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Oct 26 2016 9:30am

Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling: Trinity Speculation: Breaking the Silence on Silver Silence

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

What's going to happen in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling: Trinity series?

First off before we start—this post has spoilers for the Psy-Changeling series through Book 15, Allegiance of Honor—in fact if you haven’t read the Psy-Changeling series it won’t make sense. Don’t let this blog spoil the books for you!

When Nalini Singh made the announcement she’s moving to the next phase of the Psy-Changeling series—saying a soft goodbye to some of the characters—my heart literally stopped, especially since back in June I just talked about falling in love with this series all over again.

If you read series, especially any sequential series with open-ended story arcs, then you know that making a commitment to one is like a leap of faith—trusting that an author won’t let you down by taking the series in too uncharted territory (some is GOOD) or unshipping couples or abandoning the series—leaving some characters’ stories untold. Yes—I know it’s an author’s prerogative to do exactly that, but that doesn’t make the heartbreak any easier. We’ve all been left feeling like charred toast at one time or another.

Luckily, I’m a fast reader and discovered that a soft goodbye isn’t necessarily a final goodbye. Singh clarified that “if they have a natural part to play in a particular storyline in the future, you’ll see them again” and she will be “circling back to some previous characters who haven’t had their stories yet,” which luckily eliminated the need for a 200 joules shock to restart my heart.

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Oct 26 2016 8:08am

Would You Rather... Find a New Author With a Full Back List or an Unread Book by a Favorite Author?

Girl ReadingIt's Hump Day! After Monday, it can be one of the hardest days to get through, so down in the comments, let's make Wednesday a little brighter by sharing your “Would You Rather”! Without further ado, would you rather:

-Find a brand new author you love with a very full back list


-Find a never-before-read book, that you're sure to love, by a favorite author?

Let me know down in the comments!

Oct 25 2016 4:30pm

Starships, Secret Societies & Stars Hollow: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Queen of Swords by Katee RobertDeal Alert: Katee Robert's gunrunner-meets-prince-on-a-starship sci-fi romance Queen of Swords, Book 1 in the Sanctify series, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Love romances set in space? Be sure to also check out Melissa Landers' Starflight, Michelle Diener's Dark Horse, and more out-of-this-world books you should read.

Deal Alert: Sarah Morgan's contemporary romance Sleepless in Manhattan is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble etc.* “Sleepless in Manhattan is a series opening full of Morgan’s trademark humor, sexual tension, and portrayal of close friendship—all in a magical version of Manhattan,” writes JohnJacobson in his spotlight on the book.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Christina Lauren's next book is called...Dating You/Hating You: Out next summer, the contemporary romance will pair up two characters who meet through their friends and enjoy a first date only to find themselves suddenly competing for the same job. Oops! For more scoop, read writing duo Christina and Lauren's whole Q&A with Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Still processing the end of the Beautiful series? We're here for ya!

Leigh Bardugo is moving to Ninth House: The author of YA fantasy novel Six of Crows and its sequel, Crooked Kingdom, has sold two new books to publisher Random House, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first, titled Ninth House, will launch a new series about 20-year-old heroine Alex Stern, who has “lived a lot of lives before we meet her,” when she unexpectedly gets accepted to Yale University in order to keep an eye on the school's secrety societies. Anyone else suddenly flashing back to The Skulls?

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Oct 25 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Tracey Livesay’s Along Came Love (October 25, 2016)

Along Came Love by Tracey Livesay

In Tracey Livesay's Along Came Love, she handles a number of elements that I generally don't care for in my romance novels in a way that had me unable to put this book down. 

Along Came Love follows two secondary characters from Love on my Mind, and I recommend reading that first for context, also because it's really good. 

India and Mike are as opposite as they come. Indi is a child of the foster system, and doesn't like to be tied down to one place. She takes offbeat, vagrant sorts of jobs that allow her to make the money she needs to get to the next big moment, or the next place she wishes to see.

 Mike is a chief officer in a billion-dollar tech company he started with his best friend. He comes from a stable and loving home with an overbearing father he aims to please. Indi's mother dropped her off at a hospital when she was four years old.

