Hide Your Wallet

Book Beat: Debutante History, Cinderella, & More

Welcome to Book Beat! Think of Book Beat as Hide Your Wallet, Part Two!

In Hide Your Wallet, we talk about books coming out in a particular month that we really want to read. But there’s more to good books than just new releases!

Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.

  • The Daemoniac

    The Daemoniac by Kat Ross

    Author: Kat Ross
    Released: October 12, 2016 by Acorn Publishing
    Genre: , ,
    Series: Gaslamp Gothic #1

    Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files in this acclaimed paranormal mystery series from the author of the Fourth Element Trilogy

    It’s August 1888, just three weeks before Jack the Ripper will terrorize Whitechapel, and another murderer is stalking the streets of New York. His handiwork bears the hallmarks of a demonic possession—but amateur sleuth Harrison Fearing Pell is certain her quarry is a man of flesh and blood. And she hopes to make her reputation by solving the bizarre case before the man the press has dubbed Mr. Hyde strikes again.

    From the squalor of the Five Points to the high-class gambling dens of the Tenderloin and the glittering mansions of Fifth Avenue, Harry follows the trail of a remorseless killer, uncovering a few embarrassing secrets of New York’s richest High Society families along the way. Are the murders a case of black magic—or simple blackmail? And will the trail lead closer to home than she ever imagined?

    Source: A clicking rabbit hole.

    “Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files in this acclaimed paranormal mystery series…”

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  • Most Ardently

    Most Ardently by Susan Mesler-Evans

    Author: Susan Mesler-Evans
    Released: October 21, 2019 by Entangled: Embrace
    Genre: , ,

    Elisa Benitez is proud of who she is, from her bitingly sarcastic remarks, to her love of both pretty boys and pretty girls. If someone doesn’t like her, that’s their problem, and Elisa couldn’t care less. Particularly if that person is Darcy Fitzgerald, a snobby, socially awkward heiress with an attitude problem and more money than she knows what to do with.

    From the moment they meet, Elisa and Darcy are at each other’s throats — which is a bit unfortunate, since Darcy’s best friend is dating Elisa’s sister. It quickly becomes clear that fate intends to throw the two of them together, whether they like it or not. As hers and Darcy’s lives become more and more entwined, Elisa’s once-dull world quickly spirals into chaos in this story of pride, prejudice, and finding love with the people you least expect.

    Source: Poking around on NetGalley

    A lesbian romance Pride & Prejudice retelling!

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  • Rogue Princess

    Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers

    Author: B.R. Myers
    Released: January 21, 2020 by Swoon Reads
    Genre: ,

    A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers’ Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling of Cinderella.

    Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.

    All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!

    Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.

    Source: A NetGalley email

    A gender-flipped retelling of Cinderella set in space!

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  • The Season

    The Season by Kristen Richardson

    Author: Kristen Richardson
    Released: November 19, 2019 by W. W. Norton & Company
    Genre:

    The world of debutantes opens into a revealing story of women across six centuries, their limited options, and their desires.

    Digging into the roots of the debutante ritual, with its ballrooms and white dresses, Kristen Richardson—herself descended from a line of debutantes—was fascinated to discover that the debutante ritual places our contemporary ideas about women and marriage in a new light. In this brilliant history of the phenomenon, Richardson shares debutantes’ own words—from diaries, letters, and interviews—throughout her vivid telling, beginning in Henry VIII’s era, sweeping through Queen Elizabeth I’s court, crossing back and forth the Atlantic to colonial Philadelphia, African American communities, Jane Austen’s England, and Mrs. Astor’s parties, ultimately arriving at the contemporary New York Infirmary and International balls.

    Whether maligned for its archaic attitude and objectification of women or praised for raising money for charities and providing a necessary coming-of-age ritual, the debutante tradition has more to tell us in this entertaining and illuminating book.

    Source: Bookstore shelving

    Nonfiction that may be of interest to historical romance readers.

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  1. 1
    -m- says:
    9+

    I buy my e-books on amazon.fr and The Daemoniac is free over there.

  2. 2
    Steffi says:
    9+

    @ -m- I buy from amazon.de and The Daemoniac is free over there as well!

  3. 3
    G. says:
    3+

    It’s also free on Play Books in EU. Plus, the author has another free book on offer.

  4. 4
    Nerdalisque says:
    4+

    Also free on Amazon US!

  5. 5
    Escapeologist says:
    4+

    Rogue Princess sounds flippin amazing!

  6. 6
    DiscoDollyDeb says:
    7+

    There’s a reason I always ask for Amazon gift cards for Christmas—it’s because there’s so many books being released in January that I want to read (although, I must say, my Kindle Unlimited subscription basically pays for itself with the number of KU books I read each month—and, when I’ve really liked a KU book I’ve read, I’ve gone ahead and purchased it). Right now, I’m showing new books in January from some of my reliable favorites: Jackie Ashenden, Caitlin Crews, Molly O’Keefe, Skye Warren, Adriana Anders, and Eve Dangerfield. And I’m very interested in Rachel Reid’s TOUGH GUY. Reid wrote HEATED RIVALRY, my favorite book of 2019, so I’m hoping for good things from the next book in the series.

  7. 7
    Sandra says:
    4+

    @Nerdalisque: Also free at BN.

  8. 8
    Nicolette says:
    3+

    Watching a dude try to catch a shiny Mewtwo on twitch is fun.

    Anyway, I’m going to unwind and do some light reading. Thanks Daemoniac.

  9. 9
    Lisa F says:
    2+

    Most Ardently is one of my Best Books of the year! It’s fabulous, that and Ayesha at Last have been my two fave Pride and Prejudice retellings of the year.

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