Covering Romance: Romance Novel Cover Art by John Ennis

I took a road trip to see the exhibit at AOY and I also took a LOT of pictures.

Adam & Eve: Treat Yourself for Valentine’s Day

Adam and Eve logo in the color red with the shape of an apple in the background

This post is being sponsored by AdamandEve.com and they’ve offered us a coupon code for the Bitchery! Here is the most important information: AdamandEve.com is offering Smart Bitches readers 50% off a single item plus free standard shipping in the US and Canada with code SMART. Please note: certain exclusions apply, but the coupon covers most of the store. If you’d like to see some of the toys we’ve featured in previous posts, check out … Continue reading Adam & Eve: Treat Yourself for Valentine’s Day

Links: Cheese-Making, Fast Cats, & More

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

Welcome back to Links! I know I just did one of these last week, but it has felt much longer. Maybe it’s because I’ve been quite busy. I also went to the mall over the weekend. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been shopping, let alone an actual mall. I know TikTok has been abuzz with the tweens invading Sephora for skincare brands and I can confirm that it’s very real. As someone who … Continue reading Links: Cheese-Making, Fast Cats, & More

Books On Sale

Vampires, Dukes, & More

Books on Sale: Never Cross a Highlander by Lisa Rayne & More

RECOMMENDED: Never Cross a Highlander by Lisa Rayne is 99c! Shana reviewed this one and gave this a B:

Ultimately, Never Cross a Highlander gave me what I want from a summertime historical romance read: characters I was curious about, enough adventure to keep me guessing but not so much that I started stressing, solid sexual tension, and some new-to-me history facts without having to break open a nonfiction book.

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Book Review

Keep This Off the Record by Arden Joy

Keep This Off the Record

Abigail Meyer and Freya Jonsson hated each other in high school. And, from Freya’s rude words to Abby to the drink Abby launches into Freya’s face at their reunion, it’s safe to say that a decade hasn’t changed anything. Unfortunately for them, Will, Freya’s producer/date for the reunion (Freya is a TV anchor) falls for Abby’s best friend Naomi, so they’re going to have to figure out how to be around each other. Abby and … Continue reading Keep This Off the Record by Arden Joy

Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Husband & Wife Reunite at the Opera

This HaBO comes from Gayle, who wants to find this historical romance: Long time reader, infrequent poster! I read this book possibly early/mid 2010s. It was probably a Regency. In the prologue, a couple is about to be wed. He had a title and she was marrying above her station. His best friend was a woman on the estate next door and everyone thought they would get married instead, but the hero and heroine fell … Continue reading HaBO: Husband & Wife Reunite at the Opera

Hide Your Wallet

Hide Your Wallet: February 6th Release Week!

What a big and beefy release day! And it’s only going to get worse as next week looks even more packed with books we’re anticipating. There are a couple short story collections, plus non-fiction and contemporary romances. Which books are you excited for this week? Are there any preorders you’re just waiting to arrive on your doorstep or on your ereader?

Book Review

Bride by Ali Hazelwood


I enjoyed Bride so much that I might put it on the keeper shelf. It’s the first book I’ve read by Ali Hazelwood, so I can’t tell you how it compares to her other work. But I can tell you that while Bride isn’t perfect, it’s a fun, though violent, paranormal romance between a mysterious brooding werewolf leader and a deeply sarcastic vampyre. The narrator of the book is the sarcastic vampyre whose name, I … Continue reading Bride by Ali Hazelwood

Cover Awe: Pretty Jackets, Teal Colors, & More

The Heiress Swap by Maddison Michaels. A very purple photography cover. The background is a smoky, London street in dark purple. A man and woman are kissing. The man has dark brown hair and is in a light tan jacket. His hands are on the woman's waist, The woman is in a dark purple dress with a bustle at the back. She's wearing a matching jacket that is embroidered with gold brocade.

Welcome back to Cover Awe, where we look at book covers that have caught our eye. Cover design and illustration by Olya Kirilyuk Sarah: Filigree with stuff – this time a fox, runes, and ravens Amanda: Filigree is having a moment Sarah: So is stuff! Claudia: Stuff is like disco — never died!! Lara: The colour combo is really working for me! Sneezy: Me too! It has such a fairy tale quality to it! Cover … Continue reading Cover Awe: Pretty Jackets, Teal Colors, & More

Lightning Review

Tamon’s B-Side, Vol. 1 by Yuki Shiwasu

Tamon’s B-Side, Vol. 1

A young woman, Utage Kinoshita, who loves the popular boy band F/ACE, has a job as a house cleaner. When she covers for a colleague who calls out, she discovers the assignment is for her favorite member of F/ACE, Tamon Fukuhara. However, Tamon’s charming, bad boy persona is fake and the poor guy is riddled with imposter syndrome and anxiety. A lot of manga feature teenagers as the main characters; that’s the case with all … Continue reading Tamon’s B-Side, Vol. 1 by Yuki Shiwasu

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