Bingo Square: The Collection I originally downloaded this about a year ago because I wanted to read the Courtney Milan novella before going to see Hamilton in New York again. However, I didn’t quite get around to the other two, and Bingo seemed like a good opportunity to go back and read the entire collection. The collection kicks off with Rose Lerner’s story, about a young Jewish woman disguised as a man fighting for the Revolution. It’s the eve of the battle of Yorktown, and “Ezra Jacobs” (or Rachel Mendelson) discovers her husband in the camp. Given his previous loyalist […]
So this was a romance buddy read with WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker and Sam (AMNReader). The three of us I think all really enjoyed this though Sam is still finishing up. I really loved the entire plot (a marriage of convenience) with heat. The two main characters, Sukey and John were great and I loved how they did things differently though they were both part of the servant class. The sex scenes were highly explicit, but very very hot, I loved them and liked that we actually had these two trying their best with each other and wanting their marriage to work. I do wish the […]
This book is actually three novellas, all written under the umbrella premise of Eliza Hamilton collecting stories about her husband, Alexander, in service of recording his legacy. I enjoyed all three of the novellas, but I definitely enjoyed Courtney Milan’s the most (not really surprised there). I’m also not really surprised that I enjoyed Alyssa Cole’s the least, as I’ve not had great luck with her books in the past. But overall, this is a solid trio of romances, set in a time period I don’t usually read romances in. “Promised Land” by Rose Lerner — 4/5 stars This one […]
When I was in college, one of my mentors was a lovely woman named Marita Woodruff. Marita wasn’t shy about sharing her life with her students when appropriate. One of her more famous moments was when she was talking about sex. She said, “sex is awkward and messy!” And then she would tell the story of when she and her late husband fell off the bed when making love. At the time that sounded more uncomfortable than romantic. A couple of decades and more experience later, I get it. Sex is awkward and messy and fun and intimate and imperfect. […]
I swear at least half of the books I’ve read this year have come from NPR’s Best Books of 2016 list, and Listen to the Moon by Rose Lerner is no different. I was browsing the “love story” section of the list when I came across Lerner’s novel. The blurb stated in part: “Fans of historical romance know that if there’s one thing fictional England has in spades, it’s dukes. But they might not be as accustomed to encountering valets. You might see one briefly, making certain a coat of claret velvet hangs just so on his master’s shoulders, but as the hero, complete […]
The United States has never lived up to it’s stated ideals of equality and freedom. It hasn’t even always struggled towards those ideals. Right now, there is a strong push to move backwards. The resistance to moving towards a white supremacist, patriarchal land of the wealthy is also strong. Rose Learner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole have fired their own shots in the beautiful short story collection, Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances. We make a lot of arguments about diversity and representation, but it is so much easier to indulge in what is familiar, even if it induces uncomfortable […]
3.5 stars Weeks ago, I finished Sweet Disorder, and this is why you cannot wait to review books, because I can’t honestly remember too many details about it. I am not going to make a snarky comment on the memorability of the book itself, even if that may apply, because the actual issue here is that I have garbage for brains and a singular talent for avoiding doing anything so productive as reviewing the books I inhale. Anyway. Goodreads says: “Nick Dymond enjoyed the rough-and-tumble military life until a bullet to the leg sent him home to his emotionally distant, […]
I didn’t love Rose Lerner’s Sweet Disorder (2014) as much as Ellepkay did, though her wonderful review is what sold me on reading it. Nonetheless, she is correct in identifying the nonstandard aspects of this romance as being its main appeal. Read the full review.