LinnieGayl Kimmel

Senior Reviewer

My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.

Currently Reading

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan


Favorite Romance

Sea Swept by Nora Roberts

Born in Fire by Nora Roberts

It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz

Favorite Non-Romance

Crocodile on the Sandbank (and the rest of the Amelia Peabody series) by Elizabeth Peters

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (and the rest of the Flavia de Luce mysteries) by Alan Bradley


What I Love in a Romance

Contemporary romances set in big cities or foreign countries with an intelligent heroine and hero who respect each other, and witty dialogue.

What I Hate in a Romance

Alpha heroes who treat the heroine horribly for the majority of the book, excessive inner dialogue, and unrealistic situations (except when I’m reading steampunk!)

A Bit More About Me

Currently spending too much time practicing my French on various iPad and iPhone apps in preparation for my next trip to France.