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African American Romance Reviews

Just Who Do I Think I Am? December 28, 2009

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 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.

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12 Responses to “Just Who Do I Think I Am?”

  1. Karen Scott Says:

    Welcome to Romanceland!

  2. katiebabs Says:

    My disposable income also goes to books. Who needs socks, shoes, underwear…

    Welcome! 😀

  3. Rowena Says:

    Welcome to romanceland! I’ll be adding you to my blogroll because I hecka loved your first review! Keep up the good work!

  4. shilohwalker Says:

    My disposable income goes to lots of things. Books are just one of my many addictions. Saying hello, as directed by Karen. ;o)

  5. Honest reviews! I like those. I’ve read a couple of AA romances and I’m on the lookout for more. Welcome.

  6. Barbara B. Says:

    “I’m often disappointed after reading a book all the women rave about.”

    I’ve had that problem, too. I used to belong to a group with authors and readers as members and it was extremely difficult to get honest assessments and reviews. The authors feelings always somehow got catered to. I finally realized that we were a group so underserved that any book with a black heroine was good (enough) to a lot of the readers.

    I’m glad that there’s at least one place for honest reviews of Af-Am romances. Thanks for that, Raven.

  7. anny cook Says:

    “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.”

    This is my experience, too, so I look forward to reading your reviews.

  8. Rosario Says:

    Hi Raven, welcome! Loved your first couple of reviews, they’re definitely the kind I find helpful! 🙂

  9. Shelia G Says:

    I found your site through Karens. If you’re interested, I have a new release coming out in April that I would love to send you. What’s your email so I can email you off loop with info.

    Thanks
    Shelia

  10. lisagriley Says:

    Hello, Raven. I’m so glad you’re here. It looks like you’ll be a breath of fresh air. I am certainly looking forward!

    Best,
    Lisa G.

  11. Jinni Says:

    I so look forward to your reviews. I’m an AA woman who generally reads mainstream romance because I’m too often disappointed by AA romance – and the reviews, too often fawning, don’t help me make choices.

    Let see how this goes . . . .


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