Links: I Know the Holidays Are Over
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by Amanda
3h ago
Welcome back to Wednesday Links! I had my Romance Novel + Cheese Night on Friday and it went really well! Keep your eyes peeled for a write-up soon on how it went and what the yummy pairings were. I’m still a little sick so my partner and I definitely put a pause on any Valentine’s Day celebrations. We even had a fancy dinner reservations planned, which we wound up cancelling in favor of eating chips and dips. Listen, I was recording a podcast episode with Sarah and she mentioned bean dip and that was suddenly all I could think about. … The Guardian wrote about the influx of romance books ..read more
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Gothics, Historical Romance, & More
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by Amanda
7h ago
D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding RECOMMENDED: D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins is $2.99! Shana and Tara joint reviewed this one and gave it a B+: Tara: Although the pacing of the last half was off for me, overall I had a great time reading D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding. I love reality show romances and I love fake relationship romances, so I was thrilled that this book is like the old Reese’s tagline: two great tastes that taste great together. These characters are memorable and I enjoyed my time with them. Shana: Damn, now I want a peanut butter cup. O ..read more
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The Star and the Strange Moon by Constance Sayers
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by Elyse
15h ago
D The Star and the Strange Moon by Constance Sayers November 14, 2023 · Redhook I think I wouldn’t have been so disappointed in The Star and the Strange Moon had the premise not been so intriguing. This book had the potential to be so excellent, but the pacing was all over the place and most of the novel just dragged on while the best parts felt rushed. In 1968, French-American actress Gemma Turner’s career was struggling. She’s starred in surfer movies that while popular aren’t exactly critically acclaimed. Now she has the chance to work with a French director on a new horror film, L’Etran ..read more
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A Duology, Fairy Tales, & More
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by Amanda
1d ago
The Deadly Hours The Deadly Hours is $2.99! This is an interesting take on an anthology. You have four great historical mystery writers writing an interconnected story about a cursed gold watch. I’m super curious and Aarya mentioned it on a previous Hide Your Wallet. A stellar line-up of historical mystery novelists weaves the tale of a priceless and cursed gold watch as it passes through time wreaking havoc from one owner to another. The characters are irrevocably linked by fate, each playing a key role in breaking the curse and destroying the watch once and for all. From 1733 Italy to ..read more
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HaBO: STEM Romance with Online Pen Pals
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by Amanda
1d ago
This HaBO comes from Tiffany, who wants to find this romance: I’m trying to track down a STEM romance that I meant to read but Iost track of. I remember that the heroine is a lab manager who takes a lot of pride in running a tight ship and taking care of “her scientists” as she calls them. The hero is a wealthy tech mogul with a lot of media/pop culture buzz, but is tired of the “cool” factor overshadowing the seriousness of his work. There may or may not be a cybersecurity element to it. He is planning a big launch that will change all that and make a difference. The hero and heroine are onli ..read more
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Hide Your Wallet: February 20th Release Week!
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books | all of the romance, none of the bullshit
by Amanda
2d ago
Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s a new week of new book releases. Fantasy and magical elements are leading in this one, but there are also some contemporary romances and even horror. Next week is looking a little slimmer in terms of books we’re excited for, but overall, February was pretty packed with great stuff. Which new releases this week are on your TBR pile? Tell us in the comments! A Tempest of Tea Author: Hafsah Faizal Released: February 20, 2024 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult Series: Blood and Tea #1 On the streets of White Roaring, Arth ..read more
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Witches, a Classic, & More
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books | all of the romance, none of the bullshit
by Amanda
2d ago
A Morbid Taste for Bones RECOMMENDED: A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters is $3.99 at Amazon! This is book one in The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael series, which I remember Sarah enjoying. Here’s what she said: This book and the next few books of the series got me through the scariest parts of early Quarantimes. On an expedition to acquire a saint’s remains, Brother Cadfael instead finds intrigue and murder It is 1137, and the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wishes to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for the glory of his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part o ..read more
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At First Spite by Olivia Dade
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by Lara
3d ago
B+ At First Spite by Olivia Dade February 13, 2024 · Avon Contemporary Romance CW/TW CW: death of a infant (off-page, in the past), depressive episode This is my first Olivia Dade novel and it certainly won’t be my last. It was emotional, grown-up and absolutely compulsive reading. Athena has no direction in life. When the book opens, she’s working as a teacher an hour and a half away from Harlot’s Bay, the setting of the novel. She’s burnt out and really not sure what to do next careerwise. Her distress is particularly acute because at the age of 37, she really feels like she should hav ..read more
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Book Beat: Nerdy Romance, Crafts, & More
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by Amanda
5d ago
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. Candy Hearts Author: Lee Blair Released: February 1, 2024 Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA, Romance What’s sweeter than a low angst queer romance at Valentine’s Day? How about sixteen of them brought together in one anthology to help support a good cause? E ..read more
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Podcast 602, Your Transcript Has Arrived
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by SB Sarah
5d ago
The transcript for Podcast 602. Foundations of Fantasy Romance with Jennifer L. Armentrout has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast ..read more
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