Rating & Heat Scheme, Review Policy, & Contact

Miss Bates is not keen on a hierarchical rating system; however, she quotes Miss Austen to render judgement. You can figure out what these signify:

“You have bewitched me.”  Pride and Prejudice

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” Emma

“A mind lively and at ease.”  Emma

“Real comfort,” Emma

“Almost pretty.”  Northanger Abbey

“Tolerable comfort.”  Mansfield Park

“It had a high claim to forbearance.” Emma

“Rubs and disappointments everywhere.”  Mansfield Park

“It was badly done, indeed.”  Emma

Miss Bates’s site is maintained for her enjoyment and the pleasures of discussion. She invites honest and polite commentary. Miss Bates accepts ARCs from reliable sources, or purchases the books she reviews. If you query Miss Bates to review your book, she reserves the reviewer’s prerogative to review negatively, or not at all. Presently, Miss Bates has a seven-month lag between release date and review. Miss Bates does not host blog tours, organize giveaways, or feature any promotion.

Miss Bates tags every review with one of the following “heat” ratings:

Kisses-Only (Self-explanatory)

Closed Bedroom Door (Love-making happens “off-site”.)

Bedroom Door Slightly Ajar (Love-making euphemistically described.)

Bedroom Door Ajar (Love-making realistically described. Love scenes are few and far between, maybe only one; emotions, as in the designations above, take precedence over physicality.)

Open Bedroom Door (Love-making realistically described. Love scenes are frequent. Emotions are still the romance narrative’s crux.)

Wide Open Bedroom Door (Love-making occurs frequently and descriptions are crude. Emotions still take precedence and the end is HEA.)

(Please note that Miss Bates doesn’t read, or review erotica. She dislikes HFN. She tags her reviews with “HEA-Seal-Of-Approval,” or more rarely “HFN,” or “HEA-Pending” in the case of ongoing series, such as a mystery series with romantic elements.)

You may reach her at: missbatesreadsromance at gmail dot com

5 thoughts on “Rating & Heat Scheme, Review Policy, & Contact

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    • Miss Bates is so honoured, her loquaciousness doesn’t quite know what to do with itself. Gasp … she’s near speechless. Thank you very much for the links of blog-happiness! I love reading your blog & check it daily. Miss Bates is even a trifle disheartened when she doesn’t have the pleasure of reading a new post, but as she too is in the academic trenches, she understands. Ah, the halcyon days of the full-on reading summer …


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    • Thank you! Miss B. loves using these quotations and she thinks, hopes that other than the ones in the nether regions, they’re pretty lovely for a writer to see, not only potential readers. 😉 She tries to add a gem phrase here and there as she finds them in her Austen reading.


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