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Subject: another time and place........
Date Posted: 3/9/2008 11:33 AM ET
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What are some books that have just taken over your life? Where the characters have become a part of you?  Where you are transported back into another time and place.  A few of mine are: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, The Virgin River series by Robyn Carr, Night in Eden by Candice Proctor, The Windflower by Laura London and Marsha Canham's Highland and Robin Hood series. 

I read about two or three books a week and have read a lot of just OK books.  I want some WOW books.  The ones that take you to that time.  I look at my TBR pile and a lot of them are going to be just OK, that they don’t even interest me.  So, they just sit there unread as I order more books.  I am thinking about just listing a lot of them without even reading them.  I WANT WOW!!!! 

What are some of your WOW books?

 



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Date Posted: 3/9/2008 1:31 PM ET
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Well I definitely second your Outlander and Virgin River nods!   Dee Henderson's "True" series is on my keeper shelf and I read those once a year.  And of course Ransom by Julie Garwood!

Sherri

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Sherri, I agree with all of yours.  I have read all of Dee Henderson's books and Ransom is my favorite Garwood book.

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 2:58 PM ET
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Have you read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett?

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 3:00 PM ET
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I'm afraid my WOW books aren't going to be much help since you have to be really lucky/patient or willing to pay crazy prices to get them these days.  My authors would be Carla Kelly and Sharon and Tom Curtis/Laura London. 

Carla Kelly has written some wonderful regency romances.  I know Suzanne Brockmann said once that her all-time favorite romance was Libby's London Merchant. I concur on the fineness of that book and the sequel, One Good Turn.  I never thought the author could redeem that character into a truly appealing hero but she did.  (That's the only sequel she wrote, all the others are stand alone, if you do get the chance to read them.)  Many people say that Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand is their favorite, but I don't know yet.  I just got a copy and I'm saving it for a special reading day.

As much as I loved the Windflower, I reread the shorter Laura London regencies more.  I can't count the times I've read The Gypsy Heiress, Moonlight Mist, and The Bad Baron's Daughter. And the one Loveswept that they wrote, Lightning That Lingers.  Love that book.  I think it was the baby owls that did it.  Well, okay, and the whole gorgeous male stripper - shy librarian thing.

The readily available books that I keep picking up and rereading instead of going to something new are not romances.  It's the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.  His Majesty's Dragon is the first and they need to be read in order.  A complete, well-thought out world with humor and adventure.  I still have hopes of a little romance.



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Date Posted: 3/9/2008 3:13 PM ET
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Yours are the same as mine. First and foremost, Outlander, then Marsha Canham' medieval Robin Hood series; also Lisa Kleypas Wallflowers series. Also most anything by Adele Ashworth and Sylvia Day of late. Mary Jo Putney Fallen Angels series. Galen Foley Knight Miscellany series. Elizabeth Lowell's midieval series (Untamed, Forbidden, Enchanted). I have the same problem; I order something because it sounds good at the time, then it languishes on the bottom of my TBR for months because I find other books that sound better. It's an addiction I tell you!

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Date Posted: 3/9/2008 5:10 PM ET
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I really loved the McKerrick Brothers series by Kresley Cole: If You Deceive, If You Desire and If You Dare.  I read all 3 back to back and I'm kind of sorry I posted them. 

I read the Parallel series by Deidre Knight and loved it.  I should have kept those too.  They were really good.

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 5:36 PM ET
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Once in a great while you read a romance book that just sticks with you. Back when my kids were little and i did not get out of the house very much, i would order Harlequinn/Silhoutte series books thru the mail. One of them that stuck with me all these years later was " Beyond All Reason" by Judith Duncan. I had forgotten the name of the author and even the title, but i posted a description of the storyline here and someone knew which book i was talking about. I was able to order it here. I'm so glad to have a copy of it again!!

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 6:05 PM ET
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Oh , I love Beyond All Reason.  I have reread that so many times. 

That and Sandra Canfield's Night Into Day. 



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Date Posted: 3/9/2008 6:21 PM ET
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I also ditto the Gabaldon's Outlander series

I'm in the middle of reading Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth though technically Pillars in not a romance i absolutely love it and highly recommend.

 

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One book that took me away and I re-read almost twice a year is Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath.  You'll have to buy it or be lucky enough to get it in the library, because it's wish listed on PBS but it is worth every penny.

LaVyrle Spencer takes you away to every time period she's ever written about.  Her characters stay with me forever.   She's amazing.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 12:04 PM ET
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Aimee, does The Pillars of the Earth have any romance at all?  Not that I have to have romance in every book but, it is nice.  LOL

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.  I am looking up several of them right now. 

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 4:46 PM ET
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Total immersion in a story, for me, usually hinges more on factors external to the romance itself.  Which is sort of complicated to explain really.  Obviously I'm there for the romance, and it's got to be good to keep my interest, possibly even make me want to read it again.  But, my most beloved books, the ones I fell into like a big old black hole, and almost forgot I was reading on some level - vs. just being there in a sense - had so much more in terms of content that was external to the romance.  I've read a lot of books that had great interaction between the H and H, lots of tension, great sex scenes, and they still weren't keepers for me.  I need that sense of place & time, interesting and vividly written secondary characters (& nasty, nasty villians), great dialogue, an absorbing external conflict, to get to that place where I finish a book, and want to go back to page1 and read it all over again.  This usually translates into Marsha Canham for me, but she only has so many books out there, and I've read them all more than once..:P  I've been lucky enough to find other authors who can deliver that fairly consistenly, like Judith Ivory, Laura Kinsale, etc.  But I don't see anyone unseating MC in my personal POV as the undisputed queen.  Most recently, I was really absorbed in Heart if the West by Penelope Williamson.  Even though the length & detail of that book was somewhat excruciating, I was very absorbed in it, and I felt like I was missing something when I no longer had it to pick up and get back into whenever I had time to sit down and read.  Excruciating or not, that's one of the hallmarks of a great book, IMO..:P



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Date Posted: 3/10/2008 6:30 PM ET
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Amen Kim.  You described what I want perfectly.  I have spaced out my Marsha Canham books.  I am reading Under the Desert Moon right now and I am loving it. 

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 7:00 PM ET
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this isn't a take you away book, but, you all have to read the shower scene in HOT.  Maybe it's really just me, but it was so tender and unusual and wonderful that I know I'll keep it in my mind for a long, long time.  So, in effect, it takes me away. 

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 8:02 PM ET
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Sherron, I have some stuff to do here, but I'll start on making a comprehensive list of my all-time favorite keeper books and post it - maybe add some thoughts on them if time permits.  I'm thinking I've either recommended a lot of them to you already, and our tastes being so similar, you've probably read many of them already, but I wouldn't mind comparing notes just for grins anyway..

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 8:12 PM ET
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gosh, for some reason these books' characters tend to stick with me:Linda Howard's Mackenzie series, Lucy Monroe's Mercenary/Goddard/the Real Deal books..those are the main ones I guess then there are others I think about from time to time...

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Susanna, I also really enjoyed Linda Howard's Mackenzie series.  Mackenzie's Pleasure was my favorite.

Kim, oh please do.  I would love to see your list.



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Date Posted: 3/11/2008 9:06 AM ET
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Kim,

 

I'd be very interested in seeing your keeper list too.  We probably have a lot in common.  I've been meaning to make  a list of mine, but I have way too many and never seem to have the time.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 9:41 AM ET
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Ok, Sherron, here is the beginnings of a list of my permanent keepers.  I will probably come back to this and add more, and some notes here & there on them too.  I'm just pulling these from my BIR list right now, but I have plenty more that I haven't manually put on my BIR list yet.

In alphabetical order - by author:

The Lady in Question by Victoria Alexander

Perils of the Heart  by Jennifer Ashley.  I also really loved The Mad, Bad Duke , so I keep a copy of that one and Penelope and Prince Charming - the prequel to it.  Review-wise, I don't think these two got spectacular marks, but Mad, Bad Duke is just too cute, IMO, and H-O-T.

