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My name is Mindy and I am a 22 year old stay at home mom..(3 year old daughter). I am new at this.The only thing I have managed to get used to doing on this board is the book bazzar. I just got back into books at the beginning of this year, and had never read Romance...I know! I didn't know what I was missing! My first was The Wedding in White by Diana Palmer. Now I think I have close to 1/2 of her books and I like them but I want something different. I have tried a few other authors and some I liked but others not so much. I have also ventured into erotica...(Lora Leigh Nauti Series and Seals) I loved them! Well, my problem is that I don't even know many people to recomend authors or books for me....(My DH is a farmer and we live in the woods!!) Not many girlfriends around here!
I have read some of Julie Garwood's historicals, Catherine Coulter Magic Series, Gena Showalter Lords of the Underworlds, Sherrilyn Kenyon Acheron and Dance with the Devil and I'm getting the rest of that series....loved it!
The only thing that I know I don't like is books with NO sex at all....They don't all have to be explicit or anything, I have some that are quite innocent, but they have something...I don't know if I am making any sense but if they don't have some kind of sex scene it the book it makes me feel like its missing something. Any recommendations would be great and anyone who wants to chat just pm me...I could use some friend with similar interests!
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Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series is always good- I especially like "Devil in Winter". I'm sure someone else can remember the order! The newest one "Seduce me at Sunrise" is related and I really liked it.
I just read a fantastic book by Cindy Gerard - she has a new series called Black Ops. The first book is Show No Mercy. You might also try Lucy Monroe's "ready, willing and able" series. If you liked Lora Leigh you might like Sylvia Day's Pleasures of the Night. Also Robyn Carr has a great series - The Virgin River Series.
I know I'm gonna forget some favorites but I'll try!
funny - vicki lewis thompson, marianne stillings, kerrelyn sparks(light paranormal romance)
sexy - lucy monroe's mercenary books(ready, willing, and able) and goddard series-satisfaaction guaranteed, deal with this(this one continues from 'the real deal' also)
sealed with a kiss by daughtery w as pretty good though sorta ended 'loosely'
Il iked susan donovan's 'he loves lucy'
susan anderson or andersen...not sure - Head over heals and there are two that follow this one - getting lucky and hot& bothered..liked the first one's 'mystery' and the humor in teh 2nd but the 3rd dealt with the woman having a guy's baby and not telling him w hich Ihate...but the teens in that one get their story later when they're grown...
I liked tara janzen's crazy series for the first 4 books then it got kinda weird...
erotic romance - jory strong's crime tells - lyric's cop, cady's cowboy, calista's men; lena matthews' joker's wild (all 3 are different) call me, three nights, stripped bare. lisa marie rice's midnight man and pretty much liked all her stuff. lora leigh's forbidden pleasure(menage)
I'lll look back at the books I've read when I have time..you can also just browse through the differnt threads and get lots of ideas!
for 'tamer' romance with little to no sex (and for me to like it like this the book has to be good!) debbie m acomber's morning comes softly, curtiss ann matlock's series with cold tea on a hot day followed by 2 others (corner of love and heartache and recipes for easy living) 2 others are before this but you can start with the cold tea..and sherryl woods' destiny unleashed was good.
For regency romance I really enjoyed Mary Balogh's Slightly series. Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels. Eloisa James. Barbara Dawson Smith. Julia Quinn.
For erotic romance I am partial to Lora Leigh and Jaid Black. You should check out the sale running at ellorascave.com, they might still have some $3 books left and you can't beat that! Maya Banks is good, too.
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Here are some titles from my keeper shelf - all historicals:
And here are two upcoming releases that you might want to go ahead and put on your WL now (you can always take them off later if you don't like her):
Laura Lee Guhrke
Julia Quinn (Bridgerton Series)
And this one is especially hard to find: Wind and the Sea
Julie Anne Long
The Secret to Seduction - book 3 in the Holt Sisters trilogy, but this one is the best.
Like No Other Lover - this is her new one and still on WL. It's good; has some truly hilarious moments, but the ending is little rushed and a tad too neat.
Mary Jo Putney
Fallen Angels Series:
And upcoming release:
IMHO, there's not a bad book on that list:P Best of luck & happy reading!
*edited again because I forgot a few more:P
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It's so hard to recommend books when everyone's tastes are sooo different - I personally would say run away from Lisa Kleypas but others find her their favorite!! I was like you about a year ago, going through forums and trying to figure out what I liked, etc. Pretty soon, I was like everyone here with large To Be Read lists, glomming authors and discovering what I do and don't like!! Good luck on your journey, everyone here always has great suggestions. I think the "what are we reading" thread does the most to interest me and increase my TBR pile.
That being said, my personal favorite of all time (right now, until I find another favorite!) is Linda Howard's To Die For - and Linda Howard is a favorite author of mine. Another favorite is Jo Goodman's A Season To Be Sinful, and I'm working my way through her backlist - I love the others in this series (Grantham) but not all of her books make my favorite list. I have pretty eclectic tastes - I don't have a favorite time period, genre, style - I thought I preferred great sex in the books but find I still love books by authors that can create the tension and write a good story with or without letting us inside the bedroom!! I like first person, third person, regency, contemporary, time travel, funny, suspense - good story, bring it on!
I'm also working my way through the All About Romance Top 100 of 2007 - I figure that way I will read what a lot of people consider the best in romance, and it's really helping me find authors and styles and genres that I like (and don't! I don't always agree with everyone else!).
Welcome and good luck !!
Thank You everyone for being so helpful! I will be spending my day checking out these authors and books I'm sure! lol
I have a feeling my TBR pile is about to get a lot bigger!
