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Subject: Need reccomendations for my mom
Date Posted: 4/29/2009 9:01 PM ET
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Ok Im not a huge fan of romance and what I do read tends to be funny like Jennifer Crusie. Mom for some reason has taken an interest in reading lately and just took my very last romance book. Im gonna go yard saling this weekend to see if I can find her some (maybe I'll get her a few for mothers day at the store as well) I need some reccomendations though. So far she has read Leave It To Max by Lori Handeland http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373710041-Leave+It+To+Max+Harlequin+Superromance+No+1004 and Games of Pleasure by Julia Ross (twice actually and she wants the others from this series) http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780425207307-Games+of+Pleasure+Berkley+Sensation She liked both of them. So can anyone give me some reccos on what to get for her? I lean more toward horror and mystery so Im not really good at picking books for a romance lover.

ETA thanks in advance for any reccos.

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Date Posted: 4/29/2009 9:59 PM ET
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Not sure how much 'steam' she's looking for..Lori Handeland has some other Harlequin Superromances with Quest in the title though I think it starts with The Farmer's Daugher..has brother quest, father quest mother quest, soldier's quest..haven't read them though I have a couple in mt tbr

low steam romance authors I like - Curtiss Ann  Matlock, some of Debbie Macomber (Morning comes softly is one of my faves by her) and some are more like women's fiction than romance(blossom street books)

Susan Wiggs is fiction towards some romance seems like(only read one and just started another)

Robyn Carr's grace valley(lower steam ) and her Virgin River series (more steam in comparison) are good, esp the first 3 r

Nora Roberts has some good ones - Born In Fire, Ice, Shame (trilogy) and still some of my faves by this author

I like the older Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard(Mackenzies), Elizabeth Lowell(Tell me No Lies) those some of these have more steam. Linda  Howard's Open Season was cute along with some suspense, also enjoyed All the Queen's Men.

I mostly read funny/light myself so hard to  know exactly w hat she'd like. Oh, I see this one on my shelf - Mary Margret Daughterty? has 2 SEAL books out that aren't suspense..just regular romances - Sealed With a Kiss and Sealed with a Promise. not too spicy but I enjoyed them.

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 10:48 PM ET
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Well she thought Wifey by Judy Blume was porn so low steam is probably the way to go. I told her Id dig out a Jaid Black for her but when I explained that the one I was thinking of was Dominant/Submissive she declined. Thanks for the recco's. Im down to one credit but she says she will buy some to use here to get the others from that series so if she ends up with extras I'll let her check the ones you have listed out.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 12:33 AM ET
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hee hee well after Jaid Black I think just about anything would be low steam in comparison! oughta get her lora leigh's Dangerous Games with the bdsm club and vibrating butt plug!

seriously though, Debbie Macomber, Curtiss Ann Matlock, Robyn Carr's Grace Valley are pretty low steam. those 3 in that one need to be read in order..reads similar to the Mitford series by Jan Karon but more drama going on and a lot of characters come and go but the main 'romance' goes on for 3 books and isn't all that steamy.

my mom grabs a lot of my books and gripes about how racey they are but says she skims over that part..um, a silhouette desire doesnt 'have much of a story other than the steam...so oh well!

If she likes historicals she might like Jodi Thomas..the few of hers I've read includiing a contemporary Twisted Creek weren't steamy but were still pretty good. I think the steamiest one I mentioned would be Tell Me No Lies - pretty steamy in places and some of Krentz's can be steamy in places.

ETA" see if this link works lots of suggestions mixed in here


a few of the authors like dee henderson and blackstock I think are Christian authors but are supposedly very very good. Janette Oke also but hers dont' always have a HEA(think I saw her name as I was skimming through the posts) you're pretty much guaranteed no sex at all in those though!

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Date Posted: 4/30/2009 7:03 AM ET
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What about some vintage regencies?  Carla Kelly is good & fairly tame.  Beau Crusoe has some sex in it, but nothing gratuitous.  There are also available copies of Marrying the Captain in the system.  Georgette Heyer might be a good choice too and she has several titles available here.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 8:24 AM ET
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I bet your mom would enjoy anything by Catherine Anderson.  There's some steam- but not out of control.  And they are really interesting stories- often the H or h has some disability, etc.  I think the world I'm looking for is that they usually have a spiritual element.  I guess I think of them as less "trashy" than some- not that there's anything wrong with trashy!  Sometimes it's just what I want!

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 9:10 AM ET
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I second the recommendation for Catherine Anderson. I would feel comfortable recommending them to my own mother. I love her books!