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Subject: Guilty Pleasures....
Date Posted: 10/16/2009 5:56 PM ET
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So tell us - those authors/books you are compelled to read. My guilty pleasure is Diana Palmer AND early Karen Robards - I can't explain it but the angst, the misunderstandings, the virgins the horrible men lol - I just like the whole thing lol!

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 6:48 PM ET
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Big ditto here. Except it's really a love-hate thing with me.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 7:57 PM ET
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My guilty pleasure is Coulters' Woman by Maya Banks.  A woman goes from virgin to no holds barred in about two seconds - with three brothers.  To push it even further, she's chased by an evil husband and was (as I recall) an heiress to boot (oh naturally!).  Yep, it pushes beyond the barrier of believability but it was one heck of a hot book.   I remember reading it the first time and being torn between thinking "Oh please, I'm so sure!" and "Wow, okay..nevermind."  I actually traded my original copy, then later wished I hadn't, so I ended up getting it as an ebook.  Now it's forever on my e-reader. :D



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Date Posted: 10/16/2009 8:02 PM ET
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I would say my old guilty pleasure was anything by VC Andrews, but that was like 15 years ago. 

I have been thinking of rereading Mr. Perfect because I remember really loving the interaction between the H and H in the beginning. :-)  I think I have everything by Linda Howard.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2009 8:14 PM ET
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My guilty pleasure is Helen Bianchin books.  All her books are all basically the same but I love them.  They are my comfort reads.  I also have the pleasure of being Helen's only fan on Goodreads. 

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 9:39 PM ET
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Heh - I will have to read some Bianchin and perhaps join you! Or would you be bummed to have company? ;-)

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 9:41 PM ET
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I've read some Helen Bianchin books.  They're a good guilty pleasure!  I'd add Emma Darcy and Carol Mortimer and Penny Jordan to that list.

Diana Palmer is another of mine and I LOVE Colters' Woman.  Completely unbelieveable but oh so hot!

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 10:13 PM ET
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Willa,

You can join me in the Helen Bianchin fan club.  I need someone else there so I don't look like a complete dork.  I would be happy to give you some recommendations if you want.  Actually if you want to know how bad I am with her books Helen's latest book was not published in the US.  So I of course look to see what the price is on The Book Depository website.  Luckily the book was on sale so of course I bought it.  I received it in the mail last week.  Yea, so  How's the weather where you are?

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 7:20 AM ET
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Diana Palmer and Johanna Lindsey.

Long-time Presents fan, Bianchin a long-time favorite. A friend and I have an ongoing thing re Sara Craven - I think she just likes the name Craven and every time we get together and talk about what we've been reading and always asks me if I've read any Cravens lately. My friend doesn't read category romances so I can't remember how the Craven thing got started

Gail

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 7:49 AM ET
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ooo Coulter's Woman.....what you said.....but it was SO hot it didn't matter! I wish I'd kept my copy, too, I have become quite the Maya Banks fan. The newest Sweet book is on the way to me now!

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 7:57 AM ET
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Any of my erotica falls under the category of "guilty pleasure," lol. And of course, as a 31-year-old woman waaaay out of high school, Twilight would technically have to be, too.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 9:54 AM ET
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I am with you on Diana Palmer.  I know she gets bashed alot for the not so nice heroes and reusing the same plot over and over again. But I still love her. 

Bodice Rippers from the late 80's/earlye 90's as well. Love those.  not so big on the early bodice rippers by Bertrice SMall and the like. But I lvoe the later ones. 

I also love the Futuristic type Bodice Rippers that were big in the 90's. 

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 11:03 AM ET
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I have an entire shelf dedicated to Diana Palmer and the books get reread frequently.

LYNN - If you like the incredulous plot in Coulters' Woman, you gotta read Blackmailed by Annmarie McKenna. It's an M/F/M relationship also, but with the situation created by a deranged egomaniac. Although I suspect that since you have other McKenna books, you've already discovered this one. If not, it's your first "library book" from me. '-D

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 11:14 AM ET
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I have to agree with the Twilight Mania, I also like a lot of YA books. I still even read some of those Dear America books because it is neat to read the History from young girls perspetive.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 11:42 AM ET
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I ditto Willa on Diana Palmer - love/hate her stories. But I can't stop myself from reading them.    Also Ransom from Julie Garwood.  That always makes me feel better.  And for the life of me I don't know why, so don't ask, but any book where the heroine is kidnapped or stuck somewhere awful and the hero goes to great lengths to save her.  lol

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 1:57 PM ET
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Thanks, Colleen - naturally, I've read it!  The father really was a piece of work, wasn't he?!  

You know what would have been a huge guilty pleasure, had I actually kept it, was Devil's Pact   by Samantha Cruise.  That book was very hot, but so over the top I had to laugh at times and wound up sending it to a buddy.

-Lynn

(edited twice, trying to remove unintentioned bold type after book title. If it's still that way, sorry, I couldn't fix it!)

 



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Date Posted: 10/17/2009 2:01 PM ET
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Lynn, when you edit, highlight everything and click on the blue eraser thingy next to Styles in the text box.  That removes all formatting and will unbold it.

I agree about Devil's Pact and Blackmailed.  So hot but so over the top.  I love them both too!

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 2:14 PM ET
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Johanna Lindsey.  With the exception of A Pirate's Love, I've enjoyed everything I've read by her so far, even though sometimes the cheese factor can be high.  A Pirate's Love just pissed me off through the whole danged book.  Yuck.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 2:31 PM ET
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Definitely Diana Palmer . . . have two shelves of her books so far!  :D

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 5:43 PM ET
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After reading all of these posts I now have a list of authors to look up!

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 6:58 PM ET
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Yay, it worked - thanks, Sarah! That was driving me nuts!

-Lynn

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 8:45 PM ET
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Okay i have to admit it. I read Diana Palmer too. I don't always like the arrogant or borderline abusive hero's but  sometimes i'm in the mood for that. I know other s complain about how her heroes are always much older than the female, but i like older men so it doesn't bother me.



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Date Posted: 10/19/2009 1:39 PM ET
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Bertrice Small! Total guilty pleasure. And when she branched out into "fantasy" it was like Christmas. Her idea of sf/f is to have the villain with double endowments, one big & one little that don't move in tandem (bwaaaah?!??!?), so one's doing the work while the other one's just chillaxing all warm and cozy. I mean, how could one not love the awfulness of that???


And it took me awhile to figure out a way to phrase that with inoffensive words, I'll have y'all know. :P

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 2:05 PM ET
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And don't think we don't appreciate it, Karla! Seton would've just said "double-wang" ;-)

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 2:57 PM ET
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LOL Karla! I want to read one of those chillaxing books now- it does sound wonderfully awful!

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