Wrap Up

October 2022 Wrap Up

Happy November! We hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween, and that you’re mentally preparing for the upcoming season of holiday madness. But first: a wrap up.


Our Favorite Reads…

Erin’s Choice: Contract Season by Cait Nary

In another instance of perfect trope is perfect, this fake relationship romance pulls out all the stops.

Holly’s Choice: Reckless by Selena Montgomery

The growing tension in the romance perfectly matches the growing tension in the murder mystery in this well-crafted romantic suspense novel.

Ingrid’s Choice: The Stand-Up Groomsman by Jackie Lau

Ingrid swooned hard for this smart grumpy-sunshine duo with lots of humor and heart.


More from the Blog…


Notes from Romancelandia…

Are you interested in fairy tale retellings? Romance author Renee Dahlia has put together a list of them, organized by source story. (Renee and fairy tale scholar Philippa Borland talk about this list and other fun things about fairy tale romances on a recent episode of Shelf Love.)

And here’s a great essay about the protagonist problem in fantasy writing, and how Nalini Singh’s psy-changeling series gets around it.


Coming Soon…

We’ve got some ARCs that we’re super-excited about, plus a whole week of cowboy romances!

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September 2022 Wrap Up

Happy October! Fall has finally arrived (Holly lives in Texas, where it takes longer than it does in those northern places Erin and Ingrid call home) and we’re excited for pumpkins and leaves and smut where everyone gets snowed in. But first! A recap of our epic month of Back to Old School!


Our Favorite Reads…

Holly’s Choice: Enemies with Benefits by Roxie Noir

Excellent banter between the protagonists just made this book a fun read.

Ingrid’s Choice: The Bride by Julie Garwood

Old school? Yes. Hilarious? Also yes.

Erin’s Choice: The Larks Still Bravely Singing by Aster Glenn Gray

Do you want to have your heart shredded? Then this book is the perfect choice.


Congratulations to the winners of our 2k followers giveaway on Instagram! We hope @_lexireads, @doseofromance, and @christinbolton enjoy their new books!

Remember we typically do giveaways when we hit milestones on both Insta and Twitter, so follow us on those platforms to get us to the next milestone and be in the know about the next giveaway.


More from the Blog…


Notes from Romancelandia…

Check out this fabulous substack on creating content about books.

And if you got all intrigued by our post yesterday where we yelled about contemporaries from the 90s, you might like this perspective on Nora Roberts’ writing style and career trajectory. (You should actually check out the whole Sweet Savage Flame blog, especially if you’ve enjoyed our trip back to old school. Also Romance Fiction Has a History.)


Coming Soon…

We’re back to our usual mix of ARCs and random books we feel like reading and then yelling about on the internet in October.

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August 2022 Wrap Up

Our Favorite Reads…

Ingrid’s Choice: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Lots of tension, dry humor, and adorable to the max.

Holly’s Choice: The Unmatchmakers by Jackie Lau

Jackie Lau consistently delivers fun romances with a bit of steam and some thoughtful family dynamics, and The Unmatchmakers is no exception. It was exactly what Holly needed when she read it.

Erin’s Choice: Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer

Erin actually recommends this whole dang series, because who needs sleep when you could be binging the most epic romantic suspense EVER?


More from the Blog…

We’ll be back with the Great Smut Debate and Hearts and Crafts next month.


Notes from Romancelandia…

If you like organizing your reading, why not give Fall in Love Bingo a shot? Runs September–November.

Do you decide whether to read a romance based on whether it has sex it in? Check out the Does it Bang list, curated by @HEA_doesitbang. (You can also explore our reviews based on tags! Here are all of the books we’ve discussed with no sex, here are the ones with lotsa sex, and here are the ones that get a bit kinky.)


Coming Soon…

We’ve got something special planned for September, but we’ll also be doing our usual round of reading and reviewing. Here are some of the books we’ll be talking about.

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July 2022 Wrap Up

Is July over already? Time flies when you’re sweating and reading smut.


Our Favorite Reads…

Is it an accident that all our favorites were the books we read for Fake Relationship week? I THINK NOT!

Holly’s Choice: D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins

This book does a great job of balancing sadness with hope while keeping things light-hearted. It’s just a lovely read.

Erin’s Choice: Kiss Hard by Nalini Singh

Catnip. That is all.

Ingrid’s Choice: For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa

When there’s a pun THAT BAD in the TITLE, you know Ingrid is gonna love it.


More from the Blog…


Notes from Romancelandia…

This article by Steve Ammidown about The Romantic Spirit (a pre-internet romance catalogue) is fun (and fascinating if you’re a nerd).


Coming Soon…

Here are some of the books we’ll be reading in August

Plus we’re planning a whole week where we talk about blue collar protagonists in romance. It’s time to lay some pipe!

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June 2022 Wrap Up

We don’t need to remind you all that the world’s on fire, but also, daily life continues. (Our statement on the end of Roe v. Wade and ways to support abortion seekers and providers here.) And once again, reading and talking about and writing about romance is helping us make it through. Here’s what we got up to this month.


Our Favorite Reads…

Erin’s Choice: The Will Darling Adventures by KJ Charles

Chemistry AND mistrust AND a giant conspiracy.

Ingrid’s Choice: Next of Kin by Hannah Bonam-Young

Crisp writing AND multi-dimensional characters AND a lovely slow burn.

Holly’s Choice: The Romance Recipe by Ruby Barrett

Lots of emotion AND sexy rumpus AND cooking.


More from the Blog…


Notes from Romancelandia…


Coming Soon…

We’re planning a whole week on Fake Relationships, and are super-excited to read ridiculous shenanigans with bonus angst! And we were planning on not reading any ARCs this summer but, uh, there are so many books we’re too excited about.