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Lady Sophia’s Lover, by Lisa Kleypas

21 Feb
Original cover or Lady Sophia's Lover, with a stepback; on the cover, a white woman wearing a pink dress, with a man standing behind her, his bare arm around her shoulders.

In for a penny, yadda yadda, here’s another re-read. The second in the Bow Street Runners trilogy, we finally learn more about Sir Ross Cannon, the magistrate and leader of the Runners. Not coincidentally, it sets up the last book in the trilogy.

Beware of quite a bit of graphic sex, explicit language, stillbirth, maternal death, and references to child sexual abuse.

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Someone to Watch Over Me, by Lisa Kleypas

9 Feb
Cover for Someone to Watch Over Me; on a field of teal, a white woman wearing a lovely emerald green shift reclines, showing legs and shoulders.

I am indulging in another re-read, a historical romance. This is the first book in a trilogy about the famed Bow Street Runners of late Regency-era London. 1

Reader beware: there’s graphic sex on the page, some adult language, attempted rape, and a fair bit of whorephobia.

Oh, and I spoil a key plot point in the review–though, if you’ve read some romance, you likely already know, from the blurb alone.

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“Cooley’s Panther” and “Stalking Evan”, by Jody Wallace

31 Jan
Cover for Stalking Evan. The same white men and woman from the previous cover, faces touching, her eyes looking out to the reader. There's a black panther walking on the top of the title.

I want to highlight these two short-short stories as an example of how to establish intriguing worldbuilding in a very tight word count.

Genre romance readers, please note that while there’s a strong romance thread in both of these, there’s no HEA per se.

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Stormy Nights, by Jules Jones and Stormy Duffy

17 May

There really is no rhyme or reason why books languish in my physical and digital TBR Cordilleras of Doom.

Case in point: it had been a long while since I read anything by Jules Jones, though what I have read, I have liked, and there are a number of her works in my digital TBR pile.

So why I haven’t read more of her stuff? (I got nothing¹)

At any rate, back in August 2017, Ms Jones very kindly sent me a copy of this anthology for review. And while my reading has been iffy at best for a long time now, I read all nine stories in the book in one sitting just a few days after that.

Sadly, then the “can’t write to save my life” curse struck, fueled by current events, and here we are now, nine months later. ::guilty wince::

Warning: there is explicit sex and some light kink in all of these. If that’s not your thing, stop here. None of these are genre romance stories, with HEA/HFN, though all are full of hope and joy. Also, Jules Jones and Storm Duffy are two writing facets of the same author.

Stormy Nights, by Jules Jones and Stormy Duffy

This is a collection of nine short stories of varying lengths and genres; some are very romantic, some are more short erotic vignettes than stories, and one is an incredibly poignant fantasy with very strong romantic elements. There are merpeople, and fae, and just plain contemporaries.

In competition for the shortest blurb EVER:

Sex and love, lies and truth, shades in between. Happy endings and might-have-beens. Nine tales of these things between men.

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