decisions Book Club. Are there any books that you can recommend that are un-putdownable? Thanks!” Any genre, but just one rec. Ready, set, GO! Sarah: Lately I’ve been deep diving into the Murderbot Diaries, which I’m having a hard time putting down because there’s sarcasm AND action and I’m here for both. BUT, and I’m breaking my own rule here, if I had to put one book as the VIP Elite Access Pass to Bad Decisions Book Club, hmmm. A | BN | K | AB…

Links: Baby Animals & What is Love
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Articles / May 27, 2020

I may have already complained about this, but I’m going to complain again. It’s completely unfair that I have to deal with allergy season when I have avoided going outside way more than usual. And to make all the sinus pressure even worse, I have a wisdom tooth coming in. HOW! WHY! Frankly, this is bullshit. … The Smithsonian Channel is offering a free trial and may I suggest using it to watch their Baby Animal series. … This was linked in our SBTB Slack: Cats as Zoom call participants. I am “Clearly the One Who is Doing Something Else.” Which one are you? … This YouTube channel has brought me so much joy (I know I already posted about it) and I have been listening to this cover song on repeat for the last 48 hours. … This list of emotional regulation tips from therapists has been hugely helpful right now. … Did you know that Alisha Rai has launched a cooking YouTube channel while in quarantine? … Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send…

Tessa Bailey, YA Fantasy, & More
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Articles / May 27, 2020

An Heiress to Remember An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale is $3.99! Elyse read this one and gave it a B: So while it took me awhile to get into An Heiress to Remember, once the hero stopped being a door knob and got over himself, I found the romance compelling. Added to that great details about 19th century department stores as a feminist innovation and some solid femaile friendships, and I had a ton of fun. Can a scandalized heiress… Beatrice Goodwin left Manhattan a duchess and has returned a divorcée, ready to seize control of her fate and the family business. Goodwin’s Department Store, once the pinnacle of fashion, has fallen from favor thanks to Dalton’s, its glamorous competitor across the street. But this rivalry has a distinctly personal edge… And a self-made tycoon… For Wes Dalton, Beatrice has always been the one—the one who broke his young heart by marrying a duke, and now, the one whose cherished store he plans to buy, just so he can destroy it. It’s the perfect revenge against a family who believed he’d never be good enough for their daughter—until Beatrice’s return complicates everything… Find happily ever after at last? While Goodwin’s and…