The Go-Tos:

Authors that I can count on to always publish amazing novels.

Ilona Andrews

Elizabeth Boyle

Tessa Dare

Elizabeth Hoyt

Courtney Milan

Julia Quinn

 

No Idiot Awards:

Romance novels allow for a specific amount of melodrama that has nothing to do with the real world. Decisions are overly dramatic, backstories seem too simplistic, and all problems are solved by love in the end. Romance readers accept this. 

There may be well written books that fit within these parameters. There are some, however, who rise above the rest. These books have characters that make sound, logical decisions. They work efficiently. They process information. They take action that seems more like what a human would do, rather than a romance character. They can argue. They can be smart. Side characters have more depth than being a sidekick or obstacle.

The appearance of sense is so pleasantly surprising to me, that I feel like there should be an award for the books. I call it the No Idiot Award because there isn’t once where I want to smack the character in the head and tell them to get over themselves. The heroine specifically is not an idiot; others might be, too.

Liz Carlyle: In Love with a Wicked Man

Courtney Milan – Brothers Sinister series.

 

Authors I am Cautiously Courting

I like their books, but still waiting to be wowed, or disappointed, whichever comes first.

Mary Balogh

Lenora Bell

Loretta Chase

Authors I Broke Up With:

Dannika Dark. What did it: Keystone.

Christine Feehan. What did it: Dark Challenge.

Jacqueline Frank: Seduce Me in Dreams

Eliosa James: Seven Minutes in Heaven

Sherrilyn Kenyon: Born of Shadows

Audiobook Narrators I Broke Up With:

Can’t stand their voices. I’m sorry. Just no.

Tavia Gilbert. Reads for: Jeaniene Frost, Katie MacAlister

Lucy Rayner. Reads for: Julia Quinn, Splendid trilogy