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Say Yes to the Marquess
Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After | Tessa Dare
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Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and . . . and . . . ? After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement. Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brothereven if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself. So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet? He starts with flowers. Ladies can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes. He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride and tries not to picture her as his. He doesn't kiss her. If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again. When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown and vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off. And no matter whathe doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
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Angela_TheBookNerdess
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4🌟Its Tessa Dare folks pick it UP and enjoy

After a prolonged 8 year engagement Heroine Clio has had enough, she's inherited a castle& is planning on breaking the engagement.

Only thing is his brother, rake and ruthless prizefighter has plans to ensure the wedding goes through. https://t.co/mhxDNShAog

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Michollio
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This one had a weird premise. I think I like it least of Dare's books that I've read, but I did like it. Both the leads gain some self-esteem, aided by their relationship and each other.

BlameJennyJane She‘s needs some help with zipping that dress! Lol 9mo
Michollio @BlameJennyJane Right? It's a weird cover choice. 9mo
BlameJennyJane Beats Fabio... now that‘s weird. Lol 9mo
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samnreader
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I'm quite the sucker for #romantsy rain scenes. There's a couple in this book, edging it right out of the so-so category.

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Owlizabeth
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I really liked the heroine in this one, she‘s smart and witty and just wants independence and recognition. The hero was a bit of a mansplaining turd in the beginning, but by the end I‘d warmed up to him. Not a ton of funsexytimes, I guess Tessa Dare is a little more tame than some of the other romance authors I read. Overall, a delightful romp, and Carmen Rose does excellent narration. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Ooooh the next book takes place in Scotland!!

DGRachel I love Tessa Dare! She almost always makes me laugh. 10mo
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samnreader
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Tessa Dare is decidedly hit and miss for me, but almost always an easy read. I find it better if I go in expecting fairy tales. #romantsy

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buzzylovesbooks
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“I love you. I wish I had better ways to show it. All I have is this brash, reckless heart. But it's yours.”
― Tessa Dare, Say Yes to the Marquess

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buzzylovesbooks
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Current Read

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Magictomes
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Book Clubbin‘. You know how we do.

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erista
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Made it to hour 13. With less than a hundred pages of this one to go, I will finish tomorrow and continue reading as much as I can in between chores and errands. #13inthree

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erista
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Starting this tonight. I need a light fun read to help me finish off this school year. Only 3 weeks left! I hate these covers but the books are so good!
#teachersoflitsy

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Jocelyn73c
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"Then came the day she learned that this castle belonged to her. And she realized that something else belonged to her, too. All that knowledged she'd accumulated... It was hers." ??? For education ? (page 77) #readathon #bookone #24hourreadathon

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Jocelyn73c
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I have so many books I want to read that are waiting in stacks like this for me all around my apartment, but I randomly grabbed these for my #readathon this weekend!! I won't get to all of these, and I might grab something else depending on how I feel, but these are looking good so far 🤗😍📚☕🤓📖 #24hourreadathon #deweysreadathon @DeweysReadathon

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jmtrivera
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Clio is completely understandable in her desire to take control of her own life, and frustration at being taken for granted. Rafe's appreciation of her many attributes also makes him a completely satisfying male protagonist. Add in a couple of charming supporting characters (Phoebe and Bruiser), some character ability diversity, and I was totally delighted. I must have giggled in each of the first seven chapters or so. Can't wait for the next!

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erista
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#bookmail #bookhaul just in time for Valentine's

TaciturnWhenReading Tessa Dare is the best!! 2y
Bianca I'm listening a Tessa Dare book right now! 2y
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erista @Bianca Which one? I've loved the ones I've read by her. 2y
erista @Bianca I just read that one last week. It was good. 2y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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#Booked2018 #BodyPositiveNovel
I‘m a little sad this one didn‘t have the nerdy 🤓 goodness we got in “Romancing the Duke,” but, I still really enjoyed it! Just differently, lol. Rafe is so damned sweet! The #BodyPositive theme warmed the cockles of my heart. I love that Clio was so proactive about taking charge of her life, family, and love. Throw in the #ADHD rep, #Autistic rep, and (a little) #BiSexual rep, and it‘s 📚💕for me!
#GloryToTheGuild!

jmtrivera Just finished this today! It was fantastic! 2y
4thhouseontheleft This sounds better than the cover looks (in my opinion, lol)! 😃 2y
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks @jmtrivera right?! @4thhouseontheleft it really is! She‘s a fantastic author! I only started reading her very recently, but she has quickly become a favorite! 2y
Cinfhen Ha; don‘t like to #JudgeABookByItsCover but totally agree with @4thhouseontheleft 😜 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage ✔️ another prompt off the list! Great job! 2y
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jmtrivera
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Still hanging out with my sick Dad, and I need a happy read, so @Mc_cart_ny and I are taking on this one together! Has anyone else read it?

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ariellajem
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Okay, so I guess I'm hooked on romance novels now? Tessa Dare is great. I finished Romancing the Duke, and dove right into this one.

I was more taken by the love interest in this one, than the last. I also dig the fact that she brought craft beer culture into the book. IPA's and roguishly handsome boxers? Yes please. 😂

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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1st read in my 2018 project to try a new-to-me genre: romance! It feels average (at least of straight historical romance): the heroine and hero aren't especially unique (proper good girl finally standing up for herself, bad boy with a heart of gold); romantic/sexual tension was good but not riveting. However I feel like the entertainment I got out of this book isn't proportionate to how 'good' I thought it was? I certainly did enjoy reading it!

brownekr If you haven't read Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan's BEYOND HEAVING BOSOMS, I remember finding it a helpful intro to The Romance Genre. (I'm sure it's a bit dated now; it's from the very recent era when it was up for heavy debate whether a romance that wasn't one man/one woman was REALLY an acceptable romance novel for awards purposes, RWA purposes, etc.) 2y
writerlibrarian If you want good recs in many genres for romance you should go and check Smartbitches http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/ the podcast is hilarious and smart. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @writerlibrarian I have been on that site, it's awesome! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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So far my first romance read for this not-usually-a-romance-reader is ... kind of just what I was expecting? I don't love it but I don't hate it? Also there's kissing already in chapter six and I'm not sure if this is normal or an anomaly cause I thought they saved the kissing for the end?? #Romantsy

2BR02B Since you said it's your first I'm assuming you haven't read Romancing the Duke? It's the first in the series and I liked it much better than this one. As a side note, I've read several of Tessa Dare's novels and they all have multiple sex scenes, not just kissing. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @2BR02B Darn! Yes that one was recommended to me and I have not read it but my library didn't have it unfortunately, so I borrowed this one instead. Excited about my first romance sex scene! 😉 2y
2BR02B Another of hers I quite enjoyed was A Week to be Wicked, from the Spindle Cove series. Most of the others were kinda meh for me. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @2BR02B thanks for the info! I appreciate it! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Next up on my #TBR are two romance books for my new year reading project! Romance is a genre I've never really read before and so I'm exploring it for the first time. These are two authors who were recommended to me; I also have books by Alisha Rai and Alyssa Cole on hold at my library. Any other recs for brand new romance readers like me? #Romantsy

