This Guest Review is from Rachel C. Thomas. “I’m a freelance writer who lives in Western New York with my husband and a sassy rescue dog named Mieko. I was introduced to the library at a young age and it’s been my happy place ever since. My four favorite books are Dracula, The Haunting of Hill House, The Exorcist, and Interview with the Vampire, which should tell you everything you need to know about my … Continue reading Guest Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Happy Wednesday, y’all! Today’s edition is a whole mishmash of things because why the heck not. Today is all Inauguration Day. Stay safe everyone and I hope this is a sign of better things to come, though I feel like that’s a long road. Let’s get into it! … Enjoy these adorable photos of animals interrupting photographers: https://twitter.com/joaquimcampa/status/1350843546471952387?s=21 … Just bask in the purity of a young Keanu Reeves as a junior reporter for the … Continue reading Links: Fries, Animal Crossing, & More
The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole is $1.99! There is some contention about whether this is the true first book of the series or if it’s more like 0.5 in the series because of its shorter length. If I remember correctly, the story was actually in an anthology first and, truthfully, you can read the other books without having read this one. I am such a fan of this series, but it’s very early 2000s PNR flair. The most recently in the series, Wicked Abyss, which is my favorite so far is also on sale.
We ended last episode with The Dreaded Rose Ceremony and Sarah almost fainting. When we open up the ceremony has been delayed and Sarah is being tended to by a medic. The other women are annoyed with her because they think she faked it or worked herself up so she could get more alone time with Matt. In their defense, she does walk around talking about her vision going black which seems like a thing … Continue reading Elyse Watches the Bachelor–S25 E3: Turtle Power
Her Kind of Cowboy, from the Tying the Knot in Texas series, promises pit bulls and penguins, and it delivers on the pit bulls and somewhat on the penguins. What it does not deliver is a plausible, coherent, consistent storyline or plausible, in depth character development. Don’t get me wrong, I found it highly entertaining, but a large amount of my entertainment came from pondering the many odd things about it (and a couple of … Continue reading Her Kind of Cowboy by Dylann Crush
This HaBO is from Carrie, who is searching for this historical romance. And oof, it sounds a bit dark: I’m looking for a book I read in my early teens (probably early to mid 90s). It was a Viking themed book. The main character was a woman captured as a slave and was trying to protect her siblings (I think). She also desperately wanted to be a skald but of course “women don’t do that!” … Continue reading HaBO: She Wants to Be a Skald
If I had to pick one video game that had the most significant combined impact on me as a gamer and a romance reader, it has to be Final Fantasy VIII. FFVIII is essentially a romance novel in RPG video game form and it had an indelible impact in making me love tropes that are STILL major catnip for me, like settings that combine science fiction and magic elements, political intrigues, girls dealing with possibly … Continue reading Squee From the Keeper Shelf: Final Fantasy VIII
RECOMMENDED: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade is $3.99! Shana reviewed this one in October and gave it a B+:
Spoiler Alert is tropey wish fulfillment, but at its heart, it’s is a quiet contemporary with a #couplegoals relationship where both characters offer comfort, create beautiful art, and help each other overcome insecurities. Spoiler Alert is also a love letter to fandoms, that will make you want to chase your romance novel with a shot of fanfiction.
Jane Eyre is in my top ten favorite books and I’m very protective of it. I wrote a short book called Pride Prejudice and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre, in which I concluded that any adaption can work as long as it stays true to the themes and characters of the source material. The Wife Upstairs is hard to review because how it works on its … Continue reading The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria is $3.99! We mentioned this on last year’s Hide Your Wallet posts and it was recommended on a couple podcasts. We were all very excited for it and look at that dang cover! Have you read it? What did you think?