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Subject: What were your last 3 (historical) keepers?
Date Posted: 1/10/2008 7:34 AM ET
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Mine were Duke of Sin, Duke of Scandal and When it's Perfect (all Adele Ashworth).  Now if I could only get Winter Garden!



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Ooops, missed the "historical" part of the title, sorry!

Katrina



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Date Posted: 1/10/2008 9:55 AM ET
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Mine were A Breath of Snow and Ashes The Maiden of Inverness and A Dance Through Time.

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 10:07 AM ET
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sherri,

who are the last 2 authors?

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 11:59 AM ET
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Maiden of Inverness is by Arnette Lamb and A Dance Through Time is by Lynn Kurland.

I will admit I've read Maiden about 5 times.  The hero to me is just to die for.  LINK   She is somewhat akin to a Scottish princess and he is a lowly butchers son.  The king of England weds them as children in order to have her line die out and then spirits her away into hiding.  The hero grows into a warrior and never stops searching for her.  Finally he finds her and "kidnaps" his wife in order to restore her to the throne.  Only by the time he finds her, she wants no part of it or him.  I won't tell the rest of the story but its REALLY good.

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 12:52 PM ET
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I was going to preface this by saying aside from the Adele Ashworth big 3 (My Darling Caroline, Stolen Charms & Winter Garden), but since Stolen Charms is one I would have kept regardless of what I paid for it I have to chuck it in there.  So my last 3 true keepers - in other words books I'm hanging onto because I'll read them again (& not just because they're rare) are:

Stolen Charms by Adele Ashworth

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory

And there are lots of others I really hate leaving out because they are equally dear -  most of my entire Marsha Canham collection; especially the Robin Hood series, The Bridal Season & Bridal Favors by Connie Brockway, The Proposition and Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory, practically everything by Candice Proctor - especially Beyond Sunrise, Bequest and A night in Eden.   After the Kiss and My Beloved by Karen Ranney, Bewitching by Jill Barnett, For My Lady's Heart, Uncertain Magic, and My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale, Dreaming of You, Devil in Winter, Lady Sophia's Lover & Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas, Night Secrets by Kat Martin, Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh, and even though I critique her books unmercifully these days *cough* Shanna & Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss are big sentimental favorites I'll always have on my keeper shelf.

I'm sure there are more, but opening my keeper stash to look is like opening the closet from hell, and getting buried under an avalanche...



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Date Posted: 1/10/2008 1:22 PM ET
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_the Devil's Web_ by Mary Balogh,, _Beast_ by Judith Ivory_ and _More Than You Knw_ by  Jo Goodman. I might have kept _Only You_ by Elizabeth Lowell but it was a library book.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 1:58 PM ET
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I have an extra copy of that if you want it, Willa.  It's in the big box I got from a friend of mine a few days ago, and still haven't cleared out & finished posting.  You can have it - no credit or whatever is necessary.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 3:16 PM ET
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Sigh. I have to admit to not reading many historical romances in the last two years. They use to be my favorite. Then Julie Garwood started writing contemporary suspense and I was just too sad. I did read several books by Julia Quinn books and loved them and a couple Victoria Alexander ones but I guess the one that really stayed in my head was Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor. It was so fantasticly fantastic.

I have many many in my mountain of a TBR but am mostly reading paranormal books right now.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 3:49 PM ET
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ok 1st i should mention i stopped reading for about 8 yrs and have only been reading again for about 8 months or so.  there are alot of books I'm reading recommendations for. 

but for my list of latest 3 i'll select

someone to watch over me - lisa klepyas

the duke - gaelen foley

caine's reckoning sarah mccarty

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 8:33 PM ET
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Kim, you are spoiling me with all the free books! And thanks for the pretty bookmark, too.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 8:48 PM ET
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Mine are the Elizabeth Hoyt's trilogy:  Raven Prince, Leopard Prince and Serpent Prince.

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 9:13 PM ET
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Kim, we have many of the same keepers.  Canham I haven't read yet but now did find most and have to read, same with Kinsale.

Since I read last three you read for keepers:  If His Kiss is Wicked by Jo Goodman, Untouched by Anna Campbell, The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt.

I have those older Ashworths, my favorite of hers being Winter Garden, hope the sequel to that coming out soon is up to it.

Connie Brockway's All Through the Night, As You Desire - top of my alltime favorites, with My Dearest Enemy sligihtly further down.  Though I do have to catch up with the Bridal books in the TBR.

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 1:17 AM ET
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Pam & Kim count me in accord with your tastes!

I adored Elizabeth Hoyt's The Serpent Prince (actually loved all three).

Loved Julie Anne Long's The Secret To Seduction.

And Laura Kinsale's Prince of Midnight...it was angsty and wonderful

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 9:05 AM ET
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Willa - I will mail it to you today.  I'm sending the Ashworth books out to Claudia, and sending Pam Heart of Deception by Taylor Chase, so I'll be making a post office trip anyway.  Did you already get the Judith Ivory book I sent you then?  Man, that was fast for KY to CA.

Pam - I'm reading If His Kiss is Wicked right now.  So far (I'm just over halfway) it's very good.  I like the hero immensely.  I'm going straight into A Season to be Sinful after this one.  I got Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell on a wishlist offer yesterday and accepted, and Untouched is on my wishlist now, but I'm like #47 of 48, so I may have to buy it online:P 

Samantha - I ordered Beauty And the Spy by Julie Anne Long from here a couple of days ago, and bought The Secret to Seduction from an ebay store at the same time - on your advice from my "keeper" thread, I think:)  It was a pretty decent deal.  It ended up being about $5 total with shipping costs.  I had already traded away Ways to be Wicked  months agoI think it was on someone's wishlist at the time.  I may have to get another copy if I like these two.  I would put the series together and loan it out as a set, if some us end up starting the wishlist round robin thing we've been talking about.  All 3 of the Elizabeth Hoyt books are on my wishlist now too, but again, way back in the queue on at least two of them.  May have to order those from an ebay store too, if I can find one that has all 3 at once - you save a bit of money that way - again if some of us start sharing books with each other & if enough people are clamoring for them.  I also have Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale; it's one of only a couple of hers I haven't read, and there's actually kind of a humorous story there - the only reason I haven't read it yet is because the copy I have is one of the ones with Fabio on the cover & he sorta turns me off...:P  I just haven't been able to look at that cover & open that book...  I have another one of her older ones that I haven't read yet in with my keeper stash, but I can't recall what it is without looking.

 



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Date Posted: 1/11/2008 1:35 PM ET
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Kim - I have Untouched coming to me. If I don't decide to keep it, I'll send it to you.

I  just ordered a reprint of Prince of Midnight - I had a gift card to splurge with and who better to splurge on? I'm praying for a new cover! I don't think I have one Fabio cover in my collection yet and I'd just as soon keep it that way! I ordered another Kinsale reprint too, there are three coming out at the end of the month.

I think I have Beauty and the Spy in my TBR mountain, but I almost never like spy stories, so haven't made it a priority. Is it realy good?

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 6:35 PM ET
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OUTLAW EMBRACE BY FRANCINE RIVERS

THE SAVAGE BY NICOLE JORDAN

JOURNEY OF THE HEART BY MAJORIE FARELL

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 4:18 AM ET
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I liked Beauty and the Spy.    Have more of her books to catch up on in the huge TBR.  Don't have the copy anymore though. 

Kim, isn't Restell (If His Kiss is Wicked) one of the best heros, one you'd like to meet in real life.    A Season to be Sinful is a bit edgier, due to the  heroine's past, and some readers didn't care for once particular scene, but I found it to be no problem as it all had to do with her past.  You'll see when you get to it.  Ferrin in One Forbidden Evening seemed like he should have been an interesting hero, but  his story just didn't spark the same as these other two.

If anyone here happens to read ebooks, the Hoyts can be bought for under just under $4.  I have no space anymore with so many books from over the years, so I buy a lot in eformat now.  I'm sending my copy of The Leopard Prince to Kim since I do have the ebook - happened to win it not expecting to right after I couldn't wait to read her second book and decided to download it after talking about it with some friends, lol.

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne which is being raved about by so many already is on sale at ebookreader.com right now for something like $3.37.  I'm thinking about it, but then I'm #2 now here for it so maybe I'll wait.  I've seen people say raving that this is  the best historical they've read in some time, nothing less, with  a few saying they can't pick up another historical right after, still savoring this book they just finished.  One to get on your wishlists I'd say having not yet read it.

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 8:11 AM ET
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It's a fave genre of mine so I tend to keep about all of them! 

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 1:58 PM ET
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Mine are all by Helen Kirkman - Destiny, Fearless and Untamed

Katrina

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 8:22 PM ET
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I also have Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase as a keeper  and Stormfire by Christine Monson and I finally got a copy (lost mine years ago) of Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer- one of my favorites by her.