It’s Valentine’s Day, that 24 hours each year the world celebrates romantic love. AAR’s a big fan of romantic love–we’ve been writing about it and celebrating it since the early 90s. Over the years, we’ve published thousands of reviews and blogs, conversed online with countless readers, and chatted up hundreds of authors. […]
All Good Things Must Come to an End: Dukes are Forever – the grand finale to Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series
In a steam-fuelled world where vampires once ruled the aristocracy, a dangerous conspiracy threatens to topple the queen, and the Duke of Malloryn knows his nemesis has finally returned to enact his plans of revenge. […]
Readers of historical romance are thrilled that Julie Anne Long, after a successful stream of contemporary romance novels, has returned to writing HR. Lady Derring Takes A Lover, due out on February 26th, is the first in a new series, The Palace of Rogues. We’ve read and and loved it–our DIK review may be found here. […]
2018 was not my favorite year. The world, including Romancelandia, was full of anger and sadness, and most of the time I felt as if I had no idea how to do my job well. I’d pick up a romance, try to read it, and, again and again, be resistant to its draw. By midyear, I despaired of finding books I loved enough to want readers to experience their magic. But I underestimated the strength of our world, and by the end of December, I found myself with a list of books I genuinely loved, all of which brought me joy. Here, in no particular order, is my list of the best of 2018.
A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vincy.
Caz and others on staff who read primarily historical romance are on record as saying that 2018 was a […]
Jayne Ann Krentz, under a series of names, has written 183 books, 14 of which have been DIKs at AAR. Her latest Krentz book is the third and final book in a series featuring three foster brothers whose childhoods were destroyed by a very evil guy named Quentin Zane. I hadn’t read the first two book, but had no trouble following Untouched. After reading it, I had some questions which Krentz was happy to answer. […]
I have been friends with author Lori Leachman for over twenty years. In that time, I’ve heard many stories about Lamar Leachman, her storied father, and his great love affair with his wife, Lori’s mother Paula. Those stories have become even more poignant now that we better understand Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and its terrible impact on many athletes. Lori’s published a book about her parents and I asked her if she’d answer a few questions. […]
Jenna’s recent Laminate Freebie List post started a fair bit of discussion on the site and behind the scenes at AAR, and we began to discuss the possibility of making some other lists, and talking about what we’d do if we did. In the end, we’ve rolled two of our most popular suggestions into one, and have nominated the female characters we’d either most like to be or most like to be friends with.
Who I’d like to be:
CJ Cregg, The West Wing. When the series started, CJ was the press secretary and was eventually promoted to Chief of Staff. Poised, sarcastic, and powerful, CJ navigates a world designed by men with aplomb. I never fully bought that she was a disaster in her private life the way Sorkin wanted me too, more like she understood there were seasons of life and this season was about public service and that […]