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EloisaJames

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Joined August 2016

I'm a Shakespeare prof & I write historical romance & love doing both. And reading. www.eloisajames.com
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Moonglow by Michael Chabon
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
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Lord of Chance | Erica Ridley
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SALE! I really love Erica‘s historical romances—and she writes fantastic convenient marriage plots, so if that‘s your jam, it‘s your lucky day! #historicalromance #booksale

Dragon Thanks just downloaded onto my Paperwhite! 😀🐉 10mo
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Elizabeth Bear‘s novella is a wildly imaginative murder mystery set in India 100 years or so in the future. It‘s fascinating not just in the murder—classic locked room—but in details. There‘s the VR addiction that one might expect but loads of other details. The main character is a woman sub-inspector in the police force. I read it, turned around & read it again, and I‘m still not entirely sure I get it. Read it and let‘s discuss!! #scifi #murder

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I really liked this book and it‘s on sale for $2.99, if interested! #bookstores #sale

ReadingEnvy Does the eBook glow in the dark, though... ;) 12mo
RealLifeReading @ReadingEnvy 😂😂😂 my thought exactly 12mo
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This book is fascinating and boring, at once. The idea—a guy who does nothing but zip around various universes fixing broken time machines—is great. But he‘s depressed and fairly inarticulate so it feels like you‘re spending a lot of time with a morose 13-year-old even though he‘s supposedly 30-ish. I‘m half way through and I keep reading because occasionally there‘s something great, like the bit above. #scifi

LiteraryinLititz Great review! Thanks! 12mo
CarolynM I'm currently reading this for this round of the Litsy Markup Postal Book Club. I'm only up to page 50 but already I know exactly what you mean! 9mo
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I‘m rereading my Ngaio M collection. Marsh was an artist and there‘s a charged reality to the painting set-up but at the same time the murder is so entirely unlikely that it felt like an enormous joke. Are elaborate murders even written these days? #mystery

Dragon Troy 💚 10mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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The most fascinating thing about this book is its vivid descriptions of Japanese convenience stores. Utterly opposed to America‘s warm, chaotic 7/11 stores, characterized by junk food and chewing tobacco, these are gleaming white temples selling pyramids of rice balls, staffed by a chorus line of part-time workers. The heroine is on the spectrum—and I didn‘t like the way the stores became an over-wrought metaphor for a differently abled mind.

LauraBeth My daughter really enjoyed this story! 13mo
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Good Girl | Lauren Layne
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SALE! $1.99. I love this story of a country singer who makes it big and becomes tabloid fodder, so retreats to a tumble-down country house owned by the heir to a fortune who‘s just ditched his cheating fiancée. The fiancée plot is not so convincing—but the sexy, sassy heroine is a huge pleasure to spend time with. The hero is a jerk—but his reasons for not wanting to be with a star make sense. #romantsy #contemporary-romance

Jaya Felt like an SEP homage to me 13mo
EloisaJames @Jaya interesting! I see that, sort of... but SEP‘s girls are more likely to be found in a beaver suit or dragging around a suitcase of puppets—I think of them as weirder. This heroine is pretty sunny. 13mo
Dragon Sounds good! Buying the Kindle book! 👍🐉 13mo
EloisaJames @Dragon I hope you enjoy it! 13mo
Dragon Thanks 🙏 @EloisaJames 😀🐉 13mo
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The Point | John Dixon
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This book kept me up from 2:30-5:30 am! It‘s a fun plot—a tiresome teenager has super-powerful powers and ends up in an alternate West Point under the real West Point. I never liked her much, but the story‘s twists kept me reading to an explosive conclusion. I definitely recommend—it kept surprising me, even with that familiar premise. #scifi #harrypotter

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Free Chocolate | Amber Royer
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I found this book in a list of Best New Sci-Fi and I was frankly incredulous, given the amateurish cover. But—its great! A few chapters in, I love the Latina heroine, her galaxy-wide famous mom, her boyfriend with swirling-colored eyes..the idea that earth is hoarding chocolate and the galaxy and beyond wants it! #scifi #spaceopera

DimeryRene So interesting?!?! 🍫🚀 14mo
bernadette I like the idea of the earth hoarding chocolate. Sounds fun. 14mo
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Summer vacation means fierce games of homemade Harry Potter Monopoly.. Chance cards are hilarious and we assign houses—land on Slytherin and you‘re in Snape‘s Detention (unless you are a Slytherin, of course!)

knittedgnome That's so awesome!! 1y
Pamwurtzler That looks like fun! 1y
wanderinglynn How awesome! 1y
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BethwithBooks Amazing! 1y
Clare-Dragonfly I want to play! 1y
larah17 That looks brilliant 😂😂 1y
Laughterhp That looks awesome! 1y
CoverToCoverGirl What fun! 1y
absolutebookish Sooo cool! Just played monopoly last weekend. This version looks way more interesting. 😍 1y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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My sister reading Circe (my niece reading something else, because she finished Circe yesterday). Minnesota lake reading= perfect summer. I just gave my niece Shakespeare‘s Troilus & C—maybe that play‘s time has come!

Bklover Beautiful!!!! Enjoy! 1y
Angieville Circe is such a beautiful book. 1y
RebelReader Just the way I like to spend time on a Minnesota Lake! ❤️❤️ 1y
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Vansa Both Madeline Miller's books are great. SO beautifully written. 1y
JennyM That looks like a slice a heaven. 1y
CoverToCoverGirl What a beautiful spot! Haven‘t read Circe yet but I loved 1y
Cinfhen What a stunning photo 💜💗💜🙌🏻 1y
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Sommersgate House | Kristen Ashley
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This is one of Kristen Ashley‘s early books (before, if you know her oeuvre, she got into motorcycle men). She used to write about British alphas in castles and the American women who brought them to their knees. This is totally bananas but I love it. Ghosts, great clothes, orphans, a Guy who is all that and always wrong...delicious! #escape #romantsy #ghost #paranormal

Jaya Couldn‘t do the MC stuff beyond a couple of books but might give this a chance 1y
EloisaJames @Jaya I‘m not a huge fan of her rougher heroes, but I do love the early aristocrats. 1y
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So...Born to be Wilde is out today! I‘m very proud of Booklist‘s starred review. As my books go, this is particularly light and happy. We need that these days. The hero is bi-racial; we need that too. I hope you love it, if you have a chance to read!

Daughter-of-words My copy should be coming in the mail today!!❤️☺️ 1y
rachelm Happy Book birthday! 1y
MommaBeja Loved the book 📖 thank you @EloisaJames & happy birthday, Harry Potter 1y
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ScientistSam Congrats! I can't wait to read it! 1y
bookandcat Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 Can't wait to check it out!! 1y
Angela66 Admittedly I like cover. Would this be a good first book of yours to buy? 13mo
EloisaJames @Angela66 Sure! It‘s part of a series but meant to stand alone. Thank you! I hope you like it. 13mo
Angela66 @EloisaJames Thank you so much 13mo
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This is a weird, creative, rather wonderful book, a bit #romantsy. The heroine was more docile and retiring than I wanted her to be, but generally, the world-building was amazing and I really enjoyed the use of Japanese mythology. I definitely recommend! #fantasy

AutumnRLS Put this on my wish list! How could I not, with a cover like that? 1y
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Midnight Pleasures | Eloisa James
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Sale! Things to know: my 2nd book and I wept stormily while writing—so, a tear-jerker, written with ferocious energy and passion. Enjoy! #romantsy #regencyromance

Cinfhen Thanks for the insider tip😉 1y
Nerdgirl_Ms_Sorrells Great blurb from People! 1y
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Midnight Pleasures | Eloisa James
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Sale! Things to know: my 2nd book and I wept stormily while writing—so, tear-jerker, written with ferocious energy and passion. Enjoy! #romantsy #regencyromance

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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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This is so exciting! I‘m thrilled that the Bridgertons are coming to Netflix! This is finally a series that I will see all of — I‘m a serial drop-out, much to my family‘s disgust. #romantsy #historicalromance

cariashley This is awesome news! 1y
ReadZenRites OMG!! So excited!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
mdemanatee Oh. My. God. My current self is screaming. My 17-year-old self is screaming. Ahhhhh!!! 1y
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CaramelLunacy I cannot cannot wait!!! 1y
ElenaBaer Well now I have to sign up for Netflix !!! 1y
CoffeeK8 I‘m so psyched for this! 1y
ScientistSam I can't wait, just hoping they do a good job! 1y
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Thud! | Terry Pratchett
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This is one of the weirdest Pratchett books, I think. I just reread it, and I still never quite figured out the Darkness (metaphor? Reality?). To me, political/philosophical possibilities got in the way of a good story. Also the deep-down dwarfs were just too weird to provide a good-humored parallel, as Pratchett mostly does...am I way off-base? #pratchett #paranormal #satire

julesG I've been rereading the first few Discworld books with the #OokBOokClub these past months. Have yet to read Thud! Apart from the satire in Pratchett's books, I was reminded of Harry Potter a lot. Did JKR get some of her ideas from Pratchett? 1y
EloisaJames @julesG an interesting thought! She was a willing thief, as are all good writers—what were you thinking of particularly? 1y
julesG The Unseen University with its great hall, a talking hat, library. Magic running in families. I remember that I thought of more things while reading, especially Equal Rites, but I forgot. 1y
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EloisaJames @julesG I don‘t remember the talking hat! The great hall reminded me of a degree I did at Oxford, long ago l. 1y
julesG The hat of the arch-chancellor of the UU talks to Rincewind in Sourcery. Oh yes, the great hall made me think of Oxford, too. And of (medieval) palaces. Maybe my mind is too much stuck in the Harry Potter world since I'm reading the books with my daughter at the moment. 1y
EloisaJames @julesG I loved the years of reading to my son...wistfully. 1y
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This is a case where the book and movie are like two different animals, scarcely the same genus, let alone species. The book is deep teenage angst, love, lust. The movie is a Disney version of a love story minus all the heady lack of boundaries that comes with youth—“call me by your name” makes no sense in the movie without claiming/exchanging/owning a lover‘s body. If you saw/read both, which did you like better? #romantsy #lgbtq

