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Subject: Great Historical Romance authors?
Date Posted: 7/15/2010 1:43 PM ET
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I'm interested in reading historical romance novels, but not interested into the short harlequin stories that i grew up with as a kid. I'm looking for all different type

of historical romance, but I want them to  have substance and not just the rip your bodice off plot line : ) If you have some suggestions as to where I can start, please 

let me know. 


Date Posted: 7/15/2010 1:59 PM ET
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Mary Balogh is my new favorite.  I also like Sherry Thomas.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 2:01 PM ET
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thank you! Someone else had recommended Mary Balogh : )

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 2:35 PM ET
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I like Claudia Dain and Cassie Edwards. Nicole Jordan is good  too.  :) :)

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 3:00 PM ET
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Do you only want the Regency types? If you want to try some western historicals, too, I suggest Elizabeth Lowell, Linda Lael Miller, and Maggie Osborne.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 3:36 PM ET
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So, you want meaty but not bodice-rippers?

try Laura Kinsale, Judith Ivory, Madeline Hunter, Pamela Clare, Roberta Gellis

I also second Sherry Thomas

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 3:44 PM ET
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I third Sherry Thomas. I also recommend Lisa Kleypas or Liz Carlyle.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 4:00 PM ET
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I agree with Linda Lael Miller  and Maggie Osborne Or Bobbie Smith?

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 4:28 PM ET
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Loretta Chase, Julia Quinn, Carla Kelly, Tamera Alexander...

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 6:04 PM ET
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My current favorites are Lorreta Chase, Lisa Kleypas, Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Jo Beverly

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 6:17 PM ET
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Thank you so much. New to this genre and didn't know where to start. I don't mind there being sex in the storyline, I just don't want every single page

to be sex. I wan't there to be a story...I would like more than just the regency historical romances. I am finding out that there are several romance subgenres. : )


Thank you!

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 6:36 PM ET
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The only one I didn't see mentioned is Madeline Hunter. 

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 7:02 PM ET
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My very favorites - Judith Ivory, Laura Kinsale, Elizabeth Hoyt, Mary Balogh, Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Laura Lee Guhrke. For Americana - Pamela Morsi, Penelope Williamson, Maggie Osborne.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 7:49 PM ET
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Love many of the authors listed.  Also replied to you over on the hf board.  Not mentioned yet-Mary Jo Putney, Joanna Bourne.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 7:50 PM ET
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wow nobody's said Marsha Canham yet?! she used to be the first name mentioned LOL! I'm still newish to historical but I read some by Elizabeth  Hoyt and Amanda Quick and liked them

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 8:24 PM ET
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If you are interested in more than the regency historical romances, there is also Carrie Lofty and Judith James. They write in interesting settings and time periods - Lofty's What a Scoundrel Wants is Robin Hood-esque, Scoundrel's Kiss is set in Spain, and Song of Seduction is set in Salzburg, Austria (although this one is only available in e-book format). James's Broken Wing is during the Napoleonic era,  Highland Rebel is set in 1700s Scotland and England, and Libertine's Kiss is during the Restoration era. Of the above mentioned, I've only read What a Scoundrel Wants and Highland Rebel, but I absolutely loved both and I will be reading all of their other works for sure.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 10:33 PM ET
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I will have to second Marsha Canham, she is AMAZING!!

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 10:49 PM ET
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Jo Goodman is good. So far I've really enjoyed  her Compass Club books(there are 4) as well as A Season To Be Sinful, One Forbidden Evening, If His Kiss IS Wicked  & The Price of Desire.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 10:53 PM ET
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Julia Quinn - Bridgerton series

Date Posted: 7/16/2010 6:53 PM ET
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Do you like emotional angsty storylines or lighter fare? Julia Quinn and Connie Brockway both write wonderful books but are lighter and more humourous - Elizabeth Hoyt is also very funny.

Date Posted: 7/16/2010 6:57 PM ET
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oooh-ITA on Elizabeth Hoyt-funny but also angsty.  Esp. like the "Prince" trilogy. 

Date Posted: 7/16/2010 8:34 PM ET
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If you want something a bit darker and sexier,  Victoria Dahl's A Rake's Guide to Pleasure, To Tempt a Scotsman and One Week As Lovers were three very good books.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 8:18 PM ET
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Linda Lael Miller and Jodi Thomas are 2 of my favorites.

Date Posted: 7/19/2010 12:25 PM ET
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Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn are the two who have never disappointed.



Date Posted: 7/19/2010 3:38 PM ET
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Ditto on two of my very favorites that were previously mentioned:  Victoria Dahl and Elizabeth Hoyt.  I also enjoy these that I didn't see mentioned yet:

Eloisa James
Cathy Maxwell
Jo Beverley
Stephanie Laurens
Alexandra Hawkins
Victoria Alexander