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Saturday Tea & Romance (May 27)

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

The Tea

31340_earlgreycremerteaEAR GREY CREME BLACK TEA by Teavana

D E S C R I P T I O N
Smooth infusion with bergamot overtones and a creamy vanilla finish
High tea is further elevated with tart bergamot orange tastefully tempered by creamy vanilla then blended with the classic pomp of an Earl Grey black tea. A majestically smooth confection that is now available any time the senses desire. Sprinkled with sunny yellow marigold petals, this full leaf wonder is divinely delicious with a silky sweet finish.
T A S T I N G ~ N O T E S

Smooth infusion with bergamot overtones and a creamy vanilla finish

I N G R E D I E N T S

Black tea, natural flavor, marigold petals.

The Book

28796198APPLE POLISHER (Rear Entrance Video, #1) vy Heidi Belleau

Christian Blake dreams of being a kindergarten teacher, but making the grade means maintaining a squeaky clean image: no drinking, no drugs, no swearing, no sex. And definitely no falling for his new roommate-tattooed bad-boy Max, who may or may not be a drug dealer.

Most of all, it means no working at a porn store. But Christian’s aunt has cancer, and her beloved Rear Entrance Video will go bankrupt if Christian doesn’t take over managerial duties. Soon enough, Christian finds himself juggling sticky twenty-five cent peep show booths, a blackmailing employee, and a demanding professor who likes to make an example of him.

And then there’s Max, who doesn’t know anything about the store, but hates Christian’s preppy sweater vests and the closet Christian forces him into when they’re together. Max just wants Christian to be himself-even though Max is keeping secrets of his own. Christian struggles to find the impossible balance between his real life and the ideal one he thinks a teacher needs to live . . . all while trying to keep his aunt’s dream alive without losing his own.

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Saturday Tea & Romance (May 20)

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

The Tea

YGT-20454-11Honey Lavender Stress Relief (Yogi Tea)

Description

  • Helps to Calm and Ease Tension
  • 100% Natural
  • Herbal Supplement
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified- Rooibos
  • Made with Organic Lavender Flower
  • Caffeine Free
  • Certified Organic by QAI, Inc.

Find Serenity with our Honey Lavender Stress ReliefRelax and enjoy a cup of our Honey Lavender Stress Relief tea, a delicious, all-natural blend specifically formulated to help calm your mind and body. Traditionally used to promote relaxation by soothing the nerves, Lemon Balm Leaf and Passoinflower Plant Extract combine with Organic Chamomile and Lavender Flower for a comforting and deliciously intriguing blend that promotes a sense of calm. Relax and enjoy a cup of this soothing tea-blended with sweet Honey flavor and Spearmint- to help calm you during a stressful day or to ease you into a restful night.

Get the Most out of Every Cup

Bring water to boiling and steep 5 to 10 minutes. For a stronger tea, use 2 tea bags.

Other Ingredients

Natural honey flavor, organic lavender flavor, natural vanilla flavor.

Warnings

Consult your healthcare provider prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing.

Honey lavender stress relief contains Organic Rooibos from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

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The Book

32468943WORKING IT (Ringside Romance, #1) by Christine d’Abo

Nolan Carmichael is getting a fresh start—new career, new company, new life. The only problem is, he liked his old life just fine . . . until an accident robbed him of his health, his job, his self-confidence, and his ability to go out in public without having anxiety attacks.

Zack Anderson has scared away his last four administrative assistants. So when he hires Nolan on a whim, he’s not too worried, since Nolan will be gone within the week anyway. Two weeks later, Nolan has made himself indispensable, completely reforming Zack’s schedule, life . . . and libido.

But in a company already torn by internal politics, one wrong step could ruin both their careers. And not only are they working to reopen Ringside Gym, Zack’s retreat when he was a troubled teen, but they also can’t help themselves falling for each other. If only the rest of their lives could go as smoothly as things do when they’re alone together.

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Saturday Tea & Romance!

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

The Book

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AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION by Alyssa Cole

As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past . . .

Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.

Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.

Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other . . .

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The Tea

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PU’ERH CHORANGE from Adagio!

