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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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Although I really liked the characters and the setting this is a DNF review! This book had a fabulously hot beginning with it is white-hot flirtation/hookup but when I had to bow out when Adrien kept delaying telling Faith a crucial piece of information, and I lost patience with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I was late to pick up Charlie Adhara’s first two Big Bad Wolf books and I was rewarded with that lateness by being able to read all three in short-succession. The books are a cross between police procedural mysteries and paranormal romance. They are suspenseful and character-driven stories with slowly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
In the wake of the #ritassowhite and the growing awareness of how black authors are systematically discriminated against in the romance community, there has been a lot conversations about what we can do as readers and reviewers. For all the attention we pay to the Ritas each year most readers,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I have a special love for Shelly Laurenston/GA Aiken's special brand of slapstick humor, over-the-top-violence and strong and central female friendships. I have a special place in my heart for her Honey Badger shifters at Bite Me (Pride 9) was the first of her books I read and I adored... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Chelsea and I had fun unpacking all our feelings for Beyond the Sectors podcast last week, and Episode 3 went out to subscribers on Thursday. To find links to the podcast and read the show notes, head over to Beyond the Sectors. Also Suzanne from Love in Panels asked me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
18. Salt Magic, Skin Magic by Lee Welch (Audio, m/m, historical PNR/Fantasy) Great mystery, suspense & twist. Really loved the tension between Blake & Lord Thornsby, their mutual mistrust/attraction. Intriguing magical worldbuilding. #bkbrk — Ana Coqui (@anacoqui) March 9, 2019 Lord Thornby’s debauched and provocative London life came to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
My review of Wild Country is up at Love in Panels! Wild Country is full of surprises and unexpected twists, most more unsettling and upsetting than the last while providing a heart-pounding companion story to Etched in Bone. It is not a book I would recommend to anyone except a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Find the second episode of Beyond The Sectors on iTunes and Podbean. Ana and Chelsea giddily discuss the tumultuous romance between the King and Queen of Sector Four. Dallas and Lex have been circling around each other for years, risk and desire in balance until an inflammatory tattoo changes everything.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
My review of American Dreamer is up at Love in Panels! Ernesto Vasquez might have been born in the Dominican Republic but he is a die-hard New Yorker at heart. His food truck, OuNYe’s menu expresses the special fusion of his New York city childhood, where the Afro-caribbean flavors of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Hey fellow O'Kane for lifers, the first episode of the Beyond the Sectors Podcast is now live! Celebrate love and join us as we explore the Sectors. In this episode Chelsea and Ana talk about how they discovered the Beyond Books By Kit Rocha and discuss Beyond Shame! —... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
My full review of Robyn Bachar's Bite Me is up at Love in Panels today. But here is a taste: I loved what Bachar did in this book. From its sarcastic, funny and decidedly off-kilter Lizzie, desperately trying to figure out how to hold everything together, while falling desperately in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
It stars with a tweet: I'm in. Who's with me? — Chelsea, but Cold ❄ (@anoutlawlife) January 4, 2019 Last month in fit of enthusiasm I decided that yes, I was in. Chelsea and I will be recording out first podcast this week and publishing it next week. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I am over at Love in Panels today with my review of Polaris Rising by Jessie Milhalik. Polaris Rising is the first book in a new SFR series by Jessie Mihalik, this SFR adventure is full of action, fascinating secondary characters and interesting world-building. There is lots of sexual tension,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
With a short stay in NYC ahead of her, all Likotsi, Prince Thabiso’s head advisor & planner supreme, was simply looking for an enchanting woman to pass the the time with and instead fell hard and fast for Fabiola. But their whirlwind affair is derailed abruptly by a single phone... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Like many others, who maybe did a little too much at the end of the year, my 2019 reading year has not gotten off to a good start. While I have read some really good books already my reading felt sluggish. I've started and abandoned too many books. However choosing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
My first review of the year is over that Love in Panels. I reviewed Holley Trent's Coyote's Comfort. It is a f/f novella in the Masters of Maria series that was a wonderful introduction to the series while working well as a standalone. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
The #readRchat team is hugely grateful to all who voted and boosted the #readRchatawards this month. Thank you for the fantastic nominations and for selecting such fabulously diverse group of books to honor. The 2018#readRchat Award Winners: Contemporary: A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood Book #1) by Talia Hibbert (13.3 %... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Love in Panels has my list of top 6 favorites: Ana's Best of 2018 list. If you want to read my sub-genre specific lists: Favorite Contemporary Romances of 2018 Favorite Historical Romances of 2018 Favorite Short Stories and Novellas of 2018 Favorite SFR, PNR & Fantasy Books of 2018 and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This is the corner of Romancelandia is where I feel the coziest. I came in to romance after spending years reading Fantasy and Science Fiction for the relationships. The first romance novels I read were by Nalini Singh and Meljean Brooks, so it no surprise that I turn to PNR,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
At many points this year novellas and short stories have been just what I needed to read. I am always amazed what authors can do with a limited word-count. The emotional stories that they can cram into small packages. I am huge fan of the Rogue Anthologies project and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
As I work to whittle down my nomination list for #readRchatawards and Love in Panel's Favorites of 2018 list, I was struck by how many fabulous yet completely different historical romances I have read this year. The four books vying for my three nomination spots are wildly different in tone,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I am working on putting together my best of list for Love in Panels and working on my nomination slate for the #readRchatAwards and the contemporary category is going to be a problem. I have six 4.5/5 star reads in that category alone. These are the contenders, and some of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Thank you! Thank you to everyone who participated, signal boosted, read and responded this month. Every time we do this I want to bring joy and booktalk to romancelandia and I get it back ten-fold. Thank you so much for sharing why romance means so much to you, sharing your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Do you binge read? What books can't you get enough of? I tend to binge read series that have extensive world-building. Once I enter the world I hate to leave it. What series have captured your love and attention that you couldn't stop reading them till you got all caught... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Love among the stars or in the far future? Which ones do you love? Which authors do something surprising and worth exploring in their futuristic, SFR or space operas? What tropes or issues do you wish more SF dealt with? My favorite SFR series this year was Ada Harper's Conspiracy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books