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Subject: Tell me what to expect!
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 6:04 AM ET
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ok, will probably become a confusing thread LOL but I have TONS and TONS of stuff in my TBR pile and they'd be read a lot quicker if I knew what to expect so I can read it when I'm in the mood for that type!

example: Marianne Stillings - I'd say to expect funny in a silly way, some sex, a bit of a suspense going on peaking at the end, then being resolved and a character is introduded who'll show up in a different book but with a totally different storyline. Suzanne Brockmann-Troubleshooters often have several storylines going on and some characters continue their 'story' into several other books,action deals with terrorists. smaller Seal series are from the silhouette line and characters have their own story but are mentioned in the others. you know, stuff ot that effect. Kathy Love's Young Brothers -light vampire romance, some steamy sex scenes, evil in the background, silly humor..vampire-ness made 'light'

Here are some in Mt TBR that I'm not sure what to expect as far as sex, drama level, villians, humor...

Nina Bangs - one bite stand, night bites,actually have several of hers

Celeste  Bradley - Llar's Club

Amanda quick - are all similar to Slightly shady, don't look back and late for the wedding?

Theresa Medeiros - liked bride and beast and gosh can't think of the title but where the woman is maried by proxy to raise all these kids..really funny but had a bit of drama in the background too

awaken me darkly - showalter

LIsa Kleypas - devil in winter and another Bowstreet r unners series

Whiteside's 'devil' books

I've discoverd I can't trust the picture on the cover (some look serious and sexy but are silly and funny) and the description doesnt' always add up either.

Sharon Sala's diamond, lucky,..anotehr title..3 sisters.

stephanie laurens

 ETA: oh, and Marsha Canham's robin hood - Im afraid these might have al ot of drama and anguish vs humor and I'd like tok now so I'm in the  mood to handle drama..

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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 7:41 AM ET
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WOW! Susanna, you're sitting on an awesome TBR pile.  I've read most of the books on your list.  Here's what I remember about them.

Whiteside - River Series

Best new author I've discovered this year!  I've read Irish Devil and Northern Devil and would give my right arm for a copy of River Devil.

Her books feature persecuted women who are daring or clever enough to try to escape their tormentors, and tender/tough heroes who save them.  These stories are packed with action and emotion.  Lots of angst. Lots of sex.  Stories are loosely connected -- not necessary to read in the order written.

Bradley - Liars Club

Read and enjoyed each of these books.  Typical Bradley--a little suspense, a bit of humor, tender love scenes.  If you like her books, you'll like these.  The reviews on this site are pretty accurate.

Sala's 3 sisters (Gambler's Daughters

Early Sala.  Gambler father dies, leaves them with nothing.  They sell the house, split the money and go their separate ways.  The books tell the story of what happened to each.  Enjoyable, quick reads.  These are not the suspense filled, more fleshed out novels that she currently writes.  I believe these were first published by Silhouette and are typical of those stories.


I've read everything she's written, and will continue to read whatever she writes in the future.  But darned if I can remember any details beyond the fact that I always find her stories emotionally satisfying.  Something in my brain recalls Devil in Winter as one of her best.

Get busy reading, girl!!

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 8:07 AM ET
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If you have Lady Sophia's Lover in your TBR, I would suggest you read it ASAP! It's a great book with an awesome hero. He's responsible but not overly serious, one of those men you KNOW you can trust. Of course, that makes it doubly interesting when he gets interested in Sophia. There's a revenge plot here (which is not one of my favorites) but it works because Sophia thinks with her head and realizes that Ross is not the villain she painted him out to be. There's a lot of sexual tension (imagine responsible guy feeling attracted to his housekeeper) and the sex is an integral part of the story but doesn't overtake it. Regrettably, I cannot remember much about the other two books in that series.

Devil in Winter deals with the awful rake that finds the love of his life. I didn't care much for it but I know most people liked it (I don't clearly remember my objection to it...maybe that I didn't believe the hero's transformation and didn't really care much for the heroine.) It's a bit dark but not overly so.


Date Posted: 8/31/2008 9:42 AM ET
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Diane Whiteside's "Devil " books are explicit in sex, moreso than your typical historical romance books.  I like them.

Love everything Stephanie Laurens writes, same for Lisa Kleypas.  Interesting characters, good writing and dialogue, interesting stories. I've yet ot be disappointed in anything I've read by either, but that's JMO.

I've got that series by Gena Showalter but haven't read any of them yet.  I've loved almost everything I've read by her though, with the exception of one or two, and again with the exception of those, all are on my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:13 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 1:20 PM ET
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I read Whiteside's Irish Devil and didn't care for it. I thought the heroine was annoying. I haven't read anything else by her.