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Oct 25 2016 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Jenni L. Walsh and Kit Brisby!

Team H&H has two great covers for you today from authors Jenni L. Walsh and Kit Brisby! In Jenni L. Walsh's Becoming Bonnie, the Roaring Twenties, juke joints, and The Great Depression inform Bonnelyn Parker's life.  She had a lot to look forward to, a life full of promise—then she met Clyde Barrow. And in Kit Brisby's Rogue Magic, America's anti-magic stance makes the romance brewing between Levi and Byron difficult, but maybe times are changing...

Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh

Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh

The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc’s.

Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, and embraces it—perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling—Bonnie tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the American Dream, the husband, and the intoxicating allure of jazz music. What she doesn't know is that her life—like her country—is headed for a crash.

She’s about to meet Clyde Barrow.

Few details are known about Bonnie's life prior to meeting her infamous partner. In Becoming Bonnie, Jenni L. Walsh shows a young woman promised the American dream and given the Great Depression, and offers a compelling account of why she fell so hard for a convicted felon—and turned to crime herself.

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Oct 25 2016 12:00pm

Calista Fox Excerpt: Burning Obsession

Calista Fox

Burning Obsession: A Burned Novel by Calista Fox

Her head whipped around. Long, sleek blond strands slashed across her face, sticking to her crimson lips. Her gaze locked with mine. Her tawny, mostly golden eyes were wide. Excitement—hot and bright—flared in them.

That was when it happened. Lightning struck.

For two years, Kyle Jenns dodged danger and bullets with his now-best friend, Ari Bax, when ruined investors of the exclusive resort 10,000 Lux sabotaged not just the hotel, but also targeted Ari. Now with the bad guys locked up and Kyle being a full-fledged bodyguard and head of security at the Lux, he’s ready to start the next chapter of his life. Having absolutely no idea it’s going to happen the moment he lays eyes on a stunning blond named Tamera Fenmore.

The chemistry between them is instantaneous and hot. But Tamera’s suddenly in the crosshairs of a killer, needing Kyle’s protection as much as she needs his passionate kisses. The danger escalates along with Kyle’s own burning obsession for Tamera—and everything he’s learned as a bodyguard will be put to the ultimate test when it comes to saving her.

Get a sneak peek at Calista Fox's Burning Obsession (available November 1, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

“That was the absolute best chimichanga ever,” said Grace Hart, an attractive brunette I wasn’t quite dating, but the potential existed. If I’d man up and go for it.

“You should have tried the machaca beef enchiladas,” I told her.

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Oct 25 2016 11:00am

Now Win This!: Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Sugar Baby Series Sweepstakes!

Click here to enter for a chance to win Rebekah Weatherspoon's Sugar Baby series!

Sugar daddy. Boyfriend. Husband. Take the journey through Kayla and Michael's relationship from their business start to their hard-fought HEA in Rebekah Weatherspoon's Sugar Baby series, So Sweet, So Right, and So For Real.

As the series is drawing to a close with So For Real, Team H&H is giving you the opportunity to enter for a chance to win one complete print set of the Sugar Baby series, and take part in this oh so sweet ride!

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Desperate times call for desperate measures...

And desperate is the only way to describe Kayla Davis's current situation. Out of work and almost out of money to cover her bills, Kayla finally caves to her roommate's nagging and follows her to Arrangements, an online dating site that matches pretty young women with older men of a certain tax bracket.

Convinced this “make-rent-quick” scheme will surely fail—or saddle her with an 80 year old boyfriend—Kayla is shocked when Michael Bradbury, Internet billionaire and stone-cold salt and pepper fox, offers her a solution to all her financial troubles.
It's hard enough for Kayla to accept his generosity, but what's a girl to do when the wealthiest man she's ever met is a dream in and outside of the bedroom?

Click here to enter for a chance to win Rebekah Weatherspoon's Sugar Baby series!

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Oct 25 2016 9:30am

Books and Movies That Feature Breakups—and Makeups!

