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Subject: Regency Romance Suggestions
Date Posted: 12/30/2014 11:46 AM ET
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I've read a few regency romance books, but I need suggestions on some new ones. I love the time travel type books, as well as unexpected/"required" marriages that result in happy endings. I do enjoy the ones that are a little more "spicy", although I've read older books that were just as good too. Any ideas for new books would be appreciated!

Date Posted: 12/30/2014 12:26 PM ET
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lisa kleypas has 2 marriage books where the hero is in love/lust with the heroine first-worth and price, and tempt me at twilight. I really liked them and have read them numerous times. what have you read already?

Date Posted: 12/31/2014 3:32 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions! I haven't read a lot of regency, just several books by Sandra Heath (time travel back into that era).

Date Posted: 12/31/2014 9:36 AM ET
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As a long time Regency era reader, I have a question.  Traditional regency?  The smaller category-type sized books?   No sex(usually), more focused on manners of the time(that's a generalization).  Or the Regency-era historical romance? Larger books, more in depth characterization and the spice meter can range anywhere from "not to wow"! 

Sandra Heath is an example of an author(and a good one) that I'd put in the first category.  Lisa Kleypas, would be in the 2nd category that I described.

Forced marriages or marriages of convience(sp?) are a big favorite of mine in the Regency era.  Have lots of suggestions depending on what type you like.

Jan

Date Posted: 12/31/2014 9:59 AM ET
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Well I am definitely interested in forced marriages! Sherry Thomas has one called Private arrangements, with a twist-the woman is the schemer not the man. I loved her book not quite a husband more but it doesn't have that theme. Also, Judith Mcnaught has a famous, amazing book called whitney my love where the man buys her families debt and therefore she must marry him. Once and always by her also has forced marriage. Both authors have 'steamy' scenes, semi-graphic.

Date Posted: 1/1/2015 9:56 AM ET
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I looked on my shelf, and Christine feehan also has 2 historical that have slight paranormal overtones with forced marriages-scarletti cure, and lair of the lion. both steamy not graphic love scenes.

Date Posted: 1/1/2015 1:43 PM ET
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Thanks Jan! Honestly, I did not know there was such a difference between the types of novels for Regency! I be interested in some of the first (trad. Regency) but I would love to see more of the second catagory and I'd be open to anything you suggest!!

 

meadow27, thank you, I am going to go check those authors out! Whitney my love sounds esp. good to me, so I know that one will be going on my WL!

Date Posted: 1/2/2015 11:22 AM ET
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Here's a couple from long time favorite authors:

Christmas Angel-Jo Beverley

Mary Balogh:

First Comes Marriage

Temporary Wife

One Night for Love

Tangled

Ideal Wife

Masked Deception


 

Mary Jo Putney:

Silk & Secrets

Thunder & Roses

The Bargain/The Would be Widow-these are the same book.  Would Be Widow done in the classic traditional Regency style that I described above; The Bargain-the historical romance set in the Regency period-longer, more in depth characterization.

I have more....

Plus, check out "Goodreads" website.  Lists books having to do with a theme-like forced marriage, governess, etc.

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 7:59 AM ET
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hey Jan-having trouble with good reads for some reason. I tried 2 or 3 mary balogh books and they were dnf for me, but I wil try again. I keep seeing mary jo Putney and passing her over, I don't know why. I will see if those 2 are in the library. I wouldn't mind more recommendations =)

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 10:37 AM ET
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Which Balogh's were dnf's for you?  I've read her since her first release-Masked Deception-and, for me, her early stuff " hits it out of the ballpark" while the stuff she's been doing in the last few years is just "meh" for me.  Readable, enjoyable but not "special".  My $.02.


 

Carla Kelly "Her Ladyship's Companion" and "Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand"-marriages at their center weren't necessarily forced but do fit.  Love them both and they've both been re-released lately so they be easier to find.

I'll check my keeper shelves too.

Jan

Date Posted: 1/3/2015 2:57 PM ET
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Carla Kelly - emotional, uncommon heroes

Grace Burrowes - always kind and gentle heroes

 

Date Posted: 1/4/2015 2:35 PM ET
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I barely got through the secret pearl, and I think I stopped in the middle of baloghs simply wicked. With pearl, I thought there was a lot of words but not enough emotion. I didn't believe that the couple liked each other and if I remember right they weren't together that much in the book.

Date Posted: 1/6/2015 7:10 AM ET
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Maybe this is helping, here is a site that allows combination searches for romance books.

This is a list of over 50 books with both 'regency' and 'time travel' 
This is a list of over 360 books set in regency times and with marriages of convenience
This is a list of over 70 books set in regency times and featuring arranged marriages

There are also plenty of other time periods and relationship themes to chose from. Hope it helps.

Date Posted: 1/6/2015 9:53 AM ET
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I also like Carla Kelly - usually humorous hero / heroines - and the early Mary Baloghs are very good.

Under the PBS Romance genre, Series sub-genre - you can do a search thru the Signet Regencies and Zebra Regencies, those are the (IMO) better written regency romances.

If you want old-school classic - Georgette Heyer is still the queen!