Lots of different recommendations! Here's mine. :)
I read a lot of anthologies to find new authors...usually I like one of the authors and find at least one more from the anthology. For some reason I am drawn to the anthologies with "Bad Boys" in the title. :)
Like the others, I have found lots of authors from posts here...my TBR list is now HUGE (like 400 books or something). Good luck finding authors and not going too overboard! :)
Shannon Mckenna is another favorite of mine that I haven't seen mentioned yet. Also, Cherry Adair. They are both steamy (not erotica, IMO, but hotter than most typical romance novels) romantic suspense.
Hmmm, lots of great recommendations so far! Melinda already mentioned Linda Howard, but I'll second that, especially her ealier books It looks like they're all available, and since they're a series romance, you might be able to get a special deal on them if you can find someone who has more than one of these on hand! Here are some of my favorites:
A Game of Chance (another Mackenzie book): http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373484935-A+Game+Of+Chance
I'll also second Lisa Marie Rice (her Midnight series is great!) and Lucy Monroe's romantic suspense books (Ready, Willing, And Able - all separate books). If you want something spicier, Jory Strong is great, Lora Leigh, and Shannon McKenna are good too.
Hi! We are about the same age I'm 21 and I am also a sahm with a 4 year old and a 2 year old. I don't know if this was said already or not but Robin Carr's Virgin river series is great. Elizabeth Hoyt Prince series for historicals. I love love Erin Mccarthy's Smart mouth. Her books are funny and hot. Linda Howard is always a homerun.
Hi Mindy! Here are some authors I'd recommend:
Julia Quinn - When He Was Wicked, An Offer From a Gentelman, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, The Duke and I - Basically her entire Bridgerton
Nora Roberts - Rebellion
Jane Feather - The Accidental Bride and The Least Likely Bride
Jude Deveraux - River Lady, Lost Lady, Counterfeit Lady
Nora Roberts - MacGregor Series (MacGregor Brides, MacGregor Grooms, Serena and Caine, Alan and Grant, The Perfect Neighbor, The Winning Hand)
Linda Lael Miller - The Last Chance Cafe (It's a sequel to Women of Primrose Creek - Historical)
I also like sarah mccarty's promises series (erotic western historical romance)
I have a lot of Jodi Thomas (western) in my tbr but I've only read one of her contemporaries and it was pretty good.
can't believe I forgot robyn carr's virgin river series! and erin mccarty. linda howard's open season is funny and a bit of suspense. I like jayne ann krentz's older stuff -wildest hearts, midnight jewels, silver linings, uneasy alliance...lots of those are still faves of mine
Welcome to the L&R forum Mindy!
I would also suggest Robyn Carr's Virgin River series: Virgin River, Shelter Mountain, Whispering Rock and A Virgin River Christmas. There are also 3 new books in this series being released in Feb, March & April 2009.
Linda Howard is a favorite for me too. I like Open Season, Mr. Perfect, After the Night, To Die For(sequel is Drop Dead Gorgeous) & Cry No More.
I'm A fan of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. Her website has lots of great info about her books.
Lori Foster's good too. I enjoyed Jude's Law and her series about Visitation, NC : Say No To Joe?, The Secret Life of Bryan, When Bruce Met Cyn, Just A Hint Clint and Jamie.
There tend to be mixed opinions about Nora Roberts. I happen to enjoy her books. I'm a fan of her "newer" stuff: Angel Falls, Blue Smoke, Tribute & Northern Lights to name a few. She also writes the ..... In Death series under the name J.D. Robb. The first book is Naked IN Death. It is set in the future(2058) and is about Lt. Eve Dallas a homocide detective.
To throw in a historical recommendation I really enjoyed If His Kiss Is Wicked and The Price of Desire by Jo Goodman
Mindy, you might try going back in the forum and reading the "Guess the book" posts; they have a lot of quotes from all kinds of different books and you might get a sense of books that you would enjoy.
actually, Willa, I don't think there's a single thread on here you can visit and be 'safe' from temptation LOL! even the 'is this book on your shelf' thread increased my wish/reminder/tbr pile...
I'm reading Karen Marie Moning's highlander series now and liking it - just started listening to book 3. I just read a bunch of janet chapman and really liked those, esp the loggers books-seduction of his wife and stranger in her bed.liked her highlanders series too and have 2 other books in my tbr to read..
I'm still collecting up a bunch of historicals but I did enjoy medeiros' charming the prince and bride &beast and have several of hers lined up to read. I read Marsha Canham's 'through a dark mist' and have to say she's an awesome writer..a lot of violence so I've held off reading the other 2 in the robin hood trilogy but you feel like you're right in the middle of it all...
I'm a fan of nora roberts though still getting around to her paranormal..she did that before I was ready...the Born In trilogy and montana sky are my faves.. also finally 'took' to the futuristic series she writes as j d robb and finished the first 2 books in that. they're awesome on audio too..that's how I started them-listening ot the audio and then picking up the book to fnish!
Thanks again everyone! I have been checking out some of the books/authors today and have found a lot that sound very interesting!
I'm glad I decided to post here! Everyone is so nice and helpful!
oh, it has helped! lol now I have over 100 books on either my WL and RL...My husband is gonna get sick of me looking for and getting books, but he'll get over it! :) I have found a lot from here that look very interesting and like something that I will very much enjoy! I can't wait to get some and start reading them!!
jennifer Crusie is good for humor too! bet me and getting rid of bradley were both hilarious!
susan elizabeth phillips has one that's really good - nobody's baby but mine. for some reason the others of hers I've read haven't totally clicked with me but that one I still remember scenes and chuckle!