Secret baby, friends to lovers, amnesia, arranged marriage, opposite attract, road trip romances… there are many tried and true tropes found again and again in romance. Which ones do you love and which ones do you loathe? And why?
There are books, authors, series, and even whole genres that I just can not, no matter how many times I give them a whirl, find interesting. Last year one of my book clubs read A Gentleman in Moscow and everyone but me adored it. I was so bored, I quit at the 500 page mark,…
Several years ago, my daughter explained to me the age rule. For those of you unfamiliar with this, here’s a summary of what Wikipedia says: The Half-age-plus-seven rule (“never date anyone under half your age plus 7”) dictates what age disparity between two people is acceptable in romantic relationships.
They were estranged, she briefly took another lover. They were young, in an argument, she hit him. She asked him who he was, for reasons he couldn’t say, he lied. Her best friend from forever was a guy, his jealousy burned out of control.
They kiss. His hand slips beneath her skirt. She fumbles with the zipper of his pants. Mouths fused, they tumble to the bed. Their clothes melt away and finally, oh so wonderfully, finally they’re naked, skin to skin, hardness to softness. Staring deeply into each other’s eyes…..
We all, I suspect, have read at least one series in its entirety. (Although I can’t imagine having read all 49 of the In Death books. 49!) For the purpose of this discussion, let’s assume that a series is a set of linked books four or more in number.
We have so much fun chatting with readers (in the comments). So we’re introducing a new regular mini blog: the ask @AAR. We’ll post a question and you, beloved readers, will let us know what you think. Our first question is this: Cartoon covers–do you love them, hate them, or feel they’re terribly misunderstood?
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