I think all authors are also book-hoarders. I have a closet with bookshelves from ceiling to floor and both are stuffed to the brim and overflowing. Some are books I’ve kept since I was in high school, others are research books, and some are new authors I’ve discovered through word of mouth. I tend to read a little of everything, and when I’m working on my own historical romances, I like to read paranormal romance.
The first romance I ever devoured was The Maiden by Jude Deveraux. It was medieval, set in a fictional country, and I was completely hooked from page one. I went on to read all of Jude’s books, and spent many happy hours reading and re-reading her historical romances.
While Jude’s stories were the ones that hooked me on romance, it was LaVyrle Spencer who held me in awe. The emotional complexity of her stories held me spellbound, and I’ve read her books so many times, they are falling apart. Favorites include: Morning Glory, a WWII-set story about an ex-con and a pregnant widow who shuns the town; The Endearment, a mail-order bride story; and Vows, which featured a heroine who wanted to be a veterinarian. Even now, I can re-read these books and find something new to savor. If LaVyrle ever comes out of retirement to write a new book, I’ll be first in line to buy it.
There are two series in the paranormal world that I adore. First, JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and in particular, Lover Awakened is my all-time favorite. It’s a Beauty and the Beast story, but with a paranormal twist. And as far as tortured heroes go, Zsadist is one messed-up hero….which makes it all the more delicious when he earns his happy ending.
The second paranormal series I’ve enjoyed is Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. The first book, Dark Fever, featured a heroine who reminded me of Elle from Legally Blonde. When MacKayla tries to find out who murdered her sister, she discovers an apocalyptic world of things that go bump in the night¬—and her manicure will never be the same. It’s a funny, suspenseful series that grabs you by the throat and the transformation of MacKayla is amazing. I loved every minute of it, and was thankful I hadn’t started the series until Moning had finished the last book. I read all of them in a week.
These are some of my favorite books, and I hope you’ll try some of them!
Thanks so much to Michelle Willingham for sharing these fantastic recommendations. I asked Michelle to particpate in this feature because her tortured hero in Tempted by the Highland Warrior really hit my sweet spot. The guy was so tortured he lost the ability to speak!! It was a great love story and a Highlander book and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that you check it out.
In the meantime, I must say that I am also a huge fan of Karen Marie Moning. So much so that I invited her to participate here as well. Unfortunately, she is crazy-busy with the upcoming Iced release. But she offered to provide a signed copy of Fever Moon to give away to one of you! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win. US/CAN only.
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