Meet Reviewer Kate Cuthbert

 About Me Personal Reading Tastes

Kate Cuthbert is a Canadian living in the land of Aus(tralia). She has lived on three continents, racked up student debts on two, finished two degrees, swam with dolphins, had 3 concussions, and drunk a Masse Bier. She reads way more than is good for her, worships her dogs, and co-runs a reading group for lovers of romance fiction in Brisbane. She likes thunderstorms, hot showers, cold swimming pools, watermelon but not watermelon flavouring, wearing lipstick, dancing, singing, driving too fast, the smell of book stores, ice hockey goalies, the sound car tires make in underground parking lots, cooking, baking, not doing the dishes, travelling, angry music, castles, stories with happy endings, people who cry on TV, semi-colons, cobblestones, and Hallowee’en. She doesn’t like drivers who don’t acknowledge when you let them in, beetroot, liver, racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, xenophobia, McDonalds, spiders, indecision, being called ma’am, reality television, impoliteness, the colour purple, and txt spk.

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Julia Quinn

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Lynsay Sands

My Biggest Glom

Lisa Kleypas
Sandra Hill

Favorites by Sub-Genre


Faking It by Jennifer Crusie
Body Checkby Deidre Martin

European Historical:

Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn
Mistress by Amanda Quick

Alternate Reality:

Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris
Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong

What I’m a sucker for in a book: Alphas in Beta clothing, teacher/instructor heros, characters who argue with each other, villain-heroes, and best-friend-turning-into-something-more romances.

What I don’t particularly care for in a book: American historicals and previously-married-characters-getting-back-together romances.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Surprise werewolves, secret babies, vampires with French accents, meek heroines, TSTL characters, and weak or ineffectual villains.

Favorite Romance Novels

Absolute Favorites

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Favorite Classic

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Short Story

A Dozen Kisses(The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown) by Mia Ryan

Favorites by Plot Type


Open Season by Linda Howard
Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann


Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Girl Most Likely by Rebecca Sparrow

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Anything by Amanda Quick

Guilty Pleasure:

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Favorite Characters Least Favorites

Favorite Hero

Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Favorite Heroine

Penelope Featherinton, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Rachel Morgan, Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison

Favorite Couple

Jaenelle and Daemon, Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel trilogy
Hades and Lina, Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast

Best Villain

Sebastien, Viscount St. Vincent, It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Worst Books

Black Silk by Judith Ivory

Authors I Have Given Up On

Laurell K. Hamilton

Authors Others Love That I Don’t

Katie MacAllister

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

Michael Ondaatje
Arundhati Roy
Barbara Kingsolver

Favorite Book

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Favorite Classic Novel

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Fantasy

Next series by Jasper Fforde

Favorite YA Book

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton

Favorite Set of Connected Books

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

Book Most Often Reread

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Diviners by Margaret Laurence