Every year when it comes time to make a ‘best of the year’ list, I find that there are two criteria that help me decide what should make up my top ten: 1) Do I still remember the plot and the characters? I read an average of 200-300 books a year and something I read early in the year may end up in a ‘best of’ folder at the time of reading but lose some of its luster as it gets surpassed by other books and 2) Would I enthusiastically recommend it to someone now? […]
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman. Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser. Stella Lane and Michael Phan. Naledi Smith and Thabiso Moshoeshoe. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Dominic Frey and Silas Mason.
Just to name a few.
Romance is rife with swoon-worthy couples, lovers whose union is literally the stuff that dreams are made of. […]
Australian authors and people in publishing have come together to host Twitter auctions under the hashtag #AuthorsForFireys, to raise money for the brave firefighters battling the catastrophic fires across Australia. Many members of the romance community are participating. The auctions opened on Jan 6 and will conclude on Jan 11, with winning twitter bidders generally needing to send proof of a donation to the CFA (Country Fire Authority) to the donor in order to receive their item. […]
Like many of my fellow reviewers, I’ve had a decent – if not outstanding – reading year. A quick look through my reviews shows a good number of B and B+ grades and a handful of DIKs, although my favourite genre – Historical Romance – made a pretty poor showing (again), with many of my previously “must-read” authors failing to deliver the sort of engrossing, emotionally satisfying stories I’d hoped for. Like last year, I’ve looked more and more often to other genres to feed my reading habit (!), and happily have found a number of other authors to add to that list. […]
Even as AAR staffers have been looking back at their favourite books from 2019, we’ve taken time out to look ahead to the books we’re most looking to reading in January 2020. We’re a diverse bunch with eclectic tastes and hopefully there’s something here for everyone – don’t forget to drop by and tell us which books you’re most eager to read this month in the comments. […]
Many of our readers have probably been following recent events in RWA. In the wake of these developments at the national level, RWA local and online chapters have started to weigh in with statements both official and unofficial. I have reviewed each of the chapter websites I could find, and below I have compiled as many statements as I could locate. […]
AAR no longer has the manpower to run our annual reader poll but we still want to know what you think! So, give us your 2019 choices for:
Best romance novel
Best secondary romance
Best debut romance novel
These are from books published in 2019. OK? Go!
2019 was my year of the B romance novel. Book after book it was a case of “I love everything about this story except. . . .” or “This novel was almost a DIK but. . . .” Fortunately, there were just enough exceptions to that list that I could come up with ten truly fantastic romances that I think almost anyone will love. […]