Review: The Beautiful Things Shoppe, by Philip William Stover

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 22, 2021 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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The Beautiful Things Shoppe is one of those magical enemies-to-lovers romances in which neither character comes off like a jerk. Danny and Prescott end up sharing an antiques shop and have completely opposite approaches to the venture. Danny sells old bits of pop culture including a cartoony cookie jar and Prescott prefers high-end furniture and housewares. They have an immediate dislike for each other, but it's a flimsy thing that quickly gives way to respect and then those inconvenient feelings.

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Review: Honey Girl, by Morgan Rogers

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2021 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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This isn't going to be a review so much as a list of things I loved about Honey Girl. While not really a romance--it leans much more toward commercial fiction and a single character arc--Honey Girl is a gorgeous story of loneliness and hope and love.

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Review: A Taste For Love, by Jennifer Yen

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2021 10:50:46 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Jennifer Yen's debut, A Taste for Love, is the fluffy YA romance you think it is. It reads like a season of The Great British Baking Show with Pride & Prejudice vibes and some complicated Chinese-American inter-generational dynamics.

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Top Off Your TBR: February 2021 Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2021 9:29:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in coming up,

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Ah, February. It's a junk month for weather up here, but it's a big birthday month in my family so between that and the books I think I'll pull through.

Now that Inauguration is out of the way, my activist groups are ramping up our 2021 plans and I'm choosing fierce hope over the despair that keeps trying to take over.

I'm wishing you a fierce, hopeful, and healthy year.

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Mini-Reviews, 1/21/21 Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 21, 2021 10:13:43 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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More mini-reviews! Reviews of Rent a Boyfriend, Call Me Maybe, Witching Moon and Elatsoe.  That's an f/m YA contemporary, an f/m contemporary, an f/f fantasy and a YA fantasy.

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Review: The Ex Talk, by Rachel Lynn Solomon

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2021 11:08:35 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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The Ex Talk very much appealed to the NPR nerd in me, so if you like romance and you like public radio, you probably don't need to read the rest of this review.

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Review: I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are, by Rachel Bloom

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2021 10:15:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Rachel Bloom's brand of humor isn't for everyone, but if it's for you, you'll love I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are. Fans of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend like me will appreciate the blend of gross, awkward, honest and er, musical? humor contained in these essays, screen-plays and journal entries by a young Rachel.

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Review: Be Dazzled, by Ryan La Sala

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2021 11:30:56 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Be Dazzled is the sparkly gay book I hoped it would be.

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WTF Review: House of Shadows, by Jen Christie

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 8, 2021 11:25:05 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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By now maybe you've noticed that I've been on something of a gothic romance kick lately. Maybe you don't follow my reading that closely. This is expected, you are a real human with better things to do. (Unless you're Google crawling the internet, in which case hiiii robot overlords.)

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Top Off Your TBR: January 2021 Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 31, 2020 3:08:40 PM / by Suzanne posted in coming up,

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Happy New Year!

This is the first TBR list of the new and way-less-awesome Love in Panels. Just me. Hopefully there are still some books in here to top off your TBR!

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