Meet Reviewer Heather Brooks
About Me Personal Reading Tastes

I began reading romances in my early teens (I am in my early 30's now). My mother was an avid reader of romance (I might have been named after The Flame and the Flower), so there were always books around. I continued sporadically through college, career, and, now, career with small children. I've learned to make time for reading. Last year, while out for summer break, I decided that I needed to venture out and read authors other than the ones I traditionally stick to. Since then I've been reading non-stop. I mainly read historicals, but I am now beginning to branch out into other genres of romance as well. I hate to admit this, but I will - I've never read Nora Roberts. I will correct this as soon as school is out for summer.

What I'm a sucker for in a book: Alpha males, heroes who realize their mistakes and have to come back begging, strong females leads who learn to depend on themselves, bad boys, tortured heros, Beauty-and-the-Beast stories, fairy tale themes, and forced marriages. I also love Medievals.

What I don't particularly care for in a book: TSTL heroines, tomboys, heroines disguised as boys, mistresses, men who cheat, American frontier stories, ultra young heroines, huge age differences between the H/H, cross-class romances, heroines who don’t require enough groveling when hero has messed up, and couples who fight constantly and then fall in love.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book: Ultra young heroines who fall in love with men in their 30's, modern language in historical settings, and huge historical inaccuracies.

Favorites by Sub-Genre Favorite Romance Authors

Frontier or American Historical:

Triumph by Shannon Drake

European Historical:

The Duke by Gaelen Foley
Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
Slightly Tempted by Mary Balogh
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Medieval:

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

All-Time Favorite Romance Authors

Judith McNaught
Gaelen Foley

Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

Judith Ivory

My Biggest Glom

Jo Beverley
Loretta Chase

Favorite Romance Novels

Absolute Favorites

The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Favorite Classic

Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

Favorite Characters Favorites by Plot Type

Favorite Hero

Wulfgar, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Favorite Heroine

Aislinn, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Jessica Trent, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Most Tortured Hero

Sebastian Ballister, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Simon Basset, The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Strongest Heroine

Daphne Bridgerton, The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Favorite Couple

Jessica Trent and Sebastian Ballister, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Best Villain

Charles Weldon, Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney

Cabin or Road:

Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught

Funny:

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Sexy:

Lord of Sin by Gaelen Foley

Favorites by Mood

Comfort Reads:

The Prize by Julie Garwood

Most-Hanky Reads:

My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale

Guilty Pleasure:

Fire Song by Catherine Coulter

Least-Favorites

Most Disappointing Books

Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale

Worst Books

Reckless by Shannon Drake

Purple Prose-iest Book

A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Authors I Have Given Up On

Johanna Lindsey

Authors Others Love That I Don't

Laura Kinsale
Elizabeth Lowell
Lisa Kleypas

Most Annoying Lead Character

Fallon, Princess of Fire by Shannon Drake
Imogen Maitland, The Taming of the Duke by Eloisa James

Non-Romance Favorites

Favorite Author

Jane Austen)

Favorite Book

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Favorite Classic Novel

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite Nonfiction

The Wives of Henry VIII by David Starkey
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

Favorite Fantasy

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Favorite Women's Fiction

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Favorite YA Book

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Favorite Set of Connected Books

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Book Most Often Reread

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
Once and Always by Judith McNaught




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