Getting Lit, S2EP9: It Had To Be You

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Our special guest Katharine joins the podcast, introducing us to her favorite problematic beach read. We talk about the contextual history of...

Books I Read Vol 63

The Countess Conspiracy Author: Courtney Milan Series: Brothers Sinister #3 Tags: Regency, widow, bad dead husband, botanist, secretly publishing science papers, evolution, childhood friends, PTSD,...

Getting Lit, S2EP9: It Had To Be You

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Our special guest Katharine joins the podcast, introducing us to her favorite problematic beach read. We talk about the contextual history of consent in romance novels, the contemporary trope "emotional virgin," and...

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Books I Read Vol 63

The Countess Conspiracy Author: Courtney Milan Series: Brothers Sinister #3 Tags: Regency, widow, bad dead husband, botanist, secretly publishing science papers, evolution, childhood friends, PTSD, miscarriage, jokester with a secret Format: audiobook Rating: Super...

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Books I Read Vol 62

I'm deep in the annuls of Audible's Romance Package (so much fun!), so I've taken a break from my challenge to read whatever the hell I want. Courtney Milan it is, then! I've never read any of her books before, and I must say that I really enjoy her. Her books are fun...

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Getting Lit S2EP8: Master of Ecstasy

  by Nina Bangs. This month, Ilana and I make the excellent choice of making my sister, who has a masters in linguistics, read a time travel vampire highlander viking romance novel. Is it as bad as it sounds? To that I say, "och aye!" Ye dinnae ken how...

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Books I Read Vol 61

A Bite to Remember Author: Lynsay Sands Series: Argeneau #5 Tags: Cheerful vampires, bodyguard, actor Format: audiobook Rating: Yay.   Sigh, there is something so soothing about Sands novels. They are not, like, GOOD, but they are just so pleasant and pretty. Like...

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Books I Read, Vol 60

Witches, spooks, angry elves, and giant matchmaking country parties. Alex Craft Series: 1,2,3 Author: Kalayna Price Books: Grave Witch, Grave Dance, Grave Memory Tags: I see dead people, private eye, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, elves, reapers, love...

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Books I Read Vol 59

Shelly Laurenston Part 3!   Bite Me Pride #9 Him: Polar bear-tiger shifter hybrid, relaxed and easygoing with a secret mean streak, freelance bodygaurd/security detail, worked on the same job with Toni. Her: Rude, sarcastic short-fused photographer, straight-laced but...

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Books I Read, Vol 58

Part 2 of the Laurenston Shifterstavaganza!   Beast Behaving Badly Pride #5 Him: OCD, anal retentive, superstar hockey player, lion-polar bear shifter hybrid, on Lock's shifter hockey team. Her: ADHD, bouncy, goofball wolf-wild dog shifter hybrid, plumber, best friend...

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Books I Read, Vol 57

I have been TEARING through these Shelly Laurenston books. Quippy, fun, off-the-wall shifters getting paired off in mismatched pairs like Noah's Ark having a wife swap night. Lots of personality, lots of fun, lots of action, lots of sexy times, and hardly any big ol'...

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Books I Read Vol 56

Three Quinns and a Guillory: weddings, spies, gothic novels, fake significant others, mistaken identities, and heinous lack of communication. Ten Things I Love About You Author: Julia Quin Series: Bevelstoke #3 Tags: Regency, PTSD, saved from a bad marriage with...

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Getting Lit S2EP6: The Wedding Date

By Jasmine Guillory This month, Ilana's mom Sandy joins us! Favorite quote: Sandy: "Who has time for hobbies?" Ilana: "You are right now in one of our hobbies."   "The Wedding Date"   Ingredients: 1/3 oz brandy 3 oz Brut champagne a...

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Books I Read Vol 55

It's a Quinnestravaganza! Oh man, I am just one book shy of making this post the Quintessential Quintuplet of Quinn Novels. Bummer.   Splendid Author: Julia Quinn Series: Splendid Trilogy Tags: American, Indomitable Ingenue, Moody Duke, mistaken identity Format:...

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Books I Read Vol 54

Kill or Be Kilt Author: Victoria Roberts Series: Highland Spies #3 Tags: Highlanders!, childhood sweethearts, older man, strong and silent Format: ebook Rating: meh.   Oh man, I so thought I was going to enjoy this. Growly, terse older man! Younger woman with a long...

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Books I Read Vol 53

The Chase Author: Lynsay Sands Series: Deed #3 Tags: Highlander-Medieval times-ish, woman in brees, ladies man Format: audiobook Rating: yay.   Ladies men are not my flavor of choice, but she was pretty funny. Our heroine is a sword swinging, brees wearing,...

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Books I Read Vol 52

An indomitable ingenue, nursing back to health, AMNESIA, and icky cold vampires taken down by the Power of the Vajayjay.   Because of Miss Bridgerton Author: Julia Quinn Series: Rokesbys #1 Tags: historical romance, Napoleonic wars, stick in the mud, spirited woman,...

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Getting Lit S2EP05: Hot and Badgered

By Shelly Laurenston. This month, Ilana prepared for us some literary questions: Literary critics have said that Hot and Badgers is possibly the finest honey badger shapeshifter novel ever produced. Discuss: Is what ways are the characters of this novel both hot AND...

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Books I Read Vol 51

  Ahhh, so glad to be back from a short hiatus in BIRs. Let's see, what have I been up to?   Lake Silence Author: Anne Bishop Series: The Others #6 Tags: shifters, elementals, humans are the real monsters, MURDER Format: audiobook Rating: yay!   Hooray!   I am NOT...

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Getting Lit S2EP03: First Grave on the Right

By Darynda Jones In this episode, we have not one but TWO special guest stars: Ilana's sisters Suzie and Naomi! Naomi helped us trash the book, and Suzie brought the Shock Jock to Getting Lit by contributing sound effects. We discuss the trials of being a...

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Book I Read Vol 50

  Hard Core Author: Tess Oliver Series: N/A Tags: Contemporary, Tats, Broken Puppy, Ex-Con, Man Bun Format: audiobook Rating: meh.   I'm not quite sure what's so "hard core" about this book. I mean, it could have been called Perfectly Nice Man But Has a Record,...

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Body Blog: Weighting and Waiting

  I'm toying with the idea of making a new post category. I've been soaking myself in body positivity lately, so a lot of my thoughts are going that direction. However, I don't think that Books I Read is the right venue for them. So I'm trying this out....

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Books I Read Vol 49

Dislusterating, whiskey-making, Ne'er-Do-Well brother. Extreme klutziness; flatulent bloodhounds. Apocalypse is coming, so the gods have a party.   DNF: A Devil in Scotland Author: Suzanne Enoch Series: No Ordinary Hero #3 Tags: Scotland, Highlander, childhood...

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Getting Lit S2EP02: The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne

By Madeline Hunter. Highlights: "My husband: long time listener, first time stenciler." "The angstier the hero, the more he's an asshole." "You have to ask yourself: what level of asshole am I comfortable with?" "Walking, talking bags of money...and abs."...

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