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Articles / May 10, 2020

Evvie Drake Starts Over RECOMMENDED: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes is $2.99! This currently a price-matched Kindle Daily Deal. We have a lovely guest squee for this one: This is the perfect breezy summer read. It is also the perfect fresh spring read, the perfect crisp fall read, and the perfect cozy winter read. I hope I’ve adequately conveyed that I have so many feelings about this delightful book – and they are all good. In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and she doesn’t correct them. In New York, Dean Tenney, former major-league pitcher and Andy’s childhood friend, is struggling with a case of the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and he can’t figure out why. An invitation from Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button. When Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. Rules, though, have a…

Heiress for Hire by Madeline Hunter
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Articles / May 10, 2020

B- Heiress for Hire by Madeline Hunter April 28, 2020 · Zebra Books Historical: EuropeanRomance Triggers: Minerva is the survivor of an abusive relationship, and while there are no flashbacks, her trauma is well drawn. One character also witnessed/was complicit in a suicide and it’s fairly disturbing to read about. There is also attempted sexual assault of the heroine. Heiress for Hire is, on the face of it, a proper Regency romp. We have two lively and intelligent protagonists, a large quantity of plot, plenty of humour, Dark Secrets, and excellent secondary characters. It’s enormous fun to read, and while it does go to some pretty dark places, and treats the traumas that the protagonists have suffered with seriousness, it is not an angst-driven story. It is also a cosy mystery of sorts, though you need to be prepared for the fact that the principal mystery remains unresolved at the end of this book (I suspect we will find out whodunnit at the end of the third book in the series). Having said that…look, I am the sort of person who will check the last page of a book to make sure that everyone is OK, and I am VERY…

You’re My Pet by Yayoi Ogawa
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Articles / May 10, 2020

B You’re My Pet, Vol. 1 by Yayoi Ogawa June 12, 2019 Contemporary RomanceComicMangaRomance Sometimes a series is just exactly what you thought it was going to be and what you were looking for, and the josei manga series You’re My Pet! was that for me. This 14-volume manga series is comedic, soap-operatic, a little weird, romantic, and hopeful. While I can’t say it’s flawless, I nonetheless loved it. This series was originally released in the US as Tramps Like Us in the 2000s by Tokyopop (although I think You’re My Pet is much closer to the original Japanese title) and it’s recently gotten a digital-only rerelease by Kodansha through Comixology. I tore through all 14 volumes within a couple weeks back before my state went on lockdown, stealing minutes here and there to charge through chapters on my phone. The premise of this manga is that gorgeous, super-accomplished career woman Sumire, who is single and approaching 30 after a bad breakup, finds a much younger guy sleeping in a box on her doorstep one night. She takes him inside, feeds him, and lets him sleep at her place. When it becomes clear he doesn’t want to leave, she somewhat…