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The Dead Romantics
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston. Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problemafter a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. Its as good as dead. When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won't give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father. For ten years, she's run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she cant bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it. Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlors front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and hes just as confused about why hes there as she is. Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything shes ever known about love stories.
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Ddzmini
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Good read 🙌🏽

CogsOfEncouragement I enjoyed this one too. 3d
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Ddzmini
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See some authors get why we buy so many books and why some of them go unread for months 😊🙌🏽📖

ravenlee Months? Years, decades… 4d
Ddzmini @ravenlee exactly 😂🤣 4d
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Karons1
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I‘m sure everyone reads in the bath 🛁 😆disappointment is my middle name it seems , started well ended well but a real drag in the middle and no spice so 😕oh well an easy romcom but trigger warnings do not read if you‘re grieving glad I didn‘t pick it up last year ! #litsylovereads
#bookspinbingo #februaryromancereads

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Karons1
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Monday morning precious day off quick read in bed 🛌 with the pups 🐶 and then off to meet bestie in chipping Norton which will include a little peek 🫣 around the book shop 😆🥰 happy 😃 Monday this is an Uber cute 🥰 read a recco from the podcast #readingthroughlife

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1w
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BookNAround
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Starting my #doublespin, which is one of the books from @julieclair ‘s #auldlangspine list.

CogsOfEncouragement I really liked this one. Enjoy. 2w
julieclair Hope you enjoy! I really loved this book. 2w
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Itchyfeetreader
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My second of @DebinHawaii recs for #auldlangsspine2024 and it‘s another pick from me too! This is a really lovely, and occasionally laugh out loud romantic comedy following an author turned ghost writer who can see ghosts. I always think the best romance stories are really rich in secondary characters & scene setting and have something else to say; this has that in droves. wonderful underlying tale of familial love, great small town and more

DebinHawaii I really enjoyed this one so I am glad you did! 🤗🎉 I started listening to The Huntress on audio—I forgot I bought it a while ago. It‘s good! 1mo
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OriginalCyn620
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My fave read from October!
#12booksof2023

Andrew65 Another good looking read. 2mo
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Bookzombie
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#12DaysofChristmas #April

I loved this one and cried a lot.

Andrew65 Love the title! 2mo
Librarybelle Me too!! 2mo
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Reggie
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Florence Day, a ghostwriter for an extremely popular romance author, will have to go back home for a funeral where she‘ll have to deal with many ghosts. One being the ghost of her last relationship that has her believing that love doesn‘t exist. This was cute and funny, and had me being a blubbery mess near the end. It‘s a pick.

JackOBotts Yes! I grabbed this on a whim at the library and just adored it! 💜 3mo
Megabooks I thought of you when Amy Sedaris posted about Parker Posey‘s birthday on Insta earlier today. 😁 3mo
Bookzombie Yay! I was a blubbery mess too. 3mo
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Reggie @JackOBotts @Bookzombie yeah, ghostwriting, our own secret ghost boyfriend, decent, kind, families. Lol there‘s a lot to like here. 3mo
Reggie @Megabooks Yayy!!!😁 “Gale Weathers would find a way!” “You want somebody for a very long time. And you have them. And they love you. They make love to you. But it‘s not enough. This is the truth about sex.” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CyetT8hwwtk&pp=ygUcUGFya2VyIHBvc2V5IGRvb20gZ2VuZXJ... this is when I was introduced to her. Happy Birthday Parker Posey!!! Thx Meg! 3mo
Jas16 Hi Reggie! Would you email me your new address? Himynameisjen@hotmail.com 3mo
Jas16 Reggie! I just received a package from you but the return address is smeared. Would you send it my way when you have a moment? Or I will be forced to go door to door in New Mexico searching for you. 3mo
Reggie @Jas16 Lol I just sent it. 3mo
Jas16 Thank you! Plane tickets were pricey this time of year! 3mo
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julesG
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Inspired by #LittensLoveRomance I pulled out my copy of the tagged book. @StayCurious - unfortunately I didn't get tagged for this book.

It was good. I liked the MC and her family. I wouldn't mind diving back into this universe to read the stories of the secondary characters.

Strangely it has the same bare bones as a 120k story I wrote about a decade ago on a dare (see comments if you're interested).

julesG A good decade ago, I caved and read the 50 Shades trilogy and then the Twilight series. My friends had worn me down. I didn't particularly like either series and might have boasted that I could do better. So my friends asked me to prove it. We agreed on a short story, but my word-vomiting created a 120.000 words document within three weeks. I sent it off to my friends.... 4mo
julesG My friends are casual readers and the feedback I got was positive, but not exactly productive. Yes, I had proofed that I could write a contemporary romance story that had some magical/fantastical elements and spicy scenes, but my friends' "unprofessional" feedback made me put my draft on ice before I had finished my first edit of it. ... 4mo
julesG When I eventually picked the draft back up, put it onto my new laptop and took it on a holiday to London with me, my laptop was stolen on my third day of my writing holiday. I saw it as further proof that the story wasn't supposed to see the light of day. Since then it's been slumbering on two different hard drives and one cloud and I haven't had the courage to open it up again. 4mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag This book keeps popping up - I think that means the universe is telling me to read it! 4mo
kyraleseberg I just finished this one yesterday and I adored it!!! 4mo
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CarolynM
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Nicely written and very sweet #Romantsy. The family dynamics were entertaining and I thought the grief issues were well handled, although I was a little surprised that their appetites didn‘t seem to be affected 😆 I particularly liked the romance writers‘ scripting of how things should go when the MCs finally got together. Thanks to @StayCurious and #LittensLoveRomance for the read along.

StayCurious Thanks for joining! 4mo
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kyraleseberg
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Not my usual read but I LOVE IT so far!

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OriginalCyn620
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#two4tuesday

1. Hard to pick just one fave, but the tagged book wins out!
2. Me, my husband, and our oldest are going to walk around the neighborhood to take in all the decorations and costumes. Me and my daughter are dressing up, but not my husband. My youngest has her own Halloween plans!

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 🎃

TheSpineView Happy Halloween! 4mo
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peanutnine
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I adore this book. This was a reread for me but I enjoyed it again immensely, especially reading along with the #littensloveromance group. Benji and Florence's journey together is just so wonderful 🧡
#Scarathlon Book 25 #TeamBOOkLovers @Bookwormjillk
@StayCurious

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
kyraleseberg I just pulled this book from my TBR shelf five minutes ago! I'm excited to start 🤗 4mo
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peanutnine @kyraleseberg ooh yay! I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
AnnR 🎃🍁👍 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 4mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Books 142-147 of the year.

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LiseWorks
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One bingo spot at a time. #OctoberISpyBingo @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks There are crows in this one and and one the cover.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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LiseWorks
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Did this one was a buddy read. Finished it just as #FinalStretchScarathlon was underway. @StayCurious, there were 36 chapters #31by31Readathon @Catsandbooks #20in4Readathon @Andrew65 #RushAthon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES I didn't like all the family drama and sometimes it was like get on with it. I really was rooting for Ben on this one.

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
willaful I didn't love it as much as others seemed to either. 4mo
LiseWorks @willaful oh, I thought i was the only one. 4mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 4mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 4mo
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Well this reunion was everything. A lovely beginning for a wonderful couple. I love that Ben is vulnerable and real just like Florence. He‘s a great character. This entire book was filled to the brim with emotion, humour, and heart and was more than I was expecting. I hope everyone enjoyed reading this! Looking forward to our next pick. Voting form will be out in a day or two so we can pick for mid November.

BarkingMadRead I adored this whole book, it was perfect! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 I loved this book and so glad for the HEA! 4mo
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Kshakal I so loved this book!! 💗 4mo
Librarybelle This was such a good book! 4mo
LiseWorks I loved the ending. This book showed us the vulnerability of a family. It was very cool the Ben could see a ghost as well. 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement awwwwe Girl of his dreams.

I didn‘t think I stood a ghost of a chance. (luv it)

awwwe Ben can see the ghosts with her.

I really enjoyed this one, and enjoyed everyone‘s comments too. Buddy reads are the best. Thank you @StayCurious for hosting!
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Deblovestoread This was a fun read. Thanks for hosting @staycurious 🧡🖤🧡 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess This was fun and a great read! 4mo
Read4life Great book! I loved it 💙 4mo
Catsandbooks Loved this book! 🧡 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I wasn't sure I was going to like this one because I'm not always a “paranormal“ kind of reader, but I really enjoyed it. Thank you for hosting!!! 4mo
peanutnine Love this book! It was a reread for me so I didn't comment much in case of accidentally spoiling something but I loved reading everyone's predictions and opinions! Thanks for hosting @StayCurious ☺️ 4mo
julieclair Loved this book! Great pick! 👍 4mo
CarolynM I‘ve fallen behind but I will get to the finish, I‘m enjoying it. Thanks for your daily summaries🙂 4mo
rubyslippersreads I just caught up, but I really enjoyed this, and didn‘t see the twist coming. 4mo
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.34: Well then - let us congratulate ourselves on being smart cookies. But really, how else could they end such a sweet romance - you need to have an HEA - or at least the potential for one. But I can‘t help thinking that Ben won‘t remember their time together.
Ch.35: Well then. At least Lee got some of what was coming to him. Not nearly enough though. I wish she‘d seen Ben - just a quick peek.⬇️

StayCurious To check if what they had was still real. Ch.36: cryptic emails. Does he remember?? Does he know her? Why hasn‘t he reached out before now. Have to keep reading…! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 I‘m so glad this was the pick for this month! ❤️ 4mo
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willaful Yes, bravo to coma theory suggester!

My first thought when she found out was, oh no he's not going to remember her! But now I think he thinks it was a dream and she's going to have to make him realize it wasn't. Having his favorite book should help!

Lee definitely deserves to be exposed. Though knowing what women go through when they publicly expose men, I can understand why she wouldn't want to. 😒
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CogsOfEncouragement Hottie McHotCakes is awake. Woo Hoo we are in for a HEA.

