Lazaraspaste came to the romance genre at the belated age of twenty-six. While she prefers historicals, she's really up for anything . . . much like her view of food! Some of her favorite authors include Jo Beverley, Anne Stuart, Lisa Kleypas and Joan Smith. Once a YA librarian, she is now working towards an advanced degree in literature with the mad idea of becoming a critic and teacher. Though she loves romance, fantasy has always been her first love. She hates never-ending series and believes the ending is the most important part.
Dear Ms. Dreyer, Years ago, while I was waiting for my luggage to appear on the airport carousel an old woman approached me. “Are you an American?” she asked. I said that I was. “Have you ever been to Scotland… more
Dear Ms. Mallory, I read Seven Secrets of Seduction over winter break. This, despite the fact, that I had been wanting to read it since it came out. Alas, my life conspires against me and I was caught in a… more
Dear Ms. Day, I never know what grades to give erotica, because, much like exotic foodstuffs, it is a genre that is peculiarly subjective to what Englishmen call taste, the French call bon gout, and everyone else chalks up to… more
Dear Ms. Bliss, Jane sent me Here Comes the Groom after I told her how much I loved your last book, What the Librarian Did. Like What the Librarian Did, Here Comes the Groom takes a fairly cliched romance novel… more
An Extremely Short and Not So Sweet Review of Anne Stuart’s Breathless in Five Limericks Preceded by a Very, Very Short Synopsis Miranda Rohan, true to her parentage, ruined herself with one bad decision. Though she’s happy in her life… more
Dear Ms. Hobson, The first books that were ever read to me-’aside from children’s picture books that is-’were C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, thus establishing a long history of love for the fantasy genre. As a child, my favorite books… more
If I were to describe this plot, I would say that it is a plot of estranged spouses. Ned has gone from boy to man, as is most often the result of journeys. And Lady Kathleen has suffered the rumor of her husband’s swift removal for the past three years. But this book is so much more than the reconciliation of estranged spouses. It is more than the two protagonist’s getting to know each other as they fall in love, despite the forced marriage. No, this is a book about what makes a hero.
Dear Ms. Stuart, Recently, I reviewed your book Ruthless and have been given the honor of doing the same for the second book in your House of Rohan series-’Reckless. If I may be so bold, I would like to address… more
On the whole, the ambiance, the setting and the strangely Gothic vibe that ripples through this book was delightful and just unusual enough to stand out. I ripped right through it in a matter of hours and would re-read it, which is always a sure sign I enjoyed a book. Looking forward to the future installments of the Maiden Lane series.
Dear Ms. James, When Jane sent me a batch of books for review, I was particularly excited to find A Kiss at Midnight in the pile. Over the years, I have come to expect interesting and realistically rendered characters from… more
Dear Ms. Stuart: Elinor Harriman is the quintessential elder sister of romance. To wit, she is desperately trying to keep her little family together by protecting, guarding and working herself to the bone. Simultaneously, she is, of course, trying not… more
I have this theory that all Romance Novel Heroes (RNHo, from now on) are born under the astrological sign of Scorpio. Okay. Maybe not all of them, but a really, large majority for sure are Scorpios. I'm a bit of… more
Dear Ms. Lindsey, Despite being one of the grand dames of romance, I haven't ever read one of your books before. I don't know why. It's just worked out that way. When I picked up That Perfect Someone, I was going… more
Dear Ms. Dare, Dear Ms. Dare, I've heard good things about you for the last year, ever since your debut The Goddess of the Hunt appeared as the beginning of three inter-connected novels. I've been meaning to read something of… more
This is a review from lazaraspaste, one of our guest reviewers for the summer. Next Tuesday we’ll do an introduction of all the new summer reviewers. Dear Ms. Smith: Having read boat loads of romances over the years has taught… more