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Subject: Need Help!!
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 2:21 AM ET
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For the longest time my boyfriend has made fun of me because I read Romance books. But I finely convinced him to read one. So he is going to let me pick out a book for him to read and I just don’t know what book to pick! So I need help finding the right book. I read historical romance and paranormal romance a lot so I was thinking along those lines and it needs a plot that would keep a guy’s interests. So if you have any idea let me know!

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 6:34 AM ET
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I would say OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon. It's great! And both historical and paranormal.

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Date Posted: 3/31/2009 9:01 AM ET
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I would just pick out your absolute favorite book and have him read that.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 9:08 AM ET
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Outlander sounds like a good one.  My BIL was desperate for something to read (he usually reads suspense, horror) and read it.  He ran out and bought the next one!

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 9:45 AM ET
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OUTLANDER  however, is waaaaay too long.  You don't want to beat him over the head, you want him to undersatnd your love for romances.  There are people who already read romances that would find OUTLANDER daunting.   You should start with something smaller, I'd suggest a Harlequin Nocturne or a Harlequin HIstorical.  IF he enjoys those, slowly build up towards OUTLANDER. 

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 11:16 AM ET
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I'd go for the Sookie Stackhouse books: not technically romance but it's there, along with vampires, wherewolves and a serial killer or two.

Or Cindy Gerard, Cherry Adair or Gennita Low: romance, sex and lots of action movie violence.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 12:01 PM ET
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For one with nonstop action & steam -- The Last Arrow by Marsha Canham.  Sure to appeal to a guy.  Based on the robin hood story.  Plenty of swashbuckling.


I have to say Harlequin Ughh.  I avoid them like the plague.  The lowest common denominator.  You want to impress him, not scare him off.  Though I love Outlander, I agree it may be a bit too long for a first romance.

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Date Posted: 3/31/2009 12:54 PM ET
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The biggest problem with getting my DH to try something is that he just doesn't read much anymore.  He's usually too busy working:P  I'm with Claudia, I have The Last Arrow by Marsha Canham picked out for him, if he ever gets around to it.  I think there are lots of others he could appreciate, but a really good action/adventure is going to have the best chance of holding his attention.  I've turned him on to slower paced stories with positive results; I got him to read Stephen King's Gunslinger series and a couple of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, but I think getting a man to try out a romance is something that you're likely to get only one shot at, so it should be something fast paced & exciting, highly visual, and easy to read.  Outlander is certainly a great book, but I think my DH, even though he loves the fantasy genre, would get bored with it.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 1:22 PM ET
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My husband quite liked Naked in Death. What does your boyfriend usually read? There's romance crossovers with most of the popular "male" genres - mystery, suspense, science fiction, fantasy.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 1:48 PM ET
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For Urban Fantasy romance I would go with Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson series) Moon Called is book #1 awesome werewolf magical fae world based on our own (Briggs got her start writing straight up Fantasy for ACE books and many men are familiar with her earlier books and more comfortable LOL

My second choice would be Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels series) Book #1 is Magic Bites, her's is a shapeshifter/ magical world too.

My third choice is Karen Marie Moning (Fever Fae Series) book #1 is DarkFever, it is an incredible series that will take place over 5 books, so far 3 have been released with two to go. It has funny elements but it is dark and gritty too.


I also love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and recommend her to EVERYONE, man or woman looking for a great new writer to read. Many of my favorite authors have gone mainstream thriller with a bit of romance thrown in in: Linda Howard, Iris Johansen, Julie Garwood, Cherry Adair, Suzanne Brockmann all of the recent contemps by them feature lots of actions and some great suspense/ thriller murder plots....

Historical romance . . . .I love Lisa Kleypas, Judith McNaught, old-school Julie Garwood best but not many guys get into the regency historical plots. Too much talking and protestations, blah blah... better off giving him a time-travel like Gabaldon if you go the historical route. It has murder, violence, laughter, sarcasm, realistic conversations, true love that grew over length of novle not the instant love.  Many histicals just don't have enough secondary characters and outside plots beyond the focus of the romantic lead and their struggle to be together or overcome whatever is keeping them apart.

I hope he loves whatever you give him as much as you do. And if any of these authors/series are new to you, I highly recommend them for YOU to try out  LOL


Good luck!

Elaine :)


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Date Posted: 3/31/2009 1:55 PM ET
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It really depends on what your BF likes.  My hubby loves action and military movies, so when he caves, I have Lora Leigh's Dangerous Games  ready for him.

If your BF's into paranormal stuff, and you want to initiate him with some shorter Harlequins, I think the Raintree trilogy from Silhouette Nocturne would be good:  Raintree: Inferno, Raintree: Haunted, and Raintree: Sanctuary.  (Haunted is my favorite.)

I've had Outlander sitting here for a year, but it's waaaaay too long and daunting for me to even think about tackling it.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 2:10 PM ET
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Thank you everyone! He really loves to read  Stephen King books or anything with zombies in it so i thought he would like a  paranormal. he also loves history.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 3:37 PM ET
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You should start with something smaller, I'd suggest a Harlequin Nocturne or a Harlequin HIstorical.

Ha! My DH would sooner eat one of those than read it.  I say find a romance book that involves a subject of interest to him. 

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 5:40 PM ET
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I totally forgot about J.R.Ward her Black Dagger Brotherhood vampirish series is incredible and a great read!

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