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Bombshell
Bombshell: A Hell's Belles Novel | Sarah MacLean
New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with a blazingly sexy, unapologetically feminist new series, Hell's Belles, beginning with a bold, bombshell of a heroine, able to dispose of a scoundrel--or seduce one--in a single night. After years of living as London's brightest scandal, Lady Sesily Talbot has embraced the reputation and the freedom that comes with the title. No one looks twice when she lures a gentleman into the dark gardens beyond a Mayfair ballroom...and no one realizes those trysts are not what they seem. No one, that is, but Caleb Calhoun, who has spent years trying not to notice his best friend's beautiful, brash, brilliant sister. If you ask him, he's been a saint about it, considering the way she looks at him...and the way she talks to him...and the way she'd felt in his arms during their one ill-advised kiss. Except someone has to keep Sesily from tumbling into trouble during her dangerous late-night escapades, and maybe close proximity is exactly what Caleb needs to get this infuriating, outrageous woman out of his system. But now Caleb is the one in trouble, because he's fast realizing that Sesily isn't for forgetting...she's forever. And forever isn't something he can risk.
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wanderinglynn
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Mehso-so

Meh. I‘ve quickly discovered that when MacLean runs out of obstacles to keep the two apart to keep the tension, she simply repeats the same thing over and over again. I found the same thing in Heartbreaker. This endless repetition is one of the reasons why the romance part fails for me.

Clearly this author isn‘t for me. 2 stars.

5 stars for the narrator, Mary Jane Wells.

Book 6 for #winterreadathon

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julesG
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1) Tagged. Finished earlier today.

2) FairyLoot and OwlCrate. They are both YA book boxes.

3) No, but I like Christmas themed romances.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🙏🏻💙 2w
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julesG
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Pickpick

The female A-Team of Regency London. 😁

This is book 1, I read book 2 with #LittensLoveRomance

I can't wait for book 3.

julesG Another book read for #NovelNovember @Andrew65 2w
Andrew65 Sounds interesting 👏👏👏 2w
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kissmehardy
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Pickpick

Tbh, Caleb is not my favorite leading man, but I am Actually In Love with Sesily and the Hell's Belles, so it's still got full marks from me. #historicalromance

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Beachesnbooks
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Finally giving Sarah MacLean a second chance! I read A Scot in the Dark several years ago when I was new to the genre and really disliked it, but since then I've found more historical romance authors that I do like. Really glad I picked this one up bc it's great so far! Might even be a new historical romance fave...🤔

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KristiAhlers
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Pickpick

It‘s been a long time since I picked up a historical romance. I‘ve been a long time fan of this author and reading this reminded me how much I love historical romance! Truly enjoyed this book! #romantsy #100readchallenge #readingchallenge2022

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xicanti
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I finished BOMBSHELL while put in some more work on Fox Face Mitten #2! (This is the palm, which I don‘t think I‘ve shown y‘all before.) I had a great time with this story of early Victorian society women who‘ve teamed up to see justice done in situations where the law is disinclined to act. #audioknitting #NewYearWhoDis

monalyisha I love that burnt orange color! 11mo
xicanti @monalyisha I was so happy to find this yarn at the thrift store! It‘s the perfect colour for fox mittens. 11mo
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xicanti
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1. I made butternut squash soup! Flavour‘s great (I used coconut milk and green curry paste), but it needs another trip through the blender before my next bowl.

2. I‘m a fair ways into BOMBSHELL, my third #NewYearWhoDis book! I really like the story, but I‘m glad I have it on audio because there‘s something about Sarah MacLean‘s prose that doesn‘t quite click for me. I recognize the technical skill, but I find it a little… breathy? #audiocooking

xicanti (I should note I‘ve read MacLean before. Last time, I ended up bailing because of the prose style issue. [It was me, not her.] This time, I‘ll definitely finish.) 11mo
Tamra Yum! Do you have a recipe to share? 11mo
xicanti @Tamra I made it up as I went along, but it started with a few minced green onions, salt, a bag of frozen squash, two cups of water, and maybe 1-1.5 tbsp of curry paste. (I finished the jar.) I brought it to the boil, let it bubble away for a few minutes, then puréed it with a hand blender and added a cup of coconut milk. 11mo
Tamra @xicanti easy peasy! Thank you! 11mo
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KS1805
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Pickpick

Took me a little longer to get into than some of her other stories but I enjoyed it. Sarah MacLean never disappoints.

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DGRachel
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Continuing with my skipping ahead…my #august pick for #12booksof2021 is Bombshell by Sarah MacLean. August was a rough month, apparently, that I stuffed with rereads, comfort reads, and light things. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Andrew65 That sums up most August‘s for me, a light enjoyable time in the middle of Sumner. 11mo
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DinoMom
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OMG @StayCurious I can‘t even say thank you enough! The gifts were amazing , as well as the book! But that STOCKING! I can‘t believe how much work you put into that. 😍😍😍😍😍 🦕🦖🎄❤️❤️❤️
It is amazing and I love it! Thank you a million times over. !!!! #stockingswap #poutinepenpals @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

mcctrish That‘s AMAZING ❤️❤️❤️🦖🦕 11mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego How wonderful 💚❤️ 11mo
StayCurious I‘m so happy you liked it! ❤️ 11mo
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ScientistSam
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one, though I would have loved to know more about the activities the Duchess's band of activist women gets up to. Maybe that's coming in the next book?

