Let’s start with who I’m not.
I am not an industry professional. I’m not a publisher or editor or agent or author. I don’t pay my bills by reading, liking, or disliking romance novels. I’m simply a girl who reads and has an opinion.
I am not an expert on African American romance. I haven’t read every AA romance author or every AA romance. I have my preferences, just like any reader, but I am willing to give new books and new authors a try. I start every book wanting to love it. Who doesn’t want to fall in love with a good love story?
So, who am I?
I’m a grown-up with a job and some disposable income. I like to spend some of that disposable income on romance novels. But as you know, dear reader, it’s hard to know which novel to buy, especially if it’s an author you haven’t read before. While I find the various online networks/meeting places for readers of AA romance fun, friendly, supportive spaces (and I really really mean that), I’m often disappointed after reading a book all the women rave about. No one ever hates anything. No one ever is lukewarm about anything. Every book is hot. Every hero is to die for. Every heroine is relatable.
That hasn’t been my experience reading and it probably hasn’t been your experience. So I’ve created a space where I can give an honest assessment of the books I’ve read. I’m starting with books on my shelf right now, which means some reviews will be for books many years old; some will be for books just released. Again, there’s no particular agenda here. Just a space for me to talk about what I liked and disliked about what I read. Hopefully others will find it helpful.