Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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Favorite Romance Book
I started reading romance novels when my cousin introduced them to me at age 12. It was a sneaky thing we did, and I wasn't sure if I should be reading them. But my cousin convinced me I would love them so I looked at the three she brought over and picked one. I chose The Emerald Swan by Jane Feather. It didn't do much for me. So I chose the one my cousin liked the most next, So Worthy, My Love. Well that did it. I glommed through Kathleen E. Woodiwiss' backlist, and pronounced Shanna my favorite of the lot.
Now fourteen years later, it is safe to say that I have read a lot of novels with a strong romance center. I'd say most of the ones I read are solid three star books, entertaining in the moment but not something I am going to remember always. I am very much someone who can read a three star romance, and pick it up and reread it three years later having forgotten most of the plots. Thus, to make it to my favorites shelf is a place of honor, not just for romances, but I'd say on average it's harder for romances to get there. Let me rundown a few.
To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James
Dance with the Devil by Sherilyn Kenyon
The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne
Soulless by Gail Carriger
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
and still Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.
And honestly these are both a)books that I have deemed favorites that I remembered to mark when cataloging and/or b)ones that I have read since starting to record what I read on GR in 2007.
There are probably others that should be here, but its what I feel when I am shelving. Hopefully as I ever so slowly move things to BL from GR I can rethink my faves, but as of now here it stands.