Mutual Attractions

Featured author - Tessa Dare, When a Scot Ties the KnotOn the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty, and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter… and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep — handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

Something New: The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman
The past few years have brought a number of exciting new historical romance authors, among them Valerie Bowman with her “racy Regency romps.” The Unlikely Lady, Bowman’s newest release, features some of my favorite character types: the bluestocking and the jaded rake. Miss Jane Lowdnes is a bookish, sharp-witted heroine whose penchant for teacake endeared her to me at once. Lord Garrett Upton is a returned soldier with a wicked case of survivor’s guilt and a wicked temperament to match. The two bicker at every opportunity.

Determined to never wed, Jane attempts to create a scandal at a masquerade ball. Her goal is to render herself completely unmarriageable. Unfortunately, the handsome, masked man she chooses for one illicit — and blissful — kiss turns out to be none other than her arch enemy, Lord Garrett. Jane and Garrett’s friends conspire to turn their accidental dalliance into a love affair, in a twist that plays off the beloved Shakespeare comedy Much Ado about Nothing.

This is a delightful tale of two stubbornly imperfect, yet perfectly matched, people and their tumultuous path toward love.

A New Discovery: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
Sonali Dev burst onto the publishing scene in a big way in 2014 with this beautiful romance, which was showered with all kinds of critical acclaim. I somehow missed reading A Bollywood Affair until recently, however — and I wanted to kick myself for not reading it earlier!

Successful Bollywood film director Samir Rathod must travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan, of all places, to find his brother’s arranged bride and formally dissolve the childhood marriage agreement. When he arrives, however, he finds Mili to be anything but the greedy gold-digger he expected. She’s living a humble grad-student life, and her smiles and innocent friendship pierce through his jaded exterior.

Throughout, Dev weaves in details of Indian and Indian American culture, celebrations, and food — oh heavens, the food! — that are as vivid and deft as her descriptions of romantic emotion. And at its core, this book holds a familiar story that resonates the world over: the jaded, powerful playboy who finds the one woman who can soothe his demons… and she happens to be the one woman he can never have. Their gradual romance is passionate, tender, and written in such beautiful prose it made my heart ache.

I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, and I can’t wait for Dev’s next book, The Bollywood Bride.

Recommended Read: Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl
Victoria Dahl is one of my favorite authors. Her books are always fun, sexy, emotional, and compulsively readable. She writes both contemporary and historical romance, and I’ve loved reading both — but her 2014 release, Looking for Trouble, had me at hello. The heroine is a librarian (my own original profession)!

Living under the shadow of an old family scandal, Sophie Heyer hides her bad-girl streak beneath a prim, vintage-chic librarian wardrobe. As for the hero… wow. Tattooed, muscled, and cocky as anything, Alex Bishop is sex on wheels. Two wheels, to be exact — the ones attached to the big, rumbling motorcycle that brings him into Jackson Hole, Wyoming. These two are haunted by small-town secrets, gossip, and a whole lot of family drama. Their blistering-hot affair begins as a much-needed distraction for them both, but before long Sophie and Alex find themselves sharing more than just passion. They’re falling in love.

And if you can resist an inked, leather-clad hero who shows up with a kitten tucked in the crook of his arm, you are a stronger woman than I.

A Desert Island Keeper: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
If you’re new to romance, there’s never been a better time to discover (or rediscover) the Bridgertons, Julia Quinn’s beloved series of warm, witty romances — each featuring one of the eight Bridgerton siblings.

Yes, eight siblings — and a more chaotic, charming, loving family you couldn’t imagine. Daphne Bridgerton, the heroine of The Duke and I, is sweet, brave, and caring — just the kind of young woman you’d want to be your best friend. In fact, that’s her problem. She’s always the friend, never the sweetheart. When Simon Bassett, the new Duke of Hastings, proposes they have a mock courtship, Daphne jumps at the chance. At first, it works out well for them both — Simon can avoid fortune-hunters, and Daphne is finally the belle of the ball. But as the attraction between them becomes quite real, Simon’s resolve to never marry is tested.

Daphne is a wonderful heroine, and the Bridgertons are a delight, but it’s the titular Duke who brings me back to this book again and again. Shamed and neglected by his father for a childhood stutter he’s now overcome, Simon carries a great deal of mistrust and deep craving for affection. He’s the perfect blend of strong and vulnerable, and he needs Daphne so deeply. When his defenses finally crumble, and he accepts all the love she has to give…? Dear reader, I cried. Noisily.

It takes a rare book to make me laugh out loud and sob messily, and that’s why The Duke and I is one of my favorite romances.

Tessa Dare is the New York Times-bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.

||August BPC: Just One More Page|| 29. Newest. I may or may not have a thing for birds, and that thing may or may not be especially for corvids.

OTP Master Post

when you OTP becomes canon

when your NOTP has a moment:

when your OTP is about to express their feelings for each other with a heated kiss but someone ass-butt interrupts the moment and they awkwardly step away from each other:

When your OTP kisses in front of your NOTP while they were talking: 

When you a part of your OTP leaves to be a part of your NOTP:

While they’re with your NOTP and they are actually enjoying a good relationship:

But they return to your OTP before the end of the show/book/movie and profess that your OTP was who they loved all along:



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I don’t know if this has been pointed out before but I was rereading the manga and in chapter eight we see a flashback where Hide and Kaneki talk for the first time (this is when Nishiki’s about to kill Hide btw) and Kaneki’s reading a book. That book is The Dragons of Blueland (known as エルマーと16ぴきのりゅう in Japan), which is the third and final book in the My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

The trilogy revolves around the adventures of a young boy called Elmer Elevator and a baby dragon named Boris. In the first book Elmer travels to a far away island to rescue the dragon after hearing about him from an old cat. In the second book they get lost on their way home and end up in another island, which is inhabited by only canaries.
Finally, in the third book, the dragon returns to his own home in Blueland only to find that his family has been trapped inside a cave by a group of men. In desperation he returns to Elmer to ask for help, and their adventures commence. They successfully free the dragon’s family from the trap, and Elmer takes his first train ride to return home. (xx - x)


These pictures are not the greatest but here’s two new sketchbook cover designs! I messed up the White Book one so badly you have no idea, but I’m putting it on a sketchbook that I just finished so it’s okay lmao

doubly okay because I’m going back to school soon and the Black Book girl looks dead inside, which is what I will be! :D

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was just curious why you haven't read the Throne of Glass books when you seemed to have enjoyed ACOTR so much? I thought they were just as good as ACOTR and I'm looking forward to book #4 coming out on Tuesday. I hope you're having a great day!

I have the books but I just can’t make myself read them. The number of love interests really puts me off, plus I guess I let all the recent negativity surrounding the author rub off on me, which is dumb because I never usually let other people’s opinions sway me. Idk honestly it’s mostly the love interest thing. I think I’ll wait until the series is done because I’m sick of reading books where my chosen love interest doesn’t win out.

i finally checked my school mail and the english prof put up his syllabus and it’s just making so anxious now because he gives a lot of readings with fast pacing and every two weeks we have to do a journal. which wouldn’t be that bad i guess except each journal is worth 10% with ALL eight making up 80% of my grade. like i can’t fuck up at all in this class. dude if you lose 10-12 points that’s already putting me at B+/A-. i’m stressing out oh my god