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At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

At Summer’s End

Trigger warning for on-page suicide attempt Claudia and I (CarrieS) are suckers for good historical fiction, good historical romance, and Beauty and the Beast retellings. So we were excited about At Summer’s End, in which an artist (Bertie, short for Alberta) takes a job at an English estate following WWI and meets an isolated, traumatized, and scarred survivor named Julian. While this book did a decent job with the tricky themes of PTSD and disfigurement … Continue reading At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

Gay Witches, Piano Man, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.

Hey hey! It’s Wednesday! As usual, still very tired. In person news, I got me a Peloton! I did my first ride last night with Cody Rigsby, which everyone recommended, and it was definitely a religious experience. I can’t wait to do another one, even though my butt is one big bruise. Are any of you on the Peloton train? … This wild story is making its rounds in Romancelandia, about a fraudster using Judith … Continue reading Gay Witches, Piano Man, & More

Books On Sale

Fantasy Romance, Historical Mysteries, & More

Books on Sale: The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller & More

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller is $1.99! Admittedly, this sounds all sorts of comforting and adorable and Miller’s books have been previous staff picks at the bookstore where I work. However, I’m always iffy on books that are positioned as women’s fiction. Do you have any experience with reading Miller’s titles?

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Hide Your Wallet

September 2021 New Releases, Part Two

If you’re new to Hide Your Wallet, this is where we list new releases we’re pretty excited for in the coming month. Each reviewer has a book maximum (five per person), and we’ve separated HYW into two parts. The first HYW of the month will cover books that release from the 1st to the 14th. The second HYW will cover books released from the 15th to the end of the month. We also think this … Continue reading September 2021 New Releases, Part Two

Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Server Heroine Recognized by Wealthy Hero at a Fundraiser

This HaBO request is from Marie, who is looking for this contemporary romance: I paused reading a contemporary romance a few months ago and haven’t been able to finish it because I can’t remember what book it was! I have a bad habit of reading many books at once and somehow let this one get buried. I have tried looking at my KU and public library histories to find it. Likewise, my Kindle library. No … Continue reading HaBO: Server Heroine Recognized by Wealthy Hero at a Fundraiser

Books On Sale

Mysteries, Romantic Suspense, & More

Books on Sale: The Jackal by J.R. Ward & More

The Jackal by J.R. Ward is $1.99! This is book one in the Black Dagger Brotherhood spin-off series: Prison Camp. I fell off this particular bandwagon years ago, so I’m unsure if this spin-off can be started on its own and if the series has changed much since the original books.

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Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Erotica Written in Second Person

This HaBO comes from A., who wants to find this interesting erotic romance book: I saw a post online looking for a book that looks awesome. The site also recommended emailing you, so I am in hopes that you may know what it is! I’m looking for an erotic book written in second person, where ‘you’ are a woman being trained for BDSM by ‘your lover’, and are exposed to increasingly varied experiences till finally … Continue reading HaBO: Erotica Written in Second Person

Books On Sale

Princesses, New Adult Romance, & More

Books on Sale: The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley & More

The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley is $1.99! This is book one in a new series and was mentioned on a previous Hide Your Wallet. Elyse was super excited about the heist element, though I remember her mentioning that there’s a malecalico kitten and how that’s rather rare, though not impossible.

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Cover Snark: Scream Inside Your Heart

Christmas Miracles in Holly Wreath by Rachel Eliker. A come-to-life Ken doll stands in front of a Christmas tree. His stare is blank and concerning.

It’s another Monday and that means it’s time for another Cover Snark! From Carole: One Nipple headed west, one missing in the east. That is the one of the worst photo-shopped backgrounds – it looks like giant mutant carnation stalks starting to envelop him from the right – and ohh what can the SBTB do with that series title Farm Pleasures?? The mind boggles… Tara: If I never read the phrase “Farm Pleasures” again, it … Continue reading Cover Snark: Scream Inside Your Heart

Books On Sale

Mostly Today’s Kindle Daily Deals

Books on Sale: An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris & More

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris is $3.99! This is the first book in the fantasy western Gunnie Rose series. I’m super curious about it and have the first book just sitting on my TBR. One thing that does bug me is that the third book in the series is coming out and the cover is a big departure from the previous two books.

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Get Rec’d With Amanda!

Hey there guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! Ready to get rec’d? Some of you may have seen this a little early due to a scheduling snafu! This is a new feature where I, Amanda, will be talking about some of the books I’ve recommend to fellow book lovers outside of Smart Bitches. We’re aiming for every two weeks or so! For those of you who don’t know, I have a part time job as a … Continue reading Get Rec’d With Amanda!

Books On Sale

Sci-Fi, Seanan McGuire, & More

Books on Sale: Meddling and Murder by Ovidia Yu & More

Meddling and Murder by Ovidia Yu is 99c! This his a cozy mystery, though I’m unsure which installment this one is in the Aunty Lee Mystery series. Some places say it’s #1 in one series, while others say it’s #4 in another. I know Sarah has really enjoyed Yu’s Crown Colony series.

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