Meet Reviewer Alexandra Anderson
Alexandra’s Top 10 Romance List
About Me Favorite Romance Novels

I read my first romance novel around the beginning of my high school career. It was She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot, which I had picked up because I’d already read all of Cabot’s young adult books and was hoping this other novel would be just as good (and just as innocent). I had seen romance novels around at the library and bookstores, but this didn’t look like one to me-it had a picture of a shoe on the cover and a somewhat normal title. So I opened it up and settled in for another good story by one of my favorite authors.

All was well until I got a little more than halfway through, whereupon I discovered exactly why this was described as an “adult book.” However, by then it was too late-I was already too caught up in the story to put it down. After finishing that book, I slowly began to branch out into the world of romance novels-first to other books by Meg Cabot and eventually on to other authors. I haven’t looked back.

These days I can be found mostly in New York-either upstate with my family, or down in the city at Fordham University, where I’m a student in the business school. In my spare time, I like to shop (although not usually in the city-everything here is expensive!), see shows (anything from Broadway to the Met to the Colbert Report), and travel.

Absolute Favorite

This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Favorite Classic

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I’m a sucker for in a book: Witty dialogue, clever heroines, wartime settings (specifically the Revolutionary War or WWII), characters in disguise, friends falling in love, funny romances, and unrequited love.

What I don’t particularly care for in a book: Problems that exist throughout 99% of the book and then get solved magically at the last minute, heroes with outrageously roguish reputations, cross-class romances in historical novels, contemporary couples who willfully forget about birth control, and characters who begin new relationships before officially ending their old ones.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Big Misunderstandings which need not exist, grammatical errors, TSTL heroines, overbearing heroes, major historical errors, deus ex machina answers to major problems, and books that preach endlessly about contemporary politics (if I wanted to hear how evil businessmen are, or how good/bad a new government policy is, I would have picked up a newspaper).

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Julia Quinn
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Mary Balogh
Diana Gabaldon
Loretta Chase
Sherry Thomas
Lisa Kleypas

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Cora Carmack and Sherry Thomas

My Biggest Glom

Nalini Singh

 

Frontier or American Historical:

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer

European Historical:

The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne

Traditional Regency:

Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas

Medieval:

This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland

Alternative Reality:

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Contemporary:

Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Jamie Fraser, Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Etienne St. Clair, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Favorite Heroine

Penelope Featherington, Romancing Mr.Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Most Tortured Hero

Christian Langland, Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
Gabriel St.Croix, Broken Wing by Judith James

Strongest Heroine

Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons

Favorite Couple

Jamie and Claire Fraser, Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Tatiana and Alexander, The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons

Romantic Suspense:

Angel’s Fall by Nora Roberts

Cabin or Road:

Perfect by Judith McNaught
Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase
She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot

Sexy:

Passion by Lisa Valdez

Funny:

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
Nobody’s Baby but Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Most-Hanky Reads:

Cry No More by Linda Howard
When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

Guilty Pleasure:

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

Least-Favorites

Most Disappointing Book:

The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux

Worst Books:

The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding

Purple Prose-iest Book:

Werewolf in the North Woods by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Authors I’ve Given Up On:

Elizabeth Boyle
Stephanie Laurens

Authors Others Love That I Don’t:

Suzanne Brockmann
Janet Evanovich

Most Annoying Lead Character:

Maggie Tucker, Paradise Valley by Roseanne Bittner

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Book/Classic Novel:

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
1984 by George Orwell

Favorite Women’s Fiction:

Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners

Favorite YA Book:

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Favorite SF/Horror/Fantasy:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Book Most Often Reread:

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons

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