This month’s feature blog post is about the very prolific author Nora Roberts. I first started reading Roberts when I was in high school and just getting started in romance. I really feel like her books have shaped what I enjoy in romance novels. I took a brief hiatus from reading her books through college but I recently got back into them and I’m mad that I ever stopped! Needless to say, I have a lot of catching up to do but I’ll suffer for my art.
Genre: Romance (pretty much all the sub-genres)
Book Count: 225+
Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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How I Found the Author
As I said above, I began reading Nora Roberts in high school after I checked out one of her books at the public library. I honestly can’t say which of her books I read first (and I really wish I could) but I do know that I was immediately sucked into her stories and quickly moved onto her magical based trilogies (Key Trilogy, Three Sisters Island) and her family series (Quinn Brothers, Stanislaskies). I learned what amazing character development was while reading her books and I think this is why the characters are so important to me in a romance. Thankfully my public library had pretty much all her books so I started working my way through them. Since I took some years off I haven’t read every Nora Roberts book but it’s on my bucket list (nerdy, I know) and I’ll get there one day.
Why I Love the Author
One of the great things about Nora Roberts is that if you like her writing then there’s books in just about all the romance sub-genres. That variety helps to keep things interesting and as a reader it gives me more options when deciding what to read next. Now I’ll be the first to attempt that Roberts has a writing style that doesn’t work for everyone but for me it’s divine. I get so sucked into her books and while the detail can sometimes be over the top I really feel like I know the characters, their towns, and their problems. My favorite part of any romance is the characters and I love lots of development and growth and I know I’ll get that in a Roberts book. I’ve fallen in love with so many of her characters that it’s ridiculous. I may not 5 star every Roberts book I read but I know that I’ll at least enjoy the book while I’m reading it.
- Massive backlist and variety of genres
- Deep dives into characters
- Families and friendships that are supportive and real
- Competent Heroes and Heroines
Favorite Books by the Author
Sea Swept: This is probably my all time favorite Nora Roberts book and it sets up one of my favorite series by her, the Chesapeake Bay Saga. I loved the idea of four adopted brothers being brought back home to care for a new “brother” after their father dies. Cameron Quinn was also my first bad boy crush so he holds a special place in my heart.
The Witness: This was one of the first books I read when I got back into Nora Roberts books and I loved it. It’s a lot longer than her 1990s and early 2000s books but I loved the depth of character we got because of it. Abigail was quirky, super intelligent, and brutally honest and it gave me some great laughs.
The Heart of Devin MacKade: I really enjoy the whole MacKade Brothers series but there was something special about Devin. He’s your classic honorable, protective, and gentle hero and this really hit home for me in my early romance days. It was also one of the first few books I read that had children that were well written and believable.
Night Shield: I’m a sucker for a fake relationship romance and apparently I’ve always been that way because I devoured Ally and Jonah’s relationship. The Night Tales series covers Nora Robert’s early works of suspense romance and I was certainly hooked. Ally was a perfect example of a tough and competent heroine.