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Review: The Sometimes Sisters by Carolyn Brown

When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke […]

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Trope Discussion: Asshole With a Heart of Gold

Hiya readers and welcome to another discussion post! Feel free to jump in at the bottom and leave your thoughts on this trope, which I’m sure many of us are familiar with! The Trope Itself The trope for “Asshole With a Heart of Gold” is essentially based around a character–usually a man, the male romantic […]

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Blogtober Day 5: Spooky Romance Tropes

Note, this will be an incomplete list. Also, this is just spooky tropes in the sense that they appear in spooky themed books that also have romances! Reincarnation Reincarnation, or sometimes just the rebirth of part of a soul, tends to pop up in some spooky romantic tales. The Haunted Mansion anyone? With this trope, […]

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Discussion: Twisted romance, when does it work?

What is a “twisted romance?” A twisted romance is a romantic plotline in which the romantic relationship is not a good relationships. It’s twisted in some manner, usually due to the lifestyle of one or both of the love interests. These plots generally appear in paranormal romances and in thriller/mystery type stories where the plot […]

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Discussion: Being Plain in a Romance Novel

Today I want to talk about a common trope in romance novels across the board: the main female heroine being “plain.” I put plain in quotation marks because most of the time a subplot of the book is the love interest trying to convince our heroine that she is in fact beautiful, and based on […]

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Discussion: “Noble actions” in Romance Novels

Intro: What are “noble actions” In the context of romance novels, there are certain behaviors and actions that express the innermost character of a romantic lead. Where otherwise they could be interpreted to be a bad person–perhaps due to their profession or a deep seated prejudice the main character holds–this single noble action usually acts […]

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Discussion: Interesting Social Commentary in The Gentleman Physician by Sally Britton

The Gentleman Physician, a summary To begin with, lets have a potentially spoilery summary of The Gentleman Physician so you have some context. In the first book of the Branches of Love series, we are introduced to Julia Devon as a side character. She is the resigned, twenty-three year old spinster sister whose family knows […]

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Discussion: Consent in Romance Novels

To begin with, this discussion deserves a CW for discussion of sexual assault, harassment, and rape. I will not be discussing anything explicitly, nor will I really get into any of those topics. But the discussion of consent necessarily approaches the discussion of these things, and I don’t want anyone to be harmed reading this […]

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Discussion: Romance Novels and Female Autonomy

Introduction Hello book bees and welcome to this discussion on the role romance novels have played in growing autonomy for women. First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that literacy and access to works of fiction are privileges that not every woman has. It’s also important to recognize that when women’s rights do progress, […]