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Subject: good romance book suggestions from your bookshelf..?
Date Posted: 1/19/2010 6:32 PM ET
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hopefully u can help me by suggesting a good book  from ur bookshelf. im looking for stories where the heroine is NOT stubborn, hot headed and full of her pride. and that ends up sucking all the fun out of the book. but thats my opinion. if i offended anyone by this comment i apologize.

so any good suggestions...? i need them plz and thank u :P

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 10:10 AM ET
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little more info please...contemporary, suspense, historical....  what authors do you enjoy?   

 

Jan

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 3:09 PM ET
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The only romance currently on my bookshelf that I've read is this one:

The Kissing Game (Sunrise Key, Bk 2) (Loveswept, No 817)
Author: Suzanne Brockmann

(not for lack of posting them... they go fast!)

It was a fun book. Suz is a good storyteller. The heroine wasn't overbearing. I won't say the hero was entirely charming, but I didn't hate him either. :)

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 4:41 PM ET
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The Best Man  by Maggie Osborne.    The three Heroines in the book are great women characters who transform themselves by sheer grit.

The Forever Man by Carolyn Davidson    I really liked that this couple got together as a result of needing what each other has to offer, rather than a Bigger-than-the-both-of-them love at first sight.   I liked the kids in the book.

His Secondhand Wife by Cheryl St. John      This is a damaged Hero book.  the Hero has scars that keep him living as a recluse.  The Heroine is preggers by his philandering brother and he assumes reponsibility for the wife and kid.  I like these types of Heros. 

Have you read Morning Glory by LaVyrly Spencer?   Oh my goodness, what a great book.  Both Hero and Heroine are wonderful characters.  Again, kids that I loved in this book.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 4:50 PM ET
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Eternal Nights by Patti O'Shea is a great futuristic romance.  Friends to lovers story too.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 5:32 PM ET
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Forever His by Shelly Thacker.  It's a pretty decent little time travel romance - which I'm not usually into.  This one was good though.  The Music of the Night by Lydia Joyce is also very good, Once A Pirate by Susan Grant - another good TT, and Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 5:52 PM ET
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Oh, I forgot to mention Longshadow's Woman by Bronwyn Williams.  New twist on the Indian themed westerns.  I really liked the two main characters in this one.  The woman has overcome obstacles to even eat and live and the hero is a successful horse breeder and a half breed Indian himself.  

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 6:11 PM ET
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Almost Heaven - Judith McNaught - Loved this book - my favorite McNaught - The heroine is just lovely in every way.

Simply Love - Mary Balogh - Wounded/Scarred soldier meets single mother who is an abuse survivor - very moving story.

Yours Until Dawn - Teresa Medeiros - Prim nurse nurtures wounded/blinded soldier back to health

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 7:52 PM ET
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I just finished Erin McCarthy's Flat Out Sexy.  It was a fun read and the characters were really likeable.  The heroine was very together and has two cute kids.  The hero is very together and is a race car driver.  This is the first in a new NASCAR series by McCarthy.  I'm not into car racing and was a little hesitant to read this book, but the racing is really just a backdrop to the story.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 7:56 PM ET
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thank u thank u ladies

well jan i prefer any good historical romance. my fav authors are judith mcnaught and kat martin and many more

wow dont  u agree that almost all the books you ladies requesting for me is time travel romance? :D

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 8:44 PM ET
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Have you read any Judith Ivory? I have Angel in a Red Dress which I adored.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 11:55 PM ET
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None of my suggestions are time travel romance, Kin. 

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 12:02 AM ET
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2 of mine are TT, and I don't even usually read TT:P  I liked these though.  Historicals are usually my thing too.

Subject: ok, here's a couple-all genres....
Date Posted: 1/21/2010 10:26 AM ET
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"Doctor's Wife"-Cheryl St. John.  St. John's stories across the board are good ones.  Stand-up heroines/honorable heros.  Americana settings.  We met Ellie and Caleb again in a later book too but I can't remember which one. 

"Dearly Beloved"-Mary Jo Putney.  But then I'll read MJP's phone book.  Quick pace; good characterization; deeper plots than standard Regency-but hero and heroine still react and talk within the norm for the period.  I'd recommend "Silk and Secrets" too-but for two reason's-#1 it's 2nd in a series(and I hate to read a series out of order) and #2 some people have had issues with Juliet's perceived "stubborn-ness".  I didn't-and haven't each time I re-read-I find that her reasons for doing what she did to be well explained by the author. 

Have several Suz Brockmann books on my shelf.  Suz heroines are also standup not wishy-washy.  Contemporary. 

Lastly-"Duncan's Bride"-Linda Howard.  contemporary.  However, for me, it's the only marriage of convience story that "works" in a contemporary setting.  And the heroine's "fight" with a chicken is simply lol funny.  light, funny read. 

