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June’s New Releases, Part One

There are so many great books coming out in June. Seriously, that's why we named this feature Hide Your Wallet.

Book Review

The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron

The Girl Next Door

CW lifted from the book: The Girl Next Door includes a description of a sudden past death of a partner. I (Tara) am a Chelsea M. Cameron superfan, so I was excited when Shana asked if I wanted to review this with her. Unfortunately, although there were elements I liked about The Girl Next Door, it ultimately fell a little flat for me. Shana hasn’t read Cameron, but her catnip is small-town romances where a … Continue reading The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron

Podcast

407. The Privileges of Being a Rakess with Scarlett Peckham

Today, I’m talking rakes, rakesses, and historically ferocious women with Scarlett Peckham. We talk about what she calls her feminist primal scream book, The Rakess, about steely steadfast cinnamon roll heroes, and we deep dive into what we love about characters who destabilize and unpeel one another emotionally and, uh, literally. Also: a sneak peek into what’s next in her Sirens series and for the Charlotte Street series! TW/CW: talk about sexual harassment, the price … Continue reading 407. The Privileges of Being a Rakess with Scarlett Peckham

The Rec League: “Normal” Heroines in Fantasy Romance

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old book

This Rec League was sent into us by Deborah! Is there a good fantasy romance novel or series in which the heroine is normal and STAYS normal? I’m getting a bit tired of the Chosen One cliche and would like to read about a character who doesn’t have a billion hidden/latent talents and solves her problems like all us average plebs. Sarah: I think some of the Laurenston Pride books have heroines who are not … Continue reading The Rec League: “Normal” Heroines in Fantasy Romance

Ready, Set, Go: Un-Putdownable Romances

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old book

Time for the most evil recommendation feature we have: READY, SET, GO! Here are the rules: We pick a specific sub-genre, trope, or type of romance, and we have to make ONE recommendation for that type. ONE. YES, ONE. And no more than two sentences as to why. It’s a challenge! Which one book do you pick to fill that rec? This month we have a guest request from Susan T: “Since I don’t have to … Continue reading Ready, Set, Go: Un-Putdownable Romances

Links: Baby Animals & What is Love

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

I may have already complained about this, but I’m going to complain again. It’s completely unfair that I have to deal with allergy season when I have avoided going outside way more than usual. And to make all the sinus pressure even worse, I have a wisdom tooth coming in. HOW! WHY! Frankly, this is bullshit. … The Smithsonian Channel is offering a free trial and may I suggest using it to watch their Baby Animal … Continue reading Links: Baby Animals & What is Love

Books On Sale

Tessa Bailey, YA Fantasy, & More

Books on Sale: An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale & More

An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale is $3.99! Elyse read this one and gave it a B:

So while it took me awhile to get into An Heiress to Remember, once the hero stopped being a door knob and got over himself, I found the romance compelling. Added to that great details about 19th century department stores as a feminist innovation and some solid femaile friendships, and I had a ton of fun.

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Book Review

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

Recipe for Persuasion

Content warning: This book has ALL the triggers, and I’m a bit worried I’ve forgotten one, but here goes. Abusive/manipulative/neglectful/controlling parents. Alcoholism. Suicide of a parent (witnessed by the child – off page, but remembered rather vividly). Forced marriage and rape (off-page). Infidelity. Hero is orphaned at an early age and is not acknowledged by his father’s family. Plane crash. People who stress you out just showing up and letting themselves into your apartment to … Continue reading Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Home Reno for a Wedding Venue

This HaBO comes from Katie, who is looking for what I assume to be a contemporary romance: I read this book within the last year (I think), but it didn’t get added to my Goodreads account (which makes me think it was a library book), and now I can’t figure out the title. The female lead is fixing up an old house to be used as a venue for weddings and other parties (for some … Continue reading HaBO: Home Reno for a Wedding Venue

Books On Sale

Frankenstein, Creepy Libraries, & More

Books on Sale: Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai & More

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai is $3.99! I know some of you yesterday expressed frustration that this is already on sale after you paid full price. I completely agree with you and I think it turns readers off from buying books during release week, which is when sales are most important. BUT THAT IS A DISCUSSION FOR ANOTHER TIME!

Maya wrote a great review for this one and gave it a B-:

If you can handle some angst, some systemic oppression, and a distinct lack of totally justified vengeance, check out this slow burn romance between two damaged, but kind people of color who desire only each other and the safety of anonymity.

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Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Old Skool Time Travel

This HaBO request is from Shayna, who is hoping to find the first romance they ever read: The very first romance I ever read was in the 1970s. I don’t remember much, but it had something to do with a modern woman who time traveled back in time (accidentally) and the people she encountered were trying to persecute her as a witch. I don’t remember anything about the love interest. I think the title was … Continue reading HaBO: Old Skool Time Travel

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