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Justin Bieber’s Fiancée Hailey Baldwin Is Ignoring Critics’ ‘Negativity’ About Their Romance

Hailey Baldwin is too blessed to be stressed!

I’m beyond excited,” the 21-year-old model and Drop the Mic, who is engaged to marry Justin Bieber, told Australia’s Stellar magazine, in an interview published on Saturday.

Baldwin also went on to share that she’s not letting herself get too caught up in what the haters have to say about her relationship with the “Sorry” singer, 25.

“I don’t think it’s affected me really. I have learned to just try my best to ignore the negativity at this time so that I can enjoy this season of my life,” she remarked.

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The couple got engaged during a romantic vacation to the Bahamas on July 7 and confirmed the exciting news on social media two days after the proposal.

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” Bieber wrote in the caption. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make.”

Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!

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Though the couple have barely spent a day apart since getting engaged, they recently decided to push back their wedding plans, according to a source close to Bieber and Baldwin

“The wedding planning has slowed down a bit,” the source told PEOPLE earlier this month.

“It was getting quite intense and they realized they want to enjoy being engaged for a while…It’s not like they need to rush — they are both so young,” the source continued, adding, “They aren’t slowing things down though because they are unsure if they want to marry; they definitely want to get married.”


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17 Priceless Quotes from Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance

It’s finally here! No, not the royal wedding — the Lifetime movie about the royal couple!

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance premieres Sunday and features key moments throughout Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s courtship. With Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley stepping into the lead roles, the TV movie captures the couple’s blind date, their romantic trip to Botswana, and, of course, that fateful, cozy chicken dinner where they were formally engaged. In between, they interact with their families — yep, Will and Kate are there too — and battle the relentless paparazzi and tabloids.

Much like Lifetime’s William & Kate movie, which aired the year of their wedding and starred Grey’s Anatomy‘s Camilla Luddington and Grimm‘s Nico Evers-Swindell, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance features some unforgettable moments we haven’t seen (and quite possibly never really happened) and some truly choice dialogue.

Here, we’ve broken down the 17 t-shirt worthy lines from the film.

Harry: “Aren’t you bored of being perfect yet?
Will: “It’s not me that’s perfect; it’s Kate. I just shove her out there and she makes me look good.”

Harry: “Is she hot?”
Violet, Harry and Meghan’s matchmaker: “Put it this way, ginger boy. If you weren’t a prince, you wouldn’t have a shot.”

Meghan, to Harry: “I’m gonna actually need you to hold off on the compliments until you apologize for being 40 minutes late.”

Meghan: “I actually wanted to be the first bi-racial female President of the United States of America but then I ended up as a briefcase girl on Deal or No Deal.”

Harry, stating the facts: “Best blind date ever.”

Doria Radlan, Meghan’s mother, after hearing about that first date: “Did you give the milk away for free?”

Meghan, in Botswana: “This is a lot better than the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland.”

Will: “Kate and I binge-watched Suits over the weekend. I love that phrase, binge-watched.”

Kate: “She makes Wallace Simpson look like Dame Judi Dench.”

Meghan: “I was in Botswana with Prince Harry.”
Neal, her hairstylist: “Michael Jackson’s son?!”

Kate: “We all have to live by the same rules. If she’s your girl, she can’t have opinions.”
Will: “At least not in public. In private, you have a lot of opinions, darling.”
Charles: “Yes, yes, she certainly does.”

Meghan, reacting to Harry’s public statement about her safety: “I’m a grown ass woman living in a real modern world and not some fragile wench up in an ivory tower. My tower ain’t ivory, dude!”

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Kate, to Meghan: “Us commoners have to stick together.”

Kate, to Meghan: “Let’s face it, my most important contribution to this country is my reproductive ability. It’s bizarre.”

Harry, after Meghan tries to get him to open up about Diana: “You’re an actress, not my damn therapist! I know all about those!”

Queen Elizabeth: “I’m told you are an actress… Are you involved with that program The Crown?”
Meghan: “No, Ma’am.”
Queen Elizabeth: “Oh good. Then I won’t have to throw you in the tower.”

Queen Elizabeth, still talking about Netflix’s The Crown: “Not sure why they have to make it while one’s still alive.”

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.


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Grown-ish Star Francia Raisa Debuts New Romance in Christmas-Themed Portrait

Francia Raisa is celebrating Christmas with a new love by her side.

The actress, who is best friends with Selena Gomez, shared a photo on Instagram Tuesday with new beau Chris Adkins, a cinematographer on black-ish.

In the photo, Raisa, 29, and Adkins sit side-by-side with his arms around her as she leans her head back and smiles.

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“Happy Holidays,” she wrote in the caption.

Raisa, who is set to star in Grown-ish, also shared a video of herself and Adkins kissing in the snow in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Tuesday.

This is the first time Raisa has shared a photo of herself and Adkins on Instagram, while he has yet to share any photos.

Raisa has plenty to be grateful for this year, including the health of her best friend. Gomez openly wept during her speech at the Billboard‘s 2017 Women in Music awards and honored Raisa, who served as her kidney donor.

The singer was presented with the Women of the Year award by Raisa, but said, “I think Francia should be getting this award. She saved my life… I feel incredibly lucky.”

“Honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful for the position that I’ve been given in my career from 7 to 14 to now. I want people to know that I respect the platform that I have so deeply because I knew that I wanted to be a part of something great, I wanted people to feel great,” Gomez said in her speech.

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Raisa made headlines in September when the “Wolves” singer, 25, revealed Raisa had been her donor.

The pop star shared a photo of the longtime friends holding hands from their hospital beds, writing in the caption, “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa.”

“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” Gomez continued. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

In a 2013 interview with Latina, Raisa shared that she met Gomez six years before when Disney and ABC Family (now Freeform) had the stars of their shows visit a children’s hospital.

“Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked,” Raisa said.

 


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Husband’s Illustrations For Wife Celebrate The Romance In Everyday Life

Since 2010, artist Andrew Hou has been documenting life with his wife Kate in a series of adorable and relatable illustrations.

“Even though we just passed our sixth wedding anniversary in March, surprisingly, both of us still feel like we’re in the dating phase,” the illustrator told The Huffington Post. 

Hou named the series “HJ-Story” after the initials of his wife’s Korean name. It started as a personal blog, but over the past seven years, his work has gained a large following with nearly 500,000 fans on Facebook

In December, the couple ― who lives in Seoul, South Korea ― welcomed their first child, who they named Chase. 

Fatherhood is definitely keeping him busy, but Hou says he plans to keep the series going for years to come. 

“HJ-Story is a personal project that I plan on doing for the rest of my life,” he told HuffPost. “It’s my way of creating a journal to document different stages of my life and to look back on when I get old. There’s usually a little story behind each image that I feel documents my thoughts better than a photo.” 

Below, check out more of Hou’s warm-and-fuzzy illustrations. To see even more of his work, follow him on Facebook and Instagram, or purchase his book on his website.

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These ‘La La Land’ Engagement Pics Capture That Old Hollywood Romance

Let’s give this couple an Oscar nod for their dreamy “La La Land”-themed engagement photos.

Ellen Wleklinski and Corey Collins teamed up with photographer Marlies Hartmann of M. Hart Photography for the Los Angeles shoot, inspired by the Academy Award-nominated film that follows aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and struggling jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as they fall in love and pursue their dreams. 

Some of the engagement pics were taken on Jan. 29 at and around the Griffith Observatory, where parts of the movie were shot. The starry nighttime photos were taken two weeks later at the Hollywood Bowl Overlook. 

“Ellen and Corey’s relationship encapsulates the same romance, passion, playfulness and chemistry that was felt between Mia and Sebastian throughout the film,” the photographer told The Huffington Post. “Not only did they resemble the characters physically, but their relationship embodies all the best elements of Gosling and Stone seen in the movie.”

The bride-to-be had suggested Griffith Observatory to Marlies as a possible location for the shoot since she often runs in the park nearby. At the time, Marlies had just seen “La La Land” and thought it would be a perfect theme to capture the couple’s own classic love story. 

“I was initially hesitant to suggest it to them since I wasn’t sure if they had seen or even liked the movie, but I threw out the idea and they loved it!” she told HuffPost. “They were both huge fans of the film, and Ellen always felt that Corey looked like her own personal Ryan Gosling!” 

The couple plans to tie the knot in September at the Redondo Beach Historic Library. Below, more photos from the utterly romantic shoot: 

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This Dope Marijuana Bouquet Is What Romance Is All About

Screw flowers, they die. This bouquet is the gift that keeps on giving.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can put the spark back in your loved ones’ lives by giving them a glorious cannabis bouquet by Californian weed farmers Lowell Herb Co. 

The fire gifts, which go for $ 400 a pop, were initially a Valentine’s Day promotion. 

Yet, due to popularity, the company told the Huffington Post they are “now considering offering them outside of just the holiday.”

The aromatic bundles of joy, which can be ordered via the company’s website, include one ounce of smokable flower, which is sure to make most feel dope AF after consumption.

There are still some restrictions, though. The state voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November, but businesses won’t be licensed for recreational sales until 2018, so for now you still need a medical marijuana permit to purchase one.

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Sorority Pledge 4: Kinky Fiend in Ties (BDSM Erotic Romance)

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NOTE FROM THE DOM, LOGAN THORNDIKE: Okay, it is ON. After a yummy breakfast and a day of tests for Addison, she and I go shopping to set the stage for our first scene, and we have some hot, hot fun playing in our new lifestyle. But surprise surprise, the little devil pops out, again and again, and Addison’s in for it now. Big time. That’s okay. I can just tie her up or shove her to the floor or my bed for my pleasure. Which I do. A lot. This novella contains plenty of pinkings, Shibari (decorative rope bondage so you won’t have to Google it if you don’t know), steamy hot tub action, strong language and other delightfully naughty situations that are so perfect for those looking for a good throb in the loins. Though there are no whips and chains-Oh wait, there is a dragontail whipping, just not for her. Hmm. Are there chains too? Oh, no, no, not in this novella. I bring those out in the NEXT one-please be at least 18 and aroused by life and love in the Kink. And be sure to ponder all the (dirty) whimsical fun you can have with ribbons and rope. 🙂 * * * This 26,000-word novella is Book 4 in the 10-part Sorority Pledge Saga, a serialization that follows a rocky romance centered around the edgy bliss of Domination and submission. Contains explicit situations and language. 18+ please. * * * (Based on industry standards, this book is about 124 pages.)

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18 Wedding Signs That Add Even More Romance To The Big Day

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Michael Phelps And Nicole Johnson’s Wedding Video Is Pure Romance

On Oct. 29, Michael Phelps tied the knot with Nicole Johnson in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Two months later, we’re finally getting a glimpse at the couple’s stunning wedding video, shot by Taylor Chien.

The pair officially got married back in June (before Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold medal in Rio) in an intimate backyard ceremony in Tempe, Arizona with only five people present. Their destination wedding in Cabo ― with 50 guests, a mariachi band, an exquisite Julie Vino gown and party that went until 2:30 a.m. ―  was the real deal.

“When we talk about our wedding, we mean our Cabo wedding in October with our parents, our siblings, our bridal party, and a few people who played an integral part of our relationship while we were together,” the former Miss California told Brides magazine.

The couple’s now 7-month-old son Boomer acted as the ring bearer, donning a Burberry ensemble for the occasion while holding a little bag with the rings.

“I think he kind of sucked on the bag a little bit while he was standing up there!” Johnson said. 

The newlyweds also told Brides they live a “healthy, competitive” life together. 

“Every morning when we wake up, whoever says, ‘I love you more’ first wins for the day — and we’ve been doing this for a couple of years now,” Johnson said. 