aloslibrary I did both. I liked the book better, no surprise there, what was, is that I actually enjoyed the movie. I liked the cast and I think the actors did what they could with the adaptation. I was never expecting the level of intimacy and angst that Elio experiences in the book to be portrayed in the movie, so it wasn‘t a huge letdown. I just saw it as a completely different version of the same story and I think it‘s acceptable. 3/5 ⭐️ for both. 😊 1y
Notafraidofwords I liked the movie so much better !! 1y
CarolynM I had the same problem with both the book and the film - the Oliver character. I didn't think there was enough substance to the character to make Elio's attachment to him properly convincing. 1y
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KGlibrarian I was disappointed in the book and expected to like the movie better but didn‘t love that either. I have an episode of my podcast (bookscreenz) talking about both and my sister, who co-hosted it, is in love with book and movie so it‘s a funny conversation. I didn‘t connect with either but I think I‘m in the minority on this one. 1y
Susanita I found the movie tedious and didn‘t finish. 1y
Christy2318 I loved both. I preferred the book‘s ending but understand why they tied it up more neatly in the movie. I thought they both captured the intensity, awkwardness & illogicality of first loves. 1y
EloisaJames @Christy2318 that‘s really true. Especially the obsessive ferocity of it (my daughter is currently in a teenage fit, so I recognize it!) 1y
EloisaJames @CarolynM I agree! I didn‘t think Oliver was convincing either. Although first loves do often attach to people who are undeserving! 1y
Nutmegnc I struggled with the intense anxiety of the book but I loved it. I loved the movie for different reasons; the golden Italian countryside and Timmy Chalamet. My favorite scene is the end when the camera is close up on his face and you see the progression of emotions. He is brilliant. Overall I love both-two slightly different explorations of the same story. And I think, ultimately, about the power and importance of love. And now a sequel??!! 1y
Nutmegnc And the phrase “obsessive ferocity” of love describes how I feel about both the book and the movie. 1y
EloisaJames @Nutmegnc sequel??? Running off to the net—my daughter (whose room has 2 posters of Timmy) will be wild with excitement! 1y
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Slouch Witch | Helen Harper
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Box of Frogs (no listing) was fun—the heroine is snappy, frequently veers into tstl, & is matched with an irritated but powerful man—but it ends in a big cliff-hanger—next part out end of July. I didn‘t like that—tho I once released a novella in parts. To all those readers: I‘m sorry!!

BethM The cover alone makes me want to read it! 1y
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Thud! | Terry Pratchett
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I‘m rereading Thud and loving its pure cleverness. The policemen are my fav thread in Ankh-Morpork. This one strays a long way from the city and gets pretty confusing, but if you trust Pratchett and just settle in for the ride, it‘s great! Vimes is marvelous, as always. #pratchett #urbanfantasy #satire

JSW Someone recently told me I need to read Pratchett but I don‘t know where to start. Recommendations? 1y
julesG @JSW pick one of the later Discworld ones. I read the Macbeth retelling first. Also, there is a very long buddyread going on, #OokBOokClub, organised by @TricksyTails 1y
JSW Thanks @julesG ! 1y
EloisaJames Men at Arms is my favorite! I love the police force but the Shakespeare novels are fantastic too, as @julesG says. 1y
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In response to people who charge me with writing #romantsy fantasies while great literature is true to life—-Jane was there first! Yowza. Darcy was basically a billionaire with a humongous yacht. #regencyromance #darcy #janeausten

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Jess_Read_This 🙌🏼Well said! 1y
balletbookworm Darcy is Villiers without the title and fancy coats 1y
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I really like this #romantsy series—and here‘s the first, on sale! The books constantly poke fun at themselves and the genre in general—hero named Drew RUNIUS?? Fun! And funny! Which we need these days.

CaramelLunacy I have just been listening to back episodes of the Heaving Bosoms podcast and they have been raving about this one! Will have to take a look. 1y
DivineDiana Thank you! Got it! 1y
essayareayaitch I wasn‘t sure how I would like this book when I first picked it up, but i‘m a completionist, and it's also part of her knitting in the city series. Now, I am "patiently" waiting for the other books in the Bearded Brothers series. 1y
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EloisaJames @essayareayaitch I really like the series—even more than the knitting series! A bit less fantastical. A bit. I 💜 Cletus 1y
essayareayaitch @EloisaJames YES. I'm really excited about the mystery series that will involve Cletus (A preview/excerpt was in Cocky Tales) 1y
EloisaJames @essayareayaitch huh. I didn‘t know about that! 1y
Nessavamusic @EloisaJames Penny Reid books always make me smile 1y
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This series is bananas—a bunch of superhero kids going to a secret college, training to fight super-powered criminals, finding trouble. Sound familiar? Yeah. Still: the characters are engrossing, the super-skills creative, good world-building, never wildly violent, a little #romantsy.. my favorite character is cynical Nick from Las Vegas whose super-power is ‘luck.‘ 4 books with some big surprises. #kindlelimited except the last of 4 (clever man!)

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I pulled this from Sarah‘s post on Instagram ~ so, this book! I absolutely loved it. I have a weakness for wallflowers and Cinderella stories and rakish bastards—and this novel delivered on all fronts!!! #romantsy #keeper #historicalromance

julesG My daughter (8y/o) keeps asking me why the men on the covers have no shirts on. 1y
tournevis @julesG I answer frankly: so we can look at him. Kids see nearly naked women on every street corner and elsewhere. It's important for them to realize men can be stared at too, since we are not moving away from the male gaze any timw soon. 1y
julesG @tournevis Yeah, I have a similar explanation. She doesn't like it though. She thinks people should not show so much skin, no matter their sex/age/... Her words: there's no secret, when you can see everything. 😮 1y
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tournevis @julesG She is eight! My son is the same! It's good and normal to feel that way! Yé for normal kids! 🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃 1y
julesG @tournevis So right! 1y
EloisaJames @tournevis good point! 1y
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Medusa Uploaded: A Novel | Emily Devenport
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I really enjoyed the premise of this book—basically, humanity is loaded into two huge ships. Life is run by hereditary classes, and the heroine is a servant, who scrambles around tunnels and serves the ruling families. But—big but—she‘s way more than that. She has the earth‘s great music loaded into her brain. And she‘s a rebel par excellence. A couple of times I got confused by politics but overall, a great read. No romance. #scifi #spaceopera

