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We’ve got a lot of fun stuff to talk about this week! I’m excited to make your TBR explode. Heh heh.

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USA Today bestselling author Vanessa Kelly returns with an enthralling new series about the men of the Kendrick clan—and the women who claim their hearts amid the gorgeous backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. When a baby is born out of wedlock, heiress Lady Ainsley Matthews must choose between marrying her cruel ex-fiancé or leaving her child in the care of the love of her life, never able to see either again.

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What are your thoughts on podcasts? If you like them, and you like romance, you might want to check out Fated Mates, in which Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop talk exclusively about Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. They’re both awesome people, so I bet this is quite the experience.

Chuck Tingle has released his newest book. It’s called Not Pounded In the Butt By Anything and That’s Okay, and it’s sex free. I have never actually read a Chuck Tingle book, but hey. Also, this would probably be a good time to remind you about the Aro-Ace Database, which you can use to find other romances featuring gray folks of all kinds.

Have you seen the trailer for The Princess Switch? It looks ridiculous and perfect and I will be watching it very, very soon.

Also, non-ebook readers, have you heard? Two more of Talia Hibbert’s books, The Princess Trap and Wanna Bet? are available in paperback now! Between that, her offering the Just For Him trilogy for 99 cents (for a limited time!) and her novella in Rogue Nights, I hope she’s getting all the sales.

Also. Y’all. Entangled has a new imprint! It’s called August, and it centers folks in their thirties and forties. Like, an entire imprint, all about older millennials. I’m excited. Super intrigued by Knocked-Up Cinderella. Like whoa.


Cover of Getting It Right by AM ArthurAM Arthur’s Getting It Right is 1.99 right now.

Have you read Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas? It’s 1.99, too!

Do you like KJ Charles? The Magpie Lord is 99 cents!

Have you read any Cheris Hodges? Love After War is 2.99 right now!

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Somehow I found myself reading a pair of four-letter R-word books that couldn’t be more different form each other. They were both incredibly emotionally satisfying, but one was fluff and the other was one of the angstiest books I’ve read since the summer. I’ll start with the latter, because you’re gonna want to follow one with the other.

Cover of Rend by Roan ParrishRend
Roan Parrish

This follow-up to Riven is a hell of a journey. We start with the first meeting between Matt and Rhys, who are both in Riven—already happily married. I don’t read a lot of romances featuring married couples, so I was intrigued by this one. In Rend, the timeline alternates between their courtship and their current troubles, which mostly involves them being very much in love but apart while Rhys is on tour. Matt grew up in the system and has a lot of abandonment issues, but doesn’t know how to express that—or even recognize it in himself. So we get to experience, alternately, the delight of that first bloom of love, and the internal monologue of a beautiful young man who really really needs therapy.

I was a blubbery mess the whole time I read this, from anguish and joy alike. Roan Parrish is a mage at character development, and I can’t tell you how much I love every person in this novel. There aren’t many, considering so much of it is about Matt’s solitude, even when he’s around others. But the ones who are there are perfect, and I really hope I get to see all of them again. This is totally a character-driven book, which isn’t always my thing, but it’s so perfect.

Cover of Rafe by Rebekah WeatherspoonRafe: A Buff Male Nanny
Rebekah Weatherspoon

So you’re going to need a bit of a breather after Rend, and Rafe is a balm for almost any ill. Rafe is a childcare professional whose last family has just moved to another continent, and Sloan is a busy surgeon whose nanny just quit midday and left her six-year-old twins alone for half the day. Obviously, she’s a little wary. But when Rafe comes highly recommended, and has a perfect trial run, Sloan takes him on. But there’s one problem: they have the total hots for each other.

No problem, right?

No. Problem, actually. Until it’s not. Because they’re both grown ass consenting adults.

Seriously. This book is a delight. The twins are a delight. Sloan is a delight. Rafe and his family are a delight. Sloan’s friends are a rollicking delight. Just. Read it.

New and Upcoming Releases

Cover of Sugar and Ice by Brooklyn WallaceSugar & Ice by Brooklyn Wallace
A Powerful Attraction by Delaney Diamond
Campaign for Her Heart (Decades) by Patricia Sargeant
Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder
The Switch by Nia Arthurs
Give Me a Reason by Stephanie Nicole Norris
His Cocky Cellist by Cole McCade (Nov 19)

FYI: Book Riot is off next week for American Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back the last week of November with tons of stuff to share!

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