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Subject: your favourite historical romance?
Date Posted: 8/21/2011 6:13 PM ET
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i have been a book snob. For years i simply refused to read paperback romance novels.Then i ended up with about 350 of them.
This summer i decided to read them...
I found few authors I actually like and I also found that I enjoy the easy reading,perfect for hot summer evenings.

The  problem is that there are so many out there that makes it difficult to know where to start , especially  since I only like those that : have some humor (even better  if i laugh out loud  ); historical (possibly believable);without many sex scene (they get repetitive); no time travel, or predictable mysteries (although suspense is OK)...

 Can you suggest any author or book?
Which is your favorite and why?

Thank you :)

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 8:03 PM ET
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Historical romance with humour and not much sex would have to be any book written by Julia Quinn.  Start with the Bridgerton series and move on from there. The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me etc...

Another historical romance author who would fit the bill would be Teresa Medeiros.  

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 8:50 PM ET
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@ Tina J., thank you.

I like Julia Quinn , I tried Teresa Medeiros but only like one book of hers. I truly liked Lynn Kurtland medieval romance,till it started to be time travel. I really enjoyed Jennie Klassel, but I believe she only published three books..

I asked cause I figured some member may know of  less known authors worth reading.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 9:07 PM ET
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No problem.  I'm trying to think of books that dont have much sex scene wise, I'm afraid those aren't the ones I read! LOL

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 9:47 PM ET
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Carla Kelly has a bunch of very good books.  I haven't read her latest because she moved on to the Mormon (I think?) genre.  But her historicals are warm-hearted, sometimes funny and no real sex scenes.

Have you tried Catherine Anderson?  She's not really known for her humor and her books do have *some* sex, but not overly much.  Sometimes her heroes/heroines become cookie-cutter, but she's almost always a dependable good read for me.  She writes contemporary and historicals and I like both.

I also like Gaelen Foley, Julia London, Julia Quinn, and Lisa Kleypas is probably my favorite historicals author.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 10:12 PM ET
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Eliosa James comes to mind, her Duchess series is some of my favs or Anne Mallory's, Seven Secrets of Seduction or The Bride Price...there are just so many good ones out there. Loretta Chase's Not Quite a Lady.  I have reviewed these all on Goodreads if you want  to go take a look. I am KeriM on there as well.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 11:02 PM ET
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I would recommend Penelope Williamson and Laura Kinsale.  The stories always have something more than romance going on.  I have been fascinated by the books of both authors. 

I also really like Madeline Hunter's books for the same reason, but they are definitely more like Julia Quinn and Eloisa James (another of my favorites.)   There is lots of sex but Elizabeth Hoyt has some great novels too.

Edited to add:   Marsha Canham has some really, really great romance.  A cut above most authors.  Great characters.



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Date Posted: 8/22/2011 12:43 AM ET
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Edith Layton is witty and light on sex.

I hate time travel too. Not always, but usually.

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 3:31 PM ET
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If you're brand spanking new to romance I would recommend. Julie Garwood,   Amanda Quick  & Lynsay Sands   

Look for their earlier romances. They're all witty, intelligent, and light to medium on the sex.

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 3:59 PM ET
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Oh yes, Lynsay Sands is a good one. I had forgotten about her.  Must look at my TBR more often. LOL  Of course Julie Garwood and Amanda Quick, both excellent HR writers!  I also like the books by Olivia Parker.  Not full of sex, although there is some hotness to her books.

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 10:08 PM ET
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My all time favorite is The Wedding by Julie Garwood. 

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 9:45 AM ET
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In addition to Carla Kelly(look for her releases by Signet or Harlequin Historical), Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Mary Balogh-I adore(and miss) Edith Layton as well.  I like most of the Harlequin Historicals-some are better than others but I haven't found too many "wall bangers" over the years.  Louise Allen, Elizabeth Rolls, Diane Gaston, Deb Marlowe, Christne Merrill are just a few-and are easy to get a hold of, unlike some older releases by long time authors. 

Date Posted: 8/24/2011 3:55 PM ET
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I don't read a lot of romances, but I stumbled upon three books - the Ravenstow Trilogy - by Elizabeth Chadwick.  The first one is "The Wild Hunt" and it takes place in the year 1100 in England.  The problem, I have found that the books are difficult to find.  I really enjoyed all three books.



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Date Posted: 8/24/2011 6:57 PM ET
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I just found Jodi Thomas so far I have read the Bride Lottery series and The McLain Bros series. Both are really good. Also I have just come across Cheryl Stjohn , her books are a really good, His Secondhand Wife, Tenderfoot Bride are excellent books.
Date Posted: 8/24/2011 10:21 PM ET
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I just found Jodi Thomas so far I have read the Bride Lottery series......

I forgot about two of my favorites:  Jodi Thomas and Maggie Osborne!    I collected the Bride Lottery series and six of Maggie Osborne's books in hardback for my keeper shelf.   Both are fine romance writers.  Both have lots of good humor mixed into great stories.  And some truly unique characters.  Especially the women in their books.

Date Posted: 8/24/2011 11:27 PM ET
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OMG how could I forget Maggie Osborne? Silver Lining is my fav from her. Also LaVyrle Spencer historicals are amazing.
Date Posted: 8/24/2011 11:48 PM ET
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I haven't read too much historical but I enjoy Amanda Quick's stuff - esp the older stuff like Ravished and the slightly shady trilogy. I've read and liked a few Jill Barnett, the one LI sa Kleypas I've read(plan to read more), a Julie Quinn Bridgerton book that was good(the first one The Duke and I I think it's called). Marsha  Canham I think writes well but there was too much graphic stuff for me - don't mind feeling I'm really in the story when it comes to the nookie but not when itcomes to arrows going through the eye! she can definitely write though. I read one lynsay sands historical that was good but haven't read the others yet.