Meet Senior Reviewer Jane Granville Jane’s Top 10 Romance List
About Me Favorite Romance Authors

I got my first romance novel when I was a sophomore in high school. My best friend dared me to buy it from a used book sale. The cover was borderline obscene, the title was completely ridiculous, and the minute she opened it up it was to a very graphic love scene. I thought it would be hilarious and awful, and I’d tell her all about how bad it was the next week (obviously, some of the stereotypes about romance novels had persisted in my mind). Then, lo and behold, I liked it. I haven’t looked back.

I split my time between northern New Jersey and Washington, DC where I’m a college student at American University and majoring in International Studies. Besides romance novels, I also enjoy politics, modern art museums, NPR, and baking cookies.

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Lisa Kleypas
Nora Roberts
J.D. Robb

My Biggest Glom

Elizabeth Lowell
Linda Howard
Lisa Kleypas

Personal Reading Tastes Favorite Romance Novel

What I’m a sucker for in a book: Smart heroines, tortured heroes, heroes who aren’t afraid of their feelings, characters that need to be rescued, great secondary characters, angst, marriages of convenience, confident/arrogant heroes.

What I don’t particularly care for in a book: Plots with wills that make ridiculous demands, first person narration, the medieval time period, really obviously symbolic dream sequences, characters who realize they’re in love like they got struck by lightening, “amnesia,” mistaken identity stories, paranormals, H/H having older children, contrived and scripted dialogue, scenes that make the reader embarrassed for the heroine.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: TSTL heroines, unnecessary melodrama, ex-spouses getting back together, time travel/ghost romances.

Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

Favorites by Sub-Genre


Tangled up in You by Rachel Gibson

Frontier or American Historical:

Hidden Fires by Sandra Brown

European Historical:

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Roarke, In Death series by J.D. Robb
Derek Craven, Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Jesse de Silva, Mediator series by Meg Cabot

Favorite Heroine

Daisy Bowman, Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Most Tortured Hero

Gabe Bonner, Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Rome Matthews, Sarah’s Child by Linda Howard

Strongest Heroine

Eve Dallas, In Death series by J.D. Robb

Favorite Couple

Roarke and Eve Dallas, In Death by J.D. Robb

Cabin or Road:

An Improper Proposal by Patricia Cabot


Pearl Cover by Elizabeth Lowell


It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Paradise by Judith McNaught

Most-Hanky Reads:

Table for Five by Susan Wiggs

Guilty Pleasure:

Lawman by Diana Palmer


Most Disappointing Books

Trouble in High Heels by Christina Dodd

Worst Books

Bad as She Wants to Be by Thea Devine

Purple Prose-iest Book

A Woman’s Pleasure in Secrets, Vol. 20 by Charlotte Featherstone

Authors Others Love That I Don’t

Jayne Ann Krentz
Mary Balogh

Most Annoying Lead Character

Blair Mallory from To Die for and Drop Dead Gorgeous by Linda Howard

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Book

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Favorite Classic Novel

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Favorite Mystery

Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark

Favorite YA Book

Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty

Favorite Set of Connected Books

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Favorite Nonfiction

A Man without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

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