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Subject: I feel left out
Date Posted: 2/1/2008 9:16 AM ET
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I'm a romance reader who hates almost everything :(

I feel so left out that I can't get in on these discussions and enjoy all the books that everyone else does.  I try, I really do, but I'm just soooo picky.  For instance, on another post, you were all dying over Lynn Kurland and I remember reading "This is All I Ask" and  throwing it against the wall before I even got  halfway through.

I keep re-reading my favorites over and over again for lack of anything else to read.  And for some reason, my favorite authors have stopped writing.  And those who haven't keep turning out duds.  Aargh!!!

Should I try Kathleen Woodiwiss?  Can anyone give me an absolute--no fail--keeper that they absolutely love?

I keep trying...........................

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:27 AM ET
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tell me some of your faves and we'll see who we can come up with :)

there are alot i've read that i read raves on and was sooooooo disappointed and there are a few i liked that got bad reviews. everyone has their own taste.

personally i love woodiwiss. especially her early stuff "the flame and the flower" The wolf and the dove" "Shanna" etc....



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Lori V. (cjsmom) - ,
Date Posted: 2/1/2008 11:00 AM ET
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I agree, everyonw has different taste.  Have you tried Julie Garwood.  Her older historicals are good.  I LOVE ramsom.  Tell us a few of your keepers and maybe we can come up with some.

Lori

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 11:08 AM ET
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I read a ton, but only a handful become keepers.  The rest, well most of them I finish but occassionally they become wall-bangers.  And my TBR pile - wow.  I buy up books based on comments on threads here and other MBs, and often times they sit in my TBR forever because I just can't get started reading them. 

One of the things I do a lot of in order to cut down on time wasted with an "okay" read is I skim and read mostly just the speaking parts.  Sure, I miss some stuff in the background, but seriously most of the time it doesn't matter, especially on a border-line book to begin with. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 11:51 AM ET
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Lori, I just finished Ransom last night... Wow. I have always loved Garwood ( she lives in the same area as I do) I cant belive I missed this one. I stayed up til almost 1 in the morning finishing it.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 12:08 PM ET
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Oh, thank you for your help!  Okay, here's my faves:

Anything by LaVyrle Spencer

Anything by Penelope Williamson

Early Maggie Osborne -- couldn't get through her latest 3 books

Lorraine Heath -- Texas Destiny, Always to Remember & Sweet Lullaby (that's it! and she's written soo many!)

Early Susan King stuff -- her last 3 haven't cut it.

Early Rachel Gibson -- her last 3 have been painful

I've never done Garwood but I remember not liking 2 or 3 of Deveraux so I kind of linked them as the same in my mind.  And my biggest pet peeve in a writer is when they tell me a story.  I loove quotation marks!  I want to read a story as it unfolds.  I hate when they go on and on about their characters instead of letting them develop and unfold before my eyes.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 12:28 PM ET
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You might want to look at Deborah Smith.  She writes southern novels with great character development, but not car chases and explosions.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 12:47 PM ET
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Fern Michael's early  historical romances were good. I enjoy her contemporary books but love the historical ones the best especially her Captive series. I wish she would write more of them.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 12:55 PM ET
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Have you tried Judith McNaught.  I loved Whitney, My Love and Paradise as well as Perfect.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 1:03 PM ET
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Since you like Lorraine Heath and LaVyrle Spencer, you might enjoy Pattricia Gaffney's romances. I'd try Wild at Heart or Outlaw in Paradise. She has fabulous prose.

Since you like Penelope WIlliamson, you might like Laura Kinsale. She does intense well.

And if you like Old School Rachel Gibson, I'd head immediatly for Jennifer Crusie.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 1:16 PM ET
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Okay , thanks.  I'll try Gaffney and Fern Michaels.  I have tried McNaught's "Perfect" and was disappointed.  I know people have said they cried and loved it...but I don't see what they saw.  I guess I should give her another shot.  It's possible that I just didn't like that one book.

As for Kinsale.....I hated  "My Sweet Folly" but loved "Flowers from the Storm".  Should keep trying there as well.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 1:27 PM ET
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I really like Judith McNaught.. she has historicals and also some contemporary novels.  I reread them from time to time.  Here is a link that shows her books and a little blurb about each one (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/judith-mcnaught/).  These I reread but don't keep... mainly because they are in libraries and deep discount racks everywhere because there are soooo many out there.  My favorite by her is Tender Triumph, one of her contemporaries.  Here novels, particularly her historicals would be 300 pages shorter if the hero/heroine didn't have (sometimes goofy) misunderstandings... but.. I love the characters and almost all of them make me cry at some point... but they end happy.

