Hide Your Wallet: July 11th Release Week! – WorldNewsEra

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A Lady’s Guide to Scandal When shy Miss Eliza Balfour married the austere Earl of Somerset, twenty years her senior, it was the match of the season–no matter that he was not the husband Eliza would have chosen.But ten years later, Eliza is widowed.
And at eight and twenty years, she is suddenly left titled, rich, and, for the first time in her life, utterly in control of her own future.
Instead of living out her mourning quietly, Eliza heads to Bath with her cousin Margaret.
After years of living according to everyone else’s rules, Eliza has resolved, at last, to do as she wants.
But when the ripples of the dowager Lady Somerset’s behavior reach the new Lord Somerset—whom Eliza knew, once, as a younger woman—Eliza is forced to confront the fact that freedom does not come without consequences, though it also brings unexpected opportunities .
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Aarya: I liked Irwin’s debut a lot.
Hopefully this one isn’t too much of a love triangle.
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The Duchess Effect Tracey Livesay returns in this seriously sexy sequel to American Royalty, following Duchess and Prince Jameson as they strive to turn their romance into a relationship, beneath the relentless glare of the spotlight.
Against all odds, sexy American rapper, Danielle “Duchess” Nelson and brilliant reclusive royal Prince Jameson have fallen in love!
They’ve decided to take their relationship public and find a way to make their two worlds coexist.
On their terms.
Unfortunately, falling in love was the easy part.
Jameson and Dani’s love story has made them the most popular royals since Prince John, but that popularity comes with a price.
Dani looks forward to signing the deal with a major cosmetics company that will make her skin care line, Mela-Skin, a force in the industry, and finally grant her the control over her life she’s craved since childhood.
But the company wants to take advantage of their fame and involve Jameson in Mela-Skin’s marketing campaign.
Dani is outraged!
Her company has nothing to do with Jameson.
After stepping up for the royal family, Jameson yearns to retreat back into academia.
But he’s fired when his university raises concerns about his newfound notoriety.
And suddenly the queen, initially against the relationship, backtracks, seeing their cooperation when the family is embroiled in yet another scandal.
This isn’t the quiet life Jameson was hoping for.
Dani and Jameson truly love each other.
But under the scrutiny of the international spotlight, when the doubts, compromises, and secrets begin to take their toll, will their love be enough?
Dahlia: Its predecessor was the steamiest book I read in 2022, and this followup did not disappoint.
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Forged by Magic A heartwarming, feel-good fantasy romance…with a helping of spice and only a pinch of danger.
Trapped in a tower by the emperor who conquered her homeland, Daella yearns for an escape.
But as one of the few half-orcs left in the world, she knows she’ll never be free, much less find her own happily ever after.
Destiny takes an unexpected turn when the emperor offers her a deal.
To earn her freedom, she must journey to the mysterious Isles of Fable and track down wielders of outlawed dragon magic.
Eager to seize her chance, Daella agrees.
When a brutal storm tosses her ship off course, she washes up on the wrong island—right at the feet of Rivelin, a gruff but handsome elven blacksmith, who seems more likely to stab her than help her.
To her surprise, he offers her shelter until the next ship passes through in six weeks’ time.
Daella soon realizes he’s hiding something big.
It could be the very magic she’s been tasked to hunt down—the key to her long-awaited freedom.
But as they bicker over the flames of his forge, her heart kindles with something she’s never felt before.
When his secrets finally come to light, Daella must decide what’s more her freedom from the wicked crown or the desires of her heart.
Forged by Magic is a complete, stand-alone fantasy romance novel set in the whimsical world of Falling for Fables.
Amanda: The moment Elyse posted this cover in the Slack, I added it to my TBR pile.
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Forget Me Not An ambitious wedding planner must work with her grumpy florist ex, whose heart she broke, on the most high-profile wedding of her career, in this spicy and emotional romance from popular fanfic author Julie Soto.
He loves me; he loves me not… Ama Torres loves being a wedding planner.
