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:
For my professional life, I travel about forty weeks a year. It’s… a lot. My husband and I joke that I should just perpetually forward my mail to various Hiltons around the world. And I’ll be honest, hours upon hours of hotel TV is not my jam. There is only so much Investigation Discovery I can watch before the commercials just do my nut in. Thus, I read. There are days, however, where I am too professionally fried to keep my eyes open. Thus, I have become an audiobook fiend.
While the selection on my library apps (Hoopla and CloudLibrary and Libby, for the record) are great, those interfaces are not the best. They don’t save my bookmarks, for one, and I seem to always be losing my place in the story. Audible, we all know, is the leader in audio storytelling for a reason, but the cost was often too high […]
AAR staffers read and loved many of this year’s RITA nominees. We are happy for those writers and were delighted to feature their books in this post. We were startled, however, not to see any of the wonderful books by AoC (Authors of Color) we read in 2018 make the list of nominees. At least sixteen of the books we list here made our reviewers’ official Best of 2018 lists, and others, read after the deadline, would be included if we made the lists today. […]
It’s hard enough to write a powerful, realistic relationship for the protagonists of a romance. Authors who manage to give them truthful relationships to their children or parents as well have truly accomplished something remarkable. Here are some of the books AAR Loves for their realistic depictions of parent (or parent figure) and child relationships. […]
There’s a bumper haul of fabulous contemporary romances coming up in April with new books from Lucy Parker, Alexa Martin, Helena Hunting, Annabeth Albert and Alyssa Cole; there’s a new instalment in C.S Harris’ long-running series of historical mysteries featuring her aristocratic detective, Sebastian St. Cyr, the conclusion to a fabulous trilogy of paranormal mysteries and new historical romances from Madeline Hunter, Cat Sebastian and Grace Burrowes […]