Read a Romance Month: Bonus

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I decided to put a specific spin on the book challenge I’ve been tagged in on Facebook  a couple times lately and thought it’d be fun to post it here as well. In a last hurrah celebration of this year’s Read a Romance Month, I’m going to expand on this past post and list 10 a buncha romance books/authors I’ve enjoyed, remembered and sometimes even re-read. Yes, it’s an excuse to talk about Jamie and Claire, yet again…and Nora Roberts books..and…

*Outlander by Diana Gabaldon— the book, yes, but also the entire eight book series. Jamie and Claire *sigh* are the sterling couple of the romance book world, the measuring stick all fictional relationships aspire to. I never tire of reading about their world.

 *The In-Death Series by J.D.Robb-the alter ego of Nora Roberts (see next in this list). Each book is a compelling romance mystery story as super cop Eve kicks ass while super thief-turned-billionaire Roarke pursues and cares for her. Roarke’s devotion to Eve is as good as it gets in the romance book world–just after Jamie’s devotion to Claire in the above mentioned Outlander series.

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*Born-In Trilogy by Nora Roberts— I read anything Nora writes and usually enjoy every story. The Born In Trilogy was my first Nora re-read. Upon that re-read, I realized the reason why I particularly liked this story was the friendships–not just the couple’s relationship. Nora has a beautiful knack of showing deep friendships among the characters, giving off a warm, inviting feeling, a true feeling of family.

 *Beach House No. 9 series by Christie Ridgway--each of these books focuses on one of a trio of battered war weary men–a journalist/writer, a combat medic and a photojournalist–and the women who find themselves wanting to bring these guys peace at home. No place better for love than Beach House No. 9.

 *Sugar Springs Trilogy by Kim Law-a small town scene where three couples find their way to forever love despite–and maybe even because of–small town gossip and lack of privacy. Pure fun, all three of these.

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 *Seasons of Love series by Jennifer Gracen–a four part series that follows a story of finding a new love and learning to trust again. I adore Sam and Lydia’s story and eagerly await the next installment. Two of the four books are out and two are highly anticipated, coming soon!

 *The Sullivans series by Bella Andre-each book follows the story of a Sullivan family member as they find their own happily ever after. The family connections are as much fun to read about as the evolving of the couple’s relationship.

 

*The Kowalskis by Shannon Stacey-Fun and engaging, the Kowalski family plays hard and loves deeply. Each story is a treat.

The list could go on and on, but these series make up a big list of great stories, so I’ll stop there for now. I hope you’ll check out some of these for your next romance reads–if you haven’t read them already. Do come back and tell me how you liked them!

 As always, I’d love to hear about what you’re reading lately. (comment here or pop over to Facebook and join the conversation!)

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Recent Pages I Have Turned

*insert contented sigh here* There is always SO much to read, from books and magazines to blog posts and online articles. What an amazing time to live, I tell ya.

Recently I read J.D.  Robb’s latest in the ‘In Death’ series, entitled ‘Indulgence In Death’. As I have mentioned before(click there to read ‘before’), I enjoy this series—have been smitten with Eve Dallas and her man Roarke (Just Roarke…so cool…) for several years now. Smitten to the point that I bought this latest book hot off the presses and read it in one evening…I rarely buy hardcover books hot off the presses.

This book did not disappoint in good Eve/Roarke interactions, yet it would likely not be called one of my favorites of the series. It did seem to be a bit lightweight—but because I like the characters so much, I liked the book. Make sense?  I do know that the writer of this series, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb cranks out a lot of books in a short period of time and, for many authors, sometimes that can make for less than ideal stories in the end…and that’s kind-of-a-little-bit-like what I felt with this one, that it wasn’t quite given enough development. But, in the end, I was just glad to see Eve and Roarke again, so success must be declared on all fronts.

I am fixing to give in to the urge to buy another book that I really want to read, Nicole Krauss’ ‘Great House’. I see no signs of it at my library and I know I’m going to want a copy of it anyway. I read ‘The History of Love’ by the same author and had to buy myself a copy immediately. That book was so.good. So good. (Go read it and let me know what you think.)  I have yet to post about it because it was…just. so.good…I haven’t managed to articulate or express coherent thoughts out of the feelings. Isn’t that what makes a book amazing–the feelings it evokes?!?

Happy Sunday in November!  🙂

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Dust and Cobwebs and Sneezes…Oh My!

Whew…this is one dusty blog space, huh?!?

Life has been a wonderful, insane ride around here these days—a ride upon which joy abounds and yet some things go flying off or at least fall into dusty, neglected corners–you know this ride?  I’m enjoying family, cooking, writing, reading, becoming a Blackberry junkie…among many other things on this ride these days. That being said, let the freshening up of this space commence today! (opening wide those windows, sweeping out cobwebs…)

*windmills seen on a recent fall drive...I had no idea these were less than 2 hours from our home...

 

Mentioned on this blog or not, I’m always reading something. I hope you’re enjoying good book, magazines and the like these days—there’s so much out there to read!  I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading lately. My latest reads have been magazines, most recently the latest issues of The Saturday Evening Post and Food Network Magazine—must check out those Thanksgiving recipes, ya know!

In addition to my magazine fixes, I have the latest J.D. Robb to pick up later today. I’ve been waiting for this one since I read last May’s release of Fantasy In Death.

If you’ve a mind to do so, click over to my articles page where I’ve listed a few places you can find other things I have written online–check back often, tis a work in progress as I love to write about as much as I love to read– and do so often!

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