What should we buy at the huge Harlequin sale?


Harlequin is having their biggest sale ever.From October 18-25, all Harlequin category romance eBooks will be on-sale for just $1.99 each! There are over 18,000+ titles on sale.

That’s a lot of books and it’s hard to choose. So, we’re asking for recommendations. Tell us what are your favorite Harlequin category romances?



By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|22 Comments

October’s TBR Challenge: Romantic Suspense

 This is the fourth book in Rachel Grant’s Evidence series, but fortunately, this is a series in which all the stories are self-contained, so it’s not absolutely necessary to have read the other books.  There are some characters who have obviously appeared before and it’s clear that certain plot details were planted in previous books, but the author has given enough information here for a newbie like me to be able to dive right in and enjoy.

Incriminating Evidence is a fast-moving, well-paced story with plenty of intrigue, nail-biting moments of peril and action running alongside a sexy and nicely developed romance between an unlikely couple – an introverted archaeologist and a wealthy businessman running for political office.

Isabel Dawson is an archaeologist whose current gig is searching for ancient settlements that could be threatened by the upcoming timber harvest in Alaska. She’s a bit of a loner, so her job of hiking through the remote wilderness suits her and she enjoys it – although right now, she isn’t completely focused on her task. Around a year earlier, her brother Vincent, a soldier, was killed, supposedly on a […]

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: TBR Challenge|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

The importance of story. . . and history: a Guest Post by K.C. Bateman

K.C Bateman’s To Steal a Heart was undoubtedly one of the best début historical romances I’ve read recently, and I’ve been looking forward to her next book – A Raven’s Heart – ever since. I asked Ms. Bateman to tell AAR a little more about herself, her books… and her alter-ego as an antiques expert!

Five years ago I left my home in England and uprooted my young family to move to the American Midwest with my husband’s work. Before that, I’d spent twelve wonderful years as a fine art and antiques appraiser, running my own auction house, and also appearing on several British antiques-related TV shows as an on-screen expert.

But I soon discovered that there wasn’t much use for my auctioneering or appraisal skills in central Illinois, and with three small kids at home, I realized I would go stir crazy if I didn’t find something else to do. I’ve always been an avid reader, especially of historical romance, and I’d studied English at University, so it was a natural sidestep to use my geeky historical knowledge to write my own historical romance.

Someone once told me […]

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Caz AAR, Guest Posts, Historicals, Romance|5 Comments

Jane Austen in Vine Street: A guest post by Myretta Robens

Heroines (and some of the heroes) of Dressed to Kiss are deeply involved in the world of Regency Fashion What member of high society in early 19th century England wasn’t? Our guiding light, Jane Austen, had a few interesting insights that we might apply to our characters. […]

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Jennifer McQuiston on Assassinations in History

polasIf bodyguards, Secret Service details, and metal detectors make you think it is far more dangerous for world leaders and celebrities today than it used to be, you simply aren’t looking at history hard enough.

In my new book, The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel (our review is here), the hero Geoffrey Westmore and the heroine Mary Channing overhear a nefarious assassination plot that threatens the highest levels of British Society. Unfortunately, when no one believes them, they are forced to track down the would-be killers on their own. There is a happily ever after waiting at the end of the story for them, of course, but was there a happily ever after for the target of the assassins?

History suggests… maybe not.

Assassination is the pre-meditated murder of a prominent figure, usually for religious or political purposes. Offing world leaders as a means of advancing one’s political or religious agenda is nothing new. Nineteenth century Europe was a teeming cauldron of political unrest, and a hefty dose of politics-by-murder was doled out over the course of those hundred years. To name but a few notorious 19th century assassinations:

1801: If it wasn’t bad enough being the son […]

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |4 Comments

Caroline Linden Made Her Daughter a Dress

dtkThis is a story of true love and devotion, of fantasy and fashion, and something that can only be described (by my husband) as “out-and-out insanity.”

My mother taught me to sew when I was very young. She grew up in a thrifty rural community where many clothes were made at home, by mothers and grandmothers, and she continued this. I still have some of the outfits she made for me as a child, exquisitely finished inside and out. I know she made clothes for some of my Barbies as well, but at some point she said, “You can learn to do this yourself.” So I learned.

Aside from the random special occasion I didn’t sew much after I grew up. But when I had children, Halloween became A Thing in our house. My children, even when very young, loved to dress up, and I enthusiastically abetted this. I made gowns for Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I made Robin Hood, Darth Vadar, Anakin Skywalker, and the Count of Monte Cristo. We crafted bows and arrows from the sticks in our backyard. We painted a chopstick with glow-in-the-dark paint so Harry Potter could […]

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Fashion, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |13 Comments

Alexis Hall shares his love for Catherine Cookson

pansies_600x900Well, I’ve got a new book coming out this week. And perhaps I’m just too British and over-think these things but what seems to happen when I get a new book out is that people say “would you like to write us a post for our blog on account of how you’ve got a new book out” and I immediately think to myself “well, I’d love to but what could I possibly write about? I certainly can’t write about the new book I’ve got out. That would be ghastly.”

