Posts tagged with romance

May 30 2008

Avon Books gets time out of purgatory

Avon Books has launched a charity called Love Gives Back. According to their website, "Love Gives Back [is] a new program where you'll get Sneak Peeks into upcoming releases and be able to read Av...

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May 21 2008

Lisa Kleypas to spice up the fall book season...

...with not one but two(!!!) new historicals, and it looks like A Wallflower Christmas will be coming out in HARDCOVER:(I'd be even more excited about this if the book didn't cost $16.99, which te...

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Apr 17 2008

Succubus in the City, by Nina Harper


Welcome to part two of our paranormal romance series, featuring reviews of the second installment of a young adult vampire series and a book about the exciting lives of New York succubae...

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Apr 16 2008

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover, by Linda Wisdom


We’ve received a number of supernatural romance novels recently, featuring everything from witches to succubae to cat-people from space, so we’ll be posting four reviews over the next two days. Ke...

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Apr 3 2008

Blue-Eyed Devil, by Lisa Kleypas


Lisa Kleypas has just released Blue-Eyed Devil, the highly anticipated sequel to her first contemporary romance release, 2007’s Sugar Daddy. As with Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed-Devil features a few eyebrow-raising plot and characterization decisions, but the final product is romantic drama at its best...

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Mar 22 2008

Winifred Watson

Winifred Watson was a writer in the 1930s. Apparently, she wrote a couple of well-received rural dramas of the type satirized in Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm, and then went on to write the ...

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Mar 12 2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winnifred Watson


Winifred Watson’s 1938 novel Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has just been made into a movie, and—for once!—we’re totally grateful. We’re usually the first in line to complain about film adaptations, but if it wasn’t for the fine people at Focus Features we might never have heard of this charmingly optimistic romantic comedy...

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Feb 21 2008

Tramps Like Us Vol. 14, by Yayoi Ogawa


TOKYOPOP has just released the final volume of Yayoi Ogawa’s sublimely romantic manga Tramps Like Us, and while we are definitely going to miss seeing new installments of this story every few months, we are thrilled that Ogawa ended her fourteen-volume series on such a satisfying note...

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Feb 15 2008

Confessions of a Serial Kisser, by Wendelin Van Draanen


Seventeen-year-old Evangeline Logan, the heroine of Wendelin Van Draanen’s new YA novel Confessions of a Serial Kisser, has a lot in common with the eponymous star of her kid-friendly Sammy Keyes mystery series. Both girls are smart, resourceful, and fearless...

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Jan 18 2008

Dogs and Goddesses, by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich


Dogs and Goddesses, the latest collaborative novel from Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich, has a lot of plot packed into its 388 pages. In addition to the three heroines’ romantic travails (one storyline per author), there’s also magical cookies, talking dogs, and an ancient, ruthless Mesopotamian goddess with plans of world domination...

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Dec 3 2007

Blood Brothers, by Nora Roberts


As someone who has never learned to appreciate delayed gratification, I was pretty excited about the one-book-release-per-month schedule Nora Roberts adhered to for her last trilogy, 2006’s...

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Nov 13 2007

Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer


Georgette Heyer's Cotillion is romantic, hilarious, delightfully unconventional, and one of my all-time favorite books. For some unfathomable reason, Cotillion is rarely reprinted, so I was thrilled when Sourcebooks announced that this outstanding historical romance would be one of their Fall titles...

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Oct 26 2007

Regency revisited

Michèle Ann Young’s No Regrets features one of the most tantalizing opening sequences I’ve seen in ages, and a plot that borrows heavily from Georgette Heyer. (Hey, if you’re going to borrow your ...

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Oct 17 2007

John Feinstein

John Feinstein is a former Washington Post reporter, an occasional contributor to NPR, and the author of a number of best-selling sports books. He has also written a trio of well-received childre...

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Oct 17 2007

Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl, by John Feinstein


John Feinstein’s Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl offers an appealing alternative to the majority of books aimed at preteen male readers (most of which seem to feature wizards, spies, and/or laser-toting aliens). While Cover-Up includes its fair share of armed thugs and sneering bad guys, it’s basically a thoughtful, entertaining novel about the world of sports journalism...

