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Request a Review

Our reviewers offer insightful, honest, and unbiased reviews without those dreaded spoilers. If you're an author seeking to have their book reviewed, please complete the form below. Your book information will be made available to our reviewers so they may choose what interests them, ensuring your book is fit with a reviewer who enjoys the genre. We appreciate your patience and professionalism toward our review team.

Review submissions are currently closed as we work our way through existing requests. If you have a NEW RELEASE in August, AND we have previously reviewed a book for you, you may email your request to books@booksandbenches.com with "New Release Review" in the subject line.


  • Books may have any publication date, though priority is often given to new and upcoming releases.

  • Effective June 15, 2017: We do not post reviews with ratings below 4 stars. If a reviewer does not feel they can give a book 4 stars or higher, the author will be notified with notes from the reviewer. These notes are not made public and the reviewer's name is not provided.

  • If we've already reviewed your book, please do not resubmit a revised or updated version unless requested.

  • All books must be written in English, though authors may be from anywhere in the world.

  • Books may be novels, novellas, or short story collections. Novels or collected works cannot be longer than 450 pages.

  • We accept both traditionally published and self-published books. Please keep in mind that reviewers may take into account poor editing and opt not to finish or review a book.

  • We are unable to accommodate review requests for blog tours due to deadlines involved with tours. You may still submit your book for a review, but it may not be part of a blog tour. If you'd like a book review to be published around the time of a tour or release, we recommend submitting your request two months in advance.

  • There is never a charge for book reviews, and a review is not guaranteed. You will be notified if and when your book is reviewed.

  • We are are unable to accept boxed sets of novels or novellas. Short story collections by one author are allowed so long as the word count does not exceed 300 pages for the full collection. At this time, multi-author collections are not accepted for review but may be submitted for other features.

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Read our Review Request FAQ.

Genres We Review

Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Mysteries, Suspense, & Thrillers, Inspirational Romance, Inspirational Fiction (non-romance/non-religious), Historical/Contemporary Western Romance, Western, Historical Mystery, Historical or Contemporary with some Paranormal/Fantasy elements, Time Travel Romance, Young Adult, New Adult, Women's Fiction, and Historical Non-Fiction, and Cookbooks.


We feature poetry collections, poems, and journals on our blog, but at this time do not review them.

What We Don't Review or Feature

We do not review Chick-Lit, Sci-Fi, Children's books, Illustrated or Graphic novels, or Non-Fiction (except historical and cookbooks).


This is a family-friendly site and our reviewers reserve the right not to review any book. While we do read books that may feature some steamy scenes and swearing (we have a rating system), we do have some limitations based on content. We do not review or feature erotica, erotic romance, BDSM, or books which contain or promote incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, rape, cruelty to animals, racial intolerance, or sexual encounters with minors. We also do not feature books with heavy/explicit language (think erotica in language form).

MAJOR PUBLISHERS ONLY: If you are a publisher for whom we've reviewed two or more books in the past, and you have a book available on NetGalley you would like us to consider, you may send a direct email with the link. Providing us with a widget or NetGalley link does not guarantee a book review, and all other guidelines still apply. Individual authors and small publishers need to use the form below.


Review Request FAQ

If my book isn't chosen within a certain time, may I resubmit?

Please do not resubmit the same book for a review request. Submitted books are made available to our reviewers for 120 days or four months, so it's possible it can be chosen within that time frame. Reviews are not guaranteed.

For what reasons would my book not be chosen?

Reviewers often choose what appeals to them. It could be the cover, the synopsis, or the even genre and content. We find that books with heavy swearing and poor cover design are not a reviewer's first choice. Some reviewers will read the sample on Amazon, and if there are errors or the book doesn't capture their attention, they will pass.


If your book is not chosen within 120 days, we recommend taking a good look at the cover design, synopsis, and content. Does your cover look professional? Does the synopsis capture a reviewer's attention or is it too long and does not make sense? Is the "Look Inside" sample on Amazon free of errors and editing issues?

Sometimes it's simply a case of a lot of books and not enough time to review them all.

You don't give books ratings below 4 stars. What happens if my book doesn't get 4 stars or higher?

(Effective June 15, 2017. Prior to this date we did not give book ratings below 3 stars.)

In these cases, we notify the author that the reviewer did not feel they could rate the book at least 4 stars. Sometimes the reviewer will provide their thoughts so the author knows why and other times they will not. The reviewer's name is never provided in these instances.


If a reviewer passes simply because they did not connect with the story, we will make the book available again to our reviewers. If a reviewer passes or doesn't review because of content or editing issues, that book will no longer be available for review.