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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.

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  1. Joanne
    May 23, 2010 @ 14:41:17

    For those following SHELLY LAURENSTON I just read the ARC of BEAST BEHAVING BADLY, due out in June.

    Hockey and Roller Derby- this is not your granny’s romance book. I’m not sure it’s good as a stand alone book, but for her fans, it’s a wonderful addition to her series.

    I’m waiting for Julia Quinn’s TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU and Lisa Kleypas’s MARRIED BY MORNING.

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  2. RKB
    May 23, 2010 @ 15:08:03

    Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews was freakin awesome. It’s been fun watching it bounce around on Amazon top 100 book bestseller list (highest I saw it at was #65.)

    The fifth Vampire Academy book by Richelle Mead, Spirit Bound, has been a real disappointment for me. I got about a fourth of the way through the book and my suspension of disbelief crashed and burned.

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  3. Jennifer Estep
    May 23, 2010 @ 15:36:51

    I recently finished Blue-Eyed Devil by the late Robert B. Parker. I really like this western series of his. I always looked forward to Parker’s latest book, and I’m really going to miss seeing new titles by him.

    I’m on a contemporary romance kick right now, and I’ve read Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery and Montana Legacy by RC Ryan.

    I’m looking forward to McKettricks of Texas: Garrett by Linda Lael Miller, since I’m a complete sucker for westerns. And, after seeing the review here this week, I’m also interested in trying White Cat by Holly Black.

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  4. May
    May 23, 2010 @ 16:27:44

    I love this thread each month! :)

    I DNF’d Chasing Perfect (S.Mallery), am in the middle of The Night She Got Lucky (S.Donovan) and it’s promising but still too early to tell. Liked Nora Roberts Savor the Moment and Cindy Gerard’s Risk No Secrets.

    Next up will be 9rules to Break (Sarah MacLean) based on all the positive I’ve seen from readers here. :)

    Seems like a LOAD of potentially great reads about to hit shelves this week/into June. My shopping list right now (for next 2-3 weeks):
    Death in Show by Judi McCoy
    Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep
    One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare
    Ten Things I love about You by Julia Quinn
    Crush on You by Christine Ridgway
    Insatiable by Meg Cabot

    Looking forward to seeing what gets mentioned here.

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  5. Jody W.
    May 23, 2010 @ 16:36:11

    I just finished Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (YA fairy tale novel) and it was superb. Recommended! Very strong romance thread, character development, interesting worldbuilding.

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  6. Danielle D
    May 23, 2010 @ 16:47:33

    I’m looking forward to

    Sugar Creek by Toni Blake
    The Brazen Bride by Stephanie Laurens
    Passion Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
    Love In The Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
    I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long

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  7. Danielle D
    May 23, 2010 @ 16:48:23

    I forgot to add:

    Open Country by Kaki Warner

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  8. Mireya
    May 23, 2010 @ 17:44:23

    Just finished reading Eloisa James’ “A Duke of Her Own”… it is AWESOME. Usually the blurbs of her books have not attracted me enough to read all of her books, but this one caught my eye, I got the book… and read it in one sitting! I LOVED the main characters, their repartee, the plot… everything. The blurb of “A Kiss at Midnight” due out next month, now has me anxiously waiting.

    I am currently reading “Dreamveil” and it is GOOD. The only thing is that I am dreading reaching the end *sigh*

    I have “Ten Things I Love About You” by Julia Quinn and “Married by Morning” by Lisa Kleypas in my TBB queue (who doesn’t).

    Am kinda disappointed by Lynn Kurland’s “One Enchanged Evening”. The characters didn’t appeal to me as much, and I had to set it aside. I’ll pick it up again in a month or so, see how it goes.

    And on a side note, I haven’t read J.R. Ward’s “Lover Mine” yet, which is rather interesting considering how I used to “inhale” her books.

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  9. Jane
    May 23, 2010 @ 17:50:55

    @RKB I really enjoyed the Ilona Andrews book too.

