Bodice Ripper Therapy

15 Aug
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harlequin romance

Hey ladies, guess what!?  Romance novels may lead to better sex for Mormon Women!

“Caroline Kline …who has master’s degree in classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, conducted an informal survey of 40 LDS women, who were self-described romance devotees.

More than half (54 percent) said their marital relationships (75 percent were married) were strengthened because they were more sexually interested in their husbands when reading the novels, and 40 percent said that such books made their sex lives more fulfilling.”

How about you?  Are you a consumer of steamy reads? Want to weigh in on the subject? (And share some favorite titles while you are at it?)

 

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39 Responses to “Bodice Ripper Therapy”

  1. Mouse August 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    These are my favorites… THE ITALIAN GOURMET-BABY-FOOD BARON’S
    PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE PREGNANT WIFE

    and
    The-Unfeasibly-Tall-Greek-Billionaire

    No seriously, I don’t really read bodice rippers, but anything that gets me worked up gets channelled into my relationship.

  2. Mouse August 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    I messed up the first link – http://www.scribd.com/doc/5322451/The-Unfeasibly-Tall-Greek-Billionaire

  3. Mouse August 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Honestly, now I’m just looking incompetent…

  4. Moriah Jovan August 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Honestly, now I’m just looking incompetent…

    No, you’re just hot and bothered.

  5. Eliza R. August 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    ~grin~

  6. Megan August 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Mouse, I may be slow but I couldn’t tell if your recommendation was given tongue in cheek, or is that actually an entertaining and steamy read!?

    Moriah, as the resident subject-matter pro, do you have any recommendations or favorites for new comers? 😉

  7. KaralynZ August 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    HAHAHA – I read the “Unfeasibly Tall Greek Billionaire “one before. (Megan- it’s a parody; as I recall, it was a collaboration written by a group of people.) OMG, death by laughter. The point system they assigned causes me to roll on the floor.

  8. KaralynZ August 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    I’ll go out on a limb here and share some more. I must have picked up romance novels at some point during the first 20 years of my life, but I don’t remember doing so. The most racy thing I remember reading a lot of was Piers Anthony’s Xanth novels. My first experience with fiction books that were specifically to turn me on was after I had been married about a year and a half. I had participated in a paperback swap with some people in a group and the book I ended up with was “A Kiss of Shadows” by Laurell K Hamilton. Now, I won’t want to turn this into my, “complain about what is wrong with Laurell K Hamilton’s books” session but while many things about her books annoy me, the sex is… um, sexy.

    Anyway, I read the book and couldn’t put it down and found myself very, VERY eager for my husband to come home from work over the course of those two days.

    I find a book with some good graphic sex is a great way to try and get myself back into “sexy mode” after having been in mom/employee/housekeeper/sleep-what-is-sleep mode for days on end.

    I get most of my ebooks from Ellora’s Cave. (http://www.jasminejade.com/ – warning, everything on this site is explicit and would make your Relief Society President faint) though the only author on there I’ll buy on name only is Jaid Black, the rest are on a case-by-case basis. Jaid Black is right around the outer limit of where I’m comfortable in terms of graphic language/subjects. I’m extremely picky in what I like. I hate stupid characters. I’m not going to care if the main characters are having sex if I hate one or both of them or even if you just haven’t made me care about them. And there is a LOT of badly written smut out there.
    As for non- ebooks I’ve given up on Hamilton; the only sexy vampires I read now are the ones written by J.R. Ward. She’s my personal guilty pleasure at the moment; I buy her books in hardcover. (That’s my personal watermark of authorial support.)

    For Regency lovers “The Lover” and “Gabriel’s Woman” (in that order, ’cause one’s a sequel) by Robin Schone. For contemporary-fiction people, Nina Bangs is pretty good, but her stuff isn’t good enough for me to read more than once.

  9. VirginAskingQuestions August 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Books, books, books! I LOVE books!!! And I LOVE romance novels. One of the biggest draws for me is that I’m guaranteed a happily ever after. Too many regular fiction/fantasy/scifi/mystery books have SUCH depressing endings (even if they are extremely good and wonderful).

    So… what do I read? Mostly historical ones – mainly regency (since there’s a large group of that) but pretty much any type of historical I LOVE.

