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! […]
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:
From Mary Anning to Lise Meitner, from Caroline Herschel to Katherine Johnson, history is full of brilliant women in STEM. Historical romances should be, too! If you’re seeking geologists, biologists, mathematicians, botanists, and more, AAR Loves these great romance reads. […]
Welcome back to the Tropical Romance Book Club, where I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons (well, more my reading latitudes) by seeking out romances set in tropical countries, written by local authors and starring local characters. I started this project when it was summer where I live, but now that northern hemisphere January has rolled around, I need this more than ever. I swear I feel warmer just reading about sunshine.
Previously on the Tropical Romance Book Club:
For this installment, I read the Singapore-set novel Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.
2018 was an unusual year for me in that I made a very aggressive effort to read books published this year. I deluded myself into thinking that with this hard work, by the time I got to making this list, I’d actually have read everything good from 2018 and would be able to make a list that was totally comprehensive. […]
Are you always behind in your reading? Making a Best Books of The Year list is always a source of frustration for me, because so often, the best reads I had in any given year aren’t from that year at all. I want to celebrate them and shout about them, but if they’re not from 2018, they aren’t eligible for so many of our official posts!
I asked our staffers: what was your best belated read (BBR?) of 2018? Was it a famous book for which you’re really, really late to the party? A buried treasure you want to share with other readers?
Here’s what we came up with.
My BBR is Jeanne Lin’s The Jade Temptress. It’s the sequel to The Lotus Palace and contains many spoilers for that book, so I recommend starting with Lotus Palace. Lotus […]
I’m continuing my way through the pile of 1990s romance novels I bought at a thrift store a few weeks ago, and I’m starting to notice a pattern: depictions of sex and sexuality from the 1990s feel really, really dated. Sexually active non-heroines have toxic portrayals. I mentally associate more coerced or pressured sex between the protagonists with older books, but it was much more alive, well, and mainstream in the 1990s than I noticed at the time. […]
A dangerous thing happened at my local thrift store over the weekend.
I exited the store $2.97 poorer (plus tax!) but fifteen books richer. […]