Interborough by Santino Hassell

In romance, it's all about the journey, not the destination. However, Satino Hassell (Interborough) makes the argument that, even after the “I love yous”are said, the journey still continues, and revisiting or following couples after the HEA—with all the hiccups that come with it—is half the fun. Santino shares some of his favorite breakup/make-up books and movies and reminds us that finding love after a hurdle makes that love even stronger. Thanks, Santino!

My favorite part of most romance novels tends to be the chase. What happens during the moment when someone first realizes they feel more than friendship (or hate) for their love interest? How does sex progress their relationship, and how will they make it to a happy ending? Those questions keep me on the edge of my seat. However, I recently started thinking about romances revolving around pre-existing couples. I often find myself wondering what happens after the characters say “I love you” (especially when you have a pairing who are polar opposites).

In my upcoming release Interborough (book 4 in the Five Boroughs series although it can be read as a standalone!), I return to David Butler and Raymond Rodriguez—two men who couldn’t be more opposite but who are passionately in love despite the obstacles life keeps throwing their way. They never break up in the novel, but their lives have drastically changed since they got together in Sunset Park (Ray working two jobs and going to school is a biggie). I wanted to see how get over the bumps in the road leading to an Even Happier HEA.

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Oct 25 2016 8:03am

What Author Has Branched Out the Most?

Sword of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor

Yesterday, we gave our community the floor and asked you all what you wanted to talk about! You delivered, so today we're following up with Scarlettleigh's question: what do you think when an author branches out? 

In this day and age, it's not unheard of for authors to jump genres, but can you think of an author who has really branched out from their initial base? Have you liked the “change”? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 24 2016 4:29pm

Brave Knights & Improper Princesses: Romance News & Deals

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Conquering William by Sarah HeggerDeal Alert: Sarah Hegger's Sir Arthur's Legacy historical Conquering William is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Do you, like Hegger, find yourself drawn to “the shining, conquering hero, who will vanquish all villains, cling to his code of honor and look totally yummy while doing it”? Then you are definitely a Medieval romance reader!

Deal Alert: Vanessa Kelly's Improper Princesses historical My Fair Princess is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Exactly how naughty were those Regency balls that we so enjoy reading about? Turns out, that depends on whether you attended a public subscription ball, private ball, or a Cyprian ball, oooohhhh.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Live dangerously with the first glimpse at Jackie Ashenden's The Dangerous Billionaire cover. The first Tate Brother (yep, more than one SEAL hero in store!) will steal hearts beginning May 2, 2017.

[+Today on H&H...]

Oct 24 2016 3:00pm

Heartbeat Not Required: Zombie and Zombie Apocalypse Romance

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It’s Halloween, which means lots of bats, witches, pumpkins, and my favorite part: candy. Between all the haunted houses, corn mazes, costume balls, and apple-bobbing contests, I hope you’re still finding the time to curl up on the couch with a mug of cider and a good romance.

Some readers like their books to match the season; beach reads and adventure romance for the summer, snowbound cabin books and all the holiday reads will get you through the winter. Fall makes me want to pick up farmer and back-to-school books, until October hits and the stores are stocked with costumes, candy, and truly bizarre yard decorations.

While there are Halloween romances, I’m more inclined to head for the supernatural for my seasonal fix. I could go shifters or witches, but this year I’m heading off the beaten path for something a little less…alive and hunkering down with some zombie and zombie apocalypse romances.

Zombies may not seem like a logical choice for romance, because let’s be real, they’re creepy AF. But there’s something about peril that sets a tone for convincing, light-speed romance, and you have to offer a hardy salute to any author who can make a romance work between the undead and the not.  

So I’m going to go ahead and say that zombies and romance go together like peanut butter and bacon: at first you might wrinkle your nose, but once someone convinces you to taste it, you’re all


I’m pretty sure those aren’t brains he’s chowing down on?

Anyway, without further ado, here are some zombie and zombie apocalypse romances to get you through the holiday and beyond.

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Oct 24 2016 2:00pm

5 Category Romances That Will Make Your TBR Pile Sing!

Feels Like Home by Beth Andrews

Whether you read category romance religiously, or whether you’re looking to try it for the first time, there’s something for you. That’s the beauty of category romance! I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m a bargain shopper when it comes to ebooks. I also tend to get buyer’s paralysis when I’m faced with so many decisions. Over 18,000 books on sale is a huge pool to pick from, so I wanted to give my two cents about some hidden (and not-so-hidden) category romance gems.

