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About Me

(Diana Ketterer is the alias for a published author. Her first book was published in 2005, and throughout her association with AAR, she did not review within her sub-genre.)

Ever since I learned to read in first grade, I’ve had my nose in a book. My parents used to pry the book out of my hands and force me to go outside with the other kids. I got hooked on romance in junior high and high school when I used to sneak Harlequin series books out of the library behind my mother’s back along with my stack of mysteries and biographies. Then college happened, with “serious” books that must be read and written about, and I didn’t come back to romance until I was pregnant with my first child and needed something that wouldn’t a) put me to sleep or b) depress me.

I like a wide variety of books from fast-moving thrillers to quiet, tender love stories. I love long books, the kind that suck you in and take over your life for several days (my husband calls these the “see you later” books because I walk around with my mind a million miles away). The best characters to me are the ones with hidden depths who can do something that seems shocking yet feels right; I can forgive almost any action so long as it’s consistent with the character’s make-up.

When not reading I bake very creative pizza, dig enormous but pointless holes in the garden for plants that never make it through the winter, obsess about the Boston Red Sox, and make awesome Play-Doh animals with my kids. I live in New England with my husband and two children, a bulemic cat, and whatever variety of bug my daughter manages to catch.

Personal Reading Tastes

What I’m a sucker for in a book:

Unlikely couples, arranged marriages, pretend engagements, non-virginal heroines, good boy/bad girl matches, sexy beta heroes, reunited lovers, and the American Revolution.

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

Slapstick humor, superprecocious children, adultery, fake rakes, mildly tortured heroes who just need to get over it, characters who stop in the middle of a scene and give an informational monologue, too many adjectives, and dialogue that squeezes out action.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:

When the hero thinks the heroine is smart, but she’s really a dingbat, heroines who martyr themselves for ungrateful family members, inconsistent characters, arrogant alpha jerk heroes, sex in stupid places at stupid times, doormat heroines, matchmaking grandmas and other relatives, stupid will stipulations, and successful city heroines who give it all up to move to a small town and have babies.

Favorite Romance Authors

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

  • Liz Carlyle
  • Gaelen Foley

    My Biggest Glom

  • Julia Quinn (Bridgertons and before)

  • Favorite Characters

    Favorite Hero

  • Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    Favorite Heroine

  • Lily Lawson, Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas

    Most Tortured Hero

  • Christian Langland, Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

    Favorite Couple

  • Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth, Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Best Villain

  • Jack Randall, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  • Least-Favorites

    Most Disappointing Book

  • Reckless Charmer by Julia London
  • Faking It by Jennifer Crusie

    Authors I Have Given Up On

  • Stephanie Laurens
  • Judith McNaught

    Authors Others Love That I Don’t

  • Nora Roberts

    Most Annoying Lead Character

  • Whitney Stone, Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites

  • One? Or even three? Are you joking me?

    Favorite Classic

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • by Jane Austen

    Favorite Short Stories

  • Hunting Season
  • by Liz Carlyle
  • in Tea for Two

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    European Historical:

  • Then Came You
  • by Lisa Kleypas


  • The Famous Heroine
  • by Mary Balogh


  • Honor’s Splendor
  • by Julie Garwood
  • By Arrangement
  • by Madeline Hunter

    Alternate Reality:

  • Undead and Unwed
  • by MaryJanice Davidson


  • Getting Rid of Bradley
  • by Jennifer Crusie

  • Favorites by Plot Type


  • Shining Through
  • by Susan Isaacs


  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • by Helen Fielding

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Reads:

  • The Duke and I
  • by Julia Quinn

    Guilty Pleasures:

  • The Flame and the Flower
  • by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
  • Fanny Hill
  • by John Cleland

  • Non-Romance Favorites

    Favorite Author

  • Thomas Hardy
  • Jane Austen
  • William Shakespeare

    Favorite Book

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

    Favorite Mystery

  • Anything by Agatha Christie
  • In the Presence of the Enemy by Elizabeth George

  • Favorite Women’s Fiction

  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

    Book Most Often Reread

  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding