I enjoy spending as much time as I can between the covers of a book, traveling through time and around the world. When I'm not having adventures with fictional characters, I'm an attorney in Virginia and I love just hanging out with my husband, little man, and the cat who rules our house.
Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery, The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (maybe not romance under the strictest defiinition, but still mighty romantic; I'd consider this a "Novel With Strong Romantic Elements," and yes, I am still irked at RWA for eliminating that category.
What I Love in a Romance
Books with a real sense of place, big and meaty historicals with lots of period detail, gothics, characters who grow and change throughout the story.
What I Hate in a Romance
Ridiculous misunderstandings, "Taming of the Shrew" plots, heroes/heroines doing stupid things and not learning from them, endless mental lusting.