Romantic Times Rewind: April 2005 Ads & Features

Mr Romance was on TV, and Gimp Masks were a Whole Thing: April 2005 was a Wild Time for Ads & Features

Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Bethany & Royce K-I-S-S-I-N-G

This HaBO is from Raina, who wants to find this older historical romance: Looking for a really old romance novel. Probably 20-30 years or so. It was a historical with the hero taking over the heroine’s castle by force. I believe the hero’s name was Royce and the heroine was Bethany, but don’t quote me on that. One was a Saxon and the other a Norman? The heroine tried to save all of her people … Continue reading HaBO: Bethany & Royce K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Hide Your Wallet

Hide Your Wallet: April 16th Release Week!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Are we ready for some new releases? There are a lot of contemporary romances on our radars this week. But we also have some horror comics and mysteries. Things taper off slightly as we reach the end of the month! What books are you ready to read this week? Let us know!

Books On Sale

Recommended Titles from Freya Marske, Chanel Cleeton, Lisa Kleypas and More!

Books on Sale: A Power Unbound by Freya Marske & More

RECOMMENDED: A Power Unbound by Freya Marske is $2.99! This is book 3 of The Last Binding series, a queer historical fantasy series that began with A Marvellous Light (which is in KU so if you haven’t read this trilogy, it’s easy to start). A Power Unbound was mentioned in Hide Your Wallet, and Freya Marske was a guest on the podcast to talk about the second book A Restless Truth. This trilogy is terrific, and A Power Unbound has a 4.39 star average on StoryGraph and 4.32 on Goodreads. Have you read this book?

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Book Review

Wake Me Most Wickedly by Felicia Grossman

Wake Me Most Wickedly

I enjoyed this book. I read it cover-to-cover in almost one sitting, but as I sit here to write this review, I’m left with distinctly meh feelings about it. Is this because I had a disappointing breakfast and that’s colouring my perspective? Or was the book meh? Let’s find out together. This story is set in the Jewish community of London in the 1830s and is essentially a gender-reversed Snow White retelling. Solomon Weiss is … Continue reading Wake Me Most Wickedly by Felicia Grossman

Get Rec’d with Amanda – Volume 63

Welcome back to Get Rec’d! This one has more romance than I typically include because we already recommend so many romances on the site! Of course, romance is also what we’re here for. On top of two romance recommendations, I’ve included a YA graphic novel and a super cute picture book. Have you received any good recommendations? Drop them in the comments below!

Whatcha Reading? April 2024, Part One

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Hey y’all! I’m driving the Whatcha Reading? bus this week, as Amanda is traveling the globe. Spring has SPROINGED around me. This is a picture I took recently of my neighbor’s camellia (I think that’s a camellia) against the sky. In a truly dorky move, I’m trying to match the colors for a quilt in progress because I love blue, green, and pink together. Here’s what’s on the currently-reading list at SBTB HQ – with … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? April 2024, Part One

Books On Sale

Kennedy Ryan, Watercolor for Beginners, and More!

Books on Sale: Be Mine Forever by Kennedy Ryan & More

Be Mine Forever by Kennedy Ryan is a KDD at $1.99 today only! This is book 3 in the Bennet series, and it has a 4+ star average on Goodreads, and 3.72 on StoryGraph. Ryan’s books are superb, with strong emotions and complex characters. Readers state that the emotional payoff for this story was incredible, though some grew weary of the angst on the way. Have you read this one?

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610. “Who’s Going to Stop Me?” Writing Super Fun Fantasy with Kimberly Lemming

What happens when you write the books you want to read but are having a hard time finding? Many good things. Kimberly Lemming loves fantasy, and started writing her own catnip, which led to the joy that is the Mead Mishaps series. We answer ALL the tough questions, like how many mead mishaps have we personally experienced? How does one make the bananas spin? And why is Galavant the greatest production ever made? Note: in … Continue reading 610. “Who’s Going to Stop Me?” Writing Super Fun Fantasy with Kimberly Lemming

Books On Sale

Witches, Contemporary – and Historical Nonfiction about Embroidery!

Books on Sale: Embroidering Her Truth by Clare Hunter & More

Embroidering Her Truth: Mary, Queen of Scots and the Language of Power by Clare Hunter is .99c! This book jumped out at me because it’s an examination of how Mary, Queen of Scots used textiles, embroidery, and color to communicate and convey power. This book has a 4.13 star average on StoryGraph, and a 4.26 star average on Goodreads. It also won an award as Scottish History Book of the Year in 2022! Have you read this book?

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Book Review

Warrior Girl Unearthed, by Angeline Boulley

Warrior Girl Unearthed

Warrior Girl Unearthed is thrilling, upsetting, and edifying. There are some structural problems with this book, it still delivered the squee factor, in that I was totally absorbed and emotionally invested in this story. This is a stand-alone novel set in the same community as in the book The Firekeeper’s Daughter, another excellent read. Both books tackle difficult issues that face indigenous young women in America with empathy, perception, tenderness, and grit. Neither is a … Continue reading Warrior Girl Unearthed, by Angeline Boulley

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