Meet Former Publisher/Technical Editor Rachel Potter About Me Favorite Romance Novels

I’ve been a voracious reader since I was very young. In our house there was a rule: you had to read an hour for every hour of TV watching. My sister and I read all the time and kept careful track of our earned minutes.

When I look back at the books I read and loved as a child, many of them have romantic threads: A Wrinkle in Time, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, even the Little House series. I must have read These Happy Golden Years a hundred times. At about age 13 I got hooked on real romances and read Regencies almost exclusively until I graduated high school. I’ve been reading romance again for about five and a half years. When I get romanced out, I head for the either the SF/F or the Young Adult section of the library.

I live with my husband, my son, and Milo, a hound mix dog who needs a lot of exercise. None of them reads much fiction, though I’m working on introducing my son to the wonders of the written word. I am a librarian by training, but currently I’m on hiatus to raise my son. In my “spare time,” I read, walk my dog, and quilt.

Absolute Favorites

The Windflower by Sharon and Tom Curtis
The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale

Favorite Classic

Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy

Favorite Short Stories

Make a Joyful Noise (A Regency Christmas Carol) by Carla Kelly
Now and Forever (Secrets of a Perfect Night ) by Rachel Gibson
Puddings, Pastries, and Thou (Wish List ) by Lisa Cach

Favorite Romance Series

Wyckerley Trilogy by Patricia Gaffney
Tall, Dark & Dangerous Series by Suzanne Brockmann

Personal Reading Tastes Favorites by Sub-Genre

What I’m a sucker for in a book: Arranged marriages, coerced situations, troubled marriages, friends who fall in love, fairy tale romances, religious themes, Russian settings, exotic settings or time periods, World War II stories, colliding cultures stories, nerd heroes, alpha jerk heroes, virginal heroes, pining heroes, prim, proper, and/or prickly heroines, and first-person point of view.

What I don’t particularly care for in a book: Tomboy heroines, sexually experienced heroines, Duke of Slut heroes, the Naturally Sensuous Regency Miss, love triangles, secret babies, amnesia plots, past-life relationships, thief or spy protagonists, romantic suspense stories, futuristics, and westerns.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Head-hopping, mental lusting, blatant historical inaccuracies or wallpaper history, heroes who are indifferent or uninvolved fathers, and love-at-first-sight plots.

Favorite Romance Authors

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Laura Kinsale
Carla Kelly
Rachel Gibson
Judith Ivory

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Sharon Shinn
Sarah Dessen
Lisa Cach

My Biggest Glom

Cheryl Reavis
Suzanne Brockmann



Till the Stars Fall by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Truly, Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson
A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith

Frontier or American Historical:

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
Rachel LeMoyne by Eileen Charbonneau
Marrying Stone by Pamela Morsi
Sweet Everlasting by Patricia Gaffney

European Historical:

The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney
Bliss by Judy Cuevas

Traditional Regency:

Regency Sting by Elizabeth Mansfield
The American Duchess by Joan Wolf
The Lady’s Companion by Carla Kelly


Lady Gallant by Suzanne Robinson
Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale
Katherine by Anya Seton

Alternate Reality:

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris


Beloved Stranger by Joan Wolf
Everyday, Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann
When Love Isn’t Enough by Kathleen Gilles Seidel

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Will Parker, Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
Alexander Belov, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Nardi de Saint Vallier, Bliss by Judy Cuevas
Sebastian Verlaine, To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney

Favorite Heroine

Leda Etoile, The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
Tatiana Metanova, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Merry Wilding, The Windflower by Sharon and Tom Curtis

Most Tortured Hero

Samuel Gerard, The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
Roan Sullivan, A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith

Strongest Heroine

Lily Bard, Charlaine Harris’s Shakespeare Series
Maddy Timms, Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Favorite Couple

Tatiana Metanova and Alexander Belov, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Roan Sullivan and Claire Maloney, A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith
Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie, Sloppy Firsts/Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

Best Villain

Sebastien de Saint Vallier, Bliss by Judy Cuevas
Daniel de Ribard, Rightfully His by Tracy Grant

Cabin or Road:

Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Miss Whittier Makes a List by Carla Kelly


Bodyguard by Suzanne Brockmann
Behind Closed Doors by Shannon McKenna
Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart


Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie
Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins


Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
Behind Closed Doors by Shannon McKenna

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson
The Windflower by Sharon and Tom Curtis
Beloved Stranger by Joan Wolf
Fifteen by Beverly Cleary

Most-Hanky Reads:

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer

Guilty Pleasure:

The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Devil’s Desire by Laurie McBain


Most Disappointing Books

Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
Faking It by Jennifer Crusie

Worst Books

Seized by Love by Susan Johnson
Love: A User’s Guide by Clare Naylor
Queen by Sharon Sala

Purple Prose-iest Book

A Season Beyond a Kiss by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Anything by Bertrice Small

Authors I Have Given Up On

Mary Balogh
Janet Evanovich
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Authors Others Love That I Don’t

Nora Roberts
Julie Garwood
Connie Brockway
Loretta Chase
Lisa Kleypas
Diana Gabaldon

Most Annoying Lead Character

Shanna Trahern, Shanna, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Francesca Cahill, from Brenda Joyce’s Deadly Series

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

Connie Willis
Sharon Shinn

Favorite Book

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Favorite Classic Novel

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Favorite Mystery

Anna’s Book by Barbara Vine
I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Still Life with Murder by P.B. Ryan
Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Favorite Fantasy

Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Favorite Nonfiction

Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial by Joseph Persico
The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
The Lost: a Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

Favorite Women’s Fiction

Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married by Marian Keyes
Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch by Marsha Moyer

Favorite YA Book

Fifteen by Beverly Cleary
Constance by Patricia Clapp
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
Sloppy Firsts/Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkmann by Louise Plummer

Favorite Set of Connected Books

The Lily Bard Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot

Book Most Often Reread

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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