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Subject: Series romance vs. single books...
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 7:00 PM ET
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Which do you all prefer? Series romance novels or single novels?

I usually prefer series novels, especially when the previous characters are somewhat involved in future books. If it's not in a series, I want it to have an epilogue. For some reason, I really hate when the book just ends with an "I love you" or a marriage proposal (or even worse just them agreeing to date!). Does that bother anyone else?

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 7:57 PM ET
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Both! I agree with you on the part where you want more to the ending. But sometimes the characters annoy me and I am happy to let them go, or was just glad to see them hook up. Then again, I love really good series where you can get to know a character better or at least hear what happens after the HEA.

I think I am stuck in the middle....it's like ice cream, I have to have a scoop of two flavors... or all 31 flavors for that matter.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 9:43 PM ET
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I totally agree with you...I think I prefer series romance novels or single novels with an epilogue.  But like Katie said...the characters have to be interesting.  I think it makes the stories more enjoyable when previous characters pop up in future books and you can get little tidbits of their life...

I will admit though, I get really annoyed when previous characters seem to overtake a new book which is supposed to be on a new couple. 

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 10:10 PM ET
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I usually like single novels because I get annoyed with all the backstory and  updates on other character's lives. Or the useless scenes where characters from other books get together to rehash their adventures or relation to eachother or how they got together. For example, Johanna Lindsey's Malory novels got on my nerves doing this, but Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series keeps it to a minimum, or makes the characters included from other books more relevent to the storyline so hers didn't bother me.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 10:48 PM ET
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I like both. Some series can get way out of hand.  (the Cynster's anyone?).  When they start giving every minor character a story or start inventing previously unheard of relatives who suddenly get their own book-that gets to be too much. Like book 10 stars the beloved cousin of book 2's hero but he's never ever been mentioned before now. It's like enough already, start another series or write it as a stand alone. 

But I agree w/the epilogue thing.  It's really disappointing when the book just ends w/no mention of how things go for them.  Or when the epilogue takes place the next day.  Um like just include that in the last paragraph and give us a glimpse into their future.  It doesn't have to be long.  Just a little blurb about where they are a year, 10yrs or some from when the book ends.  That's all.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:53 PM ET
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I like series books if it's a well done series, it's actually going somewhere - getting to a point; has a common plot thread running through the series, and doesn't just go on forever because the nincompoop author can't think of anything else to write about.  I know coming up with fresh storylines & ideas isn't the easiest thing in the world, but criminy, about 75% of them are a waste of everyone's time. 

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 7:46 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/6/2008 10:29 AM ET
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I like them both, as long as they are well written (which I guess should go without saying).  I enjoy series books that have good continuity.  I've read a number of single books where I've thought "I'd love to read a book about X who was in this one".  I enjoy series books focusing on different main characters more than series books that focus on a specific one, because in my reading experiences the single character series books tend to become tedious and repetitive after some time and I lose interest. 

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 8:30 PM ET
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I'm a fan of the series books as long as I have them all there with me so I can continue reading them at the same time.  Of course if enough time passes between them I'll just have to read them all again.   I just finished reading Shiver by Lisa Jackson over the weekend and immediately ordered Absolute Fear that features the location and main characters in the story.  Since it just arrived today (I LOVE THIS SITE) I'm all set!!

I also just finished Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart which is the start of a new series.  That was one of the better features of the book.  Not only was it a quick enjoyable read but you got to see a little bit about some of the othe main characters and know that their story is soon to follow!! 



Date Posted: 7/7/2008 9:29 PM ET
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I like series provided I get in them at the start or at least can find the previous stories! Now, I haven't read all of Brockmann's troubleshooters but I was in total agony in the first 5 waiting for Sam to be free of that bi*ch and even then I was mad at him for doing Alyssa like that...sigh...and the other series she did for silhouette was a lesson in frustration trying to get the 3 'hard to get ones'.thanks to someof ya'll here Im anaged to finish teh set I think

so far I'm loving the Virgin River series..I liked the silhouette nocturne Bloodrunners series by rhyannon byrd..these are so short they almost have to make them a series to get a bigger story. I liked LInda Howard's mackenze series except she left out Michael and Josh's stories like they were unimportant! I still think she could figure out the timeline and squeeze in a story for those guys :-(  I'm also enjoying the JD Robb books though I'm only on the 2nd but I think those are gonna be good with the mystery part ending with each book and the ongoing romance carrying over...just hope they end up HEA before the series ends LOL! if not someone's gonna have to tell me where to stop on them!

another peeve with series , ot her than not being able to find all the previous stories, is when the series has obviously NOT ended - even tot he point of another brother being mentioned a few times or the relationship not 'finished' or whatever then the p ublisher decides 'ok that's enough' and we're left hanging in suspense!