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Subject: Recommendations needed...
Date Posted: 3/6/2008 8:40 AM ET
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I'm falling into a funk, I think. I look at my TBR and nothing looks good... I only have 2 books lined up after the one I'm reading now that I want to read! Yikes!

I guess I need books that are cute, light, funny reads and isn't filled with a bunch of stuff...ya know, when the author goes on and on about pretty much nothing:). I like Rachel Gibson, Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich, Kasey Michaels, Leanne Banks... ummm I can't think of the others right now.

I really could care less about the sex scenes... actually if an author fills half the book with sex, I probably wouldn't enjoy it as much... I don't like the paranormal stuff, although time travel or futuristic isn't bad... just no ghosts, vampires, werewolfs, psychics, etc. They give me the willies:)

So please help me out...I've never been at a loss before! I don't like the feeling!

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 8:47 AM ET
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Do you do historicals at all?  I know of a lot of titles that are entertaining and a lot of fun to read, and aren't overdone in the sex department.  Contemporaries though - I have quite a few, but haven't gotten in the mood to try any of them out yet.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 9:11 AM ET
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Oh yes, I'll read historicals, I love Julia Quinn... and Julie Garwood can be cute and funny at times:)

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 9:16 AM ET
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I just read one you might like.  Its Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake by Laurie Brown.  Its a time travel set in the Regency period.  Real cute.  Regency isn't normally my thing, but I liked this one.  Not alot of sex and what there is isn't really graphic, but its very romantic and witty.  Let me know if you want it, since its WL'd and I'll post it to you.

Sherri



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Date Posted: 3/6/2008 9:19 AM ET
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Ever do Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer?  It's an historical that's pretty funny and a great love story.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 10:11 AM ET
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Sherri, I added it to my wishlist:)

Monica, I've never read anything by LaVyrle Spencer... I have one as a matter of fact, but not Hummingbird...I'll have to check that out:)

eta: I ordered a 3 in 1 with Hummingbird in it... all three sound cute:) http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780517060179-Three+Complete+Novels+The+Hellion+Separate+Beds+Hummingbird



Last Edited on: 3/6/08 10:22 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/6/2008 11:02 AM ET
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I highly recommend anything by Lisa Kleypas, especially Devil in Winter.  Sensual, but not overdone.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 12:02 PM ET
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Maybe Jill Barnett? She's usually pretty lighthearted.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 12:44 PM ET
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If you like Jennifer Crusie and Rachel Gibson, you might like Catch of the Day by Marcia Evanik- I really liked that one.  Cute story, good characters, kind of a "feel good" book.  One of these days I want to get around to reading the rest of her books, which kind of spin off of this one, but my TBR pile is too big right now.

I'm not into the kind of paranormals that you mentioned either, but enjoy time travel and the like.  I just read 2 books by Melissa Mayhue that I really liked- I guess you could call them "light paranormal", as they involve the faerie world in the Scottish highlands.  The first one has the heroine travelling back to 12th century Scotland, and the second one takes place in modern-day Scotland.  Linda Lael Miller has done a couple of good time travel books as well.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 1:13 PM ET
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I've read a lot of Lisa Kleypas and loved them, as a matter of fact my first books by her were the Wallflower series.

I've never read Jill Barnett, I'll have to add that to my list:) I'll have to check out Marcia Evanik, too...I've never heard of her. Melissa Mayhue... faerie world...I'd have to thnk about that...:) Although I do love those Scottish men!!

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 1:17 PM ET
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If you liked kleypas, you'll probably like Liz Carlyle too.  I recommend No True Gentleman or any of her historicals.  Laura Kinsale is also great, esp. Flowers from the Storm.  Don't forget the Fallen Angels series from M.J. Putney.  Starts with Thunder and Roses.  Outstanding!  My all-time favorite is Marsha Canham's The Last Arrow. 



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Date Posted: 3/6/2008 1:52 PM ET
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Everything Claudia just said, and on Jill Barnett, these are her best, IMO: Bewitching and Dreaming.  They go together in that order.

You should also try some Loretta Chase (if you haven't already) - Lord of Scoundrels is her best, and also Mr. Impossible & Lord Perfect.  All are series books (the last two from the same set), but can stand alone, and if you like them, you'll find the others pretty quickly.;)

I also love Marsha Canham.  To start off with her, I highly recommend her Robin Hood trilogy:

Through a Dark Mist, In the Shadow of Midnight, and The Last Arrow read them in that order if at all possible.  I also love Pale Moon Rider, and Across a Moonlit Sea & The Iron Rose which is the sequel to that one.






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Date Posted: 3/6/2008 2:17 PM ET
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hmm...I think most of the funny ones I've read have sex in them but doesn't dominate the story: vicki Lewis Thompson is one of my 'go-to's ' for funny but she writes fairly descriptive though funny sex scenes. my faves of hers are 'stuck with you'(harlequin love & laughter), the nerd who loves me, and nerd gone wild.

chick lit/mystery - Meg Cabot's Heather Wells mysteries -size 12 is not fat, size 14 is not fat either, and big boned - these have some hilarious scenes scattered throughout.

some of the Harlequin Next titles are cute as well: I liked one by Leslie LaFoy - Grin and Bear it..silly read with some mystery. there are also 2 mystery series in that line: one by Charlotte Douglas and the other by Stevi Mittman..Charlotte's character is more serious and Stevi's you wanna whack the woman sometimes (and the gy too!) but they're cute.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 5:31 PM ET
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Ooh, I can see my reminder list growin...thank goodness for BOB!

Susanna, Grin and Bear It is on my keeper shelf:) My last name is Barrett-- get it, Bear it? Anyway, the title caught my eye and the book was really good, I wish she'd continue the series!

I just got Nerd Gone Wild in the mail, from my Damaged Books Virtual Box... I was pretty happy to see that one come in.

I've never read Meg Cabot before because I know some of her books are Teen fiction and I didn't know what was what.

Kim, I've never read Marsha Canham I'll have to keep her in mind. I tried Loretta Chase and couldn't get into the book... I can't remember which one it was right now.

Claudia, I never heard of half of those authors:) I'm really in the dark, aren't I, lol?!

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 5:56 PM ET
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Have you ever read any of the contemporaries by Marianne Stillings?  I thought The Damsel In This Dress was one of the funniest books I've ever read.  Also Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evie was very funny.  It's hard to make me laugh out loud but they did.

 

Oh, and have you ever read Serendipity by Judith McWilliams?  It's an old Temptation that is just a lot of fun.



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Date Posted: 3/6/2008 8:36 PM ET
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Eileen, I wish s he'd write more too..I really enjoyed 'grin and bear it'..I had it for a while then decided to read it at work one night and just enjoyed it a lot! I miss that line..wish they'd print them again...sigh...every time I find a good thing it's taken away...

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 6:15 AM ET
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See, I knew asking you guys would help! I have read a LOT of different authors, but you guys keep telling me about new ones:) Thank you!