Welcome to Book Beat! Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.
If you’re new to Hide Your Wallet, this is where we list new releases we’re pretty excited for in the coming month. Each reviewer has a book maximum (five per person), and we’ve separated HYW into two parts. The first HYW of the month will cover books that release from the 1st to the 14th. The second HYW will cover books released from the 15th to the end of the month. We also think this … Continue reading January 2022 New Releases, Part Two
Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert is $1.99! This is book one in the Shore Leave series and seems to have a lot of catnip. One of the heroes is in the military, there’s a fake relationship, and the best friend’s younger sibling trope.
Time to deep dive into another classic YA Romance: Sweet Dreams #7, Green Eyes by Suzanne Rand. Julie has a problem with the green-eyed monster, and it lasts for a lot of pages. We’ve got: Insecure teenagers Swim team! Yet Another Teen Hangout with a Fun Name Just Talk to Each Other for Goodness’ Sake Join me as I struggle. Seriously, it’ll be fun. NB: I misread “Chip” as “Chuck” but they’re the same person. … Continue reading 493. Sweet Dreams Romance Recap: Green Eyes by Suzanne Rand
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews is $2.99! I’ve heard good things about this book and it has a mix of scifi and paranormal elements, and I really don’t know why I’m dragging my feet on reading this series. Is there is a romance element to it?
Tonight you guys get a two episode recap of The Bachelor because my computer died last week and I had to wait for a replacement. I asked Pudding if she was excited for another season and this was her expression: So it’s Clayton’s season. He gets to be the Bachelor presumably because he passed COVID protocols and was there. He’s a former college football player and from Missouri. He also looks like Luther from Umbrella Academy. Replacing Chris … Continue reading Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S26: E1 & 2: Clayton’s Season
Hey all! We haven’t done one of these in a while. I’ve done these a few times where I take a look at some of the items I’ve favorited from some eclectic shops. Let’s not forget the toilet mouse or broccoli sheep. What will be the bizarro item this time? Well you’ll just have to find out! NB: the links herein are affiliate-coded, which means a portion of any purchase comes back to the site … Continue reading Stuff We Like: A Return to My Weird and Wonderful Etsy Wishlist
Welcome back, everyone! Let’s gather ’round for some links! How was the week been treating you? It’s been awful cold in New England. My little space heater finally kicked the bucket yesterday, on a day when the high was 13 degrees Fahrenheit. Talk about timing! Sarah and I also recorded a podcast, so keep your eyes (ears?) peeled for that! … If you love finding new patreons to support, I found one that may be … Continue reading Links: Video Games, Lord of the Rings, & More
Vessel of Starfire by Allison Carr Waechter is $2.99! Thanks to everyone who let us know about this sale after featuring it on Cover Awe. This one is more of a YA or NA title and, while there is a queer romance in the book, I believe the cover subjects are sisters. Do correct me in the comments below if you’ve read it!
Hoo boy, was this book a mixed bag. Here are my main takeaways for potential readers, sorted into the good, the bad, and the meh: The good: The premise and world-building are intriguing and fun once things get going, and the third-act action is genuinely a nail-biter (after an otherwise slow-ish plot). There are several very engaging lady secondary characters of supernatural origin. Also, most of the major secondary characters are queer. Finally, I love … Continue reading Shadow of the Swan by Nicola M. Cameron
Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven is $1.99! This is the second in the Fallen Empire series and I gave it a B-. You can read my review here. My general thoughts are Draven’s world building is lovely, but wow there is a lot of sexual violence or threats thereof. The main villain is also a hyper-sexual woman, which gives me pause.