AAR Staff Top Ten Favorites – Mary’s Picks

There is absolutely no possible way that I can trim my favorite romance novels down to ten. Therefore, I am going to take a page from other reviewers’ entries and exempt those written in the 19th century (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell). I am also going to state that Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is a given, but because the story continues and the end has not yet been written, it will be excluded from my top 10 list. I am also going to exclude A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught, because Jenna included it her list and I would not want to be redundant. So…in no particular order and with the caveat that I could exchange some books on this list at any time, here is my qualified Top 10 list: Continue reading

In Defense of Darkness

darklandscape Earlier this year, Leigh blogged about liking lighter romance. I enjoyed her piece and it got me thinking about my own views on tone in the books I prefer to read. I certainly don’t mind humorous romance or laugh out loud slapstick in the least. The book within a book from What Happens in London is one of my romance reading highlights! However, I have a soft spot for the dark and angsty, or at least the dramatic and serious, and many books on my keeper shelf feature heroes and heroines who really had to work for that happy ending.

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Karen Ranney Giveaway!

When readers think of emotional reads, Karen Ranney’s name is often mentioned. She even did a piece here at AAR on the two-hanky read. Karen Ranney’s latest book, A Scotsman in Love, has just been released by Avon. If you’d like a chance to win it, along with a copy of The Devil Wears Tartan and signed bookplates, just comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, May 7, 2009. A few caveats: This contest is open only to U.S. residents. Also, this contest is designed to get books into the hands of readers who would not otherwise have them, so if you review for another website and have access to the ARCs or finished books through that site, please don’t enter. We can’t fully police this, so use the honor system.

Now, let’s get commenting!

-Lee Brewer