January 2022 New Releases, Part One

Happy new year! Happy new books! What's on your shopping list?

Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Bakery Owner with Suspenseful Past

This HaBO comes from Michelle. Content warning for the description below: Its a contemporary romance I read around like 2007 or so, and it was pretty recent. A woman is at this fancy government party in a foreign country, I think. I don’t remember what her job was. She has to go to the bathroom. She’s at the sink washing her hands, and all of a sudden a group of terrorists with big guns come … Continue reading HaBO: Bakery Owner with Suspenseful Past

Book Review

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Weather Girl

Weather Girl is a rom-com that manages to stay sweet and funny despite tackling some serious subject matter. I found this book to be charming and relatable, and I especially enjoyed the mature communication between the two leads. Ari Abrams loves being a meteorologist, but hates the constant conflict between her boss (the weather reporter, Torrance Hale), and Torrance’s ex (Seth, the station director). After a particularly awful and grossly unprofessional fight between Torrance and … Continue reading Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Lightning Review

The Dating Dilemma by Mariah Ankenman

The Dating Dilemma

The Dating Dilemma is a fun, sexy contemporary romantic comedy about learning to ask for the things you need in life. Lexi is on a six month break from dating, because her boyfriends always take advantage of her giving personality. But when a hot fireman turns up to perform a safety inspection at the youth centre where she is the Assistant Director…well, even if one isn’t dating, one can enjoy looking. Dylan, the hot fireman … Continue reading The Dating Dilemma by Mariah Ankenman

Get Rec’d with Amanda – Volume 10

Welcome back! Are y’all ready for more recommendations? For those who don’t know, I talk about books a lot in various corners of the book world from working at an independent bookstore to writing freelance book reviews. Here are some titles I recommended to readers in the last couple weeks. Did you get any good recommendations lately? Let me know!

Whatcha Reading? January 2022, Part Two

Attractive African American woman throwing snow and smiling in winter forest

We’re wrapping up January with our second Whatcha Reading! Let’s talk books! Carrie: Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez. So far I love it, but I’m only about a third of the way through. Elyse: I’m reading Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins. Sarah: I re-read Written in Red and Lake Silence to prepare for Crowbones, which I’m starting next. I’m so excited. SO EXCITED. Sneezy: Re-reading Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins. Her books never shy from … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? January 2022, Part Two

Books On Sale

Coffee, Bollywood, & More

Books on Sale: Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas & More

Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas is $1.99! This is the first book in the Fallen Ladies series and it came out earlier this year. I’m also loving the cover for this one. Many readers mentioned good book noises after finishing this romance, while others felt the romance between the hero and heroine wasn’t very convincing. It has a 3.9-star rating on Goodreads.

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494. Tubthumping with Anxiety, and More New Year’s Wishes!

Amanda and I catch up on her “lots of things to look forward to” plan, which now includes things that were done! We talk about anxiety, therapy, angsty books, trimming your own bangs, and we have book and video game recs, plus new year’s wishes from Elyse, Pudding, and Jane B! Do you like angsty books? Are there books that help you feel things cathartically? … Music: purple-planet.com  

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