Maybe Ann stuck around until Ben had someone else in his life?

Laura wouldn‘t leave Ben‘s room. That‘s why Ben kept leaving.

Oh my gossshhh I did not expect Florence to actually punch Lee in the hospital. LOL He deserved it, I just didn‘t expect it!

Happy that Florence finished her book after a horrible year‘s break from it, and ready to write under her own name again.
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LiseWorks I could not believe that Laura was actually there. 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement @LiseWorks It seems the one who caused the harm often feels forgivable. So they act like this. Instead of realizing the trust has been broken beyond reconciling to a healthy relationship and letting the other person move on. Maybe that‘s why they cheat? They already feel forgivable before even committing the offense. I was annoyed she was there but could very much believe it. Maybe her being there caused Ben to flee to Florence ❤️ 4mo
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.31: my guess? Ben is being pulled back to the land of the living where he‘s been in a coma…Or he‘s overstayed his ghostly welcome with Florence (since she is doing better now) and he‘s being drawn to move on.

Ch.32: it was a lovely funeral and a nice goodbye to her father: and I have a feeling she‘ll be saying goodbye to Ben soon too - at least for now. ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.33: what a revelation! I thought Annie might be someone more to Ben but hadn‘t quite picked up on the grandmother thing - or that she had passed. Very emotional chapter. But so lovely as well. 4mo
LiseWorks I agree about being pulled back from a coma, because he can't be dead 😳 4mo
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BarkingMadRead Ok I did NOT see the Annie thing coming, I didn‘t know how I missed that! So sweet! 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement The balloons Florence‘s dad chose are a riot.

When Florence didn‘t get upset at Heather‘s I-told-you-so tone, I was so happy for her to have moved on and no longer waste time or energy on Heather.

What a shock! Ann Nichols met Florence as a ghost. I didn‘t predict that one.
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TheAromaofBooks @CogsOfEncouragement - I loved that part! What a fun twist!!! 4mo
willaful @TheAromaofBooks such a great twist! Like a movie.

I can't wait to read the next chapters and hopefully find out what's really going on is what we want to be really going on.
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OriginalCyn620 Yes! I did not see the Annie twists coming…that she was a ghost when she hired Florence or that Ben is her grandson. Well played, Ashley Poston, well played! 💯 4mo
willaful I just realized, the twist explains something I've found odd about the book -- how tender it is towards the author Florence is writing for. No resentment expressed at all, no fault... all Florence feels is bad about letting her down. That may be expressing Florence's character but it's felt weird and off to me the whole time. It's hard for me to believe a ghostwriter of very popular books wouldn't feel some resentment. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @willaful - I was also confused about why this successful author suddenly needed a ghostwriter at all, and this twist explains that as well! 4mo
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LiseWorks
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I have four books to finish for this Readathon. #Scarathlon #TeamCryptKeepers @Andrew65 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 4mo
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Librarybelle
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OMG…this book! I cannot believe how much I loved it. Billed as a romance, it seems to be so much more. There‘s quite a lot of sorrow in it, and while I did laugh out loud in parts, Poston‘s writing had me choking back tears, but not in a sappy way.

Florence Day is a writer with insecurity issues. A distress call from her hometown has her going back to grief and ghosts, albeit literal ghosts. I think what struck me the most was my personal ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️ insecurities personified on paper. She‘s also had quite a lot of letdowns in her life, which has made her try to be as independent as possible (that also hit a bit too close to home). This is a story about grief, yes, but also acceptance and hope and moving on. It makes me want to buy a physical copy just so I can go back and reread it. It was that good. Many thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for an #ARC of this, and to ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 4mo
Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️ #LittensLoveRomance for selecting this. I‘m so glad I took the time to read this one. Don‘t mind me, I‘m going to grab a few tissues now and reflect on this reading experience. 4mo
BooksNBowls Okay, you convinced me 😅 4mo
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Texreader I don‘t care for romance books but this does sound so good. Stacked! 4mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
Catsandbooks @Texreader this one definitely isn't as heavy on the romance parts as some other romances are. Hope you like it! 4mo
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TheSpineView Fantastic! 4mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 4mo
Read4life It was 5⭐️ for me too! 🍁👻🎃 4mo
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Kshakal
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I enjoyed this book very much… while not your typical romance I loved how much heart it had and the reminder that you may just find your person where you least expect it (even if you think that person is a ghost)!

#littensloveromance

JenReadsAlot This was so good! 4mo
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.28: Happiness. Florence seems to have - for a moment - found it again. With Ben and with her family and with the memory of her father. How will she hold onto this feeling?

Ch.29: a great chapter. Florence opens up a bit around her family. Ben‘s a good influence. But what is happening to him? I almost wish we had some POV from him to gain some insight. But maybe it‘s supposed to be mysterious. ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.30: this chapter was both sad and sweet and sexy. How do you love a ghost? Can Florence handle only having part of him? 4mo
LiseWorks I find this book so sad. Florence handling situations with her family is sad. All of a suddenly the truth comes out about her brother and sister feelings about her leaving. And Ben man I sure hope he's only in a coma because I might not like this ending 😳 4mo
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BarkingMadRead I feel like this family needs to learn to talk it out, it would save so much heartache! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 These were great chapters! 4mo
julieclair I am still holding out for a happy ending. Ben and Florence are so perfect together. But their situation right now is so sad. 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess These chapters made me laugh and cry. The music, dancing and especially the card playing was so bittersweet! Crying over Florence and Alice and Ben! I hope that as others have said that he is in a coma. But, I am curious that if he is, how did he find Florence? 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement What a surprise that Heather coordinated getting the wildflowers - Hope in humanity. Ben changes but ghosts don‘t -Poston is definitely messing with us. Oh, to think she could have met Ben and skipped Lee! 4mo
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.25: ooh it‘s a brave thing to confront your childhood bully! In front of a group of people too. Go Florence! I doubt I could‘ve done that. I would have sputtered and not been very coherent at all.

Ch.26: it must have been difficult to go back to the ridge. I wonder if that was why her dad asked for wildflowers - to get her to go back and face her fears. either way she did have a beautiful moment with Ben. ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.27: Florence, the lonely island. Ouch - that had to hurt. And from Carver - not Alice. It was unexpected. But maybe it shouldn‘t have been. I think Florence needs to start acknowledging that she wasn‘t always in the right - especially when it came to her family. 4mo
BarkingMadRead I was so proud when she stood up to that…. Girl…. I‘m trying to be nice 🤣 4mo
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willaful I had the same thought. I think dad's will was quite deliberate.

@StayCurious Yes. She has some fences to mend!

I'm really hoping now that Ben is there to make sure Lee gets what's coming to him. (And also that he's still alive and they can live HEA of course. ;-) )
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OriginalCyn620 I was surprised that Carver kinda ripped Florence a new one, but maybe she sorta had it coming. And I love that she stood up to her childhood bully! If she would only do that with her ex. 💪🏻 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I loved that she stood up to her! Especially when she said I forgive you, because you don‘t understand and I am not going to explain it to you. Go, girl!!! 4mo
peanutnine @OriginalCyn620 I think she needed to hear that from Carver because it is usually unlike him to criticize her. Made her really think about how she's been acting 4mo
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Read4life
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I loved this one! So good. I read it with the #LittensLoveRomance group and finished it early because I couldn‘t put it down.
#BookSpinBingo #LittensLoveRomance #RushAThon #OutstandingOctober #Scarathlon #TeamCreepinItReal

TheAromaofBooks I finished this one yesterday, too!! It was SO fun!! 4mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
StayCurious so glad you enjoyed it! 4mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.22: I was wondering when Florence would have to see her dad. That must have been difficult. And what are they hiding about the estate and finances? Is the home going out of business? I mean, how many people die per year in a small town?
Ch.23: every new conversation Florence has with Ben is so meaningful. And kind of makes me sad. To know that they are too late…or are they? ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.24: it must feel good to scream. I‘ve never done that but I bet it feels good. So long as she doesn‘t get arrested again. I‘m glad that her mother was supportive about Lee. Will Alice be as understanding?
What do you think her dad ordered from the party store? Something silly I think.
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BarkingMadRead I for real keep expecting to find out that the funeral home is going under! I‘m dying to see what comes from the party store! I‘m really hoping for balloons and streamers or some blow ups 🤣 4mo
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OriginalCyn620 I love the talks between Ben and Florence! I really like these two and their dynamic. And I highly recommend screaming into the void…it doesn‘t solve anything but it does feel good to do it! 😂 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement What did Dad get at the party store???? And this needed to be said: “F that SOB for twisting every good memory you told him into some deranged Twilight Zone. We aren‘t a gothic horror novel. We‘re a love story.” I adore these characters and am invested in how this is all going to turn out. Excellent pick for a group read. 4mo
julieclair I, too, am afraid the funeral home is in financial trouble. I just really really hope it isn‘t because the dad turned out to be a gambler or something else awful like that. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I loved the conversation Florence had with her mom!!! I'm hoping Florence FINALLY starts reaching out to her family - they obviously love her, and she obviously misses them, so her lack of conversation with them is driving me a little crazy!! 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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This was a #blameitonlitsy purchase and enjoyed it even more than expected! #scarathlon @LiseWorks #teamcryptkeepers

BarkingMadRead Soooooo good!! 4mo
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LiseWorks Noooooooo! 😆 🤣 4mo
StayCurious 5 stars! Glad you enjoyed it! 4mo
Read4life I had to finish it too! So good!! 🍁👻🎃 4mo
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Read4life
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The Dead Romantics was my favorite book read last week. I read it with the #LittensLoveRomance group!