But with a mother who has been married more times than you can count on your fingers, Ama has decided that marriage is not the route for her.
But weddings?
Weddings are amazing.
As a small business owner, she knows how to match her clients with the perfect vendor to give them the wedding of their dreams.
Well, almost perfect… Elliot hates being a florist, most of the time.
When his father left him the flower shop, he considered it a burden, but he’s stuck with it.
Just like how he’s stuck with the way he proposed to Ama, his main collaborator and girlfriend (or was she?) two years ago.
But flowers have grown on him, just like Ama did.
And flowers can’t run off and never speak to him again, like Ama did.
When Ama is hired to plan a celebrity wedding that will bring her business national exposure, there’s a catch: Elliot is already contracted to design the flowers.
Things are not helped by the two brides, who see the obvious chemistry between Ama and Elliot and are determined to set them up, not knowing their complicated history.
Add in a meddling ex-boss, and a reality TV film crew documenting every step of the wedding prep, and Ama and Elliot’s hearts are not only in jeopardy again, but this time, their livelihoods are too.
Amanda: This debut sounds so good!
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Hello Stranger Sadie Montgomery never saw what was coming .
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Literally!
One minute she’s celebrating the biggest achievement of her life—placing as a finalist in the North American Portrait Society competition—the next, she’s lying in a hospital bed diagnosed with a “probably temporary” condition known as face blindness.
She can see, but every face she looks at is now a jumbled puzzle of disconnected features.
Imagine trying to read a book upside down and in another language.
This is Sadie’s new reality with every face she sees.
But, as she struggles to cope, hang on to her artistic dream, work through major family issues, and take care of her beloved dog, Peanut, she falls into—love?
Lust?
A temporary obsession to distract from the real problems in her life?—with not one man but two very different ones.
The timing couldn’t be worse.
If only her life were a little more in focus, Sadie might be able to find her way.
But perceiving anything clearly right now seems impossible.
Even though there are things we can only find when we aren’t looking.
And there are people who show up when we least expect them.
And there are always, always other ways of seeing.
Amanda: I loved Center’s The Bodyguard, so I’m looking forward to this one.
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I Do, I Don’t Can data predict who we fall in love with?
Reality television is here to find out, and thousands of viewers are along for the ride.
Two total strangers, matched by the world’s most advanced romance algorithm, meet at the altar to say, “I do.” Their every awkward moment and moonlit kiss are filmed to uncover if happily ever after is a simple perfect data match.
When executive producer Annie Jackson convinces Nicole Hart to leave her prestigious job and write and refine the romance algorithm for I Do, I Don’t, their success is almost guaranteed.
So, when one of the brides backs out days before the wedding, Annie panics and Nicole steps in as the algorithm’s second choice to get married on national TV, or else.
Nicole can’t believe her bad luck when the backup turns out to be…her.
To test the system she designed, she used her own data, but she sure as hell didn’t expect to be hauled to the altar against her better judgment.
Her algorithm is flawless, but her growing feelings for Annie could destroy all her credibility and sink the show.
Tara: This just sounds straight up bonkers and I’m curious to see how it goes.
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It Happened One Fight From Entertainment Weekly writer Maureen Lee Lenker comes a swoony romantic comedy set in the world of 1930s film.
Joan Davis is a movie star, and a damned good actor, too.
Unfortunately, Hollywood only seems to care when she stars alongside Dash Howard, Tinseltown’s favorite leading man and a perpetual thorn in Joan’s side.
She’s sick of his hotshot attitude, his never-ending attempts to get a rise out of her—especially after the night he sold her out to the press on a studio-arranged date.
She’ll turn her career around without him.
She’s engaged to Hollywood’s next rising star, after all, and preparing to make the film that could finally get her taken seriously.
Then, a bombshell drops: thanks to one of his on-set pranks gone wrong, Dash and Joan are legally married.
Reputation on the line, Joan agrees to star alongside Dash one last time and move production to Reno, where divorce is legal after a six-week residency.