One author that I keep and reread often is Madeleine Brent (psuedonym for Peter O'Donnell). My favorites are Moonraker's Bride, Tregaron's Daugher, Stranger at Wilding's, The Capricorn Stone, Merlin's Keep, A Heritage of Shadows, Golden Urchin.  Under Peter O'Donnell, he writes action novels that I LOVE, but wouldn't be considered romance by a long shot :  )

Helen McInnes - While Still We Live (Action story, but with a strong romance running though it)

Stephanie Lauren's - Devil's Bride

Catherine Anderson - My Sunshine, Summer Breeze

Sandra Brown - Mirror Image

Victoria Holt - Mask of the Enchantress

Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Ain't She Sweet

Diana Gabaldon - Outlander Series

 ETA:  I saw that you didn't like Perfect.  So you can ignore the McNaught info above  : )

 



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Date Posted: 2/1/2008 1:44 PM ET
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If you liked Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm, try her Prince of Midnight. It's good stuff. Just ignore the Fabio cover  ;)

And for what it's worth, I don't like McNaught either, but YMMV



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Date Posted: 2/1/2008 1:46 PM ET
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I found _My Sweet Folly_ unreadable, but I've loved everything else I've read by Kinsale. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 2:07 PM ET
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If you like early Rachel Gibson, I would look into Susan Andersen's early work, myabe Be My Baby, Head over Heals, Baby Don't Go. Also, if you like romance with some action, Christina Skye's My Spy, Overboard, and Hot Pursuit are pretty good. Hope you might enjoy some of these.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 2:13 PM ET
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I know I always mention the same authors, but just from looking at your list and knowing how you felt about Lynn Kurland - This is all I Ask (which I'm 2/3 of the way through right now), I'd recommend Candice Proctor first.  She's Penelope Williamson's sister, and in my very humble opinion, equally talented.  Secondly, I recommend Judith Ivory, then probably Laura Kinsale, and Marsha Canham.  You're clearly looking for literary quality above & beyond the average romance novel, I think you'll find it there.  I wouldn't even bother with the romance staples in your shoes (Laurens, Beverley, Quick, etc.).  I like a certain percentage of these myself, but I've thrown my fair share against the wall as well - Julie Garwood, more than once, btw...

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 3:36 PM ET
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Thanks, Kim.  I think you hit the nail on the head.  I do enjoy quality writing and a more in-depth story with attention to detail.  That's not to say I'm not looking for thee perfect hero as well :)

Never heard of Candice Proctor.  I will definitely  look her up right away.

Oh, and I'm giving Woodiwiss a shot.  I saw her on your bookshelf and the story sounded good....plus, she's been around forever so she must be doing something right.

Can I ask, are you liking  Kurland's  "This is all I Ask" ?

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 3:55 PM ET
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I'd recommend Marsha Canham as well - her books are fantastic.  I find Garwood to be fun reads - but they're very formula reads to me, but two especially good ones are Ransom and Mercy.  

My all time favorite though is Diana Gabaldon - her Outlander series is truly excellent.  Well developed complex characters and an intriguing story line.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 3:57 PM ET
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ooo I forgot Sara Donati too - she's fantastic too!

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 4:25 PM ET
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"I've thrown my fair share against the wall as well - Julie Garwood, more than once, btw..."

You know, her writing style annoys me so much that I can *always* recognize it in a GTB, even though I've barely skimmed her books. ;-)

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 4:25 PM ET
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I haven't found Julie Garwood to be much like Jude Deveraux.  In every JD book I've read the hero has been a bit nasty and didn't redeem himself to me.  I found this with many Catherine Coulter books where at them end I'm like "no don't love him he's horrible!".  But Julie Garwood is not like this.  The ones I've read of hers were really good.  I like my hero to be a little rough around the edges but there's a difference between rough and just plain horrible.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 4:26 PM ET
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Oh, I loved Outlander but then I never liked anything else she wrote!  That's an ongoing argument between me and my close friend who absolutely swears that Dragonfly in Amber is thee best Gabaldon book.  I, however, couldn't get through the whole thing!   Imagine? 

I never tried Donati.  I should look into her.  Thanks :)

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 5:15 PM ET
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About Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber was a bit bogged down by history... I kept reading for tamie and Claire... but there was a lot of historical and political details that I skimmed.  The next two Voyager and Drums of Autumn were much faster reads.  I have book 5 on the way to me now...after sereral  months on the wishlist.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 7:39 PM ET
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I like some of the same ones that you've listed-- I would also recommend Susan Andersen, her stuff is hit or miss with me, Jennifer Cruise-- I love-- I also recommend Susan Donovan, Take a Chance on Me or He Loves Lucy are both great. 

American Historicals, you could try some of Jill Marie Landis or Susan Kay Law, but I think that they both are moving away from historical romances currently.  I also love Julia Quinn, her Bridgerton series is great, IMO.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 8:09 PM ET
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I really liked some of susan andersen's...'baby, I'm yours' was funny and t here are 3 that sorta go togetther" head over heels(best storyline of the 3 I think), getting lucky(funniest of the 3 imo, and hot & bothered -ickiest of the 3 imo(guy found out he had a kid he didnt' know aobut and I hate that theme but the story was good otherwise)

Baby, I'm Yours a bounty hunter mistakes a woman for her wild sister and doesnt' believe she's who she says she is. probably not a thought-provoking story but f unny.

jennifer crusie is funny-bet me and 'anyone but you' I really enjoyed and have more of her st uff to read.

I tend to like contemporary and funny/sexy reads. In the contemporary and sexy reads I really enjoy Lucy Monroe-ready, willing, and able, satisfaction guaranteed, the real deal, and deal with this all were good. the 1st 3 go in order then someone in satsifaction is mentioned in 'and able' and people in satisaction and teh real deal show up in deal with this...really good stories.

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