    Someone recommended Monica Mccarty’s Chief to me. It’s Navy Seals meets Julie Garwood. I enjoyed it even though I thought the ending was super hokey.

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  10. John
    May 23, 2010 @ 17:52:22

    @Jody W.: I’d second anything by Hale – she’s an amazing YA author, though I think The Goose Girl is more of a must read – it really spoke volumes of her abilities.

    I recently came into some Danielle Steel books and I’m hoping I enjoy them. New release-wise, there isn’t much this month that I’m really excited for in the YA world – but A Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy looks like some good YA Chick-Lit, for those with that taste anyway. :)

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  11. Barb in MD
    May 23, 2010 @ 18:06:33

    Recently finished Magic Bleeds–which rocks! and I lucked into an early copy of His At Night by Sherry Thomas. And we have another winner from Ms. Thomas!!
    Now I am sitting on my hands waiting for Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. It is the next Liaden Universe story; it is a direct sequel to Scout’s Progress. And it should be great.

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  12. Jenny Schwartz
    May 23, 2010 @ 18:24:29

    I’m so pleased “Magic Bleeds” rocks. I’ve been looking forward to it for months–ever since the first few pages were included in the back of “On the Edge”. As soon as it arrives in the mail, I’m tossing the rest of my life and sitting down to read :)

    Also looking forward to reading Tanya Huff’s “The Enchantment Emporium” which isn’t a new release, but is on my TBR pile.

    I also stumbled over Diana Palmer’s books this month. I think I could develop a taste for Texans ;)

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  13. Keishon
    May 23, 2010 @ 18:54:02

    I just discovered YA author Melina Marchetta and I’ve enjoyed very much what I’ve read already: Saving Francesca and Looking for Alibrandi. I splurged and bought her newest release, The Piper’s Son which is the direct sequel to Saving Francesca and only available in Australia right now. That’s about the only author I’m excited about at the moment.

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  14. John
    May 23, 2010 @ 19:18:13

    @Keishon: I’ve heard great things about Marchetta. Adele at Persnickety Snark adores the woman. Her ‘best known’ would be Jellico Road, which many people have become blatantly obsessed with. :)

    Oh, and I need opinions on Sherilyn Kenyon. I picked up a book by her at a bargain place, and I was wondering if she was a worth backlist or not…

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  15. Donna
    May 23, 2010 @ 19:34:55

    You guys have made me even more excited to read Magic Bleeds. I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail.

    I’m going to start reading Larissa Ione’s Demonica series this week.

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  16. Keishon
    May 23, 2010 @ 19:46:19

    @John: Jellicoe Road I am saving for last. Plus, I heard that it starts off rather confusing. Eventually, I will get there. But yeah, she’s an excellent writer.

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  17. Sahara Hoshi
    May 23, 2010 @ 19:52:36

    In no particular order
    1. Beast Behaving Badly Shelly Laurenston
    2. Skin Tight by Ava Gray – I cannot wait for Skin Heat in January 2011 now
    3. The Darkest Passion – Great read, great plot
    4. The Darkest Lie – I cannot WAIT for this book it is going to be fantastic I hope
    5. Jess Granger’s Beyond the Shadows has already been released but…it is amazing!!!
    6. If you haven’t read Moria J. Moore’s Hero series I recommend you pick it up

    @John: As for Sherrilyn Kenyon…I find her early titles amazing…Fantasy Lover, Night Play etc. in terms of an entire backlist —not so much, her later stuff lacks the magic and tightness of the earlier novels

    My recommendation would be if that you would read Kenyon – start with titles like:
    Fantasy Lover
    The Dark Hunter Series up to Dance with the Devil or Unleash the Night
    Born of Night – the re-release of her The League series

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  18. May
    May 23, 2010 @ 19:57:17

    @Joanne @Sahara Hoshi – Beast Behaving Badly keeps showing up and I’m totally intrigued. Do I need to read the previous novels, or will it stand alone?

    Also – thanks @Sahara Hoshi for the Sherrilyn Kenyon suggestions. I’ve always thought about that author but couldn’t figure out where a good starting spot would be!

