August’s New Releases, Part One

Come check out which early August titles we're excited for right now! Part two of our new release hype drops on the 15th!

Books On Sale

Today’s Kindle Daily Deals!

Books on Sale: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie & More

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie is $2.99! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals and is being price-matched at select vendors. Leckie’s Ancillary Justice is a favorite with Carrie and SBTB commenters. Readers loved the Hamlet-inspired plot, but warn that the book contains first and second POV, which takes some getting used to.

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Book Review

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Hood Feminism

I’ve been following Mikki Kendall for years on Twitter and appreciated all the knowledge she’s shared for free on that hellscape of a platform. So I was more than a little excited when Hood Feminism dropped earlier this year. Because I’ve been following her for so long, I don’t know that any of the concepts in it were entirely new for me, but I learned a lot because of the time and attention given to … Continue reading Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

The Rec League: Enemies with Benefits

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

I’m reasonably certain this idea came up in the comments at some point, when we were discussing tropes and what could possibly be the opposite of friends to lovers. However, I couldn’t find the original comment that sparked it. Catherine: I am not entirely sure what Enemies with Benefits looks like, but Julie James does quite a lot of antagonistic but hot pairings which might count. Downside – she writes a lot of FBI agent … Continue reading The Rec League: Enemies with Benefits

Links: Peaceful Things & Book Recs

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How is it Wednesday? How?! I hope your day is going better than mine, but if not, we’re all in this together, right? Just existing right now is exhausting. Do something restorative today, if you’re able. Garden, take a bath, meditate, eat an entire cake, knit, etc. … Author Dahlia Adler has a great list of 2020 YA thrillers and mysteries. I love discovering new books, even if I don’t have the energy to read … Continue reading Links: Peaceful Things & Book Recs

Book Review

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Year of the Witching

The Year of the Witching is a very, very good book. It’s unsettling and horrifying, beautiful and incisive, and ultimately, radiantly triumphant. As it centers on a religious dystopia and has feminist themes, it has already been compared to the The Handmaid’s Tale. This is not an inapt comparison; however, I think in tone and setting it reads much more like Nathanial Hawthorne, but as written by a woman living in 2020. In the vein … Continue reading The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Historical Hero Crushes on Adopted Sister

This HaBO comes from Jenny, who is looking for this older romance. Content warning for the description below: I’m looking for a book that I read in the late 90s, but it was older than that. Unfortunately it was hardcover and the jacket was long gone, so I have no visual clues as to what it looked like to spark my memory. What I do remember is this: The books opens with the main character (possibly … Continue reading HaBO: Historical Hero Crushes on Adopted Sister

Books On Sale

Loretta Chase, Contemporary Romance, & More

Books on Sale: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory & More

RECOMMENDED: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory is $1.99! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals. Maya loved this one and gave it an A:

In the end, this story is overwhelmingly about saying yes to good things put directly in your path. If all you want to do is wrap yourself up in a Christmas love story with two adults just admirably adulting all the way through the book, I say grab a Christmas sweater and a hot chocolate, and get ready to have a stranger ask you why you look so happy reading the book you have in your hand!

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HaBO: Wife Contest

This HaBO  is from Jen, who is looking for an older Mills & Boon title: When I was young (probably too young), I sometimes used to sneak my grandmother’s romance novels from beside her bed to read in secret. I only remember a handful, but out of those, one sticks out. As far as I remember, the hero is a tycoon of some sort who launches a contest to discover (I think?!) who would become … Continue reading HaBO: Wife Contest

Books On Sale

$3.99 Avon Sale, Susanna Kearsley, & More

Books on Sale: Wrong to Need You by Alisa Rai & More

RECOMMENDED: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai is $3.99! So many of Avon’s titles are $3.99 right now and I’m including a couple in this post. This is the notorious cat pee book. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read Elyse’s review:

I do not think I can possibly endorse Wrong to Need You more strongly than “it will make you forget you’re sitting in cat pee,” but if I could, I would, because this book is everything wonderful. It’s angsty and cathartic and sexy…

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Book Review

To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman

To Catch An Earl

I love a good heist story: Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s 8, (we’re pretending the other Oceans in between don’t exist), The Italian Job, the TV show The Catch, all of them are my catnip. It’s no wonder I absolutely loved To Catch an Earl since it’s a love story about a thief and the man charged with catching her. It’s a heist story, and a game of cat and mouse all in one. It’s just wonderfully, … Continue reading To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman

Books On Sale

Enemies to Lovers, an Anthology, & More

Books on Sale: The Winter Companion by Mimi Matthews & More

The Winter Companion by Mimi Matthews is 99c at Amazon! It’s available elsewhere for $3.99, so this deal could be ending pretty quickly. Claudia is a fan of this series and this is the most recent release (out in February). I’m relatively certain they can be read out of order, though chime in if I’m wrong.

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