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Subject: Read any good historical romances lately?
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:47 AM ET
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I've had a taste for historical romance novels this past week. So far I've gone through The Raven Prince and The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt and Ravished (ooh la la) by Amanda Quick. Next, I think I might pick up Wild Roses by Hannah Howell (though mostly because it's the only one I have left that I haven't read)

The Raven Prince was fun, but I've read it before, and the Leopard Prince was more fun still. Ravished was fairly generic, but it's an archetype I've always liked, and had me giggling more than once.

What have you been reading in that way, lately? =)

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 1:23 PM ET
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My all time favorite historical romance  is  Outlander.  I love all of Diana Gabaldons books but Nothing I've ever read compares to Outlander!

Ever read it?


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Date Posted: 3/2/2009 4:09 PM ET
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The Irish revolution series of 1916, 1921, and the other three.  Holy good series.  AND, better yet, very historically accurate.  LOOOOVE that series.  It's pretty easy to get your hands on except the last one.  I don't have the heart to part with my copies of them I am afraid... ;)

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 4:14 PM ET
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I'm an Outlander groupie also, but don't really consider them romance novels.  They don't really fit the romance novel definition - more like time travel / historical fiction with a great love story at it's core.   Of course, there are a lot of people who probably disagree with me on that :-)

My favorite historical romances are the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn.     Love that series!

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:58 PM ET
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Oooh, yeah, I'm an Outlander fan too! I liked the first one so much, though, that I didn't read any of the others. Separated for 40 years? Pffft

I'll have to check out that series, Chelle! They sound great, I wonder if I can get them at my library.

I'm pretty sure I've read some things by Julia Quinn, Lynn, I'll have to go and check =)

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 8:41 PM ET
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Glad so many people agree with me.   They were separated for about 20 years , not 40. Just enough to get their daughter grown ...

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 9:17 PM ET
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Aside from the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, I would also suggest anything by Stephanie Laurens and the Courtship Wars series by Nicole Jordan.  All awesome historical romances!!

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 9:18 PM ET
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I loooove Outlander as well! I'm actually in the middle of the series... reading Voyager now!

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 12:43 PM ET
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LOVE Gabaldon's books! 

One of my fave hist. romance books was "A Knight In Shining Armor" by Jude Devereaux.  I think I've read it 3 times and I still cry!  It's a time travel type thing too.

Also read "Twin Of Fire" and "Twin Of Ice" by the same author.  Very good reading.

I just finished "The Land Girls" by Angela Huth.  This is kind of a romance, set in rural England during WWII.  I really enjoyed it.  I didn't know anything about Land Girls until I read this book, but I guess they really did do this over in England during WWII.  So I learned something and enjoyed a good  story to boot!

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 10:04 AM ET
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If you liked the Raven Prince and the Leopard Prince and the unforgettable, Knight in Shining Armor,  as much as I did, I could probably recommend some other books.

The Rothwell Series by Madeline Hunter is very good.  The books are not light hearted as Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series (which I also loved and are also keepers for me).   Starting with Rules of Seduction, Lessons of Desire, Secrets of Surrender and last, The Sins of Lord Easterbrook.   I love the historical information in each book, as I did in, KISA.  Some readers felt that it was in the way of the love stories, but for me it is equally interesting.  That is how I felt about the Leopard Prince.  I am interested in the people of the times who defied the class rules and married happily for LOVE.  And they are very sexy books. 

I also love the Essex Sisters series by Eloisa James.  Much Ado about you is the first.  They are also funny in the way that the Bridgertons are. 

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Date Posted: 3/7/2009 7:01 PM ET
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The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donelly. Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (was not too excited to read this at first, but it was really good). All winners!
Date Posted: 3/7/2009 9:09 PM ET
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If you like Amanda Quick, you might like Loretta Chase, Her earlier books are more like standard Regency romances, but the more recent ones are more similar to Amanda Quick.