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Initial post: Sep 11, 2010 1:44:04 PM PDT
Book Reader says:
I read my first Nora Roberts book today, Hidden Riches, and really enjoyed it. Which Nora Roberts books are romantic suspense and which of these romantic suspense books would you recommend?

thanks

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 2:07:55 PM PDT
Banana Boat says:
I would recommend 3 Nora Roberts books. "Carolina Moon", "Birthright" and "Montana Sky". All 3 romantic suspense. to be honest with you I enjoy most all of her books.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2010 2:41:34 PM PDT
Soapy70 says:
I agree with N.Pacheco, those are some of my favorites. Also, The Reef and Hidden Riches. I have all her books and don't remember a bad one. Her trilogies are good too.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 2:43:02 PM PDT
Catwings says:
"Midnight Bayou" is my favorite.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 8:04:00 AM PDT
Noelle says:
I would thrid of the the recs for 'Birthright','Carolina Moon' and 'Montana Sky' and second 'The Reef'. I would also add 'Three Fates','Honest Illusions' and one of my all time favorites 'The Chesapeake Bay' saga.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 9:19:30 AM PDT
JP Reader Me says:
I really liked Birthright and would third or fourth that recommendation, whatever we're up to. I think my all time favorite Nora Roberts book is Public Secrets which maybe isn't so much Romantic Suspense although their is a mysterious killer thing going on. Angels Fall is another favorite.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 10:20:54 AM PDT
J. Mccarroll says:
I love all her old books but my all time favorite is Honest Illusions

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 10:21:59 AM PDT
I LOVED Carnal Innocense. I figured out the ending but it was still a great read. I absolutely recommend it.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 12:27:19 PM PDT
T. L. Haddix says:
I would advise sticking with the older books at first. Her newest are not doing so well in the reviews department. I've been very disappointed by probably her last four releases (not counting the J.D. Robb series, which I do not read - don't like futuristic stuff). Anyhow, the newer stuff is just not a good intro to Nora Roberts, JMHO.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 1:11:04 PM PDT
Montana Sky is one of my absolute faves, and one I reread at least once a year. Also second recs for Public Secrets, which is one of my very first Nora Roberts novels to own/read. Private Scandals and True Betrayals are also both very very good.

I may have to go on a Nora reading binge...and soon!

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 1:11:10 PM PDT
Carolina Moon is my fav followed by the Circle Trilogy. Her books are great comfort reads for me...

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 1:12:48 PM PDT
Her Dream series is also wonderful!! Also the MacKade quartet and the Donovan family trio. (There's another one after the trio, but in my opinion it's a much weaker entry than the first three.)

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 2:09:23 PM PDT
MDarcy says:
The Reef is my favorite...I agree with the earlier posts. Her older books are better.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 2:34:15 PM PDT
I've only read about half a dozen but Honest Illusions was far and away the best of those and is one of my favorite contemporaries.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2010 7:35:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2010 7:37:56 PM PDT
J. Bergin says:
Hidden Riches is one of my favorites. I love the scene when they're at the New Years Eve party, and Dora's flamboyant family is throwing out kisses. Jed tolerates it all goodnaturedly until Dora's brother grabs him to plant one on him, and Jed's all, "Don't make me hit you." Just cracked me up. And who can resist Dora's dad? He's just delightful.

Honest Illusions is probably my favorite of Nora's romantic suspense titles. I liked Brazen Virtue, too. And I echo the recommendation for Montana Sky.

There are others of her suspense books that I like because of the settings moreso than the suspense plot: The Reef (deep-sea diving); River's End (the Pacific Northwest); The Search (dog training); True Betrayals (horse racing).

If you're willing to venture into categories, she has some suspense titles for Silhouette as well: The Night Tales series, the Stars of Mithra series.

I still maintain that the best Nora Roberts is her Chesapeake Bay trilogy, however. (Really it's 4 books, but I often skip the last one when I do re-reads.)