Feels Like Home by Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews is an underrated genius when it comes to the Superromance line. (For new readers, this is the line that’s perfect for contemporary romance lovers that enjoy fleshed out dynamics involving family and/or community and mild-to-hot sex scenes.)

Andrews always writes with an eye towards the complex. Her heroines are never doormats, and her heroes are never total alphaholes. Feels Like Home was my introduction to her, and I think it’s a great place to start. There’s wedding planning (ah!), a romance between a heroine and her ex-husband, oodles of family drama, southern vibes, and a lot of changing views. The hero’s family doesn’t accept the heroine easily…but the reward is there.

There are also several other series of Andrews’ on sale. The Truth about the Sullivans is another one worth checking out, particularly On Her Side. It has an attorney heroine with a heavy dose of competence porn and decent suspense, which made it very easy to binge read.

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Oct 24 2016 12:00pm

Sophie Jordan Excerpt: While the Duke Was Sleeping

Sophie Jordan

While the Duke Was Sleeping: The Rogue Files by Sophie Jordan

Sometimes the man of your dreams...

Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows it’s pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can’t hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancée. But one person isn’t fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn’t sure what she wants more . . . the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn.

...is not who you think.

An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There’s no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn’t matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.

Get a sneak peek at Sophie Jordan 's While the Duke Was Sleeping (available October 25, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Sweet heavens, he was going to kiss her again. Yes, yes, please.

Struan pulled back slightly and growled against her lips. “Kiss me, Poppy.”

Her name on his lips broke something loose inside her. Ignited her. She leaned into his mouth, finally kissing him back, starved, touching her tongue to his.

He made a deep growl of approval, his hands gripping her thighs tighter and hefting her higher. She squeaked and gripped his shoulders.

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Oct 24 2016 11:00am

All Hail Queen Betsy: A Look Back Over Her Reign

Undead and Done by MaryJanice Davidson

Ever since she first appeared on the page in 2004 in the delightful Undead and Unwed, readers have been captivated by (and sometimes exasperated with) Betsy Taylor, the reluctant Vampire Queen whom few take seriously—often to their peril.

Over the course of this unique and always-entertaining series, Betsy discovers (often without trying) new powers (such as killing the undead with the force of her mind and will alone, drawing on energy to heal or resurrect) she uses to aid her in completing her objectives. Sometimes these abilities prove problematic, at least until Betsy figures out how to use them most effectively, but they tend to emerge when most needed—typically to help her friends and family.

The first half of the series deals primarily with Betsy navigating her role as vampire queen, gathering her friends and relatives into her “made” family, and alternately building and restructuring relationships with other supernatural entities, such as the Wyndham werewolves. This framework proves very necessary for what Betsy faces in subsequent installments.

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Oct 24 2016 9:30am

First Look: Valerie Bowman’s The Legendary Lord (November 1, 2016)

The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman
The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides #6)
St. Martin's Press / November 1, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

I admit it. I adore Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides Series. This core group of friends we follow throughout the series is quirky, inventive, fun, and sexy. The Legendary Lord is no exception and I’m not-so-secretly crushing on Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkeley. Okay, full disclaimer, I’ve been crushing on him for a while. How fantastic that he finally gets his time in the spotlight.

So if this is your first foray into the Playful Brides world, you may not know that our Christian, though a beautiful man inside and out, has had zero success on the marriage market. Part of this is due to some of his awkward social quirks like his stutter. And once women do take notice of him, he’s always relegated into the dreaded “friend” zone.

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Oct 24 2016 8:31am

What Do You Want to Talk About?

Something to Talk About by Dakota Cassidy

We love talking with our readers and many times our conversations with you via email or on social media spawn my Morning Coffee questions. So today, I kick the morning Q out to you—what do you want to talk about? What do you want to get other readers opinions on? What's something you've been thinking about that you'd like to get other readers' perspective on? 

Tell me about it in the comments or drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com and you may see your questions as future Morning Coffees! 

