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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. mari
    May 26, 2013 @ 13:23:07

    I sm very late to the Twilight party, (is there even still a party or have all the guests packed up and left?) but I must confess I got all of them from the library and DEVOURED them in four days! So I am wondering, where can I get more of the same? I am very new to YA/paranormal/romance genre, so any recs along these lines would be appreciated. I also read Host and loved it too.

  2. Silver James
    May 26, 2013 @ 13:50:53

    POSSESSION, the second book in Jennifer Lyon’s serialized Plus One Chronicles just released. The first book, THE PROPOSITION was a sexy introduction to Sloane Michaels, former UFC fighter turned entrepreneur, and baker Kat Thayne, a woman hobbled by both emotional and physical scars. These digital books are meant to be read in order. The third book, OBSESSION, releases this fall. The series is romantic, suspenseful, and very, VERY sensual.

    The blurb from THE PROPOSITION:

    Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.

    Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.

    POSSESSION kept me up until 4:oo am. The emotional and sensual depths to which this book went blew me away.

  3. Ros
    May 26, 2013 @ 14:07:34

    I’m excited! Tessa Dare’s and Cecilia Grant’s new books both come out this month. I’ve heard good things about the Dare and Grant is always worth reading.

  4. library addict
    May 26, 2013 @ 14:09:09

    I read Dee J Adams’ Dangeous Race. I enjoyed it enough that I bought the rest of the series.

    I am late to some parties, too. I recently read Julie James’ FBI/US Attorney books which I adored for the most part. They worked much better for me than her first two books.

    I am currently reading Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series for the first time. It’s been a long time since I glommed a series/author (I found it can easily lead to author burnout) but I am determined to finish them all before June 4 so I read Heart of Obsidian with everyone else.

  5. Lisa J
    May 26, 2013 @ 14:28:07

    I can’t wait for Heart of Obsidian. I have been careful not to read any information since I want to wait for the book for all to be revealed. I’ve been rereading the entire series in preparation.

  6. leslie
    May 26, 2013 @ 14:43:59

    I’m so excited about Heart of Obsidian and also Ilona Andrews’ Magic Rises. I’ve been listening to the Kate Daniels series and re-reading Psy/Changling series in preparation and my dreams are crazy with cats, falling buildings and warrior women!

  7. CGirl
    May 26, 2013 @ 15:02:05

    Just started reading a new series on Saturday – Heller by JD Nixon. Similar to Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick series (without the hotness). Am already on B2, not getting much done this weekend.

  8. Michelle
    May 26, 2013 @ 15:36:39

    For those Star Trek fans (or I should probably say fans of Vulcans) I highly recommend Karen Lord’s The Best of All Possible Worlds. A sci fi book with a very well done low key romance. The main character is a take off on Vulcans, highly intelligent, hiding emotions type. Really engaging book.

  9. Elizabeth Raines
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:16:39

    I am really enjoying Cheryl Brooks’s new series, Unlikely Lovers. The first and second books are out now–Unbridled and Uninhibited. Super hot erotic romances with characters well out of the traditional tropes. Nice to see an older heroine with a younger hero in Unbridled. Made a great read. Working on Uninhibited now and enjoying it. The book is full of hot scenes…

  10. JenM
    May 26, 2013 @ 17:05:50

    I’m looking forward to Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett, which releases this week. It’s UF, but has a great relationship between Arcadia Bell, the lead character and her earthbound demon boyfriend Lon. He’s in his early 40’s with a teenage son, while she’s 25 (but very mature), and along with all of the action, there’s also lots of relationship building. I also discovered Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles this month and I’m on a tear with those. Book 6, Hunted, releases at the end of June.

    I also can’t wait for Any Duchess Will Do. The first chapter was included at the end of the novella Beauty and the Blacksmith and I so wanted to read the rest right then!

  11. Vi
    May 26, 2013 @ 17:38:36

    I have some books on pre-order but all I care about is Heart of Obsidian. June 4 is so close and yet so far.

  12. Ann F.
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:29:05

    I’ve been reading off your list of great non-regency historicals and it’s been fantastic! I’ve never read any of these and so far they all have been spectacular but I’ve really loved Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne and Marry Me by Jo Goodman. Amazing!!

  13. Laura
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:36:55

    I’m wondering if anyone knows why Samhain author Linda Winfree stopped writing? Her Hearts of the South books are all keepers for me, and I keep hoping she’ll write a new one, but it’s been years.

  14. John
    May 26, 2013 @ 19:08:27

    @mari. Some Twilight readalikes would include Lauren Kate’s Fallen, Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush, the book Beautiful Creatures, Amy Plum’s Die for Me, Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed, Aprilynne Pike’s Wings, and a slew of others. You would probably also like Nancy Werlin’s Impossible and Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood and Starlight. :). If you want any more recs or want to talk about them more, feel free to email me!

