Meet Reviewer Kate Garrabrant

About Me Favorite Romance Authors

My love of romance and reading in general began when my mother gave me Gone With the Wind when I was thirteen. Since then there was no turning back. I am obsessed with reading any book I can get my hands on. Even if I am at the mall, the first store I need to stop at is a Borders or a Barnes and Noble. I also work right next to a library so you know I am there almost everyday! People I work with to my own family call me the “book girl”.

I have always been a creative person. I love to write and draw. My professional life is the same as I work in the video/ television industry in Manhattan. I am also a hardcore lover of classic movies and Broadway shows. I love to soak up as much as I can from the world around me to the point I have so much useless information in my brain. I consider myself a very eclectic person in general with one quirk of mine is that I love to collect Coca Cola paraphernalia.

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Lisa Kleypas

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Sandra Canfield

My Biggest Glom

Lisa Kleypas

 Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I’m a sucker for in a book: The damaged hero or heroine who help each other heal, the less-than-perfect hero and heroine (I hate the stereotypical rich, drop dead gorgeous popular people!), the heroine who makes the hero crazy in a cute way.

What I don’t particularly care for in a book: Those Ton scenarios done over and over, widow heroines who are still virgins, heroes who fight in wars and are beyond emotionally damaged.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Heroines who dont know what sex is (let alone a penis!), main characters who are spies for the government, over-the-top villains who like pain and suffering (very cartoonish).

Favorite Romance Novels

Absolute Favorites

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Favorite Classic

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Cherish This Moment by Sandra Canfield

Frontier or American Historical:

Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson

European Historical:

A Rose at Midnight by Anne Stuart

Traditional Regency:

The Duke by Gaelen Foley


The Warlord by Elizabeth Elliott

Alternate Reality:

Heart series by Robin Owens


Lightning that Lingers by Sharon and Tom Curtis

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Roarke, In Death series by J.D. Robb

Favorite Heroine

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

Most Tortured Hero

Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Strongest Heroine

Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Favorite Couple

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

Best Villain

Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Cry No More by Linda Howard


To Die For by Linda Howard


The Real Deal by Lucy Monroe

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

In Death series by J.D. Robb

Most-Hanky Reads:

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons


Worst Book

Anything by Cheryl Holt


Purple Prose-iest Book

Anything by Bertrice Small or Thea Devine

Authors I Have Given Up On

Julie Garwood (Waaa…)

Authors Others Love That I Don’t

Deborah Smith
Mary Balogh
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Brenda Joyce

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

Stephen King

Favorite Book

The Stand by Stephen King

Favorite Classic Novel

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Favorite Fantasy

The Promise by Donna Boyd

Favorite Women’s Fiction

Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch by Marsha Moyer

Favorite YA Book

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Book Most Often Reread

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux