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I love PC Cast, I love Twilight and I love reading! Now I just need something to read. I have read all of thiers and need a new author or series to devore. Love tension & romance without it geting too graphic please. Not so much into Sci-Fi but, I love the vamps and the mythological world PC Cast uses in her Goddess Summoning series and Divine series. Deffinetly wnat adult level and not teen.
Thanks for any recomendations you have.
Nalini Singh - her Psi/Changeling series is really good.
Kresley Cole - really fun and sexy series
Shelley Laurenston/ G. A. Aiken - she has a strong, distinct, hilarious voice. I like her dragon series best (written under the Aiken name) but her Pride series is also super.
I'd also recommend Gail Carriger. The second book in the Parasol Protectorate series has just come out, which I haven't read yet but I really liked the first book alot. It's a steampunk/paranormal/romance.
I haven't read those authors (well, read Twilight and didn't like it, too tame and youngish for me; strange, as I love the Harry Potter series) so I can't be of much help in suggesting books that are similar. Most of what I read is pretty explicit, erotica, so I am limited on what I can suggest.
Shirley Damsgaard writes a series, Ophilia and Abby Mysteries, a woman who is a librarian and her mother (grandmother?) is a witch. Think Murder She Wrote, that type of series, except they use magic to help in solving crimes. I have read only the first book but really liked it even though the only "sex" was a kiss between the heroine and hero. There was no HEA for them; they realized they were not right for each other. First book is Witch Way to Murder
Janet Chapman has a series, Secrets of the Highlanders, there are some sex scenes, but not real graphic. The problem, however, is that graphic can be subjective; what you may see as graphic I may see as mild, tame. Charming the Highlander is the first book. There is magic in the book and time travel, Scottish Highlanders are brought to the future.
Jean Johnson has a series, Sons of Destiny, four sets of twins who are exiled on an island due to a prophesy. Each book is, naturally, about a brother. I don't see them as graphic, but again, you may see them as too much. This is an urban fantasy, a human female is brought to their world to save her life. She becomes the wife of the first son. I really like the series, The Sword is the first one.
C. L. Wilson has a series, Tarien Souls, that is another fantasy; has fae and some other magical beings, elfs and such. There is not a lot of sex, at least not in the first one, and some in the second and I haven't read the third and fourth yet, waiting for the fifth to come out. Good series, but again, not sure if it is what you would want.
Melanie Nowak has a series, Almost Human about a man who is a vampire. There is no sex in the first book but some in the second book and it i pretty mild to my tastes. The series is good, I haven't read the third one yet; I like the series but not high on my list of books to buy. Different take on vampires, maybe that is why, they seem to me to be pretty tame for what I like in vamps.
Rebecca York has a werewolf series that is pretty good, not too graphic. if you like weres you should like this one. Can't remember the first one, but I am going to buy the series, I really like the stories, even though they are mild in the sex scenes.
That is all I know, hope those help you some.
N. Singh, K. Cole, and S. Laurenston (and Aiken) are great authors, I really love their books, but they can, for some, be seen as graphic, especially Laurenston. I can remember reading a review on Amazon where a woman complained about a book that was crude and vulgar -- because the words damn and hell were used.
I think the love scenes are hot, and not outlandish, nor over the top; sizzling but too wild but in comparing them to Twilight, it would be like comparing a G rated movie to a lower end R movie; not a lot of violence, not a lot of bad language, but high on the sex content. And comparing N. Singh's to Lora Leigh's would be like comparing the lower R to an X rated movie; a bit more violence, lots of vulgar language and highly explicit sex, oral and back door. Which, again, goes to aspect of what you would consider graphic and what I would consider graphic and what Karen would consider graphic could be three different types.
If you know of a book that you see as graphic, either the level you would accept, or see as over the top, it would help to better suggest what you would like.
LOL! Yes Janette, I agree Twilight is definitely a Youth G rated series. I'm in my 30s and have been married for 12 years so I can deff enjoy a book with many sexual encounters, HOT heated discussions, language & such. I guess I have just read too many fan fics where the plot gets lost in describing every single move each person makes in those sexual encounters. I know how sex works, and yes I love reading a Hot encounter but taking page after page for one encounter gets old.
I would say, I would like R ratings, maybe a lower X if it still has really good writing and story lines. Thanks!
