Mary Skelton

Senior Reviewer

I am from Alabama where I live with my husband of over 30 years in our now empty nest. Our three adult children have flown the coop and my husband and I are getting ready to build that retirement house in the next few years when I hope to have even more time for reading. I am a lifelong reader and while I read primarily romance, I enjoy most genres. If an author can tell a good story, I will read it.

Currently Reading

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Favorite Romance

Too many to list, but include:

Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Upon a Wicked Time by Karen Ranney

Favorite Non-Romance

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Dune series by Frank Herbert

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

What I Love in a Romance

I love a story that gets me emotionally involved in whether the main characters get their HEA; a story that hits me on a visceral level and makes me want to turn back to page one as soon as I read "the end."

What I Hate About a Romance

  • Preaching of any description
  • Stereotypes and caricatures that are the result of lazy writing rather than furtering any plot
  • Shrill heroines
  • Controlling/manipulative heroes

A Bit More About Me