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Book Review

Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

Jane in Love

Well reader, I was wrong. I read this book up to the 31% mark and figured it was a DNF due to an over-reliance on clichés. However, I started skimming the middle of the book and had to back up and read the whole thing. Jane in Love is a wildly uneven book which I expect will be a love it or hate it book for readers. I enjoyed Jane Austen as a curious and insightful … Continue reading Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

Book Review

A Stitch In Time by Kelley Armstrong

A Stitch in Time

With its brooding hero, numerous ghosts, a charming-yet-haunted old house, multiple historical murder mysteries, and the beautiful but dangerous moors of England, A Stitch in Time was a fun and engaging book to start out my spooky season reading. Was it somewhat derivative and convoluted? Yes. But it was also delightfully atmospheric and endearingly quirky in its delivery of a number of gothic and paranormal romance tropes. It sort of reminded me of Crimson Peak … Continue reading A Stitch In Time by Kelley Armstrong

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Breath of Magic by Teresa Medeiros

Breath of Magic

I thought it would be fun to check out an older romance that has been mentioned on the site and in comments for years but never had its own review. People, Breath of Magic, first published in 1996, is completely bonkers and while it has definitively not aged well, it has a certain dreamy charm. While I usually try not to recap the whole plot, buckle up, because this plot deserves some serious recapping. Spoilers … Continue reading Breath of Magic by Teresa Medeiros

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My Heart’s in the Highlands by Amy Hoff

My Heart’s in the Highlands

Tara: Hello! It’s me, once again crashing one of Shana’s reviews (thank goodness she loves me). I was SO excited when I found out she was reading My Heart’s in the Highlands, because I’d just finished and was desperate to talk to someone about it. This book is BANANAS and kind of messy, but I was into it. Shana: Meanwhile, I was quietly squeeing to myself, with no one to talk to about how ridiculous … Continue reading My Heart’s in the Highlands by Amy Hoff

The Rec League: Reverse Time Travel

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old book

We received this request from Scarlett some time ago, but it got lost in the inbox ether. However, it’s been recovered and it’s a great one. Thanks, Scarlett! I was recently reminded how much I enjoy a good time-travel romance…except for one thing. The ones I’ve read have all been modern woman/historical man, and they all end with the woman giving up her modern life to live with the hero in the past (see Outlander, … Continue reading The Rec League: Reverse Time Travel

Book Review

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree

Sarah and I both read and enjoyed The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick, which is interesting as our reading tastes are fairly divergent. I finished the book in one day, and I was super excited to talk to her about it later. Sarah: I finished it in a day and a half and shamelessly bothered Elyse for a week or more to ask if she’d read it yet, had she? Huh? Had she read it? (FINALLY SHE … Continue reading The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

Book Review

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another

MirandaB mentioned that she was reading this book in May’s Whatcha Reading post, and being a big fan of Connie Willis’ time traveling historians books, I had to give this a try. This is a series of nine full length books, and a whole BUNCH of novellas. Just One Damned Thing is the first book, and by necessity is setting up the rest of the series. This is the story of Madeline Maxwell, a historian … Continue reading Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Book Review

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

A Murder in Time

A Murder in Time is a book I’ve mentioned a couple times on the site. It was also recently on sale! The premise of an FBI agent heroine traveling back in time to 1815 London and getting involved in a serial murder case was too tempting for me to resist. At its heart, this story has a great mystery, but too many unnecessary or ill-fitting details slowed the book to a slog. I just wanted more … Continue reading A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Book Review

Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown

Beautiful Wreck

Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown is not a perfect book, but it was exactly the book I needed. It was this beautiful, restful story that transported me somewhere else and soothed my brain. It’s the literary equivalent to just floating in a warm pool, listening to soft noises. First of all, Beautiful Wreck is a time-travel historical, which is my shit. It opens in the near future, a time when people immerse themselves in sophisticated virtual … Continue reading Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown

Book Review

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


I’m pretty sure everyone at Smart Bitch HQ is sick of hearing about Passenger by Alexandra Bracken because I’ve been talking about it incessantly. Normally I don’t dig YA very much–lots of navel gazing, lots of love triangles–but this book worked for me on all the levels. It’s a time traveling non stop action adventure tale with romance and swashbuckling. Swashes are buckled, you guys. The heroine of this story is 17-year-old Etta Spencer, a violin … Continue reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken