TBR Challenge 2017: A Quick Read

It’s the 3rd of week of January (already!), and that means it’s time for romance bloggers to start shrinking their TBR piles in unison.  Or, if you’re like me, you read everyone else’s blog entries and start bingeing on books.  This month of the TBR Challenge starts off nice and light, with short reads such as novellas, category romance, etc…  Caz and I both had fun.

That Despicable Rogue by Virginia Heath

Virginia Heath registered on my radar when her début novel came out in the Spring of 2016, but I didn’t manage to get around to reading it.  I did, however, pick up […]

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: Caz AAR, Historicals, Lynn AAR, Romance reading, TBR Challenge|Tags: , |7 Comments


We’re still experimenting with formats for our regular On Sale lists, and plan to launch our New Look soon.  Until then, here’s a look at what’s new for January. Where possible, titles are linked to Amazon. […]

By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: Romance reading|54 Comments

The AAR Seventeen in 17 Reading Challenge

2-2017-01-05The annual Reading Challenge that used to run on the Message Boards has been one of AAR’s most popular features, and a few weeks back, we asked for suggestions and prompts for the 2017 Challenge, which we’re going to run here on the AAR blog.

Goal: Clear books that have been on your TBR for a month or more.

Rules: (Totally not enforced so feel free to be freewheeling with them!) Choose a challenge, and then read 17 (or 10 or 12) books that match the criteria listed within the challenge to complete it.

Here’s how it’s going to work: At the beginning of every month, there will be a blog post for you to comment about the books you […]

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: AAR Reading Challenge 17 in 17, Maggie AAR, Reading, Romance reading|47 Comments

The Best of 2016: Kristen’s List

2016 was a weird reading year for me. I read an absolute deluge of books (479 at this morning’s count), as I spent a lot of it on work projects which required a lot of reading. In addition, I found myself on quite a few planes and reading is my favorite way to fly the friendly skies. I tried to read widely, venturing into genres I hadn’t explored before (hello, food memoir, nice to meet you!) and significantly upped my audiobook intake. I also binged on a few author back catalogues (Sherry Thomas and Sarah Mayberry in particular) and participated in Book Riot’s “Read Harder” challenge.

You can imagine, therefore, how hard a “Top Ten” list is for me this year. I could do Top Ten social science reads, or memoirs, or books written by non-authors (chefs, actresses, etc.). When asked to throw together my list for AAR, I had a choice to make. I decided to list the new releases that surprised me the most this year; the characters who have stayed with me, or the author voices which were the most refreshing. […]

By | January 1st, 2017|Categories: Best of 2016, Kristen D, Romance reading|25 Comments

Rising to the Challenge!

open-booksBack in 2008, a conversation on the Romance Potpourri Message Board revealed two things:  Many of us had massive to be read piles and most of us had no real motivation to pull books off of them.  In order to conquer those dual issues we created the Unofficial 9 in 2009 AAR Reading Challenge.  The goal was to read at least nine books on your TBR.  I did it, loved it (as did several others) and we have been doing the Reading Challenges ever since.

Here’s why the challenges are so great.  Reason one is that it has definitely helped expand my reading experiences.  I don’t know about the rest of you but I will often […]

By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Maggie AAR, Reading, Romance reading|Tags: |22 Comments

Before the End: The Beyond Series by Kit Rocha

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The erotic dystopian Beyond series didn’t really come onto my reading radar until mid-2014, though the first book, Beyond Shame was released in 2012. Even then, I wasn’t particularly interested in reading them. I was happy with my contemporary and historical romances and hadn’t branched out too much into other romantic sub-genres. But I had some reviewer friends who couldn’t stop talking about them. “They are so dirty!” “’They are so addictive!” “The worldbuilding is fantastic!” and so on. Reluctantly, I picked up

By | December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Books with Buzz, E-books, Maria Rose, Reading, Romance reading|2 Comments

Midweek minis

AAR staffers Kristen, LinnieGayl, Maria Rose, Dabney, and Sara have been hard at work reading and reviewing even more books! Here are their thoughts on some of their most recent reads in another of our occasional series of mini reviews.

Kristen’s Reads:

Semi-Scripted by Amanda Heger

Marisol Gutierrez travels to the U.S. to pitch their nonprofit at a grant conference. The competition is stiff, Marisol is not usually the organization’s spokesperson, and she is especially nervous to do it all in her second language of English, but has stepped in at the last minute and is determined to do well. The future of the organisation depends […]

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: Dabney AAR, Kristen D, LinnieGayl AAR, Maria Rose, Mini reviews, Romance, Romance reading, Sara AAR|5 Comments

Meet… Emily Larkin

A few years back I randomly picked up a book called The Spinster’s Secret, by a new-to-me author named Emily Larkin, purely because the premise sounded interesting; a spinster living in a cold, bleak, grey home who writes erotic novels in order to earn enough money to be able to move out and set up on her own, meets a scarred war hero – sent to unmask her – with whom she falls in love. (This was a few years ago, so the spinster/erotic novelist trope wasn’t something I’d come across often, whereas at the moment, that character seems to be in one in […]

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Caz AAR, giveaways, Historicals, Interviews, Romance, Romance reading|8 Comments

Getting the Story: Reporters in Fiction

brenda-starr-3506e6fb9591b9a3When I was growing up there was no way my family could financially afford my reading habit. Honestly, I think a drug addiction might have been cheaper. I was the kind of voracious reader that could on any given school night finish her homework and chores and still have time to finish an entire novel before bedtime. While other kids devoted their Saturday mornings to cartoon watching or playing outside, I was propped up in bed reading whatever I hadn’t finished the night before or starting something new. Sundays I would take the book to church with me so I could read on […]

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: giveaways, Maggie AAR, Mysteries, Reading, Romance reading|16 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