Meet Senior Editor/Reviewer Ellen Micheletti

About Me Personal Reading Tastes

I have loved to read ever since I can remember, and my occupation(s) prove it. I am a full-time library assistant and a part-time bookseller.

Growing up, I lived next door to my grandparents who would always read to me, and somehow I absorbed the ability to decipher print. I went to school knowing how to read, got my library card at age 5, and have been a Constant Reader ever since.

When it comes to romances, I enjoy Carla Kelly, Barbara Samuel/Ruth Wind, Jo Beverly, Paula Detmer Riggs and many, many more. I enjoy trying new authors and have found many who are now on my auto-buy list.

I live in Kentucky, am divorced, and have two grown children. I enjoy crocheting, studying history, and I love to hike especially around the Mammoth Cave area which is not far from where I live.

(Read this profile of Ellen in a 2004 newsletter article written for Western Kentucky University, where she works as a librarian.)

What I’m a sucker for in a book: Plots from fairy tales, especially Beauty and the Beast stories, brainy heroes and heroines, action/adventure stories, the reformed bad boy or bad girl as hero or heroine, and relationships across class lines.

What I don’t particularly care for in a book: Secret babies, improbable wills, and silly Big Misunderstandings.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Ultra macho/ultra cruel heroes, title mistakes in Regency novels, really bad historical errors, heroines who are fashionistas or angsty when they lose their make-up, and ditzy or New Age type characters.

Favorite Romance Novels

Absolute Favorite

Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly

Favorite Classic

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Short Stories

Make a Joyful Noise (A Regency Christmas Carol) by Carla Kelly

Romance Authors Favorite Characters

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Carla Kelly
Barbara Samuel/Ruth Wind
Jo Beverley

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Author

Liz Carlyle
Adele Ashworth

My Biggest Glom

Justine Davis
Carla Kelly

Author I Have Given Up On

Amanda Quick

Authors Others Love That I Don’t

Catherine Coulter

Favorite Hero

Jamie Fraser, Outlander
Benedict, Duke of Knaresboro, One Good Turn

Favorite Heroine

Roxanna Drew, Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand

Most Tortured Hero

Jackson Rule, Jackson Rule
Houston Leigh, Texas Destiny

Strongest Heroine

Claire Randall Fraser, Outlander

Favorite Couple

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall, Outlander

Best Villain

Jack Randall, Outlander

Favorites by Plot Type Favorites by Mood


Dream Man by Linda Howard

Cabin or Road:

Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath


Beauty and the Brain by Elizabeth Bevarly
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich


Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth

Comfort Read Author(s):

A Lawless Man by Judith McNaught

Most-Hanky Reads:

Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath
Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney

Guilty Pleasure:

Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

Favorites by Sub-Genre


A Bed of Spices by Barbara Samuel

Traditional Regency:

With This Ring by Carla Kelly
Tallie’s Knight by Anne Gracie
The Rake’s Rainbow by Allison Lane

European Historical:

A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh
The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
Hazard by Jo Beverley

American Historical:

Anything by by Maggie Osborne or Lorraine Heath


Girls Night by Stef Ann Holm
Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Alternate Reality:

The Pirate and His Lady by Margaret St. George
The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Contact by Susan Grant


Bad for Each Other by Kate Hathaway
Reckless by Ruth Wind
Her Secret, His Child by Paula Detmer Riggs

Least Favorites

Most Disappointing Book

High Intensity by Dara Joy

Worst Book

Paper Rose by Diana Palmer

Most Annoying Lead Character

Dougless Montgomery, A Knight in Shining Armor

Purple Prose-iest Book

Anything by Bertrice Small

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

P.G. Wodehouse

Favorite Book

In this House of Brede by Rumer Godden

Favorite Classic Novel

1984 by George Orwell

Favorite Mystery

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

Favorite SF/Fantasy

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

Favorite Women’s Fiction

No Place Like Home by Barbara Samuel

Favorite YA Book

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

Favorite Set of Connected Books

The Dirk Pitt Series by Clive Cussler

Book Most Often Reread

The Lady’s Companion by Carla Kelly (a romance)