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2019 is Gonna Be the Year of Gorgeous Covers

Hey there folks. I’m writing this on Tuesday night so I have no idea what mood we’re all in as we read, but I’m just going to let us stay in our nice little bubble of happy no matter what.

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News and Useful Links

Have you read this Bustle article? It’s more for newcomers to the genre, but it’s still a good read.

Some good news about cockygate.

KM Jackson has an exciting new book announcement! I’m looking forward to this series.

Hey look, there’s another staff writer at The Washington Post who knows how to write about romance and also how to be informed.



(Sorry about the capslock, folks. I am an overexcited golden retriever right now.)

Oh! Have you heard about this Lifetime adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that’s gonna be set in Atlanta? I mean, I sort of wish it wasn’t going to be called Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta, but we take what we can, right?

Have you been keeing up with #RomBkLove? It’s a beautiful month of gushing about romance novels on the socials, and also a fearful time of hoping things are already on your to-read list.


Covers of the Just for Him series by Talia HibbertNot technically a “deal” but Amazon is offering free delivery for “a limited time.” If you have holiday gifts to buy, that’s a nice bit of change to save.

In “ohmygod that is amazing” deals, have you read any of Talia Hibbert’s Just for Him books? Well, you can get ALL THREE of them for 99 cents. Ninety. Nine.

Because I believe in buying books because of their covers—and titles—I feel the need to tell you that Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell is $1.99.

I’ve been watching a lot of 9-1-1 recently and thus have been looking for firepeople to read about. And I’ve heard a lot of good things about Shannon Stacey’s Boston Fire books. Good thing Heat Exchange is $1.99.

Over on Book Riot

Lights! Camera! Smooching! Everyone loves a good Hollywood romance, right?

So this is about YA, but I’ll bet many readers in my age group are all about the vamps of the early-mid 2000s, right? Would you believe they’re coming back?

Trisha and I talked about Intercepted and some other things, and we want you to join us for The Great Big Romance Read! (It’ll be way more satisfying than the Great American Read, I promise.)


I usually try to share a blend of backlist and new releases, but I’ve read a couple brand new books that I would love to share with you!

the proposalThe Proposal
Jasmine Guillory

It’s probably no surprise that I pretty much loved the crap out of this book. It almost edged The Wedding Date out of first place in Guilloryland. Almost. 99.9 percent there.

So, Jess, what’s it about? Do you remember Carlos from The Wedding Date? We find ourselves hanging out with him and his sister at a baseball game, where Nik is getting a surprise proposal of marriage from someone she has absolutely no marriage feelings for. She’s not even sure why he would think she’d want to get married (and the limited motivation from Fisher is actually one of the things that kept it from five stars). Even though she handles the proposal, there’s some collateral damage that Carlos helps Nik out of, and they become easy friends. They don’t have instant chemistry, which is the other thing that edges it out of first place, but they do figure themselves out pretty quickly. They start a casual relationship while also becoming friends (because friends who have regular sex isn’t a relationship?) and everything is just so easy. So why is it so hard to figure out what they have?

You don’t have to have read The Wedding Date to read this one, but why wouldn’t you? It’s so much fun and the pair together probably make a pretty good long weekend, if you have Monday off.

(Also, did I mention that The Wedding Party was a thing? Is it next year, yet?!)

cover of The Omega Objection by GL Carriger / Gail CarrigerThe Omega Objection
GL Carriger

Okay, I guess today is Second Book In The Series Day. This follow up to The Sumage Solution can also be read as a standalone, but it’s more fun if you’ve read the first book and the connected short, Marine Biology. This volume is about Tank, who we meet in the first book, and Isaac, a new wolf in town. He moved to San Francisco under the impression that it wasn’t under any pack jurisdiction, but in the meantime the San Andreas pack—one very much unlike any that Isaac has met—has moved in. Tank is doing temporary work at the club where Isaac is a bartender who attracts supernatural and human attention alike. People just want to talk to him. Tank does, too, but for a completely different reason. The pair moves into bed pretty quickly, and then pack-related things start happening that you’ll just have to read the book to discover. All you really need to know is that this book is the perfect Carriger blend of smart, funny, and sexy, and I would like it to be time for another one, thanks.

New and Upcoming Releases

hardcover cover of bingo love jackpot editionBingo Love Vol 1: Jackpot Edition by all kinds of people (Kindle/Comixology out now, hardcover out Nov 13)
Rabi and Matthew by LA Witt
Love Rekindled at Christmas by Eve Pendle et al
The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune
Rogue Nights by Talia Hibbert et al
Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder (November 13)
Her Second Chance by Bette Ford (November 14)

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