Category Archives: Romance

Romance Heroines and Exercise

I’ll admit it’s not easy staying in shape, and at times I seem to be fighting a losing battle. In the middle of the winter, curling up with a good book is much more appealing than going out for a … Continue reading

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Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas Five-Book Giveaway (Giveaway Closed)

Summer is 2/3 over and it’s a perfect time to relax with a great book – even better when it’s a highly anticipated book by a much-loved author.  Thanks to the generosity of Lisa and her publisher, I’ve got five … Continue reading

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What a Pain

Having had major surgery a few weeks ago, I was a little disconcerted when my next two review books featured protagonists in pain. I was immediately struck by the realization that physical pain is something that many authors don’t portray … Continue reading

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Transitioning to YA/Teen: It’s Harder Than It Looks

The other day I was doing my semi-regular rounds on the Internet, checking author  Web sites, seeing what they’re up to.  Well, color me surprised when I saw that an author – whose books I used to love but who … Continue reading

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Five Awesome Romance Things

Introduction first: In case you were unaware of the 1000 Awesome Things blog, Neil Pasricha was at a down point in his life a couple of years ago, and decided to cheer himself up by blogging about the good, often … Continue reading

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Pandora’s Box: 50 Shades of Grey

For those who’ve remained blissfully unaware, 50 Shades of Grey is the latest publishing phenom. Discussed obsessively everywhere from the Today show to Newsweek, the plot can be teased in just a few sentences: Christian Grey is a 27-year old billionaire … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Revamp our Sensuality Ratings

AAR’s sensuality ratings have come under discussion lately due to the changing nature of the romance industry in general. With the recent proliferation of racier novels, what was once declared Hot may now be considered barely Warm by our readers. The language used … Continue reading

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Series, Series, and More Series

We have all seen the trend that is happening in Romance novels these days.  The Series.  I can’t even remember the last time that I read a book that wasn’t a part of a series.  Paranormals, fantasy, Regencies – it … Continue reading

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Romance Rant (Volume XXXVI)

Today is the 16th of December and the biggest holiday of the year is growing ever closer. In between decorating, shopping, and being busier than I should be work-wise, I’ve had little time to read lately.  Well, let me put … Continue reading

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Deal Breakers: Have We All Gotten a Bit Too Cranky?

Even a casual visitor to the AAR message boards quickly learns one thing:  We are an opinionated bunch. And in just about every thread somebody posts about a plot device they loathe.  Be it a couple who jumps into bed … Continue reading

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