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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.

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May 2022 Wrap Up

As we return to the daily grind after Memorial Day weekend, we’re looking forward to a long summer of reading by the beach, reading by the pool, reading while the kids run through the sprinkler in the backyard, reading in our air-conditioned living rooms…

But before we look forward too much, here’s a quick look back at everything we got up to last month.


Our Favorite Reads…

Ingrid’s Choice: Dreams of Fate by Skylar Shoar

There were a lot of tissues involved.

Holly’s Choice: The King’s Man by Elizabeth Kingston

Do you love densely-written historical romance? If you are Holly’s reading twin, please read this book post-haste.

Erin’s Choice: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

No-nonsense heroine plus an author who uses historical facts to poke at the reader’s understanding of the present? Yes please.


More from the Blog…


Notes from Romancelandia…


Coming Soon…

Erin picked June’s Trope Week theme, and we’re branching out into settings! We’ll be talking about and reading romances set in the Interwar Period (1920s-1930s), and are excited to dive into a time period that’s less frequently featured in romance.

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April 2022 Wrap Up

Here’s what we got up to this month.


Our Favorite Reads…

Holly’s Choice: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Look, Holly just likes them Old Skool, ok? And Bet Me is utterly delightful, with a bit of bonkers thrown in for good measure.

Ingrid’s Choice: All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

Ingrid really enjoyed the slightly more mature turn Zapata’s writing took in this book—while still maintaining her signature slow-burn swooniness.

Erin’s Choice: Honeytrap by Aster Glenn Gray

Biggest. Book. Hangover. EVER.


More from the Blog…


Notes from Romancelandia…

Not much to report this month, but if you want more romancelandia in your life, Holly put together not one, but two lists of romance blogs she reads: here and here.


Coming Soon…

Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ll be reading in May!

Our trope theme week will be accidental pregnancy, which we are all iffy about, so if you have a favorite, please let us know about it!

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March 2022 Wrap Up

Spring is here! We’re excited for sunshine, plants growing, and, of course, smut. Here’s what we got up to in the last month.


Our Favorite Reads…

Everyone’s Choice: Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This book was utterly, delightfully, bonkers. Plus it featured some very 90s fashion. You can read our discussion of it here.

Ingrid’s Choice: The Bun & The Gun by Vanessa Gray Bartal

Librarian and spy team up, have epic adventures. Ingrid laughed her face off.

Erin’s Choice: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

The hero is like a giant golden retriever.

Holly’s Choice: Reading the Signs by Kiera Andrews

This M/M baseball romance is kind, sexy, and heartwarming. With spanking AND lots of details about how pitchers and catchers communicate. What’s not to love?


More from the Blog…

Our big project this month was March Smashness, where we read a bunch of sports romances together and then talked about them.

But the sports romance talk didn’t stop there! We (ok, mostly Erin) made lists of our favorite romances featuring M/M pairings, female athletes, and retired athletes.

We also…


Notes from Romancelandia…

In case you hadn’t heard, Bridgerton season 2 is now on Netflix. We haven’t watched it yet, so we have no saucy takes for you guys. Yet.


Coming Soon…

In April, we’ll be catching up on all those review copies we ignored this month, plus reading some rom-coms! Woohoo!