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Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Reply #4925 on: September 06, 2017, 02:02:50 PM »
Ah yes, the lady in blue. She gets around  ;D.

I have a freebie from Rosanne Bittner. This gets great reviews

a 4 1/2 star from RT.
Its a first in a series that was first published in 1993 by Bantam. Western, right after civil war.


I also finished

Enjoyed it a lot. I think it was a earlier Loretta Chase re-released.
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« Reply #4926 on: September 07, 2017, 11:32:40 AM »
Okay, for anyone who happens across this thread and wants a list of authors, here's what I tallied. I tried to catch # of mentions/recommendations, while skimming and trying not to let regulars in the thread totally skew things with their preferences for certain authors or certain covers (buns!). I also haven't retained mention of subgenres or specific titles - I was mainly looking to make sure that I haven't missed any important authors as I'm putting together my Romance MFA reading syllabus. I have a separate spreadsheet with 272 titles on it, but I'm trying to narrow down to ~30 that make a good overview of the romance genre and its evolution, with a focus on historical romance. It's hard to choose, but I'm thinking of it as a starting point.

On to the results:
The top 4, far and away, were Lisa Kleypas (32 mentions/recommendations), Julia Quinn (27), Mary Balogh (20), and Julie Garwood (18). Genre pioneers Kathleen Woodiwiss (14) and Georgette Heyer (13) came next, followed by the trio of Loretta Chase (11), Johanna Lindsey (11), and Sarah MacLean (11).

Then we are into authors regularly mentioned, but not as clear standouts: Eloisa James (9), Amanda Quick (9), Diana Gabaldon (8), Laura Lee Guhrke (8), Lorraine Heath (8), Judith McNaught (8), Marsha Canham (7), Jude Deveraux (7), Courtney Milan (7), Mary Jo Putney (7), Karen Robards (6), Sherry Thomas (6), Tessa Dare (5), Gaelen Foley (5), Sabrina Jeffries (5), and Laura Kinsale (5).

Again, I'm not looking for hidden gems; I'm trying to make sure I'm not missing any of the big names in the genre. But I know lots of readers are always looking for someone new and worthwhile to read, so I'll also give you the long, long tail, which brings this list out to 219 authors!
Meredith Duran (4), Elizabeth Hoyt (4), Judith Ivory (4), Elizabeth Lowell (4), Teresa Medeiros (4), Anne Stuart (4), Victoria Alexander (3), Jane Austen (3), Jill Barnett (3), TJ Bennett (3), Jo Beverly (3), Connie Brockway (3), Charlotte Bronte (3), Victoria Dahl (3), Christina Dodd (3), Dorothy Dunnett (3), Sarah M Eden (3), Patricia Gaffney (3), Anne Gracie (3), Victoria Holt (3), Madeline Hunter (3), Lynn Kurland (3), Jeannie Lin (3), Julie Anne Long (3), Juliett Marillier (3), Margaret Mitchell (3), Karen Marie Moning (3), Pamela Morsi (3), Rosemary Rogers (3), Katherine Sutcliffe (3), Lisa Marie Wilkinson (3), Catherine Anderson (2), Jennifer Ashley (2), Sandy Blair (2), Joanna Bourne (2), Grace Burrowes (2), Anna Campbell (2), Liz Carlyle (2), Gail Carriger (2), Barbara Cartland (2), Pamela Clare (2), Lori Copeland (2), Catherine Coulter (2), Jennifer Crusie (2), Jo Goodman (2), Heather Graham (2), Philippa Gregory (2), Judith James (2), Iris Johansen (2), Brenda Joyce (2), Susannah Kearsley (2), Carla Kelly (2), Margaret Lake (2), Leigh Michaels (2), Linda Lael Miller (2), Maggie Osborne (2), Deanna Raybourn (2), Nora Roberts (2), Patricia Ryan (2), Barbara Samuels (2), Mary Stewart (2), and Sarah Woodbury (2).

