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Subject: Going to try to read 1st real romance novel, who is your fave?
Date Posted: 2/21/2011 9:02 PM ET
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I have picked up some Kleypas, Balough, Quinn,Joyce and some others on deals here and library sales and can't decide. Need a break from my normal mystery/thriller stuff.

Date Posted: 2/21/2011 10:16 PM ET
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HI kim. My favorite authors you listed are 

1.Balogh ............read all her books except the ones I can't find.

2.Kleypas ...........does great historicals and contemporaries.

3. Quinn   .......love the Bridgerton series, quirky, fun, and romantic.





Date Posted: 2/21/2011 10:54 PM ET
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What type of romance are you wanting?  Historical, contemporary, erotica, suspense, paranormal?  I know you'll get lots of great recommendations here.

Date Posted: 2/21/2011 11:17 PM ET
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mainly historical, maybe contemporary

Date Posted: 2/21/2011 11:45 PM ET
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For funny I love Loretta Chase - Lord of Scoundrels,

The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince and some other prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

and anything by Lisa Kleypas is really good. Some romance books are really hot so if that turns you off, you may need to read some descriptions.

Oh, and of course Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes great stuff.

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Date Posted: 2/22/2011 10:12 AM ET
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I'm a historical girl-but as an intro to romance I can highly recommend  these contemporaries-SEP-esp. It Had to be You and Nobody's Baby but Mine.  and certainly the queen of the genre-Nora Roberts.  For me, nobody but nobody writes "guy" as well as LaNora.  By far my favorite-Quinn series-Inner Harbour, Cheasapeake Blue-and I'm blanking on the other 2.  Read them in order. 

Historicals?  There's simply too many to list-and tastes vary so much.  Do you want dark and brooding?  light and quirky?  historically accurate? sexy and hot? what time period and/or plot lines? 

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 10:52 AM ET
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Do you like Cowboys?  Try Stacey Kane...they are historical books as well.

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 11:21 AM ET
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I think a lot also depends on how much or little sex you want in books.  Some Historical romance can have very descriptive sex scenes and some books just have kissing, it's up to you.  Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn are great authors to start with, both write excellent stories with a dose of humor, sweet romance and can be quite sensual.  Would also recommend Julie Garwood with books such as Honor's Splendor or The Secret.  Depends if you want medieval, Regency, Victorian, American West, American Civil War etc... Best to just jump in and see what you like.

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 11:30 AM ET
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I am not a Balogh fan. But I really like the other 3 you got a lot. 

Everyone has different preferences.  I like mine on the spicy side and even into the erotic side. But some people want nothing more than a chaste kiss.  You might ahve to read a few before you figure out what you like. 

The first romance I ever read was a Midievil called The Maid of Lorne by Terri Brisbin and I was hooked.

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 6:33 PM ET
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Mary Balogh, Terri Brisbin, Lisa Kleypas, Diana Gabaldon, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 9:36 PM ET
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Judith Ivory, Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Laura Kinsale (Flowers from the Storm may be the best romance novel ever written imo), Penelope Williamson, Mary Balogh, Pamela Morsi, Stephanie Mittman, Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 9:43 PM ET
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Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Claire Delacroix, Hannah Howell (scottish)  Johanna Lindsey, Victoria Alexander, Christina Dodd

Date Posted: 2/23/2011 7:12 AM ET
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I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE Lisa Kleypas. WARNING: she is addictive. while not all of her books are part of a series, ALL of them relate in some way, If you start at her first books, each book will have a secondary character that will then have his/her own book.

Her best series is the wallflower series.Secrets of a summer night, It happened one autumn, Devil in winter, and Scandal in spring, with Devil in winter being the best of the series.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 3:03 AM ET
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Lavyrl Spencer...Hummingbird or Morning Glory...my favorite author/books ever! Pure, straight forward romance!!!

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 9:58 AM ET
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I also love Madeline Hunter's books, all of them.  great romance and great historical detail. 

Two authors that write some great historical novels are Laura Kinsale and  Penelope Williamson.   Much heavier going on their books.  When you want something meatier and less predictable.  More discussion of social woes and ills.  I like that personally.

Some lesser discussed but very good romance authors are Jenna Kernan, Emily Carmichael and Samantha james.  I have been reading alot of westerns and gold rush romances lately and the stuff out there is pretty good.

do not miss the wonderful The Knight in Shining Armour by Jude Deveraux.  One of the best books ever.


Date Posted: 3/10/2011 10:36 AM ET
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I love, love, love Kleypas. Julia Quinn is a fun writer, not always historically accurate but whether or not that's important is a matter of choice. Don't care for Balogh really although she's a skilled writer.


Julie Garwood, Elizabeth Hoyt, Suzanne Enoch, Judith Ivory, Sabrina Jeffries, Amanda Quick's 90's stuff - her recent stuff isn't quite as good IMO.


Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, I really like Jennifer Ashley's Shifters series but it's paranormal. I don't read much contemporary.


Date Posted: 3/10/2011 7:30 PM ET
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Carla Kelly for Regency romance. I have loved every single one of her books. She never fails to make me cry (even when happy).

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 7:50 PM ET
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If you like some history in with your romance, try The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.

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Date Posted: 3/10/2011 8:55 PM ET
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Lisa Kleypas, Gaelen Foley, Oldie but a goodie, Roberta Gellis especially her Roselynde books.  Elizabeth Chadwick (the Brit) she is heavily historical fiction based but excellent writing and her love stories are always wonderful,not always happy ending though. Celeste Bradley, Loretta Chase, and Tessa Dare. 

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 10:47 AM ET
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I agree with LaVyrle Spencer: Sweet Memories, Morning Glory & Family Blessings(had me crying by page 5!!)

Jude Deveraux - Knight in Shining Armor & Wishes

All of Deirdre Martin's NY Blades Hockey series.

The Creed series by Linda Lael Miller.

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 9:25 PM ET
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Marsha Canham, hands down.  My fave is The Last Arrow. 


Penelope Williamson - Once in a Blue Moon or the Outsider are my faves. 


Kleypas also has some good ones.  The best is Devil in Winter, IMO.  If you like contemporary, Blue Eyed Devil is great by Kleypas. 

Don't like Balogh at all.  B O R I N G and no steam whatsoever. 

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Date Posted: 3/22/2011 11:31 AM ET
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If you're a Navy geek like me, try Suzanne Brockmann.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 12:27 PM ET
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I also highly recommend Theresa Weir's contemporaries, especially Cool Shade and One Fine Day.