BJ Jansen


I'm an English romantic, and an author who simply adores reading and writing books. I believe that all love has equal status, and all humans need and deserve romance. So, I am thrilled to be able to review LGBTQ+ novels for AAR and introduce more readers to some gorgeous LGBTQ+ romances and fascinating stories.

Currently Reading


Wanted a Gentleman by KJ Charles


Favorite Romance

Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion by Jane Austen

Pretty much anything written by Alexis Hall or Harper Fox

Favorite Non-Romance

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

What I Love in a Romance

Sexual Tension!

Evocative descriptions.

Good Characterisations.

Good Plot!

What I Hate in a Romance

Overused Tropes - 

Misheard conversations 

Pathetic Misunderstandings 

Leaving because the love interest is 'too good for them'

Reconciliations in hospitals.



A Bit More About Me

I am  - a vegetarian, animal loving chatterbox

- author Izzy van Swelm

- an eternal student, who spent a decade studying at University, and shamelessly uses 'Dr' to get good hotel rooms.

- a music lover and have fairly eclectic tastes

from The Smiths, Psychedelic FursSisters of Mercy and Muse to Nat King Cole, Gregorian chants,  John Grant and Dolly Parton!

- not religious, but if I were to choose a spiritual path it would include trees :)