Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Beyond Heaving Bosoms!

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance NovelsBeyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a snarky, lively look at the flaws and fantasies of the invisible genre: romance. With over 64.4 million readers (in America alone!), romance makes up roughly half of all paperbacks sold, raking in $1.37 billion dollars. Of romance readers (largely women) about 42 percent have bachelor's degrees (not that kind of bachelor). You would think they get more respect. Not so! And the Smart Bitches (founders of the site smartbitchestrashybooks.com) are here to tell you why you should rethink your pride and prejudices.

Raunchy, irreverent, and witty, Wendell and Tan explain the tropes of the genre, from the heroine's Magic Hoo Hoo, the hero's Wang of Mighty Lovin', to secret babies, pirate lords, and so much more. If you are judging romance novels based on their awful covers, let these Smart Bitches change your mind.

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