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Subject: Help me decide what to read next!
Date Posted: 3/24/2008 4:32 PM ET
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I have such a big TBR pile that I can't decide what to read next.  I go for historicals with good character development (I love unconventional and less than perfect characters), as well as lots of steam and emotional intensity. 

Here's my temendous TBR pile, which DH has been nagging me about. The last one (Lessons of Desire) was only so/so, so I need a REALLY good one next.  I think there might be some candidates on this list.  Pleas help me decide!




The Dragon's Bride

Jo  Beverley

To Wed A Scandalous Spy (Royal Four)

Celeste Bradley

Desire In Disguise

Rebecca Brandewyne

Upon a Moon - Dark Moor (Love Spell)

Rebecca Brandewyne


Anna Campbell

Across a Moonlit Sea

Marsha Canham

Swept Away

Marsha Canham

Not Quite A Lady

Loretta Chase

Calypso Magic (Magic Trilogy Book 2)

Catherine Coulter

Welcome to Temptation

Jennifer Crusie

Confessions at Midnight

Jacquie D'Alessandro

Desire Me Only

Thea Devine

The Runaway Princess

Christina Dodd


Jane Feather

All I Ever Needed (Zebra Historical Romance)

Jo Goodman

The Wicked One

Danelle Harmon


Virginia Henley

Prince of Ice : A Tale of the Demon World

Emma  Holly

Absolute Pleasure

Cheryl Holt

Lord Sin

Kalen Hughes

Les Miserables : A New Unabridged Translation (Signet Classics)

Victor Hugo

The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke

Jillian Hunter

The Lessons of Desire (Rothwell Brothers Bk 2)

Madeline Hunter

One Moonlit Night

Samantha James


Susan Johnson

Pure Sin

Susan Johnson

To Please a Lady

Susan Johnson


Nicole Jordan

Master of Temptation

Nicole Jordan

The Seduction

Nicole Jordan

Too Wicked to Tame

Sophie Jordan

The Masquerade (de Warenne Dynasty)

Brenda Joyce

Stranger in My Arms

Lisa Kleypas

When Strangers Marry

Lisa Kleypas

The Lady Chosen (Bastion Club)

Stephanie Laurens

A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster Novels)

Stephanie Laurens

Gentle Rogue (Malory Novels)

Johanna Lindsey

The Devil's Love

Julia London

The Runaway Duke

Julie Anne Long

In My Wildest Fantasies

Julianne MacLean

Behind Closed Doors

Shannon McKenna

The Bride and the Beast

Teresa Medeiros

Whisper of Roses

Teresa Medeiros

A Kiss of Fate

Mary Jo Putney

The Rake

Mary Jo  Putney

The Wild Child

Mary Jo Putney


Amanda Quick

The Viscount Who Loved Me

Julia Quinn

My Beloved

Karen Ranney

One Man's Love : Book One of The Highland Lords (Highland Lords Bk 1)

Karen Ranney

Games of Pleasure

Julia  Ross

Night of Sin

Julia  Ross


Rosamond Royal


Anne Stuart

To Love a Dark Lord (An Avon Romantic Treasure)

Anne Stuart

Bride of the Beast

Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Master of the Highlands

Sue-Ellen Welfonder



Last Edited on: 3/24/08 4:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/24/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Jeebus, this is a long list. I would recommend the following from your list for steam/emotional intensity:


To Wed A Scandalous Spy (Royal Four)



Prince of Ice : A Tale of the Demon World

Forbidden, Susan Johnson

Desire, Nicole Jordan

The Seduction, Nicole Jordan

Moonrise, Anne Stuart

To Love a Dark Lord (An Avon Romantic Treasure), Anne Stuart



Date Posted: 3/24/2008 4:56 PM ET
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This following from your list is not that steamy or emotionally intense but I liked them:


Desire In Disguise -- not that steamy

Calypso Magic (Magic Trilogy Book 2) -- I remember this being more funny than intense

Confessions at Midnight -- this is a cute book

Too Wicked to Tame -- this book was crap

Gentle Rogue (Malory Novels) -- funny book

The Runaway Duke -- this was cute

A Kiss of Fate -- this was boring

The Rake -- not steamy but a good book about alcoholism

The Wild Child -- love this book. it's really different.

