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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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I didn't grow up a romance reader, at least I didn't think I was one, but almost all the fantasy and urban fantasy I read had romantic elements in it and that was one of the reasons I read it for. Which Fantasy and Urban Fantasy books provide satisfying romantic... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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This is one of my favorite tropes, because how closely it tracks with MC's in full-denial. I absolutely adore MC's that somehow think a few days of passion will be easy to shake off. I love when characters unexpectedly catch feelings for the "just a bit of fun" partner. What... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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There are few things as miserable as a reading slump. Bad luck or bad mood, nothing is working. What do you do? Do you re-read? Switch genres? Do you save books by favorite authors in reserve in case of a reading emergency? Do you wait out a reading slump or... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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All relationships have them, skilled writers are aware of how tweaking them one way or another may make or break a story. How sensitive are you to them? What works for you? What do you like to see? Who does them well? Who surprises you? I think about them all... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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A stolen kiss in a moonlight garden, a scorching encounter in the coat room, these little sexy interludes spice up many a romance novel. Which ones were the most sexy? Sweet? Funny? Ridiculously wonderful? Give us the who, what & where for the most memorable? From Ada Harper's A Conspiracy... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Armistice day which marked the end of the First World War. In the United States it was also Veterans Day, a day where we honor and remember the sacrifices made by those who served. Today is #RomBkLove' In Uniform Day. This category includes those... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Contemporary or Historicals cross-class romances are a staple of the genre. The Princess falls for the gardener's boy, the Millionaire for the clerk, but there is a lot to overcome when love crosses classes. From Cinderella retellings, rescue fantasies or unexpected reversals, what romances get it right? I recently read... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Fun, wacky, wild or just plain odd. Sometimes nothing but an OTT or WTF will do. Which odd-ball romances are more than they seem? Which ones have stuck with you? Why read something OTT or WTF? Sometimes I have an itch for stories with over-the-top elements and ridiculous situations. I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Romance readers are super hard on heroines, always held to higher standards than any heroes. Flawed, flinty, flaky...and some ruder words are frequently used. But some of us like our heroines less than perfect, emotionally messy, and maybe more than little rude. Which hard-to-love heroines are your faves? This year... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Steampunk, Horror Romances, Dystopian/Royal Romances, Historical/Contemporary hybrids...and dozens more. Which mini-genres & cross-genre romances do you love hard even if they are hard to categorize? I suspect many others will name the books on my list but I love Kit Rocha's novels. They write HopeDark romances set in a dystopian... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Uniform in style but far from formulaic, category romances pack a lot of romance in a slim package. Many of the biggest names in romance got started in category romance, whose books stand-out? I came into romance late, and didn't quite know what to make of Category romance. It didn't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Back when I put this list together it seemed like a good idea to directly reference it being Election day in the US than to pretend it wasn't happening. I strongly believe that all romance is political, not just the ones with politicians, civil servants & activists. HEAs and who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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What tropes do you keep looking for and not finding? What kind of books do you wish you saw more of? What tropes are you yearning for? Yesterday I was looking for Puerto Rican baseball player romances, and I got one rec. Maybe you are looking for f/f best friends's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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On the ice, the field, the track or pool, romance MC's compete for more than medals or trophies, they are out to win hearts. What are you favorite sport-themed romances? I don't read a lot of sports-themed romances but there are several sports-adjacent romances that I would highly recommend. Ruby... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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We have all had those moments, you are reading on the bus, the break room or a busy waiting room and suddenly you realize that the scene you are reading is really romantic, erotic, or emotional. What books have caught you unawares and actually made you blush? Whenever I think... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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These books are like big warm hugs or fluffy blankets to cuddle into. What books do you read when you just need something low-angst and low-conflict? Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon was mentioned over and over yesterday. It was my slam-dunk pick for fluffy this year. Everything about this book worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Every once and while we read a book that we just simply can't put down. These are the books that inspire bad decisions like sneak reading or reading in to the wee hours of the morning. These books are both a gift and a curse. Page-turners that have you hooked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Surprise! As a holiday gift to Romancelandia ( and because I need more booktalk on Twitter), I've put together a bonus round of #RomBkLove Prompts to help put more bootalk into our TL. Just a little joy for us to share. For Bonus #RomBkLove 2018, I will post a new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Contemporary or Historicals cross-class romances are a staple of the genre. The Princess falls for the gardener's boy, the Millionaire for the clerk, but there is a lot to overcome when love crosses classes. From Cinderella retellings, rescue fantasies or unexpected reversals, what romances get it right? I recently read... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Fun, wacky, wild or just plain odd. Sometimes nothing but an OTT or WTF will do. Which odd-ball romances are more than they seem? Which ones have stuck with you? Why read something OTT or WTF? Sometimes I have an itch for stories with over-the-top elements and ridiculous situations. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
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Romance readers are super hard on heroines, always held to higher standards than any heroes. Flawed, flinty, flaky...and some ruder words are frequently used. But some of us like our heroines less than perfect, emotionally messy, and maybe more than little rude. Which hard-to-love heroines are your faves? This year... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This review was first published at Love in Panels: I adored the first book in this duology and so I had high expectations for this romance. I was eager to go back into this world and and explore the flip-side of the tropes from the first book. Unlike Galen and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This review was first published on Love in Panels: Letty Gonzalez is trying to rebuild her career after her ex-boss/ex-boyfriend fires her when he realizes that he won’t be getting into her parents' deep pockets through her. Max Delgado is a sculptor on the verge of breaking out, trying to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This review was originally published at Love in Panels: Zac Fallon has been stripping for 10 years and he has always loved everything about it. He loves making women smile, being in the spotlight, the camaraderie with the other guys in the show, the freedom to travel and the money.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This review was originally published on Love in Panels At Your Service by Sandra Antonelli Sandra Antonelli is a long-time advocate and promoter of romance featuring older protagonists. While the majority of romance authors and publishers focus on characters in their twenties and thirties, Antonelli and other fans of seasoned... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books