The good thing about The Broke and the Bookish is that we have a wide variety of reviewers each with a wide array of reading tastes. Hopefully we show that through our reviews. The Top Ten Tuesday lists, though, we try to make broad enough so that people of any taste can take part and put their own spin on it. That’s why you never see “Top Non-Fiction Books” because not everyone reads that and can come up with 10.
That brings me to my point. I read romance, specifically historical romance. It is my go to genre when I am feeling, well anything. Since we are never going to have a top ten list featuring this, I thought I may list for you some of my favorites.
I decided to list my auto-buy authors and my favorite books by them instead of just the books. Choosing a favorite book from these authors was just not going to cut it.
Julia’s Auto-Buy Romance Authors
1. Eloisa James
I love reading her novels because you can tell how much she actually knos when reading them. Ms. James is actually a Shakespeare scholar in her day job so she has no aversion to getting down and dirty in history. The things that she slips in there seem so genuine. I also love that you can tell how much time and research she puts into something even just for the little things.
Books I Love: When Beauty Tamed the Beast, A Duke of her Own, The Taming of the Duke
2. Laura Lee Guhrke
Ms. Guhrke sets her books during the Victorian era. After bingeing on all the Regency romance there is out there, it is fun to read one of her books and see the heroine jump on a train or ride a motor car. Her characters usually have a uniqueness too them that make them stand apart from the countless that I have read.
Books I Love: Scandal of the Year, And Then He Kissed Her, Secret Desires of a Gentleman
3. Elizabeth Hoyt
Ms. Hoyt blows me away with her series. I gobble each new one up like a Thanksgiving turkey. So far I have completed two of the series and each was just brilliant. She always throws in something super sultry, too, but never in a way that is forcing it. She, too, has some unique time periods, but mostly 1700 England which again is something that I don't see too much of.
Books I Love: Notorious Pleasures, To Taste Temptation, The Serpent Prince
4. Julia Quinn
Her books are hilarious. They always make me burst out laughing in inappropriate places. Ms. Quinn’s characters are very timeless and stick with you. Though her most famous series is one of 8 children and spouses, I can remember each and their personality quite distinctly, like they were family.
Books I Love: On the Way to the Wedding, The Duke and I, What Happens in London
5. Teresa Medieros
Ms. Medieros runs the gamut on what she writes within romance. I’ve read vampire, Scottish highlands, fairy tales, time travels..so many different sub-genres of romance covered. Knowing that I love her writing, this broadens what I read in romance. I think it is how I got on a vampire kick.
Books I Love: The Vampire Who Loved Me, Yours Until Dawn, Shadows and Lace
Because of the recent Borders closings I stocked up on some new (super cheap) romances so maybe next year at this time I will have more to add to this list. There is one, Jennifer Ashley, who is quickly turning into an auto-buy, so we will see what happens.
So I am curious. Who are your favorite auto-buy romance authors? In fact, who in general are your auto-buy authors?
I absolutely love this list. I don't read romance much anymore, but when I do - surprisingly, it's hard to find recommendations. I really like the historical romance novels.ReplyDelete
My auto-buy romance authors are (in no particular order):ReplyDelete
1. Victoria Alexander
2. Stephanie Laurens
3. Johanna Lindsey
4. Linda Lael Miller
5. Julie Garwood (For the Roses was my first romance novel!)
I haven't read anything by most of the authors on your list, and I think I've only read maybe one thing by Teresa Medieros - I'll have to check some of them out!
Great idea for a list.ReplyDelete
Jennifer Crusie is my only auto-buy romance author, and Terry Pratchett my only other auto-buy author.
Unfortunately Crusie has announced she is not writing romance any more, and Pratchett's career may come to an end any day due to his Alzheimer's.
Laura Lee Guhrke is also an auto-buy author for me. I've read that one book of Eloisa James and really enjoyed it, but I haven't tried anything else by her yet.ReplyDelete
Some others of mine would be Gwyn Cready (romance); Beth Kery (erotic romance); and, in paranormal romance, Kresley Cole, Kerrelyn Sparks, Jeaniene Frost & JR Ward, to name a few that come to mind.
Love your list! I'd take all of yours and add Lisa Kleypas and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Oh, and Deidre Martin. And Rachel Gibson and Mary Balogh and Julie James. Hmm...looking at this, I'm thinking I have a serious problem. ;) Great discussion post!ReplyDelete
Love this post, Julia! I don't read romance at ALL..like I'm afraid of it I think lol. Maybe afraid I'll actually like it? BUT if I call myself an eclectic reader I guess I should give it a whirl..so I will most certainly be using this post as reference!ReplyDelete
Great post! For romance, I auto-buy anything and everything Nora Roberts writes as either herself or JD Robb. I also auto-buy Jayne Anne Krentz, who writes as herself, as Jayne Castle, and as Amanda Quick. I love that she writes historical, futuristic, and contemporary using three different names, and some series even span all three of her genres! I highly recommend them.ReplyDelete
I auto-buy Lynn Kurland. My list of romance reads is really, really eclectic. I have quite a few Jude Deveraux... Thanks for the recommendations!ReplyDelete
I absolutely ADORE Julia Quinn. She is one of my all-time favorite romance authors.ReplyDelete
Other favorites are Lisa Kleypas, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught & Sarah Maclean, though Tessa Dare is starting to becoming a favorite too :)
I'm very new to romance, but I do love Linda Lael Miller, and would happily pick up any of her stuff. :)ReplyDelete
I have read Duchess by Night by Eloisa James. Loved it but could never remember the author after selling it back.ReplyDelete
Reading your list jogged my memory. I think my next buy will be a Eloisa James book.
I'm so glad you did this post!! I LOVE historical romance! Two of my favourite authors are Sophie Jordan (perhaps better known for her YA, but she writes AMAZING historical romance!) and Sarah MacLean, whose Love By Numbers series is a must-read!ReplyDelete
I'll have to check those on this post out! :)
auto-buy? i'm a romance reader, too. kristan higgins, susan mallery, julia quinn, meg cabot -- these ladies never let me down. ~dixieReplyDelete
I pretty much love this post. I'm new to romance, but really enjoy it and like you definitely stocked up at Borders. I also try to stock up when the library does sales.ReplyDelete
Anyways my auto-buy romance authors are: Sarah Maclean, Tessa Dare, Jennifer Cruise, and Kristan Higgins!