I know a lot of romance readers got hooked on Jayne Ann Krentz and Judith McNaught, but I wasn’t one of them. I’m not sure if they were before my time or if because my mom didn't have them. (Though I will admit to reading Whitney My Love for the first time last year). When I was about 11 or 12 I did get hooked on my mom’s Harlequin category books which she thought she hid, obviously just not well enough. Looking back I’m pretty sure she read a lot of Presents and while that line is great it’s not one I read too much these days. I’m more of a Harlequin Intrigue or Blaze kind of girl. And I like my Blazes to have a touch of suspense or intrigue. I love internal conflict but all that external conflict really gets me going!
Until a few years ago romantic suspense has always been my go-to genre. Linda Howard introduced me to the fabulous genre with All the Queens Men and to this day that remains my all time favorite RS book. I discovered her while in college and since I switched majors a few times (from business to education to psychology) she was basically my only pleasure reading when I wasn’t devouring textbooks. In the past couple years I’ve come to love paranormal romance just as much and it seems paranormal and romantic suspense are more or less a blurred genre now anyways. Maybe that’s why I love it so much too. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot of genres: historicals, sci-fi romance, straight mysteries/thrillers, chick lit, military history books, fantasy, and so many more! However, my comfort read authors have pretty much remained steady. Once I fall in love with an author, I’m pretty damn loyal.
My comfort read authors are: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Linda Howard, Lisa Marie Rice, Kimberly Dean, Bonnie Vanak, JD Robb and while these two are fairly new, they’re both on my auto buy list now: Cynthia Eden and JR Ward.
What about y’all? Who do you turn to for romance reading comfort?
Btw, if you guys want to check out my alter ego’s new cover for my February Carina release, click here. I just have to show off this goodness because I’m so happy with it! Have a great weekend!