I think I may have been overthinking TBR Challenge a little bit. When I tried to pick out a book from my bookcase that would be “unusual”, I found myself wondering, “Unusual to whom?” After all, Romancelandia is becoming an ever larger and more varied place. Settings I consider unusual based upon what I’m normally able to find may feel like home to someone else. In the end, I chose a book that turns a familiar trope (doctor-nurse) on its head, and looks at a favorite category romance setting from a different angle. Caz went for an uncommon historical setting, and a book which features a new slant on Arthurian legend. […]
Covers in romance come up again and again and, usually, readers are complaining. Whether it’s the Fabio-licious covers of the 1990s or the cartoon covers all over the place today, there’s always a contingent who just doesn’t like them. And, to be candid, one of the reasons I felt comfortable reading, after a thirty year absence, romance was because I had a Kindle and no one could mock me because of how the books I was reading looked. […]
I’ve been on a rereading binge. After the AAR Good Time Book Club read the surprisingly unsatisfying Fool Me Twice by the usually great Meredith Duran, I was inspired to read several others of hers that are far better. I’ve blasted through Bound By Your Touch, Written On Your Skin, and Luck Be A Lady all of which I, again, adored. Then, in need of more comfort, I moved onto to early Sherry Thomas–thus far I’ve reread Delicious, Private Arrangements, and Ravishing The Heiress. It’s been lovely. […]
September is usually the time of year you’ll find more new releases than you can shake a stick at, and it seems that this September is continuing that tradition! As usual, for this column, we’ve chosen a selection of new books we think are going to make for the best reads over the coming weeks, based on the information from authors and publishers that is available at time of writing.
Please do drop by to tell us which books YOU’RE most eager to get stuck into this month! […]
Due to.. uh… (gestures widely at everything), AAR’s Tropical Romance Book Club has been on hiatus for a long time. I’m very excited to bring it back with a conversation with Hana Sheik, the Somali-born, Canada-raised author whose debut for Harlequin – Second Chance To Wear His Ring – is set in Somaliland and Ethiopia. Welcome, Hana! […]
For voracious readers, a theme like “authors with more than one book in your TBR” yields almost an embarrassment of riches. It could be contemporary, historical, light, angsty – so many choices. In the end, we went for very different books, but we both found enjoyable reads. What authors do you have piled up in the TBR? […]
My rule for reading a book is, if after 100 pages more or less, I’m bored/irked/appalled, I quit. This, however, is just me. (For TV shows, it’s watch at least three episodes.) My best friend believes if she starts a book, she has to stick with it to the end. And while I support her in this (fruitless) endeavor, I struggle to see why we should give our time to words that, after a good effort, don’t work for us. […]
Last week, Evelyn and I reviewed Her Heart for a Compass, a work of historical fiction based on the life of Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, an ancestress of the book’s author, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. When the book was announced earlier this year, I was excited to see that the it had been co-authored by historical romance author Marguerite Kaye; Ms. Kaye is something of a favourite here at AAR and has received much praise (and many high grades!) for her books. If you are interested in how this partnership came about and in the authors’ working relationship, read on! […]
If you’re a romance reader, chances are you’ve encountered James Griffin’s art. He’s been creating artwork for romance novels for an astounding 45 years, and he brings to his work an enthusiasm and energy that’s infectious. Griffin studied art at the Pratt Institute and was living the “young starving artist” life in New York City when a friend mentioned that he should consider book-cover artwork. The rest, as they say, is history. […]
I’ve read, according to my Goodreads profile, 47 books this year. Six of them have been contemporary romances and while I’ve enjoyed a few of them, none of them wowed. Two, I could barely get through. It’s possible I’m too old and cranky for modern romance, but, heavens, I hope not.
I used to love contemporary romance so, hit me up. What are the best contemporary romances you’ve read recently?