You Always Remember Your First

Last week I hijacked the comment section of Reese’s post about characters so I could rave about my favorites. I guess I probably should’ve saved some of that for my own post. Whoopsie.

I love reading. And I’ve been reading romance novels since I was twelve. So to ask me to blog about my favorite characters is kinda like asking me to choose between my two dogs—I can’t pick just one! Same goes with authors—I could talk about my first, La Nora, or the first who introduced me to erotic romance, Susan Johnson, or maybe my current glom onto author, Sarah Morgan. See? Not so easy.

irishthroroughbredI’ll start with my first. I recently re-read Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts, her first published story and the first romance novel I ever read. The heroine, Adelia “Dee” Cunnane, is someone who stays with you long after you finish reading the story. Her strength in the face of losing her home and country, her determination to find a place in this new, crazy world she’s found herself in. And then of course there’s the way she handles the hero, Travis Grant, who’s an overbearing alpha, typical for the 80s when the book was written. The way the two of the spark off each other still reads authentic to me decades later. You can never go wrong, IMO with a Nora Roberts book.


For a hero I have to go with Johnnie Carre, Laird of Ravensby, of Susan Johnson’s Outlaw. He is one of the best examples of a reformed rake. Ever. He starts the book as a rich, powerful, totally slutty, and completely charming Scotsman. And he ends the book the same way but *spoiler alert* totally in love with his wife. Actually he gets there by the middle of the book. The combination of the hero’s personal journey and the sizzling sex scenes has always put this book on my short list.

Warning: Outlaw is not for the faint of heart. The love scenes are scorching and imaginative. And oh man I gotta read this one again soon!

Johnnie reminds me of Sawyer, the hero of my next book Up In Knots currently in edits at Carina Press. Sawyer is very much a modern day rake. He’s an über famous dominant and a master of bondage. But when he meets the heroine who’s a perfect example of serious relationship pitfalls (she’s attempting to get back into the dating scene after the death of her boyfriend) he begins to fall under her spell. Although they start out in the pretext of him showing her around the kinky circuit, their relationship slowly morphs into so much more. I love reading (and writing!) about a rake falling in love. *le sigh*

Can you remember the first romance novel you read? Which characters still stick with you days or weeks later?


You Always Remember Your First — 8 Comments

  1. LOL. You didn’t hijack my post. It was a discussion, and I loved it. :-)

    Okay, here’s where I make a confession that will probably make romance writers everywhere weep…I’ve never read a Nora Roberts novel. I admire her greatly, I’ve even blogged about her. But I just haven’t gotten around to reading one of her many stories yet. So I’m open to Nora recommendations.

    I’m not typically an alpha-lovin’ girl, but Outlaw sounds sooo good. Adding it to my TBR list.

    • *gasp* I know La Nora isn’t for everyone. She has a tendency to head hop which with any other author drives me batty but for some reason it works with her. I can totally recommend the Donovan Legacy trilogy or the Born In Trilogy. I can go on lol!

  2. Gillian –

    I can’t remember the exact book, but my aunt gave me a huge trash bag full of Harlequin and Silhouette categories. Oh, and one book called something like Five Days and Six Nights that she’d probably die knowing I read at age eleven or so – LOL.

    Those early Nora books were keepers for me, and I’ve been hooked on romance ever since. One of my major thrills is finding a new author to love. Some of my recents include: Ruthie Knox, Jax Garren, Tamara Morgan and Macy Beckett!

    Thanks for the great post!

  3. *high-fives Gillian* I SOOOOO agree with what you said — you just can’t go wrong with a NR story. :) And yup, she was my “first time” too, but my tastes have definitely matured (along with the rest of me, heh). I’m *very* curious about UP IN KNOTS, it sounds great. Has Carina Press given you a release date yet?

    Great post, by the way!

    • Thanks, Stacy! I think Carina must have a huge backlog of BDSM stories because they accepted it in January and gave me a “early 2014” date. It’s hard for me to wait that long lol!

  4. I remember most the books I’ve read. I might not remember people I met but bring up a book I’ve read and I suddenly have a freakish memory. Some of my faves are Brodick “Ransome” by Julie Garwood, Matt “Paradise” and Zack “Perfect” by Judith McNaught and Ian “The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie.
    I love “Irish Thoroughbred” also. I thought the series was really good also.

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