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Elyssa Patrick's Favorite Four Weddings And A Break Up

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 12, 2014 | PERMALINK

In Elyssa Patrick’s Four Weddings and a Break Up, a fake relationships becomes real — one of our favorite tropes! Enamored as we were by Elyssa’s title, we decided to make her tell us her very favorite four weddings and a break up from pop culture. Take it away, Elyssa.

The cover of Four Weddings and A Break Up

Wedding #1: One of the biggest weddings in the last few years was when Kate Middleton married Prince William. I woke up early to watch and loved every minute of it.

Wedding #2: A wedding is the focus of It Happened One Wedding by Julie James. In this laugh-out-loud, sexy contemporary romance, Sidney and Vaughn don’t get off on the right foot. In fact, their first meeting is the classic “meet cute goes wrong.” These two soon discover that they’ll be seeing a lot more of each other when her sister and his brother announce they’re getting married. Slowly but surely, their mutual dislike turns into something a whole lot hotter … and feels an awful lot like love.


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Exclusive Excerpt: Anna Godbersen's The Blonde

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 12, 2014 | PERMALINK

Do you guys remember when that mega-addictive YA series The Luxe hit shelves, back in 2007? We were instantly obsessed with the books and their author, Anna Godbersen. So when we heard she was writing her adult debut, starring Marilyn Monroe as a blackmailed spy, well, we had to know more! So today we’ve got for you an exclusive excerpt from The Blonde, so we can all savor the awesomeness until tomorrow when the book comes out!

Chicago, March 1959

The cover of The Blonde

It had taken three Seconal just to stitch together a few hours sleep last night, and Marilyn asked for a second Bloody Mary when she realized that the descent into Midway wasn't going to be smooth. The plane was small, and she could hear every thrum of the engine and the wind through its walls, and that was before they hit the weather over Lake Michigan. For the first time in some years her fear of flying rose beyond a hazily pleasant fatalism, and she put her palm against the little oval window and let her eyes scan the blue surface below to the place where it met land. She wanted to make it there. If she had a father, somewhere in the world, then there was a reason to land safely after all.


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Forewords - The Books Before the Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 12, 2014 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

BIG NEWS

Historical Romance - Are you sitting down? Because we have some big news … Lisa Kleypas is set to start writing historicals again! She announced last week that she will be starting a new historical romance series with Avon, as well as writing contemporary romances for the publisher. No release dates yet, but we hope to hear more about the deal at RT Convention and promise to keep you updated!

DEBUT AUTHOR


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Weekly Web Wrap-Up: 5/9/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 09, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did you spend the whole week Falling for the Rancher Father ?

Here's what you missed on the RT website:

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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 09, 2014 | PERMALINK

The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling our favorite Tweets. 

As we're gearing up for next week's RT Convention, this week's Tweethearts features a look at how folks are preparing for NOLA!


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Boozy Books: Beer And Wine To Pair With Spring Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Confession time: aside from red and white, we can't really tell one type of wine from another. But with warm weather finally here, we're craving libations with our spring reads. So we turned to  wine and book pairing expert Nikki Steele for recommendations of what to drink with some May and June releases. And don't worry, beer lovers, she has recommendations for you too!

What better way to enjoy a spring release than with a glass of wine (or beer!) in hand? Taking up some of these pairings won't only help with your close reading, but they'll also give you a few suggestions for an upcoming book club meeting.

But really, do we actually need an excuse to drink wine?

Slightly Spellbound by Kimberly Frost, published May 6

Magick, faery knights, wizards, and … ex-husbands? Frost combines all of these characters into her fourth novel in the fast-paced Southern Witch series. While Tammy Jo grapples with feelings for her ex-husband, she also has to contend with the disappearance of a new friend.


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Killer Instinct: S.E. Green On Her Favorite Serial Killers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Everybody has a little morbid curiosity in them — and, after all, curiosity did kill the cat, so to speak. But what is it about dark, twisted things that fascinates us? YA author S.E. Green took her love of murderous television shows like Hannibal and Dexter and crafted her latest novel, Killer Instinct, in which a teen fascinated by serial killers. Today, S.E. shares her favorite fictional and real life killers, so you better leave the lights on for this. Take a look:

I’m a big fan of shows like Hannibal, The Following and Dexter. So when I was ready to write a new series, Killer Instinct and the serial killer theme was a natural fit.

Everyone has a dark side, and this theme is prevalent in both Dexter and Hannibal. The main characters live two lives. Dexter is a blood splatter analyst by day and a serial killer by night. His redeeming quality is that he only targets violent offenders. This “moral code” of his makes him a likeable protagonist that we the viewer root for.


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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.8 - "Day Trip"

BY DJ DeSmyter, MAY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

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Remorseful Bellamy. Maybe he needs a hug...

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The night begins with Octavia’s Grounder still tied up and in need of some serious medical care. Bellamy’s in the room, possibly contemplating his actions, and tells Miller, one of his minions, that they aren’t going to kill the Grounder. When Mr. Minion Miller taunts their prisoner, the Grounder headbutts him. Shows him right!

Meanwhile, the Council video chats with Clarke, and the Chancellor tries to get her to forgive her mom, but she refuses and then sets out to arrange delinquents to talk to their parents. She gets a guy named Dax, but when he goes to say hi to his mom, an Ark guard – the same guard who convinced Bellamy to shoot the Chancellor – convinces Dax to kill Bellamy.

Bellamy’s not letting Octavia near the Grounder, despite her protests. Tension’s still running high between these siblings, but luckily Clarke comes in and breaks up the unease by asking Bellamy to join her in finding a supply depot the Ark says is nearby. After he agrees, Clarke checks in on Finn and awkwardness ensues as Raven hovers behind her.


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

What do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.

Historical Romance

Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James

Buy It On Amazon For $2.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

No Strings Attached by Kate Angell

Buy It On Amazon For $2.51 >>

 

Young Adult

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Buy It On Amazon For $1.99 >>

Buy It On B&N For $1.99 >>

         


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Extended Review: Phenomenal X by Michelle A. Valentine

BY Elisa Verna, MAY 07, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Phenomenal XWhen Elissa brought Phenomenal X to my attention, I bought it almost immediately. I am a pro wrestling nerd, folks, and have been hoping that with the surge in MMA romances, pro wrestling romances would soon follow. Tori McAllister wrote a really great article on why there needs to be pro wrestling romance and makes some awesome points: The guys are hot and the sport is both physically demanding (before you ask, it’s not as fake as you think it is) and entertaining. She even went as far as to suggest that the WWE have a romance imprint, which sounds ridiculous but actually makes a lot of sense. The WWE's storylines are riddled with romance. There have been secret babies, kidnappings, girlfriend stealing and plenty of weddings on the air, although the WWE has moved away from this in recent years. Still, romance and pro wrestling are pretty much made for each other, so I was thrilled to see Michelle A.


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