Between a baby, a wedding and a record-breaking Olympic games, 2016 has been a big one for Phelps.

“It’s been a huge year,” he told Brides. “We just decided to do everything with a bang, and cram it all into a year! It was a hectic couple of months, but looking back, it was a great couple of months.”

Watch the romantic video above. For more wedding photos and details, head over to Brides

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The wedding day is here, the vows will be taken, and Lady Lydia Dosett will be whisked away from her childhood home. The naive young Duchess must adapt to a new world, a world where she has little control. Will Lydia be able to break through the emotional barrier the Duke has built around his heart and his overbearing housekeeper, Ms. Blackmore, carefully guards?Or will Lydia be forced to remain in a cold and unfeeling marriage with little hope of ever knowing the tenderness of love?This is a sexual awakening, dominance and submission, spanking, steamy, erotic romance story of approximately 19,950 words. It is intended for adults only.

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3 Questionable Pieces Of Dating Advice From Aziz Ansari’s ‘Modern Romance’

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Aziz Ansari, known to many as the dapper Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation,” and known to still more as a brilliant, subversive comedian, wants you to find love. Yes, you. (Don’t worry about him, he’s already found it and it sounds pretty great.)

His new book, Modern Romance, features a zany cover and the opening line “Oh shit!”, but let there be no confusion: This is not exactly a humor book. Aziz explains in the introduction that he’s never had interest in writing a humor book because he “thought stand-up was the best medium for [him].” Instead, he developed an obsession with the modern dating landscape and decided to write a book about that, collaborating with a sociologist Eric Klinenberg to conduct an enormous amount of research on dating and relationships.

Modern Romance compiles numerous anecdotes from his stand-up, their focus groups, and a subreddit they set up, as well as studies and conversations with prominent psychologists and relationship experts. Want to know all about dating these days, plus occasional, weird Photoshopped graphics? This book has that total package.

Aziz doesn’t position this as an advice book, either, but there’s no avoiding a certain degree of prescriptivism when it comes to analyzing what does and doesn’t work in the dating sphere. He points out that research suggests having lengthy online interactions prior to meeting up isn’t helpful, and can waste your time and emotional energy — that seems to be true, and the underlying message is, well, don’t do that.

With that in mind, my skeptical, dating-averse brain began automatically scanning the book for awful advice. I’m hardly qualified to do so, considering the following: I am in a relationship that predated the rise of Tinder; I used OkCupid for roughly a week at a time at six-month intervals during my single years; I once told three guys I was shutting down my OkCupid account in large part because I couldn’t think of a more tactful way to avoid seeing them again (they were so nice!). And then I actually shut down my OkCupid account so I wouldn’t be a liar. I have never been on more than three dates with anyone but my boyfriend, and I never figured out how to get in on the booty-call game. Out of the two of us, Aziz must be more qualified to give relationship advice.

And yet … some of the dating advice in Modern Romance really does seem a bit questionable. Here are the three most ehhhh bits of romantic guidance he offers to the single reader:

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“Participating in novel and exciting activities increases our attraction to people … If I look back on my dating life, I wonder how much better I (and the other person) would have fared if I had done something exciting rather than just get a stupid drink at a local bar.”

Now, sure, being nervous or excited about something else can make you feel more attracted to the person you’re with; Aziz references a famous study involving a sturdy bridge, a rickety bridge and an attractive woman handing out her phone number to men at the end. The men who just faced near-certain death on the perilous rocks below were significantly more likely to give her a ring. “The Bachelor” also has this figured out, which is why every date involves free-falling off a skyscraper or playing with venomous serpents. Afterward, every woman is convinced she adores the man who free-fell with her. That, or her legs are just shaky with pure terror, but who can tell the difference?

Question: So why do all those “Bachelor” couples break up? Seriously though. If your attraction was just misfiring anxiety neurons, what happens when those neurons chill out? Do you have to spend your entire relationship going hang-gliding? He relays a couple anecdotes in which an exciting, unconventional date made an impression or led to a second, but doesn’t say any of them led to true love. Meanwhile, Aziz looks back regretfully on all those “stupid drink[s] at a local bar,” but his first date with the woman he loves was just plain old dinner. (My first date with my boyfriend, full disclosure, was a stupid drink at a local bar.) I bet Aziz’s first date was as thrilling and heart-pounding as my first date was, because sharing a conversation with the right person can be more than enough. Personally I’m kinda glad I filtered out the other people earlier on instead of tricking myself with adrenaline rushes.

You know, unless it has lasting effects. In which case I’m down to handle snakes with my gentleman friend, For Love. It’s worth noting, however, that these studies typically involve single individuals whose attraction to strangers is being observed or rated. In a 2003 study that examined sexual attraction after a roller-coaster ride (wheee!), single riders showed a notable uptick in their ratings of strangers’ photos after the ride, but coupled riders showed no increase in attraction either to photos or to each other. Whomp whomp.

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“So based on these data, the answers are clear: If you are a woman, take a high-angle selfie, with cleavage, while you’re underwater near some buried treasure.”

To be clear, I know Aziz’s tongue is jammed so far up his cheek it’s basically in his ear. That said, he goes into a fair amount of detail about what photos get you more messages on dating sites, suggesting that using the right photos to get more messages is part of being “good” at online dating. For a woman, this means coyly smiling, high-angle selfies, which makes sense, on a basic level. She looks friendly but also a bit mysterious, and the angle tends to be flattering — it emphasizes your eyes and makes your chin seem to taper delicately, creating a more traditionally feminine visual.

Question: But if you’re looking for the right person, not just a person, is attracting higher numbers across the board necessarily the way to go? Women already tend to be flooded with generally distasteful attention on dating sites. Try pre-filtering the shallow dolts by using normal photos, or only using watercolors you’ve painted of your cat, or by mentioning in your profile that you’re a vocal feminist (only if true, of course). In my OkCupid experience, the latter cut down on gross come-ons and allowed me to easily find and meet up with a few really awesome dudes. If I hadn’t gotten tired and quit dating after about six tries, I probably would have met someone perfect!

Men, this may not be as much of a problem for you, but still — do you want all that additional attention from women who wouldn’t notice you if your photo wasn’t quite right? Maybe you do, in which case, take Aziz’s advice. You should really read his book, but here’s a hint: Do not look at the camera.

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“All the psychological principles seem to point to waiting being a strategy that works for singles who are trying to build attraction … When you are texting someone less frequently, you are, in effect, creating a scarcity of you and making yourself more attractive.”

Aziz pulls out a lot of psychological research to explain why people ignoring us makes us want them, and he’s not wrong. We spend time thinking about whether they’re actually into us or not. We wish we had more from them, because we can’t easily get a response from them, let alone time with them. Much like a cute dress we see in the window of a boutique, we obsess over it more when we feel like we can’t afford it — once we buy it, it just sits in our closet like all our other crap. Don’t you want potential romantic partners to obsess over you?

Question: But … all things in moderation, right? You don’t want to deluge a suitor with texts, love letters and DMs before the romance has had a chance to naturally ripen, leaving the poor guy or gal wishing they had the opportunity to miss you occasionally. On the other hand, that stomach-churning obsession over whether he hasn’t texted back because he’s really busy at work or because he met a supermodel in the last 12 hours and is already shopping for her engagement ring isn’t exactly healthy, especially once the romance has become established. It’s a sign of insecurity about your relationship.

So, okay, space out your texts so your message convo doesn’t feel like a frenzied textual Ping-Pong match. But don’t start your relationship off with a pattern of psychological antagonism! A 2013 study about the impact of texting on relationships suggested that while texting to express affection increased relationship quality, texting hurtful things or attempting to resolve issues over text decreased it. Moreover, the authors wrote, “even communication instigated through technology connections may help emerging adults feel that their romantic partners are accessible, responsive, and engaged, or vice-versa.”

Sensing this textual availability from one’s partner, they note, makes one more secure in the relationship and therefore more comfortable exploring beyond it. If your girlfriend is always good about texting you back when she can, then the occasional failure to do so may feel less threatening — your security in the relationship will allow you to assume that the delay isn’t malicious and that you’ll be fine until the response comes. So, make the other person feel secure that you’ll respond! Let them make you feel secure! Be vulnerable! Generally just, I don’t know, act like a sane, nonwithholding person.

So I wasn’t sold by every page of the book. Still, even my deeply cynical, introvert’s brain found most of the insights and tips in Modern Romance to be pretty solid. If you, or your highly eligible son or daughter, are navigating the treacherous waters of dating today, you’ll want to know which parts of people’s online dating profiles are helpful and which are simply leading you astray, for example, and this book has got you covered.

Plus, Aziz has a serious girlfriend now, so he must have figured something out.

So as a bonus, I’ll leave you with my favorite piece of non-questionable dating advice from Modern Romance:

“With so many romantic options, instead of trying to explore them all, make sure you properly invest in people and give them a fair chance before moving on to the next one.”

One date almost never gives us a real shot at getting to know a new person well enough to make a decision about a relationship, but if you feel like there’s another option around every corner, you might not want to “waste” time on a second date with someone who didn’t blow you away. Or, if you’re a socially anxious introvert like me, you might not want to “waste” time on a second date with someone when you could, instead, be at home enjoying a glass of wine and a book with your cat. Aziz points out, “A person may seem just okay, but if you really invest time in the relationship, maybe they’ll be greater than you assume.” Familiarity does tend to lead to warm feelings, and a nonstop merry-go-round of new strangers means no familiarity. Ever!

Aziz also remembers a time when he felt scared about committing to a relationship when he wasn’t yet totally head over heels in love — but he made the decision to dive in and give the budding romance its best shot. Dive into your relationships, treat them like a project shared by you and your partner, and you’re bound to get better results than if you sit back and wait for them to impress you. “Modern romance” notwithstanding, it’s true today as it was for our grandparents. Good call, Aziz.

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Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance will be published June 16 by Penguin Press.

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Who Is the Romance Novel Reader?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that romance readers are single women in possession of cats and in want of a man. Other “true” facts about the romance reader: They’re “nice people with bad taste in books”, uneducated, bored, stupid, “lack romance in their lives.” Or if we want to be really specific, they’re “middle aged women who are bored in their marriages and want to fantasize about hard, chiseled men.” Or maybe they’re “younger women who are using them as emotional porn.”***

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The romance industry is big — it’s the second largest category of fiction, outselling science fiction, fantasy and the classics — which means there are a lot of readers, who may or may not fit the stereotype. It means that you or someone you know might be reading romances.

There are many myths about who reads romance novels and why — something I explore in my book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained — but here’s the truth, based on research, survey data and common freaking sense:

 
 

MYTH: The romance reader is likely to be a desperate housewife, lonely spinster or sorority sister.**
FACT: Contrary to popular perception, women do not make up 150% of romance readers. According to survey results from Romance Writers of America, 84 percent of romance readers are women and 16 percent are men — up from 9 percent a few years ago.

While 70% of romance readers discover the genre between the ages of 11 and 18, most romance readers tend to be older (the average age range is from 30 and 54 years-old.) She’s also likely to be coupled up and has an average income of $ 55,000 per year.

The romance industry is large — more than half of the mass market paperbacks sold in the U.S. are romance — and it’s readership is vast as well. So for every desperate housewife, there’s a happily harried wife and/or mom taking a break with a romance novel. For every lonely spinster, there’s an unapologetic single woman. And for every sorority sister, there’s a proud geek girl who loves romance novels.

 

MYTH: The address of the romance reader: Fly over state, USA
FACT: There is a grain of truth in this one. In the United States, romance readers are most highly represented in the south, followed by the midwest. But romance novels are read all over the world and translated into many different languages.

