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Kelly Parker

 

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About Me


Like everyone else here, I love books. I started reading at age 3 or 4, I think, and I was constantly getting in trouble for reading in bed when I was supposed to be asleep. My worst punishment ever was gettting grounded from books for a week! Naturally I majored in English at Vanderbilt University. I now work - where else? - in a library!

I discovered romances a couple of years ago when I read Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (still my favorite) in one night. I was instantly hooked! They're the grown-up version of fairy tales, with strong women and dashing men, and it's so nice to celebrate the happy ending. I love humorous romances, and my favorite setting is Scottish medieval. My favorite authors include Julie Garwood, Teresa Medeiros, Connie Brockway, Victoria Alexander, Julia Quinn, Deborah Simmons, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and many, many others. I also enjoy classics, literary fiction, and nonfiction of many types. My three favorite books outside romance are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, and Mama Day by Gloria Naylor.

I love discussing romances with other readers at AAR. Becoming a reviewer here is a dream come true for me, and I hope I can sniff out some good books for everyone!

Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Unusual conflicts, best friends falling in love, bluestocking heroines and nerd heroes, arranged marriages, witty banter, humor of any sort, humorous intentional anachronisms, historical detail, fairy tales especially Beauty and the Beast stories, captive romances, pirates, strong supporting characters, and characters with full and interesting lives.

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


Workplace romances, romantic suspense, I-hate-you-let's-go-to-bed plots, inaccurate research, really egregious historical errors, and the Big Misunderstanding.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


Sexist heroes, stupid heroines, the permanent erection, too much cutesiness, and characters who fight until the last page.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Authors


  • Julie Garwood
  • Teresa Medeiros

    Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors


  • Carla Kelly
  • Deborah Simmons

    My Biggest Glom


  • Teresa Medeiros

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Mick Tremore, The Proposition by Judith Ivory

    Favorite Heroine


  • Gwendolyn Wilder, The Bride and the Beast by Teresa Medeiros

    Most Tortured Hero


  • Jeff Hicks, Allie's Moon by Alexis Harrington

    Strongest Heroine


  • Carly Callahan, Once a Pirate by Susan Grant

    Favorite Couple


  • Johanna and Gabriel, Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
  • Lady Evelyn and Justin Powell, Bridal Favors by Connie Brockway
  • Ellen Grimsley and James Gatewood, Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career by Carla Kelly

    Best Villain


  • Olivia Ford, Allie's Moon by Alexis Harrington

  • Least-Favorites


    Most Disappointing Book


  • The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone

    Worst Book


  • Mulligan Stew by Deb Stover

    Book with Most Purple Prose


  • The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone

    Authors Others Love That I Don't


  • Jude Deveraux
  • Robin Schone

    Most Annoying Lead Character


  • Riley Mulligan, Mulligan Stew by Deb Stover

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorite


  • Saving Grace
  • by Julie Garwood

    Favorite Classic


  • Tom Jones
  • by Henry Fielding

    Favorite Short Stories


  • The Bed Is Made
  • by Connie Brockway
  • in Once Upon a Pillow

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    Contemporary:


  • Trust Me
  • by Jayne Ann Krentz

    American Historical:


  • Nobody's Darling
  • by Teresa Medeiros

    European Historical:


  • How to Marry a Marquis
  • by Julia Quinn
  • Love with the Proper Husband
  • by Victoria Alexander
  • The Pirate Lord
  • by Sabrina Jeffries

    Regency:


  • Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career
  • by Carla Kelly

    Medieval:


  • The Stone Maiden
  • by Susan King

    Alternate Reality:


  • Fantasy Lover
  • by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Category:


  • Secret Games
  • by Jeanie London

  • Favorites by Plot Type

    Suspense:


  • Sacred Sins
  • by Nora Roberts

    Cabin or Road:


  • Bridal Favors
  • by Connie Brockway

    Funny:


  • Lady Be Good
  • by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • The Gift
  • by Julie Garwood
  • Truly, Madly Viking
  • by Sandra Hill

    Sexy:


  • Enchanted
  • by Elizabeth Lowell

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Reads:


  • Saving Grace
  • by Julie Garwood

    Most-Hanky Reads:


  • Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career
  • by Carla Kelly

    Guilty Pleasures:


  • Warrior's Woman
  • by Johanna Lindsey

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Author

  • William Shakespeare

    Favorite Book

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Favorite Mystery

  • Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett


  • Favorite Women's Fiction

  • What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
  • Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

    Favorite YA Book

  • The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

    Book Most Often Reread

  • Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon