REVIEW: WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT BY TESSA DARE

REVIEW: WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT BY TESSA DARE

As you now know, Tessa Dare is on my author auto-buy list. I will pre-order anything with her name on it and anxiously await the day it magically shows up on my Kindle. She could write a love story between a linen napkin and a teacup and I would devour what would likely be their witty, beverage-related banter for hundreds of pages. That said, I was so excited to get my hands on an advanced reader’s copy of her latest Castles Ever After release, When a Scot Ties the Knot. It’s out TODAY, so head on over to your favorite print or ebook seller and buy it already. (more…)

HAPPY WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY!

HAPPY WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY!

Today’s the day to celebrate some seriously badass ladies. 95 years ago today women were granted the right to vote in the U.S. when the 19th Amendment was certified into law.

What does this have to do with romance novels? Quite a bit, in my opinion. I read romance novels for love and sex and angst and escape, but I also read them because they feature some of my favorite heroines in literature. Women in romance novels are strong, interesting, complex, and multi-dimensional, and the women who write these fascinating heroines are some of the smartest ladies I’ve ever encountered.

So celebrate Women’s Equality Day today by picking up your favorite feminist romance novel and giving it another read. I’m leaning towards The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan for obvious reasons. What will you be reading today? Who are your favorite feminist heroines in romance?

LIBRARIES AND ROMANCE NOVELS, PART 1: SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS

LIBRARIES AND ROMANCE NOVELS, PART 1: SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS

More often than not, my professional life as an academic librarian and my love-of-books life as a romance novel reviewer and blogger intersect. That happened earlier this week when I stumbled across two different pieces–an academic journal article and a blog post–that brought together these two worlds. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about them here or on my blog about librarianship, but I thought this might be a nice place to start. I’m focusing today on one of those works, the blog post, below, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. (more…)

WHAT IS IT ABOUT LIBRARIANS?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT LIBRARIANS?

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…)

READ-IT-AGAIN ROMANCE FAVORITES

READ-IT-AGAIN ROMANCE FAVORITES

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…)

UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS MEETS PRIDE & PREJUDICE

UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS MEETS PRIDE & PREJUDICE

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…)

HOW TO BE A VICTORIAN

HOW TO BE A VICTORIAN

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…)