MYTH: Romance readers are stupid
FACT: There’s a sense that romance novels are stupid books for stupid people. The non-romance readers I surveyed thought romance readers were less likely to have an advance degree than romance readers reported having attained. But the idea that women’s fiction was frivolous and the readers were foolish goes way back to the 18th and 19th centuries, when the novel was gaining popularity and women were gaining literacy. General impressions of women’s intelligence were hardly flattering, probably because no one thought to give girls an education. This is just an old, leftover association that is hardly relevant these days — isn’t stupid to keep perpetuating it?

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MYTH: Romance readers lack romance in real life.
FACT: “I don’t think people assume that people who read mystery novels are thwarted detectives,”Esi Sogah, a senior editor at Kensington books, told me. “But there’s this idea that people who like romances don’t actually have romance in their lives.” Get some candles, soft music, wine, flowers, chocolate and a hunk of a man immediately. Or just a romance novel. Because someone out there might not have enough romance in their life.

What is enough romance anyway? What if we have candles but no wine? What if there are flowers but someone forgets the chocolate (that’s really bad). What if there is no man? Can it still be romance? What if you are not swept off your feet because that sounds like someone could get hurt, which would lead a night in the ER which I think we can all agree is not romantic (well — unless it’s McDreamy, RIP).

And if someone doesn’t have enough romance, and supplements with a novel, what’s wrong with that? And if someone doesn’t have a relationship that looks like the ones she reads about in romance novels — where she is cherished, pleasured and respected — and that gets her thinking about making some changes, is that so bad?
 
MYTH: Romance readers wear ugly sweaters
FACT: So does Mr. Darcy.
 
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MYTH: Romance readers are stay at home mothers and housewives, idling away the hours by reading trashy Fabio books
FACT: Well this is a fraught subject. Raising a family and keeping a house in order is a tough job and someone has to do it. For a long time, housewife and mother were the highest occupations women could aspire to (also, basically the only one). To claim romance readers aren’t full time family caretakers is to suggest that there’s something wrong with that, which is not something I want to do.

In the 1970s, when the bodice ripping boom happened, women were just starting to venture out into the workforce. In the early 1980s, Janice Radway wrote Reading the Romance: Pop Culture and the Patriarchy based on her focus groups with “The Smithton Women” who were a group of avid romance readers and stay at home wives/mothers, and for a long time this was the only official study of romance readers. Given that the popular perception of the genre seems frozen from the 1970s (Don’t even get me started on Fabio), it makes a certain amount of sense that this is one of the stereotypes that might have been grounded in truth, and stuck around, even though attitudes and day-to-day realities have changed.

Most women work at jobs. Many women work now for reasons ranging from because they can to because they have to either because they’re single or because it’s insanely difficult for a middle class family to get by without two salaries nowadays, which hasn’t always been the case.

Whether staying at home, working from home or working in an office, many women turn to romance novels for some entertainment, escape and relaxation at the end of the day.

MYTH: Romance readers are obsessed with wine, chocolate, and Pride & Prejudice.
FACT: You say that like it’s a bad thing.

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MYTH: Romance readers can’t distinguish between fact and fiction.
FACT: Along with decrying the genre as unrealistic, this is something we say to lessen the impact of ideas women get from romance novels. “Crazy” ideas like they can be the heroine of their own lives, that they can find fulfilling love, have orgasmic sex, or just be happy. It’s shorthand for saying “lower your expectations honey, your needs are taking a backseat to Law & Order reruns and no I’m not going to put my socks in the hamper. Also, can you get me a beer?” Romance novels show an idealized — but potentially attainable — life of happiness and satisfaction for women and then they can inspire women to make that fiction a reality.

MYTH: Romance readers don’t know good writing
FACT: “Easy reading is damn hard writing,” said none other than esteemed and celebrated author Maya Angelou. When it comes to romance, it often seems like the entire genre has been written off as crap because of a few poorly written books. Even die hard romance fans, in defense of 50 Shades of Grey will say “it was terribly written” or “it really needed editing.”

But romance readers appreciated a well crafted sentence or a lovely and surprising turn of phrase as much as the next reader. And romance authors strive to deliver, some with more success than others.

Romance readers and writers do know good writing — it’s the kind that make you forget you are reading, that transports you to other worlds, make you feel all the feelings, and makes you want to pick up another book and repeat the experience.
 

MYTH: Romance readers are cat ladies
FACT: I think the Internet has proven that everyone is a cat lady.

 

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**Sources: Romance Writer’s of America, The Dangerous Books For Girls survey.

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Leigh Ellwood Erotic Romance Bundle (Love’s DoMINion, Happily Ever After, Boone)

Leigh Ellwood Erotic Romance Bundle (Love’s DoMINion, Happily Ever After, Boone)


LIMITED TIME SALE. Three erotic romance books for 99 cents, now through October 2, 2013. This bundle contains three erotic romances: 1) Love’s DoMINion (light BDSM) Video may have killed the radio star, but video games have done the complete opposite for Connie Raymond’s sex life! When Connie gets a hold of DoMINion, a real-life simulation game, she learns how quickly art, rather computers, imitate life … not to mention other things. Sex with animated characters, a video-enhanced BSDM dungeon … Pac-Man never had it so good. 2) Happily Ever After NOTE: This is a previously published work. This book was previously published as Muse, and has been revised for re-release. The world is waiting Tania Garber’s next romance novel. all Tania has to do is write it. With her marriage ending and her inspiration gone, Tania doesn’t know if she can write romance anymore. She needs a muse, and finds the next best thing in her new downstairs neighbor. Wesley Boone needs a break, from his work and from romance. A sought-after fashion photographer, he has lost his eye for beauty and hopes a vacation will relax his nerves. Then he meets his new neighbor, who excites him to no end, but will the excitement end when she learns his secrets? Can Tania and Boone find their happily ever after? 3) Boone As the faithful manservant to the governor of the rural province of Cozelle, Boone never expected to rise beyond his station, much less find love. When it claims him, however, his happiness become marred by tragedy. As the middle daughter of the retiring governor, Iona values only two things: family and country. To control the latter, she believes she must keep the former stable. To this end, she offers the widowed Boone a proposal. Yet, when a mutual attraction sparks between the two, both are taken by surprise. Is Boone ready for a second chance at love? Does Iona even want her first?

