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Kayne



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:46 pm    Post subject: Looking for recs for Maya Banks and Lorelei James Reply with quote

I am looking for recs for Maya Banks and Lorelei James or similar authors. Please let me know your favorites. Thks.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Author Heather Rainier has a wonderful and very sexy series The Divine Creek Ranch Collection. There are about 10 books in this series and I suggest that you read them in order starting with Devine Grace. I love this series.

http://www.heatherrainier.com/grace_pg.html
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erika



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maya Banks keepers- In Bed With a Highlander, Seduction of a Highland Lass, Wanted by her Lost Love.

Tempted by her Innocent Kiss was a chore to read.The heroine was so wrapped in goodness it grated. The prose felt forced. Btw this boook was reviewed here.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I absolutely loved Maya Banks' historical trilogy, especially Seduction of a Highland Lass. I've read her contemps/erotica and wasn't a fan.
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pwm in mi



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite Lorelei James Rough Rider books are:
Cowgirl Up and Ride#3
Shoulda Been a Cowboy#7
Branded as Trouble#6
Cowgirls Don't Cry#10

I've read all of the Rough Riders series except the 5th book, which is about a menage relationship (not my thing).I've enjoyed them all. The first 2 were lighter on the romance and was closer to erotica. By the third book, she's more balanced between the romance/ story. They do build on one another, if you can start with #3 you won't spoil the next books.

Happy reading:)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pwm in mi wrote:


I've read all of the Rough Riders series except the 5th book, which is about a menage relationship (not my thing).I've enjoyed them all. The first 2 were lighter on the romance and was closer to erotica. By the third book, she's more balanced between the romance/ story. They do build on one another, if you can start with #3 you won't spoil the next books.

Happy reading:)


I have to say that I waited until the end of a Lorelei James glom to read Rough, Raw, and Ready for the same reason as you. But, frankly, I think it was one of the better books in the series, due to the emotional issues that need to be sorted out.

It was actually the last one (Cowboy Casanova) that I didn't like very much. Just didn't appeal to me (the whole dom/submission thing). My favorite, if I had to choose, was Chasin' Eight.


Judy
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pwm in mi



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JudyZ6666 wrote:
pwm in mi wrote:


I've read all of the Rough Riders series except the 5th book, which is about a menage relationship (not my thing).I've enjoyed them all. The first 2 were lighter on the romance and was closer to erotica. By the third book, she's more balanced between the romance/ story. They do build on one another, if you can start with #3 you won't spoil the next books.

Happy reading:)


I have to say that I waited until the end of a Lorelei James glom to read Rough, Raw, and Ready for the same reason as you. But, frankly, I think it was one of the better books in the series, due to the emotional issues that need to be sorted out.

It was actually the last one (Cowboy Casanova) that I didn't like very much. Just didn't appeal to me (the whole dom/submission thing). My favorite, if I had to choose, was Chasin' Eight.


Judy


Hmmm, maybe I will give it RRR a try.
I read Cowboy Cassanova right after reading 50 Shades of Grey. It was a nice contrast on the BDSM subject.
I really liked Chasin" Eight too. I think it was the closest she's written to a straight romance.
Have you tried the Black Top Cowboys yet? They are priced pretty high for LJ, so I haven't felt compelled to take the plunge.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pwm in mi wrote:

Have you tried the Black Top Cowboys yet? They are priced pretty high for LJ, so I haven't felt compelled to take the plunge.


I have not, for the same reason and because the reviews were mixed. I figure either the price will go down or I'll buy them in the "analog/acoustic" version at a used-book price. Smile

Judy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JudyZ6666 wrote:
pwm in mi wrote:

Have you tried the Black Top Cowboys yet? They are priced pretty high for LJ, so I haven't felt compelled to take the plunge.


I have not, for the same reason and because the reviews were mixed. I figure either the price will go down or I'll buy them in the "analog/acoustic" version at a used-book price. Smile

Judy


And, to add on, these are not books I would order through interlibrary loan, even if the library had them. They are a guilty dirty little secret. Smile Really, I'm surprised that I like them. I happened across one on a special topics list, and ended up reading them all. They aren't my usual cup of tea. But, really, although this sounds like reading Playboy for the articles, the stories are darned good, and I like a good family series.

Judy
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pwm in mi



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JudyZ6666 wrote:
JudyZ6666 wrote:
pwm in mi wrote:

Have you tried the Black Top Cowboys yet? They are priced pretty high for LJ, so I haven't felt compelled to take the plunge.


I have not, for the same reason and because the reviews were mixed. I figure either the price will go down or I'll buy them in the "analog/acoustic" version at a used-book price. Smile

Judy


And, to add on, these are not books I would order through interlibrary loan, even if the library had them. They are a guilty dirty little secret. Smile Really, I'm surprised that I like them. I happened across one on a special topics list, and ended up reading them all. They aren't my usual cup of tea. But, really, although this sounds like reading Playboy for the articles, the stories are darned good, and I like a good family series.

Judy


I consider LJ my guilty pleasure:) I was pleasantly surprised when I read my first LJ book, as I enjoyed the heat, but loved the McKay family. I live in a suburb of Detroit, so the ranching world of Wyoming is a wonderful escape:)
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Kayne



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much for the great recs. I downloaded samples of the books recommended here and am currently enjoying In Bed with the Highlander. It reminds me a lot of Julie Garwood's books. I wish some of these books were available through Paperback Swap. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In which Rough Rider series book there is virgin heroine and older H ?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KataO wrote:
In which Rough Rider series book there is virgin heroine and older H ?


Cowgirl Up and Ride
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read the first 4 of maya banks' sweet series and I really liked all of them except the third (Julie and Nathan's story). But then I found Julie's character to be a little annoying, although better than most "I'm an outspoken woman cliche" characters, and I thought Nathan had no personality. Plus the sex was either uncomfortable or boring.

That said the other three are HOT.

Read in the bed of a highlander or whatever it's called, felt like I was reading a Julie Garwood novel. Very different from her sweet series.

I'm going to have to try LJ.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just finished Saddled and Spurred, the 2nd book in Lorelei James' Black Top Cow Boy series. It was pretty typical James, in terms of heat level and the Wyoming setting. I liked the heroine a lot, a beauty queen who is a very hard worker and devoted to her family to a fault. She has very little confidence in her own abilities, and works to support a younger, smarter, college bound sister. But she is no push over and never lets the hero take advantage. The hero was a little different than usual, as rather than be adventurous, he indulges this side of his sexuality through this relationship.
I still don't get why they are priced so high compared to the Rough Rider books. Perhaps it because the cover is less conspicuous?

P.S. Judy, I did get this through library inter-library loan. Couldn't believe it was in available I going to see if Corralled is availabe too:)
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