Smugglers!

I couldn’t find any romance novels about book smuggling, but here instead are some about smugglers of various sorts. Enjoy! Unknown Ajax – Georgette Heyer Hugo Darracott, an enormous figure of a young man, arrives at Darracott Place in Sussex to find his family waiting: his grandfather, Lord […]

St Patrick’s Day

Preparing for a great day. Before I get to the recommended books, I’d like to think a bit about the actual day.  It’s unfortunate when a Christian feast or holy day becomes disconnected from its meaning. St Valentine, Easter, Christmas, Whitsun, have been broken on the rocks of […]

The Exact Opposite of Okay

The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven Izzy O’Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by. Izzy never expected to be 18 and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench are published online, the […]

Stories of Obsession

  Obsession takes many forms, and is enacted in many ways. Literature is awash with characters whose lives have been struck down, and diminished by their or someone else’s obsession. Dorian Gray is obsessed with youthful looks, very apropos today. He sees the portrait of himself … ‘How […]

Book Burning

It’s a sad day here at HSBS after reading this article today. Its about a bookshop in Berkeley California, called Revolution Books targeted by demonstrators. Check out their website – I would certainly shop there (maybe not for romance – though you never know…). This is what they say about […]

Maybe Never

Maybe Never – Sadie Allen Judd Jackson had it all—star football player with a college scholarship, perfect family, tons of friends, and a beautiful girlfriend. He was the most popular guy in town … until a family secret burned it all to the ground. Now, he’s the object of […]

Ten Books about Cheating

Contemporary works about romantic infidelity – Jamie Quatro The assumption that male writers can have sexually transgressive imaginations while female novelists should be more demure is passé. If we’re going to secure gender equality, we must be allowed the same imaginative expression, on the page, as our male […]