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Subject: Angsty Romances
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 5:38 PM ET
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I'm not entirely sure why I love angsty romances, or why a good cry is welcome, but whatever the reason I find that I'm in love with books that make me sad: As long as they have a happy ending! Mind you that is a must. Sad endings don't do anything for me...they just make me sad. Romeo and Juliet...don't get me started. Now I know I'm not alone because there are millions of books out there that cater towards this emotional sadism.

Lol, I'm not that bad really I just find that some books pull at the heart strings, a dashing hero and a stubborn heroine, a clash of wills at the start and a multitude of misunderstandings that lead to wounded pride and confusing feelings, neither is ready to fall in love but it happens anyway at the least expected moment...but in the end they conquer that pride because they know that the reward is worth it...somewhere in there, there's a message that says Love doesn't wait and it conquers all. It's also about sacrificing our selfish natures and our "I'm always right" pride for the sake of someone else, and it all just seems ...nice. Anyway to put an end to this rant, I'm looking for more of these emotionally heart wrenching and gut twisting *HAPPY ENDING* romances to add to my collection and I would be happy to hear some suggestions if any of you have them.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 6:19 PM ET
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Parting Gifts by Lorraine Heath.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 6:57 PM ET
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Well if you're up for a series, I'd recommend the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.


Date Posted: 6/17/2008 7:09 PM ET
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A Day in April - Mary Lynn Baxter  ( definately try this one, Christine)

Eternity - Maggie Shayne

Destiny - Maggie Shayne

Heaven Forbids - Karen Ranney

Remembrance - Jude Deveraux

Winter Garden - Adele Ashworth

Lover Awakened - J.R. Ward

Beauty Like the Night -  Liz Carlyle

Heaven's Fire - Patricia Ryan

Wild Wind - Patricia Ryan


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Date Posted: 6/17/2008 7:36 PM ET
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Tapestry by Karen Ranney

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 7:38 PM ET
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I second - Parting Gifts by Lorraine Heath.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:14 PM ET
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Wow I didn't expect such a great response in so little time lol. (Actually I had just left after posting this to help my father set up my new punching bag) and came back to all the replies hmm...Punching bag/Romance Novels lol and you wonder why I like angst. Anyhow thank you all so much.


Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:18 PM ET
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Ohh, I had a punching bag when I was your age and my father set it up for me too!  Suspended it from the ceiling......hmmm, maybe I should take that up again......

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:19 PM ET
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Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught ~ Most of her books are full of agnst!!
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:45 PM ET
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(Haha, well...my dad doesn't do much of the setting up...just grunting and yelling and scratching his head while I put it together, that or he watches Con Air three feet from where I'm working on our "family project" lol...Dads...gotta love em)

YES! I love Judith McNaught, and read perfect and thought it was perfect, I like whitney my love, and paradise and...well let's just say I love this author.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:52 PM ET
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Just about anything by Judith McNaught or Deborah Smith.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 9:08 PM ET
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Texas Destiny, Texas Glory and Texas Splendor by Lorraine Heath. Angst galore! I adore angst. :-)

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 9:29 PM ET
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Get out the hankies:

Outlaw's Embrace by Francine Rivers-Sherrif's daughter falls in love with Outlaw out for revenge against her father.  He's desperately in love with her but can't let go of the hatred that's filled him so long. 

Keegan's Lady by Catherine Anderson-Heroine was terribly abused by her father.  Hero's father was killed by Heroine's father.  He comes to town to seek revenge and falls in love with her and tricks her into marriage.  She's afraid to trust anyone. 

I don't keep many books but I'm keeping these. 

Angie -
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 12:25 AM ET
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The Bronze Horseman! Paullina Simons is very angsty.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 12:40 AM ET
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Would definitely second Sarah's recommendation of Tapestry by Karen Ranney.  Also by Ranney, and not to be missed, is My Beloved.  The Angst of Spades, IMO, and oh-so good:)

Then down to some of my favorite angst - by Candice Proctor:

Night in Eden - dare ya to read it and not shed any tears.

September Moon  -  not as tragic as Night in Eden, but angst all over the place:P

Whispers of Heaven - really loved this one.  You need an angst swiffer to tidy up afterward:P

And last, but definitely not least, my newest favorite angst...  The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran.

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Date Posted: 6/18/2008 12:54 AM ET
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Sarah's Child - Linda Howard

Letters to Kelly - Suzanne Brockman

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 7:33 AM ET
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Lol again thank you all. I actually have read Keegan's lady and I agree  there are some sumptious parts in that book.

Just a thought to anyone else who may be reading this List I decided to add my own:

Lady Vixen- Shirlee Busbee

Wolf's Embrace- Gail Link ( Another kidnapping story. For "revenge" our hero comes and steals away our heroine who is her father's eldest child in retaliation for her father kidnapping our hero's cousin. Time passes in her abduction and he can't keep his hands off of her. Well, the truth of the matter was our hero's cousin and our heroine's father are madly inlove and eloped. When our hero learns of this he has only one choice to make...but will it be too late?)

The Wolf and the Dove - Woodiwiss (Just...full of angsty bits)

One Wore Blue/ One Rode West -Heather Graham (Civil War Romance and opposing sides)

The Velvet Series by Jude Deveraux  is just plain...wonderful for a good cry.

The Song Series by Catherine Coulter...Cry Cry Cry

*Love Thy Enemy* - Judith Lynn (After our heroine's father is involved in a tragic accident causing the Lord's son's death, she bravely sacrifices her innocence in hopes that she can sire another son for the Lord in return for her father's life. The courts, in order to preserve virtue, force a handfasting so that they will be married for a year for the offspring and can go their seperate ways. But somewhere beneath his vengeful hatred and her growing sorrow the two find love only to have it ripped apart by jealousy and lies. Can they find the love they once shared or is it gone from them forever?)

