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Subject: Help, with my TBR pile
Date Posted: 1/9/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I have over 800 books in my TBR pile and I know I will never get them all read because I keep adding to it.  I have a lot of authors that I collected when I first started reading romance and now I am not sure that I will ever read them because of so many other authors that I have found.  I have several authors that I have a lot of books by and I am wondering what you all think of them.   These are the ones that I would like to get your opinion on:

Catherine Coulter

Virginia Henley

Johanna Lindsey

Jo Beverley

Sandra Brown (suspense)

Shannon Drake

Hannah Howell

Brenda Joyce

Are any of these a favorite author or do you have a keeper from one of these authors?  Trying to cut my TBR pile.  Thanks



Date Posted: 1/9/2009 11:54 AM ET
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Sherron, I have read many book by the authors you named but none of them are on my keeper shelf. I will say that Johanna Lindsey has a few that I remember so I must have enjoyed them at the time. PRISONER OF MY DESIRE  has an unusual plot line.  SAY YOU LOVE ME  is my favorite of the Malory Series books. and I think she had a couple of westerns I liked too. Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 12:21 PM ET
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I don't like Virginia Henley I have read two books By her A year and a Daya and another one I forgot the title so it didn't leave a lasting impression.

Catherine Coulter is so old school (her historicals anywa) I read Valentien Legacy only because the heroine was a redhead named Jessie (that's me  to a tee lol) and It was very silly and eye roll worthy , I read Fire song a long time ago and  It was not my thing with rape and mental abuse and all that.  Your not missing much. I haven't read her Contemps though

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 12:43 PM ET
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I really enjoyed the Brenda Joyce Deadly series, but a lot of people did not like it.  I liked it because it involved two men and it wasn't totally resolved until the last couple of books.  I thought that made it a little different.  I think some thought the heroine was a bit ridiculous at times, but it didn't bother me too much.

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 1:31 PM ET
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Catherine Coulter - I read her back in the 80s. She is very unPC. Broad humor. One of the things I always liked about her books is that the first time usually isnt fireworks and the earth moving. She is known for her alpha jerks but my faves of hers are the ones where her H's are beta. Loved MIDNIGHT STAR, set in 19th c SF. Revenge plot. Hero was a babe. Its second in a quartet. Actually, I liked all the books with STAR in it but that's my fave.

Also loved NIGHT FIRE. This is a fave at AAR who usually hates her stuff. Heroine was sexually abused in her first marriage. The rest of the trilogy wasnt as good but they were readable. Her popular series by far is her LEGACY series but I never liked those and actually stopped reading her during that series. For good.

Virginia Henley - I sort of have a soft spot for THE PAGAN AND THE FLOWER. It's one of those very OTT medievals where the hero is a musclehead and cant keep his hands off the heroine. Lots of lust thoughts. OTT sex scenes. Heroine is an outright bitch and proud of it.

Also liked the one where a female twin masquerades as her male twin. Think its TEMPTED. Has the ultimate I'll-take-you-to-a-brothal-to-make-a-man-out-of-you scene. Again very OTT.

Johanna Lindsey - was never a fan but one is actually on my keeper shelf: A HEART SO WILD. This a Indian/Western, revenge plot. (I love those as u can tell) Fast paced. Lots of action with some humor. I even found it touching. Her mALORY series is very popular but I only ever liked GENTLE ROGUE because I like chick-in-pants tropes.

Jo Beverley - only one in this list that I still read. Known for writing a more authentic type Regency. Haters think her heroines are TSTL or bitchy but they never bothered me except for one book. I actually like her traditional regencies the best, her earliest books where the wit was sparkling and there is plenty of sexual tension even when there isnt even a kiss. I loved THE FORTUNE HUNTER, EMILY AND THE DARK ANGEL.

Of her historicals, my faves are MY LADY NOTORIOUS (Georgian, first in the Malloren series) and FORBIDDEN (hero is beta, a virgin).

Brenda Joyce - her style has changed over the years. Known for her old school bodice rippers the best. THE CONQUEROR is another hilarious very OTT campy medieval. Read that one w/ my jaw dropped the whole way. I remember liking the first 7 books of her Bragg series but dont remember too much about them.

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 6:05 PM ET
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Catherine Coulter - can be fun, can be beyond awful.  Reasearch first if rape scenes are a problem for you.

Virginia Henley - have never found her readable, but I haven't tried much. First book was multiple partners (ugh.) Second was unbeliavbly sexist contemporary story (ugh.)

Johanna Lindsey - don't like her writing style

Jo Beverley - awesome. Love her books. Though she's been disappointing me of late.

Shannon Drake - never was able to get into her, recently tossed her out of my TBR.

Hannah Howell - a few good reads but they all wind up sounding the same. Worth a try if you enjoy Highland stories.

Brenda Joyce - really enjoy her old stuff, her newer books are not worth bothering with, IMO.

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 7:33 PM ET
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Thanks so much everyone for your response I am going to start going through these and weed some out. 

Willa, How old for Brenda Joyce?   I have most of the deWarenne Dynasty.  Have you read it?

It is hard parting with books that I haven't read yet.  I keep thinking but, what if that is a keeper.  :)

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Date Posted: 1/9/2009 8:28 PM ET
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Oh I know! I still have a ton of Hannah Howell on my TBR, even though it's been forever since I've read one of hers and didn't find it just like all the others. Because... just in case... :-P

Of the deWarrenne books, I really love the second one (the Masquerade) but could live without the others. Positively hated the Stolen Bride , the world's most lugubrious romance, and The Prize is pretty bad too.  The image of the hero going down on the heroine "like a rabid dog" is one I would gladly never have read. The rest were nothing special but okay.

My favorites by her are Violet Fire (Western, very sweet hero), After Innocence (unusual setting and heroine), The Conqueror (Jess is right on the money there, but I love it!) and I enjoyed the "deadly" series, even though the supposedly brilliant heroine is an utter moron. :-)

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 8:45 PM ET
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I'm mostly with Jess, with a few small variances almost too tiny to mention.  I don't like Johanna Lindsey much at all really, but Heart So Wild wasn't bad, IMO.  I liked Catherine Coulter's Magic series and could have passed on pretty much everything else I tried, but I haven't read the one Jess mentioned either.  I had a big glom before I joined here and traded most of it at the UBS.  I like Jo Beverley a lot.  She's not my #1 fav, but she's as reliable as Lisa Kleypas for a good story, even when it's not brilliant 100% of the time, so she's auto-buy for me.  Shannon Drake, blah for me, Hannah Howell, I could take or leave.  Not bad, not great.  Brenda Joyce, the older stuff is decent, but her newer books haven't done much for me either.  Virginia Henley, I actually have no idea.  I've read a couple, but I darned if I recall what:P

Date Posted: 1/10/2009 7:09 PM ET
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Catherine Coulter is hit or miss.  Some of her books are good and some are just awful. I like her newer contemporaries. But some of her older historical are horrible.  The Countess was pretty good. Some of the Sherbrooke ones are pretty good.  Some of the older ones have really stupid heroines and her heroes are almost abusive. Some of htem are downright abusive. If you have The Rebel Bride in your TBR-get rid of it unless you like heroes that are really abusive. 

So far I have lilked everything I've read by Jo Beverly and Hannah Howell and I've read alot of both of them. HH can feel repetative if you read too many in a row.