Reading (and reviewing) romance is wonderful. The genre provides so many great kinds of storytelling, but this year my heart (again) belonged to Romantic Suspense – and more specifically, to Gregory Ashe. Honestly, reader, my Best of 2020 could be wholly limited to titles he’s released this year! Clever, funny, sexy, romantic, awkward, heartwarming, gut wrenching…Mr. Ashe’s books – EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM – take you through the gamut of emotions; they’re brilliant. Each time I pick up an Ashe title I doubt he can top himself, and LITERALLY every time, he does. […]
I’m not going to call my reading year a disappointment. It wasn’t. I liked a lot of books. Unfortunately, many anticipated big releases were disappointing, and I returned to old favorites when I was underwhelmed by my TBR. Some of those titles were just as good as I remembered; quite a few weren’t. Anyway, after this brief diversion, I was inspired me to read a few new-to-me authors, and I’m happily recommending three of them to you. […]
I’ve known for a while that of all the reviewers at AAR, my opinions of books most closely align with fellow reviewer (and my editor) Caz Owens. In fact, her reviews are one of the ways I found our site in the first place! These days, we’re often reading and reviewing many of the same books, and sometimes duking it out for a book we both want. […]
I love to travel. I’m fortunate to have summers off and that my husband travels nearly every week for work (well, that’s unfortunate) accruing thousands of flight and hotel points for our family to use to get away. As a voracious romance reader, I always have too many books in my TBR at any time, and I often read what I hope to review. But summer/travel reading is different! […]
There are a lot of romances we’re eager to read coming out in May, but there’s one real stand-out that’s sure to make a big splash, Helen Hoang’s follow-up to her hugely successful 2018 début, The Kiss Quotient. In The Bride Test, she takes the arranged marriage trope out for a spin and we’re sure it’s going to be another hit from this incredibly talented author. […]
March brings another lot of exciting new releases, and as usual, AAR staffers have chosen the books they’re most looking forward to reading over the next few weeks. We’ve a fairly broad range of titles for your consideration – mysteries, contemporaries, historicals, sports, paranormals, suspense – and would love to hear from YOU about what you think of our choices and which books you’re most looking forward to getting stuck into in the coming weeks! […]
Well, we’ve already chosen the books we’re most looking forward to reading in January and February 2019, and we’ll continue to update you with our regular monthly look at what’s Coming Soon… but what about what’s Coming Not So Soon? AAR staffers have looked through the new release lists for the next few months and have picked the books we’re most eagerly anticipating in 2019. […]
From the grey days of January into the grey days of February, (in my part of the world at least!) it’s the ideal season to curl up with a good book, your favourite snacks and tipple and settle down for a really good read! AAR staffers have picked the titles they’re most anticipating next month – among them a number of new historical romances from some of the biggest names in the genre, Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Theresa Romain, and a very welcome return from Julie Anne Long. As usual, though, we’ve got a fairly good mix of genres for your consideration including paranormals, mysteries, contemporaries, and inspirationals, so there should be something for everyone! Have a look through our suggestions and then join in the discussion in the comments and tell us which books YOU’RE most looking forward to reading over the next few weeks.
I read a lot of romance in 2018. My list of favorites is shorter than in years past, but I liked my favorites so much, I read most of them more than once – and I thoroughly enjoyed each of them all over again!
Salt Magic Skin Magic by Lee Welch
Friends, I hate that cover too. But look beyond it! Salt Magic Skin Magic is magical. Romantic. Suspenseful. Mysterious. Sexy. It’s all those things and a tremendously engaging story. Featuring a pair of opposites – Soren, Lord Thornby, magically entrapped on his family’s rural estate, and John Blake, a magician who specializes in inanimate magic – this enemies to lovers romance is compelling and engrossing from start to finish. The principal characters are terrific, the story is wildly imaginative and clever, the writing is excellent… and […]
Another month – another YEAR – and it’s time for another of our regular looks at the upcoming books we’re most excited about. It’ll come as no surprise that Sally Thorne’s 99 Percent Mine is at the top of many of AAR staffers’ lists of their most anticipated books; The Hating Game was such a huge success and we’re hungry for more! We’re saying goodbye to Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series this month, with the release of the seventh and final book in the series, Rough Terrain, and welcoming a new series of historical westerns by Anna Schmidt with Trailblazer, book one in her Cowboys and Harvey Girls series AND a new sci-fi romance series with Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet. […]