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Subject: I need some good book ideas!
Date Posted: 1/2/2009 7:51 PM ET
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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!

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 8:14 PM ET
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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.

Other romance:

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.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 9:44 PM ET
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try christine feehan, dorothy garlock and  p.c. cast

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 10:02 PM ET
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 11:07 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 12:50 AM ET
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Thank you. I will be trying them all!


Date Posted: 1/3/2009 1:29 PM ET
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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

Across a Moonlit Sea & The Iron Rose  - some of the best pirate books I've ever read

The Robin Hood trilogy: Through a Dark Mist , In the Shadow of Midnight, and The Last Arrow

Stand alone novels:  Pale Moon Rider, Under the Desert Moon, and Swept Away

 Pride of Lions and Blood of Roses - Highlander Series, set during the Jacobite Rebellion

 Hard to find, but another great Pirate/High Seas adventure story: Wind and the Sea



Meredith Duran

The Duke of Shadows

And 2 upcoming releases scheduled for 2009: 

Written on Your Skin

Bound by Your Touch


Connie Brockway

My Dearest Enemy

Promise Me Heaven

As You Desire

The Bridal Season

Bridal Favors

Anything for Love


Loretta Chase - Really great regencies

Lord of Scoundrels (Avon Romantic Treasure)
The Last Hellion (Avon Romantic Treasure) 
Lord Perfect and Mr. Impossible


Suzanne Enoch

The Rake (Lessons in Love)

England's Perfect Hero

London's Perfect Scoundrel : Lessons in Love (Lessons in Love)

Before the Scandal: The Notorious Gentlemen

After the Kiss (Notorious Gentlemen, Bk 1)


Jo Goodman

A Season to Be Sinful

The Price of Desire

If HIs Kiss Is Wicked

One Forbidden Evening (Grantham Bk 2)



Sandy Hingston

The Suitor

The Affair


Judith Ivory

The Indiscretion

The Proposition

Untie My Heart

Sleeping Beauty


Laura Kinsale

For My Lady's Heart


Uncertain Magic

Flowers From The Storm

My Sweet Folly


Adele Ashworth

Winter Garden

Stolen Charms


Lisa Kleypas

Wallflowers Series:

Devil in Winter

It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers, Bk 2)

Secrets of a Summer Night

Scandal in Spring

Bow Street Runners:

Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street Runners, Bk 1)

Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners, Bk 2)

Worth Any Price (Bow Street Runners, Bk 3)


Then Came You

Dreaming of You

Mine Till Midnight

Seduce Me At Sunrise


Jill Barnett - European Historical, some paranormal elements




Pamela Clare - Colonial America

Ride the Fire




Maggie Osborne  - American Frontier/Westerns (some of the best out there)

Silver Lining

The Wives of Bowie Stone

The Promise of Jenny Jones

The Best Man

I Do, I Do, I Do

The Bride of Willow Creek

Foxfire Bride

Prairie Moon


Candice Proctor - mostly writes books set in Georgian & Victorian era Australia

Night in Eden

Whispers of Heaven

Beyond Sunrise

September Moon



Karen Ranney

My Beloved (Loved, Bk 1)

My True Love

After the Kiss (Avon Romantic Treasures.)


The Devil Wears Tartan

An Unlikely Governess


Sherry Thomas

Private Arrangements


And upcoming release:

Not Quite a Husband


Laura Lee Guhrke

Not So Innocent (Sonnet Books)

Guilty Pleasures (Seduction, Bk 1)

His Every Kiss (Avon Romantic Treasure)

And Then He Kissed Her

Breathless (Sonnet Books)



Best of luck & happy reading:)


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Date Posted: 1/3/2009 6:54 PM ET
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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. 

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 8:11 PM ET
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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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Date Posted: 1/3/2009 8:16 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:50 AM ET
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I second Lisa Kleypas, Laura Lee Guhrke and Outlander!