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Liz Zink

 

Senior Reviewer

About Me


I can still remember the day I learned to read. I was four years old and suddenly the words in one of my favorite books made sense! It was a wonderful feeling and I cherish that memory. My mother filled my room with all types of books. I had more books than all of my friends put together. My love of reading started early and I learned never to leave home without a book in my bag! My first romances were the young adult Sweet Dreams and Sunfire books. I picked up a Harlequin romance at the store when I was in seventh grade and moved on to historical romances in a very short amount of time. Historical romances are still my favorites, especially medievals, but I enjoy some contemporaries also. I also read science fiction/fantasy and mysteries. The ultimate read for me is a book that combines fantasy elements with a great romance. I also have a soft spot in my heart for tormented heroes.

Since I now spend most of my time chasing around our toddler, I have less time to read. My husband and I also have 3 cats and a dog to round out our family. Some of my favorite authors are: Adele Ashworth, Anne Bishop, Loretta Chase, Connie Brockway, Christina Dodd, Lisa Kleypas, Christine Feehan, Jayne Ann Krentz in all her forms, Susan Krinard, Anne Stuart, Jo Beverley, Rosemary Edghill, Laurell K Hamilton, Elizabeth Peters, Nora Roberts, Laura Kinsale, and Mary Jo Puntey, just to name a few!

Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Paranormal, time-travel, or futuristic settings (bring on the vampires and werewolves too!), tortured heroes and heroines, bluestocking heroines, wounded or scarred heroes, virginal heroes, bad boy/good girl stories, intelligent characters, and witty dialogue.

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


Precocious, unrealistic children, western settings, lack of love scenes, amnesia stories, and straight Regencies.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


Big Misunderstandings that can be resolved in 5 minutes had the hero and heroine simply communicated, TSTL heroines, cardboard characters, "I hate you, let's go to bed" plots, secret pregnancy/baby plots, and long separations.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Authors


  • Anne Stuart
  • Adele Ashworth
  • Connie Brockway
  • Nora Roberts

    Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Author


  • Robin Owens

    My Biggest Glom


  • Nora Roberts
  • Elizabeth Lowell
  • Laurell K. Hamilton

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Harry Braxton, As You Desire by Connie Brockway
  • Ismal, Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase

    Favorite Heroine


  • Lady Catherine Wodeway, No True Gentleman by Liz Carlyle
  • Pamela Lockhart, Rules of Engagement by Christina Dodd

    Most Tortured Hero


  • Sebastian, Marquess of Dain, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  • Lord Sin, Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor

    Strongest Heroine


  • Madeline DuMais, Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth
  • Claire Randall Fraser, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Favorite Couple


  • Jack Seward and Anne Wilder, All through the Night by Connie Brockway
  • Michael Kenyon and Catherine Melbourne, Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney

  • Least-Favorites


    Most Disappointing Book


  • The Texan's Wager by Jodi Thomas

    Worst Book


  • Sand Pirates by Ellis Hoff
  • The Sword and the Flame by Patricia Phillips
  • Weston's Lady by Bobbi Smith

    Book with Most Purple Prose


  • Anything by Robin Schone

    Author I Have Given Up On


  • Johanna Lindsey

    Author Others Love That I Don't


  • Mary Balogh

    Most Annoying Lead Character


  • Lilac, Rejar by Dara Joy

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites


  • Outlander
  • by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Knight in Shining Armor
  • by Jude Deveraux
  • Sweet Starfire
  • by Jayne Ann Krentz

    Favorite Classic


  • Sense and Sensibility
  • by Jane Austen

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    Contemporary:


  • One Summer
  • by Karen Robards
  • Runaway Bay
  • by Lisa Hendrix

    American Historical:


  • Always to Remember
  • by Lorraine Heath

    European Historical:


  • Lord of Scoundrels
  • by Loretta Chase

    Medieval:


  • Dark Champion
  • by Jo Beverley
  • Last Arrow
  • by Marsha Canham
  • Enchanted, Forbidden, and Untamed
  • by Elizabeth Lowell

    Alternate Reality:


  • Sweet Starfire
  • by Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Lord of the Storm
  • by Justine Davis
  • Nighthawk
  • by Kristin Kyle
  • Heart Thief
  • by Robin Owens
  • Mermaid Series
  • by Jessica Bryan

    Category:


  • Out of the Dark
  • by Justine Davis
  • Lost Warriors
  • by Rachel Lee

  • Favorites by Plot Type

    Suspense:


  • In Death Series
  • by J.D. Robb
  • Daughter of the Game
  • by Tracy Grant

    Cabin or Road:


  • Out of Control
  • by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Texas Destiny
  • by Lorraine Heath

    Funny:


  • Bridal Favors
  • by Connie Brockway
  • One for the Money
  • by Janet Evanovich

    Sexy:


  • Worth Any Price
  • by Lisa Kleypas

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Reads:


  • Sweet Starfire
  • by Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Flowers from the Storm
  • by Laura Kinsale
  • As You Desire
  • by Connie Brockway

    Most-Hanky Reads:


  • Outlander Series
  • by Diana Gabaldon

    Guilty Pleasure:


  • Robin Schone

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Authors

  • Elizabeth Peters
  • Anne Perry
  • Jane Austen

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    Favorite Mysteries

  • Mary Russell Mysteries by Laurie King
  • Any Elizabeth Peters mystery

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • Son of Darkness by Josepha Sherman
  • War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
  • Kushiel Series by Jacqueline Carey


  • Favorite YA Books

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
  • Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • Black Jewel Series by Anne Bishop
  • Anne Perry's mysteries
  • Merry Gentry Series and Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters

    Books Most Often Reread

  • Any book by Laura Kinsale, Laurell K. Hamilton, Elizabeth Lowell, Jayne Ann Krentz, or Mary Jo Putney