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Linda in sw va



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LizJ wrote:
I don't want to see Stephenie Myers extend her series on and on, however much I like the books.



Barnes and Noble is advertising Breaking Dawn as the last book in the series, though I had thought she had one more planned. If it is indeed the last it will be interesting to see how she wraps it all up!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will list a few that I don't think anyone has mentioned yet.

Kimberly Raye's series. The first one is "Dead & Dateless"
The heroine was born a vamp & a blue blood no less. She opens her own dating service for the undead. Funny.
Mary janice Davidson's series. The first one is "Undead & Unwed".
Similar to illegally blonde only she's the queen of the undead. Chic lit.

Gerry Bartlett's series. The first one is "Real Vampires have Curves".I haven't read this series yet but picked up the 2nd title a couple of days ago. "Real Vampires Live Large". Looks similar in theme to the other 2 series which I read & enjoy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some great ones listed here. I have not seen anyone talk about Christine Feehan's Dark Series. Starting with Dark Prince. My all time favorite thought is the second book in this series.
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Linda in sw va



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pinkbubble wrote:
There are some great ones listed here. I have not seen anyone talk about Christine Feehan's Dark Series. Starting with Dark Prince. My all time favorite thought is the second book in this series.


I decided not to mention Christine Feehan because I knew her books had kind of fallen out of favor. However, I cut my teeth on Christine Feehan's dark series as the first vampire romances I'd ever read and she pretty much set the standard. She was one of the very first vampire romance authors out there at a time when there was so little selection. I know a lot of readers complain about her alpha heroes but I always enjoyed them. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:34 am    Post subject: some great vampire romances........ Reply with quote

I hated the JR Ward vampire books. I was only able to finish one--just barely. And try though I did I couldn't get into Christine Feehan's vampire books either, which is strange because I absolutely loved her shapeshifters. The Scarletti Curse and Lair Of The Lion were 2 of the best paranormal books I ever read. You should look into those.

As far as vampire recs....If you'd like an easy read, def go for Amanda Ashley. Her vampires are very sexy & broody (kind of like David Boreanez in the show Angel). They work for me as I like my vamps that way LOL! Start with Embrace the Night and A Darker Dream. I could not put them down!

I second and third and fourth the recs for Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. It is very romantic but has zero sexual content as it's geared toward YA. Normally I like my books hotter but in this case it didn't bother me at all, that's how great the book is. This book has been made into a movie that will be coming out Dec 10th.

Also you should check out Nancy Gideon's Midnight Enchantment. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. I read it like 5 yrs ago but Gerard & Laure (the H&H) are still with me today. IMO it was an amazing vampire romance. Did I mention I loved this book? LOL!

I enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris but as someone else mentioned on here, they are light in the romance dept. Still good reads though. Same with LKH and her Anita Blake series. I like some of the earlier books but I would not really consider them romances.

Finally Lori Herter wrote 3 vamp romance books-- Obsession, Confession, & Possession. Although they did not make their way into my heart like all the above books did, they were likeable enough reads that deserve a mention.

Anyway I hope this helps lead you in the right direction!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't read vampire romances now, but when I did some of the best IMO are Lucy Blue's...My Demon's Kiss, The Devil's Knight, Dark Angel , in that order. Also, Robin McKinley's, Sunshine is a fabulous vampire book. Light on the romance, but a really great read.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, everyone! Very Happy

I've started with Kresley Cole, Christine Freehan and J.R. Ward . . . because those were the authors my favourite bookstore had in the Romance section.

I had to start with Cole's No Rest for the Wicked (because the first two books in the series weren't available). I found it fun and quirky--a little unbelievable, but engaging enough to make me want to believe in it. Anyway, the hero was just lovely--and suprisingly "Beta" for a vampire. (Or is the Alpha Vampire stereotype completely misleading, after all?)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schola wrote:
Thanks, everyone! Very Happy

I've started with Kresley Cole, Christine Freehan and J.R. Ward . . . because those were the authors my favourite bookstore had in the Romance section.

I had to start with Cole's No Rest for the Wicked (because the first two books in the series weren't available). I found it fun and quirky--a little unbelievable, but engaging enough to make me want to believe in it. Anyway, the hero was just lovely--and suprisingly "Beta" for a vampire. (Or is the Alpha Vampire stereotype completely misleading, after all?)

No Rest for the Wicked is book two, so you've only missed one previous installment - but yes, the vampires in Cole's romances can be quite strange (in a good way). Emma in book 1, for example, is extremely sensitive to causing other people (or animals) pain, and she cries pink tears. I think you'll like it. Very Happy Conrad in book four, however, is the extreme opposite and is in a struggle to hang onto his humanity. But even as a "bad guy", he's refreshingly atypical.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I myself also like Amanda Ashley's books and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. The latter doesn't have any sexual content but it's very sweet and intense. Solid characters.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:
pinkbubble wrote:
There are some great ones listed here. I have not seen anyone talk about Christine Feehan's Dark Series. Starting with Dark Prince. My all time favorite thought is the second book in this series.


I decided not to mention Christine Feehan because I knew her books had kind of fallen out of favor. However, I cut my teeth on Christine Feehan's dark series as the first vampire romances I'd ever read and she pretty much set the standard. She was one of the very first vampire romance authors out there at a time when there was so little selection. I know a lot of readers complain about her alpha heroes but I always enjoyed them. :)

Linda


I'm curious about why Feehan has "kind of fallen out of favour." I remember at least two Romance readers who complained about the inconsistencies in the writing: for instance, the hero carrying the heroine in his arms one moment and then stroking her hands (which are around his neck) the next moment (without having put her down first). Laughing

It may not seem as bad as plots becoming repetitive or characters becoming flat, but it can be more distracting.

I've just finished my first Feehan Romance--the novella After the Music--and was frankly put off by how she just changed Point of View in the middle of a scene. Perhaps she was going for Third Person Omniscient, but it didn't come across that way. Confused

I found myself very bothered by it because if someone had published her story on a Fan Fiction site, it would have been panned for that very reason. Here we have a professional, best selling author would do something we wouldn't let FF writers get away with: is this why she has "fallen out of favour"?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schola wrote:

I'm curious about why Feehan has "kind of fallen out of favour." I remember at least two Romance readers who complained about the inconsistencies in the writing: for instance, the hero carrying the heroine in his arms one moment and then stroking her hands (which are around his neck) the next moment (without having put her down first). Laughing

It may not seem as bad as plots becoming repetitive or characters becoming flat, but it can be more distracting.

I've just finished my first Feehan Romance--the novella After the Music--and was frankly put off by how she just changed Point of View in the middle of a scene. Perhaps she was going for Third Person Omniscient, but it didn't come across that way. Confused

I found myself very bothered by it because if someone had published her story on a Fan Fiction site, it would have been panned for that very reason. Here we have a professional, best selling author would do something we wouldn't let FF writers get away with: is this why she has "fallen out of favour"?


I think it is more that her books became reasonably repetitive plus she has very alpha heroes and in the Carpathian series especially large age gaps, both of which are hot-button issues for many people. None of these really fuss me, although I would never read two of her books in a row. She still has a very big readership, which might explain the editing problem as she puts out several books every year. If you want to read one of her earlier books, the second one "Dark Desire" is my favorite.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do like some of the lighter paranormals, I enjoyed Gena Showalter's earlier ones, but haven't read her last few. I also enjoyed Alexis Morgan's Paladin series so far. Nina Bangs writes lighthearted vampire stories that are worth a read to see if you like them.

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series is worth a try as well, especially the earlier ones.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you don't mind a little bit of erotica in your books, try Emma Holly's midnight series:

* Catching Midnight (this is the best in the series IMHO)
* Hunting Midnight
* Courting Midnight

They're all set in historical setting.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yuri wrote:

I'm curious about why Feehan has "kind of fallen out of favour." I I think it is more that her books became reasonably repetitive plus she has very alpha heroes and in the Carpathian series especially large age gaps, both of which are hot-button issues for many people. None of these really fuss me, although I would never read two of her books in a row. She still has a very big readership, which might explain the editing problem as she puts out several books every year. If you want to read one of her earlier books, the second one "Dark Desire" is my favorite.


Yep, you nailed it. Some are put off by her alpha heroes but that is actually one of the aspects I love best about her books. It's getting more and more rare to find those alphas I enjoy so much and Christine still delivers. But you are absolutely right that her books are very repetitive and it's best to space them out as much as possible.

I personally stopped reading her Carpathian series for a while because she had a few books there were it seemed as if all the H&H did was fight and I was really put off by it. I think she was trying to deliver a more 'alpha' heroine (maybe that's a stretch) but for me it just didn't work. To very forceful personalities coming up against each other doesn't always make for a pleasant time, I imagined them arguing for eternity.

I've picked up the last couple though and they were better.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the vampire books I like aren't actually romances - never could get into Ward, Cole, Feehan etc. However, would second Harbaugh's regency THE VAMPIRE VISCOUNT and a later one she did with a female vampire playing the Scarlet Pimpernel. It was dark, erotic and thoroughly engrossing - think the title was something like DARK ENCHANTMENT. Loved the fact that it was human hero who was more "inhuman" than the vampire.

Aside from that, there is LA Bank's Vampire Huntress books which are pretty over the top but the early books have a sweet Buffy/Angel romance but with plenty of on-screen and blisteringly hot sex. For more fantasy/paranomal, would definitely recommend McKinley's SUNSHINE or Tanya Huff's Blood series. Also, Hamilton's early Anita Blake books when she took 5 books to sleep with ANYONE. And second the Sookie Stackhouse early books as well.

My favourite vampire romance, though, would probably be Mercedes Lackey's CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT. Perfectly beautiful.
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