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Book Rant: Beyond Desire by Thea Devine

Book Rant: Beyond Desire by Thea Devine

Sometimes, reading a book makes you rage and scream. Other times, it is so bafflingly offensive and odd that you keep reading just to make sure you aren’t drawing the wrong conclusion.  This is one of those times. This book rant comes from Cate Marsden, and y’all really need to read this.  Okay, I will straight…

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Media Coverage of the Harlequin Acquisition: It Could be Worse. No, Actually, It Couldn’t.

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And here's where nothing's changed. Readers have been talking about what the potential results will be of HarperCollins/NewsCorp's acquisition of Harlequin most of the day. What does it mean for libraries, digital readership, international romance readers, and the people who work at both companies? All logical questions.  And while Harlequin and HarperCollins have composed appropriately…

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Remixing Anne Rice: Gangster Boogie, Gangster Bully – Let’s Rub Some Funk on It

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Anne Rice’s disdain for readers who leave negative reviews has grown to epic proportions lately, culminating in this terrific exchange (that’s sarcasm) with author Jenny Trout, wherein Rice called her a “gangster bully” after Trout tried to explain that defending a site that has been known to expose the real names, home addresses, and other identifying…

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10 Things I Hate About Sex (Scenes)

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I did not learn about sex from romance novels, thank God, but I know a lot of women who (at least partially) did. I was fortunate enough to have a mother who treated sex in a completely matter of fact way–it was part of being an adult and there was no shame involved in discussing…

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Book Rant: The Wicked Ways of a Hero’s Thighs

Book Rant: The Wicked Ways of a Hero’s Thighs

Book rants mark the spot where suspension of disbelief collapses in a pile of cravats, and the reader reaches for the keyboard and emails me the ire. All the ire. Every last ounce. I am never upset to receive a book rant – I fully understand the feeling. And many of us have had that…

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Dance With Me by Emmie Dark

Dance With Me by Emmie Dark

Caveats to this review: 1. In this review, I discuss sexual assault, gang rape, and the events in Maryville, Steubenville, and elsewhere. If discussions of assault and rape culture are upsetting or traumatic for you, please be warned before reading more. 2. I read this book through the lens of my own experience and my…

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Moosed-Up by Tiffinie Helmer

Moosed-Up by Tiffinie Helmer

I love books with vivid settings, places that I want to experience as much as I want to experience the story within the book. I thought this would be ideal – Alaska! Newcomer vs. longtime resident! Smalltown romance with moose! Audience surrogate in new community with brains of her own! Despite my determination to like…

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Book Rant: The Right Bride by Jennifer Ryan

Book Rant: The Right Bride by Jennifer Ryan

Sometimes, I receive email about books that people adored and could not wait to tell me about. Other times, I receive rants about books that made a reader HELLAMAD. Sometimes, the subject line is, “I knew you would understand!” Yup, sure do. Sometimes, books make us mad. That’s why we have Book Rants. This Book…

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Book Rant: “Last Call” by Morgan Leigh

Book Rant: “Last Call” by Morgan Leigh

Tina C. sent in this rant about a novella that made her twitchangry in a number of ways. When a story rubs someone wrong, the book rants commence. The anthology is Bad Boys in Black Tie, (Kensington Publishing Corp., 2004).  “Good With His Hands”, by Lori Foster, wasn’t bad.  I’d give it a B-.  I…

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Book Rant: Nauti Temptress by Lora Leigh

Book Rant: Nauti Temptress by Lora Leigh

I received the following Book Rant from MoWeezy, who had a really, really difficult time reading Lora Leigh’s Nauti Temptress. Expect livid fury, unabated. With gifs! Long time reader, first time caller and all that. I wanted to tell you about a book that made me scream, throw my kindle, and metaphorically rend my garments. I used…

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