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Initial post: Aug 5, 2012 7:51:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2012 8:09:06 AM PDT
J. Perez says:
I'm in a paranormal romance kick and need some ideas. I've already checked out Goodreads but what's popular there is UGH for me, so I'm hoping for some help here.

Some of my favorite authors are:

Kerrelyn Sparks, Lara Adrian, Kresley Cole, Susan Sizemore, Kathryn Smith, Susan Krinard, Jessica Anderson

Authors I read but think are so so are:

Christine Feehan, Thea Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Gena Showalter, Katie MacAlister, Christine Warren, Shiloh Walker, Jennifer Ashley, etc.

I've read some of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood but I'm not a big fan.

So here's what I'm looking for:

No first person POV
No b*tchy women
No erotica.
More plot and less sex, sex, sex, sex, and more sex
Not really into witches, but will consider it if it's well done like Kresley Cole
No time travel
No poor writing skills
No novellas
If there's humor, that's even better.

I know that considerably narrows the field, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Can anyone help?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 8:11:10 AM PDT
I would recommend Shelly Laurenston/GA Aiken. What do you think of as bitchy? Her women are alpha to me and funny as well.

I also recommend Robin Owens Heart Mate (Celta's HeartMates, Book 1) Funny and interesting magic world.

You might like these two new series Dark Awakening (Dark Dynasties, Book 1) andThe Darkest Day

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 8:22:41 AM PDT
L. Burns says:
Try D. B. Reynolds' "Vampires in America" series. The first on is Raphael (Vampires in America). I found this series a bit different because the vamps - even the ones we are supposed to "root" for - are dark and amoral. No "vampire light". The first book leaves the romance up in the air, though; you need to read book 2 to get resolution with that.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 8:50:25 AM PDT
J. Perez says:
Hi North American Word Cat,

I tried reading Shelly Laurenston a few months ago but couldn't get into her. Maybe I should give her another try. I might have been in a "mood" at the time and that's never the best time to gauge the quality of a book.

I'll definitely look into the other recommendations. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 8:51:13 AM PDT
Your welcome!

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 8:53:54 AM PDT
J. Perez says:
Hey L Burns,

Raphael looks like it has potential. I'm not really into small books (<300 pages) but sometimes great books come in small packages....hmmm (that has some connotations, doesn't it?)

Anyway, thanks for pointing the book my way.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 8:54:57 AM PDT
have you tried Larissa Ione?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 9:41:20 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 5, 2012 2:31:12 PM PDT
J. Perez says:
Hi Deanna Fisher,

I checked it out. It looks like it has potential.


Posted on Aug 5, 2012 2:45:27 PM PDT
SheReadsALot says:
I haven't read in a while to verify if it's in first POV or not but Tina Folsom is funny and it's mythological which I like A Touch of Greek (Out of Olympus #1). She has some free books to try as well but it has sex in it. - Samson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires #1)Venice Vampyr (Venice Vampyr #1)

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 2:54:27 PM PDT
Robin Wilson says:
Although she doesn't normally do paranormal, Lisa Kleypas' Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor) fits. I enjoyed it.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 3:12:57 PM PDT
J. Perez says:
Hi SheReadsALot,

I've actually read Tina Folsom's Lovely Mortal and Amaury's Hellion.

Thanks for the rec. tho.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 4:16:33 PM PDT
SheReadsALot says:
Have you tried Alyssa Day? Atlantis Rising (Warriors of Poseidon, Book 1) (The Warriors of Poseidon)

Or Elisabeth Naughton? MARKED (Eternal Guardians #1) She also has a free book out - Stolen Fury (Stolen Series Book #1).

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 5:35:50 PM PDT
J. Perez says:
Ooooo, I love it when a recommendation comes with a freebie. Thanks SheReadsALot!

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 5:56:38 PM PDT
Read2Much says:
Have you checked out Jennifer Estep? She has a couple of different series but her Elemental Assassin series is very good.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 11:10:56 PM PDT
Manda M says:
Nalini Singh! Two fantastic series -- either Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings, Book 1) or Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter). Definitely some of the best PNR writing out there. Psy-Changelings have shifters, humans, and "psy" (humans with special mental powers), while Guild Hunter series has angels and vampires.

I second the Shelley Laurenston rec, but you have to go into the books realizing they're usually pretty over-the-top and the women are sorta crazy-bitchy -- but in a funny way. The Beast in Him (Pride, Book 2) has one of the nicer, more normal heroines, so it might be a good one to try. They're all hilarious books, though.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 11:19:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2012 11:20:32 PM PDT
SheReadsALot says:
How could I forget, Rebecca Zanetti - Fated (Dark Protectors). I really like this series. It's comparable more to Lara Adrian, IMO. Zanetti's heroines are not dumb at all.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 2:45:59 PM PDT
J. Perez says:
Thanks for the recs, ladies. I'll be sure to check them out. I've seen a lot of Nalini Singh books but avoided them because they looked like the sex, sex, sex, and an itty-bitty-plot type books, so I'm hoping I was mistaken.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 3:22:57 PM PDT
Have you tried Molly Harper's How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf or Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, Book 1)? They are both LOL funny and well written. Rainshadow Road is also very good, but the PNR element is more a side issue than the main one. The third in this series, however, deals with a ghost who seems to be bound to the house and I can hardly wait until it comes out on the 7th.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 4:30:48 PM PDT
J. Perez says:
Hi Mary L Valley,

I had actually gotten her book out at the library before I realized it was first person POV. I really dislike first person POV so I rarely read it. I ended up returning her book unread. It's a shame really, because I've encountered several storylines that sound great except for this.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 5:21:21 PM PDT
J. Perez: Usually I also don't like first person POV, but I made an exception for her. I started to read to see if I could tolerate the voice, and it was SO FUNNY I forgot it was first person and just enjoyed.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 5:31:03 PM PDT
SheReadsALot says:
Beauty Dates the Beast I surprisingly liked it was chick-lit-ish without being super annoying. Katie McAlister I couldn't fathom past the first vampire book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 5:36:24 PM PDT
the world that NS develops in her psy-changing books is fairly complex and its a huge story arch - the arch takes 10 books to complete - I haven't read the most recently yet so know where it fits into the scheme of things

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 5:59:09 PM PDT
Try Coveted by Shawntelle Madison. That is an excellent and fresh PNR. The h is a werewolf with OCD and goes to therapy with other supernatural creatures with the same range of obsessions and nerotic disorders that you might find in any self-help group.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 6:20:33 PM PDT
You might also try Nightshifted by Cassie alexander. It is a good book, though it does have first person POV.
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