Internalized misogyny and man chests: Isabelle Popp shares how she became a romance reader

I’ll admit–this article resonated with me. My own road to becoming a romance reader was bumpy. I picked up my first one quite by accident (Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid), being in search of both a bargain and a happy read which would rectify my lack of brain stimulation being a SAHM. So “smartContinue reading “Internalized misogyny and man chests: Isabelle Popp shares how she became a romance reader”

The Un-Queen: Meeting the Guys

In this chapter, Abbie is finally meeting Edward/Parker’s childhood best friends, but they’re in the midst of an argument that they haven’t resolved yet regarding her health and their different conflict styles. Abbie is concerned that their arranged marriage is going to end up much more uncomfortable than she’s imagined…engagement is the pits, sometimes. Oh,Continue reading “The Un-Queen: Meeting the Guys”

HEA Hypothesis: Feminism in Off Her Game by Zoe Forward

Hello, book buddy! This blog post is part of a series called HEA Hypothesis, in which I do close readings of romance novels to figure out what makes them work, and you can find more here: HEA Hypothesis archives. This week’s post is focused on Off Her Game by Zoe Forward. Mr. West loves videoContinue reading “HEA Hypothesis: Feminism in Off Her Game by Zoe Forward”

HEA Hypothesis: Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan

Hey, book buddy! Good to see you here on my blog. This post is part of a series called HEA Hypothesis, in which I try to dissect and analyze why different scenes in romance novels work well. You can see past post here. For the sake of clarity, I have formatted the conversations between TristanContinue reading “HEA Hypothesis: Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan”

Friday Feature: Favorite Words I Read This Week

Originally posted on Close Reading Romance:
Photo by?Susan Holt Simpson?on?Unsplash Anyone who follows me over on Twitter has watched me yell in excitement about Scarlett Peckham’s The Lord I Left for the better part of a week. I savored this book slowly (until the end when I couldn’t stop myself) and enjoyed so much about…