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Subject: What is the last book that Wowed you?
Date Posted: 10/29/2007 11:43 AM ET
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I have been in such a reading slump lately, I like historicals but not too sweet :)

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 11:45 AM ET
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The last book that wowed me was a contemporary paranormal called Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian.


Date Posted: 10/29/2007 1:21 PM ET
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THE SAVAGE by Nicole Jordan (an older book, but just got a hold of it)

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Date Posted: 10/29/2007 1:27 PM ET
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I hardly ever read anything but romance these days, but the last book to totally wow me was a historical fantasy called His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik.

The last romance to wow me was Midnight Run (followed closely by Midnight Man and Midnight Angel) by Lisa Marie Rice.  As someone on the message boards at RT said, "She pushes every button I have."

The last historical romance to wow me was A True Lady by Edith Layton.


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Date Posted: 10/29/2007 4:15 PM ET
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Outlaw's Embrace by Francine Rivers.  I cried my eyes out.  It wasn't sappy though. My heart was breaking for some of the characters.  This would have made a great movie. 

I read Midnight Man awhile back on ebook.  It was pretty good. 

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Date Posted: 10/29/2007 5:27 PM ET
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The Long Road Home by Danielle Steel was awesome.  I did not want to put that book down!

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 5:30 PM ET
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I think the last book that 'wowed' me was 'promises to keep' by kathryn shay. It dealt with secret service agents undercover in a school to try to prevent a columbine-like incident. 2 love stories going on and lots of emotion(at least for a romance book).

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 7:30 PM ET
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Most recent WOW was a historical, To Rescue a Rogue by Jo Beverley, although if you might be a little bit in the dark since it's part of a series. I loved it though!

An older wow was the Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. It's 3rd in the series, but the books pretty much stand on their own.

My favorite historical is The Wedding by Julie Garwood. I've read it 3 times so far, that's wow because I don't re-read a lot of books.

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 8:08 PM ET
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< < < <  The Long Road Home by Danielle Steel was awesome.  I did not want to put that book down! >> > >


I *think* this was the last Danielle Steel book I read and I have to say it really stuck with me. I would also have to say it is not the typical DS book.   I highly recommend it along with GHOST for those who think DS writes the same thing in every book. (which she generally does) :-)

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 8:50 PM ET
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The book I am currently reading is unbelievably intriguing -  "Mr. Emerson's Wife"

In this novel about Ralph Waldo Emerson's wife, Lidian, Amy Belding Brown examines the emotional landscape of love and marriage. Living in the shadow of one of the most famous men of her time, Lidian becomes deeply disappointed by marriage, but consigned to public silence by social conventions and concern for her family's reputation. Drawn to the erotic energy and intellect of close family friend Henry David Thoreau, she struggles to negotiate the confusing territory between love and friendship while maintaining her moral authority and inner strength. In the course of the book, she deals with overwhelming social demands, faces devastating personal loss, and discovers the deepest meaning of love. Lidian eventually encounters the truth of her own character and learns that even our faults can lead us to independence.



Date Posted: 10/29/2007 9:34 PM ET
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The last book to WOW me was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. In fact, this whole series WOWS me. I can't wait for the next one! This woman's writing ability is unparalleled.


Date Posted: 10/29/2007 10:16 PM ET
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I just finished Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann.  I couldn't put it down and now need to go back and read the Troubleshooter series.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 12:00 AM ET
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I've been reading a lot of good stuff lately, but mine fav's weren't all romance either.  But heehee!  I'd put the same series down that Laelee started with -- Naomi Novik's historical fantasies.  I've loved them all, and just finished Empire of Ivory (4th in the series) a few weeks ago.  :)

Also....The Sharing Knife by Bujold drew me in more than I realized the month (fantasy/romance)  

3 paranormals I've read recently that also wowed me: Stray by Rachel Vincent, Dime-Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong, and books 2-4 of J. R. Ward's series.  (Well, I read the Ward books all in one swoop, so they felt more like one big book to me!)

The Givenchy Code by Julie Kenner was a hoot...

I'm really not being much help on the historical romance front, am I?

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 7:35 AM ET
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I have to update mine and add Next to Die by Marliss Melton.  Its borderline keeper - very good.  Its a contemporary romance between two Navy personnel, one being a SEAL and the other a physical therapist.  I loved it and read it in one day.


Date Posted: 10/30/2007 10:26 AM ET
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wow  LOL thanks for all the ideas, I have had the wedding sitting on my shelf for ages , i loved the bride, i'll try that one.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 11:17 AM ET
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Rhonda, Have you read any of Elizabeth Hoyt's books? She's a fairly new author. She has a trilogy out: The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince and The Serpent Prince. They're historicals. I really enjoyed them.

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 1:04 PM ET
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Mine Til Midnight (newest Kleypas)

Shadowheart (Kinsale)

A Lady's Pleasure (Benard)

and the Leopard Prince (Hoyt)


I agree about Outlander -- nobody beats Gabaldon!

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Date Posted: 10/31/2007 3:04 PM ET
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I've been the same way.  I want a historical romance that above all else has a great plot and a romance that fits with it, rather than a plot that revolves soley around the romance.

One of my all time WOW's was A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught.  I love all of her books and she just sucks you into her plots.  I also love all of Julie Garwoods historical romances, not a bad one in the bunch.

Current WOW's are Kathleen Givens novels.  I first read On a Highland Shore, and loved it.  Not a mushy romance, but very historically factual (which I love), and at times gruesome as she deals with 13th century Scotland and England.  Her stories just really pull you into the plot and time period, plus it always has a great love story. Her other great novels include The Legend, The Destiny, Rivals for the Crown (which I'm currently reading) , Killgannon,  and the Wild Rose of Killgannon. 


Date Posted: 11/1/2007 11:19 PM ET
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To Love and to Cherish by Patricia Gaffney. Awesome historical, not at all your usual story. I think I have A True Lady in my TBR pile, will have to move it up.
Date Posted: 11/5/2007 11:40 PM ET
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Was it someone here who wishlisted <i>A True Lady</i> by Edith Layton? I was going to post my copy, but then realized the back pages are wavy, presumably water damage.

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 4:57 AM ET
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Rapture by  Rosamond Royal, she also writes under Valerie Sherwood. 


This book had me  absolutely "enthralled" and in a daze for days!   Its an epic story about a beautiful girl who falls in love with a England's most notorious highwayman that spans years worth of adventure, enrapture, grief and their triumpth....  This is not your typical romance novel, its so beautifully told  you'll feel like you're right there.  Truly a AMAZING novel. 


Sadly this is out of print, hard to come by, most people are not even aware of this gem of a romance/saga/epic story. 

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