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Blogging with Integrity

9 May

I have always described myself as a reader, before most anything else. At different times I’ve been a martial arts student, a horseback rider, a roller skater, a crafter. I have been a mother (of now-adult offspring), and a food service worker, but I have always been a genre reader, even when I have struggled to read.

(I like to say that Paul Féval’s Le Bossu made me a reader before I knew how to read 1, that Agatha Christie made me a mystery reader by the time I turned nine, and that finding a copy of E.M. Hull’s The Sheik–just shy of turning eleven–made me a genre romance reader)

I also tend to think things to death. And lately, I have been thinking a lot about how I blog and review (again). And you, lucky people, get to learn what I’ve been thinking.

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Maid in Manhattan (2002) (sort of a movie review)

18 Apr
Movie poster for Maid In Manhattan, with Jennifer López dressed as a maid in the foreground, and a larger image in the background, with her dressed as a socialité, being embraced by Ralph Fiennes, and the New York City skyline.

MAID IN MANHATTAN, a Cinderella-with-a-twist romantic comedy, was the April selection for #RomancelandiaMovieNight; originally released in 2002, I had vague, fond-ish memories of this movie, which, alas, were not really warranted.

Reader, beware: the movie is tropetastic. The hero is a Republican politician, and there’s just enough oily smarm in those bits to be off-putting. I believe there’s also a couple of instances of cursing (I curse more in the review itself), but that’s it–there isn’t even any nudity.

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“Layover”, by Katrina Jackson

30 Mar
Cover for LAYOVER, showing a muscular bearded Black man, with long hair in a top knot, in a grey t-shirt, with a tattoo covering most of his left forearm, leaning against a wall.

I would very much recommend this novella is an introduction to the writing of Katrina Jackson, with a couple of caveats: it’s very much HFN rather than HEA, and one of the characters is dealing with grief over the loss of a parent.

Also, graphic sex on the page and a bit of cursing.

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Sylvie’s Love (2020) (sort of a movie review)

23 Feb
Movie poster or SYLVIE'S LOVE, showing Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, in 1960s period clothing/hair.

I watched SYLVIE’S LOVE as the second installment for #RomancelandiaMovieNight, and it really is a perfect fit for genre romance. willaful said, “it’s a Harlequin Presents in movie form”, and really, she ain’t wrong; all the beats of a category romance with luscious music and some amazing acting from pretty much everyone involved.

I think it’s very much worth noting that this movie was made as an independent movie before Amazon acquired distribution rights, from an original screenplay by the director, Eugene Ashe.

Warning: there’s infidelity, and it’s the woman who cheats; there’s also one blatant incident of racism.

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