Rich chocolate and sweet orange bring a confectionary note to the gentle earthiness of pu-erh. Lively citrus lifts the blend while the warm chocolate and easygoing pu-erh are grounding and smooth. Reminiscent of a favorite treat.
This tea contains a high level of caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5 minutes

I N G R E D I E N T S ~ & ~ L O R E
Blended With Pu-Erh Tea, Orange Peels, Cocoa Nibs, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Blue Cornflowers And Natural Orange Flavor

Pu’erh tea gets its name from a county located in southern Yunnan. There are two types of pu’er tea: sheng (‘green’ or ‘raw’) and shou (‘ripe’ or ‘cooked’). Historically, raw pu’erh was created first. It takes years to slowly age, and if properly stored (pu’erh is essentially a ‘living tea’, much like wine), holds its value and flavor for decades. Due to extreme demand for this tea, the ripe variety was invented about 40 years ago to speed up the aging process. The tea leaves are piled in gently warmed heaps and allowed to carefully ferment. Ripe pu’erh is usually much darker than the raw pu’erh and often smoother. Raw pu’erh tasted when too young (less than several years old) can be incredibly astringent. This quality mellows out dramatically with age. Both are widely revered in China for their soothing, purifying qualities unmatched by other teas.
Saturday Tea & Romance · Weekly Themes

Saturday Tea & Romance!

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

Back again for more tea and romance recs! I hope you enjoyed the ones from last week!

The Tea

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PASSION FILTERBAG TEA by TAZO & Starbucks

An exuberant herbal infusion of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips and passion fruit flavors.

Description: De-beige your day, one cup at a time. Tart rose hips and citrusy lemongrass woo the voluptuous blooms of hibiscus flowers. An infusion that’s bursting with life and tinged with the color of true love to make sure you never have to live a day without passion.
Tasting Notes: juicy berry, wine-like, earthy
Ingredients: hibiscus flowers, natural tropical flavors, citric acid, licorice root, orange peel, cinnamon, rose hips, lemongrass, fruit juice extract (color)

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The Book

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COMPLEMENTARY & ACUTE by Ella Lyons

It’s Anabelle Horton’s senior year at Dearington Boarding School, and everything is exactly as she wants it. She’s captain of the Number Ninjas, her schedule is perfect, and her best friend Jacqueline Flores is going to be right by her side for all of it. But on the first day back at Dearington, Jac throws a wrench in Anabelle’s tidy plans. Not only has she rearranged her classes and dropped Number Ninjas, she’s joined the Girls who Like Girls Program, leaving Anabelle’s entire schedule in upheaval.

Jac is never around anymore, and when she is, she’s got new friends (who Anabelle hates) or she’s running off to a lecture on alternative footwear. Anabelle is left to deal with the changes on her own, and suddenly, Jac’s inability to keep their dorm room tidy is the very least of Anabelle’s problems.

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Saturday Tea & Romance · Weekly Themes

Saturday Tea & Romance!

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

Tea & Romance is the name of the game! Each Saturday, I will recommend a romance novel/series, as well as a delicious tea to go along with it!

Inspired by my one of my favorites, historical romance–Okay, that’s a lie. I whined to Tristina about not having a theme for Saturdays, and she came up with this as soon as the caffeine kicked in, and here we are.

BUT!

I do really love historical romance, so my first recommendation will be from that subgenre! But first,

THE TEA

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PINEAPPLE BERRY BLUE TEA BLEND from Teavana!

D E S C R I P T I O N
Juicy, vibrant berry flavors blend beautifully with the sweet, tangy citrus to create a flavorful and balanced blend that is perfect for Iced Tea!
Dazzingly delicious blend of Blueberry Bliss + Pineapple Kona Pop that bursts with the tangy-sweet flavor of hibiscus, citrus and bold berry.
T A S T I N G  ~ N O T E S
Juicy, vibrant berry flavors blend beautifully with the sweet, tangy citrus to create a flavorful and balanced blend that is perfect for Iced Tea!
C A F F E I N E ~ L E V E L
Caffeine free! (The only downside to this tea, IMO, but yay for people who like/need that!
I N G R E D I E N T S

Apple pieces, green rooibos, black chokeberries, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), raisins, black currants , rose hip peels, beetroot pieces, hibiscus flowers, natural and artificial flavoring, rose blossom leaves, blueberries, rose buds, marigold blossoms, orange blossoms

THE BOOK(S)

THE HATHAWAYS SERIES by Lisa Kleypas! (5 books)

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MINE TILL MIDNIGHT (The Hathaways, #1)

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…

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SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE (The Hathaways, #2)

He has tried hard to forget her.

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation… and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Can she remember the man he once was?

Then, Win returns to England… only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

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TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT (The Hathaways, #3)

He was everything she’d sworn to avoid.

Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life. When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal—only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.

And she was everything he needed.

Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy—except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm’s length…but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all…

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MARRIED BY MORNING (The Hathaways, #4)

He is everything she wants to avoid…

For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters—a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response—and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.

She is not at all what she seems…

Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever—unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…

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LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (The Hathaways, #5)

She harbors a secret yearning.

As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted… and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?

He is a world-weary cynic.

Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep… and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied.