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My pick for best romance  of 2013 was the very sexy Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun. (AAR readers liked it too: It won Best Erotica/Romantica in our most recent Annual Reader Poll.) That novel, like many of Ms. Calhoun’s work, is hard to label. Is it contemporary romance? Is it…

A review
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Romantic suspense is one of the most “difficult to do well” sub genres in romance. If the romance works the suspense is often weak. If the suspense is fabulous, the romance is often unbelievable. But those of us who like romantic suspense got lucky in 2013. Carolyn Crane published two…

Karen Rose
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In December I interviewed historical romance author Sarah MacLean. I had contacted her because of a letter she had sent to the New York Times taking them to task for excluding romance authors and their works from a “Sex” issue published in the Sunday Book Review. Here is a quote…

contemporary
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What makes a great book? Lots of things, right? Great plot, startlingly interesting characters, writing that leaps off the page and slams into your heart and brain, emotional power that reminds you what’s worth living for: I put all those things on my list. I’d also put originality paired with…

things I wish I'd written
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“The human heart dares not stay away too long from that which hurt it most. There is a return journey to anguish that few of us are released from making.”Lillian Smith from Killers of the DreamThis quote, when I first read it, hit me hard. I was 18, a freshman…

A review
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2013 is the year that I took to Twitter. There I found friends, feeds, and fiendishly smart conversations. One of the many nimble minds I met there is Alexis Hall’s. He and I both, at one point, were reviewers at Dear Author and his editor, Sarah Franz, is someone I’ve…

Anna Cowan
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Untamed by Anna Cowan provoked any number of heated conversations in Romancelandia. The book, which features an unfeminine heroine and a not traditionally masculine cross-dressing hero, enraged and entranced almost equally. I was one who was entranced. (You can read my review as well as Dear Author’s Janine’s more negative…

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