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Margrethe Martin

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Tropes We Love: Fake Relationships

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 19, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in tropes, list

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Editor's Note - This post is from Margrethe, but we're planning to make some more of these posts in the future. For now, you can check out the posts Suzanne wrote for RomBkLove on Road Trip Romances and Neighbors!

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Review: Sit. Stay. Love., by Karis Walsh

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 8, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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First, this book was fine. I have no massive complaints or warnings. It’s a perfectly fine book that took me 35% to get into, and then there was no strong emotional arc to keep me engaged. Second, this is my biggest quibble, the book acts like it takes place in a small town, but Yakima is not a small town. So, you have to ignore that Yakima is a real place and a city of more than 90,000 people, and embrace the small town-ness.

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Review: Playing House, by Ruby Lang

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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Some books feel like they were written for you, as if an author is eavesdropping on what you want in a book and what you like in books, and part of me wants to accuse Ruby Lang of bugging my house. Playing House is charming and almost breezily free of plot. It’s two messy people going through big changes in their lives and finding each other at the right time.

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Review: Spellbound, by Allie Therin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 23, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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In a surprising turn, I might actually be a fan of historical fantasy/paranormal romances. Spellbound is the second such book I’ve read this year (three if we count The True Queen) where I slip easily into the story and never fight the setting. The worldbuilding in Spellbound is complete and unobtrusive, so there’s never a sense of missing a detail or puzzle pieces that don’t fit. But the best thing about the book is actually the relationship between Arthur and Rory.

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Review: Never a Bride, by Megan Frampton

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 16, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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After my self-imposed exile from romance (I needed a refresh)*, this was one of the first romances I read. And reading Never a Bride was like rushing back home into a warm embrace. There was my current favorite trope: fake relationship. There was a woman who refused to apologize for what she wanted and deserved.

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Review: Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 5, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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If writing the word “squee” was an appropriate review, I would write that here. It’s such a warm and generous book that I want to go around telling everyone and forcing them to read it.

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Review: Her Royal Highness, by Rachel Hawkins

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 17, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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For a book that pretty much opens with heartbreak, Her Royal Highness is a fairly low angst young adult romance, which means it’s totally my speed. And the charm of the book rests in how Millie (a scholarship student from Texas) and Flora (the Scottish princess) reveal their weaknesses and hurts to each other to become both friends and girlfriends.

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Review: Breaking Character, by Lee Winter

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 6, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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True confession: this book should not have worked for me, and yet, it totally did. Somehow between all of the things I don’t typically like (celebrities, closeted characters, a queer character hung up on a straight person), I inhaled Breaking Character. Such a satisfying slow burn.*

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Review: The Lady Is Daring, by Megan Frampton

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 4, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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Sometimes I want to live in a haze of fluffy romances filled with heroines who are underestimated and stodgy heroes who need to loosen up. And The Lady Is Daring fit the bill perfectly. Is there some suspension of disbelief needed? Obviously. Is there a moment of “I know something bad is going to happen, why don’t the characters see it coming?” Yes. But here I am before you as someone who loves wrapping herself up in these stories.

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Review: Ayesha at Last, by Uzma Jalaluddin

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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I never underestimate the skill it takes to make something new out of something beloved, and Jalaluddin did it (seeming with ease) with Ayesha at Last. Retellings can be a difficult type of book because something as beloved as Pride and Prejudice comes with the expectations of everyone who loved the book (or zombie book), or the miniseries, or the movie (or zombie movie). As a reader, there’s this hope that all the beats will be there and that all of the characters you love or hate will be there too.

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