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Subject: Help me weed out my TBR!
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 1:12 PM ET
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With over 500 in my TBR, and a good 1,500+ in my WL/RLs, it dawned on me that I'm going to be 80 years old before I make a dent. I'm one of those readers who hates to get rid of anything before I've given it a chance (it could end up being the Best. Book. Ever.), but I seriously need to do some cleaning out in my TBR. So any opinions on the following series/authors would help me weed out the bad and identify the must-reads. 

  • Cherry Adair (I have every book but one in all of her romantic suspense/paranormal series, but have yet to pick one up and read it)
  • Gerry Bartlett's Glory St. Clair "Real Vampire" series
  • Elizabeth Bevarly's Male series
  • Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series
  • Roxanne St. Claire's Bullet Catcher series
  • Geralyn Dawson's Holy Terrors of Texas series
  • Melanie George's Pleasure Seekers series
  • Tara Janzen's Steele Street series
  • Marliss Melton's Navy SEALs series
  • Linda Lael Miller's romantic suspense series, McKettrick series, Montana Creeds series
  • Brenda Novak's Last Stand series
  • J.D. Robb's In Death series
  • JoAnn Ross's High Risk series
  • Gennita Low
  • Monica McCarty
  • Anne Stuart (anything by her, including her Ice series)
  • Lori Wilde

Whew! Those are authors/ series I've had for a long time, but have never been tempted to crack open. Any help would be appreciated! :-D





Date Posted: 12/3/2009 1:23 PM ET
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  • Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series - MUST READ!  And they only get better, so worth trying more than once.
  • Roxanne St. Claire's Bullet Catcher series - have only read one, was not impressed but didn't hate it, will try again
  • J.D. Robb's In Death series - MUST READ!
  • JoAnn Ross's High Risk series - I've stoopped trying her. Have read one, skimmed a few others, just don't like her style.
  • Anne Stuart (anything by her, including her Ice series) - MUST READ! But some of her older categories are not great
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 1:38 PM ET
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I've read a few of these series:

  • Roxanne St. Claire's Bullet Catcher series - I enjoyed them - they're not keepers and I found them to be a pretty light read and enjoyable. Some are better than others.
  • Tara Janzen's Steele Street series - loved the "Crazy" series - I found that several of the books were keepers, I absolutely hated the last book (Crazy Sweet). I'm not too crazy about the "Loose" series. Just doesn't do much for me. 
  • Marliss Melton's Navy SEALs series - I've read a few of these and enjoyed them.
  • Elizabeth Bevarly's Male series  - didn't care for these at all.
  • Lori Wilde - I've read a few of her books - I found her to be hit or miss. Nothing awful, nothing terrific. Some were just better than others.

I have Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series - I have the books (well, the first 13) and have them all in my TBR pile. I really like her style of writing so I'm looking forward to reading that series.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 1:42 PM ET
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The only ones I have read are the J.D. Robb In Death Series and it is good. It is a great break away type of book when you are bored with the same old historical or contemporary. As with any series I wouln't read it back to back.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 1:43 PM ET
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I'm not going to be a big help here...most of the series you have listed are among my favorites.

I'll second Willa that the Suzanne Brockmann and J. D. Robb are must reads. 

I also really liked the Linda Lael Miller romantic suspense trilogy (they are on my keeper shelf even)- similar to Sharon Sala's Cat Dupree series if you've read that.

Okay reads:

Cherry Adair - the TFLAC series was good (not great but good) but I found the paranormals to be terrible.

Tara Janzen, Roxanne St. Claire, Marliss Melton, JoAnn Ross, Lori Wilde - all were good reads for me but not great.

Authors I did not like were Anne Stuart and Monica McCarty.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 1:49 PM ET
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I've only read two of those series:

  • The In Death series by J.D. Robb -  These are quick and really addictive reads.   A really strong kick-but female lead and incredibly sexy, incredibly wealthy male lead.    Be sure to read in order as you really get to know and enjoy the characters.   Always have good mysteries.  Highly suspensful and dramatic.   In fact sometimes melodramatic.  I can only read 2-3 of these in order before needing to take a break from their very distinctive style.    But it's always a short break, because as I mentioned before they are addictive!
  • Gerry Bartlett's Glory St. Clair "Real Vampire" series - One of my favorite series.   I thought the first book was just OK though.  It wasn't until the second book that I really began to like it.   The female lead - a vamp named Glory - is the kind of gal that I would want for my best friend.
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 2:15 PM ET
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  • Cherry Adair -Love her
  • Gerry Bartlett's Glory St. Clair "Real Vampire" series-Not a big vamp so my vote is post them.
  • Elizabeth Bevarly's Male series-I have these too and haven't read them yet
  • Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter -haven't read these-don't have any-maybe someday
  • Roxanne St. Claire's Bullet Catcher series-love this series
  • Geralyn Dawson's Holy Terrors of Texas-never read them
  • Melanie George's Pleasure Seekers series-never read them
  • Tara Janzen's Steele Street series-read one didn't care for it not getting anymore
  • Marliss Melton's Navy SEALs series-never read them
  • Linda Lael Miller's romantic suspense series, McKettrick series, Montana Creeds series-like 'em and plan to read them
  • Brenda Novak's Last Stand series-never read them
  • J.D. Robb's In Death series-eh-It's ok although I think it's time ot retire Eve Dallas
  • JoAnn Ross's High Risk series-have them haven't read any yet.
  • Gennita Low-read one-it was OK-I won't avoid reading anymore but I don't have an urge to acquire any more either
  • Monica McCarty-I like her a lot
  • Anne Stuart (anything by her, including her Ice series)-haven't read her contemporaries yet but I like the historicals that I read
  • Lori Wilde--I think I've read a couple of her Blaze type books but I don't really remember them so I guess that says something.
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 2:17 PM ET
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Just want to point out that I am : easy to please and rarely keep anything to reread.  If I don't give an author a 2nd chance it's more likely because my TBR is closing in on 800 and I don't have anything else by them.  If I already have more than 1 by an author I will give them at least 2 chances.  But if I only have 1 than the likely hood of me giving them a 2nd chance is slim simply because I have so many books already.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 2:21 PM ET
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J.D. Robb my sister has been begging me to read this she says it's great.  I don't doute it but we have such different tastes that I probally won't read it.  But I do trust her when she says it's one of the best series she ever read.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 2:45 PM ET
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Gerry Bartlett's Glory St. Clair "Real Vampire" series - sorry I DNF the first book.  Really teenage and boring to me.  Especially when compared to some of the other books you are considering. 

I love the In Death but you can always swap for those.  There are hundreds in the system.  If your floor under the bookshelf is warping, (like mine) then post 'em.

Gennita Low is not my taste and I found the two books I read by her boring.  I skipped which I never do with other authors.

I do like Linda Lael Miller's books.  Good solid stories, writing and always unexpected events.  Doesn't get any better than that in series books IMHO.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 2:46 PM ET
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Hey, G! I don't know about you, but I gotta read series from start to finish and I gotta be in the mood for the sub-genre... And yup, that is time consuming.

Cherry Adair - Not everyone's cuppa, but I loved the T-FLAC series, including the paranormals. Some were nearly as erotic as Lora Leigh's Tempting SEALs, the heroes every bit as a alpha. I know she's gotten into romantic suspense big time, but my all-time favorite Adair story is a Harlequin Blaze called Take Me. Unique storyline.

Elizabeth Bevarly - I only read You've Got Male and LMAO! But I will say you've gotta be somewhat geeky to get into this series. She can be really funny or she can be a yawn. For funny, I'd also recommend her Marigold, Indiana series written under the Silhouette Desire brand.

Suzanne Brockmann - Love/hate for me. The earlier stories were great and no one can read the first several stories without wanting to smack Sam up the side of the head. But, for my taste, later stories include too much politically correct commentary in the narrative. It might not bug you the way it does me and the stories are good otherwise. Definitely could not get into the M/M relationship between Jules and Robin and they're recurring characters in several later stories (main characters in All Through the Night in which they get "married" in Boston).

Linda Lael Miller - I haven't read any of her suspense, but when I want contemporary cowboys, I love LLM. Both McKettricks and Creeds are great! I just finished the Creeds and can't wait for the Texas McKettricks due out next year.

Anne Stuart - I've read some of the Ice stories but didn't have them all when I was in Anne Stuart mode. On her website, she states that she herself doesn't like my favorite AS story: Lazarus Rising. This little Harlequin is very intense and very unusual. Not often that the hero is genuinely bad news and breaks into the heroine's house to kill her. Maybe I just enjoy unusual plotlines.

Lori Wilde - I can take her or leave her. Have read several stories by her, but nothing I'd work up the energy to make room on my keeper shelf, write a review, or recommend to friends.

Haven't read the other authors you list. Not into mystery/thrillers enough to do J.D. Robb's In Death series. Not enough of a Nora Roberts fan to make me curious.

BTW, when you're ready to pass these on, I hope you'll post a topic telling us all to read the sticky shelf promo thread... '-D I'm interested in the Marliss Melton SEALs.


Date Posted: 12/3/2009 3:30 PM ET
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OK, since you guys are so incredibly helpful, let's get a little more specific with these Anne Stuart books of mine. Any opinions on these stand-alones?

  • Hidden Honor
  • Lady Fortune
  • Shadows at Sunset
  • Still Lake
  • Winter's Edge

And Colleen, unfortunately, you picked the one series out of that list of which I have no books, lol. It's just been on my RL forever and I was wondering if they were worth searching out. 

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 4:38 PM ET
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Hidden Honor is well worth reading. Shadows at Sunset and Winters Edge I would put in the not fabulous but quite enjoyable category. Haven't read the others; I've seen some pretty negative reviews of Still Lake, I think.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 5:23 PM ET
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I love the In Death but you can always swap for those.  There are hundreds in the system.  If your floor under the bookshelf is warping, (like mine) then post 'em. - Just wanted to warn you that, while copies are easy to find, if you post yours in anticipation of reading them while they make their way thru the system, don't!  I posted all of mine (first 20 books or so) and most of them (if not all) were requested within the first month or so.  Either there aren't really 100's in the system or they move blazingly fast.

That being said, it's a good series.  I liked them but there is so many now that I'm bored with it and haven't read the last several.

Tara Janzen's Steele Street series.  They're ok, not the greatest in the world, just ok.  I read the 1st 4 or 5 and haven't cared to pick up any more.

Anne Stuart's Ice series - I loved 'em, even if the heroes were all jackasses.  They were hot jackasses.  ;)  I have a couple of her historicals but haven't read them yet.

Those are the only series you've listed that I've read significant amounts of. 

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 5:29 PM ET
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Anne Stuart's stuff definitely deserves to be read. I keep everything of her's. Love her books. Although I haven't yet read any of the 5 you mentioned specifically...

Didn't care for Tara Janzen, which was a bummer since I glommed all her stuff...ended up swapping them.

I collected a bazillion In Death books and ended up getting rid of all but the first 4 or 5 since I figured I'd never get to them and when I do I can just get them here. I read and enjoyed the first 3, but they wern't keepers.

I enjoy what I've read from Cherry Adair...especially Kiss and Tell. I have only read maybe 3 of hers though. All good. I've got a few more of hers in the TBR actually.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 6:24 PM ET
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My opinions:

  • Cherry Adair --Toss the paranormals here. I hear the others are good. I have personal experience with the paranormals and did not like the Night series.
  • Linda Lael Miller -- McKettrick and Montana Creeds are some of my favorite western contemporaries! These are worth keeping until you get to them.
  • J.D. Robb's In Death series READ THESE!!! I love these. They are so good. The characters grow, change, and there is fantastic humor and romance in these. ETA: I read these all in a row and did not get bored. If you get bored with the first three, then you probably won't like the rest. I liked them so much I got them on audio AND in paper...

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Date Posted: 12/3/2009 7:03 PM ET
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I ADORE Brockmann's Troubleshooters!!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 7:41 PM ET
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I might be in the minority, but I really like Lori Wilde.  Like someone else said, some of her stuff is hit or miss.  But I would suggest that you could at least try one of hers!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 8:18 PM ET
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All popular authors, so you will have a hard time chosing!!

