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August Wrap Up: All Our Favorite Smut This Month

Holly’s Choice: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Everything about this book is absolutely bonkers, and Holly had so much fun reading it. (Full review here.)

Erin’s Choice: Bidding for the Bachelor by Jackie Lau

If you want something absolutely adorable with lots of food, have we got a book for you! (Full review here.)

Ingrid’s Choice: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

We buddy-read this one, and Ingrid is officially obsessed. Jessica Trent 4EVA! (Full review here.)

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Notes from Romancelandia…

Want some cool romance gear? There are currently two fundraising auctions going on, with tons of great things to bid on.

For an update on various shenanigans going on with the Romance Writers of America, here’s a great article by Steve Ammidown on the latest on the Vivian awards.

Coming Soon…

Want to read along with us?

Our buddy read for September is Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata. And we’ll be spending a week talking about the Bedding the Boss trope—if this is a trope you love, tell us about it!

Other books we’ll be reading include:

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July Wrap Up: Our Favorite Smut This Month

We had a great time reading wintry romance this month! Here were our favorites:

Holly’s Choice: Whiteout by Adriana Anders

The suspense plot gets a little saggy in the final act, but the chemistry between Ford and Angel as they make their way across Antarctica more than makes up for us. And lest we forget: there’s only! one! sleeping bag! (Full review here)

Erin’s Choice: Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

This M/M hockey romance had Erin feeling all the feels, and spurred an epic binge read of a bunch of other hockey romances. (Full review here)

Ingrid’s Choice: The Lord I Left by Scarlett Peckham

Ingrid can’t stop gushing about how wonderful this book is. Full stop. (Full review here)

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Coming Soon…

Our buddy read for August is Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase—an old school favorite that none of us have read.

We’ll also be reading:

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Christmas in July but not all Christmas Recap

Hello, gentle readers!

We began the month with a plan to have about 50% of our July posts be about wintery books because, as previously discussed, we are all very hot and Antarctica sounds better than sun and sand right now. 

Plans, schmlans. 

Because not all of the books were holiday books, we decided to provide this handy dandy summary for readers also interested in cooling off a little bit this summer. 

July (Christmas in July but not all Christmas) Posts:

Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs

Jenny doesn’t move to the titular lodge until page 300 (title lies, I tell you!), but there are small town shenanigans and a slow burn. 

Mistletoe & Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler

It’s Alaska and it’s Christmas and they have a bonfire on a frozen lake. Which seems like a very Alaska thing to do (or a northern Minnesota thing to do, but we don’t have any of those books right now). 

Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

I’ll admit that the rest of the series is a bit more wintery – this one takes place over several years, not one season – but the hockey season is (mostly) in winter and there’s plenty of cold, like the weather and the rinks and Boston and Montreal. 

Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

You might like the post better than the book, because it’s Holly, er, discussing how much the cover marketing (cutesy) completely and totally does not match the content of the book (badass alpha suspense-y).

Whiteout by Adriana Anders

Cold! (It’s Antarctica!) Danger! (Danger bangs!) Suspense! (We have to get away before the bad guys get us!)

Gifting Me To His Best Friend by Katee Robert

Probably most readers will pick this up because it’s full (so full) of hot, kinky fun. But also Robert’s execution of changing a relationship from a couple plus best friend to a throuple was thoughtfully done.

Winter’s Heat by Denise Domning

Historical romance from 1994! Sometimes a throwback is fun because the relationship is like, “WUT?” 

The Longest Night by E.E. Ottoman

Super soft novella with a ton of snow. Historical romance with trans rep set in New York.

The Lord I Left by Scarlett Peckham

Ingrid was over the moon about this story about a sex worker and an evangelical reformer, and although she didn’t discuss it in her review, the pair do get caught in a snowstorm and have to snuggle because it’s very cold. (What could possibly happen there, I wonder?)

We also provided a wintery Saturday Smutty Six listicle for your perusal, for books that bring the cold—and the heat. 

AND, if you’d like to explore more cold content, perhaps we can interest you in our holiday specials or maybe some Alaska books? Or books set in literal frozen wastelands. Or, IDK, sometimes Canada is cold. Sadly we do not have a specific “cold temperature/winter” tag. Oh well. Hindsight. 

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June Wrap Up: All Our Favorite Smut

Holly’s Choice: Glitterland by Alexis Hall

Holly was so moved by this book that she forced Erin and Ingrid to buddy read it with her. Is it messy? Yes. But the writing is wonderful and Hall depicts Ash’s struggles beautifully. (Read our full, three-way review here.)

Ingrid’s Choice: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Ingrid generally avoids Austen retellings, but she thought Kamal nailed it with this one. It’s not just a good retelling: it’s interesting, engaging, and well thought out. Strap in for a long ride though—this one’s a slow burn. (Read Ingrid’s full review here.)

Erin’s Choice: The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau

David is a nerd in the streets and a freak in the sheets. And also a stern brunch daddy. I think that’s all you need to know about why Erin picked this book. (Read Erin’s full review here.)

Other things we got up to this month:

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May Wrap Up: All Our Favorite Smut

Happy Memorial Day, y’all! (Or for our non-US-based readers…happy Monday!) With summer just around the corner, now sounds like the perfect time to pick up a romance. Here are our favs for this month:

Erin’s Choice: Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

Look, Erin has loved every Singh book she’s read, and Rebel Hard is no exception. (She’s trying to convince Holly and Ingrid to read all of the Guild Hunters series with her, but 13 books is a commitment.) She says that the everyday romance of Rebel Hard is amazing. (Here’s her full review.)

Ingrid’s Choice: The Leveling Up series by K.F. Breene

When she was reading these books, Ingrid continuously texted Holly and Erin about a) how funny they were and b) why weren’t we reading them already? The heroine is a GARGOYLE SHIFTER for crying out loud. (Here’s her full review.)

Holly’s Choice: Serving Sin by Angelina M. Lopez

Look, this book might seem like it’s *just* a bodyguard romance—and it is definitely an excellent bodyguard romance. But it’s also a really smart portrayal of a powerful woman in a deeply misogynistic space. Also also, this is your periodic reminder that Lopez writes some of the hottest sex around. (Here’s her full review.)

Other fun stuff!

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