Have you read every book by Nora Roberts? (A quick Google query of “how many books has Nora Roberts written?” returns with more than 200...and obviously counting!). If you have read them all, my hat is off to you, because that is seriously impressive.
I, for one, have just barely scraped the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Nora Roberts books. And while I've enjoyed nearly all the Roberts books that I’ve read, there are some that draw me back for repeated enjoyment.
Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Quite honestly, the first time I read this book, parts of it scared the heck out of me. Not that the book is particularly scary, but sometimes my imagination doesn’t need much to be led down frightening paths: Murdered wives, cursed and/or haunted houses, ghosts with an agenda? Yeah, that can freak me out. I could just imagine being in that house, alone, with rooms I was too afraid to enter. Doors opening and closing, water running, and the “cold chill” factor only increase the likelihood that I wouldn’t have made it past the first night. For me, the ghost story was the star of this show, even though I did enjoy the romance between Declan and Lena. There were times when she got on my very last nerve with her stubbornness. I never really felt like she had a reason for behaving the way she did. But the rest of the book was so compelling, however, it overcame my usual heroine problem. As a person who has only been a visitor to New Orleans, I can’t say if Roberts truly captured the feel of someone living in the place. It felt like what I saw there as a visitor, though. One of my favorites.
The Three Sisters Trilogy
Again with the supernatural? Yes. Yes, I love the supernatural. I started out on fantasy fiction, so the supernatural is my natural instinct. Give me a prophecy, some evil and I’m good. Throw in a quest, and I may be yours for life! Face the Fire is my favorite of the trilogy, but all three books bring the romance. The premise reminded me of Jennifer Roberson’s shapechanger series, in that each link of the prophecy chain involved romantic matches being made. IThe fate of the world literally rests on love connections in this series. What could be more awesome than that?
Chesapeake Bay series
I actually started this series at the end, with Chesapeake Blue, and once I finished it, I knew I had to go back and read the first three titles. It was also my first foray (I think) into family series in romance. Oh, sure, they’d existed long before I discovered them, but this was the first time they came on my radar. It was the first time I’d realized that even if you like one of the books in a series, it isn’t complete until you’ve read them all. My favorite book of this series is Rising Tides, which makes me cry every time I read it. (That’s a good thing!)
Next on the Nora list for me to read are the Wedding Quartet books. What are your favorite Nora Roberts books?
Robin Bradford is a lawyer, a librarian and, most importantly, a Nora Roberts novice. You can check her out on Twitter @tuphlos, On Unpaged, or on the new blog Collection Reflection