This HaBO comes from Piper, who is looking for a romance they read recently: I read it recently. All I remember is they are compromised when they are caught having sex in a hallway at the theatre. There is a fire on stage (not just in their sexy bits!) and as the patrons leave, they are seen. She initially thinks she can weather the scandal, but eventually realizes they have to get married. Given that I … Continue reading HaBO: Theater Sex
On Thursday, 2 July 2020, at 6:30pm ET Maggie Tokuda-Hall in conversation with Sarah in support of Read it Forward, hosted by Belmont Books! Amanda was originally scheduled to host this conversation, but she has had a family emergency, so I am pinch-hitting for her, and will be hosting this event. Come join in the fun! RSVPs are required! This event will be held on Crowdcast, and you can register here. Please consider making a … Continue reading Maggie Tokuda-Hall in Conversation with Sarah, Thursday at 6:30 ET!
RECOMMENDED: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is $1.99! Hoang’s debut is also on sale. I loved this book so much and gave it an A-:
The Bride Test is so beautiful and Hoang was right when she said it was impossible not to love Esme. She’s tenacious and battles against her fear of failure, of judgement, and of her own self-doubt, to become this confident and self-assured woman. This Bride Test has only solidified my love for Hoang’s romances; they are truly a gift to the genre.
We’ve got some Cover Snark for ya! From Heather: Why is he staring at his crotch while the planet’s heat ray is broiling his butt? Sarah: I thought that said ‘Amway.’ Amanda: He looks ashamed. Sarah: “I never should have joined Amway. I have many many regrets.” Tara: Maybe he didn’t hit his Amway targets this month… Sarah: So the meteor targets his backside? Way harsh. Elyse: He’s looking sadly at one nipple Tara: But … Continue reading Cover Snark: Please, Don’t Lick That
Blame It on the Billionaire by Naima Simone is $1.99! I believe this was a previous Hide Your Wallet selection and is the third book in the Blackout Billionaires series. This one has a plus-size heroine and a fake engagement!
I’ve been doing some posts about romance gatherings in various locations, but clearly, that was in the Before Times. During the Quarantimes, we do all the things virtually! Earbuds, cocktails, and comfy pants (look, let’s be real, pants are very optional in this scenario.) I’ve got a whole bunch of events to tell you about online, and I’m going to list them chronologically. Put them in your calendars and check the cabinets for snacks and … Continue reading Virtual Romance Events, July and Beyond!
RECOMMENDED: Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee is $1.99! Lara recently wrote a Lightning Review of this one and gave it an A-:
There’s a reason I’m mad about tropes. I like to follow a familiar groove, one that hits all the emotional high points that I need. While these old favourites feel slightly stiff in places, overall, it was just the kind of emotional rollercoaster I love being on.
It’s that time again! Whatcha Reading sometimes sneaks up on me. Hope you all have been getting some ready done. It’s okay if not! I’ll be traveling next week and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can make a dent in my immediate TBR. Here’s what the SBTB staff as been reading lately: Catherine: I just finished The Dare by Elle Kennedy, who is becoming a bit of a guilty pleasure author for me. … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? June 2020 Edition, Part Two
The transcript for Podcast 411. Caring for Tired Brains with Alexis Rockley has been posted!
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert is $2.99! This is the first book in the Ravenswood series. The book description has a content warning, as there are mentions of past domestic violence. Readers loved the grumpy, prickly heroine, which is totally my catnip. However, others mentioned having difficulties investing in the romance.
Alexis Rockley is a business coach and the author of the book Find Your Fuck Yeah. She recently went viral with a tweet about the cognitive exhaustion of the quarantimes. In the course of making an argument against the constant push toward increased work, productivity, and leveling up, she talks about working with your brain to find a happier space for yourself. Plus she offers some practical techniques to help you and your tired brain … Continue reading 411. Caring for Tired Brains with Alexis Rockley
RECOMMENDED: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal is $2.99! Carrie read this one and gave it a B grade:
Even though at first I found this book to be slow going, I came to appreciate it for its intersectional feminism and its unabashed adoration of all the science and math that goes into making space flight possible.