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  19. Kishaz Worlds
    May 23, 2010 @ 20:11:45

    I have to say that although I fell in love with Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and Merry Gentry series, I’ve become slightly disillusioned with both.

    It feels like the author has lost her way.

    One author that I found by accident and mostly because of the striking book cover for “Melusine,” is Sarah Monette. I’m currently reading book 2 (“In Virtu”) of the series and I love it.

    I’ve also picked up Shannon K. Butcher based on recommendations from friends.

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  20. GrowlyCub
    May 23, 2010 @ 20:26:09

    @Barb in MD:

    I’ve already read Mouse and Dragon and it’s fab. I wish Ghost Ship were finished already! :)

    I highly recommend Mouse and Dragon, but I have to say it will be more enjoyable if you’ve read Local Custom and Scout's Progress.

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  21. Joanne
    May 23, 2010 @ 20:40:06

    @May: I think most series are better if you start with the first one but that’s just my personal choice.

    There are so many crazy characters in these books and I think they’re more fun to read if you understand the interactions. THE MANE EVENT was the first in this ‘pack’ series and all of the backlist is available.

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  22. Eliza Evans
    May 23, 2010 @ 21:05:09

    I found a copy of Ten Things I Love About You in my grocery store a couple of days ago, so I inhaled that one. It gave me just what I expect from a JQ novel (and that’s a good thing.) Lovely hero and some bits that were darker than I expected.

    I also just finished A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by NK Jemesin, which I picked up from Courtney Milan’s recommendation. I inhaled the book this weekend. I’m not usually a fan of high fantasy, so that’s saying a lot.

    I have One Dance with a Duke and His at Night on the way — I got a shipping notice a few minutes ago. Plus I received Holly Black’s White Cat and Sarah Rees Brennan’s Demon’s Covenant and they’re waiting for me, too.

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  23. Edie
    May 23, 2010 @ 21:33:23

    I am so green with envy that Joanne has read the new Laurenston! GREEN!
    I am dying for that book!! So much so that I can’t remember anything else that is coming out this month.. I may have to wait til I have read it to do this months book order. LOL

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  24. May
    May 23, 2010 @ 21:45:57

    @Joanne: I agree many series are best served from book #1 on, but I’ve been finding some authors and series where it doesn’t diminish enjoyment. Especially when it’s different H/H couples and/or a lot of independent story arcs that are loosely tied.

    Thanks for the opinion – I’ll go scope & start from #1 on this.

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  25. hapax
    May 23, 2010 @ 21:55:35

    MOUSE AND DRAGON, by Lee/Miller, definitely. I’ve just gone on a complete Liaden re-read, from the Crystal duology up through the just-released SALTATION, to prepare myself.

    I haven’t managed to get my hands on the new Julie James yet, and I loved her last two.

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  26. Donna
    May 23, 2010 @ 21:57:58

    I’ve also been thinking about reading some Laurenston. They seem like fun books that I would enjoy.

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  27. Luci
    May 24, 2010 @ 01:22:37

    I read Kimberly Killion’s Highland Dragon and loved it, then went on to Her One Desire. It started out just ok but the last 150 pages or so were fantastic!

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  28. BlueRose
    May 24, 2010 @ 03:15:09

    @Jody W.:

    +1 for Book of a Thousand Days – surprisingly good for a YA I thought

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  29. CEAD
    May 24, 2010 @ 05:18:12

    I’ve been experimenting with m/m historical romance. This has been a bit difficult because there don’t seem to be a lot of books in this category, especially since I don’t read e-books and didn’t want anything with paranormal elements. Also, prose quality seems to be a problem with this sub-genre; I DNF’ed a couple of the books I thought I’d found for that reason.

    Alex Beecroft is absolutely fantastic, though. I wish she had a longer backlist, because she was exactly what I was looking for.

    If anyone has recommendations of an author of similar ability writing m/m non-e-book non-paranormal historicals, I would really appreciate it.

