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Reading Romance as a Political Act

A week after the Women’s March, I saw a lot of my American friends looking for means to balance their righteous anger with crucial...

The “Outlander Isn’t a Romance” Problem

Diana Gabaldon doesn’t like her bestselling Outlander series being described as romance, and she has never been quiet about saying so. Indeed, with the...

Happy Ever After: Why We Need More Romances & Rom-Coms

Mother’s Day looks terrible. By all critical accounts (or at least the shady tweeting they’re doing while waiting for the embargo to drop), it’s...

Review: “Rise of a Queen” by Chanta Rand

One of the great powers of literature is the limitless potential to explore millennia of history and fill in the gaps left ignored or...

Review Roundup: Meat and Two Loves Edition

A quick summary of some books I’ve recently read. Five Came Back by Mark Harris. After the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1942, five major Hollywood...

Romance Tropes I Love: The Royal Romance

As a Brit with a traditionally hyper-aware consciousness of the class system, I tend to view Americans’ excitement with our Royal Family with complicated...

Caucus With Me: Romances for Campaign Season

For those of us who both love romance novels and harbour an undeniable yet entirely masochistic fascination with American politics (it’s a lot easier...

Things Romance Readers Are Sick of Hearing

Think-pieces on the supposed dangers, problems and faults of romance novels are published with such regularity that you could almost set your watch to...

Defending The Indefensible: On Phil Gigante & Karen Marie Moning

Content warning: This post discusses rape and the sexual accosting of a minor. Nothing in great detail but if these topics are triggering or...

Best & Worst Books of 2015

This has been a solid year for me, one devoid of any quarter-life crisis as I precariously treaded through the catch-22 conundrum of being...