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I come from a family of voracious readers. I was reading by the time I started kindergarten at age 4, and read anything and everything I could get my hands on. All week long I looked forward to Friday nights, when my mother would load all of us kids in the car and make the journey to the county library, where I would check out as many books as my library card allowed.

Growing up I read everything from Hardy Boys, Howard Pease, mysteries, sci-fi fantasy, westerns, you name it. I discovered romances around age 11, when one day I ran out of books to read and went searching the depths of my mother's cabinets. She would buy category romances for a nickel a piece in library sales. When I discovered her stash of hundreds upon hundreds of romances, it was like winning the reading lottery.

Absolute Favorites

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Favorite Short Stories

The Matchmaker's Mistake (Harlequin Duets #48) by Jane Sullivan
Turning Up the Heat (Jingle Bell Rock) by Susan Donovan
The Nutcracker Sweet (Jingle Bell Rock) by Nancy Warren

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I'm a sucker for in a book: Heroines in a male-dominated field/profession; riches to rags stories; sports romances; Best Enemies stories; Beauty and the Beast stories; restaurant-setting romances; not-so-gorgeous characters; tortured hero/heroine; adventure romances; nerd heroes/heroines; cross-class romances.

What I don't particularly care for in a book: Secret baby plots; virginal heroines in contemporaries; Duke of Slut heroes (historical or contemporary); more than 10 years age difference between hero/heroine; first person narratives; young (early twenties or younger) heroes/heroines in contemporaries; rekindling high school romances; alpha-jerk heroes; childish/immature/selfish/vain heroes/heroines; prim and proper heroines.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Rape, coercion, or any so-called "forced seduction" between the hero and heroine, in any time period (book will be thrown against the wall in a fit of rage); TSTL heroines; sex between the hero/heroine when one of the characters is intoxicated.

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Jennifer Crusie
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Rachel Gibson

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Jane Graves/Jane Sullivan
Michele Albert/Michelle Jerott
Kathleen O'Reilly

My Biggest Glom

Jane Graves/Jane Sullivan
Jennifer Crusie
J.D. Robb

 

Contemporary:

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves
The Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson

Frontier or American Historical:

I Do, I Do, I Do by Maggie Osborne

European Historical:

Ravished by Amanda Quick
To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

Category:

The Ivory Key by Rita Clay Estrada
Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie
When He Was Bad by Jane Sullivan

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Roarke, In Death series by J.D. Robb
C.L. Sturgis, Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie
Tony McCaffrey, Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves

Favorite Heroine

Eve Dallas, In Death series by J.D. Robb
Heather Montgomery, Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves
Min Dobbs, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Most Tortured Hero

Ryan Kinsmore, Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone
Jackson Rule, Jackson Rule by Dinah McCall

Strongest Heroine

Eve Dallas, In Death series by J.D. Robb
Samantha Jellicoe, Flirting with Danger by Suzanne Enoch

Favorite Couple

Eve Dallas and Roarke, In Death series by J.D. Robb
Heather Montgomery and Tony McCaffrey, Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves
Kate Svenson and Jake Templeton, Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie

Cabin or Road:

Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Absolute Trouble by Michelle Jerott
Baby, I'm Yours by Susan Andersen

Suspense:

In Death series by J.D. Robb

Funny:

The Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson
Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Sexy:

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
Tangled Up in You by Rachel Gibson

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson

Most-Hanky Reads:

Honey Moon by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Ivory Key by Rita Clay Estrada

Guilty Pleasure:

A Dangerous Game by Candace Schuler
Legal Tender by Kelsey Roberts
The Seduction of Jake Tallman by Cait London

Least-Favorites

Most Disappointing Books

Cutting Loose by Susan Andersen
Bad Penny by Sharon Sala

Worst Books

Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh
Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown

Authors I Have Given Up On

Janet Evanovich

Authors Others Love That I Don't

Christie Ridgway
Elizabeth Bevarly
MaryJanice Davidson

Most Annoying Lead Character

Betsy Taylor, Undead and Unwed, by MaryJanice Davidson
Wren siblings, from Stephanie Bond's Body Movers series

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Classic Novel

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite Mystery

Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Favorite Fantasy

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Favorite Nonfiction

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Beauvoir and the Second Sex by Margaret A. Simons
Language in Thought and Action by S.I. Hayakawa

Favorite Women's Fiction

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Favorite YA Book

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Favorite Set of Connected Books

Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
In Death series by J.D. Robb




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