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  30. Mireya
    May 24, 2010 @ 05:38:05

    @John: Yes, it’s worth it, the prequel is “Fantasy Lover”. I’d say that if you are trying her Dark Hunters first, you can skip that prequel, and jump right to “Night Pleasures”, the first of the books actually involving Dark Hunters. They are romance with a lot of action in the mix, so you may like them. Don’t go out and get the whole series in one sitting unless you get the collection at a discount, as it’s LONG. My favorites are “Dance with the Devil” and “Acheron”. The Dark Hunters also include other books that have shapeshifters and others that include Dream Hunters. This is the list that I prefer to keep track of the correct order: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/k/sherrilyn-kenyon/

    Her site is lots of fun but I HATE the way the listing is done. Fantasticfiction only includes the listing of her work in the correct order, no other distractions.

    And I found out that my copies of the Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn new releases, shipped … whoohoo!

    As a personal comment on Laurenston (as someone who has been reading her since her first book releases several years ago by the now defunct Triskelion Publishing): her books are paranormal comedies. This means they do tend to be off the wall. I found her earlier three books a lot more fun than her more recent stuff. The heroines will either make you laugh or irritate the hell out of you. That being said, if you are looking for paranormal fun, light reads, she certainly fits the bill nicely.

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  31. Sarah Frantz
    May 24, 2010 @ 06:29:45

    @CEAD: I’d have MANY more recommendations for you if you wanted contemporary m/m romance w/o paranormal elements. Historical m/m…well, Alex Beecroft is the best, of course, but like you said, not too prolific. Lots of people would recommend Lee Rowan and Erastes. I’m not necessarily one of them, but they’ve got a good following. I’d very much recommend Summer Devon’s SEDUCING STEPHEN and THE GENTLEMAN AND THE ROGUE (esp. the second), but they’re out in ebooks.

    Seriously, I know of four m/m historical romances published exclusively in non-ebook form, all by Running Press, Beecroft’s among them. I’d look at Dreamspinner’s catalog. They’re an exclusively m/m publisher and publish e- and print at the same time, so see if they have published any historical. Ah, they do: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=56_64 Don’t know any of them, don’t know that I’d recommend them.

    Seriously, think about ebooks. You can read them on your computer. Your choices will be exponentially increased.

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  32. JB Hunt
    May 24, 2010 @ 06:33:09

    Joanna Bourne’s latest, The Forbidden Rose, is out on June 1st. It features Maggie and Doyle from The Spymaster’s Lady.

    Cannot wait!

    Also eager to read the new Sherry Thomas, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, and Carrie Lofty (novella published by Carina Press).

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  33. Jayne
    May 24, 2010 @ 06:57:24

    @CEAD: You might try “Soldier of Raetia” by Heather Domin or “The Phoenix” by Ruth Sims. I reviewed both here. “The Phoenix” has a devoted following on the net so don’t let my grade dissuade you from trying it.

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  34. amy
    May 24, 2010 @ 07:36:07

    @Keishon and John

    Yay for Marchetta! I think Jellicoe Road is an amazing book, but then I love all her books.

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  35. CathyKJ
    May 24, 2010 @ 07:47:42

    I discovered Elle Kennedy via her free Kindle book, and have enjoyed some of her backlist this week. I’m also looking forward to His at Night tomorrow.

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  36. ms bookjunkie
    May 24, 2010 @ 08:47:15

    @John: Definitely what @Sahara Hoshi: said about Kenyon. The early ones are the good ones, NIGHT PLAY is my favorite (and the first one I ever read of hers). If you’re going to read them, start at the beginning and buy one at a time as you read (unless, like someone mentioned, you get a great deal). I lost interest about halfway through the series but kept buying and kept being disappointed. YMMV. (I’ve only read the Dark-Hunter books, a couple of the Dream-Hunters and some of the B.A.D.)

    Just a few months ago I boasted that I didn’t know what a reading slump was. Well, ms bookjunkie, meet reading slump. Less than charmed, I’m sure.

