[Cross-posted from Sulia, where I am now writing on their “Romance Novels” channel. So, expect a lot more posts here in the future as I will be cross-posting often. Also, Sulia doesn’t allow you to use hyperlinks in the post so I will make sure the version cross-posted here always hyperlinks.]

Over the weekend, J. K. Rowling dropped the bombshell that she messed up when she had Ron and Hermione end up together at the end of the Harry Potter series (by some accounts of the interview, she said that Hermione should have actually ended up with Harry).

Twitter had a fun, smart field day with this revelation.

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[Content note: this post discusses rape in romance novels]

Over the last day or so, Noah Murphy (@murphyverse on Twitter) has been tweeting about romance novels, patriarchy, and issues of consent, mainly the use of rape as a plot point in romance novels. Murphy, who describes himself on Twitter as “Eccentric self-publishing sci-fi/fantasy writer, blogger, tweeter,” has nearly 30,000 people who follow him there.

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Cover of Ruthie Knox's ALONG CAME TROUBLE: A long-haired blonde woman who is naked from the waist up, leans into the back of a muscled man who is naked from the waist up. Since we are looking at them in profile, we can see the side of her breast, though her arm is out, reaching around his body, her hand touching his chest.

Along Came Trouble, Ruthie Knox’s latest full-length novel, was released on March 11, 2013.  I received an advanced reader copy from Random House Digital.

Here is the summary of the book from Knox’s website:

An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?

Writing reviews of books, I find that I end up confessing things I wouldn’t necessarily confess otherwise. But if I’m going to explain my reaction to this book, I have to be honest about my thought process while reading it.

So, in Along Came Trouble, Ellen has a toddler (his name is Henry) with her recent-ish alcoholic ex-husband (Richard). And, honestly, I rarely enjoy romance novels where either one of the main characters has a kid. When I realized that Knox’s latest book would have a kid, I immediately thought, “NO! Ruthie, WHY?!?” Because I absolutely love Ruthie Knox’s writing and I feared that this would be the first piece of hers that I would not enjoy.

I was wrong.

I should have trusted in Knox.

I will from here on out.

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[Cross-posted with additions from Speaker’s Corner in the ATX]

Two people on my Facebook feed today posted the link to this amazing Tumblr where grad students in English admit the things for which they have shame: English Grad Student Shaming.

After I tweeted this link out, I got this response:

The image in the post Alexandra links to is this:

Woman holding up a piece of paper in front of her face that reads: "Number of times I've read Wuthering Heights = 0. Number of historical romances I read during the dissertation process = 63 and counting...)"

“Number of times I’ve read Wuthering Heights = 0. Number of historical romances I read during the dissertation process = 63 and counting…”

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