Oct 23 2016 10:30pm

A New Baby and the Sea: Poldark Season 2, Episode 4 Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Poldark 2x04 Captain's Log

Ross continues to be a bit (read: a lot) of a jerk while trying to wriggle out from the choking grasp George Warleggan has on Wheal Leisure. Ross has taken to some...not so legal activities—smuggling—and a very pregnant Demelza is not happy about it. Francis is still very useful, and Elizabeth is surprised by Demelza’s cold shoulder. There are sweet moments, and there are painful moments. And through it all, we’re really just rooting for Ross not to screw up and for Demelza to remain as incandescent as she ever is. This episode’s got sniping, anger, and a baby. So settle in while I bring you my top 5 moments from a pretty spectacular episode.

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Oct 23 2016 12:02pm

Joanna Shupe Excerpt: Baron

Joanna Shupe

Baron by Joanna Shupe

New York City’s Gilded Age shines as bright as the power-wielding men of the Knickerbocker Club. And one pragmatic industrialist is about to learn that a man may make his own destiny, but love is a matter of fortune . . .

Born into one of New York’s most respected families, William Sloane is a railroad baron who has all the right friends in all the right places. But no matter how much success he achieves, he always wants more. Having secured his place atop the city’s highest echelons of society, he’s now setting his sights on a political run. Nothing can distract him from his next pursuit—except, perhaps, the enchanting con artist he never saw coming . . .

Ava Jones has eked out a living the only way she knows how. As “Madame Zolikoff,” she hoodwinks gullible audiences into believing she can communicate with the spirit world. But her carefully crafted persona is nearly destroyed when Will Sloane walks into her life—and lays bare her latest scheme. The charlatan is certain she can seduce the handsome millionaire into keeping her secret and using her skills for his campaign—unless he’s the one who’s already put a spell on her . . .

Get a sneak peek at Joanna Shupe's Baron (available October 25, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Stupid to have begged for the kiss, but he’d needed one kiss, a small taste, to get her off his mind for good. That plan had failed miserably, obviously considering the hunger for her had only intensified. He dragged a hand down his face and collected his breath. “That went further than I intended.”

“Than we both intended, I think,” she said, and the knot in Will’s stomach loosened somewhat until she continued in a remote, withdrawn voice. “However, let’s not turn this into something it’s not. You asked me to kiss you, so I kissed you. Consider it payment rendered for helping with Tom.”

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Oct 23 2016 11:00am

First Look: Christi Caldwell’s The Rogue’s Wager (October 25, 2016)

The Rogue's Wager by Christi Caldwell

Christi Caldwell
The Rogue's Wager (Sinful Brides #1)
Montlake / October 25, 2016 / $12.95 print, $4.99 digital

I love female characters that are not the typical perfect-looking ingenues with demons in their pasts.  In Christi Caldwell’s latest novel, The Rogue’s Wager, she does this artfully and effectively with Helena Banbury, an illegitimate daughter of a duke.

Helena is a numbers-minded bluestocking with a dark, painful past who is living a safe life in her brother’s club. She was maimed and found illiterate on the streets, yet has become a strong character who wants something different than what she’s been living. Helena won’t settle for a typical lady’s life—she wants to be involved in something significant to fulfill her—preferably with numbers. I loved this twist!  

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Oct 22 2016 12:00pm

Santino Hassell Excerpt: Interborough

Santino Hassell

Interborough (Five Boroughs) by Santino Hassell

The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn't recognize the guy he is today. He's left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn't allow much time for the man he loves.

David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated-in more ways than the obvious-whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn't help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.

The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It's the only way they'll make it to forever.

Get a sneak peek at Santino Hassell's Interborough (available October 24, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Public Speaking was the usual shit-show. We were assigned a group presentation, and I spent a large percentage of the planning slumped in my desk with my hood up. With little input from me, they went full steam ahead with a plan to do our presentation as a debate on Common Core. It sounded boring as fuck, but I’d listened to Michael, Nunzio, and David rant about it often enough to be familiar with the pros and cons of the state standards. My group just seemed relieved when I nodded in agreement, as if they’d expected me to put up a fuss.

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