Meet Reviewer Melanie Bopp
Melanie’s Top 10 Romance List
About Me Favorite Romance Novels

I honestly don’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to read. I’ve been an avid reader since childhood, and although I don’t have nearly enough time these days, I still read almost anything I can get my hands on. I read more YA books now than I did when I was a kid – there wasn’t a whole lot available, and by the time I found them, I was pretty entrenched in the adult fiction section. I remember reading my first adult romance novel when I was about 10 (which was way, way too young for what I was reading!), though the title and author have been lost to time and mass market paperback fragility.

These days I work in libraries (without which I would probably end up buying books before buying food!), and sometimes even get to read while at work (books I read for review count as professional development – I love my job!), though I spend much more time helping other people find books for themselves. I’m more than a bit of a geek and a fangirl for several different TV shows and movies (which I won’t get into, because then I’d write something close to an essay on the topic), love playing board games with friends and family, and knit when I can.

I currently live in New Orleans, which is great until the summer hits and the heat and humidity trap me inside. And when Mardi Gras parades keep me out of certain areas of the city. Luckily, there’s always plenty to do, both inside and out, so long as you can parallel park. And, of course, there are always more books to be read!

Absolute Favorite

The Wedding by Julie Garwood

Favorite Classic

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I’m a sucker for in a book: Witty heroines and tortured (redeemable) heroines

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

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Whiney heroines/heroes

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Jayne Ann Krentz (and all her associated pseudonyms)
Lisa Kleypas
Julia Quinn
Julie Garwood
Sherrilyn Kenyon


Frontier or American Historical:

Her Hesitant Heart by Carla Kelly

Traditional Regency:

What happens in London by Julia Quinn


Mystique by Amanda Quick

Alternative Reality:

The Night Bird by Catherine Asaro
Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Heroine

Lady Brenna from Julie Garwood’s The Wedding

Most Tortured Hero

Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas’ Dreaming of You
Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dance with the Devil


What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken

Favorites by Mood

Guilty Pleasure:

I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
Details of the Hunt by Laura Baumbach
Pride and Prejudice fanworks (e.g. Fitzwilliam Darcy, a gentleman series by Pamela Aiden)


Most Disappointing Book:

The Secret Diaries of Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

Authors Others Love That I Don’t:

Nora Roberts

Authors I’ve Given Up On:

Laurell K. Hamilton
Christine Feehan

Most Annoying Lead Character:

God, can I only pick one? If so, I’m voting for Anita Blake (Vampire Hunter series).

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Book/Classic Novel:

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

Favorite Author:

Jim Butcher

Favorite SF/Horror/Fantasy:

War of the Oaks by Emma Bull
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Damia by Anne McCaffrey
If I Pay Thee Not in Gold by Piers Anthony and Mercedes Lackey

Favorite Mystery:

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell series, number 1 and 2)

Favorite Young Adult:

Savvy by Ingrid Law
I Hunt Killers and Game by Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent series number 1 and 2)
Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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