Meet Reviewer Nanette Donohue

About Me Favorite Romance Novels

I’m a librarian in a public library in a college town and a recovering English major who came to romance novels later in life than most avid readers. When I was in library school, my friend Katie convinced me to read Montana Sky by Nora Roberts, and I was immediately hooked. Then I took a reader’s advisory class with a local librarian who was a romance fan, and I was introduced to historical and erotic romance. That was almost ten years ago, and I’ve been reading romance and fighting literary snobbery ever since.

I’m married and I have four cats-all female. I have been told that it’s amazing that they get along as well as they do. My husband and I volunteer for a local cat rescue, and we are pretty close to being “crazy cat people.” I think we’re probably one cat away from it. I am also a (very) amateur musician, and I’m working my way through Bach’s flute sonatas. My other hobbies include knitting (especially socks) and baking (especially cookies and cakes).

Absolute Favorites

Montana Sky by Nora Roberts – the first romance I ever read (thanks, Katie!) and one of the most memorable.

Favorite Classic

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I’m a sucker for in a book:

Unique settings/eras, intelligent heroines

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

Suspenseful subplots that suddenly appear for no reason at all, authors capitalizing on overused trends (vampires, shapeshifters, etc.)

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:

Modern phrases in historical romances, contemporary names assigned to historical characters (e.g., Viscount Jayden Chesterfield – ugh), mash-ups, limp-dishrag heroines

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Elizabeth Hoyt
Anne Stuart
Julia Quinn
Tessa Dare
C.L. Wilson

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Molly Harper
Lauren Dane

My Biggest Glom

Molly Harper
Julia Quinn

European Historical:

To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt

Traditional Regency:

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
Beau Crusoe by Carla Kelly


Montana Sky by Nora Roberts


Scoundrel’s Kiss by Carrie Lofty

Alternate Reality:

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Favorite Heroine

Jane Jameson from the Nice Girls series Molly Harper

Strongest Heroine

Ellysetta Baristani from the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson

Most Tortured Hero

Reynaud St. Aubyn from To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt
Any member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward

Favorite Couple

Rain and Ellysetta from the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson


Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Laid Bare by Lauren Dane

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Any big fat historical romance

Guilty Pleasure:

J.R. Ward
Robin Schone


Most Disappointing Books

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

Worst Book

Jared by Sarah McCarty

Most Annoying Lead Character

Queen Betsy from the Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson

Authors I Have Given Up On

Sherrilyn Kenyon
MaryJanice Davidson
Laurell K. Hamilton

Purple Prose-iest

Anything by Thea Devine

Authors Others Love That I Don’t

Nalini Singh
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Jennifer Crusie
Stephenie Meyer

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Classic Novel

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Favorite Author

Susan Holloway Scott
Jennifer Weiner

Favorite Book

The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman

 Favorite Women’s Fiction

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Favorite YA Book

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Favorite SF/Horror/Fantasy

Archangel by Sharon Shinn
The Hollows/Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison

Book Most Often Re-Read

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte