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Friday Top Ten: Ros at College presents her recent category favorites

For the last year or so, I’ve mainly been reading category romances (after a LONG hiatus of about 20 years), and reviewing some of them on my blog. Here’s my top ten relatively recent category titles:

Ros Clarke

*(note, the links and commentary are inserted by me, Jane, not Ros)

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sunita
    Jun 18, 2010 @ 11:15:22

    Yay categories! Great list, Ros. Did you recommend Wife for a Week in the other thread? I really like Kelly Hunter; I enjoyed the 2nd in that trilogy (Bedded for Diamonds) even more than Wife for a Week.

    Breakfast at Giovanni’s is available in ebook format. It has a different title in the US: In Bed With Her Italian Boss. God forbid you should have a title without words like bed and boss in them.

  2. Ros
    Jun 18, 2010 @ 12:01:29

    @Sunita: I might well have done – I really liked Wife For A Week.

  3. Ros
    Jun 18, 2010 @ 12:01:53

    @Sunita: I might well have done – I really liked Wife For A Week but I was trying only to have one from each author in this list.

    Also, thank you very much for doing the links, Jane. I think probably people would be more interested in my blog at than the conversational theology one! Should have made that clearer in my email.

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  5. Statch
    Jun 19, 2010 @ 19:38:21

    I really want that Kelly Hunter book. I’ve enjoyed her other books so much! When I go to the Mills and Boon site and try to register so I can order it, it’s asking for billing address information that’s relevant only to the UK (postcode and delivery house number), even though I’m telling it I’m in the U.S.

    Can we in the U.S. really get ebooks from the Mills and Boon site? (Crossing my fingers…)

  6. Jane
    Jun 19, 2010 @ 19:40:56

    @Statch: I buy there all the time. I do know that everytime I order it says that I am not an authorized shipping address but it still processes my order and I can still download. You might also want to try WH Smith or Waterstones. I’ve downloaded ebooks from Waterstones before (plus the books might be cheaper there).

  7. Statch
    Jun 20, 2010 @ 12:43:26

    @Jane: Thanks so much! I did finally figure out that if I put down my U.S. zip code where it says ‘postcode’ and choose ‘United States’ from the drop-down menu, it will let me register. (I thought I had done that before, but was having trouble with the required ‘house number’ field. I finally put down my house address number there; I must not have tried doing both that and the zip code/postcode thing at the same time.)

    In the meantime, however, I went to the Waterstones site, and registered there. It let me click on ‘Not in the UK’ and then I just entered my zip code where it said ‘postcode.’ I bought it there, and it let me download it.

    I’m happy — I had seen that this book wasn’t coming out in the U.S. until the fall, and was afraid I’d forget about it by the time it came out here. Wife for a Week and Bedded for Diamonds are two of my favorite romances.

  8. Kelly Hunter
    Jun 20, 2010 @ 17:37:04

    @Ros: Thank you for including Untameable Rogue in your top ten category reads of late. What a lovely spot :)

    @Stach: There’s often a 6-12 month lag on my NA releases from when they first come out in the UK. Drives me nuts. Drives readers nuts, esp if they’re after the next in a series. The Book Depository is often a good place to purchase them, particularly if you’re after paper copy. Postage is free and delivery swift. I hope you enjoy the story.

  9. MaryK
    Jun 20, 2010 @ 19:09:38

    I used The Book Depository to order two M&B books, just yesterday. I wanted Spanish Aristocrat, Forced Bride by India Grey but they didn’t have it. After reading the comments on SB about “translation,” I may start using TBD more often.

    Is there any way to tell if a M&B title is going to come out in the US and what the new title will be? I had a hard time figuring out India Grey’s re-pubbed stuff. (Her website is sooo out of date.) I think Spanish Aristocrat is the only one I’m missing.

  10. Jane
    Jun 20, 2010 @ 20:47:09

    @Statch: Maybe you can do a list for us. I’m off to buy “Wife for a Week” and “Bedded for Diamonds”.

  11. Kelly Hunter
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 00:49:24

    @MaryK: If I want to know when a current UK category title will be released in the US, I usually do an advanced book search on with, say, Presents Extra in the topic or title line, and then in the date section put After the current date, and then sort by pub date. That’ll give you line titles, authors, cover pics and US release dates up to six months ahead. Doesn’t solve the problem of trying to track down reprints of older stories though, especially when they’ve been repackaged in various anthologies for various markets. I’m not sure how best to search for those.

    @Jane: Must thank you now for giving my stories a go, just in case they’re not your cuppa, and you say so, and I go into hiding later…

  12. Ros
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 02:01:43

    @MaryK: I *think* this is India Grey’s complete backlist:
    Angelo’s Captive Virgin/The Italian’s Captive Virgin
    At the Argentinean Billionaire’s Bidding
    Mistress: Hired for the Billionaire’s Pleasure
    Powerful Italian, Penniless Housekeeper
    Spanish Aristocrat, Forced Bride
    Taken for Revenge, Bedded for Pleasure
    The Italian’s Defiant Mistress

    Her next book is due out in August

  13. Ros
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 02:02:53

    @Kelly Hunter: Well, you know I liked it! Even if some of my readers were disappointed by that. ;)

  14. Kelly Hunter
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 02:18:49

    Well, you can’t please everyone…

  15. Julie
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 04:09:10

    What a great list full of writers whom I love – with the exception of Karina Bliss, whom I’ve not read before.

    I adore that Kate Hardy although I think my favourite book of hers is her latest, Good Girl or Gold-Digger?, which is set against a fairground museum.

    Also, Sarah Morgan’s Medical Romances are worth catching up with especially her series about the Buchanan brothers.

    I’m a huge Harlequin Romance fan and think romance readers looking for some heartwarming romances would love Fiona Harper, Liz Fielding, Jessica Hart and Nina Harrington.

  16. Ros
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 04:47:16

    Thanks for the suggestions, Julie. I find the Romance line very hit or miss for me. I’ve read some Fiona Harper and Jessica Hart and liked both, though they didn’t quite make the top ten. I feel like I’ve read Liz Fielding though I can’t remember which, but Nina Harrington is new to me so I’ll look our for her.

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