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Book Review

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Written in the Stars

Tara: This book is so freaking cute, it should be illegal. And luckily, Aarya agrees with me, so we’re talking about it together! Written in the Stars is an opposites attract, fake relationship romance between Darcy Lowell, an actuary, and Elle Jones, an astrologer. Elle is working with Darcy’s brother, Brendon, on a project and he insists on setting them up on a blind date because they’re both single (also, as the founder of the … Continue reading Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Other Media Review

Movie Review: Anna and the Apocalypse

After the second song of the musical Anna and the Apocalypse, my teen viewing consultant looked at me with puzzled eyes. “Mom,” she said slowly, “This is…good!” And it is. While I spent my entire first watch of this movie trying to figure out what it was, I watched it again the next day and found it weirdly affecting for a zombie musical set during Christmas in the fictional town of Little Haven, Scotland. The … Continue reading Movie Review: Anna and the Apocalypse

Book Review

How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe

How the Dukes Stole Christmas

I am not in the mood for Christmas yet. Generally speaking, I’m not in the mood for Christmas on December 23rd even, but mid-fall is WAY too early. That said, my brain has been pretty tired lately and some Regency novellas sounded like the perfect way to unwind without investing in a full length novel. Since How the Duke Stole Christmas includes novellas by some of my favorite authors, I was willing to set aside … Continue reading How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe

Book Review

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

I enjoyed The Afterlife of Holly Chase very much – but I didn’t love it until the very last page. The end is what earns it a spot on my keeper shelf, and I won’t reveal the end, no, not even in a spoiler tag. You just have to trust me that it’s lovely. Holly Chase is a rich teenager who is a simply horrible person. At the age of seventeen, she is visited by … Continue reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Romance Wanderlust: The Inn at Christmas Place

Romance Wanderlust - a yellowed and burnt edge map with a compass in the corner, with Romance Wanderlust written across it

A surprising number of romances are set at some sort of Christmas-themed hotel or resort. If you crave an extravagantly decorated Christmas with all of the ambience and events and none of the stress, and you like the option of celebrating it all year, The Inn at Christmas Place is here for you. As ever, this is neither a review nor an endorsement – it’s just what happens when I Google odd things instead of … Continue reading Romance Wanderlust: The Inn at Christmas Place

Other Media Review

Guest Review: The Man Who Invented Christmas

This guest review comes from Rhoda Baxter! If you’re looking to get cozy and into some holiday spirit, The Man Who Invented Christmas is a great movie suggestion. Rhoda writes contemporary romantic comedies about smart women and nice guy heroes. She also writes multicultural women’s fiction as Jeevani Charika. Her latest Christmas novella is Snowed In. Rhoda can be found on her website or on Twitter (@rhodabaxter). … It’s October, which means it’s time for … Continue reading Guest Review: The Man Who Invented Christmas

Book Review

Blitzen’s Fated Mate by RE Butler

Blitzen’s Fated Mate

NB: Welcome to Flashback Friday! (Yes, we know it’s Saturday, but we can make our own rules!) For the holidays, we thought you’d all like to revisit this bonkers review of Blitzen’s Fated Mate. This review was originally published December 12, 2016. Happy holidays and may your celebrating being joyous! I swear to God, Amazon is fucking with me. I mean, maybe not. To be fair, I did some Cyber Monday shopping while swigging cold medicine … Continue reading Blitzen’s Fated Mate by RE Butler

A Tale Of True Love: Romance in A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is not a romance novel, but it is a classic testimony to the importance of romantic love. As all are no doubt aware, it’s the story of a cranky, miserly man (Ebenezer Scrooge) who is visited by three ghosts (four, counting his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley). These ghosts take him through the past, present, and future, offering him a chance of redemption. Part of this journey involves Ebenezer … Continue reading A Tale Of True Love: Romance in A Christmas Carol

Oh, Bookmas Tree!

The tree lit up in a dark room. Dewey is trying to scale it.

I don’t really like Christmas. First of all, that fucking hippopotamus song makes me homicidal (sorry Fiona). Secondly, Christmas has always been a busy and stressful time of year for me professionally. It’s hard for me to do my job and also have the time and energy to do all the other Christmas shit that’s expected around this time of year. So, to preserve my sanity and happiness, I usually don’t do those things. I … Continue reading Oh, Bookmas Tree!

Other Media Review

Movie Review: A Princess for Christmas

A Princess for Christmas film poster

Princess for Christmas is a truly terrible Hallmark Channel Original Movie movie that nonetheless delighted me no end thanks to the efforts of actors that approach this material as earnestly as if someone was waiting backstage with an Oscar nomination for each of them. My eternal thanks to our readers who tipped me off about this. Spoilers ahead. In this film, Katie McGrath, whom I worship from her days on Merlin, plays Jules. Jules is … Continue reading Movie Review: A Princess for Christmas

Links: Dragons, Christmas Cats, & Giveaways

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.

It’s Wednesday, which means that it’s time for links! I don’t know about you, but here in New England, it’s raining and pretty cold, which has severely reduced my productivity. Hopefully, these links will give you a brief distraction, so you we can tackle the rest of our work with full force! … It’s that time of year where NPR releases their Book Concierge! This thing is so neat when it comes to book discovery: … Continue reading Links: Dragons, Christmas Cats, & Giveaways

Book Review

All I Want for Christmas is a Duke by Valerie Bowman, Tiffany Clare, Vivienne Lorret, Ashlyn MacNamara

All I Want for Christmas is a Duke

Normally I’m pretty cynical about Christmas. I’m not a practicing Christian, and I’ve worked in either retail or logistics long enough that the commercialism and chaos that precedes the holiday season exhausts me (I once worked till 2 a.m. so a shipment of children’s bedsheets that were on sale would hit the store in time for Black Friday–then slept for four hours and went back into work). This year, though, I’m clinging to anything happy and … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is a Duke by Valerie Bowman, Tiffany Clare, Vivienne Lorret, Ashlyn MacNamara