Book Review Policy

I Love Romance Blog Review Policy & Guidelines


***UPDATE: April 18th, 2019 – PLEASE READ THIS FIRST!***

THE I LOVE ROMANCE BLOG WILL, AT THIS TIME, NO LONGER ACCEPT FURTHER REVIEW REQUESTS. Kevin, our romance reviewer, is currently experiencing severe health issues, and won’t be able to review your books. For those who were promised reviews and still want one, I apologize, but we cannot review your book in the aforementioned format. Because I don’t want you to miss out, if you still want a review on ILRB, the only format I (Marie) can accept is paperback or hardback. ARC paperbacks work too. It is hard for me to get my eyes to focus on a screen that long with an ebook. Here is one review I wrote on the blog recently:

If you decide to take me up on my offer, please email me at so you’ll know where to mail your book. Tell me title and the exact genre/subgenre (yes, I do read historical romance and sometimes romantic poetry, among all the other subgenres  listed below) – but it MUST have romance somewhere to qualify for this site. I’ll need a book link for the title so I will know where to put your Amazon or Goodreads review. I will also place one here on the blog. Unfortunately, at this time, I can’t give you a timeline on when the review would be finished. Your title will just be added to my pile of paperback/hardback books to review.

Being an author as well, I know requesting a hard copy is quite an inconvenience for a lot of you, and you may decide to move on and cut ties from having us as a book review source. We understand! ♥ But, please know we’re more than willing to offer you a new release/book feature, interview, or another kind of spotlight instead, as explained in our blog policy.


Yes, ILRB now does book reviews! Kevin Ethan, an author and avid romance reader, is our official reviewer for the blog. If you’re looking to have your book reviewed, PLEASE read our review policy thoroughly before submitting for a book review…

Romance Subgenres/Themes We Will Accept:

  • Action & Adventure

  • Anthologies

  • Billionaires

  • Contemporary Romance

  • Contemporary Western

  • Dark Romance

  • MC/Biker Romance

  • Erotica

  • Fantasy

  • Holidays

  • Inspirational

  • Clean Romance and Sweet Romance

  • LGBT

  • Military

  • Multicultural

  • New Adult & College

  • YA Romance

  • Paranormal

  • Romantic Comedy

  • Romantic Suspense/Mystery

  • Cozy Mystery (if there’s a romance angle)

  • Science Fiction

  • Sports

  • Time Travel

  • Vampires

  • Werewolves & Shifters



  • Historical (All historical eras, including historical westerns are included here. Obvious, I know, but it must be stated.)

  • Poetry (We do poetry spotlights instead for romantic poems here on the blog. Please reach out to me – Marie – instead.)

As you can tell, Kevin enjoys a lot of different types of romance books. Again, for all historical subgenres (Regency, Victorian, et cetera) and poetry books, sorry, we won’t review those categories just now, unless your title has time travel involved in it somewhere. 😉 Sometime in the future, that may change, and if we offer it, I will probably review historical romance myself (only in print format). For now I don’t have the time to do book reviews on my own – my busy schedule doesn’t allow it – but if I have the chance to ready anything, I may decide to put up a review on ILRB from one of the titles on my TBR list. In the meantime, Kevin is doing all the reviews…


We offer features on ANY romance, so feel free to contact me about a new release/book feature/blog tour feature/character interview/author interview/Heroes & Heroines feature/poetry spotlights/other guest post at to get on the schedule.


IF your book falls into any of the aforementioned subgenres (and is NOT Historical – Regency or Western, among others, or poetry), then follow our guidelines below to submit a review request.


With your submission, PLEASE include your genre/subgenre, book title and author name, as well as any pertinent info such as book purchase links and the Goodreads page. Everything on the blog is first come, first served, so please be patient with us about the time it takes to review your book. You can find our initial book review schedule on the right side of the screen.


NOTE: Only ONE review request per author at a time. After we’ve reviewed one book, you can then consider submitting for another title. Additionally, always keep in mind that are you providing a free copy of your book in exchange for an HONEST review. If your book has a ton of editing or content issues, we will most likely mention it.


TO SUBMIT YOUR REVIEW REQUEST: Fill out the Google form and submit HERE!


ACCEPTED BOOK FORMATS: PDF or .mobi format (you may also send a Kindle gift copy through Amazon, as long as we know to expect it).


IF your book does not fall within our guidelines (for example: no romance whatsoever – this is the I LOVE ROMANCE BLOG, after all), and you still insist on emailing us, then you probably won’t receive a response (THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS EROTICA). If you’ve sent us a review request, we won’t post a review which earns less than three stars without your approval via email. However, some of the books we review are simply titles we own, and those will earn the ratings they get, no questions asked.


Also, we WON’T tolerate unprofessional trolling or backlash about our reviews. If you deign to post or email anything cruel in response to our book reviews, when in fact we’ve taken considerable time and effort out of our busy lives to review your work on here, you will be banned from our site/blacklisted on our social media accounts. For example, don’t accuse of us of piracy here on ILRB (we are authors ourselves, and would hate for that to happen with our own titles). All of the titles we have reviewed, are reviewing or will review are provided from author giveaways, via sites like Instafreebie/Prolificworks/Bookfunnel, purchased legitimately on Amazon, or given as a free copy for an honest book review. Thanks for understanding.


However, if you follow all the rules, we appreciate your thoughtfulness and look forward to reading your books! 🙂


The Evolution of Our Reviews:

Back when the blog first launched, I (Marie) did occasional reviews for books on my own shelf. You can check them out here!


When Kevin approached me in December about doing book reviews for ILRB, we decided to stick with the heart theme for the blog. We launched our official reviews on January 16th! ♥


Here are some of our reviews this year, so you can have a sense about how this works…

Our Ratings/Scorecard:

About Our Romance Reviewer

Kevin Ethan is a writer, blogger, freelance copy editor, fiancé, and dog dad.  He earned his bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in English Literature from Shimer College in Chicago, IL.  He has been working as a full-time, freelance editor for 7 years.

While in the Army, Kevin met his fiancé and love of his life, Derek. They currently reside in Seattle, WA with their 3 dogs, Phoenix, Maple, and Maddie.

Follow Kevin on Twitter @KevEthanWrites or visit

Check the review schedule on the right side of this blog for more details.

Thanks again for visiting our review policy page! ♥