    My reading slump has to do with paper books. I have no problem reading on my ereader or on the computer, but paper seems to be a problem. I think it has something to do with interruptions. It’s easier to pick up where I was when reading an ebook than it is a pbook. I have less uninterrupted reading time than I used to (maybe that has something to do with my internet and Twitter addictions?) and right now it takes me *days* to finish a pbook. I feel meh about them. (Note that I used to devour a pbook in half a day, two days at the most if there were interruptions. Now, I’m impressed that I managed to read Nora Roberts’ BLACK HILLS over the weekend.)

    I blame the internet. It’s given me a shorter attention sp… ooh, shiny!

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  37. Karenmc
    May 24, 2010 @ 08:50:22

    His at Night (I won a copy but won’t have a chance to read for another week), The Forbidden Rose, I Kissed an Earl, Married by Morning. I know I’m forgetting some titles…

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  38. LizC
    May 24, 2010 @ 09:47:14

    Oh boy, let’s talk. I just finished Katie MacAlister’s Steamed yesterday and it took me 7 days to read it. I don’t even know why I kept reading it except that by the end it became a matter of pride. I was not going to let this no good, terrible, horrible bad day of a book defeat me.

    Y’all, it’s awful. Jack Fletcher and Octavia Pye are two of the most unlikable romance novel characters I’ve ever read. Jack because he’s a disgusting lecherous ass who only saw Octavia as a sex object and Octavia because she had no agency! She was supposed to be a badass airship captain and she couldn’t even control her crew and every plan she had failed so that she had to be rescued by some man! Usually Jack who was from a different reality!

    I’m not even sure it can be called a Steampunk romance because there was no romance. There was just Jack wanting to bang Octavia in inappropriate situations, constantly telling her and the people around them that she was his, and him coercing her into having sex with him.

    I’m going to read Compromised by Kate Noble next. I also cannot wait until Loretta Chase’s new novel comes out in July.

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  39. ehoyden
    May 24, 2010 @ 10:02:37

    Currently reading: “The Dangerous Duke” by Christine Wells. So far, so good. Also up, Nine Rules to Break by Sarah MacLean

    Recently finished:
    “My Wicked Marquess” Gaelen Foley. Very good.
    “Mistress by Mistake” by Maggie Robinson. Good.
    “Lady Arabella’s Scandalous Marriage” by Carole Mortimer. Good.
    “Bride Hunt” by Margo Maguire. Good.
    “The Promise in a Kiss” by Stephanie Laurens. Very good.
    “What I did for Love” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Very good.

    Impatiently waiting on: Ten Things by Julia Quinn, Married by Kleypas, One Dance by Tessa Dare.

    Put aside, but will return to “One Enchanted Evening” by Lynn Kurland and “Fire Me” by Libby Malin.

    Here’s a rant….
    DNF’d. Ok, skimmed after the first chapter when I had a WTF moment. “The Hellions” by Elizabeth Kelley. Got the novella at smashwords for about 3 dollars. The blurb to sell the thing was misleading calling it a funny historical romance romp. Not. Saw it later on Amazon to see if anyone had the same reaction, and one did. It had the same blurb and there and for triple the price of what I paid for it in ebook. It wasn’t romantic at all. It was historical, loosely. More of a “How To” guide written for men on how and why to spank their spouses or prospective spouses. Corporeal punishment with historical Mike Brady lectures. After I was baffled over the content, I looked up the publisher. Ah ha. That explained it some, but it wasn’t erotic at all, so I was still confused as to what the author was trying to get to. Train wreck. In all fairness, I think she has the potential to be a decent writer if she would decide on a genre and develop the story. She had a good idea with the storyline from the blurb, but it fell through.

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  40. KeriM
    May 24, 2010 @ 11:59:01

    I am agreeing with Kleypas, Thomas, Chase, E. James, A. James and Grey.

    Just want to say I was totally impressed with Allyson James’s Stormwalker. That was the first book in the series and can’t wait for the next one. Sexy dragons and wolf changling gods, what is not to love? I also picked up Shannon K. Butcher’s Running Scared and loved it. The series gets better and better. November cannot get here quick enough.

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  41. Donna
    May 24, 2010 @ 14:36:47

    CEAD: A very strong recommendation here for W.A. Hoffman’s “Raised by Wolves” series. Her writing is exceptional, and the historical aspects are well integrated. With any luck, the final book in the series should be released this month, so it’s a great time to start. “Brethren” then “Matelots” then “Treasure” and the final is “Wolves.” Historical m/m at its finest.

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  42. John
    May 24, 2010 @ 19:15:50

    @Mireya: and @ms bookjunkie: I picked up a copy of Devil May Cry at a bargain place (Hardcover for four dollars, I couldn’t help myself. I also got Paper Towns, After, and Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks for the same price…)and I figured I’d try it out. I also recently picked up a copy of a different series of hers – The League, I think it was.

    I really don’t mind action, but for me world-building and characters are big in any paranormal. I want to really believe it’s happening. :P And the romance. Always the romance.

    I’m also excited for the Keys to the Repository addition to the Blue Bloods series in YA fiction. It’s Gossip Girl with fangs, but great for light reading. :) Hardback purchase would be only if you reallly wanted it though, as they read fast.

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  43. Sahara Hoshi
    May 24, 2010 @ 19:56:01

    Oh I forgot to mention:
    Shelly Laurenston writes an amazing fantasy series under the name: G.A. Aiken – start with the first – Dragon Actually and then go from there, the third novel-What A Dragon Should Know is amazing, one of my favorite lines is:

    “I’ll live alone at the top of a castle somewhere…You’ll lust for the beautiful warrior I once was and pity the hideous creature I’ve become.”

    It goes on from there, let’s just say, the humor is spot on for every romance novel with the trope of the scarred warrior saving maiden.

    I also saw the mention of steampunk. I enjoyed Gail Dayton’s New Blood or Dru Pagsilotti’s (I probably spelled the name wrong) Clockwork Heart, both are awesome steampunk stories.

    As for Young Adult books- I’ve never seen a whole lot of Donna Jo Napoli mentioned—she’s an amazing author, with a great historical and fantasy point of view.

    From her I would look at:
    Beast – Re-telling of Beauty and the Beast based on the Charles Lamb version all told from the beast’s perspective
    Bound- a story of Cinderella set in China and dealing with cultural and historical issues
    Jack (I think is the name) – A retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk

    My other favorite YA novels that I always revisit are:
    The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
    The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan

    Also try, if you haven’t been able to:
    Sunshine by Robin McKinley
    and for a taste of the fun but kind of ridiculous sci-fi romance, Heartmate by Robin D. Owens

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  44. ms bookjunkie
    May 24, 2010 @ 20:12:58

    @John: DEVIL MAY CRY answers some big (HUGE!) questions, giving answers that the series has been slowly building up towards revealing. The series also takes a whole new turn in it, so read at your own peril… *g*

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  45. Sahara Hoshi
    May 24, 2010 @ 20:34:37

    I hate to spam again, but this is just an issue that has been bugging me about the romance genre (which I love) in general.
    1. In contemporary romances, do the heroines always need sex, cause God knows apparently every conteporary heroine under the sun hasn’t had sex in forever and a day apparently)
    2. Does the heroine always need a pet, a dog, a cat? Now I love my dog, and I love animals, but is anyone else tired of to pursue hijinks between the main couple, it’s either that or a child that some how magically falls into the lap of the heroine and the hero is a-okay with it?

    I know there are exceptions to the rule, but for all those exceptions there are sure a lot of the same formula.

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  46. rigger
    May 24, 2010 @ 21:53:38

    Has anyone been reading the Phoenix Chronicles by Lori Handeland? I could have done without the Anita Blake overtones as far as the gaining of powers, but the protagonist is engaging and the worldbuilding manages to hit familiar Good v Evil/Angels v Devil tropes without seeming like a major retread.

    Anything from Miller/Lee is automatically on my TBB list — same for the Kate Daniels series.