I wasn't reading for comprehension when I wrote my list and I interpreted graphic to refer to violence although looking back at the original post, it was clearly not meant that way. My bad. The books I listed are all on the steamy side although I don't feel they are gratuitous, but still, they may not be what the OP is looking for. That being said, I do think the series I recommended are well written, entertaining series - definitely R rated.
I love N. Singh's books and I think they are a great series to recommend, if you like steamy, but well written steam. I think L. Sands series is just as steamy, and well written, but with more humor. And like Karen, I don't think they are gratuitous either, but unfortunately, some can be more sensitive than others.
I can remember someone recommending a book as a great book, I would love it. The book is unique and not a book you could read in a couple of hours, it would take a while to absorb, not because it was so difficult, but complex. A good type of complex.
However, I wasn't warned that it was full of m/m and m/m/f. I personally can't read such books, just too much for me. Others have no problem with it and so they didn't think to let me know what was in it. I paid around $20 for the book. Same with Shiloh Walkers, I heard so much about how great her books are. Well, the story line is good, and I think her writing is not bad, but there were more sex scenes than there was story and they seemed to be non-stop of the m/m/f . Again a loss of around $20. So, I try to be more careful of what I recommend, twice burned makes me a bit more cautious.
That is one of the things I am thrilled about here at PBS, I can request a book by an author and if it is the type I don't like, I'm not out lots of money.
Saying that, if you like some steam but not vulgar, I would definitely recommend what Karen suggested, and add C. Feehan's Carpathian series. They can get too much in the sex area, but in her books that is part of the bonding of the lifemates. When it gets too much I just skip pages. Don't let Dark Prince thow you off, as she ws getting the series started and I think it took until the fourth book for it to really become a good series. If you like military type, then her Ghost Walker series is good, a bit more rough in the violence, but it fits with the story line.
Her Drake sisters has some good sex scenes in it, not over the top. The first book, Magic in the Wind is not a good example of the other books, seven sisters who have magical abilities, each book is about a sister and the man she falls in love with. They are interconnect, so best read in order. The same with all of her series.
L. Leigh's is EXTREME graphic, especially the early ones with Ellora Cave. If you can get past the sex I enjoy the story line but she is weak in some of her books. They may not be what you want wanted but I wanted to let you know about them.
L. Sands are vampires, but they are not the normal ones, they are survivors of Atlantis, and their being vampires is due to nanobiotechnology. I really like the series, lots of humor, good sex and a light read when you need a happy romance.
J.R,Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood is a good series, but dark, it has more violence than others, so you would have to decide if you want that in your books. Vampires, but a different race, they can only drink blood from each other, males from females, females from males. Good series, but dark.
L. Adrian's is also a vampire series, very dark, with quite a bit of violence. Good series, but not a light humorous one. Vampires are descendants from a race of aliens who crash landed on earth around 2,000 years ago. They were vicious and their sons (they only produce sons) rose up and killed the Ancients (they thought they got them all, but. . .), Good series, I really like it, but it is dark, bloody, and violent series with good steamy sex.
Gena Showalter's has a series, Lords of the Underworld, it has mythology in it. Interesting outtake on Pandora's box. A group of warriors were create to protect and fight for the gods (I think Greek?). Pandora was a female warrior guard and was given the job to protect a box that housed demons. The other warriors became angry and opened the box, with the goal of showing how good they were by rounding up the demons. Well, the goofed, big time. As punishment, each guard had to house a demon, and then banished to the earth, or Underworld in that aspect.
Advance to present day, and the warriors have now learned how to control for the most part the demon they each have. But someone is wanting to find the box and remove the demons from the warriors. Which will cause, basically, all hell to break lose, as the saying goes. Then, you toss in the Titans, who have taken over, and put the Greek gods in a prison.
Good series, some humor, some darkness, good sex but not over the top.
Others would be Deborah Cooke's Dragonfire series, Dragons who are protecting mankind; Alyssa Day's Warriors of Poseidon, mythology in it; Christine Warren, her Other series, has weres, vamps, a demon (good one), fae and is a good series, some humor, good sex in it. Karen M. Moning, GREAT series, you will love it, has good humor, great love scenes, and the heroines are VERY intelligent, not the normal type of heroine.
Hope that these are of help to you.
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I love Kelley Armstrong, she has a little bit of everything: Necromancers, vampires, werewolves *best*, Witches. I absolutely love em!
Also Lynsay sands great vamp books.
Reading the Dark swan series right now by richelle mead....am loving those! :) lots of "otherworld" stuff.