Valentine Rogues by Cindy Holbrook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Finished this yesterday.
Once in a while, I will read an Old Skool style romance to remind me of why I prefer newer, more inclusive romance. This collection of novellas from around 2000 (which I totally grabbed from my pile of free stuff from a friend because LOOK AT THAT COVER) is a good example. It’s mostly fine, but there are little things that kick me out because the stuff I tend to prefer Doesn’t Do That Anymore.
So, for instance, secondary characters in a couple of these were kind of cardboard. I tend to enjoy the any-point-of-entry group series (sets of siblings or friends who all get their own books), so thin secondary characters irritate me now.
Slutshaming– having a flirtatious character (the sister of our protag) who is acting out referred to as “whorish” really did not work for me. Yes, she crossed the line (that was her plot job). But having the hero call her a whore is not really what I would have gone with in the scenario where you want me to LIKE him. There are ways to express social displeasure with out doing that.
Stereotypical “high drama Italian courtesan” was really not my cup of tea, although I’m glad her character got rehabilitiated after our main couple got together. Also, there was some deeply classist stuff that just threw me off.
Again, most of this was perfectly passable, and each contained an Important Valentine’s Day Ball Scene with Lovely Frocks. But the things that kicked me out outweighed the things I stay for.
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Too Dangerous For a Lady by Jo Beverley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Enjoyed this as a Regency Undercover Cop tale. Sort of.
Trying to prevent a revolution, Mark Thayne accidentally endangers Hermione Merriweather.
Shenanigans ensue. This was enjoyable, and I liked the characters’ constant concern for each others’ safety, and that they built a community as they went.
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[Library neepery ahoy!]
As of the ALA Midwinter meeting, I have officially stepped down as a Social Media Liaison for the RBMS web team. I will no longer be responsible for helping to run the RBMS twitter feed or Facebook page.
I have been doing this for just about 8 years. Holy crap! That is a LONG time in internet time. I’m glad to step back and let other folks have a go. I will still be around on Twitter & FB, just not in an official capacity for RBMS.
I am grateful to RBMS (and ALA/ACRL by extension) to have had this opportunity. Most involvement in RBMS requires showing up twice annually. My life and financial situation didn’t really allow for that. The social media liaison role meant that I could remain active in RBMS at a time when I had zero travel funding from my institution. This fed into my tenure portfolio as well–thank you, NIU for recognizing that this role indeed constituted a big service commitment, and giving me credit for same!
I hope that RBMS, ACRL, and ALA will continue to look at ways to make the organization accessible to folks through remote participation like this. Library budgets continue to be slashed across the country, often hitting the institutions that were chronically underfunded to begin with the hardest. Remote participation means that our colleagues in this situation can continue drawing upon support from their professional community of practice. It also means that our professional organizations are made stronger by not leaving our underfunded colleagues behind.