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Subject: His and Her Point of View
Date Posted: 8/2/2008 10:23 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend any good romance reads told from both the hero and heroine's viewpoint?

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 5:23 PM ET
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You're not actually likely to run into any other kind, these days, unless you read older books. And occasionally you'll still come across a category that's only the heroine's POV. But almost all others do both POVs now. What sort of book are you looking for? Historical, contemporary, dramatic, funny?

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 7:31 PM ET
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Kay, do you mean ones that swap back and forth in a structured way?  Leslie Kelly's Asking for Trouble alternates chapters written from the hero's point of view (third-person) and the heroine's (first-person).  It was a tiny bit distracting initially, but the story was a good one, and Leslie's a great writer.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:55 AM ET
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Books that have both characters  (whether 1st or 3rd person) explaining the same situation(s) from his/her point of view.  I've read a few contemporary books like this (i.e. Sandra Hill's "Long Tall Cajun" series), but mostly I'm looking for historicals

Thanks for the tip!.   

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 7:32 AM ET
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Most of the books I've read lately seem to do that, showing both the Hero & Heroine's POV. I like to know what the hero is thinking:)

I would think you can read any historical written in the past 5 years and find what you're looking for. Maybe.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 12:27 PM ET
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Jude Deveraux's Wild Orchids is told this way, in first person POV, first his then hers, alternating chapters. It's done well, in my opinion, because you get to see the same events from each perspective. This book had me tearing up 3 times in the first 27 pages - and that was his POV! I really liked it a lot, although frankly I wasn't expecting to like it! Somehow the reviews on Amazon made me almost not read it, but I'm glad I did - it's a favorite now.

And The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger isn't a romance (although it's very romantic!) but it's also first person POV, hers and his alternating, again repeating some of the same events from each side, although not exactly the same way as Wild Orchids. This is another all time favorite of mine - I have it on audio book as well.

Is that what you mean? Otherwise, the other posters are right on - most romance books I've read have been some from each POV.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 2:37 PM ET
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I think Ann Stuart books have a good mix of perspectives.  It is written in third person but gives you a bird's eye view into both thoughts of the hero and heroine.  I just read Prince of Swords (historical) and Black Ice (modern).   It had about the same amount of "both" character thoughts as Sandra Hill.

Also, the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning is third person, but give insight into both main characters.

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Date Posted: 8/4/2008 3:37 PM ET
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Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith is in 1st person and alternates back and forth between hero and heroine's point of view.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 9:37 PM ET
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Fires of Winter by Roberta Gellis. It's the sequel to Tapestry of Dreams which is one of my all time favorite books.
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 1:11 AM ET
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Ok, it's not historical but it is REALLY good!   It's "He Said, She Said" by Jasmine Cresswell & Margaret St. George.


Please don't let the dual authors turn you off - their writing styles are very similar and I found the transitions from one character to the other to be pretty seamless.


Date Posted: 8/21/2008 6:20 AM ET
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I think Caught in the Act by Lori Foster tells the story from both sides.

ETA: Oh, it's a contemporary though.

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