  15. mari
    May 26, 2013 @ 19:24:39

    @John; Oh wow, thanks John! Will check those out for sure!

  16. Janine
    May 26, 2013 @ 21:55:30

    @mari: The excellent Laini Taylor series starts with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Days of Blood and Starlight is the second book.

  17. Elyssa Patrick
    May 27, 2013 @ 00:08:40

    I cannot wait for Nalini Singh’s HEART OF OBSIDIAN to release. It sort of reminds me of when I would not-so-patiently wait for the newest Harry Potter to release–and all the speculation(s) leading up to it. June 4th can’t come soon enough. I am looking forward to Eve Silver’s YA, RUSH.

    I’m also impatiently waiting for Laura Florand’s next book, THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH, to release, which I don’t think happens until July. :(

    Mari, you might like: Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater (sp.); Fallen series by Lauren Kate; Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl; Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead; Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (not para, but you might like); and Rush by Eve Silver sounds amazing.

  18. John
    May 27, 2013 @ 00:48:04

    Thanks, Janine! I knew I was getting something wrong… xD

  19. Mary Beth
    May 27, 2013 @ 09:59:38

    @ Laura – I miss Linda Winfree too. I loved her Hearts of the South series, but then she disappeared. I have seen your question posed on the amazon forums as well, yet I have never seen an answer! Hopefully, unless something dire has happened, she will return to writing in the not too distant future!

  20. Readsalot81
    May 27, 2013 @ 11:19:59

    @JenM: I’ve read & reviewed Jenn Benn’s Binding the Shadows and it’s just stupendous :-) The ending is OMGWTFBBQ, but in the best way possible.

    Nalini Singh is coming HERE to my local Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach, SOOO Excited. (Will pick up an extra book for my blogmate) I cannot wait to see her !! (and then Ilona Andrews will come down to the one in SD in August! Wheee)

    I’m looking forward to reading Richelle Mead’s Gameboard of the Gods, and just counting the hours til Katie McGarry’s Dare You To loads on my kindle.

  21. Lisa J
    May 27, 2013 @ 11:33:54

    Another Samhain author that disappeared is Leigh Wyndfield. She wrote some great sci fi romance.

  22. Ros
    May 27, 2013 @ 11:50:49

    @JenM: I carefully didn’t read that chapter because I knew it would make me so impatient for the rest of the book!

  23. MaryK
    May 28, 2013 @ 15:28:23

    @Michelle: I saw The Best of All Possible Worlds reviewed somewhere, maybe The Booksmugglers, and completely ignored it because of the apocalyptic spec fic style cover. Does the book end well and does the romance have a happy ending? ‘Cuz I’ve been a Spock fan since I knew who Spock was.

  24. JenM
    May 28, 2013 @ 16:51:51

    @MaryK – no worries on that score. The romance is understated (as befitting a Spocklike character), but it’s definitely present, and there is an HEA. I picked the book up based specifically on The Book Smugglers review and I loved it. I rarely read SF, but this book made me want to look for more like it. The tone is hopeful, not apocalyptic or grim. I’m not a Trekkie, although I’ve seen most episodes of the original show, and didn’t realize that I had such a crush on Spock :-)

  25. Susan
    May 28, 2013 @ 17:11:44

    I was in a rut last month so I’ve been switching around among genres to break out of it (with limited success). I took a break from mil sf to start in on SL Viehl’s Stardoc series this past weekend. I’m almost done w/ Book 4, but have to admit I’m not totally feeling the love. I’ve read the reviews/descriptions for the remaining books and it sounds like I’m in for a bumpy ride. But I’m committed so I’ll probably finish.

    I did read Kearsley’s Shadowy Horses a week or so ago and liked it. . . but I was left with the feeling that I wanted it to be more. The romance was nice, but I was hoping for a denser read, IYKWIM. I did a lot of Googling of the Eyemouth Disaster and the 9th Legion and wish there’d been even more about them in the book.

    But I’m hard to please right now. I have so many books in the pile and none of them are fully satisfying me. After so many tries, I think it’s me; I’m just too restless or something.

  26. Susan
    May 28, 2013 @ 17:18:53

    @Michelle: I’m sure you’ve already read Linnea Sinclair’s Games of Command, but I’m throwing it out there just in case you haven’t since it also has a somewhat Spock-like hero. (I have mixed feelings about the book since it was written in 2 parts–and it definitely shows–but overall it was an engaging read.)

  27. MaryK
    May 28, 2013 @ 17:33:04

    @JenM: Thanks, I’ll definitely check it out then.

  28. SusanL
    May 29, 2013 @ 18:19:56

    Heller (as well as the first book in her Little Town series) recced above by CGirl is available free @ Amazon. I’m always looking for someone new to read :D

  29. pamelia
    May 31, 2013 @ 16:04:25

    I’m in the middle of “Cottonwood” by R. Lee Smith and is it ever GOOD. Wowza! Has anyone else read it yet?

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