Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone
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Articles / March 25, 2020

B- Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone March 24, 2020 · Lake Union Publishing Mystery/Thriller Content warnings: childhood sexual abuse, murder, sociopathy I have read and reread Jane Doe (Book 1 in the series) more times than I can feasibly count. So it was with an intense case of Grabby Hands that I dove for Problem Child, a novel that follows Jane during the next step in her life. And…well…. It pains me to say this, but it was okay. It’s a solid, capable book, but it never reaches the dizzying heights of its predecessor. First book summary! Jane spent the first book meting out the most glorious justice on a fuckboy whose cruelty had prompted her best (and only) friend to kill herself. At the close of book one, Jane is living happily in Minneapolis with her cat. She has a boyfriend, Luke, who finds her coldness a ‘cooling balm.’ He doesn’t know she’s cold because she’s a sociopath. At the start of book 2, unfortunately, Luke is about to mess up their happy ending by suggesting that he and Jane live together. Jane freaks out and finds a convenient excuse to temporarily escape the situation by agreeing to…

HaBO: Historical Heroine in Love with the Gardener
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Articles / March 24, 2020

This HaBO was sent in by Wizard Karate, who is hoping to find this historical romance: I’m copy-pasting a request I posted on r/romancebooks yesterday and someone suggested I should try this site. The book I can’t remember is an historical romance I read a couple of years ago… So the plot goes something like this: Heroine is married to an evil man (duh) but she feels attracted to their mansion’s gardener, the hero of the story (I don’t really remember if he was a gardener or another sort of employee). She is very rich and he is poor. Hero has an accident while working so he ends up being cared for at the heroine’s house. I don’t exactly remember how but the thing is that the evil husband wants her to become pregnant with the gardener (or whatever he was lol) so he forces her to have an affair with him while he’s recovering at their mansion. And then, well, the usual, heroine and hero fall in love, she gets pregnant, love wins, and yada yada. I’m not sure if I may have possibly mixed up two historical romances, I don’t think so…? I read this book last year…

A Romantic Comedy, Mistletoe, & More
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Articles / March 24, 2020

Ancillary Justice Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is $3.99! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals! I know Carrie really loves this book (and the entire series, I believe). It’s also a Hugo Award winner! Readers really loved the scifi world building, though some admitted wanting more action in the first book of the Imperial Radch series. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.   On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       Not the Girl You Marry Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher is $2.99! This a romantic comedy inspired by How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Readers seemed to love the hero, but weren’t exactly sold…

HaBO: Kindergarten Teacher with Baby Fever
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Articles / March 24, 2020

This HaBO is from Kate who is looking for this contemporary romance: This was a book I read in the 90s or early aughts. It may have been part of an anthology. He was a professional athlete. She was a bookish and attractive kindergarten teacher. Her name might have been Violet or something flowery. She wants to have a baby. She goes on a lake sailing/boating date with some guy while wearing an American flag bikini and falls overboard. She gets picked up by the athlete in his boat. He decides to help her with the baby project, au naturel, at his condo. They develop a relationship, but one of them gets an attorney involved to deal with parenting stuff, and it creates a trust issue. They work it out. Sound familiar?

The Return by Rachel Harrison
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Articles / March 24, 2020

B+ The Return by Rachel Harrison March 24, 2020 · Berkley Horror Oh guys, I cannot handle creepy books, and this was a creepy book, and not a romance, and also gross and scary. It was also a book that I devoured in a single day and could not get out of my mind. I was sold on this book by the promise of feminist horror, and that’s what I got, so if feminist horror is your jam then you will probably like this book about four friends and a very bad hotel. Once upon a time, Mae, Molly, Elise, and Julie became friends at college. They don’t have much in common other than finely honed sarcasm skills and trauma in their past. Of the four friends, Elise (the book’s narrator) and Julie are the closest. So when Julie disappears while on a hike and is presumed dead, Elise is sure that Julie is still alive. Surely, Elise thinks, she would feel it if Julie died. Points to Elise, because two years after disappearing Julie turns up with our old friend amnesia (or, as I like to say, AMNESIA!). Shortly after Julie’s return, Mae and Molly decide that what they…

Even More $2.99 Romance Sales!
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Articles / March 23, 2020

The Kiss Quotient RECOMMENDED: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is $2.99! I’m jealous of those who get to read this for the first time. We had a wonderful guest squee of this and it was my favorite read of 2018: I truly loved this book. Loved. It made me feel like a champagne bubble – all fizzy and light. When I think of all the magical feelings romance gives its readers, I will forever think of this book. A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick. Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and…

Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown
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Articles / March 23, 2020

C Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown March 16, 2020 · Entangled: Love Struck Contemporary RomanceRomance Content Warning Content warning: Sexism, fatphobia, misogyny, emotional abuse. There are also mentions of food in the book and my review. This book knocked me sideways with its charm, but nuts and bolts were falling apart for me from the second half. By the end I was infuriated with how some things were mishandled and other fucked up things were shoehorned in. A lot of what’s good about this book was really good, but the things that didn’t work for me downgraded my experience a lot. Matzah Ball Surprise is about Gaby and Levi who both have Passover blues for different reasons. Gaby is constantly pressured to have a boyfriend by her family. Her mom blames Gaby for being dumped by her toxic and emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, and even encourages Gaby to get back together with him. Levi is having boundary issues with his ex because she wants them to continue pretending to still be engaged so her father will lend her the money she needs to start her business. Levi hates lying, especially to his family, and reenacting the Loving Couple skit for…

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
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Articles / March 23, 2020

C If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane March 24, 2020 · William Morrow Paperbacks Contemporary RomanceHumorRomance If I Never Met You is a sweet, but very angsty, fake-relationship romance that is let down terribly by its advertising and blurb: If faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real? When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling—not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility. Jamie Carter doesn’t believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind….

$2.99 Romance Kindle Daily Deals!
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Articles / March 22, 2020

Note: All of these save for Love Lettering are part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals, so grab them while you can! Love Lettering RECOMMENDED: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn is $2.99 at Amazon! I think this deal started on Friday, so it could end very soon. Aarya gave this one an A: Love Lettering is a special book that I’ll hold close to my heart for a long time. It’s a quiet romance with quiet protagonists, but sometimes it’s the quiet moments that echo the loudest. In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts a woman’s business—and her heart—in jeopardy . . .   Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his polished fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid.   A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find…

Learning to Knit and Keeping in Touch
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Articles / March 22, 2020

The news is bleak right now and a lot of people are self-isolating to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those things combined can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness, and if you are feeling them, trust me, you are not alone. I’ve had to turn off the news almost entirely and have been talking more with my friends around the country than I have in years. I’ve also been knitting more to keep my brain and hands busy. I’m clearly not alone. Ravelry reported they had 420,000 pattern downloads on Wednesday March 18th (175,000 is typical). I normally socialize with my fellow knitters during knit nights and our twice monthly knitting and gaming group. We are still doing those things, but using technology to get together from our own homes. Our Friday night Knit Night will be held using Google Hangouts, which is a free way for people to hang out together and chat. For knitting and gaming we will be using Discord, also free, to video chat and Roll20 to play the game. Roll20 has paid and free versions depending on how you want to use it. How to Stay Connected Need to connect with someone but…