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Jennifer Schendel

 

Senior Reviewer, Publisher Liaison

About Me


I am a spoiler junkie, book skimmer, and end reader. The first thing I do before reading or buying any book is read the final pages, because, for me, the fun is in the journey and not the destination.

I don't remember learning to read, but have vague memories of being able to read in pre-school and ever since then always having a pile of books around. I have yet to find a bookstore or library I didn't like, but for the longest time I was a cautious reader sticking to the tried and true or assigned reading. Then my first week in college I heard this girl down the hall making all this noise: laughing, squealing, shrieking, and I wondered what the heck was going on. Well, she handed over Jude Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor, and I stayed up all night reading it. From that day forward I was a romance reader.

I started out slowly with Deveraux, Judith McNaught, and Sandra Brown (authors who still grace my keeper shelves, but sadly not my auto-buy list). My current favorite authors (and this is subject to change with each new discovery) are: Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Suzanne Brockmann, Gayle Wilson (a buried treasure I recommend to everyone), Mary Jo Putney, Linda Howard, Jennifer Crusie, Diana Gabaldon, Dee Henderson, Tracy Grant, Kathleen Korbel, and Lorraine Heath. I know I've left off authors, but if I put everyone down this list would be endless.

My interests outside of reading are: travel, though I prefer having travelled as opposed to actual travelling, going to the movies (comedy or action), watching tv (I avoid reality shows like the plague), listening to music (country and top 40), and writing. Beyond that I live in Colorado, have a very spoilt and pampered cat, and - when I'm not working - I like to spend time with friends.

Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Wounded heroes and sickbed scenes, romantic suspense, witty heroines, wallflower/bookworm heroines, overweight heroines, reunion stories (especially where one character has been presumed dead), and English settings.

What I don't particularly care for in a book:


Historical inaccuracies, wallpaper historicals, marriages of convenience, characters forced together by a will, and books written from the first-person point of view.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


Immaculate conceptions, heroines who are still virgins despite being married, long separations, characters who hold a grudge the entire book, "I love you, I hate you, I love you, let's have sex, I hate you, hate you, hate you . .. oh, wait, I love you" stories, cruel heroes, TSTL heroines, georgraphical errors, and whiny characters.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Authors


  • Nora Roberts
  • Suzanne Brockmann

    Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors


  • Tracy Grant
  • Gayle Wilson

    My Biggest Glom


  • Nora Roberts (I'm perpetually one book away from a complete set)

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Grayson Thane, Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
  • Roarke, The In Death Series by J.D. Robb
  • Jamie Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Favorite Heroine


  • Brianna Concannon, Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
  • Marcie "Goosey" Johns, Texas Chase by Sandra Brown

    Most Tortured Hero


  • Clayton Holland, Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath
  • J.D. Damascus, Bad Moon Rising by Katherine Sutcliffe
  • Harry O'Dell, Bodyguard by Suzanne Brockmann

    Strongest Heroine


  • Eve Dallas, The In Death Series by J.D. Robb

    Favorite Couple


  • Eve Dallas and Roarke, The In Death Series by J.D. Robb
  • Jamie Frasier and Claire Randall Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Best Villain


  • Phillip Bancroft, Paradise by Judith McNaught

  • Least-Favorites


    Most Disappointing Book


  • Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Seven Up by Janet Evanovich

    Worst Book


  • Falling Home by Karen White
  • The Lover's Knot by Jana G. Oliver
  • The Cove by Catherine Coulter

    Authors I Have Given Up On


  • Jude Deveraux
  • Sandra Brown

    Author Others Love That I Don't


  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Most Annoying Lead Character


  • Anita Blake, The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites


  • Born in Ice
  • by Nora Roberts
  • Outlander
  • by Diana Gabaldon

    Favorite Classics


  • Pride and Prejudice
  • by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion
  • by Jane Austen

    Favorite Short Story


  • My Darling Echo
  • by Gayle Wilson
  • in Brides by Arrangement
  • Favorites by Time Period

    Contemporary:


  • Honest Illusions
  • by Nora Roberts
  • Texas Chase
  • by Sandra Brown
  • Paradise
  • by Judith McNaught

    American Historical:


  • A Rogue in Texas
  • by Lorraine Heath
  • The Raider
  • by Jude Deveraux

    European Historical:


  • Once and Always
  • by Judith McNaught
  • One Perfect Rose
  • by Mary Jo Putney
  • Daughter of the Game
  • by Tracy Grant

    Regency:


  • Irish Rogue
  • by Emma Jensen
  • One Good Turn
  • by Carla Kelly

    Medieval:


  • Kingdom of Dreams
  • by Judith McNaught
  • Velvet Angel
  • by Jude Deveraux

  • Favorites by Plot Type

    Romantic Suspense:


  • Bodyguard
  • by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Sacred Sins
  • by Nora Roberts
  • Darkling I Listen
  • by Katherine Sutcliffe

    Paranormal:


  • A Knight in Shining Armor
  • by Jude Deveraux
  • Outlander
  • by Diana Gabaldon
  • Bitten
  • by Kelley Armstrong

    Funny:


  • Welcome to Temptation
  • by Jennifer Crusie
  • One for the Money
  • by Janet Evanovich
  • A Countess Below Stairs
  • by Eva Ibbotson

    Sexy:


  • Welcome to Temptation
  • by Jennifer Crusie
  • The Seduction
  • by Julia Ross

    Category:


  • Local Hero
  • by Nora Roberts
  • Prince Joe
  • by Suzanne Brockmann
  • A Man Like Mac
  • by Fay Robinson

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Reads:


  • The Tamarack Tree
  • by Patricia Clapp
  • The "Born In" Series
  • by Nora Roberts

    Most-Hanky Reads:


  • Always to Remember
  • by Lorraine Heath
  • A Place to Call Home
  • by Deborah Smith

    Guilty Pleasure:


  • Adam's Fall
  • by Sandra Brown

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Author

  • Charles Dickens

    Favorite Book

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • Huckleberry Finn
  • by Mark Twain
  • A Christmas Carol
  • by Charles Dickens
  • Little Woman
  • by Louisa May Alcott

    Favorite Sci Fi/Fantasy

  • The Veiled Web by Catherine Asaro
  • The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford


  • Favorite Women's Fiction

  • Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Last of the Honky Tonk Angels by Marsha Moyer
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

    Favorite YA Book

  • The Tamarack Tree by Patricia Clapp
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Jacob Have I loved by Katherine Paterson

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The In Death Series by J.D. Robb
  • Richard Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

    Book Most Often Reread

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon