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Hi. I’m Jessica, a thirty something professor at a state university in the U.S., in a field which in no way qualifies me to review fiction of any kind. I’m a mom to several creatures, human and not, and I’m a spouse. You can contact me at Jessica@racyromancereviews.com.

After a 7th grade bout with mono when I read a few romances, I left the genre for a couple of decades. I rediscovered romance quite by accident in 2007, and have been voraciously reading ever since.

I started Racy Romance Reviews — my first and only blog — as a kind of reading journal, a place to comment on things about romance which I find interesting, and a place to keep track of others’ reviews.

Why is “racy” in the title? Well, it sounded better than “piquant”, and what blog can fail with alliteration on its side? Seriously, the primary meaning of “racy” isn’t “sexually suggestive” (that’s third). It’s “full of zest and vigor”, and the second is “having a strongly marked quality”. My favorite blogs are racy that way, and that’s what I’m aiming for here.

I am not a romance writer, aspiring or otherwise, nor am I an editor, publisher, or in any way connected with the “biz.” I’m hoping it’s a good thing to have another blogger in the mix who’s just reading and reviewing romances for the fun of it.

I’m looking forward to having the freedom to say what I think without doing a lit review and multiple drafts first.

You can read a little more about my vision for this blog in my inaugural posts: here and here. And about why I do NOT think a book review is merely an opinion here.

I hope you enjoy it!

Email me at Jessica@racyromancereviews.com

PS.

I’d like to include links to other web reviews of the books I review, so that readers can quickly get multiple perspectives on a book.

I’m especially interested in your review if it seems to be a minority one. As John Stuart Mill put it: “since the general or prevailing opinion on any subject is rarely or never the whole truth, it is only by the collision of adverse opinions that the remainder of the truth has any chance of being supplied.”

If you have written a review that is freely accessible, please send me a link so I can add it to the “Word on the Web” section.

You can email me at jessica@racyromancereviews.com, or just post your link in the comment section of the review.

Thanks a bunch!

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Published on August 5, 2008 at 2:00 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Ha! One of the reasons I like having a stat counter – I can find new blogs that way and I just discovered yours. I checked out some of your features and I really like it!!
    I consider what I do not so much a review as much as my thoughts on a book I’ve read. When I do, I want others to keep in mind it’s just my thoughts and if I didn’t really care for a book, it’s not that others might not like it. One persons wall banger is another persons keeper. What I like about yours is the links to other blogs thus getting other readers thoughts.

  2. Welcome Kristie!

    It’s blogs like yours that got me interested in doing this. I thought, hey, there’s something really valuable about doing this type of thing on a smaller scale.

    I think my viewpoint on what a review is differs from yours, but I agree with you that it’s important to have a lot of different voices in the mix. I talk about it a little more in the “Do YOU Review?” page.

    Thank you for visiting!

  3. I’m curious about how you ” rediscovered romance quite by accident in 2007.” I would love to hear more details of that happy accident, only, of course, if you care to share them.

  4. It’s great that you are taking the time and effort to keep track of your romance reading. I’m always interested in the reactions of other readers and writers. And you do such a great job of pulling together resources, too.

  5. I just wanted to let you know that I just discovered your blog and really enjoy it. Thank you,
    Heather B


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