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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 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 2 days ago 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
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The Enforcer (Games People Play #2) HelenKay Dimon: The Enforcer plays with a lot of similar tropes and themes as The Fixer. The male protagonists are quite similar. Like Wren, Matthias is also a gruff, secretive and awkward around people. Trust, truth and family history play a big part in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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A little over 6 weeks ago, I had a thought, just a germ of an idea, and I threw it out there on twitter and got tons encouragement and some really great prompt suggestions. My goal was simple: more romance conversation. And that goal was met beyond my expectations. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 31: Why are HEAs are essential & necessary for you? What must a HEA deliver? What makes for a swoon-worthy HEA? HEAs saves lives. #RomBkLove — Melissa Blue (@mel_thegreat) May 30, 2017 And that is tomorrow's prompt in a nutshell! #RomBkLove https://t.co/9hkAr0Mx9C — Ana Coqui (@anacoqui) May 30,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 30: Old School/Classics Which romances stand the test of time? What elements do you miss? I came to romance within the last 6 years. I haven't read a lot of Old School romances and I am honestly a bit fuzzy about what qualifies. I think most of the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 29: Friendships. Bro-mances, Best Buds, Girlfriends, galpals, what are the best friendships in romance? Friendship is super important to me as reader. I love romances where the protagonists have close friends, people who love and care for them and in many cases act as family. I actually keep... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 28: Novellas and Short Stories Short & Sexy? Which novellas deliver the HEAs? In the last two years I have read three fantastic romance anthologies. I adored The Brightest Day and Daughters of a Nation anthologies by Kianna, Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart & Piper Huguley. Their stories... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 27: Romance Icons Their names are synonymous with romance. Who are they? Where do you even start? Growing up if I associated romance with anyone person, it was probably Barbara Cartland. Her all-pink ensembles, manor house and British accent where often featured on TV shows I watched as... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 26: PNR, SFR, UF & Fantasy Magic, shifters & spaceships? Beyond the imaginative settings, what makes it special? Magic, spaceships, shifters, I read them all. I love action, imaginative settings and I have a high tolerance for worldbuilding. In some ways I am more comfortable reading about kissing... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 25: Series & Sagas: Comfort, Continuity, Connection? What is the appeal of long-running series? Two of my very favorite series are actually PNR and SFR so I am going to save them for tomorrow's post (Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling Series and Kit Rocha's Beyond Books). In the past year... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 24: Careers, Jobs & Work: The romance can be all in a day's work in some novels. What vocations or jobs do you love reading about? Which ones do you avoid? Why? I love reading books where the MCs have passions and careers outside of their love interests.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 23: Romancelandia: From Meet-ups to Kerfuffles, friendships & debate What does it mean to you? Like anything there are as many experiences of Romancelandia as there are people in it. My sense of Romancelandia is that it is always both bigger and smaller than I think, with people... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 22: Adaptation Movies, mini-series, games, etc., when loves leaps off the page do you follow? Mid-Nineties Jane Austen movie and TV adaptations, Emma, Sense & Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice were romance gateways for me. I was inspired to read the books after they introduced me to Austen's work.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 21: Auto-buy Who or what triggers your one-click finger? This select group is actually very very small. I have a largish circle of authors whose books I am almost guaranteed to buy, because of their track record with me. Those are authors are Alyssa Cole, Emma Barry, Erin... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 20: Unforgettable Lines Witty,sexy romantic, insightful. Tell me of the highlight worthy lines! Here are some of my favorites from the last two years: "The universe had been treating her with great sarcasm lately" Joanna Bourne -- The Spymaster's Lady (The Spymaster Series Book 1) “It was only... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 19: Romantic Suspense: Spies, Soldiers, Seals, Who do you turn to for action with kisses? I read more than my fair share of thrillers growing up and I'm a sucker of heist and action films. I love a story that builds great tension, action but doesn't lose sight... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 18: Not a Duke in sight!Which are you favorite romances without aristocrats? Who do you read when you want to avoid the Ton, Royals, Billionaires, Rockstars or others from the 1%? Who writes about the other 99%? One of my favorite writers for Romances about non-aristocratic characters is... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Ridiculously over-represented in Romance, Who out Dukes them all? My favorite Duke is Mary Balogh's Wulfric Bedwyn, from the Bedwyn Saga/Slightly Series. Balogh builds him up as character over a half-dozen books before pairing him with a very unsuitable wife. He is all superiority and quiet menace, raising his damnable... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 16: Dark Moments I often read multiple books at the same time and the worst thing I ever do to myself is when I bail pages ahead of the dark moment, when the protagonist screw everything up, or the conflict seems insurmountable, in multiple books, and I am... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 15: Bicker and Banter Do you have a favorite bickering couple? Who writes the best banter? One of my favorite on-screen couples are Nick and Nora Charles. Their constant banter and playful bickering is hilarious to witness in the Thin Man movies. I love when characters can match... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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#RomBkLove Day 14: Covers What says romance for you? Do they matter to you? Ever bought a book just because of the cover? Any favorites? Because I follow so many authors on twitter, I know how incredibly hard it is to find even passably useful stock photos, so I tend... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books