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5 Romance Novels to Read If You Like Mission Impossible

Spies, action, crazy stunts, and more. If you like the Mission: Impossible movies, you’ll love these romance novels.

 

How to Get Books When You’re Broke or On a Budget

There’s nothing wrong with getting new books at your local bookstore but if you’re an avid bookworm, then your budget probably can’t handle it if you get all your books there.

Luckily there are plenty of legal ways to get books for free or cheaply and here are some of the best ways to do that.

5 Romance Novels if You Like Lucifer

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Like many other fans, I was really sad to hear that Lucifer had been canceled. Lucifer’s humor and dashing good looks made me fall in love with the show, not to mention the badass demon Maze who would probably stab someone for Chloe’s daughter Trixie. The show definitely deserved more than three seasons and I was ecstatic when Netflix picked it up.

Lucifer season four is expected to be released sometime in 2019, even though Netflix is being annoyingly cryptic about it. But, if you’re tired of waiting like I am, then many some of these romance novels will keep you occupied.

Why Character Names Matter — and What You Can Do To Create an Unforgettable One

Witches Get Stupid in Witches Gone Wicked

Genre: Fantasy

 

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.17 out of 5 stars

 

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

All Clarissa wants to do is become a powerful witch, learn about her mother, and find her high school sweetheart, Derrick.

 

But it’s not that simple when she’s all but banned from using her volatile magic, her mother was apparently an evil dictator, and her high school sweetheart was swept away in a tornado. Oh, and she caused the tornado.

 

But, now that she’s a teacher at Womby’s School for Wayward Witches, she might have a chance to actually become part of the Witchkin community and achieve her goals.

 

Despite everyone despising her because of her mother, she’s making new friends like Josie, a video-gaming witch who loves all life, and Khaba, a Djinn with a kilt fetish. She’s also getting attention from the very sexy Julien Thistledown.

 

If only that jerk Felix Thatch would stop patronizing her and let her learn about her mother.

3 Irish Romance Novels To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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Three Ways to Score a Three-Way This Valentine’s Day

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3 Legendary Literary Couples Goodreads Forgot About

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A Ghost Writer’s Take On #CopyPasteCris

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Keep Celebrating the Super Bowl With These 5 Football Romances

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Please Criticize Me: Why Bad Reviews Should Be Embraced

(Guest Post) A Character Interview with Alistair Young from Fever

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SPOILER ALERT!

A Whispered Wish is Not What Romance Readers Wish For

Genre: Fantasy

Word Count: 78,230 words

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Zoe hates camping. She loves air conditioning and staying indoors and cozy, but when her friends and boyfriend drag her out into the middle of the woods, she comes along. But things get even more complicated when she wakes up far away from her tent– as a pixie.

Can she become human again with the help of Prince Crispin, a handsome pixie? Or as feelings grow between them, will she even want to go back to her human life?

I decided to give A Whispered Wish a shot thanks to a ridiculous one-star review on Smashwords, written by someone who hadn’t read past the first two lines. But the novel was so cringeworthy, I almost sympathized with that asshole reviewer.

Just reading the novel was a toilsome task, thanks to the obvious typos and grammatical errors infecting the text, not to mention the random tense changes that yanked me out of the story every other page.

But even if I’d been able to be absorbed into the story, there wouldn’t have been anything to be absorbed into. Nothing freaking happens for two thirds of the book!

The beginning involves flimsy world-building and back story and preaching about how humans are horrible and they “can learn a thing or two from the pixies.” That line appears not once, but twice in a book meant to be read by adults, not five-year-olds.

This would be more tolerable if it was the pixies saying this to Zoe, who, as a human, defended herself and humankind. But instead, it was Zoe who instantly accepted that she and all other humans, including her friends and boyfriend, was hellspawn.

She accepts that humans are monsters about two minutes after realizing she turned into a pixie when she asks the other pixies if she can tell her human friends what’s happening.

 “is there a way that we can let them know? Please? I can’t let them keep looking for me. They will be so worried,” tears still flowing. Only now, she can’t stop them.

Fionna pops up beside them, “I’m sorry Zoë, but we just can’t. To let them know that we exist is very dangerous for us.”

“You have to understand,” Brigid said, “they will exterminate us just to find out what makes us what we are.” Zoë knows they are right about this, anything new or something they didn’t understand as humans they dissected or destroyed.

A Whispered Wish, page 30

Are her friends effing Nazis? I can’t think of another reason for why she would have so little faith in them. I’m not saying they should tell the press, but maybe Zoe’s best friends and her motherfreaking boyfriend won’t kill her just because she sprouted wings and shrank to two inches.

Conflict doesn’t flare up until two thirds into the book, and even then, the conflict is more like brief sparks instead of a raging fire. There are a few action scenes, but the action was over so fast, I had to reread them to actually process them happening.

The main conflict between two pixie kingdoms feels more like an afterthought than an actual plotline.

All of a sudden, the pixies stop being this shining beacon of superiority and start being savage and warlike. Prince Crispin and his friends, who have never seen battle before, become expert fighters the second war is declared. It’s contrived and borderline absurd, but that’s fine because the final battle is over in like two pages.

Perhaps A Whispered Wish could have snatched a third star from me with the skin of its teeth if the characters had good chemistry, funny dialogue, or even an ounce of personality, but no.

All the men are strong, athletic, and ready to save the females while making sexist jokes about how women take forever shopping. The women are all kind, girly, and able to manipulate the men with their puppy eyes.

The two most interesting characters are the Queen of Devonshire, and Jaxxon, a defect from Pembrokeshire, and they only have a couple of scenes. Everyone else absurdly boring. 

So,  A Whispered Wish is a solid two-star read. With some heavy editing and revising, it could have been good, but as is, it’s less interesting than the average hospital waiting room. A Whispered Wish is free on Smashwords.

An Ode to the Romance Novel

I was quite surprised when I saw that the Great American Novel was covering romance novels but I loved the video. Overall, it’s pretty respectful of the genre and interesting to watch, so I’m sharing it with you today.

Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons Are Coming to Netflix

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The Duke and I (Bridgertons) - Julia Quinn

Shona Rhimes, the mastermind behind Grey’s AnatomyScandal,and How to Get Away with Murder has recently signed a multi-year deal with Netflix for her to set up eight original series– including one based on Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series.