DuckOfDoom Sounds great! The setting sounds a bit like an 'unkindness of ghosts', but I think they sound totally different in execution! 1y
tammysue I don‘t read a lot of sci-fi but this sounds very interesting, stacking. 👍🏻 1y
EloisaJames @DuckOfDoom cool! Thank you, I stacked it. 1y
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I really loved this book—just get past the silliness up front (I had to start three times because of the YA vibe) and you will adore it. The end is absolutely sigh-worthy. It‘s on sale for $1.99!! #romantsy #sale #contemporaryromance

ElaineHowlin I LOVED this so much!!! 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation in a similar style, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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Too Wilde to Wed | Eloisa James
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This NYT list is hugely gratifying—just look at the names of the authors ahead of me in the fiction list! (yes, authors are just as squirrelly as you think and can obsess over a bestseller list as if it were a Regency dance card with Darcy scrawled on it.) Thank you to all Littens who danced with Diana & North—I hope you loved the book! #romantsy #historicalromance #bestseller!

RaimeyGallant Congratulations!!!!!! 1y
erinreads That‘s fantastic! Congratulations! 💃🏼 1y
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tammysue That‘s wonderful, congratulations!!! 1y
LiteraryinLititz That is so exciting!! 1y
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh 1y
Redwritinghood Congrats! 1y
Jas16 Congratulations! 1y
LeahBergen Awesome! 1y
Simona 👏👏👏Congratulations 🥂 1y
mabell Wow congratulations!!! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
CarolynM Congratulations!🎉 1y
ScientistSam Yay, congrats! And well deserved - I love this series 😁 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations! Well deserved! 😊 1y
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
sprainedbrain Congratulations!!! ❤️ 1y
Jeg Well done. 👏👏👏 1y
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From Lukov with Love | Mariana Zapata
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If you‘ve read Mariana Zapata‘s The Wall of Winnipeg, then you know that she‘s a brilliant writer of slow burn enemies-to friends-to lovers plots. Lukov is among her very best, second only to Wall. It‘s about two Olympic skaters. The heroine is stubborn, talented, mouthy, hostile, fantastic—she‘s completely fresh and original. The hero‘s an arrogant, surprising Russian. Do not miss this one! #romantsy #contemporaryromance #keeper

CoffeeK8 This one was awesome! 1y
ScientistSam Ooh sounds great! 1y
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Too Wilde to Wed | Eloisa James
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Too Wilde has a great review in the NYT Book Review today! I wish my mother was alive; she always wanted me to write a “real book,” and this review might have convinced her I was already doing it. The review says Too Wilde is about a sparkling love story between two friends. 💕💕

Suet624 💕💕💕 congratulations. 1y
batsy Congrats 😊 1y
Reecaspieces So awesome! @MrBook check it out! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm Nice graphic. Congrats 👏 1y
CarolynM That's great. Congratulations💐 1y
TrishB 🎉🎉 1y
britt_brooke So exciting! 1y
KarenUK That‘s awesome! Congrats 💕 1y
Booksnchill Well done!💖👍 1y
ReadingEnvy Congrats! I've watched the NYT try harder to write about romance. ;) 1y
MrBook Oooooh!!!! Thank you, @Reecaspieces 🤗! 1y
dariazeoli Congrats! Nice to see you back on Litsy! 1y
MrBook @EloisaJames is THE best, and I'd drive hours for her if needed. 🤗🤗🤗 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations! 1y
mabell Congratulations!! ❤️❤️ 1y
Daughter-of-words I started it yesterday😊 it‘s so good!! Congratulations 🍾 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Congratulations!!!🏆 1y
MicheleinPhilly Congrats! 1y
mdemanatee Yay! Congrats! I loved it. Well deserved. 1y
Jas16 Congratulations 🍾🎉🙌🏽 1y
sprainedbrain That‘s awesome! ❤️ 1y
Blaire Congrats!!! That‘s amazing. The book review is always the section I read first - can‘t wait to read it tonight. 1y
DivineDiana Fantastic! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1y
ScientistSam Congrats! 1y
Dragon Congratulations!!!! 🎉 1y
EloisaJames @mdemanatee thank you!!! I‘m so glad you liked Too Wilde. 😘 1y
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Making Up | Lucy Parker
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I‘m loving this book and making myself read it very very slowly so I can keep the characters around as long as possible! Hero is a makeup artist and heroine is a dance/gymnast/actor. It‘s so fresh and interesting! #romantsy

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Too Wilde to Wed | Eloisa James
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So I got a starred review from Library Journal today! I‘m so happy. I discovered Georgette Heyer in a Carnegie Public Library years ago so I still shiver with delight thinking of my books in libraries!

