Dukes, Soldiers, & More
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Articles / February 17, 2020

Death Below Stairs RECOMMENDED: Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley is $1.99! It was a previous book club pick and Sarah has great things to say about the series: I love the whole series and it’s on my short (very short) list of books to give to friends who are grieving. Competence porn, women looking after one another, and a wonderful set of characters. And food porn too. High grade. Proceed with caution if hungry or do yourself a big gifty favor and read with snacks. Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne. Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin’s…

Caption That Cover: A Throwback
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Articles / February 17, 2020

For this caption contest, we’re going Old Skool! This was sent in to us by Ashley for Cover Snark consideration. Here’s what Ashley said: I’m kind of afraid of the animal fur dress she’s wearing, but also will not lie to you. I’d probs wear it. It looks fun and warm. Once I stop looking at the dress though, I notice the man has no pants? So I’m glad he custom fashioned an absolute banger of a dress for her, but can he please make himself some a nice pair of fur pants for himself as well? Some of these older covers are really worthy of being made into prints and I so wish the image quality was better on these older scans to do so. Comment below with your caption! Caption that cover however you wish! Want to take guesses on what animal produce that fur? Maybe you have questions on how they get their hair so shiny and soft looking! The best captioner will receive a $10 bookstore credit to a book retailer of their choosing. Standard disclaimers apply: We are not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Open to international residents where permitted by applicable law. Must…

Kindle Daily Deals, a Mystery, & More
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Articles / February 16, 2020

My One and Only Duke My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes is $1.99! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals, and wow there are a lot of them. This is the first book in the Rogues to Riches series, and the description compares it to a Cinderella story. There is a mystery element to this romance, which some readers loved and others didn’t. New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces us to the unconventional Wentworth family in this charming Regency romance with a Cinderella twist. A funny thing happened on the way to the gallows… One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he’s declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he’s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him. There was just one tiny problem… Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, crosses paths with Quinn in jail. Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they’ll actually have a future together. They were wrong. He’s a wealthy…

Tell Me Of Your Romance Gatherings!
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Articles / February 16, 2020

If you have a romance book club or upcoming romance event, I would love to hear about it! There’s a form at the bottom of this post for you to fill out. I want to help romance fans connect with one another in as many places as possible, and will be doing a post at the end of each month about any and all events I learn of here. Please use this form to submit the details of a local romance event for my next post! If I receive some, I’ll post them on the last Sunday of this month (aka 23 February). Thanks! Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form. Event name * Date / Time * Date Time If this is a book club, when does it regularly meet? Example: every first Saturday, every fourteenth Monday. Address Address Line 1 Address Line 2 City AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingState Zip Code Where is this event being held? We need to know where people should go! Got a description? If there’s a title you’re discussing, this is the place to mention it! Website / URL Do folks need…

Lightning Reviews: A Couple Contemporaries & a F/F Space Romance
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Articles / February 16, 2020

We have Lightning Reviews this week! Hooray! This time, we have two contemporary romances – one with an older heroine and the other a modern marriage of convenience. We also have a sci-fi romance with a F/F relationship!   B- A Taste of Her Own Medicine author: Tasha Harrison A Taste of Her Own Medicine is both an erotic romance, and a post-divorce reinvention story. This book was earthy, sensual, and made sex in a garden sound strangely reasonable. Sonia is an herbalist and newly single mother who decides to start her own business after years of propping up her ex-husband’s career. She takes an entrepreneurship class, and falls into mutual insta-lust with her teacher, a younger man named Atlas. Yes, this is a man whose broad shoulders can hold up the world, or keep Sonia’s thighs open. Thanks to her browbeating ex, Sonia has self-esteem issues, and is initially confused by Atlas’ attention. He’s a gentle pursuer, and gives her plenty of space to figure her shit out between make-out sessions and pep talks. I found Sonia’s emotional fragility overwhelming at times, although I appreciated that her kooky sisters played as least as large a role as Atlas in…

Book Beat: Baking, Orcs, & More
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Articles / February 15, 2020

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 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. Last Light Author: Claire Kent Released: November 13, 2019 Genre: Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy It only took four years for the world to fall apart. Now the last member of my family has died, and I’m forced to travel across what’s left of three states to find the only people I know left alive. To survive, I’ll have to salvage food and supplies and try to avoid violent men who’ve learned they can take what they want by force. The only way I’m going to make it is by trusting Travis. Travis used to fix my car, and now he’s…

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

I know last Hide Your Wallet we instituted some changes. Well now we have more, thanks to the comment left by Katie C. A lot of you expressed wanting to keep the wide breadth of new releases and Katie’s suggestion was pretty great. We’re still keeping our book maximums (five per person), but have added an extra HYW post per month, allowing another five books per person. 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. Hope you like the new, new changes! And thanks again to this community for the feedback! Hard Ride Author: A.M. Arthur Released: February 17, 2020 by Carina Press Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA, Western, Romance Series: Clean Slate Ranch #5 Five Weddings and a Fake Boyfriend City slicker Derrick Massey has always had a thing for cowboys. So a roll in the hay with Kendall “Slater” Stamos during a rustic weekend wedding is more than A-OK. But when Slater’s…

Podcast 392: Your Transcript Has Landed
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Articles / February 14, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 392. Earth is Garbage, Space is Horny: Sarah & Amanda Look at Space Romance has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Announcing the 2019 Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction Winners
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Articles / February 14, 2020

Over the summer, The Ripped Bodice announced it was launching an award contest for excellence in romance fiction. There wasn’t a formal submission process and the award relied on a well-informed panel of judges to select the winning books. Winners will received a $1000 cash prize, as well as a $100 donation to a charity of their choice. Now let’s celebrate the winners of the inaugural contest, nicknamed the RIBBIES: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole American Love Story by Adriana Herrera Trashed by Mia Hopkins Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan We have reviewed a majority of the titles and the links above will either take you to our review or the book’s listing in the database. Congratulations to all the winners and the hardworking judging staff!

Movie Review: Birds of Prey (2020)
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Articles / February 14, 2020

Birds of Prey by Christina Hodson DC Entertainment Squee Not a Book Before we get into Birds of Prey, my experience, and what this means for moviegoers like myself, I’ll just give you the TL;DR portion of the review now. Go see it. The movie is fun, cathartic, has some amazing cinematography, and a kickass soundtrack. But there was a sadness that accompanied this movie, which occurred when I emerged from the theaters and made the dumbest decision of my life, which was logging onto Twitter. The movie has been out a few days and it’s already being panned as a box office flop. Will women ever be able to write and produce just as many goofy, enjoyably fun action movies (What up, Charlie’s Angels reboot) as men? Now, I’ll momentarily get off my soapbox. No promises on whether I’ll hop back on it by the end of this review! Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is really about Harley’s breakup from the Joker and the formation of the Birds of Prey. Like anyone who has gone through a bad breakup, Harley begins drinking away her problems, gets a new pet, cuts her hair, and…