But between on-set shenanigans, fishing competitions at Lake Tahoe, and intimate moments leaked to the press, Joan begins to see another side to the man she thought she had all figured out, and it becomes harder and harder to convince the public—and herself—that her marriage to Dash is the joke it started out as.
Sarah: An oops-we’re-married story set in 1930s Hollywood!
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The Judas Blossom An imaginative and sprawling epic fantasy reimagining of the Mongol Empire’s invasion of Persia, following the lives and treacherous journeys of four key figures in the heart of war.
1260, Persia: Due to the efforts of the great Genghis Khan, the Mongol Empire covers a vast portion of the known world.
In the shadow of his grandfather, Hulagu Khan, ruler of the Ilkhanate, is determined to create a single empire that covers the entire world.
His method?
Violence.
His youngest son, Temujin Khan, struggles to find his place in his father’s bloody rule.
After another failure, Temujin is given one last chance to prove himself to Hulagu, who is sure there is a great warrior buried deep inside.
But there’s something else rippling under the surface… something far more powerful and dangerous than they could ever imagine… Reduced to the position of one of Hulagu’s many wives, the famed Blue Princess Kokochin is the last of her tribe.
Alone and forgotten in a foreign land, Kokochin is unwilling to spend her days seeking out trivial pursuits.
Seeking purpose, she finds herself wandering down a path that grants her more power than a wife of the Khan may be allowed.
Kaivon, the Persian rebel who despises the Mongols for the massacre of his people, thirsts for revenge.
However, he knows alone he cannot destroy the empire.
When given the opportunity to train under the tutelage of Hulagu, Kaivon must put aside his feelings and risk his life for a chance to destroy the empire that aims to conquer the world.
Family and war collide in this thrilling and bloody reimagining of the Mongol Empire’s invasion of Persia.
Elyse: This fantasy book is set in 13th century Persia.
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The Mistress of Bhatia House Bombay’s only female solicitor, Perveen Mistry, grapples with class divisions, sexism, and complex family dynamics as she seeks justice for a mistreated young woman in this thrilling fourth installment in Sujata Massey’s Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning series.
Bombay, 1920s.
At a lavish fundraiser party for the launch of a new women’s hospital, the grandson of Lord Bhatia, an influential aristocrat, is badly burned in an accident—but a young servant, Sunanda, rushes to save him.
Instead of being lauded as a hero, Sunanda is dismissed from the household, and simultaneously, suspiciously charged with “child murder”—also known as abortion.
Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female solicitor, cannot stand by while this heroine is mistreated and takes her on as a client.
Perveen goes as far as inviting Sunanda to live with the Mistrys, as Sunanda’s family has put her out of the house in shame at her supposed crime.
The Mistry home is full of tension, as Perveen’s sister-in-law, who has just given birth, is struggling with new motherhood, and Perveen’s father is less than happy to have a disgraced servant under his roof.
Perveen herself is going through personal turmoil as she navigates a societally taboo relationship with a handsome librarian.
When the Mistrys’ servant residence is set aflame, Perveen realizes just how much is at stake in this case: has someone extremely powerful framed Sunanda to cover up another crime?
Will Perveen be able to prove Sunanda’s innocence without endangering her own family?
Sujata Massey has returned with another expertly researched and chillingly prescient exploration of 1920s Bombay.
The next book in the Perveen Mistry mystery series.
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My Week with Him “Acute portrait of agency, hope, and intergenerational trauma by Goffney.“—Publishers Weekly A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection pick!
From Joya Goffney of Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry, comes a stirring YA coming-of-age, best friends-to-lovers romance about a girl named Nikki who plans to run away from small-town Texas, but ultimately finds that her oldest friend, Mal, just might be the one who’s been there for her all along.
Filled with heart and humor, this novel captures complex family drama, friendship, and love.
For fans of I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest and Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan.
Nikki can’t wait to leave Texas and follow her dreams of a music career .
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After a painful betrayal by her sister and a heated argument with their mother, Nikki is kicked out and finds herself homeless.
