Book Releases and Reviews: January 18 and 25, 2022

Today’s January 18 book releases include an incredible investigative non-fiction and some sweet and spicy romances. We’re looking at the dark world of pharmaceutical malpractice and returning the world of Dark Olympus.

The Hard Sell by Evan Hughes


I could not put The Hard Sell down once I started reading. It documents how the company Insys inappropriately marketed their fentanyl based pain killer, Subsys, to doctors (including bribes and kickbacks) and encouraged those doctors to prescribe Subsys inappropriately to patients. The journey starts from the beginning to the company all the way to the legal battles that took down the major players. It really focuses on the company itself and it’s practices, but underlying it all is the real harm done to patients who had no idea what was going on behind the scenes. I think anyone who found Bad Blood fascinating, will be similarly interested and horrified by The Hard Sell as well.

Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne


This is a gender-swapped My Fair Lady inspired romance. I found both characters pretty difficult to like early on. Violet, as the Henry Higgens-type character, is a snob and Cain, as the Eliza Doolittle stand in, was unnecessarily rude in the early part of the book, but as the story went on both characters grew on me. I liked the journey that both characters went on to make themselves over internally to have the life they wanted.

Electric Idol by Katee Robert


Electric Idol is everything I hoped for in a Cupid and Psyche retelling. Eros isn’t a god of love in this world, but a killer for Aphrodite, but when Aphrodite commands him to take Psyche’s heart, he decides there’s a different way to save Psyche, who has never been anything but kind to him. I love the way the Dark Olympus world continues to expand. I can’t wait to read more in this series.

Some other January 18 book releases we’re looking forward to are Coming Back by Jessi Zabarksy and Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly. And on January 25 we’re looking forward to the long awaited Munro by Kresley Cole, Running Wild by K.A. Tucker, and Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall.