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Who are your favorite romance authors??

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LCW
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Postby LCW » Thu September 15th, 2011, 2:24 am

"jessicajames" wrote:Kathleen Woodiwiss. There was no one better.


She's probably one of my least favorite authors. I find her writing too flowery and too many historical inaccuracies.
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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Thu September 15th, 2011, 9:51 am

I loved Woodiwiss when I was 15. She's not for me now, but I still have a couple of her novels on my keeper shelf in memory of the time when I enjoyed her writing. It was like extreme glam rock - totally over the top, but so gloriously naff it was brilliant! She knew how to keep the pages turning even if the books were overblown and the historical veracity more than suspect. There's something very joyful about Woodiwiss at the top of her game.
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SGM
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Postby SGM » Thu September 15th, 2011, 6:23 pm

"EC2" wrote:I loved Woodiwiss when I was 15. She's not for me now, but I still have a couple of her novels on my keeper shelf in memory of the time when I enjoyed her writing. It was like extreme glam rock - totally over the top, but so gloriously naff it was brilliant! She knew how to keep the pages turning even if the books were overblown and the historical veracity more than suspect. There's something very joyful about Woodiwiss at the top of her game.


I guess she was a bit of trend-setter and a lot of people followed on copying her -- unless I have got it wrong and there was someone before her of that style. Like many people she arrived during my teens and I devoured her but -- alas, no more.
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Postby annis » Thu September 15th, 2011, 8:38 pm

I'm with EC on this one. I found Woodiwiss' Wolf and the Dove absolutely riveting when I was a teenager and keep a copy for old times' sake, but she definitely wouldn't be my choice of authors these days. In my case anyway, tastes have become more astringent the older and more cynical I get!

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Thu September 15th, 2011, 10:05 pm

"annis" wrote:I'm with EC on this one. I found Woodiwiss' Wolf and the Dove absolutely riveting when I was a teenager and keep a copy for old times' sake, but she definitely wouldn't be my choice of authors these days. In my case anyway, tastes have become more astringent the older and more cynical I get!


Wolf and the Dove *shudders*

I don't know if Jennifer Blake has been mentioned. I discovered her last year through a friend at Goodreads and have enjoyed the books I've read so far. They might not all be steallar 4-5 stars, but she's got a good blend of sensual romance, but she really seems to have a good feel for Creole society, clothes etc. and brings it out well without overdoing it. Just be warned, some of them might have that dreaded non-PC forced seduction trope (or at least I've heard that, haven't come across it myself).
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Postby SGM » Fri September 16th, 2011, 7:20 am

[QUOTE=Misfit;91727]Wolf and the Dove *shudders*

I don't know if Jennifer Blake has been mentioned.QUOTE]

Yeah, add her to my teenage pile. I know I read her but can't actually remember anything about her books. I keep trying to remember all those authors I did back then but my memory is obviously going because I can't compile a list. But when someone mentions one, it comes back to my mind. Mostly I find I can't get along with them anymore. Mind you I can't often read the modern ones of that ilk nowadays either.

Strangely, I can still read Heyer when I am in need of something undemanding.
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Margaret
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Postby Margaret » Fri September 16th, 2011, 6:31 pm

Heyer is a delight. Her "romances" are really romantic comedy, I think, and/or comedy of manners, and not usually romance of the type that aims to recreate the feeling of falling in love (at least, they don't have that effect on me).
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Postby SGM » Fri September 16th, 2011, 9:46 pm

"Margaret" wrote:Heyer is a delight. Her "romances" are really romantic comedy, I think, and/or comedy of manners, and not usually romance of the type that aims to recreate the feeling of falling in love (at least, they don't have that effect on me).


I think you are right -- the humour is what makes it possible for me to keep on reading, ie I still haven't grown out of her -- and most importantly, her regency hero does not go off to the pub and order a pint! That is the ultimate wall-banger for me.

I started reading Heyer when I had run out of all the Scarlet Pimpernels I could get my hands on (not so easy to get hold of any book you wanted then) -- about the age of 11 or so. I can't read the Scarlet Pimpernel any more either and I grew up with them.
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Postby Nickie » Sun September 18th, 2011, 7:20 am

I like to read romances by Sabrina Jeffries, Mary Jo Putney, Kathryn Caskie and Teresa Medeiros. The last three ladies are wonderful persons, who are friendly towards someone they don't know, and when my mother died Teresa even send her condolences.
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