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Subject: Romance that makes you sigh
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 9:09 PM ET
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I'm looking for romance books that make you have to just stop and sigh.  Not a bunch of sex stuff (although I don't mind) mainly just stuff that makes you have to pause for a moment.  Any ideas?

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 11:33 PM ET
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I just finished one just like this.  Truly a romantic, romance novel.  The Romantic (hah) by Madeline Hunter.    The hero writes secret love letters to the heroine  (who is not even aware of his secret love) for years and year s(10+years).  He remained true to her, even when she's been married off to someone else, he's also her guardian angel ... let me grab that book and I'll type out one of the letters he wrote to her in secret.( he's never actually mailed it out to her, but keeps them hidden).. It made me sigh..SPOILER:


My incomparable beloved,

Seven months you have been gone , and I fear you will never return.  I await your brief, infrequent letters like a boy, desperate for any small indication that you remember I exist, hoping for evidence that you tire of that foreign land where you now live.I read your missive a hundred times for the slightest intimation that you will be coming home.  The part of my mind that does nothing but wait grows daily, and soon nothing will be left to attend to life's duties.  One word, my love, just one word; thats is all I seek.  One word to let me know that you will not stay away forever, and that I will at least have your presence and  friendship in my life, even if I can never have your passion and your love.



I've yet to come across a hero as romantic as this one.   Check out Amazon for more  reviews, I really loved it.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 7:29 AM ET
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I remember that book - that's part of her series with The Seducer and The Charmer.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 8:44 AM ET
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Bewitching & Dreaming  by Jill Barnett, Games of Pleasure by Juila Ross, When He was Wicked by Julia Quinn, Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, Whispers of Heaven by Candice Proctor, My Beloved by Karen Ranney, Pale Moon Rider and Under a Desert Moon by Marsha Canham, Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran, The Bridal Season and Bridal Favors by Connie Brockway, and The Proposition, Untie My Heart, and The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory.  I'm sure there are more, but that's a good start:P

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 10:10 AM ET
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Those sound great.  Keep 'em coming!  Do you have to read the madeline Hunter books in order or do they stand alone?

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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 1:08 PM ET
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What I find interesting is that most of these books are historicals.  Are there no *sigh* contemporaries out there??

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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 1:26 PM ET
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I would have to say Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood.  Noah Clayborn is so in love with her and when you look at her through his eyes you have to sigh.  There is a part where she is in the hospital and all her family and Noah are waiting to find out how she is.  When the Dr. comes out and says 1 person can go see her.  The Dad looks to Noah and tells him to go and let her know they all love her. 

To have that kind of love just showing on your face make me sigh even now.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 1:27 PM ET
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Ani - I know practically nothing about good sighworthy contemporaries.  I'm still pretty new with them myself.  I just know I haven't found one yet that hits that button for me.

Kim - The Romantic was the first Madeline Hunter book I'd ever read, and I didn't notice a lack of anything that came before it.  I'm sure there's some background it would be nice to have, and I can only speak for a couple of others in that series, but the ones I've read weren't in order, and it worked out ok.  I should also say that I didn't really like The Romantic all that much.  The writing seemed pretty corny to me at the time.  I may do it again someday though, just to see if my perspective has changed.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 6:43 PM ET
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Kimberly O., I read The Saint and The Romantic and had no problem following the story line, so it really doesnt matter.  I guess, if you did read the series in order you'll know the characters better.  The heroine in The Romantic is the much abused sister of the hero in The Saint.  I liked both, but The Romantic is the one that had me putting down the book just so I could sigh lol...


Hmm, contemporary romance that had me sighing...A Day In April by Mary Lynn Baxter.   Lots and lots of angst here, I was sighing though.  The  love the hero feels for the heroine is so all consuming and heart felt through out the book and what the heroine was going through was just so painful to read about....  This is a one big huge tear-jerker of a romance book,  just a warning.  You'll need a tissue reading this one, but the beginning of the book, I smiled for 2 hrs straight....


When He was Wicked by Julia Quinn.... another one that had me sighing... I think I am just a sucker for unrequited /reunion themes lol... ^_^


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I would say Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson - the ending is a bit overdramatic to me, but I bounced between sighing and laughing the rest of the time. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 8:36 PM ET
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I remember sighing over See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.  Oh and I remember sighing over Family Blessings by LaVyrle Spencer.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 10:13 PM ET
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I agree with everyone who mentioned When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn! After reading countless romances, that's just one of those stories that always stands out in my mind as being one of the best! It made me cry, it made me laugh and it absolutely made me sigh. . . just thinking about it makes me want to go and read it all over again!

I would also have to say that Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh is another great sigh worthy romance.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 11:35 PM ET
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I would also have to say that Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh is another great sigh worthy romance.

oh yes, that's a good one.  it's the only one in the series i've read, but it's on my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:44 AM ET
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I added Mine to Possess to my WL ( I am #90-something, go me!)..... sounds good from reading the reviews, thanks for recommending it. 

I want to mention, although I liked The Romantic and would recommend it to my friends, it did not go on my keeper shelf.    When He Was Wicked and A Day In April did though.....

Adding more books to this list ....

Uncommon Vows  by Mary Jo Putney, this is actually one of my fav's from her. (keeper)

A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens  (keeper)

Edit:  Had the wrong title of the book for MJP at first post, oops.


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Angie -
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Judith McNaught's Paradise and Perfect are pretty great.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 2:56 PM ET
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I adore Madeleine Brent romances. (psydoneum for Peter O'Donnell)  The are very G-rated and could be read by adolescents.  Some of them are out of print, but I adore them.  They are very sweet romances with suspense/mystery/action thrown in.

Here they are in my order of favoritism:

  • Moonraker's Bride
  • Tregaron's Daughter
  • Merlin's Keep
  • The Capricorn Stone
  • Stranger At Wildings / Kirkby's Changeling (same book, just dif titles)
  • Stormswift
  • Golden Urchin
  • A Heritage of Shadows
  • The Long Masquerade

Subject: The Survivors
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:44 PM ET
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Dinah McCalls, "The Survivors", great mystery, murder and ahhhh romance :)