Meet All About Romance Reviewer
Senior Reviewer, Publisher Liaison
I am a spoiler junkie, book skimmer, and end reader. The first thing I do before reading or buying any book is read the final pages, because, for me, the fun is in the journey and not the destination.
I don’t remember learning to read, but have vague memories of being able to read in pre-school and ever since then always having a pile of books around. I have yet to find a bookstore or library I didn’t like, but for the longest time I was a cautious reader sticking to the tried and true or assigned reading. Then my first week in college I heard this girl down the hall making all this noise: laughing, squealing, shrieking, and I wondered what the heck was going on. Well, she handed over Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor, and I stayed up all night reading it. From that day forward I was a romance reader.
I started out slowly with Deveraux, Judith McNaught, and Sandra Brown (authors who still grace my keeper shelves, but sadly not my auto-buy list). My current favorite authors (and this is subject to change with each new discovery) are: Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Suzanne Brockmann, Gayle Wilson (a buried treasure I recommend to everyone), Mary Jo Putney, Linda Howard, Jennifer Crusie, Diana Gabaldon, Dee Henderson, Tracy Grant, Kathleen Korbel, and Lorraine Heath. I know I’ve left off authors, but if I put everyone down this list would be endless.
My interests outside of reading are: travel, though I prefer having travelled as opposed to actual travelling, going to the movies (comedy or action), watching tv (I avoid reality shows like the plague), listening to music (country and top 40), and writing. Beyond that I live in Colorado, have a very spoilt and pampered cat, and – when I’m not working – I like to spend time with friends.
Personal Reading Tastes
What I’m a sucker for in a book:
Wounded heroes and sickbed scenes, romantic suspense, witty heroines, wallflower/bookworm heroines, overweight heroines, reunion stories (especially where one character has been presumed dead), and English settings.
What I don’t particularly care for in a book:
Historical inaccuracies, wallpaper historicals, marriages of convenience, characters forced together by a will, and books written from the first-person point of view.
What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:
Immaculate conceptions, heroines who are still virgins despite being married, long separations, characters who hold a grudge the entire book, “I love you, I hate you, I love you, let’s have sex, I hate you, hate you, hate you . .. oh, wait, I love you” stories, cruel heroes, TSTL heroines, georgraphical errors, and whiny characters.
Favorite Romance Authors
Favorite Romance Authors
Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors
My Biggest Glom