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The Woman with a Stone Heart: A Romance of the Philippine War

The Woman with a Stone Heart: A Romance of the Philippine War


To Her, who, as a bride of only eighteen months, stood broken-hearted on the depot platform and bade me a tearful farewell as our train of soldier boys started to war; who later, while I was Ten Thousand miles away from home on soldier duty in the Philippine Islands, became a Mother; and who, unfortunately, three months thereafter, was called upon to lay our first-born, Oliver D. Coursey, into his snow-lined baby tomb amid the bleak silence of a cold winter’s night, with no strong arm to bear her up in those awful hours of anguish and despair, My Soldier Wife, Julia, this book is most affectionately dedicated. “Only a baby’s grave, Yet often we go and sit By the little stone

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17 Honest Valentine’s Day Cards For Couples With An Unusual Take On Romance

Just because you’re married doesn’t mean that you and your boo are huge proponents of Valentine’s Day and all of the mushy-gushy, red rose B.S. it typically entails.

That being said, there’s no reason happy couples shouldn’t find a less nauseating way to celebrate their love. Below we’ve rounded up 17 alternative V-Day cards for couples with a less traditional definition of romance.

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The Rancher’s Bride (Mills & Boon American Romance)

The Rancher’s Bride (Mills & Boon American Romance)


Here Comes The Bride! Rude with a bad attitude-that’s Ryan Clayborne all right. From the moment she meets her new boss’s son, Jorie Peters vows to spend as little time as possible with the surly rancher. That she has to plan his wedding? Well, that’s just bad luck. The sparks shooting between them? Those are a Texas-sized disaster. The last thing Ryan needs is some big city wedding coordinator stomping her high heels all over his ranch. He has bigger things on his mind-mainly a temporary marriage to a friend he doesn’t love. But one look at Jorie turns the cowboy’s life, and heart, upside down. Heated thoughts lead to cold feet, but Ryan’s still determined to do the honorable thing. Even if doing right has never felt so wrong.

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Bingo Brown’s Guide to Romance

Bingo Brown’s Guide to Romance


Bingo’s ultimate guide to finding love might need a few more chapters when his long-distance girlfriend returns homeBingo Brown is confident that he can write the definitive guidebook for middle-school boys trying to win over girls. With his baby brother, Jamie, in mind, he jots down notes about the lessons he’s learned: Should you worry if the girl you like grows taller than you? (No.) What do you do when hauling your family’s dirty clothes to the laundromat? (Go the back way.) But when Bingo’s girlfriend, Melissa, moves back to town and doesn’t want to talk to him, he realizes he still has some learning to do. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

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Lush Curves: The Complete Series (A BBW/Billionaire Erotic Romance)

Lush Curves: The Complete Series (A BBW/Billionaire Erotic Romance)


A hot new series from the best-selling author of THE BILLIONAIRE’S BECK AND CALL! Aolani Kahale has always had big dreams, putting everything on the line when she moved from Hawaii to the mainland in hopes of opening her own photography studio. When the firm she works for takes on a photo shoot for a mysterious Scotsman’s yacht company, she hopes she’ll get the big break she needs. However, CEO Gavin Fletcher doesn’t want her behind the camera. He wants her to be his new model-the face and body of his “Live Beautifully” campaign. Aolani’s always been shy about her curves, but the job offer is one she can’t resist, including travel through the Carribean on Gavin’s private yacht. When sparks fly between them, they both struggle to remain professional, but traveling in tight quarters makes it all but impossible. What Aolani doesn’t know is that Gavin Fletcher has a dark secret; a vow he made long ago to never love again after his girlfriend, Fiona, drowned on the night he’d planned on proposing. One passionate affair, one incredible journey, and two hearts yearning for one another… Lush Curves is a series you won’t soon forget from best-selling romance author, Delilah Fawkes.

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Two More Men for Me (Threesome bisexual erotic romance MF MM MMF)

Two More Men for Me (Threesome bisexual erotic romance MF MM MMF)


Mrs Harper needs attention, and she needs it bad. Max, her sexy regular hairdresser, agrees to make a home visit, but her needs take his skills further than the hair on her head. When Bobby, a cute delivery boy, shows up with tasty Thai take out, everyone is hungry, but their minds don’t stay on food. Can the delivery boy deliver, and can Max sustain to the max for this lusty menage? Warning: This 5,200 words+ story contains very graphic and explicit descriptions of sex, including bisexual sex, three-way sex and numerous varieties of very adult sex. It is intended exclusively for readers of 18 years and over.

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The Art Of Domination: Model Release (A Domination And Submission Romance Serial)

The Art Of Domination: Model Release (A Domination And Submission Romance Serial)


From Bestselling Erotic Romance and Erotica Author Erika MastenThe First Title In A New Eight-Part Erotic Domination And Submission Romance SerialThe Art Of Domination: Model ReleaseA Domination and Submission RomanceReformed wild girl Iva Moreau is doing a passable job of convincing herself that leaving behind the artist lifestyle for the safety of suburbia and the respectability of academia is the mature decision. She suffers her job as an Art Department secretary at Vandergriff University, belittled by her supervisor and pursued by lecherous professors, as willing penance for her former life on the art scene and all the damage it ultimately did not only to Iva but to her family. But she can’t maintain that distance when her baby sister, Cheri, starts down a path all too familiar to Iva. Unrepentant bad boy Nolan Beal is the up-and-coming rock star of the photography world with a seven-figure salary snapping shots for glossy fashion magazines and his own nouveau noir erotic exhibition at the gallery in town for controversial and provocative art. His work explores power and the hypocrisy behind sex… and the masks people use to hide their true natures and desires even from themselves. Themes of domination and submission run as rife through his life and his liaisons with beautiful woman as they do through his photographs. When Iva shows up at Nolan’s studio to demand that the photographer stop using her younger sister as a model for his erotic exhibition, an instant recognition and attraction between them causes the very different masks they wear to slip. And they strike a deal. In exchange for Iva submitting to one modeling session for Beal, he will give her Cheri’s signed model release and relinquish the right to use the photographs forever. The perfect solution, giving Iva the chance to see once again how self-destructive the hedonistic artist’s lifestyle is while she is also saving Cheri from the same mistakes, and providing Nolan with the opportunity to crack the