    So… who are my favorites? Well… for frothy, fluffy stuff. Pick up Julia Quinn, or the newest Eloisa James series OR the Lyndsay Sands medieval historicals – not that her newest series (regency) isn’t good, but her medieval ones will TOTALLY make you laugh.

    Want a little more drama and a little less comedy? Check out Jo Beverley – she has two very different series, one georgian (my favorite) and one regency (Bonus, want regency stories without the sex? They’re rereleasing her earlier books as two in ones… probably also as ebooks, but I get the actual books from libraries). Mary Balogh (although… try her Simply series – don’t start out with The Pearl… it’ll make you depressed). Stephanie Laurens… although… try not to read too many of hers in a row – remember that episode of himym when they point out the flaws and then that’s ALL people can see. I don’t want to tell you why, but I don’t think you’ll notice it if you don’t read a whole bunch in a row like I did one fateful summer.

    You like spies? Try Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady SO GOOD

    Like the urban fantasy/kind of gritty romances? Have you read Jeaniene Frost’s Nighthuntress world books?

    Ooh, sidenote – best ‘vampire’ books I ever read? Meredith Anne Pierce’s Darkangel trilogy. Dark Angel, A Gathering of Gargoyles, and A Pearl in the Soul of the World. YA books, and TOTALLY awesome! Super short too, if any of you are short on time.

    Inspirational Romance? I’m gonna have to go with Deanne Gist. Sometimes her books are classified as romance, and sometimes as just fiction. To tell you the truth my favorite book of hers is actually a duo – Courting Trouble and Deep in the Heart of Trouble. They follow the same character around. BRILLIANT.

    Anywho… is that enough for the recommendation bit?

    Now for the other questions. One of the other reasons I read them is because of curiosity. Trying to figure out how things work. Occasionally I run across something I still can’t figure out -like where that extra hand came from or something 😉 BUT I think one day – that whoever I end up marrying will appreciate my well read background. I still remember the first time I read something in a romance novel that I conscientiously thought. I want to try that one day. (It was in a Stephanie Laurens novel – if you were curious – and that’s all you’re gettin’ out of me!). So… yeah… anyone got suggestions for me?

  10. VirginAskingQuestions August 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    OOHHHHHHHH,
    And my one absolutely must read everything she writes contemporary romance author? Kristen Higgins.

  11. Eliza R. August 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    you ladies are *awesome*!

    I haven’t read much in the way of romance, (except for Moriah’s stuff, I LOVE her stuff!) I think I need to expand my, ahem, ‘experience’ in the genre ;P Thanks for the title/author suggestions.

  12. Moriah Jovan August 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Piers Anthony’s Xanth novels

    I formatted a bunch of those some weeks ago, after he got his rights back.

    ***

    If I may, I want to separate out my hawt reading preferences by subgenre:

    1. Romance. This can be as hawt and explicit as erotica, but I don’t care about that so much as I care about the relationship and the writing. BTW, I consider my stuff romance. I have a friend who wrote what I considered romance, but was marketed and shelved as erotic romance, and it didn’t do very well. Why was it marketed and shelved that way? Because it had the word “pussy” in it. “Fuck” was okay for romance, but “pussy” was not. I was kind of steamed because it’s excellent writing. (Title below.)

    2. Erotic romance. I’ve had really bad luck with this, especially (no offense KaralynZ) Ellora’s Cave–and I have a lot of friends who write for EC, too, so those are some eggshells I walk on sometimes. There are some people who can do erotic romance really, really well, but those are few and far between.

    3. Erotica. To me, really good erotica is an exploration of self and self-discovery through sex. Some of the best (IMO) is the Beauty series by Anne Rice. I usually like erotica more than erotic romance.

    4. Science fiction and fantasy. I did not know how pervy sci-fi/fantasy writers were and are until about a year ago. I haven’t read many (not even Anthony’s when I was formatting), but I did happen to pick up one after a friend recc’d it that was labeled romance, but was not, IMO.

    5. General fiction. You can’t usually pick these out, but in the 80s, you could pick up just about any trending soap-operaish title and get some hawt action out of them.

    ***

    More disclaimers:

    I’m not a Jennifer Crusie fan. Heresy, I know. Shoot me now.

    I do like Harlequin Presents and I’ve read one recently that just slayed me.

    I read romance without regard to heat. More heresy. Probably unexpected heresy, at that.

    ***

    Okay, here are some really killer romances (IMO) with varying heat levels:

    BEAST, Judith Ivory (historical)
    THE PORTRAIT, Megan Chance (historical)
    SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, Julie James (contemporary)
    BIG BAD WOLF, Linda Winstead Jones (historical)
    THE CHARM SCHOOL, Susan Wiggs (historical)
    EMBER, Bettie Sharpe (fractured fairy tale)
    ON THESE SILKEN SHEETS, Sabrina Darby (historical) (the one I referenced above)
    MISTRESS OF MELLYN, Victoria Holt (gothic)
    TREGARON’S DAUGHTER, Madeline Brent (gothic)
    KISS AN ANGEL, Susan Elizabeth Phillips (contemporary)
    SHANNA, Kathleen Woodiwiss (historical)
    WOLF & THE DOVE, Kathleen Woodiwiss (historical) (not for the faint of heart)
    THE SLIGHTEST PROVOCATION, Pam Rosenthal (historical) (this is considered erotic romance; I have no idea why)
    THE MAN WHO COULD NEVER LOVE, Kate Hewitt (contemporary)
    GABRIEL’S INFERNO, Sylvain Reynard (contemporary) (this one’s a little rough around the edges; ignore that)
    PORTRAIT OF SEDUCTION, Carrie Lofty (historical)
    SONG OF SEDUCTION, Carrie Lofty (historical)
    MISS FOSTER’S FOLLY, Alice Gaines (historical)
    SCANDAL, Carolyn Jewel (historical)
    FOR MY LADY’S HEART, Laura Kinsale (historical)
    THE DREAM HUNTER, Laura Kinsale (historical)

    There are more, but you can find them on my Goodreads list.

    Re Kristan Higgins. I like her a lot, but DO NOT GLOM. She has a lot of tics and repeats herself.

    Ditto Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She was one of my all-time favorites (I fell in love with her with HOT SHOT. KISS AN ANGEL has the best alpha asshole EVAR [way better than Knox]), but I recently broke up with her because of tics and repetition. She seems to be phoning it in and has been for the last few books.

    Laura Kinsale. Read everything she ever wrote. You won’t like some, you will love others. She is entirely unpredictable and that’s what I like about her. No tics.

    Judith Ivory. See Laura Kinsale.

    Bettie Sharpe. I want to write like her when I grow up.

    ***

    General/Women’s Fiction:

    BUTTERFLY, Kathryn Harvey (contemporary)
    ANGELIQUE, MARQUISE DE ANGES, Sergeanne Golon (historical)
    ABSINTHE EYES AND OTHER LIES, GR Bretz (this wasn’t hawt so much as mind-bending and good writing)

    ***

    Erotica/Science Fiction

    SILVER, HUMANOTICA #1, Darcy Abriel
    THE DUKE AND THE PIRATE QUEEN, Victoria Janssen
    THE COUNTESS TRILOGY, Alison Richardson (Read all three, and in order. Separately, they’re erotica. Together, they’re a romance.)

    Susan Johnson has only ever been sold as romance, but she is, IMO erotic romance verging on straight erotica. She always has an HEA (hence, romance), but her characters are wild.

    ***

    Re what I write: Compared to a lot of romance writers today, I’m really kind of middle of the road hot. Unless I get around to writing (ahem, well, selling) actual erotica (probably won’t happen), Bryce-and-Giselle is about as hot as I’m ever going to get, and I did that for a reason. STAY is downright mild and DUNHAM (the swashbuckler I’m working on right now) is shaping up to be tame anyway (but I make up for it in gore!). I find that the more sexually experienced my characters are, the less I write the sex. For them, it’s no big deal. For Bryce and Giselle, it was a HUGE deal (for different reasons). Mitch, not so much, but still really important.

    ***

    Hmmm…. It takes a lot for a book to really speak to me and I’ll tell you: THE PORTRAIT and BEAST really spoke to me, and they were, IMO, works of art.

  13. KaralynZ August 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    No offense taken – as I said there is SO MUCH badly written erotica out there.

    I tend to separate my reads too – the “trashy” stuff that I read just to get turned on (anything from Ellora’s Cave) and the actual romances that I read because I enjoy the characters and relationships. If it’s a leap year I might run across one that does both, like “The Lover.”