Ddzmini Love you books 😋 1y
CrowCAH Congrats! ❤️📖 1y
ScientistSam Congrats on the review and the release! 1y
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Jas16 Happy Book Birthday! Cannot wait to read this! 1y
sprainedbrain Congrats!!! ❤️ 1y
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Ghost Gifts | Laura Spinella
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I just discovered Laura Spinella and it‘s made this a happy weekend (I have a book out tomorrow, which is very nervous-making). The heroine can talk to dead people—always interesting—but with creative twists. She can be astonishingly unintuitive and there‘s one dark basement/murderer scene that will infuriate you due to pure foolishness, but I really did enjoy Ghost Gifts and I‘m on to the sequel! #ghoststory #paranormalromance #ghosts #mystery

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Too Wilde to Wed | Eloisa James
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My story of a jilted future duke and an inept & independent governess publishes Tuesday! Register your preorder or purchase in the first week on eloisajames.com for a free novella!

ElenaBaer I am very excited !!!! Now I just have to carve out some time in my schedule next week to read it! 1y
EloisaJames @ElenaBaer thanks!! I can‘t wait to see what people think of North and Diana. 😘 1y
ScientistSam Can't wait! 1y
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ScientistSam Will Book Culture have signed copies? 1y
EloisaJames @ScientistSam probably? My book club is discussing—you could come get one in person? CallBC for free ticket—love to see you! 1y
ScientistSam I'll see if there are spots remaining! 1y
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Making Up | Lucy Parker
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I love Lucy Parker‘s books, and she has a new book out on Tuesday! (Same day as my Too Wilde to Wed, actually). Have you read her books? If you haven‘t read her first two, jump at them! Sexy, funny, English, adorable. #keepers #romance

Bianca I love Act Like It! 1y
EloisaJames @Bianca me too! I‘ve read it 3 times 1y
MarriedtoMrT I think this new one is actually my favorite so far! I hope you like it. 1y
EloisaJames @MarriedtoMrT I am loving it so much—making myself read slowly. 1y
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I really enjoyed this alternate Regency Britain where men wield all the magic and ladies run the country! The heroine is a magic-user who refuses to follow gendered rules. I especially liked the rough and ready hero, who never gave up on the heroine, even when she gave up on herself. #paranormalromance. #historicalromance

ScientistSam I really enjoyed this one too! (And welcome back!) 1y
CoffeeK8 I downloaded this forever ago, I‘m totally going to have to go read it now (edited) 1y
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A few months ago, I deleted most of my apps; I wanted to spend less time on my phone. I broke an addiction to word games and fearful scanning of 8 news apps. Then I started reading on my phone instead and I realized I need more books! consequence, here I am again! If you‘ve read something marvelous lately, what was it?

TK421 I really enjoyed this book. 1y
TheLibrarian Just finished and it was amazing 1y
EloisaJames @TK421 sounds fascinating! 1y
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rohit-sawant The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey! Read it awhile back but I never miss a chance to recommend it! 1y
EloisaJames @Julsmarshall this looks perfect—thank you!! Downloading now. 1y
julesG Does the Prologue to North's story count? Apart from that, I can recommend 1y
LauraBeth Been wondering where you were! I recently read and loved it! 1y
Johanna414 Welcome back! I loved The Strays by Emily Bitto 1y
LeahBergen I‘m happy to see you popping in here again! 1y
readordierachel Nice to see you back! This was marvelous 1y
Christy2318 Welcome back! I cut way back on things in my FB feed & time spent there for the same reasons. I‘ve read way more books this year! 1y
Christy2318 I‘m on a M/M kick - Him & Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy (BFF‘s 2 lovers. I ship Wesmie), The Weight of It All (hilarious romcom), Wheels Up Annabeth Albert (2 SEALs 🔥🔥🔥), Up for the Challenge Riley Hart & Devon McCormack (arrogance & banter Catnip!), Hot off the Ice series A.E. Wasp (terrible editing, great characters & storytelling) Where Death Meets the Devil L.J. Hayward (Former SAS & deadly assassin - fab 🐱 & 🐭 games) 1y
Reggie Circe, An American Marriage, and The Humans. Top 3 so far this year for me. 1y
CarolynM @Christy2318 you are a person after my own heart. I love those books. I am going to follow you. In a similar vein I like LA Witt's Anchor Point series (more navy types) and Avon Gale's books (hockey players). Alexis Hall's books are good too. 1y
CoffeeK8 This one was wonderful! 1y
sprainedbrain I‘ve missed your posts and recs! Best thing I‘ve read lately was 1y
EloisaJames @sprainedbrain thank you! That‘s so nice of you! I missed the community too—it was good to push my phone away for a while, but there must be a perfect balance somewhere... 1y
EloisaJames @Christy2318 I love love that Sarina Bowen series—now I‘m checking out yr other refs. Thanks! 1y
EloisaJames @julesG 😄😘 1y
Christy2318 @CarolynM I have those LA Witt books on my TBR. I liked the Bad Behavior series she did with Carrie Z. 1y
ElenaBaer I‘ve been reading the Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series. So of course I added in the original Sherlock Holmes and the Charlotte Holmes and some(all) Agatha Christie for good measure. 1y
ScientistSam I've been enjoying the Charles Todd Bess Crawford mysteries and just started Rachel Caine's Great Library series. Also loved Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda 1y
tpixie @rohit-sawant I agree- what an adorable book! 1y
MarriedtoMrT I missed your recommendations so welcome back! I‘ve been in a reading slump so no real help right now. I‘ll let you know if I think of anything. 1y
MarriedtoMrT I did think of one. Not romance but my favorite book of the year so far if you haven‘t read it yet: 1y
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This has never happened to me before—Amazon contacted my publisher and asked if they could drop the price of Wilde in Love to $2.99 and give it front page placement—-during the two biggest shopping days of the year! Maybe you heard my scream... May I suggest that Wilde is a wonderful prezzie for an angst-filled soul, which pretty much includes all my friends these days? 🎉🎉🎉 #romantsy #historicalromance