StayCurious Glad you enjoyed it! 4mo
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.19: Ben is not like other ghosts. Maybe that means something significant.
Ch.20: It‘s so sad to hear about Ben‘s life. It seems like it was very lonely. I hate that he blames himself for his fiancée‘s actions. It takes two to make a relationship work. But I love that he wants to help Florence.⬇️

StayCurious Ch.21: Florence could learn a lot from Ben if only she‘d listen. And stop fantasizing about his forearms. Or maybe that‘s just what she needs to do. 4mo
LiseWorks I think Ben is there to help her with her grief. 4mo
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Read4life This is such a good book! 💙 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I think Ben shouldn‘t blame himself for his ex. It also seems like the entire Day family is now dealing with the loss of Dad/Husband. 4mo
BarkingMadRead I think she should totally fantasize about his forearms, I think it would help her a lot! 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement Love the memes and your forearms comment. lol For some reason I thought Florence was going to make a little headway on the novel. So when I read “Suddenly, Jackson went pale and dropped dead from all his lies -“ I let out a surprised chuckle. I hope those of you who speculated that the voices Ben heard mean he is just in a coma are right. I‘m rooting for a HEA for these two. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 @BarkingMadRead Ha! Totally agree 💯 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Ben should not blame himself for his ex cheating. It‘s good that he realizes he should have been more present in that relationship, but Florence is right that his ex made the decision to cheat. She could have made the decision to just break it off with Ben, but she didn‘t! 4mo
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OriginalCyn620
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All the stars to this one…loved it so much! Florence is a ghostwriter of romance novels, but after a disastrous relationship, she no longer believes in love. Oh, and she can also see ghosts! #littensloveromance

#TeamCreepinItReal #scarathlon
#trickortreatathon #31by31 #bookspinbingo #falling4books #littenlisten #readysetgoreadathon #RushAThon #spookoween #promptmaze #swiftieerasghostreadingchallenge #popupweekend #deweys24hourreadathon

OriginalCyn620 1,401 points 4mo
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Bookwormjillk 👻👻👻 4mo
TheSpineView 🖤🎃👻🤍 4mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼👻🧡 I'm loving it so far! 4mo
Read4life 🍁👻🎃 4mo
StayCurious Glad you enjoyed it! I found it was great for the word search - a lot of ghosts! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I am also about to blaze to the end on this one - I'm having trouble sticking to the daily schedule!!! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 @StayCurious @TheAromaofBooks I was too invested and had to read to the end! And yes, it was a treasure trove for the word search! 😊 4mo
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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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#LittensLoveRomance Sorry for late post-was in ER all night with my son (double ear infection🙁) - Ch. 16: one impossible request down, a few more to go. That Elvis impersonator was probably exactly what her dad meant, since he saw him every week.
Ch.17: I‘m not a writer so I don‘t know how hard it is to write when you don‘t believe the words. I guess that‘s where Florence is at-She doesn‘t believe in love anymore so she can‘t write it⬇️

StayCurious But the perfectionist student in me is like: get it done! It‘s overdue! I‘m really liking these conversations she‘s having with Ben though.

Ch.18: whoops! That was embarrassing! But could‘ve been worse I suppose. Not sure how…
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Kshakal I hope your son feels better soon! 4mo
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ravenlee I hope he‘s ok! Those double whammies can be awful for everybody. 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement Awe, poor little guy. Hope he feels better. 🩵 I agree, I think that Elvis is exactly what her dad meant. Maybe the thousand wildflowers is not literally that but something Florence will also discover. I was actually thinking that a person who has ghosts suddenly appear was being super chill about taking a shower. Yep, super embarrassing. I suppose a cheeky compliment is going to smooth over the mortification as well as anything could. 4mo
ShyBookOwl Ouch! Hope he's doing OK ❤️ 4mo
Deblovestoread That‘s a tough night! Hope he‘s better soon and you can gets some rest. 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Hope that your son feels better and you both get some rest! I loved the Elvis impersonator ! But those wildflowers! So much money and I had to laugh about the weeds part of that flower conversation! 4mo
Read4life I hope he feels better soon. 💙 4mo
willaful Poor kid and poor you! I hope today is better.

I was puzzled when she said the ghost never comes to help, because that's in so many books and movies! But then I realized she meant in her experience.

I think the wildflowers must take her someplace helpful...
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Librarybelle I hope he feels better soon 4mo
BarkingMadRead I hope your son feels better! 4mo
Catsandbooks Hope your kiddo is feeling better soon! I'm really loving all these moments with Ben 🧡 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Hope your son is feeling better! 💙 4mo
OriginalCyn620 And Ben is now on my list of book boyfriends! 😂 4mo
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StayCurious
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.13: Delivering flowers every year to an elderly widow is a very sweet thing to do. Florence‘s dad was a good man. I think Florence is more like him than she realizes. Her attempts to comfort Ben are sweet.
Ch.14: we learn a bit more about why Florence left 10 years ago and meet Seaburn, another friend from before. We meet the mayor - a dog - which is charming even though I‘m befuddled as to how that works. ⬇️

StayCurious And Florence and Ben decide to go on a moonwalk, which sounds perfect and creepy and wonderful. Ch.15: a walk through the graveyard with a ghost is great, but what if you start connecting with that ghost more than you should? What if he makes you laugh and cry and feel again after what‘s been a terrible year? Florence better be careful. Although - the fact that Ben is hearing things is interesting. Maybe he is lying in a hospital bed somewhere? 4mo
BarkingMadRead I was having the same though! Maybe he‘s in a coma, and he will wake up, and they can live happily ever after! 4mo
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StayCurious @BarkingMadRead We only learned he was hit by a car. Not that he died on impact or anything. Unless I see a body, I‘m not convinced haha. 4mo
BarkingMadRead @StayCurious yes!! She just assumed 4mo
willaful Oooo, good theory! I'm sure there will be a happy ending and that would be the perfect solution.

@StayCurious As a romance/mystery reader, it will take a lot to convince me! Seen a whole lot of people come back from the dead. 😂
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ChaoticMissAdventures That hamster meme has me lol'ing too cute 🤣 4mo
LiseWorks The dog as mayor is like a Mascotte. 4mo
julieclair @StayCurious @BarkingMadRead Oh… I am so hoping y‘all are right! I SO want them to be able to live happily ever after. 💖 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement There is an unincorporated town not too far from where I live that has a golden retriever as mayor. The county takes care of areas like that so they don‘t require a mayor at all. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 @BarkingMadRead I hope you‘re right too! That would definitely be a happy ending. And a moonwalk sounds like a perfect date idea for Halloween! And I agree that her dad was a good man, but I keep wondering why he had all these stipulations for his funeral. There has to be a reason, right? 4mo
OriginalCyn620 And I could totally get on board with a dog mayor! 🤣 4mo
willaful @OriginalCyn620 It's having the effect of having Florence connect with a lot of townspeople, but I don't know how he could have known that she'd be the one to wind up doing it. 4mo
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LiseWorks
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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October 19 #ScarathlonPhotoChalange Cemetary/Grave I have to say this one which I'm reading as a buddy read with #littensromance @StayCurious @Clwojick #TeamCryptKeepers

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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.10: Florence goes to the inn and runs into someone she knew before, Dana, and honestly it goes well - perhaps not everyone will be unwelcoming in Mairmont. But it‘s only the first night so we‘ll see. ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.11: it‘s interesting that Benji has all his memories and personality but can‘t remember how he died. That will be interesting to explore. Maybe Lee killed him because Ben discovered he stole his book idea…no, no, that can‘t be. Because then Lee would have had to do something himself for once. ⬇️ 4mo
StayCurious Ch.12: I totally get Florence and her need to do things on her own. And the ranting about no one helping but then bristling when help is offered. It‘s like me on the page haha. Also, what kind of boss goes into the bathroom to check on employees? Boundaries maybe, Tanya! 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks I find Florence somewhat frustrating, but maybe because I'm the sibling that got left behind, so all her excuses for going YEARS without visiting her family just make me 🙄 🙄 🙄 because I have heard it all before! 😂 4mo
willaful LOL, great comic. 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess These chapters gave me more insight into the Day Family especially. What‘s with Florence and Alice always fighting? And I loved the Waffle House descriptions of the food. Plus, I just adore the best friend/roommate, Rose. And Rose‘s boss-I agree boundaries!! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 All I can say is that I‘m hooked on this book! Really enjoying it! 4mo
willaful @TheAromaofBooks I find her frustrating too. She's her own worst enemy. Freaking out because she can't write a book for a person who *needs a ghostwriter* and might therefore understand having trouble writing something?! 4mo
Read4life I‘m really enjoying this book. So much so that I‘ve told my daughter she should read it! Hopefully it doesn‘t go downhill. ☺️ 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement I‘m cutting Florence all the slack. That betrayal by Lee is epic. I‘d love to see her and Alice understand each other better and start a new adult-sibling-friendship. Interesting/weird/I‘m not sure what to make of it that Ben knew she was the ghostwriter but didn‘t let on. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @willaful - The mysterious author in Maine is a perplexing part of the puzzle. I agree, if SHE can't write her own books, it seems like maybe she would be someone who would understand?? Or maybe idea-share with, like Florence sends her what she has so far and see if Ann has any suggestions for how it could end? If Ann actually wrote books herself at some point, maybe she could at least figure out an ending? 😂 4mo
julieclair I don‘t understand anything about being a writer. And I can see why Florence would be unable to do anything after the Lee betrayal and breakup. But it‘s been a year! Shouldn‘t she be able to get some words written by now? Or can writer‘s block really last that long? 4mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.7: did Benji follow her to Mairmont? How strange! Maybe he was drawn to her somehow. Interesting how she hasn‘t seen her dad but she sees Benji. I can‘t believe she hasn‘t been home in 10 years. That‘s a long time and makes things more awkward.

Ch. 8: I like the description of ghosts in this book. Florence won‘t be able to ignore this one I think. ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.9: interesting that Carver knows she ghostwrites but doesn‘t realize she still sees ghosts. And what a strained relationship btw her and Alice! I hope her mom wasn‘t hurt that she couldn‘t stay at the house. 4mo
BarkingMadRead I gasped out loud when Benji showed up! I wonder what happened! 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks I get the impression that ghosts only linger if they have something they feel they left unfinished. So maybe her dad was “ready“ in that sense and isn't a ghost? I'm not completely sure how it works haha 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement Enjoying this and looking forward to how it unfolds. 4mo
LiseWorks Could it be that Benji is in a coma and Not dead? 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Librarybelle @BarkingMadRead me too! I thought it would be him but not dead! 4mo
julieclair Ooohhh, @LiseWorks , I like that theory! I really don‘t want him to be dead. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 @LiseWorks I hadn‘t thought of that like that theory too! I do hope Ben isn‘t really dead. But it‘s interesting that his ghost followed her to SC! 4mo
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LiseWorks
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#Scarathlon #OneMoreChapterReadathon. Here are the books I was working on for this Readathon. I'm still working on them lol I seem to pick chunksters. #TeamCryptKeepers @Clwojick @StayCurious

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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.4: Ah, the Big Ex. We all have one, just as Florence said earlier. What are the odds she‘d have to run into him now? That‘s life for you. She can be nasty.

Ch.5: Ugh what a *insert expletive here*! I hate liars. I hate Lee. I hate when people don‘t get what they deserve.

Ch.6: Very sad chapter. Broken hearts, kissing to forget, losing a loved one. Things are definitely weighing down on Florence Day.

Librarybelle This is so much darker than I thought it would be! Lots of serious topics. 4mo
Librarybelle I kind thought her dad would pass away - just the way the author set up their connection and his reluctance to go to the doctor and take care of himself. It was so sad! #tissuesattheready 4mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess I despised how Lee used her. Even the name of his book! I too thought her dad would pass away, but maybe she will see again as a ghost. So sad, all of it! 4mo
BarkingMadRead Ughhhhhhh I am not a fan of Lee. Hopefully we will get to witness some karma! 4mo
LiseWorks I couldn't believe he used her like that. It's sad that she couldn't use all that material for her own book. Guess she did t feel confident in herself to do it. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I am really enjoying this one so far, despite the sad turn things have taken. I don't know how things are going to go for Florence when she heads back home! 4mo
julieclair Surely we will get to see Lee suffer some consequences of his despicable actions. He is just too awful. Poor Florence, I feel terrible for her. I didn‘t see the Dad‘s death coming at all. I agree with @Librarybelle … this book is much darker than I expected. But I am loving it! 4mo
julieclair BTW… perfect meme! 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement The perfect meme. We found out that Florence wasn‘t just being dramatic about her break-up. That is an absolutely staggering betrayal. Definitely not easy to bounce back from THAT. 4mo
Catsandbooks Like everyone else I hope Lee is served a big dish of karma. I hate when people are charming to your face, but really they're scheming, manipulating, liars. So sad about her dad, but I hope she can see him as a ghost 👻 4mo
Read4life Not much left to say. Lee is beyond awful. I saw her dad‘s death coming but hoped I was wrong! 😢 I hope her hometown is better than she thinks it will be. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Lee is a real douchecanoe! For sure you don‘t easily get over something like that. Chapter 6 broke my heart! Poor Florence! 4mo
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StayCurious
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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#LittensLoveRomance Hi guys! Today we start this ghostly romance - we‘ll be reading 3 chapters a day until finished. They‘re quick so we should breeze through. If anyone else wants to join, or if you want to be removed from the tag list, let me know. My thoughts on Ch.1-3 in the comments ⬇️

StayCurious Ch.1: Florence is a romance writer - in secret. But she feels romance is dead. Not a good position to be in.
I feel the panic and anxiety in this chapter - I hate lingering impossible deadlines. I also hate the idea of a ghost writer. That some of my favourite authors could be using them makes me a little sad I think. ⬇️
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StayCurious Ch.2: how interesting! She sees dead people! But she does her best to ignore them. I wonder if her ex knew and if that‘s why they broke up? ⬇️ (edited) 4mo
StayCurious Ch.3: You gotta feel bad for Benji - going from grisly gothic murders to the romance genre - very different indeed and I‘m sure not what he wanted. But perhaps that‘s the only job he could get - the publishing industry is not what it was.
Also if I had a looming deadline, no way would I be going out drinking - even if it is desperately called for.
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BarkingMadRead This was a fun start! Drinking during the last night of a deadline is not so smart unless she can come home and drunk write her ending 🤣 4mo
Kshakal I am hooked and can‘t wait to keep reading! 4mo
LiseWorks I love that she sees ghosts. Too bad she doesn't want to deal with them. Indent like ghost writers, but it does make me wonder what happened to the real writer. 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess This was a great start. First, that she is the pen writer and the new editor doesn‘t know it. Second, I agree with @BarkingMadRead about the deadline. And finally, the start of the second chapter with the break up. We all have had breakups like that, the ones that rip your heart out. Didn‘t want to put it down but wanted to continue reading. 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess There is a Spotify playlist for this book too. 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement What a great start. I‘m invested. When I read this it caught me by surprise in the best way and made me laugh out loud: “Last time I tried to write that scene - the reconciliation one, the one where they face each other in a cold Scottish storm and pour their hearts out to try to repair their damage - lightning struck Jackson dead.” 4mo
BethM I can‘t remember this chapter by chapter bc I read it a year ago, but I loved it 4mo
willaful @CogsOfEncouragement That made me laugh too.

I kinda hate books where the female main character is very downtrodden, and I sort of want to give Florence a kick in the pants. But I assume she can only go up.
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Catsandbooks @CogsOfEncouragement I loved that part too! The humor is great so far! I like Rose too, she seems like a good friend. 4mo
CarolynM Will you tag me please? Enjoying this so far and wondering where she‘s going with it. 4mo
julieclair I also felt anxiety and panic with the deadline looming. And I think she's nuts to go out drinking! Hopefully she'll prove me wrong and will go home and write a brilliant ending. 4mo
julieclair I'm wondering why she ignores the ghosts. 🤔 4mo
OriginalCyn620 @StayCurious I‘ve been in Toronto on a girl‘s trip with my mom since the 13th, so I‘m ready to start catching up! I felt the panic too because I hate being behind schedule. And yes, I feel a little panicked about catching up with the rest of you, but not much because I know it‘ll be enjoyable! 😂 And for someone who can see dead people, it seems Florence should be writing ghost stories - she‘s bound to come across several ideas for them! 👇🏻 4mo
OriginalCyn620 But I hope we get a little insight as to how the gained that ability. And yes, I feel like Ben is in a tough spot. I‘m sure it‘s not easy for him! I can‘t wait to get to know him better though! 4mo
rubyslippersreads I just finished. I love ghost romances, like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Tryst, but the drawback is always that the heroine has to die to be with her one true love. I‘m glad that wasn‘t the case here. 4mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Starting this on a grey day today.

#littensloveromance

StayCurious Perfect for a ghostly read! 4mo
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BarkingMadRead
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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I‘m so glad to be reading this with #littensloveromance I‘ve actually bought this book twice 🤣 I forgot I had it when I bought the second one 🤣 @StayCurious

StayCurious This happens to me more than I care to admit 😝 4mo
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Kshakal
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Starting this bad joy today!! #littensloveromance @StayCurious

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CogsOfEncouragement
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Picked this up at the library for the next #LittensLoveRomance buddy read. Three chapters a day starting Oct. 15 hosted by @StayCurious
Still time to join in!

StayCurious Thanks for sharing! 4mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Looking forward to this #ghost love story with #LittensLoveRomance! It sounds really cute and I‘ve heard all good things. And I couldn‘t resist showing off my cute ghost mug. 😝

#scarathlon #TeamCreepinItReal #scarathlonphotochallenge 6 pts

StayCurious Cute picture! 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Love the ghost mug! 4mo
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peanutnine
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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#AutumnPlease Day 1 🧡
A few from my shelves to make this #OrangeStack
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Oh perfect and pretty🤩🤗🍊🧡🎃🍁 5mo
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LiseWorks
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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BarkingMadRead I‘m really excited about this! I have this book on my shelf already! 5mo
LiseWorks @BarkingMadRead are you part of the Romance group? I love this group. 5mo
BarkingMadRead I used to be, but I sort of fell out of it. I can‘t wait for this one! 5mo
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StayCurious @BarkingMadRead you can hop in and out as needed 💜 5mo
StayCurious #LittensLoveRomance thanks for sharing! 5mo
BarkingMadRead @StayCurious I know you‘re always there when I‘m ready 😍 5mo
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LitsyEvents
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Reposting for @stay curious and #littensloveromance

StayCurious Thank you! 5mo
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StayCurious
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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#LittensLoveRomance Our next read will be The Dead Romantics, a ghost story perfect for this time of year!We‘ll be starting Oct 15 and reading 3 chapters a day. Let me know if you want to be tagged in my daily posts - everyone is welcome. @LitsyEvents

Kshakal Can‘t wait!!! 5mo
BarkingMadRead Ohhhhh I have this one! Please add me! 5mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Please add me. Thanks! 5mo
Librarybelle Please add me to the list for this one! 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Please add me! Thanks! 5mo
rubyslippersreads Please add me. This looks like fun. 5mo
julieclair Yes! Looking forward to this one! 5mo
PageShifter Joining, if I just get the book 5mo
LiseWorks Yes 5mo
Deblovestoread Please add me. I have this on my kindle. Thanks! 5mo
willaful The library wait lists are really long for this one. Fingers crossed. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Please add me - hopefully I can get it from the library!! 5mo
Catsandbooks Please add me! 5mo
monibookishnerd I'm interested. Please add me. 5mo
Charityann I‘d love to be tagged! This has been on my TBR awhile.😆 5mo
Read4life I‘m in. 🤓 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl I‘ll pass on this one. Thanks. 5mo
peanutnine I've already read this one but I'll probably reread with y'all cause I enjoyed it 5mo
BethM I‘ve reAd this one but tag me! 5mo
Sresendez12 Can I still join this one? Looks like fun! 5mo
StayCurious @Sresendez12 absolutely- we start mid month! Happy to have you 5mo
CogsOfEncouragement I just requested this from the library. Looking forward to reading this with all of you. 5mo
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