Tag Archives: f/m

The Spook in the Stacks, by Eva Gates

7 Jun
Illustrated cover for The Spook in the Stacks; the foreground shows a pumpkin patch where a cat with Siamese points is looking at an open copy of Sleepy Hollow (the Washington Irving story). In the background, there's a narrow beach and the sea, and further away, a lighthouse on a slightly elevated point of land.

Looking at my NetGalley shelf recently, hoping to tackle the embarrassingly large backlog there, I realized that I have ARCs for several titles in this series; with the tenth book releasing this week, I decided to start with the earliest installment I have.

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Single Dads Club, by Therese Beharrie

5 Jun
Illustrated cover for Single Dads Club; on a beach, a bearded Black man in a white t-shirt lays on a blue blanket, leaning on his left elbow, facing a Black woman in a with natural hair, wearing a red top, who's also laying on the blanked in a similar pose, as they look into each other's eyes.

Once more with feeling: despite having at least four other titles by this author in the TRB cordillera of doom, this ARC is my introduction to her writing.

Beware: explicit sex; backstories for both protagonists include emotional abandonment; social anxiety.

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The Dueling Duchess, by Minerva Spencer

31 May

I started reading this ARC, after being reminded of its impending release via SuperWendy’s Unusual Historicals post for May, but stopped when I realized how much of the beginning is intertwined with the events of the first book in the series. So I read that first, then came back to this one.

Beware: explicit language; explicit sex on page; death of a parent on page; brief incident of fatphobia; mentions of miscarriage; newborn death.

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The Boxing Baroness, by Minerva Spencer

29 May
Cover for The Boxing Baroness; a dark haired white woman wearing a Regency era walking dress and pelisse (coat), with her hair up under a white bonnet, walking on a path among wildflowers. In the background, a grand country manor sits on a hill.

I have a number of Minerva Spencer’s books in the TBR, and for the life of me I can’t say why I haven’t read any of them before; after reading this ARC, I am officially hooked, so it’s a good thing that there’s a sizable backlist waiting for me. (footnote 1)

Reader beware: explicit language, explicit sex on page; killings on page; all the following as character background: miscarriage; death in childbirth; infidelity; marital rape; attempted suicide; death of children due to smallpox infection.

Also: this review is long, even by my standards.

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