Jeaniene Frost is back with the second installment in her Broken Destiny series. The Sweetest Burn reunites readers with Ivy and Adrian, who are attempting to resist their growing attraction to each other while also finding a weapon to repair the wall that separates the human and demon realms. Readers looking for even more supernatural fun are in for a treat. To celebrate the book’s publication, Frost shared a list of a few of her favorite romance authors.
It’s always hard for me to pick favorites in any category. That difficulty increases immensely when asked to pick favorite romances or romance couples. I’ve been reading for over three decades, so as you can imagine, I’ve had lots of favorites. I’ve also probably forgotten at least a half of them because my memory is, shall we say, not the best. In fact, I’m sure I’ll kick myself later for leaving some names out, but in the meantime, here are some new favorites as well as a shout-out to my very first romance—listed alphabetically by the author’s last name.
This will be blasphemy to Ilona Andrews’ legion of Kate Daniels fans, but I actually like the Hidden Legacy romance series a wee bit more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still all about Kate and Curran’s adventures, but have you met Nevada and Rogan? Nevada is a truth-seeker with other magical talents she’s just starting to learn about, and “Mad” Rogan is a telekinetic Prime who can take down cities, but whose psyche is in tatters. I love this new world of magic, Primes, and Houses, but even more than that, I love Nevada and Rogan’s dynamic as a couple. To quote the title of their second book—and reveal how corny I am—together, Nevada and Rogan are White Hot.
Okay, so she’s an urban fantasy author, but I’ll be blunt: as fabulous as Patricia Briggs’ worldbuilding is—and it is—I read her for the relationships. I’ll start with Charles and Anna in the Alpha and Omega series. Even though this series has been out for years, I only recently discovered it, and devoured the first several books as if they were candy and I was a kid on Halloween. Werewolves Anna and Charles seem to be polar opposites when you first meet them, but as the books progress, you can see that they are each other’s true match. The next Alpha and Omega novel can’t come out soon enough. I’m also making my way through the Mercy Thompson series, and I love Mercy and Adam, too.
I remember hearing Kresley Cole’s name over and over in glowing recommendations when I was first published. Of course I had to check her out, and I started with the first Immortals After Dark book. No surprise to Cole’s many fans, it was love at first read! I tore into the rest of the Immortals After Dark books as fast as I could. I love how Cole combines steamy romance with laugh-out-loud humor, a host of paranormal creatures, and zany side characters (Nix, I adore you!). If you haven’t read any of the Immortals After Dark series yet, you are missing out.
Gena Showalter doesn’t know this, but she emailed me my first fan letter. I didn’t even realize it back then, either. I was too delighted to get my very first “I loved it!” note about my debut novel to notice that it came from another author. But enough about that, and I won’t mention what a sweetheart she is, either. Let’s talk about Showalter’s marvelous Lords of the Underworld series. I love love love the premise: immortal warriors cursed to carry demons from Pandora’s Box after they opened it. Each book features a new couple, and in addition to the sizzling romance, the worldbuilding and characters get more complex and addictive the further you get into it. Careful, this series is book crack!
How can I fail to mention the author and series that introduced me to the romance genre in the first place? I might’ve swiped my mother’s copy of Skye O’Malley when I was way too young to read it, but I have no regrets. Not only was that book my introduction to the romance genre, it also introduced me to romances following the same character(s) and strong heroines of the genre. Thank you, Bertrice Small, from a grateful, lifelong romance reader.
Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.