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Initial post: Nov 17, 2012 6:25:31 PM PST
D. Arnold says:
We all have picked up at least one that is considered a chapter or cliff hanger book lately. On the other thread a poster mentioned her tagging these books on her shelf and would know which ones to keep an eye out for. I think to better 'protect' us readers either from missing a part or wanting to stay far away from them, please list any books that have this criteria. You might say whether it is worth reading or not. Please note that I am NOT asking for books in a series like the Mallorys or Bridgertons. Those are stand alone books that have totally separate H/h! I am looking for the ones we are somewhat 'forced' to buy the next one to know what has happened! There are some that have a continuation to the couple. I read one and thought it was done and another poster let me know there was a second book about the couple! (Will post when I remember it!)

Here are ones that I know of:

Anything He Wants finished first 4 and then got mad about it not being finished in the 5th. Haven't read yet.
The Proposition Haven't read yet. Waiting for the next one. (Also, it is .99 today) Heard good things about.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 5:15:56 PM PST
Sortia says:

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 5:23:02 AM PST
LTR says:
I've mentioned it before but Elaine Levine wrote The Edge of Courage and left the H's friend on a ledge with a rattlesnake for company. (He was drugged and the bad guys threw him over a cliff). The book ended with his friends looking for him but.....cliffhanger! The next book was supposed to be out in late summer but as of yesterday morning, it isn't. I'm not sure if this is what you meant by installments (since the H and h were together at the end of the book) but to me, I didn't like where this one was left (but I will be picking up the next book as soon as it is out). Edge of Courage was great, by the way, and obviously memorable since I read it several months ago and still think of it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 3:14:42 PM PST
D. Arnold says:
White Trash Beautiful was the one I couldn't remember. Didn't know that it had a second book with the H/h.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 3:35:35 PM PST
Traveladdie says:
I tend to read installment books when the series are completed. How many pages is The Proposition? It looks like a short one, which, may not work for me either.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 3:52:22 PM PST
ej1201 says:
The ones that come to mind for me are:
12 Rounds (Knockout Series)
If I Were You
Naked (The Blackstone Affair, Part 1)

They were all good reads, but I wasn't aware they were going to be serials when I started them.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 6:05:20 AM PST
Sortia says:
A few more:

Regrets (A Rekindled Novel #1)
The Pretend Boyfriend (Inhumanly Handsome, Humanly Flawed Alpha Male Erotic Romance)
Hot, Rich and Dominant
Taken (Give and Take)
For His Pleasure (For His Pleasure, Book 1) (The Submission of Miss Masters, Domination, BDSM) (TEN parts out already, no idea if it is the last...)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 6:19:21 AM PST
That sounds like an old fashioned series. A completed arc and story in one book and a sub story or even overarching story that continues onto the next book. Here it's with different leads but it could be with the same leads - think of all the great mystery and fantasy series with the same leads. There's nothing wrong with that IMO, and is how many of the better series are written.

The problem with installments is that they read like chapters. There's no beginning/middle and end to the main story within any chapter rather it's just one story chopped up. That's great if you're Dickens, or serializing it in a magazine or even in online fan fiction - where I gather many current self pub-ed authors started out. But it's completely obnoxious if you're selling chapters as if they're books - without warning and at full or near full book prices.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 6:24:22 AM PST
In2books says:
I agree. I've been avoiding these on principle. I've gotten to where I always check the number of pages on anything I'm thinking of buying.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 6:20:30 PM PST
J. Weaver says:
This had me LOLing because it reminded me of the novels that Elizabeth reads to Lady Danbury in Julia Quinn's How to Marry a Marquis (Avon Romantic Treasure). It seemed that nearly ever chapter ended in a cliffhanger that was almost literally a cliffhanger. (Julia Quinn, of course, had the good grace to actually finish telling her story within the confines of the one book!)

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 6:04:20 AM PDT
Beeg Panda says:
This Love of Mine (Raine Series #1)
This Trust of Mine ( Raine Series #2)
Book 3 - This Heart of Mine

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 2:51:07 PM PDT
Highlander Unchained (Highlander Trilogy), it now says it is a trilogy (it did not when I bought it).

Spoiler ahead, sort of as I have not read all:

However, book one does not have an HEA and I heard that hero and heroine will not have one until the end of of book 3, although, they have a relationship and the hero marries someone else during their relationship.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 1:37:17 PM PDT
Beeg Panda says:
April Showers
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