    Moria J. Moore's Hero series

    Is there a discussion list for this series, because I love it, but at the same time want to smack the heroine upside the head. Sometimes, realistically gradual character growth is frustrating as hell. *g*

    I’ve given up on actually buying/reading Anita Blake — someone on Amazon has been summarizing the chapters and it sounds like the latest installment is a train wreck. I miss the days of zombie hunting and actual mysteries to solve.

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  47. CEAD
    May 25, 2010 @ 05:25:26

    @Sarah Frantz: Thanks! Recommendations for contemporary m/m are also welcome; I didn’t ask because they seem easier to come by.

    I’ll consider e-books. I feel like I spend far too much time in front of the computer already (I’m a dissertating grad student), so I like getting away from it when I can. I suppose I could print them out, although that seems silly.

    @Jayne: Thanks! I’ve noticed that your opinion of books we’ve both read is often similar to mine, but I’ll check out some other reviews.

    @Donna: That does sound really good – thanks!

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  48. Mireya
    May 25, 2010 @ 06:24:00

    @John: You can read that one out of order, but as the others have mentioned, the earlier books are better. Her world creation is better seen in her shorter futuristic “League” series. That series is, actually, earlier than the Dark Hunters, but the timing when it first was done was not right for that type of romance book. She expanded it substantially for re-issuing.

    For world building I recommend Robin D. Owens Celta/Heart series. It’s pure romance but the world creation is nicely done and progresses from book to book. It’s paranormal/futuristic crossover romance. Right now, I am hooked on it as much for the romance as to find out more about the Celtans.

    I’d recommend J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood but it has turned into a hit or miss series for me. The first four books are good as long as you don’t let the way the Brothers speak get to you. The way they talk can get really annoying.

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  49. John
    May 25, 2010 @ 07:57:54

    @Sahara Hoshi: I like Donna Jo but she isn’t one to watch for me – her stuff is more middle grade, like Jane Yolen. I enjoyed her book Song of the Magdelene, though. A young take on Mary Magdelene that was intriguing.

    Robin McKinely has a new book coming out called Pegasus that I’m dying to read. I’ve really enjoyed her books Rose Daughter and Spindle’s End. I need to read Sunshine…

    @ms bookjunkie: Okay, I’ll start with book one. ^^ I’ll try the first League book (which I do own!) and see if I like her style.

    @Mireya: That’s another I have to look into. Hit and miss series are always frustrating, but the payoff with the good books usually saves the sadness of the bad ones.

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  50. MaryK
    May 25, 2010 @ 10:06:14

    I just got an iTouch. What book apps do I need – besides the TBR one, of course? ;)

    I have a Sony reader, so I’m not really looking for ebook reading apps. I want information apps like the B&N and TBR.

    Any suggestions?

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  51. Sahara Hoshi
    May 25, 2010 @ 12:52:55

    The impeccable Gena Showalter’s newest release: The Darkest Passion comes out this week as well as the Darkest Lie comes out the following month! Check it out if you like action, angst, and romance!

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  52. Marianne McA
    May 25, 2010 @ 14:21:47

    I spent today reading ‘The Demon’s Covenant’ – YA by Sarah Rees Brennan. I loved the first in the series – ‘Demon’s Lexicon’. That’s a hard book to talk about without spoilers, but basically, although it’s funny, and everything is resolved beautifully and happily (no cliffhangers, hooray!) on another level the ending was so sad. And I suppose I just thought readers weren’t meant to think too much about that, or something.
    But instead, that’s what this current book adresses. Made me entirely happy: I’m in complete want-the-next-book-now! mode.

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  53. Diana
    May 25, 2010 @ 22:35:44

    I recommend Insatiable by Meg Cabot, which comes out on June 8. I read an ARC of it in April and really enjoyed it.

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  54. Estara
    May 26, 2010 @ 07:37:00

    Really good stuff recently read:

    Mouse & Dragon – Liaden Universe by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (explains what happens after Scout’s Progress and before Fledgling) is a lovely and heartbreaking story of scifi romance.

