Thursday, April 17, 2008

Question for readers.......


I thought I'd post a question for readers. If you had someone come up to you and say they want to start reading a romance book, which one would you recommend they read?

Give your responses and Sunday night I will pick one person as a winner of a $10 egiftcard from Amazon. :)

(One entry per person and household, please)

24 comments:

danetteb said...

I'd tell them to start with either Night Pleasures by Sherilynn Kenyon (Action Romance) or You Slay Me by Katie Mac Alister (Comedy Romance)Vamps and Dragons+Hot and Hotter!

Hugs, Danette

Pam P said...

If they liked, or might like, historicals, I'd tell them The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne for one of the best ever. Also, the first by Elizabeth Hoyt, The Raven Prince, for a lighter read. If they would like paranormals and/or pyschics, Nalini Singh's Psy series, starting with Slave to Sensation.

KimW said...

I'd recommend one of Judith McNaught's historicals if they like that type of story. Or, if they want to read a story with a little suspense and a hot hero, I'd recommend Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Karen H in NC said...

Since I love historicals, I would suggest they start reading the Cynsters novels by Stephanie Laurens. Of course, she has many books pre-dating the Cynsters books, but I think that series defines her writing style.

And, just to name a few more of my favorite authors, I would also recommend anything by Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries.

Anonymous said...

I got my sister hooked with THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn. She then had to read the other 7 Bridgerton books . . .

~Andrea

Bunny B said...

I'd recommend A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I love it!

Lindy said...

I usually recommend reading JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series -- in order, of course!

~Lindy

flchen1 said...

It would depend a little on the person asking--for a contemporary kind of reader, I'd suggest one of Jennifer Crusie's (maybe Welcome to Temptation) or SEP (Ain't She Sweet?) For a historical, I agree with Andrea--probably Julia Quinn's Duke and I. (I also really loved Devil in Winter, but that isn't the first book in the series ;))

Lil said...

It would depend on what type of romance.

For contemporary, one of Jennifer Crusie's, one of the older Linda Howard's.

For time travel, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux, Lynn Kurland books.

For romantic suspense, any of Karen Rose's books or Sight Unseen by Samantha Graves.

Paranormal/fantasy romance, Lord of the Fading Lands and Lady of Light and Shadows by CL Wilson, Sherrilyn Kenyon books.

Urban Fantasy with romance elements, The Signs of the Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson, early Laurel K Hamilton books.

Historical/Regency, any Laura Kinsale, Love Letters from a Duke by Elizabeth Boyle for chuckles, Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas

For Erotic romance, Jess Michaels, Joey Hill, Sarah McCarty, Sasha White, Kate Douglas.

Jennifer Y. said...

Hmm...that is a tough question and would probably depend on their interests.

If they wanted a historical, I would probably say something by Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn, or Linda Lael Miller.

If they wanted a contemporary, then maybe something by Lori Foster.

If they wanted something erotic then maybe something by Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, or Susan Lyons.

If they were looking for paranormal then JR Ward or Nancy Haddock.

I wasn't very helpful, huh? LOL My fear would be recommending a specific book I loved and have them hate it and never want to read romances again.

robynl said...

I'd recommend one of Vicki Lewis Thompson's Nerd series and then they would probably want to read the others in the series.

tetewa said...

I would have to tell them to read Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. A friend got me hooked and now I've read them all.

ilona said...

I would agree with the Sherrilyn Kenyon or J R Ward recommendations if the person concerned was into vampires but would offer Lori Handeland if they preferred shapeshifters. Or if they liked soemthing with humour then Sandra Hill would be a good author to start them on :D

ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans By: Jane Green. Loved this book :-)

Hugssss
LindaH

Jane said...

I would recommend "The Bride" by Julie Garwood, or any of Julie's historicals.

CrystalGB said...

The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt.

Cathy said...

I would recommend any of Susan Elizabeth Phillip's or Janet Evanovich. Humor and romance would be a great introduction.

Anonymous said...

i recomd leslie kelly blazes, so hot , lori foster is awesome

kim h

limecello said...

I would have to see what kind of person they are. And what type of book they're looking for. So many people are critical about romances, I'd want to pick the best one possible.
If they wanted a really hot book, and liked paranormals ... well, vampires I'd go with Lover Eternal by JR Ward. Witches? Witch Fire by Anya Bast. Shifters? Either Tanner's Scheme by Lora Leigh or Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.
Hot contemporary? Champagne Rules by Susan Lyons (it's also interracial), or Nauti Nights by Lora Leigh.
For a great contemporary... Breathing Room by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Something more light hearted and very humorous? Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie.
Historical? I'd go with Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas.
Romantic Suspense... not my thing - but I've heard great things about Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare- and you have to give props to and promote a woman who was willing to spend a night in jail for her research.
For an anthology... the Bad Boys of Summer by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, and HelenKay Dimon.
Unfortunately... no categories. I love them, but the "romance stigma" goes way too strongly to harlequin.
:X I can't think of more subcategories right now.

Cherie J said...

I would recommend Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series to anyone so I would tell them to start with Slave to Sensation.

Ladytink_534 said...

Oh, so many to choose from but since they're a first-timer it would probably be best to choose One for the Money by Janet Evanovich.

alissa said...

I would recommend Jill Marie Landis for historicals, Emilie Richards for contemporaray, Diana Gabaldon for time travel and historical, and suspense and romance combination would be Carlene Thompson.

diane said...

My selection would be Andrea Kane for contemporary romantic suspense,Luanne Rice for romance, Stacey Kane for Western Historicals, Eloise James for historicals and paranormals would be J.R. Ward series.

annalisa said...

I would recommend all the Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series books for those who like paranormal books. Also, Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series books. For those who like romantic suspense I would recommend any and all books by Suzanne Brockmann, Karen Robards, Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan series), Shannon K. Butcher (No Regrets), Linda Howard, Roxanne St. Claire, Carlene Thompson. For those who like historicals, Julie Garwood's The Bride, The Lion's Lady, and Guardian Angel. For contemporary with humor - any of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books - and Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me. I loved that book! :)