As though I could pick just one! I have favorite books for every season, every mood, every setting. For instance, I love (re)reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon when I'm traveling, and LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glorygets pulled off my shelves every June. Other favorite reads include:
The Winter King by C.L. Wilson,
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O'Connell.
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn.
Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas.
Undecided by Julianna Keyes.
Dark Horse by Michelle Deiner.
Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson.
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.
Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.
1984 by George Orwell.
What I Love in a Romance
Wit. Insightful characters. Plots that keep me guessing or have me laughing out loud with their absurdity. The knowledge that two people really are happiest when they’re together and they faith that they’ll stay that way. And above all, the certainty that something good will come of whatever hot mess the characters may be at the beginning.
What I Hate in a Romance
Predictability. I can usually bear to finish a badly-written book with detestable characters, so long as it's not predictable. This covers everything from clichéd Big Misunderstandings to overused sterotypes such as reformed rakes and damsels in distress. I don't mind when a good author transforms one of these tired plots--it's just the boredom that goes with a predictable story that I try desperately to avoid.