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. […]
The Tropical Romance Book Club is my project to literally expand my reading horizons by trying books by authors from and set in countries between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. After reading One Night at the Palace Hotel, set in the Philippines, and interviewing the author Bianca Mori, I shifted hemispheres to read books set in Trinidad and Tobago by Roslyn Carrington, written under her romance pseudonym, Simona Taylor. Mesmerized is a romantic suspense novel following two American expat oil and gas industry workers during a political crisis on Trinidad, and Everything to Me is a Harlequin Kimani category romance starring a music producer and music journalist attending a major international jazz festival on Tobago (where they find themselves staying at a sexy couples resort). Roslyn Carrington has graciously agreed to talk about her romance experience with me.
Welcome back to the Tropical Romance Book Club! The idea for this series is – for me, and hopefully you readers too – to explore some books which tell love stories set in places we in the Western publishing world don’t usually see much, told in the voices of people who live there. Our first book is One Night at the Palace Hotel, set in Manila, capital of the Philippines. The book’s author, Bianca Mori, has graciously agreed to join us to talk about reading and writing romance in the Philippines.
CR: Thanks for taking time to talk with me! I enjoyed One Night at the Palace Hotel. Let’s begin with your beginning – How did you first discover romance?
BM: In my teens my first exposure to the genre were Sweet Valley and Sweet Dreams books. I […]
Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris are the authors of My Lady’s Choosing, a Choose Your Own Adventure – style romance novel set in Regency England – or maybe Scotland, or even Egypt, depending on your path! They joined AAR’s Caroline to talk about this humorous and affectionate homage to classic romances, and their own original twists.
Caroline: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us about My Lady’s Choosing!
LARISSA & KITTY: Thanks for inviting us!
What inspired you to pick romance for your interactive story’s genre? Are you romance readers?
LARISSA: Kitty has always been a romance reader, and I am more a romance watcher. I’ve always loved a strong couple in movies and TV, but the genres I tend to get consumed by in the book world are more mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy. I love an evenly […]
Best-of lists are always hard for me because I don’t read tons of new books. This is actually the first year I’ve had enough reads of the year to have any kind of meaningful list of “best books of the year.”
The Love Experiment by Ainslie Paton
My top read of the year was a funny, realistic, honest, sexy, and deftly written contemp about two Chicago journalists falling in love while pursuing their careers. I’ve called it a hybrid of The Hating Game and a Julie James novel, and I hope that convinces more people to give this less well-known author and e-only release a try. I just loved it.