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I'm an English romantic, and an author who simply adores reading and writing books. I believe that all love has equal status, and all humans need and deserve romance. So, I am thrilled to be able to review LGBTQ+ novels for AAR and introduce more readers to some gorgeous LGBTQ+ romances and fascinating stories.
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Wanted a Gentleman by KJ Charles


Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion by Jane Austen

Pretty much anything written by Alexis Hall or Harper Fox

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Sexual Tension!

Evocative descriptions.

Good Characterisations.

Good Plot!

Overused Tropes - 

Misheard conversations 

Pathetic Misunderstandings 

Leaving because the love interest is 'too good for them'

Reconciliations in hospitals.



I am  - a vegetarian, animal loving chatterbox

- author Izzy van Swelm

- an eternal student, who spent a decade studying at University, and shamelessly uses 'Dr' to get good hotel rooms.

- a music lover and have fairly eclectic tastes

from The Smiths, Psychedelic FursSisters of Mercy and Muse to Nat King Cole, Gregorian chants,  John Grant and Dolly Parton!

- not religious, but if I were to choose a spiritual path it would include trees 🙂