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Subject: Just Contemporary Romance...
Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:16 PM ET
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I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for regular, contemporary romance books.  I don't really enjoy historical, paranormal and erotica (sex is fine, but like a story as well).  I love authors like Deidre Knight, Kristan Higgins, Susan Donovan, Carly Phillips, etc. 

Any ideas? Thanks in advance...


Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:37 PM ET
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I don't read a lot of contemps but here are some that I liked

Lisa Kleypas - Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger

Rachel Gibson

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Jennifer Crusie

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:49 PM ET
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I  have enjoyed books by

Robyn Carr

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Mallery

Kathy Love

Jennifer Crusie

Lori Foster

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 7:02 PM ET
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Check these out:

Mariah Stewart has a series of early contemporaries that I loved

Susan Crandall does Romantic Suspense that are really nice reads

Pamela Britton has a great series involving car racing.

Laura Moore is another author I enjoy that you don't hear about often, but has great stories.

Kate Angell does great sports contemporaries.

Julie Ortolon

Of course, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Barbara Delinsky, Sandra Brown all have early contemporaries that are short nice reads.

Christie Ridgway is another autobuy for me

Robyn Kaye

Luanne McLane

Leanne Banks had some great non-harlequin contemporaries a few years back "Foot First, Underfoot,"

Jessica Bird aka JRWard had an awesome trilogy as well. The first one was just reissued "An Unforgettable Lady" All on my keeper shelf :)

Jane Blackwood

Toni Blake

Barbara Bretton's earlier books

Dianne Castell

Cathie Linz

Janet Chapman has a new trilogy. The first 2 were nice.

Maureen Child LOVE HER!

Jackie DLessandro Kiss The Cook


Fiction DB Is down, so if I can think of more I'll post later :)

Cindy in VA








Date Posted: 9/25/2010 8:29 PM ET
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I only read contemporaries.  Are you looking for specific titles? Or just author rec's?

some of my very favorites are


Jill Shalvis

Victoria Dahl

Marie Force, only 2 books, but I love them.

Bella Andre

Susan Elizabeth Phillips ( her books are hit or miss for me, most I LOVE others I HATE, I have no "in between" on SEP books.

Susan Mallery

Susan Anderson

Jennifer Cruise, but nothing recent :(


...as well as most of the other authors mentioned.



Date Posted: 9/25/2010 10:01 PM ET
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Theresa Weir is a new find for me and I'm really liking her. However, her books are not humorous or light if thats your thing. I agree with the SEP recommendation as she closely fits with your list and would add Rachel Gibson.

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 10:07 PM ET
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Thank you guys so much! I have read most of them, but had forgotten to keep up to date with their newer releases, so now I'm going to check out all their books on PBS and see what I have missed of theirs:) There were 3 or 4 that I hadn't heard of, so I'm excited to see what their books are like.

I appreciate all the responses!


Date Posted: 9/25/2010 10:10 PM ET
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Marianne Stillings, Christie Craig are contemporary and funny - some of Stillings' have a new-agey type heroine - one interprets dreams and her last I think dealt with a ghost but it wasn't too paranormal-y. you may like Beth Ciotta as well.

I like Robyn Carr's virgin river books, some of susan anderson's and susan elizabeth phillips. also like Kate Angell's baseball book (make me wanna go to a ballgame and I hate sports LOL!) I liked most of janet chapman but not as much lately.

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 10:33 PM ET
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Along with alot fo the other recommends, I say how about:

Pamela Clare - her books are always good. Naked Edge was my fav.