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)

Fresh Starts, New Beginnings | Romance Reviews, April 15, 2018

Just as spring is a time of beginnings, themes of hope and fresh starts are popular in the romance genre. Whether it’s a heroine running from her past toward a new life, a couple reunited after years apart, or an individual turned in an unexpected direction, the concept that change is possible, with the dream of better things to come, is irresistible—and the inherent promise of the season.

Love Worth the Risk | Romance Reviews

A Dash of Danger For most readers, there’s nothing like a jolt of jeopardy to spice up a romance and keep the pages turning. It doesn’t have to be a great deal—although it can be—and it doesn’t require special ops agents swarming the story—although it can have that, too.

Indulge Your Readers’ Passions | Romance Reviews

What Is It About a Duke? Despite the rarity in real life of the existence of dukes, as well as other nobles, they are alive, well, and constantly multiplying on the pages of popular historical romances—especially those set during the 19th century. If your readers’ passions run toward high-ranking title-holders, check out the works below.

‘Tis the Season, with Love in Mind | Romance Reviews

JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS The winter season is fast approaching, and authors and publishers are doing their best to make sure there are stories to please everyone.

Conflict Makes Love That Much Sweeter | Romance Reviews

Tender, and wickedly funny, Dare’s newest offering is a spirited tale with a Beauty-and-the-Beast theme and the perfect launch for her latest series; Jordan’s latest romp is just plain fun; ­another “redeemed rogue” gets the future he deserves in Putney’s Once a Rebel; Anderson’s earnest romance brings two couples together with insight and a dusting of holiday charm

Claire Zion on Editing the Late Jo Beverley

We asked Zion to talk about her relationship with the much-revered author, Beverley’s process/themes, and her contributions to the romance genre.

Reach for Something New | Romance Reviews

Summer is here, and the beach (mountains, backyard hammock) is calling. There’s nothing better than grabbing something cold to drink and diving into a favorite genre with a new title by an author you love.

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.