Romance Novels Reviewed

Reviews of Romance Novels from various sources across the web.

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Smart Bitches 2017 Gift Guide, Volume 3

Blue gift box with silver ribbon on white background.It’s shopping time, once again! I get so excited to write the gift guides each week, in part because I get to shop for everyone and share links and talk about things I think you’ll really like. And then you comment and email me lots more ideas and it’s just wonderful. So thank you.

Ready for round three of our annual gift guide?

Last week we talked about items that bring comfort and warmth, and prior to that  we were all about advent calendars. This week?


I confess, until very recently, I was not into candles. I had small children, and I had not-entirely-smart cats who like to stick their faces into things, and I didn’t have safe places to keep a candle, much less…Continue reading

273. Sex Toys, Self Love, and Erotic Romance: A Very Bawdy Podcast with Thien-Kim Lam

Grab your earbuds for this one. Nancy C suggested this interview in the comments to a recent episodes, and I’d been eager to set one up as well because, well, several reasons. Today I’m talking with Thien-Kim Lam, founder and owner of the Bawdy Bookworms subscription box service, which pairs erotic romance with sex toys and accessories. Thien-Kim recently attended a trade show all about sex toys in Vermont, and brought samples and new products to show me. So while we’re talking about sex positivity, toys, accessories, and general bawdiness, we also do some show and tell. Do not worry, I have pictures! You don’t want to miss the unicorn part. There are a number of unintentional puns, a lot of discussion of misinformation about sexuality and intimacy,…Continue reading

Historical Romances & Bundles!

The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen

The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander is 99c! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and is being price matched. Readers were really into the plot, but mention that it takes a while to really get going. Have you read this one?

Embark on the breathtaking romantic adventures of The Lady Travelers Society in the brand-new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander

Really, it’s too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders’s favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their…Continue reading

The Rec League: Australian & New Zealand Romances

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old bookThis Rec Leagues comes from our wonderful comments section on the site. Big thank you to Cerulean for the suggestion:

The Amy Andrews “Playing by Her Rules” is very good, as is the next book in the series (focusing on a different couple): Playing it Cool. I actually like the second book better, but both are great. I really like reading books set outside the US and Georgian/Victorian England. I’ve enjoyed books from authors from/books set in New Zealand and Australia in the last few years. Hmm, maybe that’s a good question for a list of book recs in the future?

Amanda: Whoooo, boy. Sarah has a lot of recs for this one!

Sarah: OK, among a few that I like:

Sarah Mayberry has a few set…Continue reading

I Can’t Wait to Tell You What I’m Reading in December: Bring on the Holiday Novels!

As I’m making my way through two three novels this week, and hitting a dip in my NaNoWriMo project, I have been longingly thinking of the holiday books I’ve got lined up for December.  

I started reading fun, holiday themed books in December while I worked in retail. Working extra hours, literally running back and forth in the bookstore for hours each day, left me completely spent and fried. My solace was to dive into books that helped remind me that the holiday season was about family, friends, and that wonderful anticipation of Christmas morning.  I’m out of retail, but I still find myself feeling a bit overwhelmed at the holidays and needing that reminder to slow down and enjoy the season.  So, starting…Continue reading

Foodie Gifts, Romance Discussion, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s mid-November and the Christmas cheer has begun its war against my curmudgeonly senses. It’s also the time where I have no concept of what day it is since it starts getting dark at 4pm now. Anyone else busting out their SAD lamps?


One of the neatest articles I’ve read in a while is the discussion of fictional religions over at the A.V. Club:

The nameless, vague religion in Adventure Time is one I can get behind. Like all of the show’s world-building, the religion in the Land Of Ooo happens in the background of Jake and Finn’s adventures. Denizens of Candy Kingdom exclaim, “Oh my glob!” but there’s also the occasional “oh my gob” and “oh my grosh.” Grob Gob Glob Grod is the…Continue reading

Thanksgiving Romance, Thieves, & More


Prudence by Gail Carriger is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and is being price-matched at most vendors. This book is the first book in her Custard Protocol series and Carrie gave it a B-:

The best and worst thing I could say about this series is that it’s very much like Carriger’s other series. It’s the worst thing in that there’s not a lot new in here except that it seems to be a series that gets us out of alternate universe England and into the rest of Empire. It’s the best thing because honestly Carriger’s world and style are just pure yummy candy. If you give me a five pound bag of M&M’s, it’s not like I’m…Continue reading

Smart Bitches Cross Stitches 101

An embroidery hoop that has Smart Bitches and a big heart with cross stitches written beneath the hoopI recently received a lovely email from Linda:

You’ve mentioned your cross stitch projects on the site before, but I wondered (since we’re going into high crafting season) if maybe you could do a general post about it? Because I have questions and they are pretty basic. I’ve done cross stitch here and there over the years, always from a kit, usually bought at a craft store but I’m working on a very small project now that I got on Etsy.

Here are the questions I’m running into:

  • Where can I get an embroidery hoop that works well with cross stitch fabric and doesn’t need to be adjusted every 10 seconds?
  • Where’s a good place to buy cross stitch kits? (Or, where are your favorite sources?)
  • How does…Continue reading

HaBO: Heroine Lives in Attic Hidey-Hole

This HaBO is from Virginia, who’s stumped on this historical romance:

I need help! I can’t remember this book I’ve read within the last two years. At first I thought it was Duke of Pleasure or Earls Just Want to Have Fun, but I re-read both and the scene I’m remembering is not in either of them.

The scene goes like this: a lowborn woman, possibly a thief or a pickpocket, and an aristocratic man are running though the streets being pursued by either a policeman, a gang of thugs, or another aristocrat. As she runs through a building, she gives a sign to her fellow street thugs and they try to stop whomever is chasing her/them.

I also remember her having a hidey-hole in an attic of…Continue reading

Historical Devils and Paranormal Elements

Lethal Lies

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti is $1.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and is being price-matched. This is book two in the Blood Brothers romantic suspense series. Some readers wished they felt more of a connection between the hero and heroine, while others loved the sense of action that complemented the romance.

A deadly secret can’t stay buried forever . . . 

Revenge. It’s the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars-even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can’t do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones’s job is to bring…Continue reading

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