Meet Reviewer Leigh Davis

About Me Favorite Romance Novels

I love reading, and I am hardly ever without a book in my hand. I honestly can’t remember not reading. The kindle is my new favorite possession since it eliminates hours that I used to spend going from bookstore to bookstore. Like many of the other readers here, I savor the books that are unique and different but still fall within the romantic genre. I greatly admire authors that have the ability to create new worlds. While I have read everything from horror, suspense, intrigue, science fiction, westerns, the romance genre is my favorite. I do have a definite preference for books that make me laugh. I love books that mimic real life romances with courtship and dating. Have the hero take care of the heroine’s dog while she is out of town and I am in love. I love reunion stories too, especially couples that have been divorced and get a second chance to get it right.

Absolute Favorites

Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn

Favorite Classic

It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I’m a sucker for in a book:

Humor, witty dialogue, and strong heroines. In fact I think that the heroine makes or breaks the book for me rather then the hero.

What I don’t particularly care for in a book:

Gratuitous sex and rape.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:

Mental health issues that are miraculously cured . Characters that have been scarred by issues way in their past, and haven’t moved on; political messages or preaching. Violence written in to shock the reader, but the characters don’t really have any long term issues from it.

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Susan Andersen
Sharon Shinn
Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Rachel Gibson
Jayne Ann Krentz
Kristan Higgins
Jane Graves
Julie James
Emilie Richards
Robyn Carr

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Susanna Kearsley
Sarah Mayberry
Shannon Stacey
Sarah Addison Allen

My Biggest Glom

Robyn Carr (Previously Nora Roberts)
Susanna Kearsley was the hardest, since I had to order from Canada

Frontier or American Historical:

Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne

European Historical:

A Duke of her Own Eloisa James

Traditional Regency:

Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer


Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Category Romance

Past : Mother To Be Cheryl Reavis
A Risk Worth Taking by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Current: Oh, So Sensible Secretary by Jessica Hart


Desire by Amanda Quick

Alternate Reality:

Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn
Curse of the Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Nick Romeo from Romeo, Romero by Robin Kaye. . .I love a man who can clean house!

Favorite Heroine

Phoebe Somerville from It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Strongest Heroine

Lily Bard from Shakespeare series by Charlaine Harris
Grace McBride from Monkeywrench series by P.J. Tracy

Favorite Couple

Ellynor & Justin from Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn

Best Villain

Louis Ronsard

Cabin or Road:

Lady Be Good Susan Elizabeth Phillips
As you Desire Connie Brockway

Romantic Suspense:

Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley


Bridal Season by Connie Brockway
Match If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

Talismen Ring by Georgette Heyer

Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson

Guilty Pleasure:

I love stories that feature a bimbo type heroines (who actually is very smart) who pulls the wool over the hero’s eyes. (It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips)


Most Disappointing Books

Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann

Authors I Have Given Up On

Suzanne Brockmann
Jennifer Crusie
Connie Brockway

Authors Others Love That I Don’t

J.D. Robb

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Classic Novel

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite Author

Sarah Addison Allen

Favorite Book

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Favorite Mystery

Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt

Favorite Women’s Fiction

Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners

Favorite YA Book

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Favorite SF/Horror/Fantasy

Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn

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