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Best Romance Reads: 10 Great Books That Combine Laughter And Romance

Here at XOXO After Dark, we know that sex doesn’t always have to be so serious. Sometimes the best relationships are the ones where you can laugh with (never at!) your partner while you’re burning up the sheets! We’ve found the ten best reads that combine sexy and silly, bawdy and belly laughs–so you’ll be having fun in bed or out.

Here are 10 great books that prove the best lovers can laugh at themselves:


Beautiful Player, Christina Lauren

We’re a sucker for the nerdy-girl-into-bombshell transformation, and Will Summers is just the guy to deserve Hanna in her new incarnation!


The Unidentified Redhead, Alice Clayton

Grace is thirty-three and back in L.A. for a second chance at making her dream of becoming an actress come true. A dream which initially didn’t include the charming, British, next-big-thing-in-Hollywood Jake. Watch this celeb couple navigate the paparazzi with laugh-out-loud humor and steamy chemistry.


Try Me On for Size, Stephanie Haefner

Mia owns a lingerie shop in need of a publicity boost… so she decides to start selling custom sex toys and needs a figurehead for the new product line. Now she has to take the plunge and interview hot models to find the perfect… spokes-penis?


Waiting on You, Kristan Higgins

Can you be in love with the idea of love, but still remain happily single? Matchmaker and love-guru extraordinaire Colleen has to find out when her first love Lucas comes back to town.


Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie

Temptation, Ohio, is a straight-laced little town on the right side of the tracks. Too bad wedding videographer Sophie comes from the complete opposite side. After a shooting a video that ruffles everyone’s feathers, Sophie has to seek the help of the law-abiding mayor who certainly has…hidden talents.


The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, Kristen Schaal & Rich Blomquist

Not a novel, but still hilarious. And servicey! Plus, we love Schaal from her appearances on “The Daily Show” and “Flight of the Conchords.”

Losing It, Cora Carmack

This playful New Adult novel stars a college senior who’s sick of being a virgin, and decides to choose a random hook-up to get her V-card punched… but the guy she picks turns out to be not so random.


Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, Molly Harper

Jane Jameson was a mild-mannered children’s librarian in small-town Kentucky — until a hunting accident that could have taken her life results in her being vamped instead. Now she has to learn how to negotiate life — and dating — as a member of the undead. Think “True Blood” with more laughs, fewer guts, and less going off the rails in season 4.


The Infamous Ellen James, N.A. Alcorn

Snarky, sassy, and just a little profane, Ellen James is a recently single ER nurse who has sworn off–with language that would make a sailor blush–dating doctors. But when sexy trauma surgeon pops into her life, the resulting mayhem will leave you in stitches.


The Chronicles of Moxie, Z.B. Heller

Of course, the beautiful man whose shoes Moxie puked all over last night would turn out to be the single father of her newest student. Add a conniving stepmother, a devious Girl Scout, and a skunk, and you’re off on a rollicking start to the school-year.

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CARMILLA: A Vampire Romance

CARMILLA: A Vampire Romance


CARMILLA: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE (Worldwide Gothic Bestseller) by S. Le Fanu Paranormal Romance [Influential Precursor to Such Modern Authors and Books as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire]    EXCERPT “Sometimes after an hour of apathy, my strange and beautiful companion would take my hand and hold it with a fond pressure, renewed again and again; blushing softly, gazing in my face with languid and burning eyes, and breathing so fast that her dress rose and fell with the tumultuous respiration. It was like the ardour of a lover; it embarrassed me; it was hateful and yet overpowering; and with gloating eyes she drew me to her, and her hot lips travelled along my cheek in kisses; and she would whisper, almost in sobs, “You are mine, you shall be mine, and you and I are one for ever”.”   ABOUT THE NOVEL   Carmilla is a Gothic Vampire romance by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. First published in 1872, it tells the story of a young woman’s susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. Carmilla predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 25 years, and has been adapted many times for cinema. The story is presented by Le Fanu as part of the casebook of Dr Hesselius, whose departures from medical orthodoxy rank him as the first occult doctor in literature.[2] The story is narrated by Laura, one of the two main protagonists of the tale. Laura begins her tale by relating her childhood in a “picturesque and solitary” castle in the midst of an extensive forest in Styria where she lives with her father, a wealthy English widower, retired from the Austrian Service. When she is six years old, Laura has a vision of a beautiful visitor in her bedchamber. She later claims to have been bitten on the chest, although no wounds are found on her. 12 years later, Laura and her father are admiring the sunset in front of the castle when her father tells her of a letter he received earlier from his f

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A Handknit Romance: 22 Vintage Designs with Lovely Details

A Handknit Romance: 22 Vintage Designs with Lovely Details


New – Inspired by women’s clothing, lingerie, and accessories from the 1900’s to 1930’s, “A Handknit Romance” offers designs that are intricate and exquisite. Step back in time with techniques including pin-tucks, picot trims, crochet edges, lace beading, and embroidery that convey modest and flirty classic fitted patterns using a range of lace, superfine, fine, and light yarn weights. Attention to detail is demonstrated throughout and the result is a collection of unique, precious garments that

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Framing the Bride: Globalizing Beauty and Romance in Taiwan’s Bridal Industry

