Meet Pollster Lee Brewer
About Me Favorite Romance Novels

I live in Seattle, Washington, am single and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world. While traveling, I take lots of photos that I use to make birthday cards and calendars for friends and co-workers.

Historical romance and chick lit are my favorite genres, though I like romantic suspense without a lot of violence. I've read many books by the authors we are tabulating votes for in AAR's Favorite Books poll.

Absolute Favorites

The Windflower by Sharon and Tom Curtis

Favorite Classic

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Favorite Short Story

It's a Wonderful Christmas (A Dreamspun Christmas) by Edith Layton

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I'm a sucker for in a book: Stories where characters travel about the countryside, through other countries or across the sea, stories with pets who have personalities, and stories that make me laugh.

What I don't particularly care for in a book: Books with sections devoted to the murderer's thoughts, descriptions of extreme violence, and stories with vampires and shapeshifters.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: The use of the word "panther" to describe the lead male character, secret babies, stories with love scenes that go on and on for pages, and stories where the lead characters don't communicate with each other - the kind where if they did, the story would be really short.

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Carla Kelly
Julia Quinn
Jo Beverley
Loretta Chase
Anne Gracie
Judith Ivory
Lynn Kurland
Anne Stuart

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Susanna Kearsley

My Biggest Glom

Mary Balogh

Contemporary:

Family Blessings by LaVyrle Spencer

Frontier or American Historical:

Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath
Gifts from the Sea by Jane Goodger

European Historical:

Silk and Secrets by Mary Jo Putney
Swept Away by Marsha Canham
A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh
The Affair by Sandy Hingston
The Widow's Kiss by Jane Feather

Traditional Regency:

Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly
Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly
The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh

Medieval:

This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland

Alternate Reality:

The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Category:

Beyond All Reason by Judith Duncan

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Asher Adams, Amazon Lily by Theresa Weir
Marquess of Rothgar, Malloren series by Jo Beverley

Favorite Heroine

Penelope Featherington, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Evelyn Cummings Whyte, Bridal Favors by Connie Brockway

Most Tortured Hero

Tanner McCall, Beyond All Reason by Judith Duncan
Clayton Holland, Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath

Strongest Heroine

Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Juliet Cameron, Silk and Secrets by Mary Jo Putney

Favorite Couple

Merry Wilding and Devon Crandall, The Windflower by Laura London
Max Bhagat and Gina Vitagliano, Troubleshooter series by Suzanne Brockmann

Best Villain

The Golden Leopard by Lynn Kerstan

Cabin or Road:

Chase the Moon by Catherine Nicholson
The Charm School by Susan Wiggs

Suspense:

Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann

Funny:

Bewitching by Jill Barnett

Sexy:

The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Family Blessings by LaVyrle Spencer

Most-Hanky Reads:

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons
Tapestry by Karen Ranney

Least-Favorites

Authors I Have Given Up On

Amanda Quick
Johanna Lindsey

Authors Others Love That I Don't

J.D. Robb
Lori Foster

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

Ayn Rand

Favorite Book

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Favorite Nonfiction

Any and all European travel guides

Favorite Women's Fiction

Shining Through by Susan Isaacs

Favorite YA Book

Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster

Favorite Set of Connected Books

Betsy, Tacy, and Tib series by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Book Most Often Reread

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott




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