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Initial post: Oct 20, 2012 11:56:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2012 4:36:10 PM PDT
Fiona B says:
Hi ladies, I've been in a reading slump lately. I've read everything that is recommended from the Crazy In Love Possessive thread and I'm starting to get sick of the whole mature YA genre.

I miss authors in Laura Kinsale or Lisa Kleypas caliber. Something with a well thought out storyline instead of just on and off relationships between the main characters. Don't get me wrong I love those books, but I need something different at the moment.

Do you guys have any new romance books that really sucks you in? Doesn't matter what genre as long as it's still angsty romance.

Some of my all time favorite books are:
Warprize - Elizabeth Vaughan
Flowers from the Storm - Laura Kinsale
Again the Magic - Lisa Kleypas
Tairen Soul - CL Wilson
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffeninger
The Bronze Horseman - Paulina Simmons
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly
The Windflower - Tom&Sharon Curtis

Please share your favorite epic love stories as well :)

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 12:16:25 AM PDT
Grey says:
You might want to try the authors listed on this page:

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 1:44:49 AM PDT
smess NZ says:
The Bronze Horseman is an all time favorite for me.

I also really like:
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Bet Me - Jennifer Cruise

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 3:05:46 AM PDT
Willread says:
I feel your pain ;-) I`m also craving that special reading experience and I LOVE Flowers from the Storm. But I`ve read one Laura Kinsale book I found even better and that was Shadowheart. Have you read that one? It was incredible!

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 3:41:39 AM PDT
Grey says:
Have you tried Sherry Thomas or Elizabeth Hoyt? You might like them.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 5:22:30 AM PDT
A customer says:
I second most of the recommendations above, and like to add some of Lorraine Heaths novels like Parting Gifts, Always to Remember and her Texas trilogy.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 5:53:01 AM PDT
Flowers From the Storm is one of my favorites too. Have you read Cecelia Grant? A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone are both well written and not the run of the mill historicals.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2012 6:06:28 AM PDT
Willread says:
I agree on both Cecelia Grant, Sherry Thomas and Elizabeth Hoyt. Courtney Milan is also an author who`s written some incredible books. Not to mention Madeline Hunter (especially her medieval series).

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 8:07:08 AM PDT
I second Courtney Milan.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 10:45:00 AM PDT
Robin Wilson says:
I love Lisa Kleypas, too. Have you read any Judith McNaught historicals?
Some by other writers that have stuck with me:
The Portrait
Lucien's Fall
Heart of a Knight
All Things Beautiful (Monogram)
A Kiss to Remember
The Devil's Lady (Harlequin Historical No 241)
Saving Grace

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 12:34:21 PM PDT
a reader says:
Have you read Penelope Williamson or her sister Candice Proctor?

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 1:07:20 PM PDT
Fiona B says:
Thank you all for the recommendations, I have read almost all of those great authors unfortunately. I guess that's why I'm in a reading slump, since I can't find any new authors with the same quality as all of the above.

Please keep the recommendations coming though, you guys have reminded me that it might be time for a re-read for some of those books :D

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 2:58:49 PM PDT
Grey says:
How about Judith Ivory/Judy Cuevas? Or Patricia Gaffney? Or Anne Stuart?

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 8:46:16 PM PDT
read4fun says:
Carla Kelly, Elisabeth Fairchild, Meredith Duran or Sherry Thomas.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 8:57:04 PM PDT
Talltree says:
Have you tried Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy?

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 8:58:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2012 9:01:50 PM PDT
A Customer says:
I second trying something by Penelope Williamson. My pick would be The Outsider.

I recently read Katherine (Rediscovered Classics) by Anya Seton and thought it was great. Plus it's based on a true story of a very scandalous affair in the 1300's. Fascinating story and truly unprecedented in that time period.

This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history-that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets-Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II-who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 4:28:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012 4:35:17 PM PDT
Elisabeth Fairchild's Cupid and Valentine series (two books) Napoleonic war veterans come home, deeply affected by the war and by what has happened at home while they have been away. They find love. The language is beautiful and the plotting, particularly for the first book in the series (Captain Cupid), is very unusual. I actually liked Valentine's book better, though. Valentine is literally drowning in the bottle in the first book. His change of heart is a wonderful story.

Valentine's Change of Heart (Signet Regency Romance)
Captain Cupid, A Regency Romance (Cupid and Valentine series)

These are set in the American West, but I have really enjoyed them, particularly Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold and the new one, Bad, Beautiful Man - Ellen O'Connell. No, I promise, I'm not an author. I can barely write a shopping list. I really love the new one - the hero is really flawed, not just pretend flawed, but oh, he loves the heroine.

Beautiful Bad Man
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 5:26:37 PM PDT
cathyr says:
... was being so good ...


One-clicked Captain Cupid.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 6:02:06 PM PDT
Meowmix101 says:
You should definitely try out Pamela Clare's historical Mackinnon brother's trilogy, it's an awesome series. The third in the trilogy is particularly heart pounding, like some edge of your seat epic movie. I've loved every couple in each of the books, and am extremely hoping that one specific character eventually gets his own story. Trust me, if you read the series you'll know who ;p.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 10:17:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012 10:18:07 PM PDT

I feel your pain. I was really good until I read Captain Cupid -and then went on a regular buying spree (for Elisabeth Fairchild books). I just got one of my orders in the mail tonight - Lord Endicott's Appetite, I think. A widower of 13 months hires a French chef because he has no desire to eat, actually no enjoyment in living. She is a refuge from the French terror who was not born a cook.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 1:27:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2012 1:28:52 AM PDT
Fiona B says:
Lol, yes read them all ;)

Pamela Clare check, Anne Bishop check, Penelope Williamson check.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 1:34:15 AM PDT
Fiona B says:
Elizabeth Fairchild's books sound interesting, I will check them out definitely. And I remember liking Eyes of Silver, so I should get Beautiful Bad Man too. Thanks for the rec!

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 8:07:35 AM PDT
Traveladdie says:
Any weighty reads that are not historical?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 8:13:48 AM PDT
lovebooks says:
i second bronze horseman trilogy.. wonderful

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 8:26:24 AM PDT
Robin Wilson says:
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