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Romance - from historical to contemporary

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Aug 9, 2011, 9:27am Top

I am relatively new to romance novels... I tend to find an author I really like and read everything they have written. I have read most of Lisa Kleypas and I just finished Judith McNaught books. I absolutely love her books; I like the storylines as well as the suspense factor. I have also tried Nora Roberts but I find some are good and some are just ok... I am really timid to try someone new. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Aug 9, 2011, 9:43am Top

If you are drawn to Lisa Kleypas' historical novels, then I can help you in that direction.

Try Julia Quinn and start with her Bridgerton series, The Duke & I. Funny, quirky & good. It is also in the same era (regency) as LK.

Another one that I like is Stephanie Laurens. She is fairly prolific. Again, I'd start with her Cynster series and the first one is Devil's Bride and then Rake's Vow. (the Devil in the first title is the hero's nickname)

That should give you a start in that direction. If you prefer more contemporary & suspense books, you can also try Julia Garwood. I like her historicals, but her contemporary & suspense stuff is good, too.

Aug 9, 2011, 2:36pm Top

I agree Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood (her medievals are great as well as her regencies), Karen Hawkins - St. John Talisman Series is good, Loretta Chase, Elizabeth Hoyt, Laura Kinsale, Karen Marie Moning, Sherry Thomas, Laura Lee Guhrke, Carolyn Jewel, Jennifer Ashley, Adele Ashworth, Connie Brockway, Anne Gracie, Sarah Maclean, Mary Balogh, Celeste Bradley - these are all worth while authors!

Aug 9, 2011, 3:56pm Top

I have lately become addicted to Jayne Ann Krentz also known as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. As Quick, she writes romantic suspense during the Victorian era (some regency era too}. As Krentz, contemporary romantic suspense, and as Castle science fiction romantic suspense. Her Arcane Society series involve all three eras and I thought the were excellent. I recently discovered her and I just can't seem to get enough.

I also like Kasey Michaels. She writes historicals, contemporary and rantic suspense. Linda Howard writes some really good romantic suspense as well. I could go on and on but you have some really good recmendations from everyone to hive you a great start.


Aug 9, 2011, 9:32pm Top

Eloisa James! And another vote for Laura Kinsale.

Aug 9, 2011, 11:15pm Top

Another vote for Sarah Maclean and Jennifer Ashley's historicals. Both are now on my auto buy list. If you like a great spicy historical, I'd also suggest Emma Wildes.

Aug 12, 2011, 12:21pm Top

Thank you all for your advice! I did go out and bought The Duke and I by Julia Quinn and I cannot put it down!!! In fact today I am going to buy The Viscount Who Loved Me; I'm excited! I have also jotted down these other authors and will try them too.
Thanks again! Happy Reading. :)

Aug 12, 2011, 2:29pm Top

AK_Momma, I think you will like the Bridgertons!! It is a fun family.... er.. series by a good author!

Aug 15, 2011, 9:57am Top

skittles, I do love them! The fact that every character has such a quirky personality is really intriguing. I'm excited to read the rest and learn how each sibling will find thier love matches. They remind me of Lisa Kleypas Hathaway series.

Aug 30, 2011, 2:40pm Top

Hi group, Scarlett Rains here. I likce all the authors you mention, in fact, I have a collection of their work. I don't believe I read anyone mentioning Eloisa James or Julie Anne Long. I love their work.

Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Promises of the Heart, Seduction of a Bluestocking, Gone with the Wind

Edited: Nov 6, 2011, 4:14pm Top

Don't forget Mary Balogh - I'm partial to her Bedwyn series, but she has a huge backlist, so you could start anywhere.

Nov 7, 2011, 3:07pm Top

I think it depends a lot on how important the accuracy of the historical window dressing is to you. There are some potentially good reads out there than make heinous errors in language and behavior -- and I find I can't read past them.

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