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Nora Roberts

I'm extremely picky when it comes to romance novels. Extremely. If you don't have well-developed characters and a darn good plot to go with those sex scenes, then I certainly won't be reading your book. With that in mind, I felt I needed to make a post about my favorite romance writer, Nora Roberts. She's the only non-fantasy author who can hold my attention and make me want to read more.

Since Nora has written 175 books (and I haven't read them all yet), I decided to narrow my list down to my top ten. Many of these books are parts of trilogies and series, but I'm not listing them in order.

1) Entranced (The Donovan Legacy) - Give me a sexy psychic and I'm putty in your hands. Sebastian Donovan is sexy, engaging, and certainly not perfect. Just the way I like them. He and his intended Mel spar and sizzle as they hunt for a kidnapped baby. Very fun read.

2) Tears of the Moon (The Irish Trilogy) - This was the first Nora Roberts book I ever read, and I picked it up because Shawn Gallagher was a musician. I was hooked, though, when I met the novel's heroine, Brenna O'Toole, a fiesty redhead with an even worse temper. Brenna has quite a time getting Shawn's head out of the clouds and his focus on her.

3) Sea Swept (The Chesapeake Bay Saga) - This whole series is awesome. Great, great characters. Cameron has to give up his life of freedom to come home and raise his youngest adopted brother when his father dies. But social worker Anna could be another reason to stay as well.

4) Rising Tides (The Chesapeake Bay Saga) - I adore Ethan. He's quiet and reserved, and adorable. Ethan's memories of his childhood abuse causes him to keep childhood friend Grace at a distance.

5) Inner Harbor (The Chesapeake Bay Saga) - Phillip and Sybill are probably the most fun because they are so prim and proper in the beginning. It's fun to watch their relationship grow.

6) Chesapeake Blue (The Chesapeake Bay Saga) - Seth finally got his story, and it was so fun to see all the characters I love in the first three books again.

7) Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island Trilogy) - Believe it or not, this book spoke to me in volumes during the time in my life when I read it. I think I overidentified with Nell, even though I hadn't been in an abused relationship. Watching her grow in this story was fantastic.

8) Naked in Death - Technically, yes, she wrote this one under J.D. Robb, but Eve and Roarke are too much fun not to mention. Plus, the mystery held my attention the whole way through. Kept me guessing until the end.

9) The Three Fates - Three love stories rolled up into one large mystery...and every second was awesome to read. You cared about all of the characters and what would happen to them. Fantastic.

10) The Key Trilogy (Key of Light, Key of Knowledge, and Key of Valor) - Okay, so I cheated on this last one because I wanted to include the whole series. This one kept me enthralled the whole way through. Three women are chosen to find three keys to free the souls of three goddesses. Good, good stuff.

Seriously, if you need a good romance with interesting characters and a darn good plot for light beach reading, you can't go wrong with Nora Roberts. You just can't.

Comments

aglarelen
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Well, can you blame me? *grin*
dragonsinger
Jul. 6th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
This is true. Now write more fic.;)
aglarelen
Jul. 6th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
I am! *lol*