About Kristin Ramsdell

Kristin Ramsdell is Librarian Emerita, California State University, East Bay. She is the author of the romance section of What Do I Read Next? A Reader's Guide to Current Genre Fiction (Gale, annual) and Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre (Libraries Unlimited)

What’s Old Is New Again, plus RWA Update | Romance Reviews

INTRIGUING HISTORICAL EXPANSION; OR, THE HISTORICAL CREEP Not that historical romance is creepy, unless, of course, you’re talking about a particularly sinister gothic. Yet the subgenre is expanding its reach, creeping into decades previously considered off-limits or at least marginal or viewing traditional time frames from a variety of perspectives.

Love the Next Time Around | Romance Reviews, February 15, 2017

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM Reunion stories, those romances in which couples with past relationships reunite, are now more popular than ever. In fact, according to a survey commissioned by the Romance Writers of America, “reunited lovers” are among the ten most popular tropes of the genre.

All Those Perfect Flaws | Romance Reviews, December 2016

Most interesting characters have their faults—you could even say it’s those flaws that make them perfect.

Holiday Stories, Family-Centered Charmers, Paranormal Twists | Romance Reviews, October 15, 2016

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS…. Although as of this writing the days are still warm, the leaves are just starting to turn, and it’s not especially Christmassy outside, the romances crossing my desk tell another story.

It’s All About the Game | Romance Reviews, August 2016

For the love of the game, or, for the game of love—sports-themed romance from Angell, Bowen, Kern, Phillips, and Scott, plus stars for Bradley, Byrne, Dodd, and MacLean, whose stories captivate from beginning to end.

Feehan, Kleypas, Long, Shalvis, Debuter Kelly, plus Obits & RWA News | Romance Reviews, June 15, 2016

If you work in a public library, things don’t really slow down in the summer, with the young folks out of school and summer reading programs in full swing. Still, if your summertime livin’ isn’t easy, there’s no reason why your readin’ can’t make the days a lot more fun.

Jeffries’s Latest “Sinful Suitor,” Quinn, Graham, March, Shupe, Plus RWA News | Romance Reviews, April 15, 2016

There are many paths to love—and romance readers know them all. One of the more enduring motifs is the one in which the protagonists start out as friends (or become friends) and eventually passion ensues.

The Art of Fitting In | Romance Reviews, February 15, 2016

Romances often deal with relevant social issues, and finding a place for oneself is a popular theme, as seen in several reviews below.

In Defense of Danger | Romance Reviews, December 1, 2015

Beyond the classic romantic suspense tales, many love stories have an intrinsic element of peril. See how our couples find their way out of tight situations in these eminently appealing works.

Best Books 2015: Romance

Library Journal‘s Romance reviewer par excellence Kristin Ramsdell rolls out the Top Ten Best Romances of 2015