She decides to go to California to pursue her singing career.
When her best friend, Malachai, discovers her plan to flee Texas, he begs her to spend the remainder of spring break with him.
He believes that over the course of a week, he can convince her to stay in Texas, or to at least graduate high school.
But their plans are interrupted when Nikki’s little sister Vae goes missing.
Nikki is forced to work alongside her difficult mother as they set off in search of Vae, with Malachai’s support.
Will Nikki find a reason to stay in Texas, or will this spring break be the last time she sees them?
Through her emotional journey, Nikki ultimately finds the love she’s always been missing and discovers the power of her own voice.
Aarya: Goffney’s previous two YA romances were fantastic.
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The Only Purple House in Town Iris Collins is the messy one in her family.
The “chaos bunny.” Her sisters are all wildly successful, while she can’t balance her budget for a single month.
It’s no wonder she’s in debt to her roommates.
When she unexpectedly inherits a house from her great aunt, her plan to turn it into a B&B fails—as most of her plans do.
She winds up renting rooms like a Victorian spinster, collecting other lost souls…and not all of them are “human.” Eli Reese grew up as the nerdy outcast in school, but he got rich designing apps.
Now he’s successful by any standards.
But he’s never had the same luck in finding a real community or people who understand him.
Over the years, he’s never forgotten his first crush, so when he spots her at a café, he takes it as a sign.
Except then he gets sucked into the Iris-verse and somehow ends up renting one of her B&B rooms.
As the days pass, Eli grows enchanted by the misfit boarders staying in the house…and even more so by Iris.
Could Eli have finally found a person and a place to call “home”?
If you’ve kept up with the Fix-It Witches series, here’s book four!
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Play to Win Miriam Butler’s life is going nowhere in the slowest, most excruciating way possible.
Stuck in the same barely-paying job she’s had since she was sixteen and spending every night sleeping in the spare twin bed in her mother’s house, her existence might be hilarious if it wasn’t so bleak.
One trip to her favorite Quickie Mart upends everything when she finds herself the winner of a Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot.
Unfortunately, not even life-altering roses come without their painful thorns.
Hers just so happen to be in the form of an estranged husband who has the right to claim his share of her money.
It’s been eight years since Leo Vaughn has had a conversation with his wife.
When she calls out of the blue, practically begging him to come back to Greenbelt, the last thing he expects her to tell him when he gets there is that she’s come into a whole heap of money.
She offers him a life-changing proposition of his own.
Take a lump sum, finally sign the divorce papers, and be done with her for good.
Only, a forever without her is the last thing Leo wants.
So he gives a proposition of his own.
One that won’t cost her nearly as many millions, but will buy him the time to do the one thing he’s been hungry to do since he left — win her back.
Aarya: Love a second chance romance with a divorced couple.
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Queen of Exiles Acclaimed historical novelist Vanessa Riley is back with another novel based on the life of an extraordinary Black woman from history: Haiti’s Queen Marie-Louise Coidavid, who escaped a coup in Haiti to set up her own royal court in Italy during the Regency era, where she became a popular member of royal European society.
The Queen of Exiles is Marie-Louise Christophe, wife and then widow of Henry I, who ruled over the newly liberated Kingdom of Hayti in the wake of the brutal Haitian Revolution.
In 1810 Louise is crowned queen as her husband begins his reign over the first and only free Black nation in the Western Hemisphere.
But despite their newfound freedom, Haitians still struggle under mountains of debt to France and indifference from former allies in Britain and the new United States.
Louise desperately tries to steer the country’s political course as King Henry descends into a mire of mental illness.
In 1820, King Henry is overthrown and dies by his own hand.
Louise and her daughters manage to flee to Europe with their smuggled jewels.
In exile, the resilient Louise redefines her role, recovering the fortune that Henry had lost and establishing herself as an equal to the kings of European nations.
With newspapers and gossip tracking their every movement, Louise and her daughters tour Europe like other royals, complete with glittering balls and princes with marriage proposals.
As they find their footing–and acceptance–they discover more about themselves, their Blackness, and the opportunities they can grasp in a European and male-dominated world.
Queen of Exiles is the tale of a remarkable Black woman of history–a canny and bold survivor who chooses the fire and ideals of political struggle, and then is forced to rebuild her life on her own terms, forever a queen.
The newest Vanessa Riley historical fiction!
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Star Bringer Firefly meets The Breakfast Club in this snarky, new adult romance.
The sun is dying…and it’s happening way too damn fast.
With the clock ticking, the Nine Planets’ only hope of survival rests on a fancy space station and the alien artifact it’s carrying.
Which is why it really sucks when some jackass doesn’t want the universe saved and blows that station up—while you’re still on it.
So if your only choices are flaming death or stealing a flying hunk of space junk—you pick that busted-ass spaceship.
Even if it leaves seven strangers with deadly secrets trapped together: a princess, a prisoner, a con artist, a warrior, a priestess, a mercenary, and an asshole in charge of us all.
Now every faction in the galaxy is hunting this ship—from the Sisterhood to the Corporation, and the rebellion’s joining in on the fun, too.
We just need to stop drinking, fighting, and screwing long enough to evade them all and save the freaking universe…somehow.
Because apparently the only thing standing between a dying sun and ultimate salvation is seven unlikely misfits…ahem, heroes.
Shana: I heard this was Firefly meets The Breakfast Club and that’s all I needed to hear.
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Thief Liar Lady “Happily Ever After” is a total scam, but at least this time the princess is the one controlling the grift—until her true love arrives and threatens to ruin the whole scheme.
Intrigue, magic, and wit abound in this Cinderella fairytale reimagining, perfect for fans of Heather Walter and Naomi Novik.
I’m not who you think I am.
My transformation from a poor, orphaned scullery maid into the enchantingly mysterious lady who snagged the heart of the prince did not happen—as the rumors insisted—in a magical metamorphosis of pumpkins and glass slippers.
On the first evening of the ball, I didn’t meekly help my “evil” stepmother and stepsisters primp and preen or watch forlornly out the window as their carriage rolled off toward the palace.
I had other preparations to make.
My stepsisters and I had been trained for this—to be the cleverest in the room, to be quick with our hands and quicker with our lies.
We were taught how to get everything we want in this world, everything men always kept for themselves: power, wealth, and prestige.
And with a touchingly tragic past and the help of some highly illegal spells, I would become a princess, secure our fortunes, and we would all live happily ever after.
But there’s always more to the story.
With my magic running out, war looming, and a handsome hostage prince—the wrong prince—distracting me from my true purpose with his magnetic charm and forbidden flirtations, I’m in danger of losing control of the delicate balance I’ve created…and that could prove fatal.
There’s so much more riding on this than a crown.
Amanda: I definitely have a weakness for fairy tale retellings and this one is getting pretty buzzy amongst my book communities.
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More to Love An Unexpected Love For Jamir Cunnigham, a relationship is the last thing on his mind.
After inheriting his grandparent’s bookstore, Jamir has been completely focused on running the business.
And if he’s lonely, that was between him and the books.
Yet, from the moment Emmy Park walked into his life, Jamir was immediately captivated by the plus-size Korean.
A Fresh Start After his recent divorce, former Olympic Wrestler Emerson “Emmy” Park moved to Texas to get a fresh start.
After taking a job as an assistant wrestling coach at a nearby university, he stumbles across Jamir’s bookstore.
Emmy is instantly attracted to Jamir.
Unfortunately, he is big and burly with a resting bitch face and thinks he has zero chance with the gorgeous Black man.
However, when a sudden encounter shows them how good they can be together.
Is the simmering attraction between them enough for them to see past their differences and finally give in to their desires?
More To Love is a short and sweet m/m romance book featuring bookstores, coffee shops, plus-size main characters, bisexual couples, sapphic side characters, autumn feels, and Black/Asian romances.
Shana’s pick!
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