July 2019 Recommendations

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Show Title: Leverage

Episodes: 77

Where to Watch: IMDb TV (included with Amazon Prime)

This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this show by any means. But now that it’s streaming again on a platform that more people have (albeit with ads), I’m bringing it back as this month’s recommendation. The premise of the show on its own, that a group of criminals would get together to con a bunch of terrible CEOs who are taking advantage of people out of their money and positions, is incredibly cathartic for this particular moment in time. It’s gloriously angry without ever crossing over into despairing and is well worth the time for the individual episode plots alone. But on top of all that is a commitment to character work and this group of 5 people coming together as a family and healing. It is smartly handled and impossible not to love them just as much as these writers and this cast did. Throw in some incredible relationship development and an OT3 that is showrunner-confirmed but ambiguous in the show itself and you have this beautiful show that stole my heart and has so far refused to let it go. It’s an incredible journey with one of the most satisfying finales I’ve seen and I want everyone to watch it and be comforted by it like so many of its fans still are. 

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Book Title: A Duke By Default

Author: Alyssa Cole

Genre: Romance

It’s been a few months since I’ve recommended a book that wasn’t sci-fi or fantasy and it felt like time to once again recommend an Alyssa Cole novel. This time, it’s a contemporary romance and is the second book in her Reluctant Royals series.  I loved Portia instantly. I loved her desire to choose an emotionally healthier life for herself and do better for herself. I loved her willingness to call Tavish out when he was being a jerk and demand that he treat her with respect. Most of all, as with all my favorite romance novels, I love that throughout the book, she learns how to love herself. After years of feeling like a failure, she discovers that she has ADHD and better learns how to work with her brain to get the results she knew she was capable of. She finally has an honest conversation with her sister and they work through their issues. She has a solid group of friends who may be an ocean away but still a present part of her life thanks to the wonders of group texts and she quickly befriends Tavish’s sister-in-law because a trademark of Alyssa Cole books (at least the few I’ve read) is women who love each other and have each other’s backs. On the romance front, I cannot resist a man who is utterly dazzled by the woman he loves nor can I resist him getting a swift kick in the ass when he needs an attitude adjustment. Once he gets over himself, he thinks the world of Portia and it is truly adorable to experience. It’s the perfect book to make you smile and cheer and feel for these characters and exactly what I needed this month. 

 

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