Ravished -- this was cute and fun




Date Posted: 3/24/2008 4:58 PM ET
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the only one i've read is Prince of Ice : A Tale of the Demon World by Emma Holly.  i thought it was ok, but not great, and not as good as her Midnight series.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 5:01 PM ET
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Yikes, that IS a list.  Not that mine is any shorter, mind you...  I hate to sound like a broken record, but you need to read those Marsha Canham books pronto.  They should always be at the top of the list.  I might steer people wrong from time to time, but never on MC:P  And then, My Beloved by Karen Ranney, and Wild Child by MJ Putney.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 5:25 PM ET
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Any of the Karen Ranney books.


Date Posted: 3/24/2008 5:28 PM ET
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I agree with Kim.  I would pick a Across a Moonlit Sea by Marsha Canham or My Beloved by Karen Ranney.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 6:39 PM ET
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I dont read historica but I did read Bride and Beast a year or two ago and liked it..not really steamy but parts are funny. Enough to keep my interest in a genre I don't usually read LOL!

I started 'welcome to temptation' but haven't gotten back to it..it's contemporary.

try Emma Holly or Susan Johnson and lemme know how they are - I have some of theirs in MY TBR!

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 7:10 PM ET
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The Dragon's Bride/Jo  Beverley. Not a favorite of mine, though not bad.

Untouched/Anna Campbell. She does nothing for me, I don't know why. You might love it. Many do.

Not Quite A Lady/Loretta Chase. Fun read, but not her best.

Calypso Magic (Magic Trilogy Book 2)/Catherine Coulter. I couldn't get through this one.

The Runaway Princess/Christina Dodd. Good read, not great.

All I Ever Needed (Zebra Historical Romance)/Jo Goodman.  Good, but read them in order. The first is my favorite.

The Seduction/Nicole Jordan. The only book of hers I really like.  Good and intense - I think you'd like it.

Too Wicked to Tame/Sophie Jordan. I vaguely remember this one as boring.

The Masquerade (de Warenne Dynasty)/Brenda Joyce. I love this one, my favorite by her.

Stranger in My Arms/Lisa Kleypas. Okay, though not her best. The heroine is very dull.

When Strangers Marry/Lisa Kleypas.  Really not one of her top books.

The Bride and the Beast/Teresa Medeiros. I love this one! She's kind of an overly sentimental writer, but also funny and intense.

Whisper of Roses/Teresa Medeiros. Intense, but not really well written. Too many plot twists.

A Kiss of Fate/Mary Jo Putney. Didn't care for it, but it is intense. You might like the steaminess.

The Rake/Mary Jo  Putney. I found it dull.

The Wild Child/Mary Jo Putney. Okay.

The Viscount Who Loved Me/Julia Quinn. Fun read, though I'm not big on her style of humor. Not the sort of thing you usually like. I'd recommend The Duke and I first.

My Beloved/Karen Ranney. Excellent, of course! :-) I didn't feel a strong connection to it, though. I need to reread it.

Games of Pleasure/Julia  Ross. Haven't read yet, but _The Seduction_ was fabulous.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 7:35 PM ET
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I'd go for Vice next.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 11:23 PM ET
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I missed Games of Pleasure in there somehow.  I really liked that one.  A lot actually.  Very different sort of H&H.  The kind I like - very credibly human, flawed.  It's the sequel to One Night of Sin, which was a real stinkburger though.:P  Wouldn't even waste my time with that one unless you feel strongly about reading everything in a series.

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Date Posted: 3/26/2008 7:57 AM ET
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Thanks for all the recommendations Ladies! 


Last night I started Games of Pleasure.  I loved Julia Ross' the Seduction as well as Flowers Under Ice (which she wrote under the name Jean Ross Ewing).  Didn' t get very far, but I'm enjoying it. 

The others will be a the very top of my TBR.  Thanks again--this helps me with a strategy to attack the TBR and get it under control. 

Last Edited on: 3/26/08 7:58 AM ET - Total times edited: 1