swishandflick Tessa Dare is awesome, you'll love her! One of my personal favorites is Susan Elizabeth Phillips, she's aces when it comes to contemporary romcoms 🙌🏽 Tagged book is a standalone, but her Chicago Stars series is fantastic too. Well, all of her stuff really 😄 2y
swishandflick Ooh - and Sarah Waters if you've never read her stuff before, LGBT historical romance! 2y
swishandflick Classic Nora Roberts can also be fabulous, I know her stuff kind of saturates the romance market sometimes. The tagged book is my all-time favorite of hers! (Ok, I'll stop now. Haha, love me some romance 😂) 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @swishandflick Ooh maybe I'll start with the Tessa Dare then. And I'll add Phillips to my list, thank you! I have read all of Sarah Waters' books already, she's one of my favourite authors! I wouldn't have categorized her stuff as romance but I guess that means I have read some! 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @swishandflick No that's helpful thank you! It's hard to know where to start with a prolific author like her. 2y
Jas16 Julia Quinn especially the Bridgertons. Eloisa James. I love Sarina Bowen for contemporary 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Jas16 thank you! Adding all three to my list! 2y
xicanti I read my first Beverly Jenkins this year and loved her. She writes historicals. Rebekah Weatherspoon is also wonderful. Her stuff's all contemporary, unless she's released something I don't know about. Annabeth Albert writes wonderful contemporaries with an emphasis on consent. I haven't read her recent stuff, but Maya Rodale's early books are fluffy historical fun. And Tiffany Reisz writes seriously good kink, slanted more to erotic than romance 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @xicanti wow thanks so much for the recs!! 😀 2y
writerlibrarian Alyssa Cole is my favourite of 2018. Courtney Milan is my comfort read. Lucy Parker's Act like it is still one of my all time favourite. I like Sarah Mayberry, Aussie writer. 2y
annahenke Sarah Maclean! 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @writerlibrarian Adding your two other recs! Thanks 😀 2y
Dragon Eloisa James. She‘s on Litsy ! 2y
Bookzombie Also, Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn. 2y
Bknrdadventures Definitely Lisa Kleypas, Tessa Dare, and Elizabeth Hoyt‘s Maiden Lane series. Oh, and Vivienne Lorret is a new fav in historical romance! 😀 2y
Christy2318 Both good choices & I like most of the other suggestions you got as well. For M/M I really liked A Soldier‘s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian. Her regency tone is on point. I also liked The Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish. 2y
Christy2318 I have yet to come across a F/F I can recommend (edited) 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Christy2318 Rebekah Weatherspoon writes F/F and has been recommended to me a few times but neither of my local libraries carry her books so I'm trying to figure out how to get my hands on them! 2y
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swishandflick
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I'm going to start sounding like a broken record when it comes to my love of Tessa Dare's books!! They're each so wonderful in their own right and I'm thoroughly enjoying every second. My only dilemma is whether to continue plowing through them at a clipped pace or save some for later. I have a feeling my self control isn't that strong 😄 #romantsy

tammysue You've now convinced me to read a Tessa Dare book! :) 2y
DGRachel I binge read a bunch of her books after I read The Duchess Deal. I couldn‘t help myself. Her characters are wonderful and she‘s got a great sense of humor. I say read them all now and be happy. 😬 2y
swishandflick @whatshesreadingnow Yay! Can't wait to hear what you think! 😄 2y
swishandflick @DGRachel That's exactly what I did! I'm definitely going to keep going with her stuff - they're so refreshing and exactly what I'm in the mood for at the moment! 2y
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BluestockingDuchess
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lennearb
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Thought this was the weakest of the three I have just read in this series.

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Johanna414
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Is it weird that I enjoyed serving jury duty today? I spent the whole morning sitting in a fairly comfortable chair reading a book before the case was settled out of courts and we all got to go home 😁👌
Out of about 30 jurors, I was one of only 2 people who brought something to read... everyone else just sort of stared into space or complained... I did loan out my spare book to another woman - the librarian in me is always prepared!

rubyslippersreads I can't believe anyone would go to jury duty without something to read! 😱 2y
Johanna414 @rubyslippersreads right? I was astounded! 2y
Suet624 Not even a magazine? Jeepers. 2y
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Scurvygirl I did that last time I went and living in the smallest state... my ex's girlfriend was there too. Awkward. Got a lot of reading done and she was picked, I went home! 😜 2y
rubyslippersreads @Johanna414 @Suet624 @Scurvygirl Of course, we #Littens don't go anywhere without a book, right? 😄 2y
Amanda23 You're lucky! When I was on jury duty on Monday they didn't have comfy chairs 2y
Johanna414 @rubyslippersreads or in my case, two paper books and a kindle... I may have overprepared! @Suet624 it really makes no sense... what did they expect to do all day?! 2y
Johanna414 @Scurvygirl karma? @Amanda23 lol *fairly comfy* They had cushions, thank god! 2y
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CaylasBooktopia
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I begged for more after I put this book down! I really enjoyed it that much! I loved how Tessa was able to think outside the box with this book. The plot of the story was just that unique.

