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Subject: In a slump, great historical anyone????
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 11:49 AM ET
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any suggestions, don't really like "sweet" or victorian.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 1:17 PM ET
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I don't know what you've read, but I enjoyed these historicals:

  • Almost any book by Elizabeth Hoyt. She has a couple of series (the Prince series - (the Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince (my favorite), and The Serpent Prince). And a new series - The Legend of the Four Soldies (book 1 and 2 are out, book 3 in this series is coming out soon). Avoid the first book in this series To Taste Temptation - not as good as her others and I really didn't like the heroine.
  • Julie Anne Long. She has several books out. I think they're OK but I absolutely loved Like No Other Lover - it's on my keeper shelf. The first book in this series, The Perils of Pleasure, got better reviews, but I liked Like No Other Lover  more (it's just a romance, not a mystery).
  • Jo Goodman is good, though I've only read a couple of her books (I find them a bit darker than other historicals). I've read If His Kiss is Wicked (really enjoyed that) and the first book in the Compass club series - Let Me Be the One is also good.
  • Karen Ranney - I've found her to be hit or miss. I really enjoyed Till Next We Meet (probably my favorite of hers)
  • Sherry Thomas - Private Arrangements is great (Delicious, her second book is good, but not as good as the first).

And of course, there's also Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, and Sylvia Day (I've found her hit and miss lately).

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 1:50 PM ET
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If you don't like Victorian settings, how do you feel about the Regency setting?    I'm going to assume that you aren't fond of Regencies, either, and stay away from those recommendations.

I like medieval romances, and here are a few good ones that I've found:

Josie Litton's Viking Trilogy: Dream of Me / Believe in Me and Come Back to Me (The first two are available in a combo book.)

Michelle Willingham's books: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browser.php?all_k=&not_k=&or_k%5B%5D=&or_k%5B%5D=&phrase_k1=&all_ti=&not_ti=&or_ti%5B%5D=&or_ti%5B%5D=&phrase_ti1=&a=michelle+willingham&i=&bd=&p=&g=0&b%5B%5D=Paperback&pd=&pd_type=e&r=n&s_type=b&l=10&sby=&oby=ASC&saved_name=  I've only read one of these so far, (The Warrior's Touch), but I loved it. 

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 3:59 PM ET
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Thanks so much guys :)

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 5:08 PM ET
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I've only read a handful of historicals - 2 by medeiros(cute), amanda quick, jill barnett (sweet) and through a dark mist by marsha canham..that last one was written well and NOT sweet at all..pretty violent but it's like you're in the middle of it..

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 9:01 PM ET
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Anything by Lisa Kleypas, esp. It Happened One Autumn & Devil in Winter.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  The Perils of Pleasure, Julie Ann Long, And then he Kissed Her, Laura Lee Guhrke, Duke of Shadows, Meredith Duran, Untie my Heart, Judith Ivory, Thunder & Roses, MJ Putney, Anything by Marsha Canham, esp. The Last Arrow or Pride of Lions, Tapestry, Karen Ranney.


There's a really good list for you.

Last Edited on: 4/6/09 9:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 9:24 AM ET
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The Outsider-Penelope Williamson

Cherish-Catherine Anderson

Years-LaVyrle Spencer

Morning Glory-LaVyrle Spencer

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 1:58 PM ET
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Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 2:15 PM ET
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon