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Book Rant: Dread Pirate Rachel REALLY Disliked This Hero

Book Rant: Dread Pirate Rachel REALLY Disliked This Hero

Sometimes, reading a book makes you so mad, you email me. Which I totally understand because I've so been there. That's why we have book rants. This book rant comes from Dread Pirate Rachel, who has spent the last few years developing an immunity to iocane powder. So I've heard. Hi there. I am the Dread Pirate Rachel, and today I have for you a book rant. Inappropriate capitalization, overly-enthusiastic use of italics, and NSFW…

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In Defense of Romance Novels or Imma Read What I Want

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I realize I don’t have to defend romance novels to this crowd. You’re either at Smart Bitches because you already enjoy the genre or you got here by mistake and are deeply confused (welcome to the Hot Pink Palace of Bitchery, we have mantitty. And also cookies). I am feeling all the rage though, and need to vent. Every now and again there are some super shitastic articles posted about why adults should be ashamed…

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UPDATED: Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author: Hello Streisand Effect

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So yesterday was a quiet news day, huh? Earlier this month, Jane from Dear Author wrote an analysis of Ellora's Cave ongoing financial and public relations problems, highlighting the authors who have reported nonpayment, and the frustrations many have reported in dealing with EC in general. I read her article and thought, at the time and as usual, Jane is really skilled at placing a specific issue in a larger historical context. In this case,…

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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 up admit that I bought Beyond Desire for the cover. LOOK at that cover. She’s in a turquoise stripper Genie…

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A Response to William Giraldi’s Article in The New Republic

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Sometimes, the sound and fury of an uninformed pseudo-critic should be ignored, because that lessens their impact. When someone attempts to condemn an entire genre on the basis of one book, it is too familiar, an ill-informed position we've seen too often in the last few weeks. Sometimes, however, the sound and fury of said pseudo-critic has reached enough people, raised enough eyebrows and caused sufficient teeth-clenching fury that, though it still signifies nothing, responses…

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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 worded press releases and are making statements like “business as usual” and about fourteen thousand lawyers on both the US…

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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 data of online reviewers is not a terrific idea. Rice has a somewhat narrow view of book reviewing, to say…

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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 it. As a result, even at the tender age of fifteen I approached romance novel sex with some skepticism. When…

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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 feeling. This book rant comes from Julia, who is a bit flummoxed as to the musculature of a historical hero’s…

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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 own awareness. Which seems like an obvious thing — of course I read through the lens of my own experience….

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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 it, and my desire to like it, this story took turns being ridiculous, offensive, cliched, offensive again, and then just…

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Book Rant: Where Dreams are Born (Angelo’s Dream) by ML Buchman

Book Rant: Where Dreams are Born (Angelo’s Dream) by ML Buchman

Sometimes, I receive email about books that people just loved over the moon past Sedna and back. Which is awesome! But other times, I receive rants about books that made a reader REALLY VERY UPSET. Sometimes, the subject line is, “I’m sorry to unload”  which, no apologies are needed, really. Sometimes, books make us mad. That’s why we have Book Rants. This Book Rant was written by Tam B, who was among the VERY UPSET…

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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 Rant was written by Brenda, who was among the HELLAMAD. I received an ARC of The Right Bride, by Jennifer…

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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 liked “Miss Extreme Congeniality”, by Erin McCarthy, even more – a definite B. “Last Call”, by Morgan Leigh, is the…

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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 to be a big fan of the Lora Leigh oeuvre. Sadly she’s long since gone off the rails, and I’ve…

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