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Heidi Haglin

 

Senior Reviewer

About Me


My mother taught me to read at about age 3, and I was nothing but trouble from then on. No matter where I was, I had a book with me. And every night my mother would have to turn off my light at least three times (I think she usually gave up after five). Teachers complained that I either had my nose in a book, or pressed flat to my desk, as I caught up on the sleep I'd missed the night before, from reading into the wee hours. Some things never change!

Today, I have a degree in English and work for a non-profit organization that supports childcare providers. I can usually be found with my nose in a novel by Elizabeth Lowell/Ann Maxwell, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Anne Gracie or Teresa Medeiros, but am also often to be spotted devouring SF/fantasy and occasionally other genres - once in a while even non-fiction. As a reviewer, I hope to be able to indulge my second favorite hobby, talking about what I just read, and I welcome discussion on any comments I make. Nothing makes life more interesting than different ideas.

Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Alpha males (not heels), heroines who don't realize their attractiveness or good points, unusual settings, unusual plots, May/December romances (which is a bit of a guilty pleasure).

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


Adultery stories, Westerns (mostly), secret babies, long separations, excessive bitterness between the h/h, prolonged Big Misunderstandings (or an extensive series of little misunderstandings), badly-written accents or brogues, or dialogue written in a foreign language that the author clearly doesn't speak.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


Spunky heroines where spunky = brainless, heroes who are "tortured" for no good reason, any character who is repeatedly described as intelligent while acting like a moron.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Authors


  • Elizabeth Lowell
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Anne Gracie

    Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors


  • Anne Gracie

    My Biggest Glom


  • Elizabeth Lowell
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Alexander Belov, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • Frances Hepburn, Lord Bothwell, Love Wild and Fair by Bertrice Small

    Favorite Heroine


  • Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • Claire Randall Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Most Tortured Hero


  • Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Strongest Heroine


  • Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

    Favorite Couple


  • Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Alexander Belov and Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

    Best Villain


  • Martel, Elenium Series by David Eddings

  • Least-Favorites


    Most Disappointing Book


  • Say You Love Me by Johanna Lindsey
  • The Senator's Wife by Karen Robards
  • The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone

    Worst Book


  • Dark Dreams by Cory Daniells

    Book with Most Purple Prose


  • Virginia Henley

    Authors I Have Given Up On


  • Catherine Coulter
  • Johanna Lindsey

    Authors Others Love That I Don't


  • Robin Schone
  • Nora Roberts

    Most Annoying Lead Character


  • Ronnie Honneker, The Senator's Wife by Karen Robards

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites


  • Nobody's Baby But Mine
  • by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    Contemporary:


  • Nobody's Baby But Mine
  • by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    American Historical:


  • The Only Series
  • by Elizabeth Lowell

    European Historical:


  • Tender Rebel
  • by Johanna Lindsey
  • Gentle Rogue
  • by Johanna Lindsey
  • The Magic of You
  • by Johanna Lindsey

    Regency:


  • Tallie's Knight
  • by Anne Gracie

    Medieval:


  • The Disputed Lands Trilogy
  • by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Fire Song
  • by Catherine Coulter
  • Earth Song
  • by Catherine Coulter
  • Secret Song
  • by Catherine Coulter

    Alternate Reality:


  • The Disputed Lands Trilogy
  • by Elizabeth Lowell

    Category:


  • A Woman Without Lies
  • by Elizabeth Lowell

  • Favorites by Plot Type

    Suspense:


  • The Donovan Series
  • by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Night Magic
  • by Karen Robards

    Cabin or Road:


  • Gentle Rogue
  • by Johanna Lindsey
  • The Magic of You
  • by Johanna Lindsey

    Funny:


  • Nobody's Baby But Mine
  • by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • This Heart of Mine
  • by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Sexy:


  • Beyond Seduction
  • by Emma Holly

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Reads:


  • Gentle Rogue
  • by Johanna Lindsey
  • The Magic of You
  • by Johanna Lindsey

    Most-Hanky Reads:


  • The Bronze Horseman
  • by Paullina Simons
  • The Sapphire Rose
  • by David Eddings

    Guilty Pleasures:


  • May/December romances (with an older hero)

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Author

  • Neil Gaiman

    Favorite Book

  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    Favorite Mystery

  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Spy Dust by Antonio and Jonna Mendez

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Q-Squared by Peter David
  • Terre D'Ange/Kushiel Series by Jacqueline Carey


  • Favorite Women's Fiction

  • Getting Over Jack Wagner by Elise Juska

    Favorite YA Book

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The Elenium, Tamuli, Belgariad & Malloreon Series by David & Leigh Eddings
  • Terre D'Ange/Kushiel Series by Jacqueline Carey

    Book Most Often Reread

  • Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey
  • The Magic of You by Johanna Lindsey