Category Archives: Historicals

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Lord of Scoundrels!

AAR feels old! We can’t believe many of us first read Loretta Chase’s classic romance Lord of Scoundrels 20 years ago! We first reviewed the historical romance in 1997. The review was written by a reader who gave the book … Continue reading

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Rose Lerner on her latest hero, being Jewish in Regency England, and an interesting bit about Ivanhoe

Ash, the hero of my Regency romance True Pretenses, is a Jewish con artist who grew up in a London rookery and has been passing as a Gentile for a number of years. The heroine Lydia is the daughter of … Continue reading

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Talking with Joanna Bourne

Dabney: Thank you so much for talking with me. I am an unabashed Joanna Bourne fan girl and have been ever since I first read The Spymaster’s Lady. AAR readers have loved your Spymasters series; I’m sure many of us are counting … Continue reading

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Would you have made it?

Sometimes the right book can really get you thinking about a question. In this case, the right book was actually a novella, Danelle Harmon’s The Admiral’s Heart. The premise is that the heroine ends her relationship with the hero when they are both young … 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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The Elusive A+

One of my children asked me recently if I’d ever given a book I’d reviewed an A+. I said I hadn’t. He then asked if I thought I ever would. I said yes, that in fact, there was a book … Continue reading

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Buy These Books…Even If They’re Awful

One message I kept hearing during this summer’s RWA conference was that publishers were finally ready to look at books that are different. Not every publisher was saying it, mind you, but I heard it a lot more than I … Continue reading

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Embracing My Inner Fangirl

You know, the veil between publishing and authors and readers is pretty much kaput these days.  And, frankly, I kind of miss it. I miss the days when I didn’t know anything about authors and just picked out the books … Continue reading

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Romance Novel Covers: A Rant

They’re like bad relatives.  You can’t avoid sleazy Uncle Bob or foul-mouthed Cousin Betty, because Uncle Bob married to Aunt Emily (the loveliest auntie in the world), and Cousin Betty is sister to Cousin Mark (who’s like a brother).  But … Continue reading

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