I really liked Devil in Winter. Sebastian is a really hot hero, and he talks dirty. I love heroes that talk dirty, especially in historicals for some reason.

I've read Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld and liked them, but I didn't like her Atlantis books and passed on Awaken me Darkly because it only got a mediocre review on AAR.

I've never read Nina Bangs or Celeste Bradley, and I'm reading my first Stephanie Laurens right now (Devil's Bride) it's okay, and it does remind me a little of Kleypas, but Kleypas is better. Lisa Kleypas just knows how to do a hero right. I've loved pretty much everything I've read by her so far, except for Sugar Daddy which was okay, but not a keeper for me. The only Bow Street book of hers I've read was Worth Any Price, and that one was good. I liked the heroine in that book. I've got 3 more of hers in my TBR I've yet to get to.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 3:59 PM ET
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Theresa Medeiros - liked bride and beast and gosh can't think of the title but where the woman is maried by proxy to raise all these kids..really funny but had a bit of drama in the background too

That was Charming the Prince. I read it recently and enjoyed it as well. Was my first Medeiros.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 6:25 PM ET
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Devil in Winter is my favorite Lisa Kleypas, so I wanted to add some info for you...

The Heroine is a sweet and shy young lady with a bit of a stutter who is trying to get away from a horrible family.  She propositions the Hero, who is known for his rakish ways, and he accepts because she has a fortune coming to her upon marriage, and he has a father that has sunk them in debt.  It is basically set up as a marriage of convenience, and then they get to know each other, yada, yada.  I think you would really enjoy it!

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 6:35 PM ET
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Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress, Bk 1) by Gena Showalter.  i just read this last week.  this is definitely not one of the silly/fun paranormals, but it was good.  there's people getting kidnapped and dead, and the hero is a humanoid alien.  (i also liked the Lords of the Underworld by her, haven't read anything else yet, though i have the Atlantis series on TBR.)  sex = yes.

i've only read a couple of Nina Bangs books, but again have several more on TBR.  Wicked Nights and An Original Sin (Wink and a Kiss, Bk 3).  these were fun and entertaining.  sex = yes (and i think i remember there was plenty of it, but it's been a while).  but i haven't read the MacKenzie vampire books, which seem to be the ones you have.


Angie -
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 9:29 PM ET
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*Loved* Diana Whiteside...hmm..I would compare her to Shannon McKenna but historicals instead of romantic suspense (although there is definitely suspense in all of them too.)

Devil in Winter was my least favorite of the Wallflowers but I love Lisa Kleypas. If you haven't read any of the Wallflower books yet, you should definitely start with the first one though.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 9:35 AM ET
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Nina Bangs - one bite stand, night bites,actually have several of hers

I LOVE Nina Bangs.  I started reading her books because I thought her name was funny and just had to buy one that I saw.  They are very good paranormals.  There is sex in each book, especially in the ones that have Sparkle Stardust & Ganymede in them.  They are Cosmic Troublemakers and Sparkle's specialty is sex.  I'd give the books a try.  I really really enjoyed all of her books. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 10:34 AM ET
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I agree about Kleypas' Wallflower series.  I loved them , but you should read them in order. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 11:28 AM ET
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guess I'm gonna have to look up the orders of what I have..I'm missing Lady Sophia's Lover..thought there were 2 books but I have the 1st and 3rd and have to find where I put those darn it! also have the Liar's club and thought I had the 1st book set aside but nope it's the 2nd so gotta find where I put the 1st..darn it!

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 9:48 PM ET
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Well, it looks like everyone else has you covered on the other stuff I know, and I always have Marsha Canham covered:P

You said:

"oh, and Marsha Canham's robin hood - Im afraid these might have al ot of drama and anguish vs humor and I'd like tok now so I'm in the  mood to handle drama.."

No, nuh-uh, no way...:P  Not drama at all.  This is straight action/adventure romance all the way.  Old cinematic swashbuckling action/adventure.  With sex:P  Try it, you'll like it.

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Date Posted: 9/1/2008 10:00 PM ET
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I just got my hands on Canham's Robin Hood trilogy and am excited to get started on it...problem is I have way too many books I'm excited to get started reading!

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 6:31 AM ET
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me too Sarah! These replies have been helpful because sometimes I'm in the mood for something 'deep' with some drama and suspense and other times I just want to read something sweet or funny with no friggin' drama! Like Shannon Butcher and Anne Stuart's Ice books..I have to be prepared! Marianne Stillings and Thompson's Nerd series I've figured are safe bets for the times I don't want a lot of drama but need a little humor and lightness...