Have lots of traditional Regencies up as well.  I love them when I want an uncomplicated read. 

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 10:52 AM ET
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I loved Flo, the cafe owner in Duncan's Bride.  I just love that book.  I read it about every 10 books or so.  My keeper copy is getting worn out!

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 6:38 PM ET
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my apologies pamela

i love judith ivory margaret but my fav from her is The Propostion

so Kim, wat are ur fav historical book?

and thank u jan great suggestion i think i can use a traditional regency wat do u suggest?

Subject: 2 of my favorites...
Date Posted: 1/21/2010 7:16 PM ET
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In the traditional Regency format-the forced marriage is a favorite storyline of mine.  2 favorites from my shelf are:  "Duel of Hearts" Anita Mills and "A Prudent Partnership" by Barbara Alllister. 

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 9:20 PM ET
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so Kim, wat are ur fav historical book?

On my shelf?  I think the best historicals on there right now are the Lydia Joyce books, but there are others who would look at it & disagree.  Nothing on there represents my personal favorites in reading, and never does unless I end up with extra copies somehow, because I usually keep my favorite books.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 5:45 PM ET
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Kim: the only book i read from lydia joyce is Veil of night and that was like my 1st gothic romance. i got to say its pretty good.
 wat about ur fav historical book NOT from ur shelf?

Jan: i dont blame u. forced marriages are a fav storyline of mine too but i get tired of reading those sometimes. which is y i started this topic lol

Subject: Fire Song by Catherine Coulter
Date Posted: 1/24/2010 3:01 PM ET
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This one might meet your criteria listed at the beginning of the thread.  It's a good historical type romance with the prerequisite happy ending I need.  There were moments you wanted to hang the "hero" but it all worked out for a great story by a very talented author.  It's on my bookshelf and if you're interested in it I'll make you a deal if you see something else you'd like.  I also have a time travel book by Nora Roberts called Time and Again with 2 separate but related stories in one book.  It's not on my bookshelf b/c I've read it about 3 times and wasn't sure I was willing to part with it.  I have a second copy but my daughter has absconded with it.  If you are interested in it just let me know and I'll post if for you or just PM me and I'll send it out with something already on my bookshelf. 

Melanie

Date Posted: 1/24/2010 4:02 PM ET
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Kim: the only book i read from lydia joyce is Veil of night and that was like my 1st gothic romance. i got to say its pretty good.
 wat about ur fav historical book NOT from ur shelf?

I don't have a single all-time favorite.  I have tons:P  It's easier to list my favorite authors...  Marsha Canham, Connie Brockway, Loretta Chase, Judith Ivory, Laura Kinsale, Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Penelope Williamson, Maggie Osborne, Candice Proctor, and Julie Anne Long.  With special mention to Karen Ranney, who can often be hit or miss, but who I think can be brilliant when she wants to be, Patricia Gaffney for Wild at Heart, Carrie Lofty who shows tremendous promise to be my next big keeper author, Jo Goodman for a few of her newer books, Adele Ashworth for Winter Garden & Stolen Charms, and Joanna Bourne for The Spymaster's Lady.



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Date Posted: 1/25/2010 8:50 PM ET
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Melanie: thank u for the wonderful recommendation :D i will consider it

Kim: i have tons of favs too :D to me thats a super hard question if anyone asks me that lol i absolutley love Laura Kinsale's Flowers From The Storm! and honestly i have never read some of the books u just listed. books like Wild At Heart and Winter Garden.

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 9:59 PM ET
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Both of them are amazing.  I loved them every bit as much as Flowers From the Storm.  If I could only recommend one or two from each author on my list, I'd recommend trying Across a Moonlit Sea & The Iron Rose (in that order) from Marsha Canham, The Bridal Season & Bridal Favors by Connie Brockway, Lord of Scoundrels and The Last Hellion by Loretta Chase, Untie My Heart and The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory, Sieze the Fire and For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale, Sherry Thomas... Oh hell, you gotta read all three by Sherry Thomas:P -  Private Arrangements, Delicious, and Not Quite A HusbandDuke of Shadows and Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran, Once in a Blue Moon and The Outsider by Penelope Williamson, Silver Lining and The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne, Night in Eden and Whispers of Heaven by Candice Proctor, and The Perils of Pleasure and Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long.  Some of them have many more great stories that I would highly recommend, but you have to start somewhere when trying someone new:P



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Date Posted: 1/26/2010 4:47 PM ET
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omg i love Sherry Thomas's books :P her books are so awesome and i have gotten quite teary-eyed over some of them lol
 and i love Meredith Duran's Duke of Shadows. loved the story! :D

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 4:50 PM ET
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Duke of Shadows just destroyed me.  I bawled.  My DH was looking nervously in my direction, and then pretending not to look when I caught him:P

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