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Articles / March 15, 2020

The Matrimonial Advertisement The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews is 99c! This is the first book in the Parish Orphans of Devon series and it’s a Victorian historical romance. It also has a marriage of convenience. Readers say this has a Gothic element, which they loved. However, others felt the book couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a mystery or a romance. She Wanted Sanctuary…  Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill–though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome–is anything but a romantic hero. He Needed Redemption…  Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household–and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one. Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement…

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
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Articles / March 15, 2020

B- House of Earth and Blood by Sarah Maas March 3, 2020 · Bloomsbury Fantasy/Fairy Tale RomanceScience Fiction/FantasyUrban Fantasy Perhaps unsurprisingly, after reading House of Earth and Blood, I posit that the best barometer of whether or not you will enjoy this book is whether or not you have enjoyed Sarah J. Maas’ other books. All the hallmarks of Maas are here: a beautiful, semi-outcast heroine hiding an incredible power; a super-powerful, much older hero with a dark past; a jam-packed cast of intriguing secondary characters; loads of snarky and sassy dialogue, and nonstop, high-stakes action in the latter sections of the book. (Side note: buckle up, bitchery! I got a long-ass review for a long-ass book coming your way!!) The main difference in feel here comes from the setting, which is a modern-ish city called Lunathion (or Crescent City) where all kinds of supernatural beings and humans live together in non-harmony. The trappings of modernity (cell phones, e-mail, high-rises, clubs) mesh well with Maas’ snappy writing style. I think it would be fair to call this an urban fantasy, for all of its complex lore and high stakes and door stopper length. As we open the book, the half-human,…

March’s New Releases, Part Two
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Articles / March 15, 2020

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 will help us feature books from smaller publishers who don’t have buy links up as quickly as the big five. As always, if we missed any books that you’re particularly looking forward to, tell us all about them in the comments. A First Time for Everything Author: Isabel Morin Released: March 16, 2020 by Entangled: Embrace Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance Hannah Bloom arrives on campus for her senior year of college a new woman. No more mortifying acne—though she still bears the scars—and no more trying to be invisible. She has two goals: get into med school and have sex before graduation. But getting into med school may prove easier than having sex, because Hannah has a secret—she’s never even been kissed. What…