Contemporary

Humorous

Emma Chase - Tangled was brilliant!
Lauren Layne - Love all her books
Christina Lauren - Beautiful Bastard was superb!
Julie James - Her lawyers are the best. Heat level is sensual as opposed to hot.
Jill Shalvis
Sarah Morgan
Rachel Gibson - Love her older stuff
Erin Nicholas
Jana Aston
Kristan Higgins - Her women fiction's stories are simply the best. Heat level is on the sweet side.
Penny Reid
Julie Anne Long - She's now writing smalltown romances
Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Her older stuff is great. Haven't read her in a bit though.
Deirdre Martin - If you love hockey, you'll want to give Deirdre's books a try. Although it's been 4 years since she's had a new book out.
Alice Clayton - Her tagline is Welcome to the Crazy, which says it all.
Stephanie Haefner - Steamy and Sassy
Sally Kilpatrick - Sweet, quirky Southern fiction set in small towns. Wonderful writer and person.

Angsty

Colleen Hoover - She's beloved for her new adult novels. Brings the "feels" with every book.
Beverley Kendall - My new adult romances fall in this category. I have a particularly soft spot for Trapped and Forever With You.
Lisa Desrochers - I cannot tell you how much I loved her Too Far series. A Little Too Far was great. A Little Too Hot was off the charts great.
Tammara Webber - Easy. Easy. God I loved that book. Also loved her prior new adult series Between the Lines.
Abbi Glines - Does new adult high drama like no one else.
Brenna Aubrey - started with high drama with her Gaming the System series featuring an online virginity auction. Great writer.

Emotional

Samantha Young - On Dublin Street is my fave of hers.
Sarah Mayberry - one of my faves. Within Reach wrenched my heart. Love that book.
Sophie Jordan - Loved loved her new adult series, especially Foreplay. Wonderful writer.
Corinne Michaels - Swoony, sexy goodness, is what I've heard.
Natasha Moore - Currently writing about older couples.
Kaily Hart - Steamy (love scenes), sweet (the romance). Raw and real.
Kate Pearce - sexy Westerns
Farrah Rochon - Heat level may vary and sometimes there's a dash of fun and light.
J.D. Burrows - steamy, women's fiction.

Hot Hot Hot

Whitney G - I'll never forget Reasonable Doubt. That was the book that sucked me in. The snark is real. The sex is even better.
Maya Banks
Sylvia Day - Killed it with her Crossfire series.
Sidney Bristol - BDSM with external plot

Intrigue/Suspense

Katie Reus
Callie J. Brookes - the romance is a slow burn
Kimberley Troutte - high drama
Maya Banks - She writes in multiple romance subgenres.
Sidney Bristol

Dark/Edgy

Mia Sheridan - definitely angsty too. Explores some very dark themes. Painful really. Sex is in the sweet category. Not going to be for all romance readers.

Historical

Humorous

Tessa Dare - love scenes are hot and her stories tug at the heart
Sarah MacLean - great emotional drama and heat.
Meghan Frampton
Lisa Kleypas - will never forget her Wallflower series
Maggie Robinson - Love her. She also brings the heat.
Karen Hawkins- Brawny Scots are her thing. She also writes contemporary romances.
Julia Quinn - Generally, her Regencies are light-hearted but can bring the heat when she wants. When He Was Wicked is a fine example of that.
Vanessa Kelly - Regencies that sizzle and are very romantic. Wonderful writer and person, and a fellow Canadian. ;)
Suzanne Enoch

Emotional

Beverley Kendall - Dark broody heroes? Check. Hot love scenes? Check. My goal, if not to make you cry, is to at least make you sniffle and laugh the odd time. :)
Joanna Shupe - a new favorite of mine. Loved her Knickerbocker Club series.
Lisa Kleypas - will never forget her Wallflower series. Devil in Winter and It Happenned One Autumn are my absolute faves.
Sherry Thomas - One of the best historical romance authors out there. Her prose is unparalleled. IMO, The Luckiest Lady in London is her best book to date.
Christina Dodd - Writes in multiple genres.
Lorretta Chase - Still can't forget Lord of Scoundrels. Love that book!
Meredith Duran - Fantastic writer
Courtney Milan - Fabulous writer. Unveiled is my fave book of hers.
Lorraine Heath - What can I say? Love her!! Rarely lets me down.
Lori Brighton- My dearest friend and a wonderful writer. Pushes the boundaries with her stories.
Stephanie Laurens
Johanna Lindsey - Love her older stuff. Her Mallory series was the glorious series of my youth. Sadly, she doesn't have a website.
Julie Anne Long - What I Did For a Duke will forever be my fave of hers.
Anna Campbell - a departure from her early books, Anna now writes intensely romantic stories but still brings the heat with a nice dash of humor.
Kate Noble
Darcy Burke
Jennifer McQuiston - Jen is local to me and both a fabulous writer and person.
Sophie Jordan - I still remember how she reeled me in with Too Wicked To Tame.
Christie Caldwell
Karyn Gerrard - Want tortured heroes? Get them right here.
Kate Pearce - Steamy Regencies

Intrigue/Suspense

Margaret Mallory - I read very few medieval authors and Margaret is one of the best out there. Here's her November release.
Kris Kennedy - Again, as medievals go, you can't beat Kris's books. Oh the heat. Oh the heat.
Elizabeth Hoyt
Manda Collins - A beautiful writer and an even more beautiful person.

Hot Hot Hot

Jess Michaels - dark, emotional
Monica Burns - hot and steamy, bordering on erotic
Regina Kammer - on the erotica side
Madelynne Ellis - super explicit sex and emotional often with menage
Tessa Candle
Vicki Hopkins - steamy set in Victorian era

My goal in putting this page together is to help readers find the kind of books they love to read by the authors who do a really good job at it. When I'm in the mood for something sexy and humorous, I'd love to be able to count on more than my standard favorites. I want to be able to expand my horizons. This page is a work-in-progress and I'm getting input from a variety of people and groups. I'm soliciting information from wherever I can find it. If you believe I have anyone slotted in the wrong category, please feel free to drop me a line at contact@smittenbybooks.com