Right on down to the also rans - authors for whom I noticed a single mention as someone's favorite/auto-buy or strong recommend. Shana Abe, Suzanne Adair, Joan Aiken, Tasha Alexander, Louise Allen, Katharine Ashe, Adele Ashworth, Amy Atwell, Amanda Baker, Linda Banche, Lenora Bell, Sandra Bishop, Jennifer Blake, Rhys Bowen, Elizabeth Boyle, Lucinda Brandt, Bailey Bristol, Christine Brookes, Frances Hodgen Burroughs, Meg Cabot, Jianne Carlo, Phillippa Carr, Robyn Carr, Katherine Caskie, Cassandra Clare, Catherine Cookson, Diana Crosby, Claudia Dain, Lydia Dare, Diane Davidson, Anna Dean, Jacqueline Diamond, Jennifer Donnelly, Sarah Curant, Suzannah Dunn, Cassie Edwards, Suzanne Enoch, Merry Farmer, Jane Feather, Maggie Fenton, Jayne Fresina, Caroline Fyffe, Shana Galen, Dorothy Garlock, Elizabeth George, Deanna Gist, Kathleen Givens, Anne Golon, Jane Goodger, Karen Harper, CS Harris, Catherine Hart, Shanna Hatfield, Karen Hawkins, Peggy Henderson, Norah Hess, Sandra Hill, Jane Aiken Hodge, Debra Holland, Linda Howard, Susan Isaacs, Delle Jacobs, Paty Jager, Alissa Johnson, Sophie Jordan, Joan Kayse, Paisley Kirkpatrick, Julie Klassen, Jayne Anne Krenz, Arnette Lamb, Laura Landon, Caroline Linden, Nora Lofts, Julia London, Robert Lowe, Annette Lyon, Susan Macatee, Anne Mallory, Louise Marley, Malia Martin, Delilah Marvelle, Monica McCarty, MK McClinktock, May McGoldrick, Shirley McKay, Barbara Metzger, Miriam Minger, Lucy Monroe, Jude Morgan, Sophia Nash, Kate Noble, Cindy Nord, Kaitlin O'Riley, Rebecca Paisley, Diana Palmer, Andrea Parnell, Sharon Kay Penman, Barbara Pierce, Jean Plaidy, Erin Quinn, Kate Quinn, Abigail Reynolds, Maggie Robinson, Jacquie Rogers, CJ Sansom, Amanda Scott, Anya Seton, Carla Simpson/Quinn Taylor Evans, Susan Sizemore, Skea Margaret, Bertrice Small, LaVryle Spencer, Scotney St. James, Sarah Stuart, Michelle Styles, Jodie Thomas, Gail Tsukiyama, Patricia Veryan, Ciji Ware, Kaki Warner, Tracy Anne Warren, Sarah Waters, Susan Wiggs, Emma Wildes, Penelope Williamson, Lauren Willig, Mary Wine, Virginia Ann Work, & Celia Yeary.

Phew! Six years of recommendations and a lifetime (or more) of reading!
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Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Reply #4927 on: September 07, 2017, 12:20:38 PM »
Holy moly you went through this whole thread. So many authors, no wonder I always feel behind in my reading



I hope you had a shot of something after all that work.

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« Reply #4928 on: September 08, 2017, 08:47:56 AM »
That is an amazing compilation, Bloshb.  I wish I could bookmark your post for reference.

Yes, an adult beverage afterward would certainly be in order... or maybe some Ben and Jerry's.  Thanks for your work!

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Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Reply #4929 on: September 18, 2017, 11:56:26 AM »
Holy moly you went through this whole thread. So many authors, no wonder I always feel behind in my reading



I hope you had a shot of something after all that work.

I spent a couple days on it, not all once :) But I do make sure and get my rest and recuperation time in!

If y'all are interested, the reading list I was working on for myself is up at https://www.romancemfa.com/official-romance-mfa-syllabus-2017/ now. Going through this thread got Mary Balogh on my syllabus, because I'd missed her somehow in my other research!
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Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Reply #4930 on: September 18, 2017, 03:38:41 PM »
Oh, and I thought of the discussion here recently when I saw this book:



Not a historical, but....
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« Reply #4931 on: September 27, 2017, 06:26:31 PM »
I know some of us are reading the Elisa Braden series. I have read 3, own 4 and this is #5 on sale for 99 cents


So far they are all full length. I see that the next, #6 will be a novella and then #7 is a normal book again. I'll probably skip the novella as they are always disappointing. Always sad when characters in a series don't get a full story. I don't even know who's in that one. Anywho, sale is for #5.

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Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Reply #4932 on: September 28, 2017, 01:56:29 PM »
Okay, for anyone who happens across this thread and wants a list of authors, here's what I tallied. I tried to catch # of mentions/recommendations, while skimming and trying not to let regulars in the thread totally skew things with their preferences for certain authors or certain covers (buns!). I also haven't retained mention of subgenres or specific titles - I was mainly looking to make sure that I haven't missed any important authors as I'm putting together my Romance MFA reading syllabus. I have a separate spreadsheet with 272 titles on it, but I'm trying to narrow down to ~30 that make a good overview of the romance genre and its evolution, with a focus on historical romance. It's hard to choose, but I'm thinking of it as a starting point.

On to the results:
The top 4, far and away, were Lisa Kleypas (32 mentions/recommendations), Julia Quinn (27), Mary Balogh (20), and Julie Garwood (18). Genre pioneers Kathleen Woodiwiss (14) and Georgette Heyer (13) came next, followed by the trio of Loretta Chase (11), Johanna Lindsey (11), and Sarah MacLean (11).

Then we are into authors regularly mentioned, but not as clear standouts: Eloisa James (9), Amanda Quick (9), Diana Gabaldon (8), Laura Lee Guhrke (8), Lorraine Heath (8), Judith McNaught (8), Marsha Canham (7), Jude Deveraux (7), Courtney Milan (7), Mary Jo Putney (7), Karen Robards (6), Sherry Thomas (6), Tessa Dare (5), Gaelen Foley (5), Sabrina Jeffries (5), and Laura Kinsale (5).

Again, I'm not looking for hidden gems; I'm trying to make sure I'm not missing any of the big names in the genre. But I know lots of readers are always looking for someone new and worthwhile to read, so I'll also give you the long, long tail, which brings this list out to 219 authors!
Meredith Duran (4), Elizabeth Hoyt (4), Judith Ivory (4), Elizabeth Lowell (4), Teresa Medeiros (4), Anne Stuart (4), Victoria Alexander (3), Jane Austen (3), Jill Barnett (3), TJ Bennett (3), Jo Beverly (3), Connie Brockway (3), Charlotte Bronte (3), Victoria Dahl (3), Christina Dodd (3), Dorothy Dunnett (3), Sarah M Eden (3), Patricia Gaffney (3), Anne Gracie (3), Victoria Holt (3), Madeline Hunter (3), Lynn Kurland (3), Jeannie Lin (3), Julie Anne Long (3), Juliett Marillier (3), Margaret Mitchell (3), Karen Marie Moning (3), Pamela Morsi (3), Rosemary Rogers (3), Katherine Sutcliffe (3), Lisa Marie Wilkinson (3), Catherine Anderson (2), Jennifer Ashley (2), Sandy Blair (2), Joanna Bourne (2), Grace Burrowes (2), Anna Campbell (2), Liz Carlyle (2), Gail Carriger (2), Barbara Cartland (2), Pamela Clare (2), Lori Copeland (2), Catherine Coulter (2), Jennifer Crusie (2), Jo Goodman (2), Heather Graham (2), Philippa Gregory (2), Judith James (2), Iris Johansen (2), Brenda Joyce (2), Susannah Kearsley (2), Carla Kelly (2), Margaret Lake (2), Leigh Michaels (2), Linda Lael Miller (2), Maggie Osborne (2), Deanna Raybourn (2), Nora Roberts (2), Patricia Ryan (2), Barbara Samuels (2), Mary Stewart (2), and Sarah Woodbury (2).

Right on down to the also rans - authors for whom I noticed a single mention as someone's favorite/auto-buy or strong recommend. Shana Abe, Suzanne Adair, Joan Aiken, Tasha Alexander, Louise Allen, Katharine Ashe, Adele Ashworth, Amy Atwell, Amanda Baker, Linda Banche, Lenora Bell, Sandra Bishop, Jennifer Blake, Rhys Bowen, Elizabeth Boyle, Lucinda Brandt, Bailey Bristol, Christine Brookes, Frances Hodgen Burroughs, Meg Cabot, Jianne Carlo, Phillippa Carr, Robyn Carr, Katherine Caskie, Cassandra Clare, Catherine Cookson, Diana Crosby, Claudia Dain, Lydia Dare, Diane Davidson, Anna Dean, Jacqueline Diamond, Jennifer Donnelly, Sarah Curant, Suzannah Dunn, Cassie Edwards, Suzanne Enoch, Merry Farmer, Jane Feather, Maggie Fenton, Jayne Fresina, Caroline Fyffe, Shana Galen, Dorothy Garlock, Elizabeth George, Deanna Gist, Kathleen Givens, Anne Golon, Jane Goodger, Karen Harper, CS Harris, Catherine Hart, Shanna Hatfield, Karen Hawkins, Peggy Henderson, Norah Hess, Sandra Hill, Jane Aiken Hodge, Debra Holland, Linda Howard, Susan Isaacs, Delle Jacobs, Paty Jager, Alissa Johnson, Sophie Jordan, Joan Kayse, Paisley Kirkpatrick, Julie Klassen, Jayne Anne Krenz, Arnette Lamb, Laura Landon, Caroline Linden, Nora Lofts, Julia London, Robert Lowe, Annette Lyon, Susan Macatee, Anne Mallory, Louise Marley, Malia Martin, Delilah Marvelle, Monica McCarty, MK McClinktock, May McGoldrick, Shirley McKay, Barbara Metzger, Miriam Minger, Lucy Monroe, Jude Morgan, Sophia Nash, Kate Noble, Cindy Nord, Kaitlin O'Riley, Rebecca Paisley, Diana Palmer, Andrea Parnell, Sharon Kay Penman, Barbara Pierce, Jean Plaidy, Erin Quinn, Kate Quinn, Abigail Reynolds, Maggie Robinson, Jacquie Rogers, CJ Sansom, Amanda Scott, Anya Seton, Carla Simpson/Quinn Taylor Evans, Susan Sizemore, Skea Margaret, Bertrice Small, LaVryle Spencer, Scotney St. James, Sarah Stuart, Michelle Styles, Jodie Thomas, Gail Tsukiyama, Patricia Veryan, Ciji Ware, Kaki Warner, Tracy Anne Warren, Sarah Waters, Susan Wiggs, Emma Wildes, Penelope Williamson, Lauren Willig, Mary Wine, Virginia Ann Work, & Celia Yeary.

Phew! Six years of recommendations and a lifetime (or more) of reading!

Excellent, excellent list. I have been reading (and selling, because I was working in a bookshop) historical romances for 15 years and what needed to be said, you said it. I'm more into contemporaries right now, but I'll always return to the historicals. I can only add that there are two authors that I think should have been mentioned more times during this thread because they're really the top, and they are Suzanne Enoch and Liz Carlyle. London's perfect scoundrel from Enoch is a classic.
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Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Reply #4933 on: September 28, 2017, 02:14:36 PM »
Excellent, excellent list. I have been reading (and selling, because I was working in a bookshop) historical romances for 15 years and what needed to be said, you said it. I'm more into contemporaries right now, but I'll always return to the historicals. I can only add that there are two authors that I think should have been mentioned more times during this thread because they're really the top, and they are Suzanne Enoch and Liz Carlyle. London's perfect scoundrel from Enoch is a classic.
I can guarantee you that those authors have been mentioned in this thread multiple times. Myself have talked about them more than once, not even counting the rest of my fellow HR readers.  :P

Agree with you on Enoch, that series is sublime. One of my all time favorites.

Not sure how some of the names where counted, but some are also missing and I know we talked about them. But that wouldn't be surprising considering how long this thread is. There are bound to be some mentions overlooked.
Just on the top of my head 2 names missing that I know 100% we talked about are Kelly Bowen and Celeste Bradley. Kelly Bowen we talked a lot about as it was one of the new HR authors we found. Celeste Bradley, well there is a long conversation a couple of years back where I under the influence of painkillers, read one of her cray cray books. At least it felt cray cray at the times. ;D

But yeah, some stuff slipped through, some big names and some new names. But I have all those names on my goodreads shelf anyway in case anyone wants to look. Just my read pile would have everything in it that was at some point mentioned here and the rest would be on my want to read.  8)


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« Reply #4934 on: September 28, 2017, 03:18:23 PM »
I can guarantee you that those authors have been mentioned in this thread multiple times. Myself have talked about them more than once, not even counting the rest of my fellow HR readers.  :P

Not sure how some of the names where counted, but some are also missing and I know we talked about them. But that wouldn't be surprising considering how long this thread is. There are bound to be some mentions overlooked.
Just on the top of my head 2 names missing that I know 100% we talked about are Kelly Bowen and Celeste Bradley. Kelly Bowen we talked a lot about as it was one of the new HR authors we found. Celeste Bradley, well there is a long conversation a couple of years back where I under the influence of painkillers, read one of her cray cray books. At least it felt cray cray at the times. ;D

But yeah, some stuff slipped through, some big names and some new names. But I have all those names on my goodreads shelf anyway in case anyone wants to look. Just my read pile would have everything in it that was at some point mentioned here and the rest would be on my want to read.  8)

It's still awesome that someone read/skimmed through the entire thread trying to figure out HR classics (at least as talked about by KB'ers), but I think much of who/what we talked about was discounted because of the frequency of our posting.  It would be more even more time-consuming to come up with a truly comprehensive list from almost 200 pages of conversation. Kudos for the effort that was put in!

Kelly Bowen is certainly no longer a hidden gem, I think she's destined to become a classic and Suzanne Enoch is certainly already there but they didn't even make the also-rans regardless of the number of mentions.

Okay, for anyone who happens across this thread and wants a list of authors, here's what I tallied. I tried to catch # of mentions/recommendations, while skimming and trying not to let regulars in the thread totally skew things with their preferences for certain authors or certain covers (buns!).

Again, I'm not looking for hidden gems; I'm trying to make sure I'm not missing any of the big names in the genre.
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« Reply #4935 on: September 28, 2017, 03:29:57 PM »
It's still awesome that someone read/skimmed through the entire thread trying to figure out HR classics (at least as talked about by KB'ers), but I think much of who/what we talked about was discounted because of the frequency of our posting.  It would be more even more time-consuming to come up with a truly comprehensive list from almost 200 pages of conversation. Kudos for the effort that was put in!

Kelly Bowen is certainly no longer a hidden gem, I think she's destined to become a classic and Suzanne Enoch is certainly already there but they didn't even make the also-rans regardless of the number of mentions.

I agree. I can't even imagine how much time it took. And in any case it gives someone some names to start with if they want to get into HR. There are times where I want to go through the thread myself, just to go back and see what we all talked about, but its a bit overwhelming to day the least.  :o :o :o So kudos to bloshb to sift through all our ramblings, gushings, critiques and deal postings. We sure are tenacious and loyal to the genre, aren't we.

Seeing all those names though really brought it home just how HUGE romance is. We are just talking HR here. Every subgenre would have long lists of greats in the romance genre.

I feel lucky that I love the genre so much. So much to chose from.


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« Reply #4936 on: October 01, 2017, 04:19:14 PM »


On sale for $2.99.

Anyone read this and have any comments?
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« Reply #4937 on: October 01, 2017, 04:42:30 PM »


On sale for $2.99.

Anyone read this and have any comments?
Well, apparently I bought that one in 2013, but haven't read it yet. Oops.  :P
I have read others by Duran and loved those. Have you read anything by her yet? I read 7 of hers. Two 4 stars, four 5stars and one 3 star. I do like this author.

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« Reply #4938 on: October 01, 2017, 07:27:58 PM »


On sale for $2.99.

Anyone read this and have any comments?

I have read her Rules for the Reckless series. While I enjoyed all, a couple of them were better than others. I don't keep track in as much detail as you and Atunah do so I can't tell you which one was the best. I have not read this one, but may go ahead and purchase for that price.

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« Reply #4939 on: October 01, 2017, 07:36:19 PM »
I'd be lost if I didn't log my stuff into goodreads.  :P. Than sometimes my brain gets triggered again when I look at a book I read and read the blurb or reviews. I rate everything, but don't review very often.

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« Reply #4940 on: October 11, 2017, 07:34:27 AM »
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« Reply #4941 on: October 12, 2017, 08:27:34 AM »
Look what's coming on October 18th!  ;D ;D ;D



It is a brand new book in Lucinda Brant's 'Roxton' series. The first book in the series was about Renard and Antonia and set in the 1740s....this one is about their son, set in the 1780s. Wow! Don't know how I missed hearing about this earlier.

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« Reply #4942 on: October 12, 2017, 10:50:34 AM »
I still  haven't started that Brant series yet. I just have so many I am behind, or haven't started yet. Sigh.

I finished this one

Its the first in that Fresina series. Her earlier books with Sourcebook are not suppose to be good, but the later ones. I really enjoyed this. It was very unusual, just like her Deverel series. Its a hard one to explain, but they are so different. He is "damaged" from events and I don't want to get into it. He was at sea so was declared dead at some point.

She is a optimistic, talkative, outspoken but sweet heroine. There are nice layers to this one. As its almost like a Maggie Fenton type novel, amusing and witty, but it has such underlying deeper tones at the same time. Which makes this so interesting to read. Like you have to look deeper.

I am looking forward to reading the next.

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« Reply #4943 on: October 15, 2017, 03:29:18 PM »
Over the weekend I read this series that has been sitting on my Kindle for a while. Quick reads from Avon Impulse, humorous, varying heat levels from low in the first book to slightly steamy in book 3. Book one has a twist at the end that some find completely anachronistic, but I was okay with it. Book 3 was my favorite.  I'm even tempted to get the related novella (although listed as 200+ pages), which is rare for me. I recommend for good, fluffy, low-priced, HR reads!

