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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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My Biker romance tastes are very specific and narrow. The biker has to be tough, dangerous and dirty but not truly a bad apple and the heroine has to have a lot autonomy to gives as good as she get and has to have a pretty darn good reason for... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I love authors with long backlists because I am binge reader and I love being able to immerse myself in the worlds they create. Every so often however I flounder in the middle of a series and just lose track of where I left off. While I adore the Kate... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I really enjoy reading Laurenston. She is not for everyone. Her heroines are often bawdy, crass, and more than a little unbalanced. However I adore the brash sisterhood present in her books and the physical humor and bonkers plotlines just make me laugh. Last year during a long drive I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Yesterday I started a recommendation list and then asked #RomBkLove Twitter for their recs, this is what they delivered! These are just to give you ideas. Feel free to interpret Fire and Ice as freely as you like. I will continue to add recs to this thread as people send... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
#Rombklove returns this January with the #Rombklove Reading Challenge. January is Fire/Ice month. Each month we will have a new theme for you to interpret as broadly as you want. Read and post throughout the month using the #RomBkLove tag. (@willaful, @ProfNita’s idea!) — Ana Coqui (@anacoqui) December 28,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
The temperatures outside are frightful and there is nothing more delightful than sitting around in my pajamas and not doing much more than reading all day. The Pretender by HelenKay Dimon: An occasional art thief with a cause stumbles upon a murder and contaminates a crime scene leading to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Best Contemporary I read a lot of fantastic Contemporary Romance this year, but three books stood out as giving me all the happy sighs. My favorite book of the year is Alisha Rai's "Wrong to Need You". It came out this week. And I need everyone to finish reading it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Best Romantic Suspense I don't read a lot of romantic suspense anymore but when I do, it is by HelenKay Dimon. The genre as whole has gone very dark but I can count on Dimon to build tension and menace without more gore or gruesomeness than I can handle. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
For the #readRchatawards I submitted a single nominee in the SF romance category and that was Ashwin by Kit Rocha. Kit Rocha books have a special place in my heart, their themes and recurring motifs are exactly my catnip & Eden and the Districts one of my favorite places that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
When I dove into romance I binged on Historical Romance to the point I burnt out. I had to challenge myself to read Historical Romance. Eventually I discovered that I needed to start reading outside Regency-wallpaper romances to rekindle my love for the sub-genre. The last couple of years have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This year has been such a roller-coaster. Back in May, discouraged by the increasingly negative news and the loss of romance conversation on twitter I was inspired and encouraged to launch a month of book discussions. #RomBkLove was a crazy amount of work (daily posts & moderating the online conversation)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Cassandra Harwood fought her whole life for the chance to study magic at the Great Library. She excelled at Magic despite long-standing tradition reserving its practice to men. But despite admittance to the Great Library and although she might have been the most talented magician of her age, she was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Recently Audible had one of their not-too-infrequent sales, for which I am always a sucker. As I browsed the Fantasy section I stumbled upon this series. I remembered quite a lot of buzz for it among the fantasy and Lit-Fic crowd when the first book came out and I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I am long time fan of Lauren Dane's contemporaries. I particularly love her Brown Family books. I also have a soft spot for her vampire-themed UF, The Goddess with a Blade series. However before this year I hadn't read any of her paranormals. I've been sampling some of her werewolf... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Hurricanes consumed my reading mood since late August, first it was worrying for friends in Houston, then for my mother and extended family in Puerto Rico as first Irma and then Maria walloped the island. Instead of reading the fantastic ARCs that kept arriving in my inbox, my time was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Puerto Rico is still in crisis. A slow uneven frustrating crisis. My family thankfully is fine. I read the news each morning and pray. I am thankful for all who are helping while knowing the help is not enough and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at A Coqui in Winterfell
I really loved An Unsuitable Heir by K.J. Charles. My review for RT was super-positive, 4 1/2 Stars Top Pick, as I felt it was a fantastic conclusion to what has been a fantastic series by Charles. In her final Sins of the Cities novel, Charles once again makes consent,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This month has been rough. Back to school, back to work but with my attention divided as I watched not just one storm but two hit Puerto Rico. I have a lot family still there including my mother. She and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at A Coqui in Winterfell
Earlier this month in a bid to become more aware of what I have piling up in my ARC and Impulse-buy TBR, I spent a evening sorting through 67 pages of books on my kindle. It was a good exercise. I found a bunch of good books that I forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Summer is over for me! I am back at work today. I made a dent in a my ARC pile but I still have lots of reviews to write. However, these are a couple of reviews I wrote for RT that are no longer behind the paywall, enjoy! Worth the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Both these books had unapologetically badass heroines. They can kick ass, and save themselves (just like Emma in the Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare which I also read this week), but although they can do it alone, they find people who want to share the load, who want them as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I almost forgot about this week of Aug. It got lost in my planning for the start of the school year and our end of summer vacation. This week navigating NYC and Philadelphia via public transit has reminded of how important it to have people you can share the navigating... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
#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 Aug 21, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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 Aug 19, 2017 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
#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