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Lori-Anne Cohen

 

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About Me


I read constantly. I read while I'm waiting for the train, on the train and while I wait for pages to download on my computer. I even read during on-line chats. It is highly unusual for me to be without a book or a magazine.

In one form or another, I've been reading romances for most of my life (I'm mid-thirties, thank you very much). I started with Cinderella and it's progressed from there. Since I've been on-line, I've become more open to different romances. While I am not a big Regency fan, I find that if a book has generated enough positive comments, I am willing to check it out. I never would have known that Nora Roberts wrote series romances; now I do, and now I sometimes read series romance. My favorite romance is still the historical. There is something about men in kilts or Victorian dress that really touches me. Historicals are magic. Imagining yourself in another place and time can do wonders for the soul, especially on a day where you wish you were anywhere else but where you are. Some of my favorite authors are Julie Garwood, Suzanne Brockmann and Nora Roberts. I am also more of a fan of Chick Lit and have especially enjoyed Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner and Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding.

In real life, I am a Project Manager/Production Coordinator for an electronic publisher of health content. Rather a Jill-of-all-trades, if you will.

My goals in life are simple...world domination and turning as many people as I can onto the joys of reading.

Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Tortured heroes, tortured heroines, smart heroines, nerdy heroes, humor in historicals, witty dialogue, strong (but not mean) heroes, feisty (but not bitchy) heroines, and good supporting characters.

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


Work romances, best friends falling in love, road romances, religious themes, and May/December romances.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


The Big Misunderstanding, heroes who constantly think or comment about a woman's anatomy, sex scenes for the sake of sex scenes, TSTL heroines, and whiny heroines.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Authors


  • Nora Roberts
  • Julie Garwood
  • Suzanne Brockmann

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Alec Kincaid, The Bride by Julie Garwood

    Favorite Heroine


  • Jamie, The Bride by Julie Garwood
  • Alys Weston, The Rake and the Reformer by Mary Jo Putney
  • Kit Singleton, An Honorable Thief by Anne Gracie

    Most Tortured Hero


  • Reginald Davenport, The Rake and the Reformer by Mary Jo Putney
  • Sebastian Verlaine, To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney

    Strongest Heroine


  • Eve Dallas, In Death Series by J.D. Robb
  • Jamie, The Bride by Julie Garwood
  • Claire Randall Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Favorite Couple


  • Eve Dallas and Roarke, In Death Series by J.D. Robb
  • Jamie and Alec Kincaid, The Bride by Julie Garwood

    Best Villain


  • Jack Randall, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  • Least-Favorites


    Most Disappointing Book


  • Anything by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small

    Worst Book


  • Tempting by Susan Johnson
  • Where You Belong by Barbara Taylor Bradford

    Book with Most Purple Prose


  • Tempting by Susan Johnson
  • Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small

    Authors I Have Given Up On


  • Jude Deveraux (sadly)

    Authors Others Love That I Don't


  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Linda Howard

    Most Annoying Lead Character


  • Anyone in a Barbara Taylor Bradford book, male or female
  • Mellyora MacAdin, Come the Morning by Shannon Drake

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites


  • The Bride
  • by Julie Garwood
  • A Knight in Shining Armor
  • by Jude Deveraux

    Favorite Classic


  • Sense and Sensibility
  • by Jane Austen
  • Villette
  • by Charlotte Bronte

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    Contemporary:


  • Any Troubleshooters book (pick one, any one)
  • by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Sweet Liar
  • by Jude Deveraux
  • When Venus Fell
  • by Deborah Smith

    European Historical:


  • To Have and To Hold
  • by Patricia Gaffney
  • To Love and To Cherish
  • by Patricia Gaffney
  • Gallant Waif
  • by Anne Gracie

    Regency:


  • Tallie's Knight
  • by Anne Gracie

    Medieval:


  • The Bride
  • by Julie Garwood
  • Lord of Vengeance
  • by Tina St. John
  • Honor's Splendor
  • by Julie Garwood

    Alternate Reality:


  • A Knight in Shining Armor
  • by Jude Deveraux
  • Outlander
  • by Diana Gabaldon

    Category:


  • A Man like Mac
  • by Fay Robinson
  • The Admiral's Bride
  • by Suzanne Brockmann

  • Favorites by Plot Type

    Suspense:


  • The Other Daughter
  • by Lisa Gardner

    Cabin or Road:


  • Captive Star
  • by Nora Roberts

    Funny:


  • Crazy for You
  • by Jennifer Crusie
  • Stephanie Plum Series
  • by Janet Evanovich

    Sexy:


  • The Bride
  • by Julie Garwood
  • Wind Dancer
  • by Iris Johansen
  • To Have and To Hold
  • by Patricia Gaffney

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Reads:


  • The Bride
  • by Julie Garwood
  • A Knight in Shining Armor
  • by Jude Deveraux
  • Sweet Liar
  • by Jude Deveraux

    Most-Hanky Reads:


  • A Knight in Shining Armor (I still cry at the end)
  • by Jude Deveraux
  • Outlander
  • by Diana Gabaldon

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Author

  • Arturo Reverte-Perez
  • Katherine Neville

    Favorite Book

  • The Eight by Katherine Neville
  • Flanders Panel by Arturo Reverte-Perez

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    Favorite Mystery

  • Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman


  • Favorite Women's Fiction

  • Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
  • Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

    Favorite YA Book

  • The Keeping Days by Norma Johnston
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The Anita Blake Books by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The In Death Series by J.D. Robb

    Book Most Often Reread

  • The Bride by Julie Garwood
  • Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux