Hope. Escape. Fun. Happiness Something just for me. Taught me about respect. Joy. Taught me that I deserve a happily ever after, too.
I spent the spring and summer of 2016 listening to women about why they read romance novels. I ran a research project that was specifically interested in how women who see themselves as ‘religious’ interacted with the sex in romance novels, but my participants gave me so many gifts beyond that. Many I heard from weren’t even women of faith, they just wanted to tell me how important these books are to them, how vital they are to their lives. (1)
Because for so many women, they are just that: vital.
I talked to women whose entire sexual health education came from Harlequin, because their schools and families and religious spaces never talked about sex and the issues surrounding it. From the books, these women told me, they learned about consent and respect and orgasms. (2)
Are indie erotic romances and erotica no longer welcome in the Barnes & Noble Nook store? Are some of them okay? Apparently, it depends on what day of the week it is.
Last week, several erotic romance authors reported that that Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press had suspended their accounts. Initially, it was reported that the books being removed were those that broke the content policy – that is, erotica about incest, rape, bestiality, necrophilia, or pedophilia. As with any of these breaking news stories, the truth always takes time to bubble to the surface. In other words… That was far from the truth. Author David Gaughran reported that authors of “regular erotica” were being targeted – not just writers of the more … niche … stories.
Hearing from lots of authors who got this email from Nook Press. “Regular” erotica too, apparently, rather than some of the… […]
All book titles are linked (where possible) to Amazon.com.
|Christmas at Eden Manor||Noelle||Adams|
|His Best Mistake||Diane||Alberts|
|His Illegitimate Heir||Sarah M.||Anderson|
|Fall into Love anthology||Melody||Anne et al|
|Luxe Two: A La La Land Addiction||Ashley||Antoinette|
|Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely||Kira||Archer|
|Into the Light||Kathryn||Ascher|
|Somebody Like You||Lynette||Austin|
|One Christmas in Paris||Mandy||Baggot|
|His Secret Baby Bombshell||Jules||Bennett|
|The Thunder Beneath Us||Nicole||Blades|
|Christmas in Destiny||Toni||Blake|
|A New York Love Story||Cassie||Bocca|
|Thursdays in the Park||Hilary||Boyd|
|The Crazy Cat Ladies :9 New romances||Sidney||Bristol|
|To Love a Texas Ranger||Linda||Broday|
|Make Me Stay||Rebecca||Brooks|
|The Boy Is Back||Meg||Cabot|
|Mistletoe Between Friends / The Snowflake Inn||
Putting together a list of anticipated September books rather snuck up on me. It’s still close to 100 degrees outside every day where I live, and it doesn’t feel like summer will ever end. Actually, I’m several gazillion weeks pregnant, so summer has felt pretty unending for months now.
Still, end it must, and with fall is coming a new wave of books to read. All of us at AAR have our eye on a few in particular. Historicals, including the latest from Tessa Dare, lead the way, but there are plenty of other subgenres to go around.
Do You Want to Start a Scandal – by Tessa Dare
Having been somewhat underwhelmed by Ms. Dare’s last couple of books, I have hopes for this, as it returns to the Spindle Cove universe. It’s time for the youngest Highwood sister – Charlotte – to get her man. Plus – I can […]
Some months are more filled with enticing books than others. As we get to the end of summer (it’s flown by way too fast!), the August 2016 lists are out already. Some months, individual reviewers may only have a book or two to look forward to. However, this time around, my inbox lit up like a Christmas tree! From historicals to suspense to contemporary to category romance, we are all eagerly looking forward to reading something new this August!
A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
I’ll admit that I was late to the party on discovering this author. However, I picked up one of her books after meeting her at RWA several years ago and being impressed by what she had to say(and also having lots of fun chatting!) Not every book has worked, but enough of them have been fabulous for her to be an autobuy […]
Too Hot to Handel, the fifth book in the John Pickett mystery series! It’s the pivotal book, and the one I’ve most looked forward to writing. The saga of John Pickett began around 2004, when I approached Five Star/Cengage about doing a Regency-set mystery series after their large-print arm, Thorndike Press, bought subsidiary rights to The Weaver Takes a Wife and its two sequels, Brighton Honeymoon and French Leave. The Five Star editor seemed interested—so then I had to make good on my proposal. Yikes! What to do? […]
There are few tropes I actively dislike, but I’m a sucker for a good marriage of convenience story. I love the idea of two people who don’t or who hardly know each other being put into a situation of enforced proximity and intimacy and watching them as they come to know and understand each other and to fall in love. It’s a trope that works especially well in historicals, and my enduring love for it is no doubt partly attributable to the fact that the first historical romance I remember reading is Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me which makes excellent use of the compromised-into-marriage plotline. […]
There are some months where many of us here at AAR are all chomping at the bit to get our hands on the same few books. And then there are months like this one. When July’s list of books on sale circulated to staff, there was lots of interest. And our interests were very diverse. We’re eagerly looking to read everything from contemporaries to historicals to m/m to fantasy. We’d love to hear what you’re eager to read, too!
It’s always a bit of a scramble for me to find a contemporary romance for this prompt, because I don’t read them very often and don’t own many. And I like to choose my challenge books from books I already have, as buying something new rather defeats the object of the exercise! Fortunately, I found Sarah Mayberry’s Her Best Worst Mistake among my Kindle books; I know she’s a popular and highly-rated author, so that was it, job done and choice made.
The story is pretty much a classic enemies-to-lovers one, which is a trope I enjoy when it’s done well – and that’s certainly the case here. But even in a relatively small page count (170 pages), the author has done more than simply write a couple that gripes, snipes and then falls into bed with each other; she’s fleshed out both protagonists in such a way […]