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443. Snowed In Romance Recs with Amanda & Sarah

The Duke Heist
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Amanda and I are back! We’re chatting about dubious coverage of romance around Valentine’s day – and the outstanding article that Amanda was quoted in that appeared on, written by Rachel Kramer Bussel.

Then we answer a reader recommendation letter from Kate, who is looking for snowed in romances! Plus food, video games, and a typical number of breakthroughs.

Bonus bonus woot woot! Stay tuned after this episode for a fantastic and rather expansive sample of the audiobook of Erica Ridley’s new historical romance, The Duke Heist! 

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The Duke Heist

This episode is brought to you by The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley – and don’t miss the audiobook sample at the end of the episode!

Chloe Wynchester is completely forgettable—a curse that gives her the ability to blend into any crowd. When the only father she’s ever known makes a dying wish for his adopted family of orphans to recover a missing painting, she’s the first one her siblings turn to for stealing it back. No one expects that in doing so, she’ll also abduct a handsome duke.

Lawrence Gosling, the Duke of Faircliffe, is tortured by his father’s mistakes. To repair his estate’s ruined reputation, he must wed a highborn heiress. Yet when he finds himself in a carriage being driven down the cobblestone streets of London by a beautiful woman who refuses to heed his commands, he fears his heart is hers. But how can he sacrifice his family’s legacy to follow true love?

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  1. Kim says:

    The best historical snowed-in romance I’ve ever read is Katharine Ashe’s When a Scot Loves a Lady…it’s also my favorite of hers so far. They are snowed in in an inn in the central part of the book and that’s where they fall in love, but there are other characters with them (it is an inn). Love this very underrated romance!

  2. Pear says:

    Jackie Lau has a Christmas-y snowed in novella as well–A Second Chance Roadtrip for Christmas–which I liked a lot because I think reunited lovers makes a lot of sense for novella length and also the conflict that kept them apart was not so serious it couldn’t be resolved in the length of a novella. Probably too low-stakes for Amanda, but it’s currently my favorite of the Holiday with the Wongs so far, at least in part because Greg is relatable in his grumpiness. (I’m saving the Valentine’s Day one for next week!)

    As for other snow-forced-proximity romances, I did really like Whiteout (although the more typical conspiracy-related suspense elements felt a little silly). The main couple was great! I’ll have to check out more of the recs here.

    Also, I unabashedly love Speed. It turns my brain off in a great way where I am not at all inclined to pick at any issues and I can just suspend all disbelief. Of course Young Keanu and Young Sandra fall in love in a high-adrenaline situation! I pretend the sequel never happened.

    Also, as I work in a field regulated by the SEC, I might have to check out the SEC examiner book, thanks for putting it on my radar!

  3. FashionablyEvil says:

    I’m late posting this, but a “hell YES” to SNOWSPELLED. It was on my best of list in 2019 and it’s so so good. My only complaint is that it’s not longer. I adore Cassandra and Wrexham and Burgis writes GREAT fae dialogue/plot points.

  4. Julia says:

    Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh starts with the two main characters getting snowed in after a carriage accident. It’s one of my favorite Baloghs of all time, and I want to second the recommendation for When a Scot Loves a Lady, which is also my favorite Ashe!

  5. Kate says:

    Not exactly snowed in, but Alyssa Cole’s Radio Silence immediately jumped to mind. There is a lot of snow and the isolation create a forced proximity relationship.

  6. Sarah K. says:

    Avery Flynn’s Loud Mouth is a contemporary snowed in romance – without a holiday connection, just a winter blizzard. It’s part of her Ice Knights series, so has hockey connections, but also a great set of girlfriends.

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