The new book I’ve got out is called Pansies, and it’s biggest distinguishing feature (apart from the fact it’s called Pansies) is that it’s set in a tiny town in the north of England that virtually nobody has ever heard of. I wrote a book set in a tiny town that nobody has ever heard of because I’m kind of fond of those sorts of places.

Although, as it happens, it already has a romance novelist—probably one of the biggest and best known in the UK. Catherine Cookson was born in South Shields in 1906 and wrote nearly a hundred books between 1952 and 1998. They have been translated into […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , |17 Comments

Midweek Minis

Our team of avid readers continues to work tirelessly to point you towards the good, the bad and the… indifferent… when it comes to romance!  Here’s another group of mini reviews from Alex, Caroline, Emily, Janet, Kristen, Maria Rose and Ulysses to give you some ideas as to what you might want to read next!

Alex’s Read:

Night Study by Maria Snyder
I discovered Maria Snyder’s Study series about a year ago, and was instantly hooked. The mix of magic, political intrigue, and adventure found in these books was enticing enough that I read the first three back-to-back —an entire week of my life was abruptly taken over by Ms. Snyder’s work. When I found out there was going to be a second trilogy to follow the first Study books, I naturally jumped on them.

Night Study is the second book of this new trilogy, and it picks up right where Shadow Study left off. Yelena and Valek, the powerful Soulfinder and right hand of the Commander of Ixia, now face a new enemy in the form of a magician named Owen Moon. Angry at Yelena and Valek […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: Alexandra AAR, Caroline AAR, EmAAR, Janet AAR, Kristen D, Maria Rose, Mini reviews|Tags: , |0 Comments


All book titles are linked (where possible) to Amazon.com.

Christmas at Eden Manor Noelle Adams
His Best Mistake Diane Alberts
His Illegitimate Heir Sarah M. Anderson
Fall into Love anthology Melody Anne et al
Luxe Two: A La La Land Addiction Ashley Antoinette
Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely Kira Archer
Into the Light Kathryn Ascher
Somebody Like You Lynette Austin
One Christmas in Paris Mandy Baggot
Kept Maya Banks
His Secret Baby Bombshell Jules Bennett
The Thunder Beneath Us Nicole Blades
Christmas in Destiny Toni Blake
Dangerously Charming Deborah Blake
A New York Love Story Cassie Bocca
Thursdays in the Park Hilary Boyd
The Crazy Cat Ladies :9 New romances Sidney Bristol
To Love a Texas Ranger Linda Broday
Down Shift K. Bromberg
Make Me Stay Rebecca Brooks
Center Courtship Liza Brown
Taste Kris Bryabt
Mistletoe Games Jaci Burton
The Boy Is Back Meg Cabot
Taking Charge Ruth Cardello
Big Package Opal Carew
Bedmates Nicole Chase
Mistletoe Between Friends / The Snowflake Inn Samantha Chase
Royally Screwed Emma Chase
Mount! Jilly Cooper
The Second Wave Jean Copeland
It Must Be Christmas Jennifer Crusie
Enjoy the Dance Heidi Cullinan
Serious Potential Maggie Cummings
One More Taste Melissa Cutler
Four Letter Word J. Daniels
Honor Bound B.J. Daniels
Cross Purposes Gina L. Dartt
Right Billionaire, Wrong Wedding Victoria Davies
Broken Lisa Edward
Our Little Secret Jenna Ellis
The Rancher’s Prospect Callie Endicott
Torch Karen Erickson
Bare Pleasures Lindsay Evans
Her Festive Baby Bombshell Jennifer Faye
The Cowboy and the Baby Marie Ferrarella
Perfect Pleasures Deborah Fletcher


Tempting Tristan Melissa Foster
Burned Hearts Calista Fox
The Right Kind of Guy Kerri-Leigh Grady
The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance Kirsty Greenwood
The Flower Arrangement Ella Griffin
Kissing Father Christmas Robin Jones Gunn
Tantalizing Maria Helen Hardt
Keeping Cole’s Promise Cheryl Harper
A Royal Christmas Wedding Rachel Hauck
True-Blue Cowboy Christmas Nicole Helm
Home on the Range Ruth Logan Herne
The Gift of a Lifetime Melissa Hill
The Bull Rider’s Redemption Heidi Hormel
Can’t Help Falling Kara Isaac
The Rancher Returns Brenda Jackson
Convenient Cowgirl Bride Silver James
Turn and Burn Lorelei James
Summer in Tintagel Amanda James
Top Shelf Kelly Jamieson
Where Two Hearts Meet Liz Johnson
Shadow on the Fells Eleanor Jones
Bound to Submit Laura Kaye


By | October 1st, 2016|Categories: Book news, Caz AAR, Romance reading, Upcoming releases|1 Comment

An excerpt from Sonali Dev’s A Change of Heart

Sonali Dev’s third book, A Change of Heart, was released this week. Ms. Dev shared an excerpt with us and sent this description of the novel.

Dr. Nikhil ‘Nic’ Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.
Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen’s heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala’s story as absurd, but there’s something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.
Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son, Joy. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication. […]

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Books with Buzz, Guest Posts|Tags: |0 Comments