I won the Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels in the SBTB ARC giveaway contest. When I got it in the mail I ripped the packaging and squeed! About two chapters into the guide my first thought beyond the squeeing was this...
English/Lit grad students working with romance novels: Smart Bitches just pwned your thesis. Scrap what you got and start over. Think I'm kidding? Ignore my advice and you will Not Pass Go and Collect $200 you'll just go straight to FAIL.
My second thought another two chapters down the road was...
SBTB has written the ultimate end all be all guide for romances. You won't be able to talk about romance again without using this book because they've covered it all: lead types, plot tropes, standard clichés, wtf moments, sex, and HEAs.
Sarah and Candy have written a terrific book. Their guide to romances will definitely bring tears of laughter to your eyes as well as enlighten readers to why women love to read romances... the shortcut answer is all about the hero and heroine... or maybe it's all in the Magic Hoo-Hoo? Hmm... tricky. I guess you'll have to read to find out for yourself.
The tone of the novel is set to read like your best friend breaking down the facts of romance for you to understand, potty language and crude jokes included. Pick this book up for no other reason than to read and learn about the different types of heroes and heroines. It's sure to bust your gut because you've probably come across at least one of each... like the too stupid to live heroine.
Overall, 5 Stars out of 5 Stars.
Fans and Scorners ignore Beyond Heaving Bosoms at your own peril... especially the scorners for we just might throw the 80s Rapist Hero at you.