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.
Brent Bozell (or L. Brent Bozell III, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing), a nephew of William F. Buckley and a conservative activist and writer, is a pretty silly person.
But the thing about politics is, provided they’ve got friends with a lot of money (or a lot of money themselves), silly people can make a difference! Or at least be a nuisance.
When it comes to Bozell’s right-wing nonprofit, ForAmerica, and its announced goal of getting “the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside,” the likelihood is high that Bozell, despite his big talk, will be the latter.
According to a report from CNN, ForAmerica has announced its intention to spend six figures on a digital ad campaign intended to shun GOP leadership from the national stage. And by “GOP leadership,” they don’t just mean Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell but also Rep. Eric Cantor, Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. John Cornyn.
What have these GOP higher-ups done to deserve expulsion? Bozell told CNN that he’s tired of Republicans approaching Tea Party supporters and other conservative activists in order to “[plead] for our money, our volunteers, our time, our energy and our votes.”
Despite all that he and his ilk have given, Bozell says, there is “not a single conservative accomplishment this so-called ‘leadership’ can point to.”
Check out one of ForAmerica’s digital attack ads, this one against McConnell, below:
"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.