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Ana and Chris
Ana and Chris love books, baseball, travel and our families
Interests: Baseball, Comicbooks, romance novels, traveling
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#RomBkLove August Week 4: Food. Hunger, Want, Thirst, Desire... Who combines food & romance to delicious effect? Food is a big part of my family life, we have a lot traditions built around food. There are dishes we only prepare at Christmas (Coquito or Christmas Log) or foods (Pink beans... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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A week ago I was walking around Montreal with a band of romance readers and writers. Stopping to shop and eat while discussing our favorite romance novels, twitter culture and just generally enjoying each other's company. I am still a bit amazed it actually came together. Last August my husband... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove August: Week 3: Independence. What does Independence mean in Romance? Which characters seek it? Who gets it? Who sacrifices it? Who makes sacrifices for it? Romance at its core tends to be about Interdependence, about finding someone with whom to share life's challenges. When Independence shows up as theme... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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One of the best things about being a reader is finding reading soul-mates, other readers who enjoy the same kinds of books and possibly wrestle with the same issues about them. Recently Jen, Kini and I had one of those, “you too?” moments over Kristen Ashley’s books. Kristen Ashley’s books... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Who writes the best adventure romances? What are your favorites? I really enjoy adventure romances. I tend to find them by reading Romantic suspense, SFR or fantasy romance. I love how adventure plots often throw characters who would usually avoid each other in to close proximity. Force to work together... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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This week I would love to hear from everyone if they read more or less in the summer, what they read (and if it is different than what they reading the rest of the year). What books do you most associate with summer or holiday reading? What makes something a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler were a golden couple, heirs to a growing and successful grocery store chain founded by their grandfathers, until tragic car accident exposed secrets and a stolen inheritance tore their families apart. In the decade since Livvy and Nicholas have only seen each other 9 times,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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These Old Shades was delightful. I really didn’t know what to make of it when I first started reading. I love foppish heroes that are deceptive, perspective and dangerous and it was clear from the first page Justin Alastair would be all three. “He walked mincingly, for the red heels... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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In Spectred Isle, the porous veil that separates the mundane from the magical worlds was almost completely shredded by the terrible choices magic users made during the war. Unusual magical phenomena is more common than it was before the war, and there are less skilled occultists around, since many like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Severine de Cabrillac is a "retired" spy, cultivating a reputation as untouchable spinster who uses her clandestine skills as private inquiry agent. Although surrounded by family and loyal retainers she is haunted by the dark choices she made in the service of Military Intelligence during the wars in Spain. Like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Suzannah's first year as a priest is off to a rocky start. The foodbank project her church called her to spearhead has run into unexpected opposition, she is putting in too many early morning and late nights working on her sermons and worst yet some of her parishioners have noticed.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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We are almost half-way through July. Looking at the discussion so far and the great prompts and posts by Jennifer we will be focusing on Erotic Romance and what we find sexy in Romance. Join us tomorrow Saturday afternoon : Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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In paranormal romance particularly shifter romances (but also seen in Alien SFR, for example, Ice Planet Barbarians), finding one's mate is often complicated/facilitated by the triggering of a mating heat, an instinctual and undeniable sexual call, that is often painful to resist (occasionally even fatal). As their bodies cry out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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I am a long-time fan of Ilona Andrews's urban fantasy series. Their books have a great mix of action, humor and often feature hard-working, fiercely independent heroines facing terrible odds. In the Hidden Legacy series, Nevada Baylor is private investigator, desperately trying to hold on to her family's firm. She... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Severine de Cabrillac is a "retired" spy, cultivating a reputation as untouchable spinster who uses her clandestine skills as private inquiry agent. Although surrounded by family and loyal retainers she is haunted by the dark choices she made in the service of Military Intelligence during the wars in Spain. Like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Erin Satie, Emma Barry and J.A. Rock contributed to this anthology/guessing game. I have read multiple books by 4 out of these 5 authors, so it was an easy decision to pick up this book. Even not knowing who wrote which story, I could count on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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About a year and half-ago I spent a whole day reading novellas while keeping my youngest daughter company. One of the novellas was Maher's Blizzard Bliss. I found it quite charming and I was intrigued by a lot of the supporting characters. One of the characters I wanted to know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Silver Silence is the first book in a new series by Nalini Singh set in her Psy-Changeling universe. It is special in several ways. First is the start of a new story-line, and although it builds on what has gone before it works a accessible entry-point for those who might... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
#RomBkLove Day 1: Sex in Romance: Love It/Hate It; Too Much/Too Little; Gateway Sex Scenes & more - https://t.co/BtnYVtQJAI — Romance Novel News (@romnovelnews) July 1, 2017 Short answer: Yes When I first started blogging about Romance I wrote out a whole explanation on why I read and reviewed Romance.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Jennifer Porter from Romance Novel News has posted her topics, I look forward to playing along and I hope you do too! #RomBkLove The Sexy Edition - July 2017 - https://t.co/ReF6wsYism - Here are the prompts for the next 31 days! — Romance Novel News (@romnovelnews) June 30, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Week 4: Journey. Traveling can make or break a relationship. What are the most memorable character journeys you have read? What are your favorite road-trip/travel romances? Summer Vacation begins this week for me. Growing up almost all our vacations were road-trips of some sort or another. We would fly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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RomBkLove W3: Change In what ways has the genre changed since you started reading? What change do you want to see in the genre? I sometimes wish someone would put out a Mindset List for romance. As someone who only started reading romance in the last decade, I am short... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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RomBkLove Week 2: Discovery How do you find new books? Who do you trust for recommendations? What are you looking for? Romance readers probably struggle with this more than most other readers because of our voracious reading habits. Romance is also a huge genre and it incredibly easy to get... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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My reviews for Danced Close by Annabeth Albert and KJ Charles's An Unnatural Vice are now available for everyone to read: Danced Close: Albert’s Portland Heat series continues to charm. Albert’s balances the excitement of infatuation and romantic discovery with the tension and uncertainty of a new not-quite-defined relationship to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Is your TBR bursting after May's #RomBkLove? I heard it over and over last month, people blowing their books budgets on recs from the tag. What did you choose to read and why? Was it a genre or author you never tried before? What did you think? What goes into... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books