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Review: American Love Story, by Adriana Herrera

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Ana Coqui posted in review

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In the American Dreamer series, Herrera has crafted three strong romances that engage deeply with political and social issues without losing their sexiness  and humor. In American Love Story the failure of white LGBTQ allies to stand up for Black and marginalized people is front and center. Herrera sets Easton and Patrice’s reunion against the high-conflict backdrop of a spree of racially motivated traffic stops by local cops which only intensifies and highlights the poor communication behind the hot/cold dynamics of their tentative relationship. 

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Review: The Beautiful, by Renée Ahdieh

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in review

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The Beautiful was the perfect October read for me. A murder mystery, a forbidden romance, unexpected twists, and immersive world-building. The book is set in an alternate history New Orleans, shortly after the Civil War. The protagonist of the story, Celine, grew up in Paris, where her white father raised her to hide her Asian heritage. After killing the young man who was attempting to rape her at the dressmaker's shop where she worked, she flees to a convent in New Orleans. Arriving in the city is a revelatory experience for her.

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Review: Frankly in Love, by David Yoon

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Margrethe Martin posted in review

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Just for clarity: Frankly in Love is not a romance. Frankly in Love might contain a love story or two, but it is not a romance by the standards we, the genre romance reading populace, live by. However, it is sort of a relief that this was not a romance. This review contains unavoidable spoilers.

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Giveaway! Hello, Cookie Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2019 12:45:27 PM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in giveaway

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Our friends at Hachette (think: Forever Romance) hooked us up with a review copy of the best/worst cookbook I've ever read. And we get to give away two copies! More on that below.

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Review: His Rebellious Lass, by Callie Hutton

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

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Sometimes, a book just really has too much plot - this tends to go with a lack of characterization - which is true of His Rebellious Lass. When this happens, the book tends to be a series of events and it never grabs hold of my attention.

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Review: Aurora Blazing, by Jessie Mihalik

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Amy Dittmeier posted in review

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Aurora Rising has  everything I want to read in an SF book and a Romance book - action, adventure, girls with guns, so much hacking, and of course kissing in space. Though the romance in Aurora Rising not the driving force behind the plot, it’s hard not to get engaged in Bianca and Ian’s drama.

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Romantic Occupations, Part II

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Andrea Marks-Joseph posted in list

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Remember when Andrea shared some cool jobs in romance? Well, she's back with more!

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Review: Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters, by Emily Roberson

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in review

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If you were obsessed with Greek mythology as a kid, Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters will have you riveted even as you want to look away. The myth of Adriadne, Theseus and the Minotaur is a common enough story that you may go into this book with a vague idea of the narrative. The twist, however, is that this is a retelling set in a vaguely modern Crete, complete with both Gods and Monsters and cell phones and social media. And reality TV. Ariadne's family has been organizing and hosting a yearly competition in which fourteen young competitors from Athens try to kill the Minotaur one at a time. This has gone on for ten years and no one has been successful. They air it like any good reality TV show, complete with parties and dramatic pyrotechnics, and an arena of blood-thirsty fans.

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Happy Release Day to Heart 2 Heart Vol 3!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Suzanne Krohn posted in book blitz

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The third volume of the popular charity anthology, Heart2Heart is out today!

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Review: The Write Escape, by Charish Reid

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2019 9:29:00 AM / by Dylan St. Jaymes posted in review

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Between the stress of her job, her emotionally distant fiance, his overbearingly bougie parents, and her disapproving mother, Antonia Harper is struggling to muster up even the tiniest bit of her Black Girl Magic. Antonia’s never met a personal conflict she wanted to deal with head on, so she does her best ostrich impression until everything, and I mean everything, in her life implodes.

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