Miss Bates started MBRR with the idea that she’d blog for herself, as a way of keeping track of what she read and how she felt and thought about romance fiction. She assumed she’d sporadically pick up readers researching a title, stumbling on Miss Bates’s musings via a search engine. She’d entrenched the endeavour with a blog-name that served as an amusing persona; the loquacious spinster fit perfectly. 😉
What ensued took her completely by surprise. Pleasantly surprised, but surprised nonetheless. Within weeks of writing her first posts, she did not accumulate hundreds of followers, or have publishers and authors clamoring for her reviews. What she felt was championed by the spirit of generosity extended to MBRR by these wonderful writers/bloggers/thinkers and lovers of romance fiction:
Pamela at Badass Romance
Liz at Something More
Jessica at Read React Review
Emma at Emma Barry
Gen at Gen Turner
Natalie at The Radish
and Janine at Dear Author
Being championed beats all. Miss Bates thanks you for encouraging, commenting, and supporting. She is privileged and humbled to be in your company. And your company is a lot of fun!
Many thanks to everyone who dropped by, read, mused, followed, commented, and returned time and again. Miss Bates hopes you’ve been entertained, amused, and found the reviews/readings interesting, thought-provoking, and considered. It’s been a wonderful year and the state of Miss Bates Reads Romance is happy, healthy, and looking forward to another year of reading and reviewing. In the spirit of the genre that we love and love to debate, as every hero/heroine avows, “You [dear readers] are perfect for me.”
To follow are Miss Bates’s favourite romances and posts of 2013. Some are new, some old, some historicals, some contemporaries, some you’ve read, some might spark your interest. Miss Bates briefly comments on each and links to the original review.
Released in 2013
Historical Romance: is Miss Bates’s first romance reading amour and it scored some coups this year. Grant’s A Woman Entangled followed upon Miss Bates’s love for A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone. Her other two favourites were by new-to-her authors: Emma Barry’s Brave In Heart and Tracey Devlyn’s Nexus Series. Continue reading