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Subject: Favorite historical romance authors (quirky)
Date Posted: 10/21/2010 1:05 PM ET
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So, I recently got into reading historical romances.  But, I am finding that many of them are pretty much the same plot (brooding earl, duke, viscount, etc. hero and a strong minded heroine).  I am finding that I am getting bored reading the same novel over and over and over again.  So, I'm asking for recommendations about historical romance authors who are a little quirky or not just "same old...same old".  I recently discovered Judith Ivory and love her books.  I also like most of Kat Martin's historicals because they are usually different from the normal "template" for a historical romance.



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Date Posted: 10/21/2010 1:22 PM ET
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You have got to read Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm.  And her, The hidden Heart and The Shadow and the Star.  Another that I think is unique is Sherry Thomas' Not Quite a Husband.  That story is really a good one.    And Broken Wing by Judith James.  Her other two books are on my TBR pile, but Broken Wing is a keeper for me.  Last, but not least, don't miss The Passions of Emma.  This one is really unique to historical romances, IMO.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 1:59 PM ET
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Some really good and UNUSUAL ones I've read are:

The Plumed Bonnet by Mary Balogh

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh  - I freakin love this one

Prospero's Daughter by Nancy Butler

Not Quite A Husband by Sherry Thomas - on my desert island keeper shelf

The Vanishing Viscountess by Diane Gaston

This is All I Ask by Lyn Kurland

I love Amanda Quick and really liked The Paid Companion

 

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 3:10 PM ET
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I hate all that viscount baloney.   You must try:

The Outsider

Sweet Lullaby (Homespun)

 Always to Remember (Paperback)

By Arrangement

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 3:14 PM ET
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Madeline Hunter's books (I love her By..series) are distinctive and wonderful. I love "Midsummer Moon" by Laura Kinsale and can't recall ever reading another historical quite like it.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 3:19 PM ET
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anyone know any American Western quirky historicals?   Not to hijack the thread, but while we are one the subject of quirky or different historical books....

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 3:19 PM ET
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I also recommend Laura Kinsale's books.  I still remember my first one - Flowers from the Storm.  DH plucked it randomly off the bookstore shelf for me one year as a Christmas socking stuffer, thinking I would like the cover.  Actually the cover was pretty cheesy - it was Fabio - but the book itself was wonderful!

Then of course there is Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, which are in a class by themselves.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 4:23 PM ET
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You might give Anne Avery's Seven Nights of Sin a try, he was titled, but he was quirky in what he did in order to get his lady's attention. I thought it was wonderful. Or even Liz Carlyle's A Woman Scorned...an awesome read and a situation you don't see very often. Where the hero is about to become an ordained minister.

 

Pamela, have you tried any of Maggie Osborne's? All of hers are awesome. An oldie but a goodie you might try is Rebecca Brandywyne's The Outlaw Hearts.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 4:39 PM ET
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Hmm...Medeiros' Nobody's Darling and Julie Garwood For the Roses I would definitely classify as quirky western historical romances. Blue Moon by Jill Marie Landis was definitely unusual but a little too dark in parts for me.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 5:13 PM ET
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American Western Quirky historicals - Pamela Morsi!

I agree with the other recommendations - Laura Kinsale, Penelope Williamson, Sherry Thomas, Judith James and would add Meredith Duran and Elizabeth Hoyt's Prince Trilogy.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 6:57 PM ET
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The Texan's Wager by Jodi Thomas.  It was a "wife lottery" book.

The Short Straw Bride by Dallas Schulze

Mustang Wild by Stacey Kayne

Mary Connealy's books are ALL good

 

Subject: Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Date Posted: 10/22/2010 9:04 AM ET
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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is the best romance series I have ever read.  I have Read them over and over again.  Jamie Fraser, yum!

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 7:19 PM ET
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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is the best romance series I have ever read.

I have all six books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.  Frankly, they scare me they are so big!  I'm afraid I will start and then not be seen again for a week it would take me to finish the whole series.  That's what I did when I was in college.  I read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in a weekend.  I didn't see the light of day for three nights and two days!

 

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anyone know any American Western quirky historicals?

NOBODY'S ANGEL by Teresa Medeiros. A darling (excuse the pun) book.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 10:48 AM ET
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Kate, Me too!   I have all the Outlander hardbacks on the shelf waiting....and waiting......and also the entire set of Wilderness series by Sara Donati.  Someday the mood will strike me.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 10:23 PM ET
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I've found that Jennifer Ashley books are really good. I started with The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (Mass Market Paperback) its really funny and diffrent! Still my favorite of her historicals.

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 7:34 PM ET
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Marsha Canham - The Last Arrow

Mary Jo Putney - Thunder and Roses

 

Laura Kinsale - Flowers from the Storm

 

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 8:49 AM ET
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Betina Krahn's "Luck Be a Lady" and "Passion's Treasure" are extremely funny, laugh out loud quirky. Especially the latter, Passion's Treasure has a pretty off beat premise.

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 6:14 PM ET
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The first book I read by Betina Krahn, Make Me Yours (Harlequin Blaze Historical, No 479), was very funny and sweet and great sexy parts and all that.  And I also liked the Book of Seven Delights.  I like the desert scenes in romance books and the Hero in this book was really a great quirky guy.

The Book of the Seven Delights (Library of Alexandria, Book 1)

Make Me Yours (Harlequin Blaze Historical, No 479)
Author: Betina Krahn

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 12:11 PM ET
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Carla Kelly's recent books - she writes about folks who are more normal - doctors, innkeepers, ship captains, but in the same time period as all those dukes, viscounts, and ladies...

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 1:23 PM ET
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And on the Betina Krahn note, give The Marriage Test a try it was a wonderful read. Here is my review that went up on GRs:

 

I had a 'truffle' in my TBR pile and I am so happy I found it. I have had Betina Krahn's The Marriage Test on my TBR for over two years I think. I had read the first two books in the series and let myself get distracted from the series. I picked it up last night and it turned out to be the best book of the series. Julia de Childress is a phenominal cook working in the Order of the Brides, doing everything she can to keep from taking her vows. She dreams of cooking for her husband and her children. Griffin de Grandaise is looking for a phenomenal cook, because he has a olfactry nightmare of a nose. He can't take strong odors of any kind. 7 years and 9 cooks later, he stumbles on to Julia. So for a year Julia agrees to cook for Griffin and then the Abbess requires her return to take her vows, unwillingly or not. (the Order has a thing for Julia's cooking as well.) Julia has secret plans of her own and they include a man, food, a little kissin' and finding the way to his heart. Griffin's life will never be the same. Awesome! If you like reading about old world recipes, then this book might be for you. 



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Date Posted: 11/8/2010 8:48 PM ET
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Scotney St. James  is pretty good I think.  And I agree on Pamela Morsi

Subject: Carla Kelly
Date Posted: 11/20/2010 10:21 PM ET
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I enjoy historicals, and Carla Kelly is in a class by herself! If a book makes me cry and laugh, it's good!

Normal people (connected to the war with Napoleon), but engaging emotional stories, not contrived "misunderstandings". Harlequin had 4 out this past year. Her old ones (Silhouettes) from the 1990s sell for big bucks on ebay.

Date Posted: 11/27/2010 7:20 PM ET
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i like lynsay sands books. they are very funny.

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 11:34 PM ET
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Just saw this post, but had to add the author Tamara Lejeune.  Her historicals are a bit madcap and farcical and full of wit.  I picked up Surrender to Sin not having any idea of her style of writing and at first did not like it, but then I reread it knowing it was supposed to be silly and madcap and really enjoyed it.  So not typical historical romance!

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