the ask@AAR: Are you ready for romances set in the pandemic?

There’s been a slew of novels set in the pandemic on Netgalley recently and I for one am not here for them. I am so tired of lockdown and COVID and social isolation–the last thing I want to read for fun is something that highlights these things. Give me escapism baby!

I want a first kiss that isn’t predicated on a test, quarantine, and wondering what to do with the masks. I want lovers that can see all of each other with ease. I want hugs and dates.

I’m sure that a great writer could make this work but it just doesn’t call to me at all.

How about you? Are you ready for stories that feature the pandemic?

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