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AisPM
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**** I really liked this. It was cute and funny and just what i needed to read 😊 📖📚

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jmtrivera
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When I think of #thebacksofwomen on books, I typically think of romances. Here's one @Mc_cart_ny and I have talked about buddy reading. 😊 #MarchintoReading @RealLifeReading

Velvetsun Love Tessa Dare. 3y
jmtrivera @Velvetsun I just read my first date last month. Loved it! 3y
Mc_cart_ny And it's such a pretty cover, too! 3y
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Leelee08
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I just wanted to share my newest collection. I started reading historical romance in December, and I was hooked immediately. These are all of the books I have collected so far, and I get a few new ones every week. I have another 50 or so on my iPad. I'm off to a good start! 😍❤😘💋#romantsy

Iindseyo Drooling over these 😍🤤😍 3y
BkLvnGma I just finished Say Yes to the Marquees by Tessa Dare a few weeks ago... I am currently reading A Week to be Wicked .... enjoy ...historical is my favorite genre .... 3y
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Leelee08 @Iindseyosborne Aww thank you! I'm working really hard on this collection 😍 3y
Leelee08 @BookLovinGranny I ❤ those two! A Week to be Wicked is one of my absolute favorites!! 3y
BkLvnGma That's what I've been hearing... I read Castles Ever After before Spindle Cove lol have been binge reading Tessa Dare for about 2 weeks ... 3y
Leelee08 Lol. @BookLovinGranny That sounds awesome! I did too when I first started reading her. I had her entire collection finished in about a month. I read Castles Ever After before her Spindle Cove series as well, but the Spindle Cove series is her best.😍 (edited) 3y
s-b Glad to see some Julia Quinn there! Her Bridgertons series are the only historicals that I've ever read more than once 🙄 have fun reading! 3y
EloisaJames I see some of mine -- blowing you a kiss!! 3y
Leelee08 @s-b Thanks! I definitely love Julia Quinn!😍 3y
Leelee08 @EloisaJames 😘😘😘 3y
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stacybmartin
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The second in the Castles Ever After series - so enjoyable and fun.

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balletbookworm
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Day 19 of #riotgrams - #greatdedication. This is the dedication from Tessa Dare's Say Yes to the Marquess. It made me cry even before I read the book and realized that a B-plot revolved around the hero keeping his brother's very elderly dog alive until the brother returned. ❤😢

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Rebekaaah
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I enjoyed Romancing The Duke so much that I had to move straight on to the next! 💕

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Leelee08
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Tessa Dare books=LIFE💘💘💘#dressesoncovers #readjanuary

CatLadyBibliophile LOOOVE Tessa 😍😍😍 3y
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ChasingOm
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I love these books SO MUCH.
The strong characters (including the independent ladies), the compelling stories, and the tenderness of the relationships (balanced with just the right amount of 🔥) makes Tessa Dare's books so, so good. I'm looking forward to the third in the series next, and I've already put another one on hold through the library. 💜💜💜 #romantsy

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ChasingOm
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Reading a chapter in between coats makes me less impatient while painting my nails. 😂💅🏻 #romantsy

Kindredanne I got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and I am loving it already!!! 3y
ChasingOm It's so good, @Kindredanne! My favorite part is I don't need a reading light after my boyfriend goes to sleep! 😄 3y
LHauser27 Love that color! 😄 3y
ChasingOm Thanks, @LHauser27! 😊 3y
Kindredanne @ChasingOm I am loving it so much!!! It is great for reading in bed at night when my husband has gone to sleep!!! 3y
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Christy2318
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"At some point, while you were roaming the globe, making treaties and dividing the spoils of war, I quietly declared my own independence. I am the sovereign nation of Clio now. And there will be no terms of surrender." ????? Tessa Dare never disappoints. I really need a Phoebe book. #romantsy #osrbc

EloisaJames I love that quote!! 3y
ChasingOm I love the quote and YES, PHOEBE! 💜 3y
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Leelee08
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My home library is finally complete!! I ❤ every bit of it. All 800+ books are present and accounted for!📚📚📚📚

