This month’s TBR Challenge prompt – One Word Title – made me really take a look at my TBR pile. I have a ton of books in the TBR, but as it happens, very few with one word titles. Caz went for a modern-day setting, while I picked up a paranormal historical, and both of us were mostly happy. […]
LBGTQ+ PRIDE is celebrated in many countries throughout the world in June, and here at AAR, we’re doing our bit to celebrate the idea that Love is Love is Love and that romance is for everyone by choosing our favourite queer fiction and queer romances. We could all have chosen more than one (or two!), but these are the ones that have stuck with us over time and to which we return again and again.
What are your favourites? We’re always ready to be switched onto new books and new authors, so jump into the comments and let us know!
The Last Herald-Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
This wasn’t the first time I encountered a gay protagonist, but I’m including it because many readers have admitted it changed their lives. LGBTQ+ […]
Caz was going to fly solo for this month’s TBR Challenge post–Lynn will be back next month for your regular dual helping of TBR reviews. Dabney, who loves fairytale retellings, decided to step in. Enjoy!
Birarley by Aster Glenn Gray
I’m not a big fan of fairytale retellings, so I struggled a to come up with something for this month’s Challenge prompt and was almost at the point of just picking up a random book instead. But then I remembered Aster Glenn Gray’s Briarley – an m/m version of Beauty and the Beast – that I’d come across at the end of last year after enjoying Honeytrap. Problem solved! […]
Time for our regular look at the new releases we think are most likely to tempt us – and you – and it seems that June is a bumper month for new romances. Contemporaries, historicals, mystery and suspense; cowboys, hockey players, spies and lords, hopefully we’ve found something for everyone! Which of these are you most looking forward to reading in the coming weeks? And what titles have we missed? Drop by and tell us in the comments.
Releasing week of 1st June
Back in February, we celebrated Black History Month by sharing recent DIKs from Black authors. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States, so it’s time to celebrate AAPI Heritage with a new list!
As with Black authors, despite the fact that this month is observed in the US, we didn’t limit ourselves to American authors here. Also, these are just the DIKs of approximately the past year. There are more great finds in our database!
Please join us in celebrating great writing by members of the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora, wherever they live! […]
I often have no idea if I’m reading an indie (independently or self-published book) or not – and you may not, either. Many of the old cues, like schlocky covers, aren’t giveaways anymore. Although a more expensive ebook (say, $7.99 USD and up) is usually traditionally published, the less expensive ones could go either way. […]
We’ve been hard at work sifting through all those new release lists to come up with our Coming Soon selection for May – the books we’re most looking forward to reading and that we think (hope!) you’ll enjoy, too. As ever, this isn’t a comprehensive selection; there are always a few that slip through the net (authors who self-publish tend to work to much tighter deadlines than traditionally published ones for example, so we don’t always get news of their books until after this post has been compiled) but with any luck we’ve still caught an interesting and varied selection for you to choose from! Do drop by and tell us what YOU’RE eager to get stuck into over the coming weeks,
Releasing week of 3rd May
“Old School” is one of those terms that can have a lot of meaning. After all, the romance genre has evolved quite a bit over the decades and different threads of the genre have gone in different directions. I’ll admit that my first thought when I see the term takes me to the 400-500 page books I used to find in used bookstores and library sales back in the 90s. Big, epic historicals definitely still have their appeal for me, though I’m pickier than I used to be. Some problematic features just can’t be glossed over for me anymore. This time around, Caz and I both ended up going in a similar direction, reading old Regency trads from the late 80s/early 90s. At their best, these stories, just like their contemporary category cousins, pack a focused romance into a […]
Looking ahead to April, here’s a selection of the new releases we think are likely to contribute to your reading pleasure over the next few weeks. Please drop by to tell us what YOU’RE looking forward to reading in April!
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Releasing 1st Apr
Releasing week of 5th Apr
This month’s TBR prompt was a fun one – “a book by a favorite author.” Sometimes the challenge pulls me outside my comfort zone, but this month we just got to work our way through backlists we’ve already been enjoying. Lynn caught up on a high-action romantic suspense series, while Caz read a lovely contemporary m/m romance. Whose backlist do you want to explore next? […]