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Subject: What's your favorite type of romance books?
Date Posted: 10/19/2007 1:38 PM ET
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I like them all but I have to say my favorites are Westerns.  I have a soft spot for half-breeds. I think because my grandfather was half Native American and we know so little about his family.  Also my dad and husband are big fans of the old westerns and so I've watched so many John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies.  I wish they made more Westerns.  Still haven't made it to see 3:10 to Yuma. 

I think my 2nd favorite is the contemporary thriller/mystery/romance combo.  My 1st reading love was mysteries. I've noticed that more an more mysteries/thrillers are adding a touch of romance to the books. Even those written by men.  So books by Lisa Jackson, Linda Howard and Catherine Coulter (her contemporaries), Lora Leigh to name a few give me a little of both. 

Edited: I forgot to mention that my least fave is Paranormals. I've read a couple that I liked. But I just can't seem to get into the shape-shifters and vampires. 

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Date Posted: 10/19/2007 1:51 PM ET
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I would have to say that my fav are the specail forces guys. I have a huge soft spot for Army Rangers.  Propably  because my personal "one who got away" was a ranger and I know the type. I work with Rangers every year, they have a training camp near my work and I plan their yearly holiday ball.

I also LOVE the books where they already know each other.  I like that things can move so fast and there is lots ot history.


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Date Posted: 10/19/2007 2:02 PM ET
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Historicals with a european setting; must be steamy and emotionally intense with a good plot.  Don't care what period--medieval, regency, georgian, victorian, etc.  Won't read comtemporary or set in U.S. (yech!).  Will read an occasional time travel or A/R (Gabaldon, Moning).  Favorite authors, Robin Schone, Diana Gabaldon, Galen Foley, Liz Carlyle, Lisa Kleypas, M J Putney, Laura Kinsale,  & Lisa Valdez (when will patience ever be published?)

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Date Posted: 10/19/2007 3:55 PM ET
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Navy SEALS are my fave - from Melton, Brockmann etc.  Then I'd say time travel in Scotland like the Outlander series or Karen Marie Moning's Highland series.  Of course anything with a true Alpha male is right up my alley anyday.  Just something about a man's man ya know? LOL

My least favorite is Regency romance.  I've tried time and again and just can't get into them.  I also don't like books where witchcraft is involved.


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Date Posted: 10/19/2007 5:56 PM ET
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I read contemporaries only.  I don't like historicals or regencies although I don't mind a good time travel romance now and again.

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Date Posted: 10/19/2007 6:32 PM ET
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I also like the special forces guys..alpha all the way! Lori i I had that near my work I'd be looking forward to my job 24/7!

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Date Posted: 10/19/2007 8:29 PM ET
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I love those vampires -- JR Ward's, Sherrilyn Kenyon's -- but really love every genre.  I especially like some quick wit and humor. I won't stick with a book if I get bored.  so I guess I like it all long's it keeps me intent.

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Date Posted: 10/20/2007 6:16 PM ET
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I love historical romances.  mostly ones set in european places..castles are a big draw for me.   not a big war fan but if it is in the background and not the focus a lot it's ok.   don't mind a good sword fight now and then.  don't usually care for most contemporay romances and don't like  harlequin series.  I do like horror/creature/vampire style romances..hamilton is one of my fav's.  I started reading all the dark series books by feehan but got bored after the 5th or so ...thought they all started to read the same. 


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Date Posted: 10/20/2007 9:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/21/2007 1:48 AM ET
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Paranormals are my favorites these days, but I skip around through lots of kinds.  I haven't been reading as many historicals lately (I used to be a total European historical junkie) but pretty much anything's game!   I usually prefer longer stories to shorter ones -- I'm a "more is more!" sort of thinker, I guess!  I'd be least likely to pick up a book set in the old west, but then some of my old favorites are set there.  So like I said -- anything goes. 


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Date Posted: 10/21/2007 10:25 AM ET
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I like all types! Contemporaries (from sassy and sexy to sweet and mushy) and historicals (although I haven't read any lately--I usually favor regency and scottish). And cowboys are always yummy! Right now, I'm going through a paranormal phase with some romantic suspense (especially those involving military and law enforcement) thrown in! I've also discovered the NASCAR series!  Gee, maybe the question should be: is there any romance I won't read?? :-)

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Date Posted: 10/21/2007 5:23 PM ET
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My first love is historical- just read a fantastic one by Loretta Chase called Lord of Scoundrels.

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Date Posted: 10/21/2007 6:43 PM ET
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There are writers in all types of romance that I love and then others that just don't do it for me.  Overall I prefer contemporary to historical and all romance over romance/suspense.  But I'll pretty much read anything.  I like series (harlequins and silhouettes) and novels.  I read a lot  of paranormals and I also like some erotica, some fantasy, some chick lit and some whatever the term is for books like the Harlequin Next line. 

I started out years ago reading historicals, got burned out and wouldn't touch them for 10 to 15 years.  Now I am playing catch up and checking out all the new (to me) historical writers. I may never get caught up but that's not a bad thing!

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Date Posted: 10/21/2007 10:19 PM ET
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 I prefer Western themed books, no matter if it's Historical or Contemporary, if it involves cowboys, indians, ranching, prairie life,farming or anything outdoorsy i enjoy it!  I'm always a sucker for storylines with couples who are stranded in a tight spot together, like in a remote cabin in the woods and they are snowed in together. I also like small town settings. I'm a sucker for the strong silent type of male character also. I've read some books with Military or Police career type hero's and have really enjoyed them also.

