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    I actually never was into romance novels up until recently. I read two by Cindy Gerard after they had been recomended to me and i loved them both!

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    ^^ never heard of her. what genre does she write? Do you have a specific book to recommend?
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    I haven't read them in a long, long time but Oh! the memories!




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    Quote Originally Posted by viggofan View Post
    ^^ never heard of her. what genre does she write? Do you have a specific book to recommend?
    Cindy Gerard's books are mostly in the romantic suspense genre. She has a bodyguard series, the first is "To The Brink" but my fave so far is the 5th one "Under The Wire".

    I use the site Fantastic Fiction quite a bit with romance novels as it seems the ones I gravitate towards are usually part of series. This website lists thousands of authors, all their books and what order they're in if part of a series. It's a great way to see what a new-to-me author has released (and a lot of times this site is much more informative than the author's official site - book-wise that is).

    One of the best romance series so far was the "Warprize" trilogy by Elizabeth Vaughan. I'm not usually into fantasy romance but these three books just captured me completely. Warprize, Warsworn & Warlord.

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    Romance novels are my secret vice, like porn for chicks. The hubby just doesn't understand! I used to sneak my grandma's Kathleen Woodiwiss books as a kid and read them secretly. Now I love Lisa Kleypas, Jude Deveraux and Diana Gabaldon.

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    Question for romance readers.

    I considered Sandra Brown, and even Janet Evanovich more mystery/suspense with a little sex thrown in, as opposed to the classic romance title.

    Anyway, I was browsing this section at Barnes and Noble the other night, and was laughing out loud at some of these story concepts. Supernatural romance? Seriously? Why is there always a "secret agent" who must save the world but falls in love first? And don't get me started on historical romance, BLECH.

    I'm looking for a good, believable story filled with plenty of raunchy sex. Don't those exist anymore?

    And, some of those authors names cracked me up. I remember one in particular, Nina Bangs. Get it- Nina - Bangs? I about laughed out loud.

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    I think there are some fantastic paranormal romances out there but there is also alot of crappy fluff- But I recommend Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series. Another good one is Linda Howard although her recent offerings are alot to be desired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    Question for romance readers.



    Anyway, I was browsing this section at Barnes and Noble the other night, and was laughing out loud at some of these story concepts. Supernatural romance? Seriously? Why is there always a "secret agent" who must save the world but falls in love first? And don't get me started on historical romance, BLECH.

    I love historical romance. I'm a history nut, so even my cheesy romance must include history. I'm a big fan of Bertrice Small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charmed Hour View Post
    I love historical romance. I'm a history nut, so even my cheesy romance must include history. I'm a big fan of Bertrice Small.
    Some historical romance novelists go to great lengths to research the period they are writing in. I remember reading an article years ago about a writer who traveled to England to study primary sources like Medievel recipe and beauty books to make sure she could accurately portray what people ate during the period and what a woman's beauty routine would be like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    Question for romance readers.

    I considered Sandra Brown, and even Janet Evanovich more mystery/suspense with a little sex thrown in, as opposed to the classic romance title.

    Anyway, I was browsing this section at Barnes and Noble the other night, and was laughing out loud at some of these story concepts. Supernatural romance? Seriously? Why is there always a "secret agent" who must save the world but falls in love first? And don't get me started on historical romance, BLECH.

    I'm looking for a good, believable story filled with plenty of raunchy sex. Don't those exist anymore?

    And, some of those authors names cracked me up. I remember one in particular, Nina Bangs. Get it- Nina - Bangs? I about laughed out loud.

    You should look up Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series. They follow a group of Navy Seals and FBI operatives. I like them because the characters carry over from book to book, they're believable and oh, yeah, there's some really good sex thrown in there too. I belive the first on in the series of 14 (so far - 15th is due this July ) is called the Unsung Hero. You don't really have to read them in order. I started about halfway through, then went back and read them all through in order. They're really good.

    I also really like to read Janet Evanovich, Susan Eliabeth Phillips, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Jennifer Cruse. Sandra Brown is good too, although I had forgotten about her. I'm going to go find some of her stuff now.

    I'm also thinking about rereading the Left Behind series. Anyone here read that?

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    WHEN I WAS in high school cuz it was the closest thing to porn i could get to

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    Just finished Karen Moning's "Kiss of the Highlander". I though it was really well written, and the story was unique and wonderful. Time travel, druid magic, hot highlander, smart heroine...what more could you ask for?
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    Okay- You should check out Elizabeth Hoyt's stuff.

    She can write like a man, or at least write a good male perspective. If that makes sense. Favorites for me though are The Bronze Horseman, The Windflower, Black Silk and the Secret Pearl. Oh and if you want classic historical romance- Dorothy Dunnett's Lynmond Chronicles-All time best, though it might be consider a hard read. But if you want a current historical romance writer, then Elizabeth Hoyt is your women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha View Post
    I remember seeing the movie version of this. Desirée (1954) 1954 Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. Funny how historical films of that era made absolutely no effort to get any of the costuming/hair/makeup right. There's a scene with Desiree looking totally fifties right down to the Peter Pan collar and pearls.
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