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3girlsofmyown



Joined: 06 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:54 pm    Post subject: Book suggestions for Newbies Reply with quote

A friend of mine is a nurse and she asked me to recommend some romance novels for her to read at work.

Can you suggest a few of your favorites...I would like to give her 5 titles so she's not overwhelmed and then after she tells me what she likes I can help her find more.

Thanks
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Nicole



Joined: 23 Apr 2007
Posts: 469
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you know what type of sub genre she is looking for? Contemporaries, historicals, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Erotic or more of a women's fiction vibe?

Here are some of my top rated books:
Historicals
Dancing on Coals - Ellen O'Connell
Unveiled -Courtney Milan
What I did for a Duke - Julie Ann Long
The Endearment - LaVyrle Spencer
I do, I do, I do- Maggie Osborne
Not Quite A Husband - Sherry Thomas

Contemporary

Manhunting - Jennifer Cruise
Smooth Talking Stranger- Lisa Kleypas
Match Me if You Can - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Catch of the Day - Kristan Higgins

Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Moon Called - Patricia Briggs
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong
Magic Bites- Ilona Andrews
The Iron Duke - Meljean Brooks
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Judyblueeyes



Joined: 06 Aug 2012
Posts: 163
Location: Great Lakes

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a fan of Julie Garwood, she is a funny writer. I have found myself almost laughing out loud while reading her. She has both historicals and Contemps. Another Julie that I think is funny is Julia Quinn, she has historicals and series. Both authors have some new stuff out, but with some mixed reviews, but I have to say in general if the read wants a well developed story and well writen humor those two do it for me.
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Salaisuus



Joined: 30 Jul 2010
Posts: 55

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend Double Play by Jill Shalvis. That is a very funny book. Contemporary.

I also recommend Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. YA Paranormal with werewolves, and a sweet romance. It is the first in a trilogy, however I do not recommend the other books in the trilogy and believe this books stands beautifully on its own.

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz is funny, contemporary, and also paranormal in the sense that the main characters all have psychic abilities. It is part of the Arcane series but I think it is fine alone without having read the others.

Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series is excellent. Paranormal. I recommend the first one, Slave to Sensation. I do not recommend reading those out of order.

Rachel and the Hired Gun by Elaine Levine. Western historical. I just loved this story. There are more and I have them on my TBR pile but I have not gotten to them yet.

I second these recommendations from others:
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

books by Julia Quinn. She is hilarious!!

I also recommend Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong. That is my favorite of the series and I think it stands alone pretty well (I only read the werewolf books in that series).
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Sandlynn



Joined: 23 Mar 2007
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Location: Washington, D.C.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since your friend is a nurse, she might enjoy Virgin River by Robyn Carr. The heroine is a nurse midwife, but it's not set in a hospital so she wouldn't be totally reading about a work related situation.

Some other books I've enjoyed without necessarily any relationship to your friend's profession:

Contemporaries
It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Paradise by Judith McNaught
The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch by Marsha Moyer
Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts
Small Town Girl by LaVyrle Spencer
Slow Heat in Heaven by Sandra Brown
All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins
Kill and Tell by Linda Howard
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
The Love of a Cowboy by Anna Jeffrey

Historicals
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Heroine is a nurse.)
Sweet Everlasting by Patricia Gaffney (Hero is a doctor.)
Kilgannon by Kathleen Givens
After Innocence by Brenda Joyce
For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale
The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne
A Wild Yearning by Penelope Williamson
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
George and the Virgin by Lisa Cach (more fantasy than true historical)

By the way, if she has a kindle, she might try Barbara Samuel's In the Midnight Rain. Good book that's not in hard copy print anymore.
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Dreaming of You



Joined: 20 Jun 2012
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (historical)
The Secret by Julie Garwood (historical set in Scottland)
See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson (contemporary-part of a series but you don't need to have read the prior books to understand this one)
To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical-part of a series, you don't need to have read the prior books but it gives a little more depth to the story if you have)
Flowers From The Storm by Laura Kinsale (historical)
Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens (historical)
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (historical, this is the first book in a great series, lots of humor)
Naked In Death by J.D. Robb (future/suspense)
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (paranormal, first in a series)
Dark Lover by J. R. Ward (paranormal/vampire)
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