   

And the novella.

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« Reply #4944 on: October 17, 2017, 02:57:44 PM »
Nice crebel. Can't beat the low price either.

I still like how you are reading series through, at least I have seen you do this where you read 3-4 in one row. I been trying to do something similar a bit.

Otherwise what happened in the previous book to the previous couple, falls right out of my head. And since often the next book characters are in the previous, it makes it annoying to my OCD brain.

So I am reading the 2nd in Jayne Fresina's series

and I will read the 3rd that just out right after. They still remind me a bit of the Maggie Fenton type wit and humor, with a bit more underbelly, for lack of better word. I like that the characters are so different from each other and its really fun to see them interact. The hero here describes his own face as pudding face.  ;D. Heroine finds him boring, blending in. Just kind of there.  ;D
She to him is a utter disaster and I can't really disagree with him on that.  :P
Fun series to far, really enjoy them. Not super cheap though, 4.99. The first was a gift to me from a KB friend so this is how gifts can lead to buying and reading the rest of a series.

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« Reply #4945 on: October 17, 2017, 03:57:06 PM »
I still  haven't started that Brant series yet. I just have so many I am behind, or haven't started yet. Sigh.

I finished this one

Its the first in that Fresina series. Her earlier books with Sourcebook are not suppose to be good, but the later ones. I really enjoyed this. It was very unusual, just like her Deverel series. Its a hard one to explain, but they are so different. He is "damaged" from events and I don't want to get into it. He was at sea so was declared dead at some point.

She is a optimistic, talkative, outspoken but sweet heroine. There are nice layers to this one. As its almost like a Maggie Fenton type novel, amusing and witty, but it has such underlying deeper tones at the same time. Which makes this so interesting to read. Like you have to look deeper.

I am looking forward to reading the next.

Okay, you've talked me into adding this first book to the tbr mountain of immortality.  It will be a while before I get to it, so I have added Book #2 to a wish list hoping for at least a small sale before I get there.  8)
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« Reply #4946 on: October 17, 2017, 06:32:27 PM »
I have started the first in the Jayne Fresina series and finding it very enjoyable. But the second one may have to wait until the latest in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series has been read. It was delivered last night.


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« Reply #4947 on: October 17, 2017, 06:51:13 PM »
I have started the first in the Jayne Fresina series and finding it very enjoyable. But the second one may have to wait until the latest in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series has been read. It was delivered last night.



Ohhh, I am on wait list for that one. There were already a few ahead of me, even though I recommended it to my library. Hopefully not too long.

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« Reply #4948 on: October 19, 2017, 03:24:52 PM »
I have started the first in the Jayne Fresina series and finding it very enjoyable. But the second one may have to wait until the latest in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series has been read. It was delivered last night.



ITS HERE ITS HERE weeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I don't know what happened to the wishlist as there was one, but hey, its mine now. Mine mine mine. Well for 3 weeks that is.  ;D

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« Reply #4949 on: October 19, 2017, 04:41:17 PM »
It's still awesome that someone read/skimmed through the entire thread trying to figure out HR classics (at least as talked about by KB'ers), but I think much of who/what we talked about was discounted because of the frequency of our posting.  It would be more even more time-consuming to come up with a truly comprehensive list from almost 200 pages of conversation. Kudos for the effort that was put in!

It's true... I did start skimming over the posts from Atunah and other frequent posters because I didn't want the sample to be too much skewed by a few favorites from voracious readers such as yourselves! I'm sure I missed more than a few names that way. But I am very grateful to you for your continued postings that have kept this thread going for so long and made it such a treasure trove!

Seeing all those names though really brought it home just how HUGE romance is. We are just talking HR here. Every subgenre would have long lists of greats in the romance genre.

I feel lucky that I love the genre so much. So much to chose from.

You really hit the nail on the head with this observation Atunah! The genre is huge and every subgenre just continues to grow. It recently occurred to me that it's a bit like our ever expanding universe... and maybe the dawn of self-publishing has had a Big Bang effect as well. Late night thoughts!

Anyway, thank you all for your years of discussion for me to lean on! I know that no list is perfect -- and I want to emphasize again that I was looking for a starting point! -- but you can see my final syllabus list here https://www.romancemfa.com/official-romance-mfa-syllabus-2017/ if you're interested. I expect to make continued modifications in years to come!
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