Framing the Bride: Globalizing Beauty and Romance in Taiwan’s Bridal Industry


With a wedding impending, the Taiwanese bride-to-be turns to bridal photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists to transform her image beyond recognition. They give her fairer skin, eyes like a Western baby doll, and gowns inspired by sources from Victorian England to MTV.An absorbing consideration of contemporary bridal practices in Taiwan, Framing the Bride shows how the lavish photographs represent more than mere conspicuous consumption. They are artifacts infused with cultural meaning and emotional significance, products of the gender- and generation-based conflicts in Taiwan’s hybrid system of modern matrimony. From the bridal photographs, the book opens out into broader issues such as courtship, marriage, kinship, globalization, and the meaning of the “West” and “Western” cultural images of beauty.Bonnie Adrian argues that in compiling enormous bridal albums full of photographs of brides and grooms in varieties of finery, posed in different places, and exuding romance, Taiwanese brides engage in a new rite of passage-one that challenges the terms of marriage set out in conventional wedding rites. In Framing the Bride, we see how this practice is also a creative response to U.S. domination of transnational visual imagery-how bridal photographers and their subjects take the project of globalization into their own hands, defining its terms for their lives even as they expose the emptiness of its images.

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Cooking Up Passion: Books 1-4 (4-Book Bundle) (Erotic Romance – Billionaire Romance)

Cooking Up Passion: Books 1-4 (4-Book Bundle) (Erotic Romance – Billionaire Romance)


Book One: Heat in the KitchenAs the billionaire head of a major company, Ethan Richmond feels the weight of his enormous responsibilities crushing down on him, until he meets the one woman who can set him free by tying him up. Jocelyn Ricci is the beautiful and talented chef he hired to work in his kitchen, but she has a passion for more than just cooking and can see the stress that her handsome boss is under. When Jocelyn offers to introduce Ethan to the kinky world of bondage and domination sex games by playing the part of his Mistress, things in the kitchen really heat up! The steamy affair turns Ethan into a new man, but not everybody is happy about it and will do everything they can to ruin him. Will things get too hot for them or are they just getting warmed up?Book Two: Turning up the HeatBillionaire businessman, Ethan Richmond, revels in the new world of sex games taught to him by Jocelyn Ricci, the beautiful and talented women who acts as his personal chef by day and his sexual Mistress by night. The more she turns up the heat sexually, the more they both like it; until someone tries turning up the heat on Ethan with a threat of blackmail. Will he have to pay the price to keep his kinky role as her sex slave a secret? Worse than that, will he lose the woman he’s grown to love just to avoid further scandal?Book Three: Into the FireEthan Richmond, the handsome and successful billionaire, is everything Jocelyn Ricci ever wanted in a man. He’s kind, intelligent, witty, and best of all he loves playing the kinky sex game she enjoys by acting as her sex slave. When she first went to work in his mansion as a chef, she never imagined that one day she’d become his Mistress. Then, Ethan made Jocelyn’s worst fears come true by asking her to move into his mansion with him. Will she plunge into the fire and reveal her deepest secret to him, or will their love affair go up in a puff of smoke?Book Four: Perfect DishEthan Richmond is a billionaire turned fugitive and Jocel

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Temptation ~ A Gay Victorian Romance and Erotic Novelette

Temptation ~ A Gay Victorian Romance and Erotic Novelette


Oliver Sanders, a young scholar from Oxford, arrives at the isolated Wycliffe Castle to work as a private tutor. However, his new student turns out to be not quite what he had expected.Winston Henley has been expelled from a prestigious boarding school. He is devastatingly handsome, but unfortunately he has absolutely no interest in studying, something that Oliver has to change if he wants to keep his employment.Please note: This novelette contains erotic scenes which include the practise of gay sex (oral sex and anal intercourse) and is intended for adult readers.The story also includes love and romance between gay men. If you are offended by this, please get over it or read something else…An extract from the story:Winston cupped Oliver’s chin with both hands and kissed him again, deeply and thoroughly, while he started to move his hips repeatedly and without a trace of modesty against him.Oliver gasped involuntarily when he felt their erections rub against each other with only a thin couple of layers of clothes in between them. It was both highly exciting and a little bit frustrating, and it rapidly brought Oliver’s desire to an entirely new level of unfulfilled passion. But it was not until Winston, with a rather unsteady hand, took his wrist and guided Oliver’s hand downwards and resolutely placed it over his full length with a small moan of pleasure that Oliver briefly recovered a sense of self-preservation.“Perhaps we should not…” Oliver mumbled.“Do not deny me, Oliver,” Winston whispered in reply and pushed himself firmly against him. Oliver’s fingers spread wide of their own accord, savouring the feeling of the bulging contour of Winston’s throbbing erection, while Winston whispered in an unsteady voice in his ear, “Just let it happen…”Product details:Category: Gay Victorian Romance and EroticaFormat: Kindle eBookWritten and published: 2013Length: Bedtime novelette (~11500 words)Proofread by Pauline NoletPublisher: My Secret QuillAbout the author:Lady T. L

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Wedding Bell Blues: 100 Years of Our Great Romance with Marriage

Wedding Bell Blues: 100 Years of Our Great Romance with Marriage


Bargain Books are non-returnable.Love and marriage, horse and carriage, they may go together in that old classic croon… But in twentieth-century America-hang on tight-the horses have run wild and it's one bumpy ride! Welcome to the world of Wedding Bell Blues, a romp through our endless fascination with that most august of domestic institutions: marriage. Celebrated (and bemoaned) in every medium imaginable, weddings and marriage are as much a part of life as birth, death, and taxes. Hundreds of nostalgic images, from advertisements to magazine covers to movie posters, display the full range of romance and allure of real and fictional brides and grooms. Seasoned advice from the likes of Archie Bunker to turn-of-the-century marriage manuals lend a note of unsolicited, and often absurd, guidance to the uninitiated. Whether you're already hitched, have been, or vow never to be, tying the knot will hardly look the same again.
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