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Subject: Stephanie Lauren?????? NEED INFO!!!!!!!
Date Posted: 11/11/2012 1:20 AM ET
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What type of books does stephanie lauren write?  Steamy, hot, erotic? Is she a good author I like steamy books, not erotic but with sex scenes in them!

What other authors does she compare to and what are some of her best books?

Date Posted: 11/11/2012 8:41 AM ET
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I ditched all my Laurens books - tried her and didn't like her cookie-cutter style. She's immensely popular so I know someone will have better information for you. It took me a while before I actually started reading her books, long after I'd started buying her books and thinking I'd eventually get around to them. Bad move. I was stuck with a slew of mostly-new books by an author I ended up not liking.

I don't do that any more.

I think she writes 'hot' but the ones I read didn't strike me at being extra-sensual or more sensual than other authors I've read. I wouldn't call her erotic, at least not in my little experience.

GAil

Date Posted: 11/11/2012 11:09 AM ET
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When her books were first released in the US, I liked them.  This was when her Cynster family series was just starting.  Then-I agree with the above-it was just the "same ol, same ol"-with her-even down to the sex scenes.  And the Cynster series just got to be too hard to keep track of who was related to who.  Bastion series I liked a bit better.  But, now, I dont even attempt to start her books anymore-there's too many authors out there that I like better. 

Hotness?  A bit hotter than the "norm" IMO-but not erotic or steamy, steamy. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2012 11:59 AM ET
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I'd say she's steamy -- she writes very looooong sex scenes. And I agree with everyone else. I read the first of the Cynster's series, which is supposed to be the best and thought it was pretty good and then everything after it was more of the same but not as good. So in this case, "her best" was true but not saying all that much.

Date Posted: 11/11/2012 2:21 PM ET
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I'm a Stephanie Laurens fan - but some of her latest have been pretty poor.  I really liked the Cynster series (Starting with Devil's Bride) up until the hardcovers - nothing against hardcover books they just started becoming a bit weaker in my opinion then.  Can be a bit formulaic - but evidently I like the formula.  I also liked the Bastion club books and the latest three paperbacks in the Cynster series - I'd skip the Black Cobra books completely.  

In terms of similarity, I'd say Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood's historical books.  Maybe not as angsty as Judith McNaught nor as humorous as Julie Garwood though.

 

Date Posted: 11/11/2012 2:21 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/11/2012 6:33 PM ET
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Her books are just ok to me. I would never pay money for them. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2012 6:42 PM ET
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Laurens write regency historicals with proper misses and harmless scoundrel lords. They are slow on action and tend to follow a pattern and get pretty boring if you read several. I remember slow development of feelings, cannot remember the love scenes! it's all about society's proper ways and manners and how you have to get married if you compromised a  young lady. I now prefer more unconventional ladies like Elizabeth Hoyt's maiden lane series or Carla Kelly.

Date Posted: 11/11/2012 7:58 PM ET
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I still read her books.  As for who she compares to: Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries, come to mind.

As others have said, story lines are repetitive but then I'd say all romance novels have repetitive story lines, especially the Regencies.  Some authors barely change the story from one book to the next, others change quite a bit but the basic premise of she loves him-she loves him not, throw in predictable conflict, he declares his love, they live happily ever after is evident in all her books.  I find her more readable than some, not as good as others. 

As for her hotness meter, as others have said, steamier than most, but not to the point of erotica.  One or two of her books I think she went over the top with the sex scenes where there was little to no plot, just the lead characters moving from one sex bout to another.  On the other hand, some of her sex scenes I have found to be written much better than other authors. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2012 9:55 PM ET
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i love lisa kleypas and diana palmer they r 2 of my fav authors. ty  everyone jennifer

Date Posted: 11/12/2012 10:08 AM ET
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I am currently reading the Cynster's series and am up to book 5. I have liked them so far, but books 3 and 4 have been my favs. Book 3 had some  very hot love scenes and book 4 had one of the longest. That scene must have covered 25 pages or more. I really only intend to read up through book 7 and then see how I feel about it then.

Date Posted: 11/15/2012 7:47 AM ET
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Have you read Elizabeth Hoyt? Thought of her when someone else mentioned. She's one of my favs.