ElizaTodd 😱😍 3y
BookBabe Yay! 🙌🏻 Time to celebrate! 🎊 3y
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 3y
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drbethandherkindle Looks amazing!! 3y
MicheleinPhilly That looks fantastic! 3y
DebinHawaii It looks fabulous! 👍🎉 3y
Leelee08 @ElizaTodd @BookBabe @LeahBergen @drbethandherkindle @MicheleinPhilly @DebinHawaii Thank y'all! I feel like I could stay in here for days!😍😊🤓 3y
BookishBlonde12 Lovely! 💕🤗 3y
Lakesidemusing So inviting! 3y
LauraBeth Nice! 😀 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Looks fantastic! 3y
Bookworm54 Gorgeous! ❤ 3y
shanebeth love it! 3y
jessberk13 With room for more, yes??!!! 😁😁😁 3y
CouronneDhiver It looks fabulous. Enjoy it! 3y
Leelee08 @jessica I will always find a spot for more books!❤❤❤ 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Who is in the picture? I can't see it well enough- is it Himself? 3y
Leelee08 @CherylDeFranceschi The one and only. Sherlock❤❤❤ 3y
Leelee08 @BethFishReads Aww thank you! 3y
OrangeMooseReads 👍🏽🙂 3y
Leelee08 @OrangeMooseReads 😊😊😊 3y
stacybmartin I 💜your library - so pretty!! 3y
megt So cool! 3y
Leelee08 @stacybmartin @megt Thank you!!🤓 3y
Sheltiemama And Sherlock! 3y
Leelee08 @Sheltiemama Sherlock is ALWAYS present and accounted for in my house. 😂😍 3y
UwannaPublishme Yay! Looks so cozy. Now you get to sink into that comfy couch and start reading. 😊 3y
Serotonin We're still working on our library as well. I give it another month or so 😅 3y
Leelee08 @UwannaPublishme My husband had to make me some to bed. Lol😂. I didn't want to leave it.... 3y
Leelee08 @Serotonin Awesome! I'm going to love having one.... 3y
Gissy Beautiful!!! 📚😍 3y
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itstimeana
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Tessa Dare books in the bookstore near my office! Just a few more working days left for 2016 until I can binge read the Castles Ever After series. #romantsy

Iindseyo They're all so good!! 3y
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Pinkmeghan
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I really liked this! I loved that Clio is a beer enthusiast who wants to start a brewery and get in on the ground floor of the new IPA trend (even though I despise IPAs 😂) and I loved her independent streak! This was a really fun read, can't wait to get the next book in the series! 👍

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Pinkmeghan
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I'm in the midst of crazy Thanksgiving prep so not a ton of reading is happening, but this quote did jump out at me as perfection. 💜

AliBG I forgot how much I loved this book. 3y
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Pinkmeghan
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I spent all day debating requesting this from the library (and waiting until after Thanksgiving to read it) and finally decided not to buy it. This is an accurate photo of my decision making process this evening. 😂 #proudowneroftheebook #ialsoboughtlularoetoday #questionabledecisionclub

Seekingtardis Proud member of the #questionabledecisionclub 😂😍🌟 3y
gossamerchild #ialsoboughtlularoetoday is another problem I often have 😉 3y
Pinkmeghan @Seekingtardis 🙌💯👍 we should really come up with a motto or a club song or something! 3y
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TheLibrarian So true!! 3y
Pinkmeghan @gossamerchild my consultant lives across the street from my sister-in-law, so easy access plus Xmas leggings equals an oops! 🙊🙌💯 3y
Seekingtardis The motto should be "We tried coming up with a motto but kept getting side tracked by books!" ?? 3y
Pinkmeghan @Seekingtardis "oh look, was that a bookstore?! Hahaha!!!! Love it! 3y
Bette 😂😂😂 3y
EloisaJames It's a really fun book--money well spent! 3y
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Faintingviolet
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I mean, romance covers are notoriously bad, but is this one post it note on the cover bad? I don't think so.

kdm Oh no! A bare back! Hide yo kids! 4y
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