Incredibly, it’s time for the final Coming Soon of 2018! As always, the AAR team has had a good look around at the books being released over the next few weeks, and chosen the ones we’re most looking forward to reading. […]
We know, we know. All our lives we’ve been admonished to, “Never judge a book by its cover.” However, this month is the exception at TBR Challenge, where we have been challenged to read a book with either a very pretty or very ugly cover. We both went with covers that appealed to us – though the books inside those covers were a bit of a mixed bag. What kinds of covers do you like?
Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer
I read inspy romances from time to time, and I have to admit that the often gorgeous cover art tends to draw me in. A disproportionate number of books in that genre are blessed with above-average cover art. While not a seamlessly perfect read, Wings of a Dream is an appealing romance/coming-of-age story, and I enjoyed the good parts far more than I cringed at the weaker ones.
Here we are with another selection of books we’re most looking forward to reading over the coming weeks. A couple of historical romance powerhouses have new titles out in November; Mary Balogh continues her Westcott series with Someone to Trust and Julia Quinn introduces readers to a member of an off-shoot of the Bridgerton family in The Other Miss Bridgerton, while the fabulous Ilona Andrews brings us Diamond Fire a novella that wraps up one part of the Hidden Legacy series and kick-starts another. […]
We both went in similar directions with TBR Challenge this month. The prompt gave us a choice between paranormal and romantic suspense, and as it turns out, Caz and I both headed in the suspense direction. Caz chose a solid romantic suspense thriller with plenty of action while I went in a more humorous mystery direction. […]
Here we are, heading into the back end of the year with our regular monthly look at the books we’re most excited about reading over the coming weeks. As usual, this is just a small selection of the books released every month – we can’t include them all, so please drop by and let us know if you’re looking forward to something you think we should know about! […]
Some months the TBR Challenge leaves us scratching our heads and digging deep into our overflowing TBR piles to find a book that fits the prompt. However, this month is historical romance month, and both of us found ourselves with an embarrassment of riches from which to choose. While we both ended up with European historicals, Lynn picked an oldie-but-goodie from the 1990s while Caz went with an entry from a beloved series of more recent vintage. […]
We’re back with our regular Coming Soon feature, in which AAR staffers take a look ahead at which books we’re most looking forward to reading in September. The last quarter of the year (and where did the rest of it go?!) usually sees masses of new releases flooding the bookstores, and we’re here to help you sift through the vast numbers of titles likely to be on offer over the next few months.
This is just a small selection of the books being released in September; what are YOU looking forward to that we’ve missed? Drop by and tell us what you’re dying to read next month in the comments!
Last Night with The Earl by Kelly Bowen (25 Sep)
A new book from Kelly Bowen? I don’t even care what it’s about, count me in! – Caz
A Waterloo-scarred […]
A new book from Tessa Dare is obviously a big event for many romance fans, and the AAR staffers are no different, with many of us choosing The Governess Game as one of the titles we’re most looking forward to reading in August. In fact, we’re looking forward to quite a few historicals this month – Caroline Linden, Kerrigan Byrne and Virginia Heath all have new books coming out, Bec McMaster continues her Blue-Blood Conspiracy series and there’s a long-awaited new book from Susanna Kearsley, too.
These are (some of) the books we’re most looking forward to reading in August – tell us in the comments which books YOU can’t wait to get your hands on!
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (28 Aug)
In The Governess Game we get to know […]
The TBR Challenge usually includes a prompt at some time during the year which gives participants the chance to pick a book that uses their favourite trope. This time around it’s July’s prompt, and Caz and Lynn both went with historicals – one a second chance at love story and the other featuring a marriage-of-convenience.
Familiar Stranger in Clear Springs by Kathryn Albright
“Favorite Trope” month is always a fun TBR Challenge for me – there are a few tropes out there that are like catnip. This time around, I was craving a second-chance-at-love tale, so I pulled Familiar Stranger in Clear Springs, a 2016 Harlequin Historical, out of the stack. This one is a sweet, charming Western with an HEA I was happy to see. Definitely a successful read.
Tom Barrington and Elizabeth Morley first met in […]
We’re rounding out Pride Month with another selection of our favourite queer love stories, all of them celebrating the truth that Love is Love is Love. And as ever, we’d love to hear from you about your favourites, so please drop by and tell us about the awesome queer romances YOU love.
Glitterland by Alexis Hall
I love Glitterland. The ultimate romance of opposites.
The Essex vernacular is most often commented on in this novel, but it is a vital component, and one I found very entertaining.
However, Alexis Hall’s accurate portrayal of depression is inspired especially juxtaposed with characters who are fizzy and full of life. The innocent wisdom of Darian is so adorable and undercuts any sense of Ash’s intellectual fustiness.
For me, the Essex accent heightens Darian’s vulnerability and innocence. […]