As a librarian, I’ll read or watch just about anything if it features one of us as a central character. Sometimes, this works out well–Party Girl!–and other times I need to recover from the hours of my life I’ll never get back after watching something I’ll only reluctantly admit viewing (ahem, The Mummy). A librarian protagonist is no guarantee of quality, and yet I find myself reaching for book after movie after tv show in hopes that this time–THIS TIME!–I’ll meet Rupert Giles again. (more…)
Earlier this month I re-read Pride & Prejudice for the first time in over 10 years. I had a completely different experience reading it as a 30-something historical romance reader than as a college-aged English Literature major. Somehow it was wittier, more romantic and subtle, more sly and tongue-in-cheek than I remembered it being. Of course I fell in love with Darcy and Elizabeth all over again and vowed to never again let so much time pass before re-reading Pride & Prejudice. (more…)
Readers! I’ve been remiss! I have completely forgotten to share the awesomeness that is Sandra Schwab’s latest historical romance with you. I received an e-arc of Eagle’s Honor: Banished, in May, read it like a fiend, reviewed it on Goodreads and promptly forgot to share my review here with you. (more…)
Like any dutiful regency romance reader I owe my love of the genre to Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion will forever be the romance novels of my heart and the gateway drugs to my historical romance addiction. That said, I’ve never been an Austen fan-fiction reader, preferring instead to imagine my own after-the-happily-ever-after for Anne and Captain Wentworth, Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bingley. But I’ve been dying to read Longbourn since it was first published in 2013. (more…)
I’m going to work really hard to contain my exclamation points in this post, but it will not be an easy task. Carolyn Jewel’s Scandal, a 2010 RITA finalist for Best Regency Historical is free right now.
And it’s amazing (which I shall elaborate on in great, great detail). (more…)
Although the heart of historical romance lies in the regency period, some of my favorite romance novels of all time are Sherry Thomas’ late Victorian historicals. They, along with Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, were my first introduction to historical romance, so of course they hold a special place in my heart. (more…)
My introduction to Caroline Linden’s writing was the first book in her Scandals series, Love and Other Scandals, featuring the fiesty and fierce Joan Bennet (and of course, the dashing Tristan, Lord Burke). Joan’s brother Douglas was an ancillary character, but his presence was a wonderful complication to Joan and Tristan’s my-best-friend’s-sister romance. All’s Fair in Love and Scandal marks the return of Douglas Bennet as the hero of his own happily ever after. It’s a great novella with a fantastic heroine who’s making her way to the top of my Awesome Ladies of Historical Romance list. (more…)
I believe I’ve written about how I’m relatively new to romance novels, but that hasn’t stopped me from becoming a genre-vangelist, gifting unsuspecting friends and readers with surprise copies of my favorite historical romance novels and forcing recommending one favorite book after another. Not everyone has been convinced of the amazing writing to be found in romance, but of course, I can always count on my Book Sister, Heather, from True Stories & Make Believe to understand that good stories are everywhere. So I’ve asked Heather, as an even newer convert to historical romance, to write about one of her first historical romance loves, the swoon-worthy Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean, as well as her burgeoning love affair with the genre overall. (more…)
It’s that time, folks: Heather and I have come to the end of our Outlander journey, and as you can see, our reactions are all over the place. Opening Written in My Own Heart’s Blood for the first time, I was giddy, heart-broken, breathless with anticipation, and oh so sad that this was the last Outlander novel currently in print. In short, I was a mess. (more…)
STORY: Tim gets a new baby brother who wears a suit, secretly talks over the phone and draws up evil plans in the dead of the night.
REVIEW: Must animated movies border on the bizarre?
The Boss Baby will test your threshold for quirky stories. In the realm of animation, that can be streaming on free tv project online, nothing is too unreal: talking cars? Sure. Lost fish? Let’s give it a sequel. Emotions with their own emotions? Worthy of an Oscar. Add to that a baby who is a cunning corporate official, talks in pie-charts and is working relentlessly towards ridding the world of… puppies. See, bizarre! (more…)