Become a B&B Reviewer

We're looking for some fabulous book reviewers to join our team! It might seem like we're a tad picky when it comes to reviewers—and we are—but that's because we care so much about both the reviewers and the authors that we feel it's our responsibility to give both the best and most honest book review experience possible, all while having a good time. We hope to welcome you to our devoted group of happy, book-loving, merrymakers.

As a bonus, you may review the books you choose! This means if you have a book from your own library, or found one on NetGalley or BookSirens, or submitted to you by an author, you may have it posted to the Books & Benches blog, so long as it meets our genre and content guidelines. Our goal is to create a community of readers who love to share the books they enjoy.

Note that we no longer post book ratings, nor do we review books that the reviewer did not enjoy. We do have a "Top Pick" badge that reviewers may reward for what they would consider a 5-star book, but ratings will not be used. We are more interested in sharing books that a reviewer/reader would recommend rather than sharing books they wouldn't.

While we value varying opinions—even when a book is not liked—we do expect those who review for Books & Benches to be professional and show kindness to authors and fellow readers in all their online dealings. 

Books & Benches does not provide paid review options, which means our reviewers provide their honest opinion in exchange for the books they read. We're all volunteers who love reading books and helping authors, and we hope you'll consider joining us.

We feature and review the following genres, so be sure you enjoy reading within these genres before submitting the form below. 

  • Historical Romance

  • Contemporary Romance

  • Historical Fiction

  • Mysteries, Suspense, & Thrillers

  • Inspirational and Christian Romance

  • Historical or Contemporary Western Romance

  • Historical Mystery

  • Historical or Contemporary with some Paranormal/Fantasy elements

  • Women's Fiction

If a genre or sub-genre is not listed above, we do not currently feature it. We do not review or feature erotica or erotic romance, and each book will have a content rating.

Reviewer FAQ: 
  • Are reviews edited before posting?

    • Yes. However, we do expect reviewers to provide as clean of a review as possible. This means complete sentences and general knowledge of basic punctuation.​

  • What if I don't like a book after I start reading it?

    • Reviewers are not required to finish a book if they are not enjoying it.​ Simply let us know and we will make it available to other reviewers.

  • Do reviews have to be a certain length?

    • While we don't have a set word count, reviews should be long enough to convey how the reviewer felt about the book, with a few thoughts on favorite parts and/or characters, but short enough not to include spoilers.​ If a review is submitted with only a few sentences, it will not be posted.

  • Will every review I submit be posted?​

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      We hope so! But, there are instances when a review might not be posted, and those are:​

      • If the review is negative. It's okay if you didn't like a book, but we only post reviews for books our reviewers would recommend.

      • If the review is too short (less than a paragraph). See the point above.

      • If the review contains spoilers. There are so many ways to share thoughts on a book without spoiling it for others.

  • How long after I submit a review will it be posted? 

    • This depends on what it's submitted. We set up posts once a week, and some of those reviews will be scheduled so they aren't all posted on one day.​

    • Reviewers who regularly submit polished/edited reviews may be given access to post their own reviews on the blog.

Ready to join? Complete the form below and we will be in touch.