I’m Out of Book Puns: November Reads

Political fatigue — and then political angst — killed my appetite for books in November…but I still managed to squeeze in some BIG winners!

anextraordinaryunionAlyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union is going to catapult this talented author to the next level, and I’m so glad I got to read an early copy! The Edge of the Blade is a gorgeous addition to Jeffe Kennedy’s fantasy series for Kensington, and I can’t wait to see where she takes the characters next! And Beyond Surrender…damn. What do I say about this series-ender that would even encompass all my feels? The team behind Kit Rocha gorgeously wrap up this chapter of their sexy dystopian saga while opening the door to a new one. I would’ve been sobbing at several points during this book if I hadn’t been devouring it in public!

beyondsurrenderAn Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (out 3/28/17, historical romance)
Driven to Distraction by Olivia Dade (out 1/17/17, contemporary romance)
The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy (out 12/27, fantasy romance)
Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan (out 3/7/17, contemporary romance)
Bad Neighbor by Molly O’Keefe (erotic romance)
One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz (category-length erotic romance)
Beyond Surrender by Kit Rocha (out 12/13, dystopian erotic romance)
My Scandalous Duke by Theresa Romain (historical romance)

I also climbed into Judith McNaught’s backlist to read Perfect, which definitely lived up to its name.

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A Sense of Shelf: February Reads

How is it March already?! Fortunately, for a short month, February still provided plenty of time to pick up a good book! Here’s what I read and really enjoyed.

BeyondRuinThe Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (women’s fiction, contemporary romance)
Cold-hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas (historical romance)
Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren (new adult erotic romance)
The True King of Dahaar by Tara Pammi (contemporary category-length romance)
Act Like It by Lucy Parker (contemporary romance)
Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha (postapocalyptic erotic romance)
Fortune Favors the Wicked by Theresa Romain (out 3/29, historical romance)
Consumed By Fire by Anne Stuart (romantic suspense)
Summer Chaparral by Genevieve Turner (historical romance)

“Real America”: The sweet land of bigotry.

Why, in these last few weeks leading up to the Presidential election, is there such a need to define what makes someone a “real” American? Why the divisiveness, and the implication that edumacated, elitist big city folks just don’t understand the toils and troubles of the average, homespun “real” America? Well, I’ve looked at it backwards and forwards and upside down and the only conclusion I can come to is that it’s the GOP’s alternative to just coming out and saying “Don’t vote for the black guy with the funny name.”

Othering Barack Obama in any way they can is their only shot right now of pulling voters’ minds away from the economic crisis and the desperate belief that we, as a nation, need a change. Telling people that change is BAD, that this smart, competent man can’t relate to the Heartland and is somehow misrepresenting himself and will, therefore, screw Joe Six Pack, Joe the Plumber, and Joe Blow over… that’s the only weapon they have left.

And as someone who grew up in Ohio and now lives in New York City, I think that’s utter and complete bull. What a way to completely gloss over the fact that there are just as many highly educated elitists in Middle America as there are blue collar folks in our big cities! The socioeconomic divide is hardly regional and perpetuating that myth is doubly and triply offensive because New York City and Washington D.C. are the sites of one of this nation’s biggest tragedies. You cannot use 9/11 as one of your parties talking points and then turn around and say that where that tragedy happened isn’t “real America.” Gee, I guess it’s only real America when you need to appropriate its tragedy for political gain, huh?

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