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Subject: Must read historicals I've missed
Date Posted: 11/18/2010 2:38 PM ET
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Since my temp assignment ended unexpectely and I'm once again unemployed, I find myself gobbling up books like there's no tomorrow.   My TBR is getting low and I'm getting panicky. 


I need some excellent steamy historical romance to add to my TBR to keep me occupied.  Any suggestions?  I'm a big Marsha Canham, Laura Kinsale, MJ Putney and Penelope Williamson as well as Lisa Kleypas  and Robin Schone fan, so I've already read most of those.   Can't stand Mary Balogh though -- too tame and boring, so keep me away from those.


Help me restock my TBR pile with excellent steamy historicals, please.  (I prefer the european variety).



Don't like paranormals one bit, so please suggest historicals.




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Date Posted: 11/18/2010 2:57 PM ET
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OK Anybody?

Date Posted: 11/18/2010 3:59 PM ET
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Elizabeth Hoyt, Judith Ivory (especially Untie My Heart), Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch, I've heard phenomenal things about Judith James but haven't read her myself, for sexy scenes and a little less history but solid writing I'd recommend Sabrina Jeffries' Prince trilogy and Gaelen Foley's Knight series. That's all I've got for you right now, lol. Oh and Madeline Hunter might be up your alley as well.

Date Posted: 11/18/2010 4:24 PM ET
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Madeline Hunter:   By Arrangement - By Design - The Protector - By Possession

Date Posted: 11/18/2010 4:56 PM ET
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Carla Kelly!!!!!

Lyn Kurland, but she writes "clean"

Sherry Thomas

Date Posted: 11/18/2010 5:03 PM ET
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Miranda Neville, Anne Mallory and I second the Elizabeth Hoyt, she is a new favorite of mine. Actually I second alot of these goodies. Victoria Dahl's historicals have quite a bit of substance and sass, especially everything before A Little Bit Wild. Then there is Liz Carlyle, two of my absolute favs of hers, A Woman Scorned and My False Heart.

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Date Posted: 11/18/2010 8:53 PM ET
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I just finished Karen Hawkins St John Talisman ring series and really enjoyed it, I also enjoyed her Maclean Curse series.

Date Posted: 11/18/2010 8:57 PM ET
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love, love, love Carla Kelly-however if you consider MB tame-you may say the same about CK.  Her newer ones-for Harlequin-her prose is "bluer" yet still tamer than is the "norm" today.  However, if you're looking for character development, plot line, stories about the "middle class" as it were in Regency England-she's 2nd to none. 

Mary Jo Putney-in particuliar her earlier historicals; Jo Beverely, Celeste Bradley-reallyl like her early Liars Club


Newer authors who I've enjoyed:  Deliah Marvelle, Evangline Collins, Sara Lindsey, Eileen Dreyer, Courtney Milan, Meredith Duran-I'm sure there's more.  I'm in the middle of Tiffany Clare's debut(thanks Rosie!)-all I can say is if you want something hot and different-read this book!  Added:  Emma Wildes, Olivia Drake-also Amanda McCabe-and her pseudo Laurel McKee

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Date Posted: 11/18/2010 11:08 PM ET
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Everything Judith Ivory has ever written is brilliant imo. Also Sherry Thomas and  Meredith Duran are incredible. I've adored all of their books.

Date Posted: 11/19/2010 11:26 AM ET
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She's not particularly steamy, but a good read nonetheless.  Try Julia Quinn.  I have loved all her books.  The thing I like the most about her books is that 1) the hero is not always an aristocrat and 2) the heroine is not always an aristocrat fallen on hard times.  The other thing I like about her books is the humor.  I can't fount the number of times I have laughted out loud at a passage in one of her books. 

Date Posted: 11/19/2010 11:27 AM ET
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Everything Judith Ivory has ever written is brilliant imo...

I agree 100%.  I'm just sorry that she is no longer writing.  I have read every book she published as Judith Ivory and there wasn't a clunker in the lot.

Date Posted: 11/19/2010 6:56 PM ET
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no one writes steamier historicals than Bertrice Small. (ok, maybe there is a very small handfull ... but its very small)

Susan Johnson is also very explicit, but (I personally) don't enjoy her plot lines as much as some others.

I have just discvered Claudia Dain's Courtesan series (recently published) ... I would not describe them as especially steamy but they have the funniest dialogue I have read in a long long time ... and it is actually sustained throughout the books instead of just one or 2 funny scenes. The secondary characters are even better than the "stars" of the book, in some cases! As soon as I read the first one I ordered all the others that were posted and I am going to buy them new from now on because this is one author I will pay full price to read! (in fact, she is the only straight romance writer on that list right now!)

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Date Posted: 11/22/2010 2:17 PM ET
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thanks for the suggestions ladies.  While I've read most of what was suggested (& I'm a huge Ivory fan), Keri and a few others had interesting sounding suggestions.   I will have to check them out.

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 4:42 PM ET
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I just finished Revenge Wears Rubies by Renee Bernard.  It is the first in a new series.  This is my first by her, but it was really steamy for an historical.  I enjoyed it alot and am looking forward to the rest of the series.