HelenKay and Wendy are starting a new blog for honest reviews. It'll be interesting to see how that goes. As Monica points out on HelenKay's blog, it's not easy for a published author to review other authors-- criticism tends to be taken particularly personally by romance authors, for some reason. But despite this I think it's a good idea. It doesn't do the genre as a whole any good to pretend that every romance book written is a masterpiece. Some romances are brilliant, and some are awful, and most are (by definition) more or less average. Reviews of romance ought to reflect that.
In writing news, I sent off Farthest Space to a critique partner-- the first time I've used a cp (other than DH) for any of my books. I hope her comments will be useful... I told her to be harsh, but many people find it difficult to be honest enough. So we'll see.