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Subject: Recommend some 5 star Harlequin or Silhouette romances for me please.....
Date Posted: 5/17/2009 10:39 PM ET
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What are your favorite Harlequin or Silhouette autors and/or stories? I tend to enjoy series involving families and without "hidden" pregnancies or accidental pregnancies in the storyline.

What are your favs?

Cindy in VA

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 12:15 AM ET
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I really like Lucy Gordon. Her characters act like real people instead of insane stick figures. Many of her stories involve warm Italian families, too.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:46 PM ET
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How much of a list do you want?  Sometimes I feel like an odd-ball because I prefer the category romances over single title romances.  But here are a few of my absolute favs:

Quinn's Woman by Susan Mallory, SSE1557

Marching Ordes by Doleros Fossen, HI704

Good Time Girl by Candace Schuler, HB27

Protective Custody by Debra Webb, HI610

Night Into Day by Sandra Canfield, HS278

A Man Like Mac by Fay Robinson, HS911

A Rose For Maggie by Kathleen Korbel, SIM396

Whims of Fate by Ruth Ryan Langon, SSE354

Marching Orders does have an unplanned pregnancy as part of the plot, but the rest are baby-free IIRC. 

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:59 PM ET
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I agree with DeeDee - some of the authors she listed I haven't read, but you will always get a more serious story, with multi-faceted characters, with Sandra Canfield - Ruth Ryan Langan is also an awesome author; Susan Mallery is an auto-buy author for me;

It's harder these days to get stories without secret babies or accidental pregnancies, most of the stories I read like that are older. Some authors have written books with and without these plot ploys so I can only give a list of my favorite authors. Muriel Jensen writes more family-oriented stories; a couple of the Karen Toller Whittenbergs I read were family oriented as well.

Penny Richards and Bay Matthews - family type stories. I'll have to think some more. A good thing about a place like PBS is that there ARE so many older titles available!

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 2:46 PM ET
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I like Carolyn Davidson's books, I'm pretty sure those are Harlequins. Redemption is on my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 4:22 PM ET
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I just read a good  one called Holiday confessions by Anne Marie Winston. The hero is blind and the heroine used to be a top supermodel who just wants to lead a normal life.

I really enjoyed it!

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 7:42 PM ET
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-- I really liked The Vow by Rebecca Winters an entry from the Love Everlasting series.
--- Not quite 5 star but pretty enjoyable that someone had recommended here was Undiscovered Hero by Stephanie Doyle
-- A real oldie but goodie I saved was An Eagle Swooped by Anne Hampson.

A Series with multiple authors I enjoyed was Millionaire of the Month (there was one baby but you could skip if needed) with multiple authors - premise was each bachelor had to spend a month at a lodge as part of a request from a dead friend -- They were:
Thirty Day Affair -- Maureen Child
His Forbidden Fiancee - Christie Ridgway
Bound by the Baby - Susan Crosby (that's the baby one)
An Improper Affair - Anna DiPalo
Married to His Business - Elizabeth Bevarly
In Bed with the Devil - Susan Mallery

Also liked the 3 Raintree books part of the Nocturne series (you need to like paranormal)
Other paranormal series I liked was Rhyannon Byrd's Last Wolf Hunting/Standing/Watching

Another series was by Jessica Bird (JR Ward) - I read one and had to read the others
Beauty and the Black Sheep; His Comfort and Joy; From the First; and A Man in a Million.  I think The Billionaire Next Store was loosely connected to these as well -- in addition - it made reference to one of his friends who was a policeman who ends up in her Black Dagger brotherhood series - pretty neat. Some were better than others but a nice series.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 10:13 PM ET
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Gina Ferris Wilkins' Family Found series.  They're Silhouette Intimate Moments Special Edition (I seriously was thinking that last night, don't know why I typed the other) books.  Can't count the number of times I've read them all and they're all on my keeper shelf.  She's also written several more stories in the series but these are the original ones:

1. Full of Grace (1993)
2. Hardworking Man (1993)
3. Fair and Wise (1993)
4. Far to Go (1993)
5. Loving and Giving (1994)

Maggie Shayne's Brands of Texas series is another good one.  They're Silhouette Intimate Moments:

1. The Littlest Cowboy (1996)
2. The Baddest Virgin in Texas (1997)
3. Badlands Bad Boy (1997)
4. The Husband She Couldn't Remember (1998)
5. That Mysterious Texas Brand Man (1998)
6. The Baddest Bride in Texas (1999)
7. The Outlaw Bride (1999)
8. Angel Meets the Badman (2000)
9. The Homecoming (2001)

I think those 2 are my absolute favorites next to Linda Howard's McKenzie series, of course.



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Date Posted: 5/18/2009 10:27 PM ET
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Thanks for the names!! I have to get on FictionDB and add them to my wishlist :)

Keep em coming!

Cindy in VA

Subject: Baby Bonds Series
Date Posted: 5/19/2009 10:08 AM ET
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I really liked the Baby bonds series by Karen Rose Smith. Custody for Two, The Baby Trail, Expecting His Brother's Baby.  They are silhouette special edition. I would read these again. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 10:31 AM ET
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My current category autobuy is Sarah Mayberry, who's mostly written Blazes until recently.  Her first Superromance just released.

I also kept a bunch of titles by Nora Roberts (most of her MacGregors and Stanislaskis, for instance), Debbie Macomber (like her Midnight Sons)...  I kept Where the Heart Is, a Silhouette Special Edition by Gail Barrett; a few by Debra Salonen (mostly Superromances), Judy Christenberry's Randall series (Harlequin American Romance, I think), Sherryl Woods (And Baby Makes Three, mostly Special Edition), Lori Foster (Buckhorn brothers, etc.--Desire), Leslie Kelly's Santori family (Harlequin Tempation and Blaze), Carly Phillips, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Alison Kent, Rhonda Nelson, Maureen Child, Marilyn Pappano...

As you can tell, I have a hard time narrowing things down ;)

For some earlier discussions on series/category romances, see these threads: 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=140663

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=55461

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 8:15 PM ET
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I can list a few reaaaaaaaaaal old ones...

Lion of Darkness (blind heroine) by Melina Cross

Lovers Touch by Penny Jordan

Silence Speaks for Love (mute heroine) by Emma Goldrick

Had them for years, from my mothers time as she originally bought them, and I still love to reread them.

 

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 11:14 PM ET
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My all time 2 favorite authors from the Harlequin lines are: Sarah Mayberry and Gena Showalter

Some other great authors are: Kelley St. John, Emma Darcy, Delores Fossen, Susan Krinard, Leslie Kelly, Kate Hoffmann, and many more.

If you're looking for any others just let me know I'd be happy to help.:)