Also, having a heroine called Sesily (with the soubriquet of Sexily) is inspired!
#romantsy

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Librarybelle
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Pickpick

While not my favorite of MacLean‘s I have read, I still found myself looking for more household chores I could do to finish the book! Romance and danger and strong females kicking some butt…perfect combination. I also like Mary Jane Wells‘ narrations, so was happy to hear her reading this one.

kspenmoll Congratulations on your 5 year #litsyversary!!!! It‘s been wonderful to have you here- love our buddy reads. Thanks for all the work you do organizing & hosting! 🤍💜❤️ 1y
Librarybelle Thank you so much, Katherine! ❤️❤️❤️ @kspenmoll 1y
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Nessavamusic
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Mehso-so

I am bummed that this was a disappointment. I love Sarah MacLean and her modern takes on period romance. The girl gang concept of this book is great, it‘s just that honestly this was kind of boring. The hero was just bland, and I almost DNF‘d. I am giving this a so-so because there are some great characters and I am intrigued enough to continue the series. 3⭐️ Another #bookspinbingo square too.

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everlocalwest
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Pickpick

Some books are perfect. This is one.

Asthecroweflies I really loved her Bareknuckle Bastards series. 1y
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Nessavamusic
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“When the stilt-walker approached, Sesily Talbot realized someone was toying with her.”

#FirstLineFridays

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Loreen
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When the stilt-walker approached, Sesily Talbot realized someone was toying with her. #firstlinefridays #firstlineFriday #romance #romantsy

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cariashley
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Pickpick

Another fantastic one from MacLean! She was my first romance novelist and continues to be my absolute favorite. This was one was exciting with high stakes and a very, um, giving hero 😅 I also loved a minor element that I‘ve maybe never seen before in a historical romance - will tag as a spoiler in a comment below. #romantsy

cariashley No kids/pregnancies as part of the epilogue was SO refreshing!! They addressed not wanting kids early on and it was a non issue, which I loved to see. 1y
DGRachel @tnstrumpets on Instagram is putting together a list of romance books with that trope! Also, if you‘re on Facebook, you should join Sarah‘s OSRBC group, if you haven‘t already. Need a book with a certain trope? 50 people will have recommendations! 1y
cariashley @DGRachel whoa so good to know, am going to check that out!! Thank you! 1y
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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Fantastic! May be my favorite MacLean book yet; I love this girl gang! Can‘t wait for the next in the series!

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mdemanatee
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Pickpick

MacLean does it again with another smart and steamy start to a romance series—this time following a Victorian vigilante girl gang. With vibrant interior and exterior worlds, this, if you haven‘t read yet, would be a great way to spend part of the long weekend. https://youtu.be/cH5aXSiCXaw

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carylwaite
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Pickpick

Nothing better than a Sarah Maclean romance. Loved her books - love the strong feminist characters and the steamy scenes! Highly recommend! Can‘t wait for the the others In this series!

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mdemanatee
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Last night I was deep into my book only to realize I had mass market ink thumb. Please tell me others deal with this too.

Johanna414 The worst! 1y
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mdemanatee
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Making a start in the new Sarah MacLean before romance book club to talk about Benedict and Colin Bridgerton.

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Julsmarshall
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After a really long week, a comfort read is just what I need!

KristiAhlers I love her books. I need to pick this one up! 1y
DGRachel Enjoy! 1y
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TheRomantiCate
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So excited for this one!! I‘ve been waiting all year for this! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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Julsmarshall
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My recent #bookhaul purchase from Tattered Cover and Katy Budget Books (mail order). Gotta keep ‘em coming!

Nessavamusic Isn‘t it Bromantic is really cute! 1y
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MaidaMalby
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Pickpick

Softer and sweeter than I expected. Sure, there was mayhem; this is a book about a girl gang, after all. And there's Sarah's signature feminism subverting traditional characterizations of women in historical romance. Add the inclusion of queer and minority side characters to the quartet of powerful heroines plus an actual explosion and you'll get a book that lives up to its title. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DGRachel
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Pickpick

Sarah MacLean has outdone herself with Bombshell! I don‘t even know where to begin. It‘s hot and hilarious, full of fantastic characters, including women who know what they want, aren‘t afraid to go after it, and do good in the process of being so, so bad, and a truly hateful villain. If you enjoy historical romances, this one is an absolute delight from start to finish. I can‘t wait for the rest of the Hell‘s Belles to get their chaotic HEAs.

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Verity
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Look what arrived today! All the way from the US and still here with me in the UK ahead of actual official publication day. So excited to read this.

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DGRachel
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SHE‘S HERE!!!!!!!! 💣Hello Sesily!

Work day is done and everything else is canceled.

Ash.on.the.line This is such a great read! I love Maclean so much! 1y
Laughterhp I forgot to preorder this one 🤦‍♀️ 1y
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nitalibrarian
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I have today off. I'm waiting for the vet to call to let me know Peri's out of surgery. She had a few small growths removed from around her eye. Took care of them before they got to big, especially the two on her eyelid.🐕
In the meantime, I'm reading this beautiful ARC.

Ruthiella Wishing your pup a speedy recovery! 🐶❤️ 1y
Jas16 I just got approved for this one as well and am so looking forward to starting it. 1y
Nessavamusic I am looking forward to that one. 1y
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