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Flowers from the Storm - Laura Kinsale - heartwrenching, beautifully written, superb character development with flawed characters - probably my all time favorite romance novel.
Lover Awakened - J.R. Ward - Hot, possessive, alpha vampires, tortured and scarred hero, strong, intelligent, brave heroine, best of the series in my opinion.
Dream A Little Dream, Hot Shot, Honey Moon, Ain't She Sweet - Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Really I adore all her books and can't get enough of them. Heartwrenching, Hot, superb writing, LOL funny at times, just everything a romance should be imo.
Shades of Twilight and After the Night - Linda Howard - Heartwrenching, sexy, suspenseful, romantic, couldn't put them down till I finished them!
Oh I wanted to add The Leopard Prince and To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt. She is just a superb writer imo - her characters are absolutely unique - LOVE her beta males and less than perfect heroines who are incredibly smart and sexy. I also like that the women aren't chasing the heroes for a change. She is also LOL funny!!
I also have to add Cry No More to my Linda Howard list. I adored this book and mostly because I thought the hero very unusual. He is practically autistic in his lack of social abilities and inability to connect until he meet Milla. When he is taking care of her at the beach house - WOW intense!
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Some of my favorites are:
Anything by Lisa Marie Rice: I love that the men fall in love and would do anything for their women and do have alpha personalities but don't overpower the women.
Anything by Jayne Ann Krentz: I think JAK writes about people that seem very real to me. The characters in her books seem like people that I could meet in my real life. I like that. The conflicts that arise in her books seem like something many other real life couples face.
Kill and Tell, All the Queen's Men, and Heart of Fire by Linda Howard: I like the suspense and intrige. I also like the men and how they latched onto the women. I liked how caring and zexy the men were and how the women seemed like good matches.
All Through the Night and Force of Nature by Susanne Brockmann: I love Jules. He is one awesome dude. I also like Robin he is a screw up in many ways but then who doesn't have baggage. I also like Ric and Annie. They are a great couple.
The Silent Rose by Kat Martin: Many people don't like this book but I do. The hero is a one point very mean to the herione and is a bit devious towards her. I think he isn't perfect but very human and really who are we to judge what lengths we would go to protect our loved ones. I think if someone threatened one of your loved ones being nice would be the last thing on your mind.
High Energy and High Intensity by Dara Joy: Before she went off the deep end Dara was a good writer. I really liked the humor in her books.
Most books by Helen Bianchin: As stated in the guilty pleasures thread I really like this author. There are a few of her books that I don't like but most books I like because even though the heros can be a bit dictatoral they love the women in their lives.
And yes I am one of those Twilight people. So those are a few of my favorite books. I have lots of books I really like.
Jennifer Crusie - not all of hers, but most. Sometimes you just need to laugh. And real life at time IS funny. LOVED Getting Rid of Bradley.
Julie Garwood - her old stuff, especially Ransom. I'm a sucker for a "knight in shining armor" type story.
Robyn Carr - the first 3 Virgin River books. Mmmm.......
Marliss Melton's SEAL series - I'm former Navy myself and the uniform and the persona just does it to me every time. Not so much with Suzanne Brockmann's though her stories are fab as well.
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander. The first one. Jamie Fraser is (to me) just the epitome of the Scottish hero.
I have so many I know I'll forget some.
Heather Graham - Have most of her earlier books. One Rode South, One Rode North and One Rode West plus Dark Stranger, Rides a Hero and Apache Summer.
Sandra Brown - A great majority of her books. Slow Heat in Heaven, Standoff, Hawk O'Tool's Hostage and Another Dawn.
Tami Hoag - Lucky's Lady
Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry ... on the above books
SEP- Love the Humor in her books
I have so many....
SEP: all her books are fun and sexy, . Especially Match Me if you Can. I loved the secondary characters in that one. Aslo, First Lady, I enjoyed the kids in this one.
Someone recommended Duncan's Bride here and I have now read and reread this book several times.
The Raven, Leopard and Serpent Prince books are all favorites. I love the men in these books and all the charaters in the first two.
The Seducer by Madeline Hunter. Also, By Arrangement, By Possession, By Design, and Secrets of Surrender. In each of these I think the thing that I am drawn to is the smarts and strengths of the Heriones in spite of their situations.