Diamond State Romance Authors

Who Can You Trust?

This weekend the Internet blew up with news of a blogger who charged authors fees for positive book reviews, but paying bloggers for reviews isn’t a new practice. Kirkus charges over $300 per review, although there’s no guarantee their reviews will be positive. Popular magazines also sell advertising (i.e. Romantic Times) to authors in exchange for reviews, but that doesn’t mean their reviews will be glowing endorsements. Reviewers can have many motives: as a hobby, to hone their own writing ability, to get free books and advanced reader copies, a paycheck, or even to help a relative. With all the hubbub, it can be hard to know who to trust for reviews.

Here are the blogs I turn to for adult romance reviews:

RTBookReviews from Romantic Times

Smart Bitches

Romance Junkies

Heroes and Heartbreakers

Long and Short Reviews

Dear Author


Thanks to Goodreads and Twitter, I have a few Internet friends and authors whose blogs I follow for reviews. I tend to trust their judgment before anyone else’s (even the popular blogs above) simply because I know we have similar tastes in reading. Where do you get your romance reviews and recommendations?