Romance novels need a canon
"Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie
A contemporary romantic comedy set to Elvis Costello and lots of luxurious and sinful sugary treats. Read the whole essay.
Florida prosecutors will not charge George Zimmerman following an alleged domestic violence incident in November, State Attorney Phil Archer announced late Wednesday.
As CNN notes, the decision to drop the case comes days after Zimmerman’s girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, said she did not want him to be charged and that she wanted to “be with him” again.
Zimmerman’s lawyer is, naturally, delighted by the news that her client, a man with a history of domestic violence complaints and a willingness to use deadly force, will not be charged with a crime.
“On behalf of George Zimmerman, I am pleased that I was able to present credible evidence to reasonable prosecutors who took the time to listen and that justice prevailed,” attorney Jayne Weintraub said in a written statement. “This demonstrates how great our system is.”
More from CNN:
In the court document filed this week, Scheibe accuses authorities of pressuring her.
“When I was being questioned by police, I felt very intimidated,” she said. “I was not allowed to call an attorney nor was I allowed to eat or drink anything for a very long time.”
Heather Smith, a spokeswoman for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, denied that claim.
“As you know, we provided media with the 911 call from Ms. Scheibe, which occurred prior to deputies responding,” she said. “Apparently, Ms. Scheibe may have misspoken about the facts of her interview as she had access to her phone and was provided with food.”
"Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie
"Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Crusie
Another of Crusie's romantic comedies, this one in the shadow of an ostentatiously phallic water tower. Read the whole essay.
"A Gentleman Undone" by Cecilia Grant
A Regency romance with beautifully broken people and some seriously steamy sex. Read the whole essay.
"Black Silk" by Judith Ivory
A beautifully written, exquisitely slow-building Regency; the plot is centered on a box with some very curious images, as Edward Gorey might say. Read the whole essay.
"For My Lady's Heart" by Laura Kinsale
A medieval romance, the period piece functions much like a dystopia, with the courageous lady and noble knight struggling to find happiness despite the authoritarian society. Read the whole essay.
"Sweet Disorder" by Rose Lerner
A Regency that uses the limitations on women of the time to good effect; the main character is poor and needs to sell her vote ... or rather her husband's vote. But to sell it, she needs to get a husband first ... Read the whole essay.
"Frenemy of the People" by Nora Olsen
Clarissa is sitting at an awards banquet when she suddenly realizes she likes pictures of Kimye for both Kim and Kanye and she is totally bi. So she texts to all her friends, "I am totally bi!" Drama and romance ensue ... but not quite with who she expects. I got an advanced copy of this YA lesbian romance, and I’d urge folks to reserve a copy; it’s a delight. Read the whole essay.
"The Slightest Provocation" by Pam Rosenthal
A separated couple works to reconcile against a background of political intrigue; sort of "His Gal Friday" as a spy novel set in the Regency. Read the whole essay.
"Again" by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Set among workers on a period soap opera, it manages to be contemporary and historical both at the same time. Read the whole essay.