Stolen Charms by Adele Ashworth

All of Mary Balogh's Bedwyn series, Slightly Dangerous  being my favorite, and the one I'd read again.  I should add to this that I keep 1 copy of everything I get by Mary Balogh - so I have a significant number that I don't have listed here.  Along with Marsha Canham, Candice Proctor, Judith Ivory, Laura Kinsale, Connie Brockway, and Loretta Chase, she's one of those authors whose books I collect and hang onto whether I consider all of them to be keeper quality (that means books I'll read again) or not.  Mostly, that's because so many are collectible or HTF.  I also have a copy of everything out of print by Karen Ranney - just because..:P  And everything by Laura Kinsale, because they're mostly 1st editions, she's a great writer regardless, and several of the ones I have are still TBR.

Bewitching
and Dreaming by Jill Barnett

 From her Malloren series:  Something Wicked  and Secrets of the Night  by Jo Beverley.  Most of the books in this series are good.  I was just very disappointed with Devilish, and ended up only keeping these two (I had all of them at one time).

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne.  Great book!

Connie Brockway:  My Dearest Enemy, Promise Me Heaven, As You Desire, Anything for Love, The Bridal Season, Bridal Favors, and from the Rose Hunters Trilogy, My Seduction (Rose Hunters) is my favorite - actually the only one of those I consider a keeper, but I kept all 3 just to have the set.

I keep everything by Marsha Canham just because she only has about 16 books published, but these are my favorites:

Across a Moonlit Sea & The Iron Rose.  My understanding - from her personally - is that she's currently writing a third book in this series.

The Robin Hood trilogy: Through a Dark Mist , In the Shadow of Midnight, and The Last Arrow

Pale Moon Rider, Under the Desert Moon, and Swept Away

Pride of Lions and Blood of Roses

Wind and the Sea - Very old school, and could seriously use some rewrites, and IMO, an epilogue, but still an excellent book.

The Devil to Pay by Liz Carlyle.  I like Liz Carlyle, but this is the only one of her books I've actually held on to.  I think she's very good overall, I've even kept several of her books for a year or more, and then eventually traded off for other things.

Loretta Chase:  Lord of Scoundrels (Avon Romantic Treasure)
The Last Hellion (Avon Romantic Treasure) 
Lord Perfect and Mr. Impossible .  I collect everything by Loretta Chase I can get my hands on, but these are my personal favs.

The Rose Red Bride by Claire Delacroix.  I read all of this "Brides" series a couple of years back.  they're mostly decent little reads, but this one stuck with me for some reason, and I've just held on to it thinking I might read it again someday.

Once a Knight, by Christina Dodd.  Dodd is mostly meat & potatoes, IMO, but this book is a standout.  The hero is basically a cock of the walk who is now past his prime & living on his reputation.:P  It's cute and endearing to watch him struggle with his limitations, and try to live up to the heroine's expectations of him.

The Suitor  by Sandy Hingston.  This is a neat little relatively unknown book.  Hingston reminds me in some ways of Judith Ivory, though not quite as polished.  I finally got the prequels: School for Scandal: How to Kiss a Hero, and The Affair.  None of these are easy to find, but I think The Suitor is available here.

Beyond Seduction by Emma Holly.  Loved this book!  And HATED the prequel: Beyond Innocence.  This is sorta funny, because I had been looking for Beyond Innocence forever because of great reviews, but couldn't find it.  This one reviewed fairly well, it just didn't get quite the high marks of the previous book.  It figures I'd get it backward.:P

By Judith Ivory (and probably in this order): The Indiscretion, The Proposition, Untie My Heart, Sleeping Beauty, although I have everything by her except the Judy Cuevas books, which I'd basically sell my children for..:P

Laura Kinsale:  For My Lady's Heart, Shadowheart, Uncertain Magic, Flowers From The Storm (even though I wanted to strangle the heroine), and an underrated one that I dearly love - My Sweet Folly.  The last line "Kiss your what?" makes it worth the aggravation, IMO:P

Lisa Kleypas:  Devil in Winter, Lady Sophia's Lover, Someone to Watch over Me, Then Came You, Dreaming of You, Worth Any Price.  I will basically give anything by Lisa Kleypas a shot.  She's usually worth the investment to me, even if they aren't keepers.

Stephanie Laurens: Devil's Bride (Cynster Novels), The Ideal Bride (A Cynster Novel), and All About Passion.  I've read most of the Cynster books except for the ones that got bad reviews at TRR, and these are my favs.  The rest aren't bad.  Mostly meat & potatoes, but none of them were truly awful.

Julie Anne Long:  The Perils of Pleasure and The Secret to Seduction - book 3 in a series (Holt Sisters), but this one is the best. 

Night Secrets by Kat Martin.  Not one of my favorite authors, but I liked this book a lot.  The hero won't appeal to everyone; he's a bit of a cad, but I did like seeing him humbled..:P

The Wild Child  by Mary Jo Putney.  I had all of the Company of Rogues books in with my keepers until recently, but I've traded most of those off here.  I think it's a good series; some of the books are really great, but I didn't think I'd ever read them again.

By Candice Proctor:  Night in Eden, Whispers of Heaven, Beyond Sunrise, September Moon, Bequest.  Have everything by her as well.  She's a very unique writer, and I think always worth checking out no matter what your preferences are.  Most of these are historicals set in Australia.  Bequest is a western.

Julia Quinn:  Romancing Mister Bridgerton, When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton Family Series), How to Marry a Marquis.  Have most of this set, but haven't read them all.  I think they're all mostly good.

Karen Ranney: My Beloved , My True Love, After the Kiss (Avon Romantic Treasures.), Tapestry.  I have keepers of most of her books except for the Highland Lords series, which I had and traded in.  She has several out of print, so I collected them.  Despised The Scottish Companion, btw...

Games of Pleasure and My Dark Prince  by Julia Ross.  I've read everything by her, and I either love them or dislike them.  There seems to be no in-between.  Just ordered The Wicked Lover, so we'll see...

Silken Threads by Patricia Ryan.  This is a very interesting book, btw.  It's sort of a rewrite of Hitchcock's Rear Window.  Neat concept.

Charm School by Susan Wiggs.  The only Susan Wiggs book I've ever read, and I loved it.

Ashes in the Wind, Shanna, A Rose in Winter , The Wolf and the Dove  and The Flame and the Flower  by Kathleen Woodiwiss.  My old sentimental favorites.  Not sure if I could read these again now, but that's okay, I read them all several times when I was into Woodiwiss.:P

 

 

ETA: Adding more to this almost daily, so keep checking if you're interested.:P



 



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Date Posted: 3/11/2008 12:15 PM ET
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Kim...loved your list. I have several of your keeper books sitting in my TBR mountain. I don't think I have read any of your favorites if you can believe that. Back when I was reading romance exclusively I found an author I liked a lot and just waited for them to write another book LOL. On my Keeper Shelf I have...

All of Julie Garwood's books but my favorite is Saving Grace  with For the Roses  in second place. I hate this cover by the way...it is from the awful Hallmark movie that was made...just wrong...so very wrong.

Also I keep all of Johanna Lindsay books too...The Magic Of You (Malory Novels)  is my favorite.

I have very much enjoyed Kinley MacGregor books and keep all of hers (as well as her Sherrilyn Kenyon books too) My favorite MacGregor book would have to be Born in Sin: A MacAllisters Novel .

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I'm in love with you list makers!!!!!!!! I just printed off both of yours, Kim and Christina, and will work my way through these books.  I'm so happy.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 10:09 PM ET
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Sherron, that one is my favorite too out of that series! :-) wish I had Zane! (not the kids though LOL that Nick is a pistol!)

I also like Suzanne Brockmann's Seal series..some of those characters, like Kenny and Jules, are favorites of mine.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 10:36 PM ET
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Karen - I just updated it...:P

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Thank you, Kim.  I just printed it.  Let us know if you update.  Thanks so much

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