Meet Reviewer Carolyn Esau
About Me Favorite Romance Novels

I first began reading romance novels about 30 years ago. I started as a teenager, truly My aunt left some books behind at our summer cottage (5 Barbara Cartlands and a Maysie Grieg.) Later that summer, I discovered Georgette Heyer and was completely hooked. I read all her books over the next few months. At first, I stuck with Regencies and historicals first, then pulled a Janet Daily out of the book recycling barrel at our library and after that nothing was off limits.

Other than romances, my favorite books are cookbooks, which I collect.

Absolute Favorites

Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts
Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey

Favorite Classic

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Favorite Short Stories

Little Miracles (A Regency Christmas) by Barbara Metzger
Haunted in Death by J.D. Robb

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I'm a sucker for in a book: Regency rakes and Corinthians, marriage of convenience, the gambled daughter. For more modern, I usually go for movie stars, royalty and the lighter side of vampires. Modernized fairy tales. Any thing to do with food, and sort of the opposite, any that deal with weight loss.

What I don't particularly care for in a book: Westerns, Sci-Fi, first person narration or multigenerational stories that go on for years and years.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Rape or attempted rape not being treated seriously. Time travel that donít end with the h/h together. Books that are mostly sex with little story to go with it.

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Leigh Michaels
Nora Roberts
Georgette Heyer

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Penelope Stratton
Sylvia Thorpe

My Biggest Glom

Georgette Heyer

Frontier or American Historical:

The Rainbow Season by Lisa Gregory

European Historical:

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
Devil's Desire by Laurie McBain

Traditional Regency:

Arabella by Georgette Heyer
The Duchess of Vidal by Dawn Lindsay
The Devil Earl by Deborah Simmons


Bond of Blood by Roberta Gellis
Mystique by Amanda Quick
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood

Alternate Reality:

Out of the Blue by Kasey Michaels


MacKenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Mr. Beaumaris, Arabella by Georgette Heyer

Favorite Heroine

Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Most Tortured Hero

Jonas Quarrel, Gift of Gold by Jayne Ann Krentz

Strongest Heroine

Eve Dallas, J.D. Robb's In Death series
Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Couple

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Roarke and Eve Dallas, J.D. Robb's In Death series

Best Villain

Chauvelin, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Cabin or Road:

Gabriel's Angel by Nora Roberts


The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Perfect Partners by Jayne Ann Krentz

Guilty Pleasure:

Guardian Devil by Monette Cummings

Least Favorites

Authors Others Love That I Don't

Carla Kelly
Diana Gabaldon


Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

Donna Andrews
Ellen Byerrum
Susan McBride

Favorite Book

Pride and Prejudice by jane Austen

Favorite Classic Novel

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Mystery

Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos by Donna Andrews
Killer Hair by Ellen Byerrum

Favorite Fantasy

Star Wars by George Lucas

Favorite YA Book

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison
Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck
Trixie Belden series

Favorite Set of Connected Books

In Death series by J.D. Robb
Born In trilogy by Nora Roberts
Chesapeake Bay series by Nora Roberts

Book Most Often Reread

In Death series by J.D. Robb
Perfect Partners by Jayne Ann Krentz
Hidden Talents by Jayne Ann Krentz

Favorite Nonfiction

Candy Freak by Steve Almond
The Know It All by A.J. Jacobs
Any cookbook in the known universe

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