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Subject: Historical Romance Fan considering trying a Contemporary
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 7:36 PM ET
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I'm very VERY choosy when it comes to my romance books and have from time to time read a contemporary, but NEVER found one I liked. 

My fave historical author/s are

Diana Gabaldon

Marsha Canham

Liz Carlyle

Galen Foley

Laura Kinsale

M J Putney

Lisa Kleypas

Candice Protcor

Penelope Williamson

Judith Ivory

Adele Ashworth

 

While I'd like to try a contemporary again, I don't want to be disappointed yet again.  Even when I've read highly rated contemporaries, I haven't really liked them.  Didn't care for "Black Ice" or "Welcome to Temptation."  I used to be a "romance snob" and never read romance until a friend recommended Outlander.  I finished the entire series and went looking for similar books, which were housed in the Romance section. 

Is there a good contemporary author out  there for me, or should I just avoid contemporary altogether?  Paranormal and vampire interest me not at all.

 



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Date Posted: 8/8/2009 8:38 PM ET
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If you're a Kleypas fan, why not try one of hers? They are fantastic. Sugar Daddy is my favorite, though Blue-Eyed Devil seems to be the one most people like. Both are definitely worth giving a try.
Date Posted: 8/8/2009 9:25 PM ET
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Putney wrote 3 contemps. most consider her best one the second bk - THE SPIRAL PATH. To me, it was similar to her SILK AND SHADOWS but cheesier..

I liked ONE SUMMER by Karen Robards

I like some Linda Howard

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 9:33 PM ET
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Have you tried Lori Foster (but please don't bother with "My Man Michael" or Erin McCarthy?  I also like Shirley Jump.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 10:38 PM ET
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Is One Summer the one with the teacher and former student? That could be a good choice, got that Bad Boy thing going on. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 10:44 PM ET
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BTW, what did you try that you didn't like?

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 11:09 PM ET
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Here are my favorite contemporary- I haven't read any of your author's yet - thougth I just got a few Liz Carlyle that I will bre reading soon.

Linda Howard -To Die For and Drop Dead Gorgeous.  Humor and romance.  ( I like her other romances also)

Jennifer Cruise - Agnes and the Hitman and Bet Me and Fast Woman (humor and romance)

Rachel Gibson - The trouble with Valentines day (humor and romance)

If you like suspense romance - then there is cherry adair and cindy gerard

Linda Lael Miller - Deadly Deception (cop, heroine, ghosts - they come to her for help)

I also ask what did you read that was disappointing?

 

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 11:44 PM ET
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Yes, ONE SUMMER was about the convict and his former teacher. It was rather sweet and nice sexual tension.

 

I love Erin McCarthy but she is light and funny and I got the impression from Brokenwing's selections that she likes more serious romances.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 11:46 PM ET
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I used to be like you! My gateway "drug" to contemps the author Susan Elizabeth Phillips....I love Ain't She Sweet and Dream a Little Dream of Me--both are heart jerkers with smart and strong women...Also I love Catherine Anderson! Her men are Alphas yet so gentle and understanding.... Also, she feels more old fashioned (the Ideal love instead of the quick one night stand wham bam in some contemps!) Sunshine, Baby Love, and 7th heaven are some of my favorites by Catherine Anderson

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 12:30 AM ET
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SEP was my gateway too.  It Had to Be You was the first contemporary I really loved.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 2:11 AM ET
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Oh, Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) definately,  I loved Heaven Texas.    Also try out  Paradise by Judith McNaught.   

Linda Howard and Sandra Brown for romantic suspense.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 9:43 AM ET
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I like Virgin River by Robyn Carr but honestly I dont think I can recommend anything 'cause aside from both of us liking sex in teh book(pretty sure this was a requirement mentioned a while back!) I think we tend to like extremes - you've seemed to like more serious and go for light and fluffy...virgin River was fairly serious though compared to silly stuff and had some sex..

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 11:08 AM ET
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Marliss Melton is a great author.  I also like Jennifer Crusie.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 4:43 PM ET
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I've been dabbling with them & tried several suggestions, but I'm another historical lover who has yet to find anything in contemporary that has quite the depth I'm looking for either.  Romantic comedy type stuff is fine - I enjoyed Catch a Mate by Gena Showalter, but there's not a lot of depth there - it's mostly fluff and not very believable.  99.9% of all heroes being wealthy/nobility, Mr. Wonderful, and gorgeous is just too much of a stretch for this day & age:P  I did like a few Linda Howard books, but I'd have to go back through my BIR list to recall which ones they were.  I'd suggest her just because her storylines seem a little more realistic.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 11:28 PM ET
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What exactly is a contemporary romance? I'm sure I've read some and just don't know it. I don't recognize any of the titles you guys have listed, so I can't use an example.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 11:46 PM ET
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Cassie a contemp is just a romance set in a more current time, like it could happen right now.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 10:21 AM ET
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Thanks all for the recommendations.  I definitely do go for the more serious stuff with a lot of depth to it and a good amount of steam is a requirement. 

I read a Linda Howard time travel novel that was horrid (Son of the Morning), so I'm hesitant to try her again.  Susan Elizabeth Phillips sounds like she may be interesting, if someone could recommend a title.  I tend to like quirky, imperfect characters. 

With regard to Jennifer Crusie, "Welcome to Temptation," a highly rated book was OK, but not enough character development or depth to the story for my taste.  

While I've loved some of Anne Stuart's historicals, I didn't care for Black Ice at all.  Not enough depth for my taste and hero too cold and distant. 

 



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Date Posted: 8/10/2009 10:23 AM ET
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Welcome to Temptation was so-so for me..I like her sillier/funnier books like Bet Me and Getting Rid of Bradley..but nothing in-depth to them really.

I did just think of one if you like romantic suspense...Elizabeth Lowell's Tell Me No Lies..dives deep into chinese artifacts and has a hero with a reputation in the 'killing world'...a woman with a renowned talent for telling if something is real or fake is asked to compromise her principals for the governement and let this guy and her devotion to pleasing him lead her to dig into the illegal acquisition of artifacts...at best her reputation will be gone forever and never be polished again. I had no interest in chinese artifacts but this book held my attention. also nightmares from losing her parents in her childhood keep waking  her up. I've been wanting ot read this one but not sure if it's still what you're looking for..I found it fascinating though.

I also enjoyed Robyn Carr's Virgin River. there's sex but it's not the main point of the book...basically a town is created and added to in each book..like women's ficiton with romance.



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Date Posted: 8/10/2009 10:37 AM ET
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Susanna,

Thanks for the Elizabeth Lowell recommmendation.  I loved her medieval historicals and I will have to check into "Tell me no Lies."

I like a story where sex is not the FOCUS of the story, but there is a lot of steam nevertheless.  It sounds like it could have a compelling story. 

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 12:27 PM ET
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For serious, try Linda Howard's Cry No More.  But really, no one does serious modern better than Lisa Kleypas.  You could also check out Sandra Hill's Cajun series.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 1:11 PM ET
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You might like Fallen Angel by Stuart, it's got a lovely redemption.