Luck and Privilege: Book Inserts

Many of the older romances I pick up, and even some of the newer ones, have mail-in cards that sign you up for a monthly book subscription. The cards usually include a gift, sometimes a contest, and always a sticker of some sort that you must remove from one page and attach to another. Presumably …

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The Well-traveled Book

My library is not what it used to be. For decades I accumulated books, dragging them back and forth across the country, and my library was a source of pride. Vanity, to be honest. Changing priorities (a euphemism for not having enough money) meant I had to drastically prune the collection, but that task was …

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The Babel Codex

I’m a sucker for free ebooks, from the monthly University of Chicago freebie to the collections from Harlequin, and don‘t always pay attention to what I’m downloading. When I clicked “Read Now” on Alex Archer’s The Babel Codex, downloaded free from Harlequin, I assumed it was another romance, albeit with an odd title. One of …

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Wicked Loving Lies

Another serendipitous find from the laundry room, Wicked Loving Liesis a classic bodice ripper. From 1976, by Rosemary Rogers, this historical is almost 500 pages, covers a span of several years, and is over the top in every respect. We meet young Marisa in a Spanish convent, where she awaits the arrival of the man …

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Where’s Daddy?

My reading of romance novels is too erratic and sporadic to identify trends, but I have noticed a disturbing pattern in many books. Last summer I read several books featuring women who were single, but either pregnant or with a new baby. More recently I have read several books featuring single women with a child …

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Menage on 34th Street

The world of romance novels is much larger than male and female couples. There are romances featuring gays, lesbians, and, in the case of Menage on 34th Street, threesomes. This ebook was written by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis, and recently published by Carina Press, a division of Harlequin.  Menage on 34th Street is my …

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A Princess of Mars

Romances are not the only books I read, but that is the subject of this blog, and it would be irresponsible of me to wander off into action, fantasy, or science-fiction. Yet the boundaries between genres are fuzzy. There are suspense and para-normal romances, and I'm sure science-fiction romances are out there too. A Princess …

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