What we do:
We (mainly) review romance and erotica featuring characters from every corner. Of special interest to us is how the romance genre tells (or avoids telling) the stories of those whose lives don’t fit into the neat and tidy box labeled “default.” Characters of varying sexual orientations or gender representations? We review it. Couples of color? We review it. Heroes with disabilities or heroines managing chronic illness? We review it. Blue-collar Cowboy Dom with ex-con brothers falling for a transgender ballet teacher recovering from combat-related PTSD? Not sure this book exists, but if we find it, we’ll review it. We’ll talk openly and honestly about what we loved and what we hated, as romance readers and people who deal with this stuff in everyday life.
Love in the Margins is for all of us, the readers. All fiction carries an underlying message about how the world works; and we’re going to try to hit on the love stories that represent us all. This is a blog that welcomes discussion and criticism. Hate speech is prohibited but open speech is not.
Who we are:
Meoskop: Meoskop’s first non-compulsory book review was in 1973. Although a hit with the 3rd grade, concerns raised by the administration necessitated an extended hiatus. Reviews resumed in 1985 but the concerns are ongoing. Meoskop was scarred by small press books as a young reviewer. BDSM, Erotica, New Adult and heroines named Blueberry are now actively avoided. While reader of multiple genres and orientations in the past, age has narrowed that preference to a very traditional (historical white heterosexual) lane. The reasons are still being unpacked.
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Ridley: An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre’s most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.
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Rameau: A reader who’ll try anything once. Eclectic as her tastes are, she tends to gravitate to historical romances, realistic contemporaries, and some fantasy novels and is currently burned out on vampires and fairies. She reads m/f, m/m, and an occasional ménage, but f/f is not her thing. Murder mysteries are her original love, but these days a whodunnit has to be something exceptional to catch her eye.
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Rebekah: A queer romance author of color who will read just about anything, for science, or this blog. She gravitates toward post Civil War era historical romance, westerns, BDSM erotic romance, LGBT romance and erotica. She’s interested in trying out more New Adult titles with multicultural characters, romances/erotic titles of any subgenre with Transgender characters, stories with Native American characters, especially if they are written by Native American authors, horror and romantic suspense.
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