Romance, as a genre, stands on the shoulders of Jane Austen, but some books stand more directly than others. Her work has reached the levels of stories like Cinderella and Robin Hood in terms of being recognizable story archetypes adaptable to new times and places. And, of course, Austen’s novels are in the public domain, which allows for her work to be re-released directly. Authors produce sequels or re-imaginings involving the original characters, and Austen classics are frequently re-issued in new formats (for instance, as audiobooks or graphic novels). […]
originally published on February 3, 2017
Women have a long history of standing up for their beliefs, and there are great romance novels starring heroines doing just that. American and British suffragettes (or suffragists), Civil Rights activists, lawyers, writers, organizers, and military rebels – you’ll find all of them here, and more. Let these ladies inspire you to fight for your beliefs, whatever they happen to be.
Erica Johnson – Unfinished Business by Karyn Langhorne
Erica, a teacher, is tired of seeing funding diverted away from the neediest and most vulnerable. She protests at the hero’s (a Southern Republican senator’s) press conference and is dragged out by police. This book is set during the W. Bush administration and Erica is a strong reminder that black activists have been working continuously, even when out of the […]
You’re probably aware that Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day in the United States, whether you live in the United States or elsewhere, even if that “elsewhere” is “under a rock.” Yes, politicians (like lawyers!) have a dubious stereotype, but true public servants – people who dedicate their lives to improving the world and the situation of the people around them – make wonderful heroines and heroes. In honor of Election Day, here’s a list of some of AAR’s favorite romances starring politicians.
The Cowboy Says I Do by Dylann Crush
After Lacey Cherish’s father, the mayor of Idont, Texas, was removed from office and arrested, she ran and won. Now she’s trying to restore the family name and the city, which is saddled with major debt. Sheriff Bodie Phillips is both one of Lacey’s best […]
As someone whose path to reading romance included a lengthy period reading X-Files fanfiction (oh, man, who else remembers The Gossamer Project???), I am clearly a huge fan of UST – Unresolved Sexual Tension. In romance, this is the slow burn phase, where the energy of characters’ attraction builds up and up before being released. That’s why I love and developed our Slow burn tag, which I used to make this list of top slow burn romance novels. […]
Most romance novels are about characters falling in love with each other for the first time. In a troubled marriage or troubled relationship story, these characters were in love at some point in the past, but now they’ve hit rough waters. […]
Here, as promised, is Part Two of our latest AAR Loves… list, this time of romances featuring characters living with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses (Part One can be found HERE.) It’s by no means an exhaustive list (nor is it meant to be), but as AAR’s Disabilities in Romance Special Titles List was last updated in 2013, we decided it was time for an update and for us to draw your attention to some of our favourite romances in this category that have been published since then. […]
AAR’s Disabilities in Romance Special Titles List was last updated in 2013, and a lot of amazing books featuring disabled or chronically ill protagonists have been published or added to our database since then. We wanted to shout out some of our favorites, so welcome to the latest AAR Loves… and this one is a loooong list, so look out for part two soon! […]
There’s a book you love set in 1960, but is it a modern historical? Modern historicals differ from classic contemporaries in that contemporaries were written when the setting was “now,” but to a modern historical author, the setting was “then.” If that 1960 book was written in the sixties, it’s a classic contemp. That same 1960 story written and published a decade later? That’s a modern historical! […]
Love can find you at any age! In this list, AAR Loves romance novels starring characters who are older than the norm for the genre. Here are some Seasoned Romances we hope you like as much as we did! […]