Victoria Janssen: My Favorite Books

Last update 22 October 2009.

My store, which compiles romances by my favorite authors.

Here is my Research Wish List, which is always growing and changing.

I've been a romance and erotica reader for about ten years now, especially historical romance, and thought I'd share some of the best of what I've read.

I love reading academic studies of the romance genre. One of the most accessible is Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.

A Natural History of the Romance Novel offers useful ways to look at the structure of romance novels.

These are on my current wishlist: Good-Bye Heathcliff: Changing Heroes, Heroines, Roles, and Values in Women's Category Romances (Contributions in Women's Studies)

The Woman's Historical Novel: British Women Writers, 1900-2000

Empowerment versus Oppression: Twenty First Century Views of Popular Romance Novels

Historical Romance Fiction

One of my main influences in the genre is romance writer Laura Kinsale, who has some of the most cracktastic--and emotionally compelling--books I've ever read.

Flowers from the Storm

The Shadow and the Star

Midsummer Moon

Seize the Fire


The Prince of Midnight

Carla Kelly fostered my love of the so-called "beta hero," sometimes known as the "nice guy."

She has new books in 2009! The Surgeon's Lady (Harlequin Historical Series)

Marrying The Captain (Harlequin Historical Series)

Beau Crusoe (Harlequin Historical Series)

This one is waiting for me on the To Be Read pile: Here's to the Ladies: Stories of the Frontier Army

Another of my influences is Judith Ivory/Judy Cuevas. My favorites of her novels are Dance and Untie My Heart.

Mary Balogh has written many genre-bending Regency-set historicals, such as A Precious Jewel and The Secret Pearl. Other favorites of mine include A Summer to Remember and her recent release, First Comes Marriage.

Jo Beverley is another consistent favorite author: A Most Unsuitable Man features class issues along with the romance, Christmas Angel is a truly excellent Marriage of Convenience novel, and Forbidden includes that rarity, a virgin hero.

Pam Rosenthal writes complex and sexy historicals:

Almost A Gentleman (Brava Historical Romance)

The Bookseller's Daughter

The Edge of Impropriety

Connie Brockway is just plain fun. I love her sense of humor.

As You Desire

The Bridal Season

Bridal Favors

Loretta Chase is an expert at witty banter.

Mr. Impossible

Miss Wonderful (Carsington Family Series)

Lord Perfect (Carsington Family Series)

This classic Chase novel mingles humor and deft twists on tropes of historical romance: Lord of Scoundrels

Meredith Duran is a recent discovery:

Bound by Your Touch

Written on Your Skin

This is Duran's first novel, which I liked a lot: The Duke of Shadows

Sherry Thomas is a great prose stylist:

Private Arrangements


Elizabeth Hoyt's novels are getting better and better:

The Raven Prince

The Leopard Prince

The Serpent Prince

To Taste Temptation (The Legend of the Four Soldiers)

To Seduce A Sinner (The Legend of the Four Soldiers)

Harlequin Spice

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