2020 may have turned out to be the Year from Hell, but the weeks and months seem to be passing as fast as ever and here we are at October, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the time when the nights really start drawing in and the weather takes a definitely cooler term. Traditionally, it’s the time we all start thinking about curling up somewhere warm with a good book, whether it’s one that will give us the warm fuzzies, or one that will keep us biting our nails or on the edge of our seats […]
Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between all of those Harlequin lines (Mills & Boon in the UK) lines? Do you know your Intrigue from your Romantic Suspense, your Presents from your Desire, and your Romance from your Heartwarming? What happens to Love when it gets Inspired? […]
“Dress for Success” can mean all kinds of things. In Lynn’s case, she went for fashion designer lead characters. Or, one can do as Caz did, and pull out a Pygmalion-esque story. And then there are masquerade balls, heroes and heroines in disguise…all kinds of possibilities. What would be your favorite “dress for success” book?
Inspire desire with ‘the good bits’ from great books By Siobhan Fitzgerald, co-founder, thegoodbits.com
Romance readers have long known the power of the erotic to awaken desire—but for the uninitiated it can be a shock. Imagine reading, or listening to, Sierra Simone’s Priest for the first time on the bus home from work, and being just a little bit overcome with a compelling attack of WOWEEEEEE. […]
September is traditionally the time of year when publishers start bringing out the Big Guns, the high-profile, highly-anticipated releases we’ve anxiously been waiting to get our hands on. Despite that this is a year like no other in many respects, there’s still plenty of wonderful reading material awaiting us as we head into the months of Autumn. Here is just a selection of the goodies in store for us over coming weeks: […]
Since “Backlist” is pretty much what the TBR Challenge is all about, this month felt completely wide open for both of us. In the end, while we chose different subgenres, we both went with similar strategies. We each picked a backlist book by an autobuy author and as it turns out, we had somewhat similar results in terms of grading. So, who’s on your backlist? […]
AAR reviewers Caroline and Em have long used romance novels as an escape. They were interested to find that in the age of COVID-19, they are both seeking out books set a bit further back in time than usual – Caroline is drawn to Viking settings, and Em to the world of Medievals. Join them as they discuss possible reasons why settings like the Dark Ages and Middle Ages might appeal more these days, and as they share some of their most successful reads. […]
August is on the horizon, and with a new month comes a new batch of books to keep us entertained and provide a little bit of distraction from, well pretty much every thing going on in the real world! With apologies in advance to your book budget – here are the books coming out next month that the AAR team is most excited to get their hands on. […]
This month’s TBR Challenge post is smaller than usual, as Lynn wasn’t able to make it this time around, so Caz is flying solo this month. The “Family Ties” prompt offered plenty of scope; families often feature strongly in romance novels, whether it’s a couple making a family, family members featuring in a series or, as in the book Caz chose, a group of un-related people becoming a family unit.
Imagine by Jill Barnett
Many romance series feature siblings, but for the Family Ties prompt, I decided to go for a ‘found family’ story, and Jill Barnett’s Imagine (originally published in 1995 and reissued in 2017) fit that bill perfectly.
It’s 1896, and in San Francisco, successful, hard-working attorney Margaret Huntington Smith has been urged by her father, a judge, to take a well-deserved vacation. Knowing she […]
Romance novels, and romance writers, still get a lot of no respect. Why would any self-respecting, trained historian with a fairly intellectual job choose to write romance, knowing that a lot of people – even people who read romances – scoff at it? […]