Having grown up reading Georgette Heyer (literally -- I found an early junior high journal the other day where I listed her as my favorite author!) it was only natural that I would eventually discover Jeffrey Farnol. In fact, I read a couple of his novels early on, but I found him less witty than Heyer and a bit more overwrought.
I think I'm more patient now. Or maybe the fact that George MacDonald Fraser rated him so highly has allowed me to view Farnol more objectively. God knows there's no one more intolerant than the young and inexperienced reader.