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 8:41:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2010 8:43:54 PM PDT
Erica24 says:
Montana Sky is in my top 5 favorite romance novels of all time. I adore that book. For romantic suspense, I also love:

Private Scandals

Genuine Lies

True Betrayals

Sweet Revenge

The Villa

IMO, Nora Roberts' best period of writing was from around 1990-2000. Anything in that time frame has a really good chance of being great. She's so prolific that some duds get in the bunch, but that was my favorite period of reading her books.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 8:42:56 PM PDT
T. L. Haddix says:
Well, yeah - I'd have to say the Chesapeake Bay trilogy was one of her absolute best series.

River's End, I don't remember. I'll have to look that one up. The Search? Hated it. Dog training manual.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 3:10:06 AM PDT
Book Reader says:
Thanks everyone. I look forward to checking out these recommendations and adding more books to my TBR pile!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2010 10:14:57 AM PDT
Noelle says:
@T.L. Haddix- While I didn't hate 'The Search' and I wish my dogs would behave so well,***SPOILERS*** I found the fact that the two main characters (a furniture maker and a dog trainer) could know and understand the way the minds of two seprate serial killers worked and with no phsycology training. I just found that a little unbelieveable and the whole ' he's killing his mother' theme a little overdone.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 1:29:24 PM PDT
T. L. Haddix says:
Lol, Noelle. I made it through the first few chapters and skimmed the rest. I kept waiting for the explanation of which one of those folks used to be a cop, but if it was in there, I missed it. It's so sad, because NR can write better than that. I wonder if she isn't suffering from the same sort of malady as Linda Howard, or something similar?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2010 1:48:05 PM PDT
Noelle says:
@T.L.Haddix- Nope, you didn't miss anything because it was never explained and niether of them used to be a cop.lol The only kind of explaination given was that the h trains dogs and their owners and so she knows how to read people. I agree that Nora Roberts can and has written much better books. The same goes for Linda Howard and it pains me to say that because she's my favorite author. I do feel that her last book,'The Veil Of Night' was a lot better and more like her older books with humor in it.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 5:19:42 PM PDT
book lover says:
T.L.--Totally agree that "The Search" read like a training manual. The only cop connection was her dead fiance was a cop, but I don't think you'd learn that much about serial killers through osmosis or sharing a bed. I also found it too much like "Black Hills", and not just 'cause the heroine was also involved in animals. I just check her books out of the library now so that I can skim if necessary and not feel cheated <g>. I'm all for strong women, but I'm thinking that it would be nice if she wrote a book with a woman that wasn't quite so strong and indepedant, superfeisty with a quick temper, and comfortable with her sexuality and body image. (Just sayin'!) I found her hero in "The Search" very different--she hasn't written a really crabby hero in quite a while, so that was a nice change, but I'm finding all her heroines exactly the same. Curious if this is just me....

I will say every once in a while, I'll stumble across one of her old categories that I haven't read, and recently that was "This Magic Moment". I would highly recommend it if anyone is looking for a good short stand-alone Nora read.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 5:27:32 PM PDT
Not just you, Tracey. I like a more vulnerable heroine than what I've seen in her more recent books. I think that's why her earlier works resonate a whole lot more deeply than what I've read in the last 5 years or so. They're more emotional, and more compelling.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 5:52:36 PM PDT
T. L. Haddix says:
I didn't like Veil of Night. I think I made it to page 63 or thereabouts. The cop with the gun beans the guy robbing the convenience store with a can of motor oil. There are so many things wrong with that scenario - gun? cop? close range? motor oil in a can????? I just gave up after that. Conversely, the last two or three that she released before VON, I actually liked (not the one with the ice storm, though), and most of her readers panned them. I know Linda Howard has had some thyroid issues and that is a big part of why her writing changed.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 5:57:38 PM PDT
Customer says:
Honest Illusions was (IMO) her best book.
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