All the YA Romance - Jan-March 2020

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 25, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in list

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At least half of the LiP team reads lots of young adult books, both fantasy and romance. So we--Andrea and Suzanne--decided to pull together a list of all the YA romance we're looking forward to in the first quarter of 2020! We'll have a list of YA fantasy with romance subplots (think Grishaverse, Margaret Rogerson, etc) up in a bit as well.

Since there are way too many books for one reasonably sized post, here's how we've structured the list:

  • Books that we're excited to read will have a cover and a little bit about why we're excited to read them.
  • Other books that we're aware of are at the end. They'll have links if you want to find out more! We've tried to include info about the pairing if we know it.
  • This list is absolutely not any indication of quality. We haven't read these! Stay tuned throughout the year for reviews when we do.
  • Books are listed in chronological order and include what we're aware of as of November 2019.
  • Every book will have a link to its page on Amazon. Yes, we'd love for you to buy the books elsewhere but the reality is that 98% of our clicks are to Amazon. In a list this size, it's just too much time to generate four links for each book instead of one. These are affiliate links, meaning we earn 4% of whatever you buy after clicking. It doesn't cost you anything extra but we have to disclose this for the feds.

Without further ado, on to the books!

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for November 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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Here we are, in November, and I’m in denial. Have I thought about Thanksgiving dinner or my holiday gift purchasing? Of course not. Because it just doesn’t seem possible that somehow nearly a whole year blew past while I was busy doing...stuff, I guess. Who the heck knows anymore. I’m sure it involved The Day Job, continuing to finely tune my tea snobbery and books, because of course books.  Which brings us to the latest crop of unusual historicals that have caught my eye. Here’s what’s hitting my wishlist for November:

 

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All the 2019 Queer Holiday Novellas From Ninestar

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in list

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Last year we shared all of Ninestar's queer holiday novellas, so let's do it again!

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Review: Behind These Doors, by Jude Lucens

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in review

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Behind These Doors is unlike any other historical romance I've read. Perhaps there are dozens of polyam feminist Edwardian romances out there, but I'm missing out if so.  It would be easy to say that the romantic arc follows Lucien and Aubrey, two men from different classes who begin a relationship in the book, but it's also a bit of a Marriage in Trouble romance, with a strained relationship between an existing triad. It's a complicated book, with lots of moving pieces and complex relationships, but Lucens handles it with nuance, grace, and gorgeous prose.

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Review: Tell Me How You Really Feel, by Aminah Mae Safi

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 18, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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This book was magic and if I knew exactly why, maybe I could find more books that hit the same spot so perfectly. At the same time, I can identify the layers of why it works and why I love it so much. The real magic might be that it gave me reading back.*

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Cover Reveal: Mangos and Mistletoe, by Adriana Herrera

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 14, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in cover reveal

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The Christmas season, which starts in October in the world of publishing, is packed with romance novels. But sometimes you see one that makes you go "GIVE ME NOW," even if you've got twenty on your TBR already. Adriana Herrera's upcoming f/f romance novella, Mangos and Mistletoe, is that book.

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Review: Grumpy Jake, by Melissa Blue

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 13, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Ana Coqui posted in review

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Melissa Blue’s latest novella, Grumpy Jake, is as fun and appealing as its bright cover. In this light-hearted enemies to lovers romance Jake, a handsome but gruff White single father has gotten off on the wrong foot with his son Jayden’s Black Kindergarten teacher. Bailey has heard way too much about Jake’s dating misadventures thanks to the faculty’s breathless gossip mill. Despite her undeniable attraction to the tattooed nurse, Bailey does not want to be his next conquest. Deeply wary, the usually warm and effusive Bailey succeeds at freezing out the seemingly bad-boy playboy until they are trapped together in an elevator and she discovers his playfully disarming self-deprecating sense of humor and Jake is enchanted by her frankness.

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Review: The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics, by Olivia Waite

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 11, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Amy Dittmeier posted in review

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I was really excited about this book because I am an Olivia Waite fangirl. I love her column on the Seattle Review of Books, and she’s one of the people I recommend heavily in my work at the library. So when I saw she was coming out with a queer historical with science ladies, I knew I should take a chance on it. And I’m happy I did! The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics is a delight. I read it at a time when I was super stressed out and needed some relief during Big Life Stuff, and Catherine and Lucy’s story was like a warm, safe weighted blanket at the end of the day.

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Guest Post: What the Heck is Gaslamp Fantasy? By Leanna Renee Hieber

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Guest Post posted in guest post

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When they're not creating entirely new worlds, fantasy authors love to play with different historical time periods. Remember when steampunk was all the rage? Renaissance Italy? Okay, that last one is just a dream of mine, but roll with it.

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Mini-Reviews, November 7, 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 7, 2019 9:58:42 AM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in review

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It's been a while since we did this! Two months, eeep. Anyway, here are short reviews of Hard Chrome, These Witches Don't Burn, Blitzed, and The Bromance Book Club.

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