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Jane Green’s ‘The Sunshine Sisters’ is an Emotional Journey

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I’ve read many of Jane Green’s previous novels, and The Sunshine Sisters (Berkley Books, June 6, 2017) is a standout. All of the characters are sympathetic and their motivations believable, even if I don’t always agree with their choices. The Sunshine sisters, Nell, Meredith and Lizzy, grow up with a narcissistic, emotionally abusive mother. A famous actress, Ronni Sunshine always places her interests above those of her daughters, and she is prone to bursts of unpredictable anger. When “the veil” covers Ronni’s face, her daughters know to steer clear of her at all costs. After high school, the sisters all flee their Westport childhood home and try to forge lives for themselves, but they all carry emotional scars from their…

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September’s Author Crush: No One Writes Paranormal Romance Like Nalini Singh

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Nalini Singh is the kind of writer who needs no introduction. But since I love gushing about her, you’re getting one anyway. Because no one writes dark, paranormal romance quite like Singh. I first read a Singh novel around 10 years ago, when I picked up Slave to Sensation on a whim at a bookstore. Holy crap, I thought while reading it. This woman can write. Singh had a style I’d never seen before: a cross between traditional romance novels and the more complex urban-paranormals that were becoming popular at the time. Her voice was — and still is — quick but deep, heartfelt but sexy, and filled with complex heroes and heroines who make rational, human decisions. If you’re…

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Did You Love Agent Carter? Try These 4 Books to Get Over the Cancellation

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There’s nothing worse than when your favorite TV show gets canceled. You spend years invested in the characters and love stories, waiting for that happy ending you know is coming. But when the network decides to cancel the show prematurely, you’re left to wonder and speculate as you pray for that rare 10-years-from-now-wrap-up-movie (here’s looking at you, Veronica Mars). It’s especially heartbreaking when it seems like another network might save it from cancelation, only to have your hopes dashed at the last minute. I recently had this experience with Agent Carter, which ABC canceled after just two seasons (sob, sob, sob). For a while it looked like Netflix might pick up the female-driven show, but as of August 2, they’ve…

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J.R. Ward is the Queen of Sexy Vampires

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The year was 2005, and I was just discovering that you could order books from Amazon and they would show up on your doorstop in a few days. (It was a simpler time.) Thanks to a part-time job, I was flush with cash and ready to spend it all on paperbacks. I even knew what I was after: something with romance, a happy ending and plenty of vampires. In the fall of 2005, vampires were everywhere. Twilight had been just released and bookshelves were crowded with sexy bloodsuckers. And while I enjoyed the chaste tale of true love, I was looking for something a little more, well, PG-13. Or R. Or, let’s face it, even NC-17. That’s when I discovered…

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Top 10 Sylvia Day Books that Keep Us Coming Back for More!

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One thing we learned from our “Perfect Book Boyfriends We Wish Existed in Real Life” article is that you’re all just as obsessed with Sylvia Day as we are. And who can blame us? Day’s writing sucks you into her worlds, making you fall hard for both her stories and the sexy men at the heart of them. We could read Day, well, all day, any day. Since our Day love is most definitely mutual, we’ve decided to put together a top 10 round up of our favorite Sylvia Day novels. From erotica to paranormal to historical romance, this author clearly knows her stuff. Here’s our top 10 – let us know yours in the comments! Bared to You: Book 1 in…

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June’s Author Crush: Tammara Webber Writes Prose That We Adore

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When I first started getting into new adult fiction, I kept hearing about this one book I just had to read. That book was called Easy, written by self-published author Tammara Webber, and is one of those genre-defining novels that helped launch a boom in self-publishing. It took a few months, but I finally sat down to read about Jacqueline, her assault, and the boy who saves her. The book was well written, romantic, sexy and perfectly-paced. I couldn’t put it down. Two years later, and I’ve read every single Webber novel I can get my hands on. I. Am. Obsessed. I sped through the Contours of the Heart series, then promptly got started on Between the Lines. Now I’m…

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