Category Archives: Maggie AAR

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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Confessions of a Settings Junkie

I feel like I have been waiting on Connie Brockway’s The Songbird’s Seduction forever even though the truth is I have only had it on order since early June. I’m not typically a fan of Ms. Brockway’s but my keen desire for … Continue reading

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A Formula for Romance… Novels

Critics of romance novels often cite a long list of problems with the books and one of the most frequently used is that the books are formulaic. Some authors embrace that idea and give a guide to what they think … Continue reading

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Max de Winter: Dreamboat or Douchebag?

When I was preparing to write this column I was of the firm opinion that Maximillian de Winter was a definite douchebag. My vague memories of him, from reading the book years ago, were of a cold man who married … Continue reading

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You Want Me to Do What?

How is going all the way defined between friends? Well, according to Jerry Seinfeld if it is a male/male friendship going all the way is defined as asking a guy to help you move. The biggest favor of all? Jerry: … Continue reading

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Is that a sword in your pocket?

In the early days of romance adventure stories were a fairly standard part of the landscape. One need look no further than Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women edited by Jayne Ann Krentz to read all about the risk takers and adventurers who … Continue reading

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AAR’s Maggie Interviews Mary Kubica, Author of The Good Girl

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when … Continue reading

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50 Shades of Readers

“All sentences are not created equal,” Jenny Davidson tells us in Reading Style: A Life in Sentences. Her tale is not so much about “which books must be read than about how to read.” Her main conversational point is the … Continue reading

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