Perfect by Judith McNaught (I just read this one and I cried)

Virginia Henley gets in her fair dose of angsty

*Pausing here* I just finished reading "Remembrance" by Jude Deveraux which is on a list from up above and yes...I have to agree...ANGST, and anger, you will feel anger darn meddling interfering old bat evil wench...*grumbles* lol very good though..

I'll get back to this list because...Lord knows it doesn't end.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 9:12 AM ET
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The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh

One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney (prepare your hanky for this one)

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase


Date Posted: 6/18/2008 10:50 AM ET
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A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux was one that I just cried and cried during. Not necessarily a HEA ending...more bittersweet but wonderful none the less.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 7:56 PM ET
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Oh, I cried so much reading Remembrance!.... It was SO good (minus all that unnecessary rambling about being an romance author).  I cried when I read A Knight in Shining Armor too, but I hated the ending, which just left me feeling bittersweet.  

One Perfect Rose was another good one.  Aww, these brings back memories....


Edit:  I just remembered another one, this one is a true keeper.  Once in Every Life by Kristin Hannah.


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Date Posted: 6/18/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Okay you guys are scaring me away from A Knight in Shining Armor you do realize that right? *lower lip trembles*...Where's my happy ending?!

As for Rememberance...I wanted to do physical harm to that woman...*sigh* if only because the love between Callie and Tally was so...deep lol, in some strange ways it reminded me of Blue Lagoon, the innocence of it all  to see that destroyed...okay I need to buck up...yeah as far as that whole writing stuff in the beginning...I was like....get on with it? but I held my breath all throughout Callie and Tally waiting for something to happen ...and you knew there was badness to come...

Adding to this list:

Catherine Coulter

          I don't know the name of it but it's  the three "Lord of falcon ridge"/Lord of Hawkfell Island and...one more Lord, and they're pretty grit your teeth.
           Season in the Sun- You know when you want to scream "It just isn't fair!!!"
           Rosehaven (which is also part of the song series but later on)
   This author thrives on angst and a lot of times unrelenting heroes some of her books cross lines however that a lot of readers are uncomfortable with. I know there are times when I cry for the heroine of the book, but to give a point to this, historical times were different and women weren't necessarily expected to be cherished or even respected. She does however excel at the "Oh my God what have I done" scene when the male in agony realizes that he has hurt something precious and vows to redeem himself as well as inner thought processes where the man feels turmoil at his blundering actions *which every one sticks their nose up in the air and says "You should feel that way meanie!* while also shaking their fist at them *

^Being a girl who's taken Martial arts since she was 4, and has had a very good father in her life showing her what she should expect from a husband and living in this time period I obviously would not have stood for what women put up with back then...I would be rightly defiant, I guess that's where I seperate reality from Romance or real from Surreal, I cry for a heroine's pain, but I do not feel it myself, were it to be reality and I heard a story from some girl today who has been mistreated I'd probably be on my way to deck the guy so hard that his chauvenistic ancestors would feel it.

Johanna Lindsey - Surrender my love and Hearts aflame are pretty good.

I know I already mentioned it but  "Love Thy Enemy" now that I'm thinking over it, had a lot of very good scenes in it which makes this book a keeper (I have the Ebook) Every now and then I open it up and read an excerpt...or at least it starts that way and then I end up reading more of it.

And I havn't read them yet, but I know... I just know that " Wicked Loving Lies, and Surrender to Love by Rosmary rogers has angst in them.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 9:46 PM ET
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Oh good heavens...  Just saw it on the list up there and I cannot believe I left out Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale.  That's one of the angstiest books in the history of romantic fiction, isn't it?  Like in the Encyclopedia Brittanica or something?  I also can't believe I bought that book brand new and then traded it off at the UBS because I was so annoyed with the heroine:P  I re-read it a week or two ago, and bawled through several parts of it.

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 9:22 AM ET
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A Knight in Shining Armor DOES have a happy ending!  Just not the one you expect......   ;-)


Date Posted: 6/23/2008 6:05 PM ET
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So I just finished reading Patricia Gaffney's "Lily" and...the angst was deep. I definitely reccomend this book to anyone who wants to cry.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 7:32 PM ET
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I can't believe that Linda Howard's Cry No More hasn't been listed - omigawd I had to put the book down and sob uncontollably THREE TIMES during this book, and the ending is very, very happy and satisfying even though I didn't see how it would end (and even though it was happy, I was bawling like a baby). Talk about angst - the heroine has been searching for her son who was stolen from her arms when he was 6 weeks old, 10 years before the book starts (so the boy would now be 10), and she nearly died in the attack. That statement alone will make some people weep.

Another one that had angst and tears for me was Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer, and the HEA is very satisfying. Also, her book Twice Loved caused me a lot of angst but I didn't cry. In Twice Loved she really set up an impossible situation for the hero and heroine, and there is finally a HEA but not everyone in the book is happy (hero and heroine are). While it didn't move me to tears, I did feel enormous anguish, even at the end. She makes characters so 3 dimensional that even when you try not to like them for their actions, you still do because you understand why they did what they did.

I'm one who did not "get" Deveraux's A Knight In Shining Armor - I didn't feel angst, I didn't cry and I was not affected. The ending could be considered HEA if you looked at it from a certain angle, but I didn't like the story that much anyway, sorry. I loved Deveraux's Wild Orchids, however, and I cried at least twice in the first 26 pages (but not again after that). When the hero talks about his now deceased wife and her mother (also deceased) I got very carried away.