HaBO: Penny the Pirate
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Articles / May 19, 2020

This HaBO comes from Ellie, who is searching for an older historical romance: I don’t know if I want to reread this, necessarily, but I would like confirmation that this book exists. Who am I kidding? If someone can ID this I’ll read it. I got this book from the library, probably some time in the 1990s. The heroine is American, but she ends up in England for Reasons having to do with her family. Also one of her sisters is missing but I don’t think that’s the main reason she’s there. The heroine and some of her sisters are named after American states. I think the setting is after the American Revolution, but of course the British people keep calling them colonies. I think the heroine is Ginny (Virginia) and her sister is Carolina. There might be a Georgia too. There are also some younger half sisters (maybe twins) but they aren’t named after states. I don’t remember if the hero is a sea captain/British lord (possibly both?). At some point the hero and the heroine are both on a ship. The ship gets boarded by pirates (of course). But one of the pirates is a woman! And the…

Contemporary Romance, a Historical Mystery, & More
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Articles / May 19, 2020

Bonds of Brass RECOMMENDED: Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie is $2.99! Ellen read this one and gave it a B+: I think it has elements to satisfy a wide reading audience: a sizzling slow-burn romance between people with actual significant obstacles to their relationship, a sweeping and epic plot about the rise and fall of empires, gut-wrenching internal character conflict, and wacky space hijinks. A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend–the man he trusts most and might even love–only to learn that he’s secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire. Ettian Nassun’s life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded. He’s spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy and becoming the best pilot in his class. Even better, he’s met Gal Veres–his exasperating and infuriatingly enticing roommate who’s made the Academy feel like a new home. But when dozens of classmates spring an assassination plot on Gal, a devastating secret comes to light: Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Ettian barely manages to save his best friend and flee the compromised Academy unscathed, rattled both that Gal stands to inherit the empire that broke him…

HaBO: M/M Romance with an Ace Wife
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Articles / May 19, 2020

This HaBO is from Elizabeth, who is starting to worry this book is just a figment of her imagination: I am trying to find a book that I read, but only remember a few things. It’s a historic, but I feel like it wasn’t written that long ago. I think that it’s a M/M romance where one hero has to marry this woman in a marriage in name only. I think she is asexual, but she is attracted to watching the husband have sex with his true love. The more I think about it she might a PoC. I can’t find it and am starting to think I made it up. My knowledge of writers of historical romance that are on the sexier side is limited, but this could be a Jenn LeBlanc?

Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James
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Articles / May 19, 2020

B+ Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James May 19, 2020 · Avon Historical: EuropeanRomance I’ve been having a lot of trouble finishing books recently. My mind is distracted, and while I can concentrate well enough on the things I need to do for work or around the house, my ability to fall into a book and lose myself there seems to have evaporated. So when I found myself carrying my Kindle from room to room as I went about my business, reading with one eye on the screen while I replied to text messages or Facebook posts, propping it up against the knife block so I could read it while I chopped quinces (do not try this at home) or rolled out pastry, holding it in one hand while I stirred not-quite-spanakopita filling, and needing to set timers for everything because of my tendency to wander back to my room to read, forgetting that anything was on the stove… yeah, this book broke my reading slump alright. It completely captured me. And yet, I’m struggling to articulate why. It is, in many ways, a very classic, Georgian England-set historical, with a shy wallflower who charms a rather surly…