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Subject: Wow - Judith Ivory!!!
Date Posted: 10/7/2009 3:29 PM ET
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Not sure why I have never read anything by her but I just started untie my heart and its just GREAT! The writing is so wonderful and the storyline so original. I adore the characters and they are being fully developed. I really hate when a novelist doesn't fully develop the characters and they just are in love quickly without my believing it. These characters are so wonderful. I think I have a new favorite! I have Proposition and Angel in a Red Dress on my TBR list and I'm really excited. Any other fans out there and what do you recommend?

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 4:01 PM ET
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As far as historical romance, you don't get any better than Judith Ivory, in my opinion! I picked up Angel in a Red Dress on a whim and immediately ordered everything else of hers I could get my hands on through eBay (this was before I discovered PBS). Her writing is so intelligent, and she doesn't get too sappy — a pet peeve in most other romance novels. Plus, she usually writes pretty strong female characters, with very few exceptions (even if she does give them really stupid names....Coco? Submit?). She also writes as Judy Cuevas, if you're ever doing a search for her. Favorites are probably The Indiscretion and The Proposition.

And just so you know, if you come across the book Starlit Surrender, it's the same book as Angel in a Red Dress. Since it was one of her older titles, they must have decided to repackage it. I had Starlit on my WL for months before I realized this, lol. 

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 4:05 PM ET
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Judith Ivory is golden, IMO.  I love Untie My Heart; it's probably my favorite.  Next would be The Indiscretion and then The Proposition.  I've really enjoyed most of her books except for Beast, Bliss, and Black Silk, but I have all of her books on my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 4:07 PM ET
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Yep, they're all keepers for me, too! I still haven't gotten my hands on Bliss or Dance, though. They're tough to find!

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 4:35 PM ET
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Gina, have you read any Connie Brockway? I have found some similarities so far and I adore Brockway!

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 4:46 PM ET
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No I haven't yet, though I think I have one or two of hers on my RL. Any you can recommend?

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 4:56 PM ET
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Oh you are in for such a treat!!! I would highly recommend Bridal Season, Bridal Favors and As you Desire. They are so great - wonderfully unusual, smart and funny heroines - great Beta heroes with totally unique story lines. I adore her. I have My Surrender, My Pleasure and My Dearest Enemy on my TBR list.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 5:51 PM ET
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Cool, thanks. I think My Dearest Enemy is one of the ones on my RL.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 2:29 PM ET
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Just had to share my excitement with ya'll.....I went to my local UBS this afternoon and lo and behold, the owner had Bliss there waiting for me! I had put in a request a few weeks ago that if she ever found it, to pick it up for me. I can finally take it off my WL now. 

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 3:01 PM ET
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Nice.  My UBS isn't quite as full service as that:P

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 3:09 PM ET
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How exciting!!!!

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 4:26 PM ET
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Since I've never read any of her books, which book would you recommend that I read first?

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 6:52 PM ET
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Agree with everyone on Ivory and Brockway.  Another favorite Brockway - All Through the Night.

Date Posted: 10/10/2009 12:11 PM ET
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Since I've never read any of her books, which book would you recommend that I read first?

None of her books are linked, so you'd be safe with any of them as a start-off point. The first I'd ever read of hers was Angel in a Red Dress. I've loved all of her books, but of them, Untie My Heart and Sleeping Beauty are probably at the bottom of the favorites list. 
Date Posted: 10/10/2009 12:29 PM ET
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Ivory is an amazing writer but I think some of her books are more challenging than others, because she's not one to follow conventions. I would start with The Indiscretion or The Proposition as her more accessible books, and work my way up to the others once you're hooked, unless you're a reader who enjoys going outside the romance safety zones. ;-)

Date Posted: 10/10/2009 2:24 PM ET
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Finished Untie My Heart and it was excellent! Loved everything about it:-)

Date Posted: 10/10/2009 10:32 PM ET
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As a first shot at Ivory, I'd recommend The Proposition.  It's a little less button-pushing than some of her others.  I adored The Indiscretion, so I'd go there next, but be aware that a lot of people have trouble with the heroine.  She's a pill at times, and that's probably putting it lightly:P  From there, I'd go on to Untie My Heart, and then Sleeping Beauty, followed by Angel In a Red Dress/Starlit Surrender.  If you're still mad for her after that, then go on to Beast.  I despise it for my own picky reasons, but it has a lot of major fan worship out there and plenty of good reviews.  And as much as I hate to admit it, it's extremely well written & engrossing; even though I was monumentally annoyed, I couldn't put it down:P  Then you might try Black Silk.  It did nothing for me, but again, her talent with words is still there, and I had to finish it.  Bliss & Dance are a WL given & the ones I usually recommend last, but that's mostly because they're so hard to find that by the time you've laid hands on copies, chances are you've probably read the rest of her books anyway:P

Date Posted: 10/10/2009 11:16 PM ET
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I adored The Indiscretion, so I'd go there next, but be aware that a lot of people have trouble with the heroine.  She's a pill at times, and that's probably putting it lightly:P  

LOL, I loved Lydia's character! She cracked me up, and her chemistry with the hero is one of the reasons The Indiscretion is a favorite. :-D (That, and I loved the whole stranded-on-the-English-moors storyline, and wished Ivory would have dragged it out a little longer).