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Initial post: Nov 17, 2010 6:47:48 PM PST
Maggie says:
I am compiling a list of the best contemporary romance authors and those authors' best books.

I have listed all the usual well-known top authors and books.
Now I'm after authors and books that are considered 'hidden gems', that are not as well-known, but well worth reading.

Any recommendations?

*I have posted this discussion across the other romance forums

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 7:52:24 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 30, 2010 10:58:35 AM PST
Reader Woman says:
Jennifer Crusie, 1) Bet Me, 2) Welcome to Temptation
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 1) It Had to be You, 2) Heaven Texas
Julie James, Something About You
Brenda Jackson, 1) A Family Affair, 2) Beyond Temptation
Adrianne Byrd, 1) Queen of His Heart, 2) My Destiny
Maureen Smith, 1) A Legal Affair, 2) Recipe for Temptation
Leslie Kelly, Naturally Naughty
Ellen Hartman, Plan B Boyfriend
Nora Roberts, (I can't pick just one)
Ann Christopher, 1) Road to Seduction, 2) Tender Secrets
A. C. Arthur, Love Me Like No Other
Gwyneth Bolton, (I can't pick just one)
Lisa Kleypas, Sugar Daddy
Diana Holquist, Make Me a Match
Karina Bliss, What the Librarian Did
GiGi Gunn, Cajun Moon
Leslie Esdaile, Sister Got Game
Reon Laudat, 1) If You Just Say Yes, 2) It's a Love Thang
Christine Rimmer, (I can't pick just one)
Francis Ray, Dreaming of You
Robyn Amos, Wedding Bells Blues
Cara Summers, A Sexy Time of It
Tamara Sneed, The Way He Makes Me Feel
Dara Girard, Sparks
Delilah Dawson, Truth or Dare
Beverly Jenkins, Sexy/Dangerous
Niobia Bryant, Count on This
Karyn Langhorne, Unfinished Business
Phyllis Bourne, Operation Prince Charming

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2011 11:18:58 PM PST
Maggie says:
@ Reader Woman
Thankyou for your list. Some of those authors/books I have read.
Many I haven't. I'll be checking them out. Thanks again.

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 11:11:16 AM PST
Reader Woman says:
@ Maggie
You're welcome! I hope more people post. I'm always looking for more authors and more books to read. :-)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 7:07:44 AM PST
ready4recess says:
I REALLY like Suzanne Brockmann, especially the Troubleshooters collection.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2011 12:34:38 PM PST
Maggie says:
@ ready4recess
Yeah, me too. Her final in the series 'Breaking the Rules' is coming out soon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011 5:57:41 AM PST
Also ANYTHING from Francis Ray, and Rochelle Ahlers. And I mean ANYTHING! These authors and Brenda Jackson brought me to another level of romance reading.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 7:56:37 AM PST
Oooh this is fun!
I think Susan Elizabeth Phillip's best book is Nobody's Baby But Mine
Jennifer Crusie Anyone But You (Hqn Romance)
Nora Roberts the "born in" series especially Born in Ice (Born in Trilogy, Book 2)
Kristan Higgins Too Good To Be True (Hqn)
Suzanne Brockman's troubleshooter series is awesome, especially The Defiant Hero (Troubleshooters, Book 2)
Julia Quinn The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series, Bk. 2)

~Jennifer
The Role of a Lifetime
Georgie On His Mind

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 2:55:52 PM PST
The Pink Boots by Roxanne Sancto and Martin Tarte... 2 writers, 4 diferent characters with 4 diferent perspectives and everything you need to know about real life romance...

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 1:54:24 PM PST
AJNI says:
Kathy Love's series about 3 sisters: Wanting Something More, Getting What You Want, and Wanting What You Get ... the first was my favorite but the other two were also good

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 5:13:02 AM PDT
F. Gloria says:
According to Jane, by Marilyn Brant
The Next Best Thing, by Kristan Higgins
Something Borrowed, by Emily Giffin
The Sweet Gum Tree, by Katherine Allred
Perfect Chemistry, by Simone Elkeles
Heaven, Texas, by SEP
Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie
The Trouble with Tomboys, by Linda Kage
Separate Beds, by LaVyrle Spencer

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 2:15:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2011 2:16:22 AM PDT
specialk says:
me TOO!! I am rereading the whole Troubleshooter's series now..and i can't WAIT for "Breaking the Rules" I love Izzy!

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 11:58:24 AM PDT
I'm a big fan of Kristan Higgins...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2011 5:02:09 PM PDT
H. Sullivan says:
Yes, I second Kristan Higgins. Anything by KH is great.
Also, just about all of Rachel Gibson's books are very good!

Heather

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 10:09:02 PM PDT
Rachel Gibson- Not Another Bad Date/See Jane Score/ Truly Madly Yours
Kristan Higgins-Just One of the Guys**
Lisa Kleypas- Smooth Talking Stranger
SEP-It Had To Be You/ Match Me If You Can/ Kiss An Angel
Julie James- Something About You
Marie Force- Fatal Affair/ Fatal Justice
Susan Mallery-The Bakery Sisters/Falling for Gracie
Lori Wilde-All of Me
Jill Shalvis-Simply Irresistable
Toni Blake-Tempt Me Tonight
Nora Roberts-The McKade Brothers are My Favorite Always
Emily Griffin-Something Borrowed** Cried like a baby
Laura Griffin-Untraceable** Suspense
Christie Ridgway-Then He Kissed Me
Lora Leigh-Wild Card** Aside from the sex, I cried a lot
Jennifer Crusie-Charlie All Night
Erin Hilderbrand-The Blue Bistro**
Judith McNaught- Paradise***
So Many More, Susan Donovan, Kate Angell, Deirdre Martin, and many others

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 7:12:04 AM PDT
no male authors here at all???

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 11:27:59 AM PDT
Lisa L says:
I just read A Crown of thorns' by Mary Renham and it was fabulous. I had never heard of her and a friend got it from the libraryand I was interested as she has the same surname. I saw it was on kindle and got it and am so thilled I did. I only wish I could find more by her It was a good price too.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 10:10:09 AM PDT
M. Childers says:
Sad that is forum is so hard to find.
I think the reason it hasn't been posted on in so long is the difficulty
actually finding the discussion forum.
I really hate the changes Amazon has made to the
discussion boards.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 5:42:42 PM PDT
Rita says:
M Childers: i so agree. i haven't been to this forum for a long time just because i couldn't find it. i will try to save a link today!

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 4:20:48 PM PDT
I was recently pleasantly surprised when I read a book recommended to be by a friend, a five-year-old book with only 1 Amazon review (until I posted one): "Pride and Pregnancy." Title makes it sound like a loser but the writing was fresh, the heroine unusual, and it was hilarious. I would definitely call it a hidden gem.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 9:33:29 AM PDT
Is it ok to recommend my own book? This is my first novel. "A Saint Comes Stumbling In.' Can a rejected wife conquer self-doubt, trap a criminal, and win love? A patron saint might help... Thirty-something Joan Nelson has more to contend with than a biological clock or an identity crisis. Despite her ardent belief in a conventional marriage, she finds herself deserted for a younger, slimmer woman. Lacking any skills or education, she's thrust unprepared into the nightmare challenge of making a living for the first time in her sheltered existence.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 2:59:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2012 3:02:08 PM PDT
Diary of a Dieting Madhouse, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, fits the bill. Diary of a Dieting Madhouse: The Novel It's new on the market, so it may not exactly be a 'Hidden gem." It's definitely different, but I found the characters well rounded and interesting.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2013 6:34:05 AM PDT
Shelli says:
Isn't there a rule against self promotion?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2013 6:38:34 AM PDT
Shelli says:
Do you mean the Harlequin book?
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