Heather Stanton

Senior Reviewer

I read romance of any sub-genre, but particularly love contemporaries. Well-written stories of any variety interest me though and I'm always on the hunt for my next favorite book. I love smart-mouthed heroines and tortured heroes, unusual time periods and just about anything medieval. On a personal note, I'm a political junkie, Cushing's Disease survivor, mom to 11 rescued dogs and too many cats to actually count.

Currently Reading

The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James

My Lord and Spymaster  by Joanna Bourne

Favorite Romance

Paradise by Judith McNaught

It's a romance classic. I had never read anything like it before and all these years later, Matt and Meredith's story has remained a favorite.


Favorite Non-Romance

The Dollmaker by Harriette Simpson Arnow

I love the portrayal of an Appalachian family who moves north during the auto industry boom. It's haunting, tragic, and beautifully written. Gertie is the heroine I aspire to be in real life. She's resilient and resourceful, innately good, and always true to herself and her roots.

What I Love in a Romance

Well developed characters who are flawed yet relatable. Evocative writing. Emotional conflicts. Spooky settings. We need more gothics! Humor, though this is subjective. I love witty dialogue and wry observations by the narrators.

What I Hate in a Romance

Paper thin plots/conflicts. Page after page of mental lusting - Get it on or STFU already! Too much internal monologue - I love deep POV, but retreading the same ground over and over will make me DNF.

A Bit More About Me