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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. Sahara Hoshi
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 13:31:21

    I fell in love with C.L. Stone’s The Academy Series, it’s like reading something out of a manga. Also I am really excited for Kendall Ryan’s Working It, Archangel’s Legion (of course) by the amazing Nalini Singh, Crash Into You by Katie McGarry,

  2. karlynp
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 13:45:38

    R.L. Mathewson is coming out with a new Neighbor From Hell book on November 1st titled “Truce”. It will be a historical based on the Bradfords’, so I am really looking forward to this twist.

    Pamela Clare has a new I-Team romance suspense coming November 5th called Striking Distance. Can’t wait!

    I also have my eye on Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean. Both come out in November.

  3. Glittergirl
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 14:19:16

    If you enjoy Steampunk romance (i.e. Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas) and Urban Fantasy Romance you will love BEC McMASTER’s London Steam #1 Kiss of Steel, #1.5 Tarnished Knight, #2 Heart of Iron, #3 My Lady Quicksilver…more to come! AWESOME SERIES, my husband is even reading it and loving the writer’s storytelling and voice. Check it out!

  4. mari
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 14:31:44

    Am reading Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Midnight and enjoying it. I’ve been not reading the series for a while, for the life of me can’t remember why. But based on this one, I may just jump right in.

    HOWEVER. Something that’s starting to bug me quite a bit about heros in romance is their inability to kill, even when they should and the villian clearly deserves it. It feels squeamish and stupidly plot driven, like villian/bad guy/thief can’t be killed by the hero because this would mean the hero was JUST AS BAD AS THE VILLIAN or even stupider, the villian has to be free to pop up later for the final act. I really hate the whole fighting just to wound thing (as if it were that easy) and the whole equating of killing in defense of the innocent with murder is morally ridiculous. I think readers are smart enough to distinguish the two. Its authors who keep hamstringing the good guys and of course the villains are always free to wreck mayhem. I really like Duke of Midnight but I am tired of good guys behaving this way.

  5. Jennifer Estep
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 15:14:46

    I’m looking forward to Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan. I’m also looking forward to reading The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch.

  6. JenM
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 15:31:30

    It’s not a romance, but the best novel I read this month was called Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, which I read for my non-romance reading book club. It turned out to be totally absorbing and acquainted me with a piece of US history that I had never heard of before. Apparently, from 1880 to 1930, prior to the establishment of the modern day foster care system, a total of 200,000 orphans from East Coast cities were put on trains, shipped out to the Midwest, and just delivered to anyone who agreed to take them. There are still a few survivors who are now in their 90’s and many of these kids were adopted and had good lives, but many were treated at best as indentured servants or far worse. How was it that I’d never heard of this before? Anyway, I highly recommend the book.

  7. Amanda
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 16:05:00

    Well I am eagerly awaiting the next books from Nalini Singh and Sarah Maclean but while waiting for them I have been sort of stuck. I have plenty in the tbr pile that needs reading but nothing that really interest me. I hope this mood past quickly. Hopefully Archangel’s Legion will knock it out of me.

  8. Rosie
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 16:24:13

    I’m listening to The Rosie Project on audio during my commutes to and from work. And reading my first Sarah Morgan book — Lost to the Desert Warrior — after taking advantage of the current ebook sale. I’m enjoying both.

  9. library addict
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 17:35:51

    I had a lousy month reading wise. Not only did I read fewer books than usual, but had a high percentage of “meh” books.

    I liked Cindi Meyer’s Always a Bridesmaid. It was an uneven read, but I loved the fact the hero recognized that his “my-wife-cheated-on-me-so-I-can’t-trust-all-women” attitude was wrong and decided to change so he didn’t warp his son’s thinking.

    I also enjoyed the first two books in Rebecca Zanetti’s Maverick Montana series (Against the Wall and Under the Covers). I had some major issues with the plots, but liked the characters.

    For November I am most looking forward to Cindy Gerard’s The Way Home (book 2 in her One-Eyed Jacks series), Jill Shalvis’ Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism #4), and Shannon Stacey’s novella, Snowbound with the CEO. Also, the first book in Nora Roberts’ new Ireland set trilogy (Dark Witch), Shannon Curtis’ latest McCormack Security Agency (For Her Eyes Only), and Love Me Not by Reese Ryan. Oh and the Carina holiday novellas: Hero’s Homecoming by Rebecca Crowley and Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail (though I still need to read book 1).

  10. Ros
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 17:50:15

    @Jennifer Estep: I read it a couple of weeks ago (it’s already out in the UK) and liked it but didn’t love it as much as I was hoping to. There are a couple of secondary romances that I was hoping would be worked out but instead became sequel bait. And the ending was too much, too fast for me. But, I should probably admit that I am a Christmas-Grinch, so that probably coloured my view of the book too. It is still Sarah Morgan, so it was funny and touching and definitely worth reading.

  11. Elise S.
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 18:56:35

    I’ll second the rec for Bec McMaster’s steampunk series. I skipped number 2 but just finished My Lady Quicksilver and it was really good. I think I grabbed book 1 when it showed up as a deal here.

    Really looking forward to the new Nalini Singh on Tuesday.

  12. Lynnd
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 20:25:13

    I am in the midst of a huge reading slump. I just can’t seem to get into any of the books I’ve started in the past few weeks (and I know that in another mood, I would love them – so it’s me. Rereading old favourites isn’t even helping). I am hoping that Nalini Singh can snap me out of this with Archangel’s Legion and I’m also looking forward to Thea Harrison’s Kinked and Sherry Thomas’ Luckiest Lady in London.

  13. hapax
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 20:35:40

    I’m currently listening to Anne Bishop’s WRITTEN IN RED. I’ve tried her other series and found them far too dark for me, but something about this one hooked me. I keep finding chores to do so I have an excuse to listen to another chapter!

    It’s more of an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance, though. In fact, I’m kind of dubious that the chief couple will even be on a first name basis by the end of the book.

  14. Susanna Fraser
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 21:52:37

    I recently discovered Seanan McGuire. I’m usually more a fan of epic or historical fantasy than urban fantasy, but her InCryptid series is so smart, so fun, and so packed with good world-building that it sucked me right in. So far I’ve just read Discount Armageddon and started Midnight Blue-Light Special, but I expect I’ll be racing through the October Daye series in the next few months, too.

  15. Kim
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 11:04:33

    I’m looking forward to reading the following November realeases: The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah Maclean and Dark Witch by Nora Roberts.

  16. Jennifer Estep
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 13:18:36

    @Ros: Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. I’ve heard a lot of good things about her books, and this seemed like it would be a good one try. Plus, I’m in the mood to read some holiday romances now.

  17. Connie
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 14:41:46

    I have re discovered Madeliene E. Robbins. Her first book POINT OF HONOR was written in 2005. It takes place in a reimagined Regency. Sarah Tolerence is a fallen daughter of nobility who becomes an ‘Agent of Inquiry’. I recently found that her first two books are now availabe on Kindle. She has written a new Sarah Tolerence in 2011. I re read the first and am now on the second. I love these books!! Has anyone else read her?

  18. KimMarie
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 21:27:15

    @Connie: I read the first two Sarah Tolerence books years ago and really enjoyed them, also. Now I can re-discover these books, too – and the third in the series will be new for me. Thanks for the heads up!

  19. Susan
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 23:46:24

    I got a lot of reading done in October, but it was a very unsettled/difficult month for me and I found myself reading things outside my norm, including Shannon Hale’s Austenland (ugh), all of Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells books, Lian Dolan’s Elizabeth the First Wife, Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret, Erica Bauermeister’s The School of Essential Ingredients, a bunch of old category romances (mixed bag), and quite a few books I started and set aside either forever or for later. I enjoyed many of my October reads, but hope to get back into some good historical romances and UFs in November.

    @Connie: @KimMarie: I’m in the same boat re Robbins. :-) I read the first two books in paper several years ago. When I saw a third was available, I bought all three as ebooks. It’s been awhile, so I’ll definitely need to reread the first two before starting on the third. When I get time and am in the mood.

  20. Connie
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 08:34:01

    @Susan@KimMarie: They are more fun the second time around. I also bought the third and am ‘saving’ it. Hopefully Robins will write more Sarah Tolerance if she sees they are selling!

  21. Justine
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 14:37:51

    I’m finishing up Truly and starting Roman Holiday, both by Ruthie Knox. Truly was serialized for free on Wattpad and Loveswept is offering readers NetGalleys of Knox’s upcoming serial novel. Waiting for Truly updates each week was good training for this serial newb because I usually gobble novels in one or two sittings.

    The opposites attract premise of Roman Holiday is starting off a bit too tropey for me such that I’m not invested in the characters yet. The determined businessman and feckless heroine are who I imagine would star in a Harlequin Presents (if I ever actually read that category — so I wrote that sentence in ignorance with much presumption). I would say that if you enjoyed About Last Night, you should try Roman Holiday.

    I’m sure we’ll learn plenty about the H/h, so I look forward to the supporting characters also getting fleshed out. I hope the hero’s employers won’t simply be villainous caricatures.

    The first set of chapters (subtitled Chained) stops comfortably at a logical point. It’s not a cliffhanger where I’m dying for the next installment. I’ll keep reading, though, because I’m a Ruthie Knox fan.

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