Meet Reviewer Maggie Boyd
Maggie’s Top 10 Romance List
About Me Favorite Romance Novels

I’ve been an avid reader since 2nd grade when the Billy and Blaze books got their hooks into me. My first official romance novel was Lord of La Pampa by Kay Thorpe. I read it when I was in sixth grade. The exotic, Argentine setting and the conflict between the hero and heroine completely captured me. I have been a captive audience for romance novels ever since. Initially I read mostly historicals and Harlequin Presents titles but somewhere around 1995 a friend sent me Nora Roberts’s Born in Ice. I finished it in one afternoon, rushed to get Born in Fire and Born in Shame and have been reading mostly contemps ever since. The surge of paranormals has been my best friend. I’ve been a Star Trek fan since I was six (Mr. Spock was my first crush. I’d still ditch my husband for him ;-) ) and I’ve been reading the “old” sci-fi writers like Andre Norton since about third grade. Naturally, the next step was reading a scifi/paranormal romance. Alas, that boom did not start until recently. Still, better late than never, right?

When I’m not reading I am usually busy with my kids! I have two teenagers and they are a lot of work. When I am not sticking my nose into some portion of their lives, I manage an autism program and (until very recently) spent many hours on autism advocacy.

Absolute Favorites

Open Season by Linda Howard

Favorite Classic

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Short Stories

A Family Christmas (Under the Mistletoe) by Mary Balogh
The Dragon and the Virgin Princess (Dragon Lovers) by Jo Beverley

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I’m a sucker for in a book: Smart, resourceful characters, magic, sweet love stories, unusual historical periods, WWII stories, beautifully described locations, reserved heroes whom the heroine wins a passionate declaration from, British romance a la Mary Stewart or Emma Cole/Susanne Kearsley, fairy tale romance.

What I don’t particularly care for in a book: Secret baby plots, heroines obsessed with their virginity, large age difference between hero and heroine, heroines whom the author describes as intelligent yet who spend the whole book being TSTL, cheaters. 

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Characters that don’t act like normal humans, sequels that rewrite history, lack of continuity in a series, historicals with politically correct characters, politics in my romance novels. 

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Robyn Carr
Janette Oke
Linda Howard

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Carla Kelly
Susanna Kearsley

My Biggest Glom

Mary Balogh
Nora Roberts



Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
Virgin River by Robyn Carr
Separate Beds by LaVyrle Spencer

Frontier or American Historical:

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

European Historical:

Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney
Veils of Silk by Mary Jo Putney
Rendezvous by Amanda Quick
Dangerous by Amanda Quick

Traditional Regency:

Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh
The Famous Heroines by Mary Balogh


The Troubadour’s Romance by Robyn Carr
Fires of Winter by Roberta Gellis
A Love So Fierce by Joanna McGuaran

Alternate Reality:

Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs


Frisco’s Kid by Suzanne Brockmann

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Roarke, In Death series by J.D. Robb
Curren, Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

Favorite Heroine

Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Bella Swan, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Most Tortured Hero

Mikahl Peregrine, Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney

Strongest Heroine

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

Favorite Couple

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

Best Villain

Louis Rosnard, All the Queen’s Men by Linda Howard

Cabin or Road:

The Wedding Journey by Carla Kelly


Open Season by Linda Howard
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Nothing to Fear by Karen Rose
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer


Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Read Authors:

Linda Howard
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Stephanie Meyer
Rachel Gibson
Mary Stewart
Patricia Briggs

Most-Hanky Reads:

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
Cry No More by Linda Howard

Guilty Pleasure:

Separate Beds by LaVyrle Spencer


Most Disappointing Books

Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann

Worst Books

Bittersweet by LaVyrle Spencer
Splendor by Anna Godbersen

Purple Prose-iest Book

Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Authors I Have Given Up On

Suzanne Brockmann

Authors Others Love That I Don’t

Connie Brockway
Julia Quinn

Most Annoying Lead Character

Meg, The Defiant Hero, by Suzanne Brockman

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

Sarah Addison Allen
Stephanie Meyer
Suzanne Collins

Favorite Book

A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Favorite Classic Novel

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Favorite Mystery

The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole

Favorite Fantasy

Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

Favorite Women’s Fiction

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Favorite YA Book

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

Favorite Set of Connected Books

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Noble Dead series by Barb and JC Hendee
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
Death In series by M.M. Kaye

Book Most Often Reread

Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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