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Laurie Shallah

 

Senior Reviewer

About Me


I've been a reader for as long as I can remember but wouldn't touch anything that wasn't horror or fantasy related until a relative gave me a box of old historicals, harlequins and Danielle Steel novels. Then I discovered Romantic Times and used bookstores and now I have such a huge collection of books that I'll probably never have time to read them all in this lifetime.

Because of my early love of horror I'm drawn to anything weird. I buy almost any romance with a mention of paranormal, vampire, ghost or faery in the blurb but that doesn't mean that I don't also enjoy straight historicals and contemporaries in all of the various subgenres.

I'm 33 (and staying there!) and am married to a man who shakes his head at all of my unread books but never complains when another pile topples onto his stuff. I have a 7 year old son and a 5 year old daughter who both enjoy books and already have huge collections of their own. I am a slow reader, and work part-time as an office manager so I don't have a lot of patience with books that aren't working for me. I'll never be a prolific reviewer but do hope to get at least one or two done each month because there is nothing I enjoy more than talking about books, whether I loved them or not.

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Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Virginal heroes, characters with terrific senses of humor, friends who become lovers.

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


Abusive heroes, 30-year-old virginal heroines who are clueless until the hero comes along, authors who write unending series with books that are loaded with tons of boring backstory.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


Too Stupid To Live heroines, dull or overly flowery writing, secret pregnancies and babies.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Authors


  • Lisa Kleypas
  • Connie Brockway
  • Lorraine Heath

    Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors


  • Lorraine Heath

    My Biggest Glom


  • Pamela Morsi
  • Kathleen Kane

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Pascal LaMartine, No Sweeter Heaven by Katherine Kingsley

    Favorite Heroine


  • Jenny Jones, The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne

    Most Tortured Hero


  • Jonas Whitaker, The Portrait by Megan Chance

    Favorite Couple


  • Desdemona Carlisle and Harry Braxton, As You Desire by Connie Brockway

  • Least-Favorites


    Most Disappointing Book


  • Night Whispers by Karen Sandler

    Worst Book


  • Desire Me Only by Thea Devine

    Author I Have Given Up On


  • Jayne Ann Krentz

    Authors Others Love That I Don't


  • Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle

    Most Annoying Lead Character


  • Rachel Sommerville, Let Down Your Hair by Linda Jones

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites


  • Simple Jess
  • by Pamela Morsi
  • No Sweeter Heaven
  • by Katherine Kingsley
  • A Season in Eden
  • by Megan Chance

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    American Historical:


  • Summer Fancy
  • by Anne Avery
  • If You Believe
  • by Kristin Hannah

    European Historical:


  • My Dearest Enemy
  • by Connie Brockway

    Regency:


  • The Vampire Viscount
  • by Karen Harbaugh

    Medieval:


  • Secret Thunder
  • by Patricia Ryan

    Alternate Reality:


  • George and the Virgin
  • by Lisa Cach
  • The Passion and The Promise
  • by Donna Boyd
  • Lord of the Storm
  • by Justine Davis

    Category:


  • Manhunting
  • by Jennifer Crusie
  • Sizzle
  • by Jennifer Crusie

  • Favorites by Plot Type

    Suspense:


  • Over the Edge
  • by Suzanne Brockmann

    Funny:


  • Basket of Wishes
  • by Rebecca Paisley

    Sexy:


  • Knight of a Trillion Stars
  • by Dara Joy

  • Favorites by Mood

    Most-Hanky Reads:


  • The Passions of Emma
  • by Penelope Williamson
  • Texas Destiny
  • by Lorraine Heath

    Guilty Pleasures:


  • Dara Joy
  • Susan Johnson

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Author

  • Poppy Z. Brite
  • Laurell K. Hamilton

    Favorite Book

  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro
  • Deerskin by Robin McKinley


  • Favorite YA Book

  • Beauty by Robin McKinley

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
  • The Merry Gentry Series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton