Ask Dr. (Not Really But I Play One on TV) Sonja Foust, Romance Author

Okay, Sonja Foust: For my Popular Materials class I have to read “at least one” Romance novel. If I wanted to maximize the amount of fun I have, what would you recommend? I tend to enjoy paranormal and historicals. –Kimberly

If you want something that is both paranormal and historical, my rec is The Vampire Who Loved Me by Teresa Medeiros. It’s set in Victorian England but it has vampires, and actually a little bit of a Buffy feel to it. Cute and funny.

For historicals, the best one I’ve read in a long time is The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne. I also loved Swept Away by a Kiss by Katharine Ashe and The Truth About Lord Stoneville by Sabrina Jeffries. If I remember correctly, all of those are Regency England. (The Spymaster’s Lady might not be Regency– I can’t remember. It’s partly in France, too.)

For paranormal contemporary, I would go with Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra.

All of these are super fun and have great, memorable characters. I think The Vampire Who Loved Me is probably the most funny-haha, but the other ones have some good humor, too. The Spymaster’s Lady is probably the darkest of them, but, you know, it’s still a romance. They all live happily ever after.

Hope that helps!