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Some Good Romances by Authors of Color

By Jennifer K. If you follow book news, you may have heard that the Romance Writers of America has cancelled the 2020 RITA awards. Further digging will lead you to a massive scandal that has rocked the romance novel world for the past month. It’s a pretty complicated business, but there have been allegations of racism, […]

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Queer Fantasy Romance

By Jennifer Keirans I’ve discovered a su-sub-subgenre that I love: queer fantasy, preferably with a little romance. (How’s that for a niche?) I’ve always liked fantasy novels, and romance novels, and queer stories. Right now there seem to be lots of great books that combine all three. Here are a few I’ve read recently:

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Winter Romances

by Michelle C. As the nights get longer and colder, the prospect of staying at home with a loved one becomes more desirable. It’s cuffing season, the time of year when single people start looking for that special someone they can cuddle with by the fire on a long winter’s eve. Add in a movie […]

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Amnesia in Romances

by Jocelyn R. You wake up one morning, and, oh no! You don’t recognize the face in the mirror. Or the person laying next to you. What’s going on? Did you imbibe a bit too freely the night before? Did you age overnight? Nope. You, my friend, have amnesia. And that means you are now […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Historical Romance Lists

by Lindsey A. It’s the end of February… and the end of romance! Just kidding. Romance will go on forever. We have reached the end of this month’s Beyond Bestsellers theme, though. As I said in my last post, the romance I chose to read this month was The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Historical Romance

by Lindsey A. Welcome to your February edition of Beyond Bestsellers, Sno-Isle Libraries’ community reading challenge! I hope you’re all back in the swing of things. Jocelyn’s Epic Fantasy post will bring you up to speed with the second wave of the reading challenge. Each month we will read books from different themes, and participants can […]

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Wonderful Dogs in Romance Novels

by Jocelyn R. Dogs, lovable pets often named a person’s best friend, are wonderful characters who wiggle their way into our hearts. Just like their human counterparts, dogs have unique personalities and foibles that shine off the page. And since I absolutely adore dogs, it’s always a pleasure to read the heartwarming antics of these […]

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Gay Historical Romance

by Lindsey A. Historical romance is one of my favorite genres to read but let’s face it – it’s not very diverse. Fortunately, though traditional publishing still has a long way to go, it’s starting to acknowledge that many readers want to see more representation (of all kinds) in their romance. One of the biggest […]

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Kiss or Kill: Enemies-to-Lovers Romances

by Jocelyn (SnoIsleLib_JocelynR) Last month we took at a look at second-chance romances. This month, let’s talk about another popular romance trope, enemies-to-lovers. In these novels, the two mains begin the story as enemies but eventually realize that they love each other. Why are they enemies? Let me count the ways…perhaps they are business rivals, […]

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Reuniting for Love: Second-Chance Romances

by Jocelyn (SnoIsleLib_JocelynR) Tropes, commonly used themes or storylines, are the backbone of many romance novels. This isn’t a bad thing; use of these tropes gives readers an idea of what they’re getting into before they even crack open a book. Alternately, it lets them know to steer clear if it’s a trope they don’t […]

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