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halloween: a time of vampires, hobgoblins, draculas, boogens, and headless mice… And Community references.

Finally, it’s that day of the year: Halloween, the best holiday in the history of forever. Something about last-minute costumes, ghost romances, candy (sans candy corn), horror films, and the California weather that always remains in the high 80’s despite it being fall, never fails to enchant.

To honor this auspicious holiday, Eri and I are bringing you our Halloween Reading Recommendations complete with ghosts some more real than others, vampires, shifters, and also books in which pumpkins are somehow involved. Expect Romance and non-Romance reads.

Note: All pun names were curated by me (Eri) and I take full credit/blame for how cheesy they are. – Eri. And I’m responsible for the never-ending Community references. I will take your thanks now – Alexis.  Also, we’d like to thank our friend Mana for creating the amazing banner as we were both too busy to do it ourselves.

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About a month ago on September 27th, a life changing journey began: I decided to read the Hidden Legacy series.

Since I marathon-ed the series in that single weekend, I haven’t been the same since. Despite not having been a fan of the series as long as others, I can definitively say I have been starving for new series content (and already started my series re-read). Diamond Fire delivered on that craving in a spectacular way while making me fall even deeper in love with Catalina Baylor and the Hidden Legacy world.

❈ Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈

Book Cover - Diamond Fire by Ilona AndrewsTitle: Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Release Date: November 6th 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Fantasy

Content Warning: lesbophobia

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home.  Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic.  But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

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The Governess Game is my favorite Governess Romance of all time. Tessa Dare took a trope I don’t normally gravitate towards and made it golden.

The second installment of Girl Meets Duke is Tessa Dare at her best with charming supporting characters, an easy to root for couple, and multiple funerals for someone’s doll ― which is much more fun that it sounds, trust me.

❈ Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈

Book Cver - The Governess Game by Tessa Dare.jpgTitle: The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2)
Author: Tessa Dare
Release Date: August 28th 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance

Content Warning: on page Panic Attack

He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson.

The accidental governess.

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own.

The infamous rake.

Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in danger of falling, hard.

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A few weeks ago, I was drafting a post about my favorite heroines of 2018 (so far). Then, I come to a startling conclusion: the book covers were all blue. A conspiracy? Perhaps. Something that will forever make me think of the Halsey song Colors? Yes. The perfect post idea? Most definitely.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite books of 2018 (so far) that all have blue covers.

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A Duke by Default will undoubtably remain the Romance that hit me the hardest of the year. My love for A Princess in Theory, the Reluctant Royals series opener, is no secret. But, A Duke by Default forever cemented a place in my heart on a more personal level because of the heroine, Portia Hobbs.

If you like meet-cutes involving accidental pepper sprayings, grumpy silver foxes, and unlikeable~ heroines in male dominated fields, then A Duke by Default is your next favorite read.

❈ Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈

Book Cover - A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole.JPGTitle: A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2)
Author: Alyssa Cole
Release Date: July 31st 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Content Warning: Racism, Xenophobia, Emotionally Abusive Parents

Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way…

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.  

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

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Breathe in. Breathe out. Okay.

Let’s fucking talk about Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean aka the first installment of The Bareknuckle Bastards aka the series I’m going to be thinking about long after it’s over.

I can’t ever recall being as pumped about a Historical Romance series as I am for The Bareknuckle Bastards. Sarah MacLean did basically everything on my wishlist and more. And, oh boy, she does NOT hold back on the drama. Wicked in the Wallflower is a superb opener. I am quite happy to have shared a birthday with this book. If you want to belatedly celebrate, get on the Wicked and the Wallflower bandwagon with me.

Tour Banner - Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

❈ Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈

Screen Shot 2018-06-24 at 6.07.45 PM.pngTitle: Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards #1)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release Date: June 19th 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance

Content Warning: Past Abusive Parent

When a man known only as Devil finds his way into her bedchamber and offers her his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees. She might be a spinster, but she’s seen love in action and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that her future husband will love her beyond reason—even if it means she must make a deal with a man more dangerous than she could imagine.

Bastard son of a duke, and king of London’s darkest corners, Devil has made a lifetime of wielding power and seizing opportunity, and Felicity Faircloth is everything he needs to exact a perfect revenge. All he has to do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy. If the girl is ruined in the process, so be it.  

Except there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, and soon it’s Devil who is trapped…along with his heart.

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