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Subject: Looking for Contemporary Recommendations
Date Posted: 6/27/2008 8:55 AM ET
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I've reading Historicals exclusively for the last few years and didn't realize how much I missed good contemporary romance until I read After The NIght. So I wanted to ask you to recommend me some more - the only contemporary I have on my TBR pile is Midnight Rain.

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 9:06 AM ET
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Some authors I really like about anything by include:  Lori Foster, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, Katie MacAlister, Erin McCarthy, and I'm really liking the two I've read by Shannon Butcher.   I can be more specific with books by them if you want, but really I've not read too much by any of them I've not liked.  Gibson, MacAlister and McCarthy have humor in their books, which I like a lot. 

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 9:10 AM ET
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I love Rachel Gibson's early stuff......See Jane Score.....True Confessions.....Trouble w/ Valentines.....Madly Truly

LaVyrle Spencer.....Seperate Beds.......Family Blessings....Small Town Girl


Date Posted: 6/27/2008 9:28 AM ET
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I really like the Stephanie Plum series which is contemporary circa late 80's early 90's by Janet Evanovich. I am also a big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Nora Roberts has some that I enjoyed including her key trilogy, three sisters trilogy, the wild Ukrainians, and she had an Irish magical series I liked but can't remember the name of. Here are PBS links to the authors I mentioned.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/author/Susan+Elizabeth+Phillips - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/author/Nora+Roberts - Nora Roberts

 http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/author/Janet+Evanovich - Janet Evanovich


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Date Posted: 6/27/2008 10:19 AM ET
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Jayne Ann Krentz also writes romantic suspense. I just read 2 that I liked Light in Shadow and Truuth or Dare.


These are older books, but Paradise and Perfect by Judith McNaught are very good.


I also recommend Susan Elizabeth Phillips.


Mary Jo Putney has 3 contemporary novels. The Burning Point, The Spiral Path and Twist of Fate. 

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 12:30 PM ET
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For humorous contemporaries, I love Susan Andersen (Be My Baby; Skintight; All Shook Up) - Rachel Gibson (The Trouble With Valentine's Day) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Chicago Stars Series, Kiss An Angel, First Lady, Lady Be Good) - Linda Howard (To Die For, Mr. Perfect, Open Season).

For contemporary not humorous, Suzanne Brockman (Troubleshooter Series which features a group of Navy Seals and has several overlapping secondary stories, Forgiven, Ladies' Man) and Linda Howard (Cry No More - have tissues at the ready because you will cry) and some Elizabeth Lowell (To The Ends of the Earth, This Time Love - it takes a certain mood to read these - sorta angsty).

But then - what are you in the mood for? funny? suspense? Alpha or beta guys?

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 12:35 PM ET
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Lori Foster, Jill Shalvis, Suzanne Brockmann, Amy J. Fetzer, Lucy Monroe, Robyn Carr, Linda Howard, Jennifer Crusie, Marliss Melton.....all big favorites of mine!


Date Posted: 6/27/2008 1:25 PM ET
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S u s a n   M a l l e r y 



Date Posted: 6/27/2008 4:21 PM ET
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If you like humor with your sex, oops I mean romance, the funniest contemporary romances I have ever read are The Damsel In This Dress by Marianne Stillings (her Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evie is also very good) and Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie. 

And I second Cry No More by Linda Howard as a great choice (It's in my top 5 romances of all time) and you definitely need tissues. But don't worry, there's a wonderful ending.

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Date Posted: 6/28/2008 8:36 AM ET
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Thank you all for recos...I've added a few to my reminder list. :)

If the story is good and the characters make sense, I really don't have a preference for humorous vs. angsty or alpha vs. beta heroes. I'm not much for romantic suspense because they tend not to be good romances or good mysteries and I like both genres.


Date Posted: 6/28/2008 9:08 AM ET
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I think just about everything I like has been mentioned! I don't recall seeing vicki Lewis Thompson (though I could have missed the post since i'm tired!) but her Nerd books are pretty funny/sexy - the nerd who loved me was my favorite along with nerd gone wild.

robyn carr's virgin river series is really good - virgin river, shelter mountain, and whispering rock It hink are the 3 out so far.

Erin McCarthy's Smart Mouth and Mouth to Mouth were sexy reads(haven't read her others yet)

Lori Foster has some sexy reads too

Lucy Monroe's 'ready', 'willing', 'and able', 'satisfaction guaranteed', 'the real deal' and 'deal with this' are all good sexy reads, especialy the first 3 I mentioned with the 1st and last of those 3 the best IMO but you need the 2nd to follow the continuiing storyline...

jayne ann krentz has a lot I like of co urse with politically incorrect alpha males - silver linings, midnight jewels, wildest hearts, and an uneasy alliance are my faves of hers

Curtiss Ann Matlock has several that are good 'cold tea on a hot day', 'at the corner of love and heartache' and 'recipes for easy living' go together adn there are 2 that come before those but you dont' have to read them first - lost highways and driving lessons(not sure of the order of these 2 but they take place in the same town and the characters show up later in the ot her 3 stories)

Merline Lovelace I really like

Nora Roberts' - Born in trilogy, montana sky(more suspense but has 3 romances going on), just about all hers I like...