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Subject: Romances to get lost in to escape depression?
Date Posted: 12/25/2007 2:09 AM ET
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I've been very majorly depressed lately, and I also happen to be reading a heartbreaking book about people getting a form of  Alzheimer's at a young age. Anyway, I read a proven fave, an "Undead" MJ Davidson book to cheer myself up but it didn't work. What I need is a "meaty" romance book, with GREAT chaarcterizations that really get into the H&H's personallity and background. Wonderful supporting characters a BIG plus. Also, them on an adventure or solving a mystery would be cool as well, though it's not essential. I cannot read of any "uber alpha" heroes or "forced seduction" either. I apologize for this strange request and *huge* thanks in advance for any recommendations!

Date Posted: 12/25/2007 6:55 AM ET
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Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer was pretty good...there's a mystery, well actually a lot of little mysteries, some funny characters. But the hero is a hitman, so that may make him a little too alpha...

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie was really good, too.

All Jacked Up by Penny McCall might work for you, the characters bicker at each other through the whole thing, but it's funny:)

You could always try any historical by Julia Quinn...her books are usually cute with some type of mystery thrown in (although not always a mystery)

These aren't romances but any of the Stephanie Plum Mysteries by Janet Evanovich, starting with One for the Money...the whole series is funny, but not really romance. As a matter of fact, anything by Janet Evanovich has an element of funny to it!

The Hannah Swenson mystery series by Joanne Fluke is cute as well, plus there's a bunch of really good recipes in the books! Again, these aren't romance, but still really good!

Pamela Britton's NASCAR books are very well written! She's very witty and the characters are very well written...the first book is Dangerous Curves (definitely a mystery in that one)!

 

I hope these help and if I come across any more, I'll be sure to let you know:) ((Hugs))

Date Posted: 12/25/2007 9:16 AM ET
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If you like the fantasy aspect (think LOTR), I highly recommend "Lord of the Fading Lands" and "Lady of Light and Shadows" by C.L. Wilson.  I've only read one by her, but Jennifer Crusie seems to write with a lot of humor, as does Katie MacAlister (about anything by her is good IMO).  I always laugh while reading her. 

Date Posted: 12/25/2007 2:54 PM ET
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Anything by Marianne Stillings. Her books are witty, they have great plots and her characters are very well drawn out. The Stephanie Plum books by Evenovich are very entertaining.  Very funny.  

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 9:46 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/26/2007 11:48 PM ET
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I would reccomend and of Amanda Quick's historicals.  All Funny and the characters are very well developed.

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 12:14 PM ET
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Susan Mallery does great characters - her secondary characters are great too.   I'd recommend Falling for Gracie, Justin's Bride, or Wild West Wife.   http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373770342-Falling+For+Gracie  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373288700-Justins+Bride+Harlequin+Historical+No+270 http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373834860-Wild+West+Wife+Montana+Mavericks

 

 

 

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 1:32 PM ET
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for laugh out loud funny, try Sandra Hill's "viking 2" series they are about a family of time traveling vikings from the 10th century who, one by one, travel to the present. I still chuckle when I think of one of the vikings being locked up in a mental hospital and the pych comes in to talk to him. She introduces herself as Dr. -------. He thinks she says Dock Whore.

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 9:42 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions everybody! I'll definitely keep an eye out. I was lucky enough to pick up a perfect one of my TBR shelf- Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase. It's my first novel by her and I picked it up due to great word-of-mouth on it. It has just what I needed- an exotic mystery (set in Egypt) filled with action, adventure and lots of bad guys. The heroine is an intelligent scholar who is a widow, and while the hero isn't considered smart he's "street smart", sexy, funny and just all-around a great hero type. I have more Chase on my TBR shelf, but if anyone could recommend other books like this one that would be great!

I'm also reading a non-romance, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which I am also loving every page of. It's kind of a mix of love of literature (the protagonists thoughts on reading & books are wonderful) and a great gothic mystery story. I really hope the author writes more in the future, the hype on this novel was definitely well-deserved!

Date Posted: 12/28/2007 6:51 AM ET
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that viking series by sandra hill IS funny...I read a later one then realized it was a series..hot covers too!

when I feel 'down' I usually go for humor or erotica..lighter stuff without much thinking. I tinik the only 'serious' book I read this year was 'promises tokeep' bykathryn shay..oh, and one of robyn carr's books about a valley. she has 2 related series that a lot have enjoyed and she puts ina lots of characters and drama.

Date Posted: 12/28/2007 9:05 AM ET
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Stephanie, I loved "The Thirteenth Tale" too!  I hope her next book is as good. 

Date Posted: 12/28/2007 9:33 PM ET
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They are not novels, more like humerous anecdotes and the author's take on life, but the Sweet Potato Queens books by Jill Conner Browne always have me lmao. I've woken my husband up before from laughing so hard. These are about the only books (besides my old copy of The Outsiders) that I can't bear to part with and will occasionally reread one when I really need a laugh.

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 9:44 AM ET
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if you like mysteries victoria leigh has 2 series that are cute. ghosthunters (just started iwth wh at's a ghoul to do?) and teh psychic eye mysteries are cute and have a romantic thread through them though not a romance. Ireally enjoyed these and hate that it's another year or so for the next psychic eye one though the next ghosthunters one is due january or so.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 2:29 AM ET
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It's Victoria LAURIE actually :) I love her books, they're some of my favorites. However I was looking for romances and they don't really fit, being paranormal mysteries and all. Thanks anyway.



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Date Posted: 12/30/2007 7:01 PM ET
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A really good pick me up book is a fantasy/regency romance type called Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 8:27 PM ET
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oops sorry! :-) but at least they kiss hee hee! I mess up on her name all the time..sigh..

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 8:34 PM ET
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I suffer from depression and find that any good historical romance will distract me from my wallowing in self-pity.  I'm currently enamored with Adele Ashworth - Duke of Sin, Duke of Scandal, When it's Perfect. 

 

I"d also recommend some of the Steamier Galen Foley's-- Lord of Fire, Devil Takes a Bride, His Wicked Kiss, One Night of Sin. 



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