I am one of those who does NOT care for Cherry Adair - too over-the-top, and eye-rolling action (I've only read two by her, but have sworn no more!)

I love Suzanne Brockmann's TS series. If I had to create a really short list of authors & series to continue with, this would be on it.

I love Monica McCarty's highlander books.  Amazing detail rich story telling based around true people and events.  Emotional romance!  She is a must read author for me.

Marliss Melton is fantastic at combining suspense and romance while keeping it real and not eye-rolling.  

JD Robb's series never did it for me, but I understand that I didn't read far enough into the series to get to the good stuff.  But I don't feel like I am missing anything.

Lori Wilde - Meh.  Light romantic fluff with some funny and sexy moments, but over all not meant to be a believable story.  Several of her books sit deep in my TBR too.





Date Posted: 12/3/2009 9:31 PM ET
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The trouble is, everything on your list has people who love it. (I've never gotten into Linda Lael Miller or Monica McCarty btw.)  Maybe you could tell us some what what books/authors you like, themes, styles etc. and we could try to narrow it down?

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 9:54 PM ET
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Why don't you just read the 1st book from each series/author-then decide. Everyone's taste is different.  I can't stand Maryjanice Davidson but she's super popular.   Tastes vary so much.   Read a 1st of a series book, if you like it read the rest. If you don't , post the rest or donate them or whatever. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 1:35 AM ET
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i don't read romantic suspense, or much contemporary, so i can't comment on most of these.  but these ones, i've read.  :)

Gerry Bartlett's Glory St. Clair "Real Vampire" series - i read the first one, and posted the series without reading the rest.  i didn't see much humor, and didn't particularly like any of the characters.

J.D. Robb's In Death series - good, good series.  since there's so many of them, and it's good to give them a break, read the first one soon and you can read 2-3 a month for a year.  :)  i don't read much mystery, but i always get the new one from the library ASAP when it comes out in hardback, and so far have been buying the paperbacks to keep.  though since there are now so many of them, i'm reconsidering - how likely is it really that i'll re-read the whole series when there's a new one every six months?  so i'm waiting to find the most recent paperback used, but am first on the waitlist at the library for Kindred in Death.  (they *finally* ordered the regular HB after pre-ordering the large print version a couple of months ago.)

i'm probably going to come up with my own 'help me decide' list in about a month.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 10:44 AM ET
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  • Cherry Adair     Love her! 
  • Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series     Must reads for me
  • Marliss Melton's Navy SEALs series   Love all of them.
  • JoAnn Ross's High Risk series   some are good, some are just OK
  • Gennita Low    i like 1 or 2 of her earlier books but nothing new catches my eye
  • Monica McCarty   great reads!
  • Anne Stuart   great author!
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 11:56 AM ET
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Here's my 2 cents worth:

Roxanne St. Claire's Bullet Catchers and Marliss Melton's Seals Series are fun reads.  I loved the Cherry Adair T-Flac series but not the T-Flac paranormal books.  Ann Stuart's Ice Series...may not be for some...but I read them all.  Finally, Susanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series is one of the best IMHO.  Even the last few that a lot of people did not like.  They're keepers for me and I'm slowly collecting hardcover editions to replace my paperbacks.


Date Posted: 12/4/2009 3:37 PM ET
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I loved the Troubleshooter series--and I would have never thought I'd read romantic suspense. One of the things that drew me in and kept me interested was the character of Jules--I was thrilled to see a gay character get his chance at romance. For me the series got better as it went on--and although I didn't agree with all the choices the author made in who winds up with whom, I still enjoyed the books. And would gladly devour any that come my way again. Strangely enough the one pairing that people made such a fuss about was one that I actually thought was a good choice. But that was just me. IMO, the first book in the series while good isn't the best but it's necessary to introduce you to a lot of the characters. I like that her characters aren't perfect.


I tried Cherry Adair's TFLAC series and just couldnt' get into it but that doesn't mean it wasn't good. It just wasn't my cuppa.

If you have a library nearby, you might want to see what if any of the books they have on their shelves that are also on yours--I'd get rid of the ones I could borrow from the library for a start.