2020 may have turned out to be the Year from Hell, but the weeks and months seem to be passing as fast as ever and here we are at October, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the time when the nights really start drawing in and the weather takes a definitely cooler term. Traditionally, it’s the time we all start thinking about curling up somewhere warm with a good book, whether it’s one that will give us the warm fuzzies, or one that will keep us biting our nails or on the edge of our seats […]
“Dress for Success” can mean all kinds of things. In Lynn’s case, she went for fashion designer lead characters. Or, one can do as Caz did, and pull out a Pygmalion-esque story. And then there are masquerade balls, heroes and heroines in disguise…all kinds of possibilities. What would be your favorite “dress for success” book?
September is traditionally the time of year when publishers start bringing out the Big Guns, the high-profile, highly-anticipated releases we’ve anxiously been waiting to get our hands on. Despite that this is a year like no other in many respects, there’s still plenty of wonderful reading material awaiting us as we head into the months of Autumn. Here is just a selection of the goodies in store for us over coming weeks: […]
Since “Backlist” is pretty much what the TBR Challenge is all about, this month felt completely wide open for both of us. In the end, while we chose different subgenres, we both went with similar strategies. We each picked a backlist book by an autobuy author and as it turns out, we had somewhat similar results in terms of grading. So, who’s on your backlist? […]
AAR reviewers Caroline and Em have long used romance novels as an escape. They were interested to find that in the age of COVID-19, they are both seeking out books set a bit further back in time than usual – Caroline is drawn to Viking settings, and Em to the world of Medievals. Join them as they discuss possible reasons why settings like the Dark Ages and Middle Ages might appeal more these days, and as they share some of their most successful reads. […]
August is on the horizon, and with a new month comes a new batch of books to keep us entertained and provide a little bit of distraction from, well pretty much every thing going on in the real world! With apologies in advance to your book budget – here are the books coming out next month that the AAR team is most excited to get their hands on. […]
This month’s TBR Challenge post is smaller than usual, as Lynn wasn’t able to make it this time around, so Caz is flying solo this month. The “Family Ties” prompt offered plenty of scope; families often feature strongly in romance novels, whether it’s a couple making a family, family members featuring in a series or, as in the book Caz chose, a group of un-related people becoming a family unit.
Imagine by Jill Barnett
Many romance series feature siblings, but for the Family Ties prompt, I decided to go for a ‘found family’ story, and Jill Barnett’s Imagine (originally published in 1995 and reissued in 2017) fit that bill perfectly.
It’s 1896, and in San Francisco, successful, hard-working attorney Margaret Huntington Smith has been urged by her father, a judge, to take a well-deserved vacation. Knowing she […]
As the days get warmer – in the Northern Hemisphere at least – most of us are probably having to think in terms of Staycations rather than Vacations, but regardless of where we’re going to be, I’d imagine a bit of time spent lounging around with one’s nose in a good book sounds like a really, really good idea right now. As usual, AAR staffers have cast about for the books we think are going to provide the best reads over the coming month. […]
This month’s TBR prompt of “getaway” was a tough one in that one can take it in almost too many directions. Do we want to read pure tropical vacation escape? A road romance? Running away from the bad guys? Getting away with something forbidden? So many options. In the end, Caz chose an emotional road romance, while Lynn went with a vacation fling. […]
In Mary Balogh’s 1997 Trad. Regency The Last Waltz, Gerard Percy is living and working in Canada when he learned that he has unexpectedly inherited an earldom. He returns to host a Christmas party at his new estate, to which he invites his Canadian friends, brother and sister Andrew and Jeanette Campbell. […]