Welcome to Just Love Romance! We’re going through some big changes here on the blog, and bringing in some fantastic new reviewers to share their thoughts and opinions… so check it out!


IMG_8499I started Just Love Romance in May 2015 as a way to share my love of queer romances with others. I’m asexual, panromantic, and prefer she/her pronouns. I also read way too many books… but that’s not exactly a negative, right? I’m a former military contractor who has traveled and worked all over the world, from the South Pole to one of the most remote islands on earth. Currently living the dream in New York City!

I’m also a writer, and after years of just reading LGBTQIA+ romances, I’m thrilled to announce that I will finally have my own published! My first queer romance series (M/M and F/F) will be out in 2017 from Riptide Publishing, and you can find my author alterego at elspringer.com.

I’m a reader and a cook. I like sunshine and rain equally. One day, I’d like to be a cat lady, snuggling with them night and day. Fruit is my candy, caffeine is my drug. My husband is my best friend and our life is an adventure in movies, comics, Dungeons & Dragons, wonderful books, amazing food and the pursuit of maniacal laughter every day.


RafaRafa considers herself just another pilgrim in a strange land, aka a Malaysian transplant currently living in the Midwest. She is into books, music, footy and food – not necessarily in that order, but definitely all of the above.

Find her on Twitter @rafabrew.



MelMy three passions in life are my family, books, and China.

I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for nearly 14 years, have the loveliest 9 year-old daughter, and we live together in Berlin’s beautiful quarter Prenzlauer Berg. We spend as much time together as possible and enjoy a quiet life — well, next to a job and school…

Spending two years abroad in Macao SAR China made me want to change my profession, and so I’ve been studying Sinology since fall 2014. While going back to university with 33 is quite a challenge, I’m sure it was the right decision and I’m delighted to get better at speaking Mandarin little by little.

In my free time and on my long commute, I love to read and I like my books to be diverse, surprising, and genre-bending. I will read the occasional contemporary romance, but my heart actually beats faster for genre books like fantasy, science fiction, or steampunk. Since for me, love is love, I read romantic stories about people of all gender and sexual identity.


I’m a lover of music, art and design, a supporter of equal rights, and a devourer of romance. Depending on my mood you may find me jumping with the crowd at a concert or wandering through the park to find a quiet place to read. I also have the travel bug pretty badly so I’m often daydreaming about my next vacation destination. I love meeting new people and talking about the books I’m reading so if you see me around please say hello!

dmac-about-meI am a long time sports fan with broad reading interests that can only be explained by looking at my goodreads account. I love to travel around the world, eat, and geek out about architecture.

My favorite romance novels involve sports and/or people who snark at each other. Nerds are a bonus.

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  6. Hi El,

    I stumbled into one of your review (Blood and Clockwork by Katey Hawthorne) since I basically had the same opinion as yours. I love the fact that you have links specifically for asexual / aromantic books, considering like you, I’m also an asexual. Congrats on your contract with Riptide by the way 🙂

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    • Hi Ami! Thank you so much 😀 I love finding readers with similar tastes and opinions!! I’m very big on asexual books and like to talk about them whenever I can, because it’s definitely an orientation that I want to see more of. I’m actually writing an ace romance right now, so hopefully other ace folks enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!

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