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Oct 11 2007

Mine Till Midnight, by Lisa Kleypas


Lisa Kleypas’s Victorian romances are always first-rate, so it comes as no surprise that her most recent effort, Mine Till Midnight, is beautifully written, precisely plotted, and filled with appealing, fully developed characters. Kleypas cannibalizes some of her earlier stories for this book, but Mine Till Midnight is more than entertaining enough to rise above a few familiar plot twists...

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Oct 2 2007

Lisa Shanahan

Lisa Shanahan is an Australian children’s author. Ms. Shanahan trained as an actor, and she’s heavily into drama—and (for once) we mean that in a straightforward, non-Oprah-esque way. Her book T...

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Oct 1 2007

The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely, Lost It, by Lisa Shanahan


I don’t know much about Australian entertainment. My knowledge of their popular culture is limited to Strictly Ballroom, a single episode of Kath & Kim I caught in England, and an Australian romance novel that I read a few years ago, which featured such outdated sexual politics that I originally thought it was written in the sixties...

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Sep 16 2007

Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of Wicked Lovely, a YA fantasy that’s one of our Featured Book Picks. While Wicked Lovely has a lot in common with Holly Black’s urban fairy tales, Marr’s world is slig...

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Sep 16 2007

Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr


Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr’s debut novel, is a YA gothic fantasy that falls somewhere between Holly Black’s gritty, atmospheric fairy tales and Stephenie Meyer’s angst-filled Twilight series. Marr’s book has its weak spots, but this modern Tam Lin adaptation is more than entertaining enough to overcome them...

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Sep 4 2007

Tomoko Ninomiya

Tomoko Ninomiya is the author of the fantastically awesome manga Nodame Cantabile, one of our Featured Book picks. Nodame Cantabile has been turned into a live-action Japanese soap opera and an a...

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Sep 4 2007

Nodame Cantabile Vol. 1, by Tomoko Ninomiya


Smart, weird, and irresistibly funny, Tomoko Ninomiya’s Nodame Cantabile is one of our all-time favorite mangas. This coming-of-age story about a group of budding classical musicians will have particular charm for readers who’ve had some musical instruction, but Nodame Cantabile is worth reading even if you’ve never so much as plonked out Chopsticks on your neighbor’s piano...

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Aug 23 2007

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead has currently written three books: Succubus Blues, Succubus on Top, (both of which look pretty funny, although you’d need a fair amount of self-confidence to buy ‘em in public), and ...

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Aug 23 2007

Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead


Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead’s first book aimed at young adults, is 100% pure slinky fun. This stylish goth-lite novel isn’t breaking any new ground, but Mead's fiercely devoted heroines make her book a welcome entry into the overstuffed teen vampire genre...

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Aug 20 2007

Sybil G. Brinton

Little is known about Sybil G. Brinton, but she does hold the title of "Earliest Known Jane Austen Fanfic Writer", which is nothing to sneeze at. Her 1913 book Old Friends and New Fancies: An Ima...

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Jul 9 2007

Avalon High Coronation: The Merlin Prophecy, by Meg Cabot


Meg Cabot’s books are pure escapist fun. Shojo manga—well, some of it—is also pure escapist fun. So combining the two should create some kind of super pure escapist fun, right? TOKYOPOP ho...

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Jul 1 2007

Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols is one of our favorite YA authors. Both 2006’s Major Crush and 2007’s The Boys Next Door are smart, funny romantic comedies with equally smart, funny heroines. Please note, Ms. E...

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Jun 5 2007

Desperate Duchesses, by Eloisa James


Romance novelist and Shakespeare professor Eloisa James clearly wants her books to push the boundaries of the romance genre. But while originality is a commendable goal, it’s usually a good idea to ...

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May 30 2007

No Humans Involved, by Kelley Armstrong


Kelley Armstong’s most recent book, No Humans Involved, is the first installment of her Women of the Otherworld series to feature a character without name-taking and ass-kicking magical powers. In fact, necromancer Jaime Vegas has decidedly mixed feelings about her “gift”—on one hand, it allows her to work as a successful celebrity medium; on the other, ghosts are constantly hanging around...

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Apr 1 2007

Sugar Daddy, by Lisa Kleypas


Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas’s first contemporary romance novel, is entertaining, well-written, and—best of all—free of anachronistic sexual politics. (Many authors* producing both contemporary and historical romances have been known to lose sight of the fact that readers have different expectations for modern characters than they do for historical ones.) Sugar Daddy features...

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