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Crazy Love

Has anybody seen the Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens documentary Crazy Love telling the totally bizarre-o real life story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach? The human heart is a strange place, you know? Here are…

Wartime Historical Settings

Does the thought of a bond forged amidst the destruction of war make you think of hope or despair? Seeing a couple fall in love knowing that one will have to go off to war gives…

Reading Is On the Rise

A little good news for a change: According to a study released today by the National Endowment for the Arts and reported in today’s Washington Post, more Americans are actually reading.  And guess what they’re reading?…

AAR Readers Poll Kicks Off Today

The excitement of another holiday season has come and gone and, for most of us, the world outside is not too inviting weather-wise. But we have a solution to cure those winter blues. We are happy…

Acceptable Anachronism

Though I read many different types of romance, historicals remain at the top of my list. At various times, I find myself turning over in my mind a certain question, though. Why is it that I…

Not Everything Erotic is Romantic

As many of you know, I moderate AAR’s romance discussion list, AARlist2. In the past, I’ve discussed on the forums about how some authors have abused AARlist2 as a promotion tool. Well, it happened again. Recently,…

Favorite Heroic Archetypes

We all have our favorite heroes and heroines. What makes them a favorite is completely subjective and often hard to explain. To make things more complicated, favorite characters often represent archetypes and sometimes characters can include…

Lisa Valdez – A Publication Date for Patience?

Readers at our forums recently noted that the Barnes & Noble website indicates that Patience, the long-awaited second novel from Lisa Valdez, would be out starting today. Given that the author’s website does not appear to…

Do We Really Have to Blame Romance for Abuse in Teen Dating, Too?

A couple days ago, an article appeared at Jezebel about a recent increase in dating abuse amongst teens, which referred to an article in the New York Times about the same subject. Both articles list recent…