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Ladies don’t tell

I have an odd para-social relationship with Alexis Hall’s books.  On one hand, I love the sarcastic, self-deprecating mess that is Luc O’Donnell and his uptight, organized partner Oliver Blackwood from both Boyfriend Material and Husband Material.  The books have such a gay Bridget Jones vibe that I adore them to pieces.  However, I was … Continue reading Ladies don’t tell

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The Deconstruction of the Author

In the summer of 2022, a book was released by St. Martin’s Press. Corinne was written by an unknown author by the name of Rebecca Morrow.  While it’s not unusual for new authors to get contracts with major publishing companies and be promoted, it was the way this book came onto the scene.  The front jacket … Continue reading The Deconstruction of the Author

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I need more books like this!

In a good majority of romance novels and Hallmark movies, there’s the woman who lives in the Big City and is forced to go to the Country/Small Town for whatever reason.  Seduced by the small town. First, let me preface this by saying, this was a book I didn’t know I needed until I began … Continue reading I need more books like this!

Be Our Guest

Tale as old as time…  No really, that’s the name of the publishing company in By the Book by Jasmine Guillory. A publishing company in New York that Isabelle Marlow joins after college.  The assistant to Marta Wallace one of the top editors, and one of the few black women who work in the publishing business, … Continue reading Be Our Guest

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Romances and unusual children by the sea.

A while back, maybe last year, there was a bit of discussion regarding the popularity of m/m books being written by women and the men writing these books being frozen out, so to speak.  Going in search of a male writer for a m/m romance, I stumbled upon TJ Klune and his novel The House … Continue reading Romances and unusual children by the sea.

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Where have all the good Husband Material gone?

Books are like people.  Sometimes there are some you just don’t like.  There are some you love and keep around you at all times, and then there are a few that you love enough, but then they come back around, it’s like they never left.  Alexis Hall’s sequel in his London Calling series came out and I … Continue reading Where have all the good Husband Material gone?

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What is it about Benedict Cumberbatch?

I have my preferences on books.  While some people enjoy nonfiction or memoirs; I prefer fiction.  I’m trying to escape; I want to be taken away by a book that is set in a fictional place with fictional people.  That said, when I heard about this book: This is not a Book about Benedict Cumberbatch, … Continue reading What is it about Benedict Cumberbatch?

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It’s not really loveless, just not romantic.

By now, everyone knows who Alice Oseman is.  The person who created the LGBTQ graphic novel series, Heartstopper, recently a popular Netflix series (Recently being 2022). In 2021, Osman wrote Loveless, the story of Georgia, who doesn’t understand why she has no immediate need for a romantic partner, nor finds the concept of dating or … Continue reading It’s not really loveless, just not romantic.

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A Devilish Good Time

  I am under the belief that audiobooks are books, no matter what the current argument is.  Just because one isn’t sitting either on their Kindle or with a paper book in their hand does not make the story any less exciting and engaging.  Audio dramas, however, are up in the air because, while the stories … Continue reading A Devilish Good Time

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There’s No Place Like Home

The temperatures are still hot, and it’s not quite fall yet. Here we are, reviewing a book that should be destined for October.  When the temperatures cool and the nights are just a bit spookier, that’s the perfect time for a haunted house story. Instead, we’re reading Home Before Dark by Riley Sager now.  Because … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home