Meet Reviewer Andi Davis
About Me Favorite Romance Novels

When I was young, my father would take me to the book store as a fun outing. He would pick out award-winners for me and I would pick out horrors and anything that involved horses. By the time I was out of elementary school, I had hundreds of books in my personal library. I was one of those children whose mother had to tell her to drop the book and go outside and play. She was also slightly creeped out that I was reading so many horrors. It probably would have comforted her to know that although I loved the excitement and thrills, the thing that always captured me most in any book I read was the love story. A love story is woven into almost every fiction, and in most of the actions and horrors I was reading, the guy would save the girl, or vice versa. I just loved it.

Through high school and college, I didnt read much for pleasure, because I was so busy doing assigned reading. Then I became ill for several weeks and had a lot of free time on my hands. I picked up Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, which a friend had given me for my birthday. When I was finished, my more adult library began. I had finally discovered books where I could get my full romantic fix and throw in some additional fun stuff like suspense or monsters. And in romances I was guaranteed something that I really need: a happy ending. So, my childhood passion was ignited again and Ive read hundreds of books since.

I live in California with my husband and our big Great Dane. I edit and work part-time. When Im not working, I try to fix up our new house, which is new for us but not-so-new in the grander scheme of things. Other than that, I play with my dog and read.

Absolute Favorites

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Favorite Classic

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Favorites by Sub-Genre

Contemporary:

Paradise by Judith McNaught
The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Frontier or American Historical:

Nobody's Darling by Teresa Medeiros
Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

European Historical:

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
The Blood of Roses by Marsha Canham

Medieval:

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale

Alternate Reality:

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Personal Reading Tastes Favorite Romance Authors

What I'm a sucker for in a book: Vampires, bad boys, well-developed relationships, friends who become more, action/adventure, romantic suspense, witty dialogue, guys who are rough around the edges and have lots of practical knowledge, weapons, and pretty much anything that is intelligently and convincingly written.

What I don't particularly care for in a book: Dirty talk during the act, big age differences between heroine and hero, cheesy dialogue, heroes or heroines who withhold important information for stupid reasons or hit the sheets without actually knowing each other.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: "I hate you/let's jump into bed" plots, cheating, children used as leverage, and super young heroines who are supposed to be mature.

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Diana Gabaldon
Suzanne Brockmann
Judith McNaught

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Marsha Canham

My Biggest Glom

Suzanne Brockmann

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Favorite Heroine

Claire Randall Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Most Tortured Hero

Christian Langland, Duke of Jervaulx, Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Strongest Heroine

Fiona Finnegan, The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Favorite Couple

Jamie and Claire Fraser, Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke, Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann

Best Villain

Jack Randall, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Cabin or Road:

Perfect by Judith McNaught

Suspense:

I'm Watching You by Karen Rose
The Crush by Sandra Brown

Funny:

Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockmann

Sexy:

Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham

Favorites by Mood

Most-Hanky Reads:

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Guilty Pleasure:

Early Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Least-Favorites

Most Disappointing Books

Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux
Fire along the Sky by Sara Donati
Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Worst Books

One Wore Blue by Heather Graham
The Pursuit by Johanna Lindsey
Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood

Purple Prose-iest Book

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

Authors I Have Given Up On

Sara Donati
Julia Quinn

Authors Others Love That I Don't

Gaelen Foley
Julie Garwood
recent Nora Roberts

Most Annoying Lead Character

Kiernan Mackay, One Wore Blue by Heather Graham

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

Nicholas Evans
Dean Koontz

Favorite Book

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

Favorite Classic Novel

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Favorite Horror

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

Favorite YA Book

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Favorite Set of Connected Books

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann

Book Most Often Reread

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon




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