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TaKiesha Smith

 

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About Me


I have read romance novels since I discovered my first one at a garage sale at age12 and became hooked. I am a stay-at-home mom of two with a degree in secondary education. I was supposed to become a high school English teacher but got waylaid by motherhood. So now instead of teaching students about literature I read romance novels and children's books. I am an avid reader, reading at least one romance novel a day, I feel I can not sleep unless I have read a book.

My first true love is African American romance novels. Kayla Perrin, Beverly Jenkins, Brenda Jackson and Rochelle Alers are some of my favorites. This genre is important to me because I am African American and for a long time ethnic romance novels were underrepresented in the book market. Now that the genre is growing I hope to have lots of books to review. I also read more traditional contemporary authors like Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. I also love historicals like Lisa Kleypas and Jo Beverley. My newest favorite is Christine Feehan Dark Series.

Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Give me a pregnant heroine, and I am a sucker every time. Also set a book in Texas on the ranch, and I am there. Who wouldn't love a man in a cowboy hat, boots, jeans...

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


Poorly written Indian stories - you know, the ones where the raiding party scalps everyone and takes off with the children.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Author


  • Christine Feehan

    Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Author


  • Suzanne Enoch

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Tristan Carroway, Viscount Dare, The Rake by Suzanne Enoch

    Favorite Heroine


  • Penelope Featherington, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

    Most Tortured Hero


  • Lord Sin, Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor

    Strongest Heroine


  • Rachel Stone, Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Favorite Couple


  • Amanda Briars and John "Jack" Devlin, Suddenly YOu by Lisa Kleypas

    Best Villain


  • Dominic of Baminia, The Runaway Princess by Christina Dodd

  • Least-Favorites


    Most Disappointing Book


  • Pendragon by Catherine Coulter

    Authors I Have Given Up On


  • Catherine Coulter

    Authors Others Love That I Don't


  • Mary Balogh

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorite


  • The Viscount Who Loved Me
  • by Julia Quinn

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    Contemporary:


  • Perfect Fit
  • by Brenda Jackson

    American Historical:


  • The Heart Breaker
  • by Nicole Jordan

    European Historical:


  • The Husband List
  • by Victoria Alexander

    Regency:


  • The Rake and the Reformer
  • by Mary Jo Putney

    Medieval:


  • Master of Desire
  • by Kinley MacGregor

    Alternate Reality:


  • Carpathian Series
  • by Christine Feehan

  • Favorites by Plot Type

    Suspense:


  • Carnal Innocence
  • by Nora Roberts

    Cabin or Road:


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

    Funny:


  • The Prize
  • by Julie Garwood

    Sexy:


  • Tall, Dark and Cajun
  • by Sandra Hill

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Read:


  • Castles
  • by Julie Garwood

    Most-Hanky Read:


  • A Knight in Shining Armor
  • by Jude Deveraux

    Guilty Pleasure:


  • The Lover
  • by Robin Schone

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Author

  • Maya Angelou

    Favorite Book

  • Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


  • Favorite Women's Fiction

  • What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

    Favorite YA Book

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

    Book Most Often Reread

  • Carpathian Series by Christine Feehan