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), but 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 March’s New Releases, Part Two
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey is $2.99! This is a fantasy novel where a non-magical heroine investigates a magical murder. One of my close friends gave this five stars and I trust her opinion. However, other readers on Goodreads say they were surprisingly a bit bored.
RECOMMENDED: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai is $1.99! Maya read this one and gave is an A:
The Right Swipe is an amazing, well written story about two people of color falling in love as they come to terms with how the physical, psychological, and emotional traumas they experienced continue to affect them both. It was also, for me, a quiet little moment where I felt my existence was acknowledged.
The best part of Mangos & Mistletoe is the mouthwatering descriptions of pastries created in a GBBO-inspired holiday baking competition set in Scotland. The worst part of Mangos & Mistletoe is the mouthwatering descriptions of pastries created in a GBBO-inspired holiday baking competition set in Scotland. Do not repeat my mistakes: you must not read this f/f enemies-to-lovers-in-only-one-bed novella without a plate of delicious pastries nearby. My baking experience is limited to an almost burned … Continue reading Mangos & Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera
It’s the first of the month! How the heck did that happen? It’s freakin’ December! We’re changing up Hide Your Wallet slightly in the sense that we want to give you all a more curated list. There are more of us now and with all of us listing so many books, we felt the feature was getting a bit unwieldy and away from romance. Going forward, we’ve giving ourselves individual caps and a certain number … Continue reading December’s New Releases
American Love Story is a difficult book for me to grade. It’s the third book in a series on my to-read list. I decided to jump in here, but I don’t recommend following my lead and reading this as a stand-alone. American Love Story has socially-minded heroes, delightful chosen family, and a dollop of politics. Sadly, a frustrating lead left me struggling to persevere through the first half of the book. Patrice Denis is a … Continue reading American Love Story by Adriana Herrera
There are fifty books on this dang new release list. Fifty! But there are so many more books being released this October. Here are a few more that have some buzz behind them: Garth Nix returns with Angel Mage . Penny Reid’s Smartypants Romance imprint is releasing Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen . Hidden Cove by Meg Tilly is the third book in her Solace Island series.
This was a truly delicious, delectable, emotional story with resonance and heart and so much food, it might as well have its own stomach because yours shouldn’t be growling alone.
This post was written by Adriana Herrera. Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last sixteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings. When’s she not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex trips with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a social worker … Continue reading Sexual Assault in Romance
It’s been a few days since I finished this book, and I’m still thinking about it. I look at food trucks differently, and I think about the language of food, how food is a way of care and of expression, and how good food can overcome so many barriers. I also find myself thinking about the painful emotional journey of one of the characters survives in the course of the story, and how much that … Continue reading American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera
Welcome to Book Beat! Think of Book Beat as Hide Your Wallet, Part Two! In Hide Your Wallet, we talk about books coming out in a particular month that we really want to read. But there’s more to good books than just new releases! 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 … Continue reading Book Beat: An Anthology, Royals, & More
At RWA last July, I was at lunch with author Adriana Herrera and we started talking about a book I’d recently read where a heroine flees her abusive husband. Adriana works with victims of domestic violence, and she was worried that most romances don’t accurately portray abusive relationships. The statistics on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in America are grim and unsettling. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men … Continue reading Domestic Violence in Romance