ICYMI: I’m at odds with myself over this issue. On one hand, we have freedom of expression. On the other, books like those mentioned set dangerous trends and unhealthy fetishes, IMO.

What do you think?

Around the World in 80 Books

By Tqwana B.

Source Modern Portrait of Sarah “Sally” Hemings. Source

Remember that time two romance authors joked about writing a BDSM novel starring Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings? LOLing at the idea of him giving her shackles? Yeah, I didn’t think it was funny either. That book didn’t happen, though they did write one with Jefferson’s daughter — legitimate, obviously, making reference to her father’s “liaisons” with Hemings.

Liaisons. Really?

They also seem to have forgotten the fact that said daughter also owned slaves.


If you thought it couldn’t get worse, along comes a book about a “blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jewess” held hostage in a WWII concentration camp, embarking on a romance with a Nazi SS commander. Did I mention it was nominated for two, yes two, RWAs? Fyi, Jewess is/was considered by many to be a racial slur…

This week, I came across this diamond in the rough on Twitter:

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