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Could anyone recommend some good romance authors/novels? I usually read fantasy and sci-fi, but I've been asked to order 100+ novels for my university library. Several students have asked me to order some romances (the library has very few, so I'd like to get some), but I have no idea where to begin. The students speak English as a second language, but have a reasonable understanding.

Thanks for any tips.
 

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While I could recommend several, to be honest, you should talk to a librarian who specializes in general fiction.  (I used to work at a library).  There is a wide range of romance from "sweet romance" to cozy romance to mystery romance to religious romance, fantasy/sci-fi romance, family romance and so on.  Many libraries will attempt to cover the range.  Mine will not carry erotica because of complaints (although it has some, it is not in a category by itself and it's reader beware so far as choices.  We have to be adults about picking the choices and avoiding those we don't want to read). 

There are some standard beloved authors (some of which you can tell by the best seller lists and any library should probably have at least a few on the best seller lists on the shelf). 

Here are some "classics" that you will find at many libraries

Debbie Macomber
Jane Austen (this is a true classic and the library may have it already)
Georgette Heyer
Nora Roberts
Amanda Quick
Susan Mallery

I prefer my  romance with a shot of mystery, so that is another whole category to explore, and here are a couple if indie writers with a good mix:

Karen Cantwell  - Take the Monkeys and Run
Sarah Wynde:  - A Gift of Ghosts
Julie Moffett (with carina press) - Lexi Carmichael mystery/romance series

Also in the romantic mystery and definitely a classic of the genre:

Elizabeth Peters - Vicky Bliss series (even her Amelia Peabody probably counts)  -- The romance in this series takes place across multiple novels and in the case of Vicky Bliss is missing entirely from the first in the series so this author as a whole should probably be considered more under mystery, but again, it depends on what your patrons are after.  If they want the more strict romance books where you get happily ever after in each novel, I wouldn't include Peters.
 

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I'll second these from Maria.

Debbie Macomber
Jane Austen (this is a true classic and the library may have it already)
Georgette Heyer
Nora Roberts
Amanda Quick
Susan Mallery

and add Jude Devereaux.

Rosalind James writes popular romance and is a member of this board. I think Bella Andre (also a member) writes new adult romance and she's another popular author. New adult is about women who are just starting out on their own, either in college or just graduated, or in their first job and are usually pretty steamy.





 

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Thank you both for the recommendations. I'd like to ask the librarian, but she doesn't speak English, so I'm not sure how familiar she'd be with modern English language fiction of any kind. We already have most of the classics, so it will be good to give the students a chance to read something more modern.

At the moment they are only looking for print versions, but I'm trying to encourage them to buy ebooks too.
 

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Mark0600 said:
Thank you both for the recommendations. I'd like to ask the librarian, but she doesn't speak English, so I'm not sure how familiar she'd be with modern English language fiction of any kind. We already have most of the classics, so it will be good to give the students a chance to read something more modern.

At the moment they are only looking for print versions, but I'm trying to encourage them to buy ebooks too.
You could ask a different librarian. ;D They are pretty approachable and most libraries have website and email addresses. For that matter you could even ask a UK librarian and a US librarian just to see the different answers you get (or any other country that has libraries/librarians that speak English).

I'm not suggesting asking here is a bad idea either as I love giving recommendations. If you're just looking for a cross sample, I think you can get that here. If you are looking for what a librarian might normally stock as a cross sample, that might be a different answer!!!
 
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