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Andrea Pool

 

Senior Reviewer

About Me


I'm the big reader in my family. I've read constantly ever since I can remember - Mom says I taught myself how and loves to tease me about walking around the mall and reading a book.

I can always be found with at least one book in my purse, several strewn about my car, and about a million on my nightstand and bookshelf at home. My favorite authors are Judith McNaught, Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Garwood and Julia Quinn. I started reading romance with the young adult Sweet Dreams line (my favorites are Secret Identity, Little Sister, Love Times Two, and several I can't remember) and the Sunfire books (my favorites are Victoria, Roxanne, Danielle, Kathleen and Jessica). My first adult romance was Julie Garwood's The Gift.

I live in Texas, land of heat. I'm married with no kids and a spoiled beagle named Belle (from my favorite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast). My real job is in communications at a school of public health. Besides reading, dancing is my other passion. Jazz and ballet are my favorite classes, and I started taking them again about three years ago. Since then I've found I like hip hop as well. :) Other hobbies include scrapbooking (when I find the time), running, traveling and watching Alias.

Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Military men, spies, detectives, romantic suspense, strong heroines, scientist heroes and heroines, external conflicts that bring the main couple closer together, and humor.

What I don't particularly care for in a book:


Stilted dialogue, repetition of a word too many times, and carrying a motif too far in the narrative.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


Secret babies, amnesia, will stipulation marriages, TSTL/feisty heroines, big secrets that aren't, Big Misunderstandings that could be resolved with a two-minute conversation, heroines who are already pregnant when they meet the hero, and suspense that isn't suspenseful.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Authors


  • Judith McNaught
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • Nora Roberts

    Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Author


  • Marsha Moyer

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Blue McCoy, Forever Blue by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Archer Donovan, Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Favorite Heroine


  • Jessica Trent, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  • Claire Randall Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Most Tortured Hero


  • Jed Beaumont, Heartthrob by Suzanne Brockmann

    Strongest Heroine


  • Jessica Trent, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  • Claire Randall Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Favorite Couple


  • Ken "Wildcard" Karmody and Savannah Van Hopf, Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Claire and Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Jessica Trent and Lord Dain, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

    Best Villain


  • Black Jack Randall, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  • Least-Favorites


    Most Disappointing Book


  • Mad Jack by Catherine Coulter
  • Unforgivable by Tina Wainscott

    Worst Book


  • Anything by Judith Gould
  • Down by the Sea by Caroline Upcher
  • Unspeakable by Sandra Brown

    Authors I Have Given Up On


  • Catherine Coulter
  • Sandra Brown

    Authors Others Love That I Don't


  • Catherine Anderson
  • Dara Joy

    Most Annoying Lead Character


  • Frankie Daniels, Hot Shot by Charlotte Hughes
  • Jamie, The Bride by Julie Garwood
  • Francesca Cahill, from Brenda Joyce's Deadly series

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites


  • Perfect
  • by Judith McNaught
  • Born in Ice
  • by Nora Roberts

    Favorite Short Stories


  • Gabriel's Angel
  • by Kimberly Cates
  • in A Gift of Love
  • Yuletide Treasure
  • by Andrea Kane
  • in A Gift of Love

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    Contemporary:


  • Born in Ice
  • by Nora Roberts
  • Perfect
  • by Judith McNaught
  • Over the Edge
  • by Suzanne Brockmann

    European Historical:


  • Lord of Scoundrels
  • by Loretta Chase
  • Whitney, My Love
  • by Judith McNaught
  • Because You're Mine
  • by Lisa Kleypas

    Medieval:


  • A Kingdom of Dreams
  • by Judith McNaught

    Alternate Reality:


  • Bitten
  • by Kelley Armstrong
  • Twilight Phantasies
  • by Maggie Shayne
  • Wolf in Waiting
  • by Rebecca Flanders

    Category:


  • Undercover Man
  • by Merline Lovelace
  • Prince Joe
  • by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Knight in a White Stetson
  • by Claire King

  • Favorites by Plot Type

    Suspense:


  • Over the Edge
  • by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Mr. Perfect
  • by Linda Howard
  • Pearl Cove
  • by Elizabeth Lowell

    Cabin or Road:


  • Gone Too Far
  • by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Out of Control
  • by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Her Ideal Man
  • by Ruth Wind

    Funny:


  • Lady Be Good
  • by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Anyone But You
  • by Jennifer Crusie
  • Getting Rid of Bradley
  • by Jennifer Crusie

    Sexy:


  • Her Secret Guardian
  • by Sally Tyler Hayes
  • Knight in a White Stetson
  • by Claire King

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Reads:


  • Born in Ice
  • by Nora Roberts
  • Perfect
  • by Judith McNaught

    Most-Hanky Reads:


  • When Venus Fell
  • by Deborah Smith
  • The Kind of Love that Saves You
  • by Amy Yurk

    Guilty Pleasure:


  • Taming the Scotsman
  • by Kinley MacGregor

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Author

  • David Baldacci
  • Richard North Patterson

    Favorite Book

  • The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  • Masquerade by Gayle Lynds

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    Favorite Mystery

  • What a Girl's Gotta Do by Sparkle Hayter
  • One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton


  • Favorite Women's Fiction

  • Summer Light by Luanne Rice
  • Jemima J. by Jane Green
  • The Boyfriend School by Sarah Bird

    Favorite YA Book

  • Seven Days to a Brand-New Me by Ellen Conford
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Cassie by Vivian Schurfranz

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • In Death Series by J.D. Robb
  • Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
  • Born In Series by Nora Roberts

    Book Most Often Reread

  • Perfect by Judith McNaught
  • Undercover Man by Merline Lovelace