I like some mystery/romances , i have read a few good time-travel romances and some erotic romances (Ellora's Cave) and have enjoyed them also. I also read biographies, Memoirs, True Crime and popular Fiction (best sellers) from time to time.


 I have nothing against other sub genres of romance,like paranormals/shape shifters/vampires or Regency/European themes, they are just not something i get into but seem very popular on here!

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Date Posted: 10/22/2007 11:37 AM ET
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I enjoy most any kind of romance depending on my mood. What I look for is an original storyline. If the story sounds similar to countless other stories I have read, I'd just as soon pass.. 

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Date Posted: 10/24/2007 2:22 PM ET
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I'm a regency gal, and the more intrigue the better in that catagory.  I'm also partial to romantic comedies (ala Crusie).  I have this "thing" though where I just can't read baout people that have already been married, or are cheating...even if it's from one of my favorite authors.  I know.. weird, huh?

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I started off with historicals (Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood) in the early '90s and wouldn't read any contemporaries.

That changed with Elizabeth Lowell's "Blackthorn" series, and I've been reading contemporaries ever since, especially if there are men in uniform or cowboys (giddyup!). I hardly read historicals now because I'm afraid they won't match up to the ones from the good old days, and reading about the haute ton, the carriages, dresses and seasonal homes gets pretty tiresome after a while. (All of the rules! The scandal!  *yawn*)

Some paranormals are good.  I was impressed enough by the Raintree trilogy to consider getting a subscription to the Silhouette Nocturne line, but I'm glad I held off -- the descriptions seem like they woudn't suit my interests most of the time.

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Date Posted: 10/25/2007 8:24 PM ET
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I love historical's , unless they are really gooey! :)

I really love time travel, and also wartime (WWI and II) romances set in Europe. Anything set in Scotland gets my attention right away! I've read Diana Gabaldon's books several times, and like authors like Christine Marion Fraser, D. E. Stevenson, and Lynn Kurland.

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Date Posted: 10/27/2007 9:18 PM ET
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I don't have a favorite per say, Honestly I go by the authors I like.  I sometimes go with reviews, but usually don't have any luck.  If i find an author I like I will read everything she's written.  I did that with Judith McNaught a long time ago, picked up Whitney My Love and fell all ovr the place for it.  I went out and bought every book I could find that she had written...........Is that Weird?

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Date Posted: 10/28/2007 12:02 AM ET
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Somehow I settled on Regencys as my favorite relaxation!  I'm not looking for steamy, but I do insist on a decent plot.  Some of the historicals I've read (and I have read heaps) have characters or plots that seem a bit farfetched.  Maybe the Regencys are not less so, but I am better able to suspend my disbelief in that time period!

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Won't read contemporary at all, nor anything set in the U.S.  (boring IMO).  I want the book to take me to a place and time I've never been to.

I tend to like historicals set in Europe (country doesn't matter) with a lot of steam and emotional intensity.  I don't like "sweet"  romances but like them a little dark and disturbing, a la Shadowheart, the Lover or Gabriel's woman or the Dark Highlander.



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Date Posted: 11/2/2007 1:14 PM ET
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I love any book where there is the hero is an Alpha male character.  I can't stand a story where the woman is the stronger of the two.  Sorry but I am old fashioned and love the man to be in charge.  I like the romantic suspense genre it keeps me guessing.  I like authors that aren't afraid to take chances with the storyline and touch upon sensitive topics.  I just ordered "Outlander" it will be my first time travel romance novel.  From what I understand it is over 800 pages!!!  I have never read a time travel book but I read the reviews for this book so I figured I would give it a shot. 

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Date Posted: 11/2/2007 6:16 PM ET
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Denise, I completely understand!!!  If I find a book that I truely love, I will go out and buy all the books that that author wrote.  And I too was the same way with Judith McNaught.  I have probably reread serveral of her books at least three times, they are just that good. 

I have to say that deep down, historicals are my favorite, namely scottish historicals (have a history degree, can't help it).  I do also love some conteporary books, namely Paradise also by Judith McNaught, but in the end I always go back to historicals.  I don't know, I'm addicted, but at least its a good addiction.  Ok, funny thing just happened, my husband came in and asked what I was doing.  And I told him I was on a romance forum.  He said a what?  I said a forum where other people talk about the romance authors and books that they love.  He just patted me on the head and left.  He just doesn't understand what its like to finally meet a bunch of people who all love the same thing, and are just as addicted to reading romances as I am.  Oh, how I love this forum!

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Like many of you, if I read something by an author I really like, I tend to want to read everything that they wrote. A number of years ago I read Jude Deveraux's KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR and I was off and running chasing down her books. I love her "Velvet" series, One of them referred to a lyon belt that had been handed down through the family and I found her book, BLACK LYON, where the belt was made, which is still one of my favorites...Well, I'm sure you get the picture. I now have almost everything Deveraux has written, though I confess the ones she has written in the past few years have been disappointing.


I have noticed that some writers get into a bad habit of almost "copying and pasting" after  so many years and their books all sound and feel ho hum.

I used to read every regency I could get, but I've burned out on them. My favorites were the ones written by Georgette Heyer.  There was no sex, but great stories with wonderful dialog. You just don't find that in most new books. I still enjoy Jo Beverly, but I actually like her Georgian romances more.

I really like medieval romance lately.

This is turning into a book LOL.

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Date Posted: 11/13/2007 8:04 PM ET
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These days it seems that the ones I'm drawn to are paranormals, time travel, and fantasy.   Love JR Ward, Carrie Vaughn, and Jeanne C Stein, who is a new author for me.

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