The romance reader’s book tag

I found this tag and couldn’t resist.  I mean, it’s like it was made for me!

This tag was started by Not Just Romance Novels and Romance Queen of Booktube.

What age did you start to read romance novels?
In my late teens.  Up until then, my favourite genre was fantasy.  I loved Anne McCaffrey in particular.

If you could pick one hero to meet from your favourite romance novels, who would it be and why?
Hmm…  This is different from ‘who is your favourite hero’.  It’s one thing to enjoy a character as the hero in someone else’s story, but another to actually want to meet him.  I think I’d like to meet Tristan Lavelle from The World As He Sees It by A M Arthur.  He fascinates me.  He’s such an interesting character and I think he’d be fun, not intimidating.

The World As He Sees It (Perspectives #2)






Who are your favourite romance authors and why?
I like authors who can make me forget that I’m reading a book.  Captivating action, or intriguing characters.
Authors who I’ve read multiple times and ranked highly include A M Arthur, Maya Banks, Patricia Briggs, Mercy Celeste, Dianne Duvall, Barbara Elsborg, Tammy Falkner, Andrew Grey, Hannah Howell, Sloane Kennedy, Tempeste O’Riley, Jaime Reese, R J Scott and Nalini Singh.

What is a favourite romance novel to re-read?
Oh, I did this for #T5W in favourites I’d like to revisit.  But the ones I’ve re-read the most are probably Morganna by Jackie Ivie and Whispers In The Dark by Maya Banks.

Morganna (The Brocade, #4) Whispers in the Dark (KGI, #4)

What book would you recommend to a non-romance reader?
Well that very much depends on what genre they normally read.  If they were a fantasy reader, I’d definitely recommend Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker trilogy.  It’s a fabulous fantasy series, but with a wonderful romance wound through it.

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #1) Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #2) Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #3)

Which is your favourite – contemporary, suspense or historical, and why?
Hmm, there are far more subgenres of romance than just those three.  I like to read a variety.  I started with mostly historical, but these days the majority that I read are contemporary.  I do like some suspense.  I also like m/m books.  I also like some military ones.  Definitely fantasy and paranormal ones, including shapeshifters, healers, psychics and more.  And sometimes a mixture!  A romance novel can have more than one subgenre.


Do you read romance novels?  Let me know some of your favourite authors and subgenres.  And feel free, of course, to do this tag in your own blog.

Looking back over 2018 and forward to 2019 (but it’s all about the books)

I’ve seen a few ‘recaps of 2018 reading’ posts, and a few ‘reading plans for 2019’ posts and I figured I’d just combine them!

Goodreads reading goal:
Total number of books read in 2018:
112.  Yeah, it’s not bad, but I missed my goal by a mere 8 books!

Average rating for 2018: 3.7 out of 5.  That’s pretty good for an average actually, I think!

My five star books for 2018:
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Auctioned by Cara Dee
Riven by Roan Parrish
For Real by Alexis Hall
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh

The big disappointments of 2018:
His Obsession by Violet Noir
Match Day by Mercy Celeste
Cowboy Outcasts by Stacey Espino
Dragon Desire by Amelia Jade
No Fear by Nora Phoenix
No Shame by Nora Phoenix

Favorite passages/quotes from books I read in 2018:

‘Upon entering, we were served champagne, which I sipped once before putting it down, because it tasted like a thousand smarmy assholes.’ – Lev by Belle Aurora

‘There in the distance was St Paul’s Cathedral, pointing up into the sky like a silicone-stuffed Hollywood breast.’ – Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell

‘It wasn’t the guy, or his smile, or the sound of his voice. It was the promise of the dream. And, at the time, he probably would have accepted that from a three-legged iguana shifter if it had been able to speak that promise to him.’ – A Chosen Man by Jaime Reese

‘He imagined he would be crapping sugar cubes at any moment.’ – A Chosen Man by Jaime Reese

‘Wall didn’t know shit about computers, programming, and wouldn’t be able to find the dark web in a well-lit room.’ – A Chosen Man by Jaime Reese

Goodreads reading goal for 2019: 120 (because I’m an eternal optimist!)

Books on my TBR pile:
Unwritten Law by Eden Finley (56% read)
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
Shadow Touch by Marjorie M Liu (87% read)
Dark Longing by Aja James
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Globejotting by Dave Fox (67% read)
Play of Passion by Nalini Singh (21% read)
The Proposal by Mary Balogh
The Healer and the Warrior by Bekah Clark
Tiger Eye by Marjorie M Liu

What’s on your TBR list for 2019?