There’s a book you love set in 1960, but is it a modern historical? Modern historicals differ from classic contemporaries in that contemporaries were written when the setting was “now,” but to a modern historical author, the setting was “then.” If that 1960 book was written in the sixties, it’s a classic contemp. That same 1960 story written and published a decade later? That’s a modern historical! […]
In one of our recent AAR Loves… posts, (AAR Loves… Seasoned Romances) we talked about romances we loved that featured ‘more mature’ protagonists, and especially heroines who were over forty. One author of such novels who’s recently appeared on our radar is Sandra Antonelli, author of the terrific In Service series, which features a forty-something spy and the fifty-something (female) butler who loves him. […]
Here we are looking ahead to what will hopefully be a summer of great reads – and judging by the books AAR staffers are looking forward to reading in June, it looks like the season is getting off to a strong start! Romantic comedies, western romances, romantic suspense and paranormals, historical romance, mysteries, contemporaries and women’s fiction; there should be something for everyone here, so check out our list and let us know what you think. […]
Are you a book hoarder? Does your TBR pile more resemble a mountain – or a mountain range? If so, then this month’s TBR prompt would provide no trouble at all. There’s no restriction on genre or time period; we just had to choose a book by an author who is represented more than once in the TBR stack. […]
Love can find you at any age! In this list, AAR Loves romance novels starring characters who are older than the norm for the genre. Here are some Seasoned Romances we hope you like as much as we did! […]
Last year’s trend amongst suspense and mystery novels seemed to be the domestic thriller. Books like Lisa Jewel’s Then She Was Gone or the outstanding Our House by Louise Candlish, focused on families in the middle of a dark crisis. Towards the end of the year, the focus seemed to be leaning more towards friends and the dangers inherent in trusting the wrong people with our secrets. […]
There are a lot of romances we’re eager to read coming out in May, but there’s one real stand-out that’s sure to make a big splash, Helen Hoang’s follow-up to her hugely successful 2018 début, The Kiss Quotient. In The Bride Test, she takes the arranged marriage trope out for a spin and we’re sure it’s going to be another hit from this incredibly talented author. […]
There are lots of lists for friends-to-lovers stories, but what about partners-to-lovers? Unlike friends, partners have linked up to realize a particular goal. While pursuing this goal, the partners grow to like, trust, and admire each other, and love grows out of this foundation.
Our reviewers love so many of these books that we decided to split the list in half. Part 1 is for partners in law enforcement, the military, and espionage. Many of these books are mysteries and thrillers, and the stories of these characters are often spread out across multiple books. Part 2 will be for other types of partners: dancers trying to win a contest, businesspeople working on a big deal, actors staging a play, etc.
So let’s get started with Part 1! Some of AAR’s favorite law and order partners-to-lovers books are: