Category Archives: Maggie AAR

Monday Minis

Dabney’s reads: I first read Chase Me in November and loved it. Just loved it. So, while stuck in a surgery center waiting room for most of a Friday morning, I read it again. And loved it again. (I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Dreamboat or Douchebag: The Christian Grey Edition

I read my first Harlequin Presents when I was in sixth grade. It was Lord of La Pampa by Kay Thorpe and for the decades since I have remembered the line “With a woman like you there can be no other way.” … Continue reading

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Maggie’s Best of 2014 List

What constitutes a DIK/5 Star/Best of romance? For me, a DIK romance is a book that delights me, with characters I at least like (but normally, I love them) and a romance that leaves my heart a little gooey. I … Continue reading

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The Ideal Romantic Hero

Every once in a while I will fall in love with a hero. Kit from Mary Balogh’s A Summer to Remember comes to mind. I loved his laughing eyes. I loved his sunny nature. As I typed this half a … Continue reading

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AAR’s Buried Treasure Picks for 2014

Each year, the AAR staff picks their favorite Buried Treasure–a book that ran under the radar or that we think many readers may have missed. Last year’s list–which you may read here–featured books by Tessa Bailey, Caroline Linden, and Jay … Continue reading

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AAR Picks the Best of 2014

(This column will not be the only piece we run on the best books of 2014. We will still run a separate Buried Treasures piece and several staff members will be sharing their lists of the best books they read … Continue reading

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Jamie Fraser: Dreamboat or Douchebag?

Outlander has been in the Top 15 of AAR’s Top 100 Romances since we began doing them in 1998. It has a DIK review here.  In 1991 it won the RITA award for Best Romance Novel. I think it is pretty safe to … Continue reading

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Rhett Butler: Dreamboat or Douchebag?

Gone with the Wind is not a romance novel. But it is often mistaken for one – it made the Top 100 Romances at AAR in 1998 and in 2000. (See also here. And here.)  And Rhett Butler is often lauded as a romantic hero. In truth, he … Continue reading

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Deliciously Chilling: Three Spine-Tingling Mysteries

It’s almost Halloween, time to dust off the decorations, break open a bag of candy and curl up with a book that will send shivers up your spine. Normally for this momentous experience I pick something from the paranormals on the … Continue reading

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Love on the Small Screen

The American Fall TV Season is getting back into swing and loyal viewers will soon be reconnecting with beloved characters from the small screen. While I have several shows being recorded on my DVR the one the whole family is … Continue reading

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