Julia Quinn – The Bridgerton series
The series that started my downfall – fantastic dialogue, lovely characters that you really care about, I’ve always loved the subplots that run through each book.
Jennifer Ashley – The Mackenzie’s
One book at she was in my top three favorite writers of all time. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie changed my entire viewpoint. There has never been a more flawed hero or one more ready for the reader to fall madly in love with. Her character development is masterful.
Stephanie Laurens – The Bastion Club series, the Cynsters series
These heros are ones to fall in love with for sure.
Jennifer Blake – The Master’s at Arms series
A departure from my ususal – these all take place in romantic New Orleans just before the start of the Spanish American War.
Brenda Joyce – the de Warenne Dynasty series
Follows the rise of the family from 1069 through eleven books. Really fascinating and the research is amazing.
Celeste Bradley – The Heiress Brides series, The Liars Club series, The Royal Four Series
I waiting anxiously for each of these to come out. Really great characters and the stories are fun.
Candace Camp – The Matchmaker Series
These had such a great twist on the genre of matchmaking. I rooted for all the right people and was thrilled at how she wound up the series
Teresa Medeiros – The Kane/Cabot Vampire Series, The Fairy Tale Series
My first of the Vampire subgenre and I really liked the twist on the norm.
Johanna Lindsey – the Mallory series
I loved these heros. They made me laugh and fall in love with them. I modeled a bit of my characters after these fantastic gentlemen.
Lisa Kleypas – The Wallflower series, the Hathaways/Gypsy series
After reading these I wanted a Gypsy. Yes indeed. And the ladies from the first series and so funny and plucky you just wanted them to win so badly.
Anna Campbell – Tempt the Devil, Captive of Sin
I was assigned these two books as a reader for a contest. I love her characters – they are all so flawed and fantastic. I encourage you to check her out.
Rachel Gibson – Her hockey player series and all the rest as well
I don’t read a whole lot of contemporary romance but the minute Rachel has a new book coming out, I’m at the store drumming on the door waiting for it to open.
Vicki Lewis Thompson – The Nerd Series
The other contemporary author I follow closely. I’ve made everyone I can force to, read this series, and to a one they’ve been happy I did. So darn fun and witty and unexpected. Nerds – not your typical romantic heros. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Nerd in Shining Armor. I promise you’ll be happy you did.