GypsyKat Congratulations! 2y
EloisaJames @GypsyKat thanks!! I‘m so thrilled. 2y
julesG Early Christmas present! Enjoy! 2y
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LauraBrook 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Congratulations! 🎉🍾 2y
LiteraryinLititz That‘s so exciting! Congrats! 2y
Kshakal Yay!!!!!!! 🤓 2y
LeahBergen That‘s awesome! 👏🏻 2y
minkyb Wonderful! 2y
ghosthost Fantastic! I can‘t wait to read it. 2y
CoverToCoverGirl How awesome, Merry Christmas! 2y
ElenaBaer Congrats !! I‘m reading for a third time right now. 2y
Bookcation74 Yay!! Purchased as a gift to myself 😉🎁 2y
Dragon Congratulations!👍🎉 2y
EloisaJames @Bookcation74 thanks! I hope you love it! 2y
EloisaJames @ElenaBaer That‘s huge praise, Elena—thank you!! 2y
ScientistSam Squee! 2y
LizzieChantree Wonderful news! 2y
Miss_Kim Heard you on CBC radio this morning and though I‘m not a romance reader I‘m off to the library to find one of your books 💕😊💕 1y
EloisaJames @Miss_Kim thanks! I hope you love Lady X! 1y
Miss_Kim @EloisaJames It‘s delightful! I‘ll definitely be reading more 💕 1y
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I just finished this and literally let out a huge sigh. The hero is one of my favorite men I‘ve read about in ages. He was complicated and dark—and I love the fact that he didn‘t lighten up after falling in Love, as if nothing had happened. But he did learn how to let himself love (sigh). And sexy? Wow? So hot!! #romantsy. #contemporaryromance.

EloisaJames Oh no! Put this under the wrong Alisha Rai book... 2y
Chachic I really need to start reading this series! I love their covers and blurbs 2y
EloisaJames @Chachic I agree about the covers—totally gorgeous! 2y
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Christy2318 I loved this first book in this series. This one sounds really good too. 2y
EloisaJames @Christy2318 I went back and read the first one, and I think I like this even more! 2y
Angela66 It sounds like a nice read with a glass of wine 1y
EloisaJames @Angela66 yes! I read it with my book club and several glasses of rose! 1y
Angela66 Sounds heavenly 1y
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Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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This is a crazy book—surrealistic, funny, thoughtful, with a lot to say about love and sex. Sometimes it‘s savage, and then unexpectedly sweet. Most true affection is lavished on sex dolls. If you like fiercely creative and weird literature, this novel is for you! I really enjoyed it.

Reggie Have you read her other book? Tampa? I feel like she has a lot to say about parents. 2y
EloisaJames @Reggie I haven‘t. Do you recommend it? The heroine‘s relationship with her father is central to Made for Love. 2y
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EloisaJames @swishandflick yeah, exactly! That was a surprise! 2y
Reggie That book‘s not for everyone. It‘s about the molestation of a young teenage boy by his young married female teacher. It starts light then gets real heavy. But just like Made for Love, Nutting has a lot to say about the world. 2y
EloisaJames @Reggie Yikes. Not for me~ thanks for telling me! 2y
Jokila I actually love Tampa lol. We don‘t get a lot of female gaze in lit, so I‘m all for it. I actually enjoyed it so much it set up unrealistic expectations for this sophomore novel (for me) 2y
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Sugar | Kimberly Stuart
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I happen to have a thriving cooking reality show addiction, so this was right in my wheelhouse. A fantastic pastry chef goes to a new restaurant only to discover that her ex (the owner) is in a reality show. Her own romance takes a back seat to work but I found the pastry chef details fascinating (and intoxicating—she makes you long for dessert). #romantsy

BookInMyHands The first “grown up” show we watched as a family was The Great British Baking Show. Now we are hooked on Th Big Family Cooking Showdown! 2y
Purrfectpages I‘ve been wanting to read this for awhile. Nice to see such a good review! 2y
EloisaJames @BookInMyHands wow! Wait a sec—a new cooking show I don‘t know about!!! Thanks! 2y
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Rock-N-Soul | Lauren Sattersby
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This is a weird and wonderful book. The hero is a hotel bellboy when a rock star dies of an overdose—one thing leads to another (as it does in crazy creative books) and the ghost gets attached to Tyler. He can scarcely go to the bathroom by himself. Extra complication: the rock star was his ex-girlfriend‘s favorite and he might have a few posters himself...this is a M/M romance that is odd and oddly sweet. #romantsy. #mmromance #paranormalromance

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I‘m thrilled to say that Wilde will be #7 on the New York Times bestseller list next week ~ Thank you to everyone who bought a copy. I hope you loved it!(this all sounds very calm but I‘m giddy with delight!!)🎉🎉🎉🎉💕😘💕💕🎉😍. #romantsy. #historicalromance

Christy2318 👏👏👏👏🙌 2y
MarriedtoMrT Yay! 🎉 2y
BethM Congrats!!! 2y
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robinb Congratulations!!!🎉🍾 2y
readordierachel Congratulations! 2y
charminggoats Congratulations! I picked up my copy at the bookstore yesterday and am so excited to get started! 2y
Jess_Read_This Congratulations!!! 🍾🎉🎊 2y
Bianca Woot! Congratulations!! 👏🏼 2y
AmandaL Huzzah!🎉 2y
JessClark78 Congratulations! 🎊🎉🎉 2y
EloisaJames @charminggoats thank you very much!! I hope you love it! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl 🎉🍾👏❤️ 2y
LeahBergen That‘s awesome. Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
EloisaJames @MarriedtoMrT 😄😄😄💕💕🎉 2y
ScientistSam Congratulations!! 2y
Cathythoughts Oh congratulations! I must investigate 👍 2y
EloisaJames @Cathythoughts 🎉🎉💕 2y
AceOnRoam Congratulations! 2y
ghosthost Congratulations! 🎉 2y
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Fun Reading Contest! when it comes to pure reading pleasure (not literary genius), I nominate my new novel, Wilde in Love, over Finnegans Wake! Nominate another and I‘ll send out a signed book to one particularly persuasive comment! (adding an edit...in case you‘re wondering, I‘m sending a signed copy of Wilde, not FinnegansW)

MaureenMc I found When Beauty Tamed the Beast to be a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. 😉😁 2y
GlassAsDiamonds Is Pleasure for Pleasure just too obvious? 😉 Or perhaps.... what could be more pleasurable than Paris in Love? 😊😊😊 2y
LeahBergen I can honestly say I've never experienced any "pure reading pleasure" from James Joyce. ? I haven't read any of your books yet (I'm a bad Litsy friend) so I will nominate a book for YOU to read - Frederica by Georgette Heyer (have you met the Baluchistan hound yet?). You seem to me to be very much the Georgette Heyer of our day. ? (edited) 2y
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EloisaJames @LeahBergen Have I read Georgette Heyer?? Ha! My mother didn‘t like junk reading and the library had Heyer in hardcover, cleverly disguised as (almost) literary. I read every book 20,25 times. 2y
EloisaJames @GlassAsDiamonds aww Thank you!!! 2y
EloisaJames @MaureenMc Thanks, Maureen!! 2y
Bookzombie Wallbanger was a fun pleasure read. It also made me hungry with all of the baking. 2y
LeahBergen @EloisaJames Ha ha! That's so awesome. I knew you had read Heyer but not so extensively (or with such great childhood memories 😆). 2y
mcipher Anything by Mary Stewart! The retro feel, the strong female characters, the romance and really great suspense... she‘s just way better than some big long no-fun book. (Not that I‘ve read Joyce, to be honest). 😉 2y
CoverToCoverGirl I nominate my number one go to comfort read by Judith McNaught because as the title says something wonderful happens as soon as you open the book.. 2y
EloisaJames @mcipher I love love Mary Stewart too! Wilde has an entire scene inspired by Nine Coaches Waiting! 2y
EloisaJames @CoverToCoverGirl my favorite is Almost Heaven but I love that one too! 2y
ScientistSam (Such good picks up above!) I nominate some of my favorite non-historical comfort reads - almost any book by Jennifer Crusie. They all feature strong women with great friendships, witty banter, and great romance, along with interesting plots. 2y
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Wild Marquis | Miranda Neville
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Lady Jane‘s Salon at Madame X, NYC, 7 pm on the 6th, will have a little memorial for Miranda with people sharing stories. I‘ll be there and it would be great to see Litsy-folk!! (Also, if you bring along Wilde, I‘d love to sign it!) #litsymeetup #nyc

ScientistSam @MiddleClassManhattan I can't go because, you know, work😞 But thought you might be interested 2y
Jokila Oh no, I am so sorry I missed this 😔 I had no idea 2y
Jokila Do you think you‘ll be there for the January reading? 2y
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EloisaJames @Jokila I usually only go if I have a friend reading. Do you know who‘s on the list? 2y
Jokila I don‘t; they haven‘t updated from the December list yet. I‘m just hungry for another Litsy romance meetup! 2y
EloisaJames @Jokila do you think you‘ll be able to come to every-other-month romance book club? First night is Feb 13 in honor of V day and after that on Tuesday evenings. 2y
Jokila Totally! I‘m definitely looking forward to your book club (I think you have my email address for it already?) Only hitch is that my friend Maddie usually hosts a romance party on Galentine‘s Day in Brooklyn. Do you know when it would be? 2y
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So Wilde in Love published yesterday! I am flooded with kindly email. Most-mentioned point so far: it really isn‘t appropriate to drink your relative (though if we believe Hamlet, our relatives‘ dust is everywhere !) the novel takes place in a great old castle on the edge of a bog and it‘s pretty much a funny battle of the sexes. (I hope it‘s funny)

