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I work a job where I have a LOT of downtime. My favorite thing to do is read. I blow through books fast too. I just read the Twilight series. I started the series in Nov when the world suddenly went Twilight crazy and had read the entire series in a month. LOVED it! I love the romance in it. So love & romance is new genre for me. I REALLY REALLY REALLY hate Harlequin romances tho. Cheesy skeezy and BORING. Sex is fine, steamy love scenes are great, but geez I need a storyline too.
So I need some ideas. Tell me about some of your favorite love/romance books/series/authors. Also please tell me why you like them, what makes them so great?
Give me some ideas! Thanks!
If you like vamps:
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. First book of the Brotherhood series. Kind of dark, pretty steamy. Some people think the last 2 books of the series focus a bit more on world building and cross into more urban fantasy than romance but I enjoyed all the books and find them addicting.
A Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister. More funny, lighthearted. Kind of a zany, British type of humor. But it is the first book in her series. The next one Sex and The Single Vampire has one of my favorite heros-Christian. He is wicked cool-lol.
I love the In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). The first is Naked in Death. It is a futuristic book that deals with a police lieutenant Eve Dallas and her meeting with businessman/bad boy Roarke. Excellent series but you have to read in order.
Those are some of my favorite books.
One of my favorites is Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. The books are Virgin River, Shelter Mountain, Whispering Rock and A Virgin River Christmas. There are also 3 new books in the series being released starting Feb 09. I liked the relationships in these books, friendships and romances and that the characters from the first book are still around and involved in the following books.
I'm also a fan of the In Death series by J.D. Robb. I like the relationship between Eve and Roarke.
If you haven't already you may try looking at the 10 Best Books You Read in 2008 thread. Some of the posters explained why they liked the books they listed.
It seems like there have been several of these recommendation request threads lately, so I'm just going to copy & paste the list I used for those. These are the usual books and authors I recommend, and they're all historicals; some regency, Colonial America, Western, Action/Adventure (pirate/high seas, etc), European Historicals, and on & on. It's a mix, but falls under the "historicals" heading. Mostly, these are my favorites from my keeper shelf , but a few are just good books I think are worth trying. Here ya go:
Marsha Canham - mostly a lot of "big screen" style action adventure romances
Hard to find, but another great Pirate/High Seas adventure story: Wind and the Sea
And 2 upcoming releases scheduled for 2009:
Loretta Chase - Really great regencies
Bow Street Runners:
Jill Barnett - European Historical, some paranormal elements
Pamela Clare - Colonial America
Maggie Osborne - American Frontier/Westerns (some of the best out there)
Candice Proctor - mostly writes books set in Georgian & Victorian era Australia
And upcoming release:
Laura Lee Guhrke
Best of luck & happy reading:)
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Definitely Virgin River series, Outlander series, and add Deborah Cooke's dragon series, Lucy Monroe's "Ready, willing and able" series, Julie Garwood, Marliss Melton, Cindy Gerard.
I really enjoyed "The Rake (and the Reformer)" by Mary Jo Putney. This was the first romance book I read since the '70's and it opened up the genre for me. I also liked Wild Child, the bartered brided and there is another I can't ever remember the name. I also found that there are some real gems here and there, like Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. And another is Jude Devereaux's Knight in shining armor.
I just read the entire Dead Until Dark series from Charlaine Harris over the snowed-in Holidays. Really good action, like murder mystery stuff but the supernatural development in the series is really great. Good romance in them, too, but not focused on that. The characters: vampires, humans, shifters, Weres, you name it, are all pretty interesting. Sookie Stackhouse the main character is a wonderful quirky spunky gal who is a telepath. Not too serious but not completely lighthearted, which gives the stories lots of depth.
Oh how I wish for spell checker!
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Not really romance, but have you read Dalva by Jim Harrison and the sequel The Road Home. Really wonderful books for women readers, written by a man. These are two of my all time favorite keepers. I actually have them in hardback and paperback for lending.