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Episode 47 - Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

Happy lunar new year!  We rang in the Year of the Ox with Butterfly Swords , which was Jeannie Lin's first book.  It won the Golden Heart Award back in 2009 and started her illustrious career. Ai Li is to be married to the powerful and hawt Li Tao, a scheming jiedushi.  When she discovers his treachery and his murder of her brother she escapes to warn her father, the Tang Emperor.  Except her father isn't really all that fussed about it?  She's helped along the way by Ryam, Noted White Guy.  They travel all around China meeting people and running away from people and hitting people with swords, which is delightful. There's really no content to be concerned about in this book (it's a more recent book!) - if you dig action packed historical romances there won't be anything in here that's an unpleasant surprise.

Episode 45 - Lucky by Jackie Collins

So. Wow. This book.

Lucky Santangelo is a boss businesslady who Has Sex.  A whole lot happens in this book - everybody gets married six times, at least one hotel is opened, dirty deeds are done on yachts....  I honestly do not know how I could possibly describe the plot.  I can tell you that if you are sensitive to literally any content whatsoever you should not read this book because it has it all.  Child brides!  Rape!  Child rape!  Gratuitous dead babies!  Everybody has sex with everybody else's dad!  Racism!  Fat shaming! The idle rich!  Just say no to drugs, kids!

This is one of those books that has a super boring US cover - you can tell looking at the front that the back just has a picture of the author and "fiftyeleven bazillion copies sold!", that it's about rich people, and that if you want to read it you already know about it.

BUT there are also some international covers that I know you are very interested in.  All of which are frankly more descriptive because it makes the book look way more tawdry.  And this book is tawdry as shit.

Hello, Indonesia!  This actually looks kinda classy.

Unfortunately, this is the only image I can find of this Italian cover.  WHAT THE FUCK ITALY?!
The Dutch aren't playing coy either, although this is definitely somewhat classier:
Bulgaria reads a little "teen biography of a pop star" to me?
BUT there's a second Bulgarian cover:
1) is that lady doing a side plank and 2) yes, this cover accurately presents the book as tits, Vegas, and questionable things done on stairs.


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