Chachic Happy book birthday!🍰🍰🎉🎉 2y
Alfoster Very cool!👏👏👏👏 2y
Ms_T Congratulations! 2y
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robinb Congrats and that step back on this one is amazing....❤️ 2y
EloisaJames @robinb I was there for the shoot and insisted that I wanted them laughing, so thank you!! 2y
Jas16 So excited to read this! Just ordered a signed copy from Book Culture Congratulations! (edited) 2y
robinb @EloisaJames yes, I saw your video on that! So cool to see how those cover shots get made. And it was the laughter that made the step back so original and fresh...really sweet. 2y
balletbookworm I apparently missed the “drinking your relative part” 😂😂😂 2y
FountainBookstore Nice EW review! Looks great on our shelves! Looking forward to the read. If you're ever passing through Richmond, come do an event with us! 2y
FountainBookstore Oh...you presented a movie at a bookseller gathering some years ago. I would love to gain permission to do a showing and discussion at my shop. Two issues with that: 1) I can't remember the name of it 2) Want to make sure we are doing it all legal and stuff and whomever needs to get compensation does. Can you put me in touch with someone? info@fountainbookstore.com. And if this was completely inappropriate to ask, apologies! 2y
EloisaJames @balletbookworm it was in the beginning—Lady Knowe toasts her Aunt Margarida and finishes off her Spanish wine! 2y
EloisaJames @FountainBookstore thank you! That would be fun. 2y
EloisaJames @Jas16 thank you!! And special thanks for supporting my favorite Indy. 😘😘 2y
EloisaJames @FountainBookstore Love Between the Covers. It‘s on Netflix and Amazon—could you stream it from there? And if it needs more permission, email me eloisa@eloisajames.com and I‘ll intro you to the director. Thanks! 2y
balletbookworm @EloisaJames ahhhh...btw Lady Knowe was a hoot 😁 2y
FountainBookstore @EloisaJames Thanks! Will email for permissions. And we'd love you as a guest anytime! Yay, @Jas16 for supporting Book Culture! 2y
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Lady Chatterly's Lover | D H Lawrence
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Boston Litsy Meet-up? Tomorrow (Sat at 2).Sex in Lit is a fascinating subject! And there‘s a feminism in romance panel running right before that I‘m going to make. I‘d love to see Litsy people at our panel! The Boston Book Festival looks fabulous! #BBF. #sex

BethM This both sound fantastic! 2y
rachelm So wish I could be there!! Oh wow! 2y
Audrey I'll probably pop into the tail end of your session. As usual, so many of the sessions I am interested in overlap. ☹️ 2y
EloisaJames @Audrey I just tried to get into the feminism and romance panel and it was full! I was only a little late 😞 2y
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This is a RAVE review!! I want to stop people on the street and tell them to listen (the audio is fantastic). It‘s so good that I went with my husband to return the rental car so I could listen to the last 20 minutes. It‘s harrowing, hilarious, and beautifully written. #keeper #mustread

Suelizbeth Best audiobook that I have ever listened to! 2y
GypsyKat I loved this! I listened to it several months ago and recommended it to just about everyone I know. 2y
EchoLogical It is amazing! I keep trying to get my husband to read it. 2y
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KarenUK Totally agree! Best audio this year for me 💕 2y
moranadatter I loved this too! He‘s a wonderful narrator. I could listen to him read anything. 2y
Samary This is on my hold list w the library! Can‘t wait to listen to it. Also his stand up is great 😁 2y
readordierachel Yes! Such a great book and so well narrated. 2y
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Burn for You | J T Geissinger
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I adore the heroine of Burn for You! She‘s got the best snappy responses ever. I loved the fact she‘s a Southern, African American chef from New Orleans—and Mr. Boudreaux—see above—is a tormented, wildly rich white guy. He was an ass and she didn‘t just put him in his place; she threw him there! (You‘re the reason the gene pool needs a lifeguard—Fabulous!!). #romantsy. #diversity #contemporaryromance

MarriedtoMrT Sold! 2y
Jas16 I loved this one too! 2y
ElenaBaer Ok I have now read three books by this author this weekend. I am thankful you introduced me to a new author. They are laugh out loud funny. 2y
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EloisaJames @ElenaBaer which other ones??? Tell me titles! 2y
ElenaBaer I read Burn for You, Wicked Intentions, and Wicked Sexy (my favorite) they are laugh out loud funny. 2y
EloisaJames @ElenaBaer thank you!! I‘ll get those too. 2y
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Party! If you‘re around New York, won‘t you please come? You get Wilde a day early, plus cupcakes!! I‘d love to see Litsies! #litsymeetup #romantsy. @Jokila @MrBook @ScientistSam @MommaBeja

BookNAround Drats! My flight home is earlier that very day. So close and yet so far. ☹️ 2y
minkyb One of these days my timing will work. Congrats and have fun. 2y
MommaBeja @EloisaJames scheduled the afternoon off work. Will be there with bells on and Beverly in tow!! 2y
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MrBook Ooooh! I hope I can 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! I'll repost for your pleasure *bows*. 2y
Jokila Ooh yay! I‘ll be there 💙 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Sooo wish I could! 💕💕💕 2y
Dragon Sounds awesome! 😀🐉 2y
LeahBergen Oh, I wish! ❤️ 2y
FountainBookstore Would love to be there. Ach! Someone has to run the bookstore. Maybe @a road trip next time. Have fun!!!!!!! 🍾🎉🎈🎊 2y
EloisaJames @MrBook thank you!!! 😘😘😘 2y
EloisaJames @MommaBeja yay!!! 💕💕💕💕 2y
EloisaJames @Jokila lovely!!!! 😘😘😘🎉 2y
ScientistSam Oh lovely! I can't because of work 😞 But congratulations on the release - I can't wait to read it! 2y
EloisaJames @ScientistSam thanks!! That book club I told you about will be starting in january—we‘ll need you! 2y
ScientistSam Can't wait for that book club! 2y
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