May 2022 New Releases, Part Two

So! Many! Awesome! Books! What's on your shopping list for the rest of May? Tell us about all your books!

Book Review

The Mad Girls of New York by Maya Rodale

The Mad Girls of New York

The Mad Girls of New York is a fictionalized retelling of the real-life reporter Nellie Bly’s breakthrough investigation into The Women’s Insane Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. The novel is at its best when it sticks to the facts and when it keeps its focus on Nellie and women that she meets. It suffers when the attention shifts to a rival reporter, the fictional Sam Colton. In both this book and in real life, Nellie Bly … Continue reading The Mad Girls of New York by Maya Rodale

Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: American Historical with Sick Heroine

This HaBO is from Lia who wants to find this historical romance: I really hope someone can remember this book! Here’s what I can recall: –Basically, the book takes place in California before it becomes a state (1800s) –Female Lead was really sick at the start of the book (consumption or something similar) and she survived but was super weak –Male Lead loves Female Lead from the start but because of her weakened condition he’s … Continue reading HaBO: American Historical with Sick Heroine

Yeah, Something’s Weird

Featured image for Yeah, Something’s Weird

Thank you to everyone who emailed me that things were weird in the hot pink palace HQ. I’m not sure why the comment post button has disappeared, but I’m working on it! In the meantime, take care of yourself, read a soothing book, and if you want to help the existential dread in the US, here is a list of abortion funds across the country. You can also Google your local providers, and see how … Continue reading Yeah, Something’s Weird

Book Review

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

When Women Were Dragons

When Women Were Dragons is unlike any other book I’ve read and I found to be painful, joyous, and liberating. I couldn’t stop reading it even when it made my chest hurt, and I’ve thought of it so many times since, with scenes popping into my head as though I just read them yesterday. This is not a romance, but it will appeal to those who like women’s history with a side of rage and … Continue reading When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Books On Sale

Historical Romances, Librarians, & More

Books on Sale: The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham & More

RECOMMENDED: The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham is $1.99! I haven’t seen any updates about new releases aside from something on Amazon for next March (SO FAR!), but I hope we get some soon! Carrie read this one and have it an A-:

The combination of personal catnip with descriptive language and complex characterization is spot on. I recommend this for fans of vocal feminism, found family, angst, and explicit sex in their historicals. I plan to read my copy many, many times!

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Cover Awe: Intimacy

The Waitress's Secret by Kathy Douglass. A Black couple in the kitchen. She's wearing an apron and doing something at the counter. He is hugging her from behind. They both have lovely smiles on their faces.

Let’s look at some adorable and amazing covers! Maya: Here’s one I am OBSESSED WITH. Tiaras are always the answer Amanda: That feels like a step above of a tiara, Maya! Sneezy: Mood music for eyes! Sarah: Definitely le plus ultra tiara. Stunning. Amanda: I really like this and the happy moment of jumping into someone’s arms! Sneezy: Me too!!!! Tara: Cute! Sarah: This cover makes me smile every time I see it. Especially her … Continue reading Cover Awe: Intimacy

Hide Your Wallet

May 2022 New Releases, Part One

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 May 2022 New Releases, Part One

Elyse and Lady Pudding Watch The Courtship–S1 E6: Bacchanal

Elyse & Pudding watch The Courtship, with the logo and text in gold embossed and a tiny siamese cat tilting the title card off center

It’s time for Pudding and I to put down our embroidery and watch The Courtship. I apologize for the quality of this photo, but this is the look that Pudding gave me after I brushed her for THREE ENTIRE SECONDS. Mind you, she also had a bowl of warm shredded chicken for dinner and I had been checking on her every 2 hours all day to make sure her heating pad was on. Call Sarah McLachlan. … Continue reading Elyse and Lady Pudding Watch The Courtship–S1 E6: Bacchanal

Book Review

The Long Game by Rachel Reid

The Long Game

The Long Game is the sequel to Heated Rivalry, the rivals-to-lovers hockey romance that pairs Ilya, an infuriating Russian, with his hockey nemesis, sunny Shane. Heated Rivalry has a permanent home on my keeper shelf, but the book ends with a HFN. I was dying to revisit these two and see them have a more permanent HEA. Unfortunately, I had three main issues with this book–Shane is a dick for most of it; the homophobia … Continue reading The Long Game by Rachel Reid

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