Bloodlust & Bonnets
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Review: Bloodlust & Bonnets – Emily McGovern

Wacky regency vampire queer shenanigans? OK, I’m in. And while this certainly delivers on all of the above, there’s not much else to it. When Lucy – “I’m a spirited young lady flouting the gendered expectations of her time, but in a cute way!” – accidentally murders a vampire, she’s flattered to be invited into a “secret ancient immortal vampire…

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Out of the Picture
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Review: Out of the Picture – Tracy Gardner

While I normally review romances, or at least books with a pretty heavy romantic element, I’m taking a slight detour here. When I was in college, I absolutely devoured cozy mystery series, especially anything involving cats or crafts. When I saw that Hallmark was releasing a mystery novel, I was extremely curious. I’m glad I took a chance! This is…

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How to Blow It with a Billionaire
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Review: How to Blow It with a Billionaire – Alexis Hall

Content warnings: As opposed to the first book, which definitely ended on a HFN note, this one feels like an ode to Caspian’s beloved Star Wars, specifically Empire Strikes Back. Caspian’s frozen in the carbonite of his repressed emotions/lack of self worth, while the mostly unseen emperor cackles in the wings, and Arden (and sidekick) have retreated to a place…

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How to Bang a Billionaire
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Review: How to Bang a Billionaire – Alexis Hall

Content warnings: I always say that I’m not particularly a fan of new adult or billionaire romance, but somehow when you combine the two I’m completely enchanted. So when I had the chance to get ARCs of the first two books in the Arden St. Ives series by Alexis Hall (of the quirky and wonderfully horrific The Affair of the…

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Playing House
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Review: Playing House – Ruby Lang

Just like the cover shows, this is a cute and humorous novella about two thirty-something urban planners finding love among NYC architecture. “I think you might be the most driven person I know.” Then, thinking it sounded cold or off-putting somehow, he hastily added, “That’s a compliment, by the way.” After her divorce, Fay has little time for anything other…

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How to Hack a Heartbreak
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Review: How to Hack a Heartbreak – Kristin Rockaway

First off, I’ll admit that part of my rating is that I went into this expecting a romance. While there is a romantic relationship with an HEA, this is more women’s fiction. It’s the perfect sort of light beach read, though, if you’re looking for a book about how taking charge of her online dating life led to one woman…

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Spellbound
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Review: Spellbound – Allie Therin

Content warnings: First off – this cover is gorgeous! Anyone following romance has seen an uptick in illustrated covers, and I especially like this one. Second, this book is absolutely adorable! It’s a bit of a role reversal, with the older man being the softie with a heart of gold and the younger one being the prickly hedgehog. Rory is…

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Stolen Desire
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Review: Stolen Desire – Robin Lovett

This whole series – set on an alien sex planet – has been absolutely and delightfully bananapants, and this book is no different. It’s the third in the series, and while I think you’d miss out on some backstory, this could be read as a standalone if you’re just looking for some blue alien sexy times. “I have a rebellion…

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The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
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Review: The Affair of the Mysterious Letter – Alexis Hall

Content warnings: While I can’t say I’m terribly familiar with the original source material, I’m a pretty big fan of Sherlock Holmes adaptations. While my favorite so far has been the excellent The Tea Master and the Detective, this Lovecraftian take might just knock it out of that spot. It’s utterly weird and completely queer and I really can’t recommend it…

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Just Past Two
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Review: Just Past Two – Elia Winters

Content warnings: Wow, this was a super kinky fan-yourself-off type of book. I’ve read some pretty kinky stuff before, but I have to admit that this particular insight into polyamory was a new one for me! While the first book was also about a polyamorous couple, they were in a closed triad, something I’ve read about before (uh, extensively, thanks,…

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