The ladies over at Breezing Through have begun (or adopted from one of their individual blogs) a Top 3 meme — listing the 3 favorite books from a particular author. And they began with Nora Roberts, queen of contemporary romance.
It was a lot harder than I expect to narrow my favorites down to three. Given her huge backlist (100+ books in print), maybe I should not have been so surprised.
After an initial scan of all the books I liked enough to consider keepers, I had to be ruthless. Technically, the Eve Dallas books aren’t by Nora Roberts but by JD Robb, so Naked in Death was culled from the list even though it is my absolute favorite. But it was published under a pseudonym, not under her NR name. And then I made myself pick the absolute favorite single title from my favorite trilogies or series. In the end, it all came down to characters rather than plot.
Montana Sky — Ben and Willa made this book, along with the setting, which felt very original at the time.
Born in Fire — Maggie is an unapologetic bitch, and I like that about her. Rogan is the prototype for Roarke.
Midnight Bayou — Declan Fitzpatrick + gender swap FTW!
Other honorable mentions:
- The Chesapeake Series, especially Rising Tides
- The Search
- The rest of the Born in Series
- Northern Lights
- Luring A Lady (old SSE category)