    Beauty and the Feast – Julia Rachel Barrett, sexy contemporary romance with food descriptions to die for

    The Women of Nell Gwynne’s – Kage Baker
    A steampunk adventure novella which I imagined would have been what Arthur Conan Doyle would have written if he could have conceived of a female spy ring undercover as prostitutes.

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  55. Estara
    May 26, 2010 @ 07:50:15

    @CEAD: Would you mind if they were scifi historical romance? There are two books out about two planets who have modeled themselves on Regency England, one where the males are treated like the ladies used to be and one completely copied from Regency England but with space travel, etc. I quite liked them ^^. Both written by J. L. Langley

    Considering more recent historical m/m romance I totally loved Tamara Allen’s Whistling in the Dark which has been reviewed by DA. It’s set in Jazz era New York after World War I.

    Umm, I just now saw ‘non-ebook’. I’m pretty sure the Langleys are available in print, but Whistling in the Dark might be ebook only. I read all of them as ebooks.

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  56. may
    May 26, 2010 @ 16:19:16

    I just finished Julia Quinn’s new offering (10 things I love about you)… I adored it! She has a way of sucking me into the story and keeping me both on edge and yet entertained and laughing all at the same time. It gave me that great book after-glow, so rather than try and pick at what wasn’t perfect about it I’m just enjoying and recommending. :)

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  57. terri & nathan
    May 27, 2010 @ 12:44:25

    Oh me, oh my..
    Beast Behaving Badly Shelly Laurenston

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  58. RKB
    May 27, 2010 @ 18:48:22

    @rigger

    Moria J. Moore's Hero series
    Is there a discussion list for this series, because I love it, but at the same time want to smack the heroine upside the head. Sometimes, realistically gradual character growth is frustrating as hell. *g*

    There isn’t a discussion list, but she does have her own blog which she actively discusses random stuff (and her books.)

    http://moiraj.livejournal.com/

    It’s one of my favorite blogs, even if she only posts a few things a month.

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  59. Edie
    May 27, 2010 @ 20:22:54

    I managed to get my hands on Beasts Behaving Badly yesterday, read til the wee hours of this morning.. It was brilliant!
    Blayne rocks

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  60. RachelT
    May 28, 2010 @ 12:27:19

    @CEAD: Have you tried Charlie Cochrane’s Cambridge Fellows books – the first is Lessons in Love? Set in the early part of the 20th Century. They are very gentle and not explicit. I also enjoy Ava March’s books – by contrast they often have bdsm! Take your pick.

    I’m afraid they may all be ebooks – sorry.

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  61. ms bookjunkie
    May 29, 2010 @ 09:18:36

    I just noticed that the Harlequin celebratory 60th Anniversary free reads (16 books) are still up for grabs http://harlequincelebrates.com/index.php and that numbers 3, 6 and 10 have been replaced with new books. So even if you downloaded them all last year, there are three new books to grab. And if you missed out on them last year, there are 16 free books for you. Go forth and enjoy!

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  62. Cindy
    May 30, 2010 @ 05:53:44

    Enemy Lover by Karin Harlow. I’m very iffy on vampire romances and I absolutely fell in love with Marcus in this one. You’ll laugh, you’ll fan yourself, you’ll cry. One of the best books I’ve read not only this year, but one of the tops I’ve read in a long time.

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  63. Dana
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 05:39:38

    Just finished Nancy Warren’s new book, My Fake Fiancee, and I was sooo disappointed by it.

    I loved Power Play, it was one of my favorite reads last year, it was funny, sweet, and sexy. So I thought I’d give her newest book a try because I’m a sucker for the fake fiance/marriage trope, but this book was just boring. I didn’t really warm up to any of the characters, the dialogue was flat, the writing clunky and the hero was immature and annoying. I actually double checked to make sure this was the same author who wrote Power Play. I want my money back.

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  64. MaryK
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 15:03:38

    Diana Wynne Jones is gravely ill. I had no idea!

    I’ve read two of her books and loved both of them.

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