    Oh, and while we are on the topic of books that approach the standard of works of art, I forgot to mention the first two trilogies in the Kushiel’s Dart series by Jacqueline Carey. (Third set does nothing for me I’m afraid.)

  14. Moriah Jovan August 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Kushiel’s Dart series by Jacqueline Carey

    I have that in my TBB (to-be-bought) list. Somebody else recc’d her, too.

    Oh, and I have a copy of SILVER DEVIL by Teresa Denys, which I want to get to, but I’ve had less than no time lately.

  15. VirginAskingQuestions August 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    SO MUCH to comment on… Let’s see, where to start… OH YEAH – Piers Anthony. Holy crap, I LOVED the Xanath books, I started reading them when I was in 7th grade, and I remember reading in the car on the way to… probably dance class, and giggling at one of the more risque situations and then trying to stifle the giggling because I didn’t want to explain what I was laughing at to my mom.

    Eliza – there’s a book out there for everyone in every genre probably. The best way to read and find a romance novel that you would like, is to think of what REGULAR type things you like to read about… (this MIGHT be slightly harder if all you read is non-fiction books about animals)… because there is MOST LIKELY a sub-genre of that in romance somewhere. Ask your friends, your friendly neighborhood librarian and those anonymous reviewers on amazon for suggestions. And of course… those of us on this blog!

    Moriah – I’m not a fan of Jennifer Crusie either — sometimes when I’m trolling the smartbitchestrashybooks blog, (OOH!!! Eliza check there for suggestions too!!!) I feel like I’m the ONLY one who doesn’t like her. Everyone is always recommending Bet Me. I hated that one. Ooh, and about your “I read romance with regard to heat” that’s awesome, me too!!! I get the same type of thrill when I’m reading classic regency books (Or classics that we consider romance, Jane Eyre, Jane Austen, etc.) when the characters brush hands, or finally kiss – or confess their love (CAPTAIN WENTWORTH SIGH) as I do when it’s someone doing something more explicit. Sometimes it’s even better – (like with Persuasion – which is my favorite J.A.) Because it’s not about the sex – it’s about the people and their emotions and their story. sigh. ANYWHO… awesome looking list and I’m going to have to look through it more carefully whilst having amazon drawn up in another window. Re: Kristen Higgins. I agree that her stuff is repetitive AND I actually DISLIKE huge gestures in front of people for what i personally would rather have be a private moment. But there’s just something comforting about her books. Every one has made me laugh, and cry and feel satisfied. Do I buy them… no, I’m a library fiend, so unfortunately for Ms. Higgins she’s not ALWAYS going to profit because of me. (I suggest the library buy particular books a lot… so she MIGHT)

    KaralynZ – I had a friend recommend to me Juliet Marillier and her Seven Waters series – all of them are romances, but all are shelved with the fantasy stuff…and I love them… ANYWHO… the same person recommended the Kushiel’s Dart books. ANd… I couldn’t finish them. They were just too violent. But what I did read was great. But the whole pain thing freaks me out… I GREATLY dislike gore and stuff (So much that I had to curtail my fantasy and mystery reading) But I thought the idea was VERY interesting. (And I read the first one all the way through… even writing this I’m picturing (with my VERY active imagination, and most definitely not on purpose – the flaying scene.) *shudders* SO… I’ll stick with the Marillier books and leave the Carey books to those who can appreciate them without getting nightmares (stupid overactive imagination).

    Also… on Ellora’s Cave – why can’t they hire any decent graphic art people for their covers?

  16. YoungFoxwife August 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    OOHHHHHHHH,
    And my one absolutely must read everything she writes contemporary romance author? Kristen Higgins.

    My absolute FAVORITE is Kristan Higgins (make sure you spell it with an a, I couldn’t find it at my library for months because I was smelling it wrong 🙂 )! everything about her writing is wonderful, funny, sexy, and real!
    I am loving this post, I just got to the end of my large group of books I was reading and needed a new list 🙂
    I talked about this with a girlfriend of mine a few weeks ago and she felt these kinds of books were to pornographic, I completely disagree. I found a huge improvement in my sex life after I started reading sexier books. I found I was learning something about how my body works. I was also getting idea about what things to do to my husband that were actual things to do during sex and not just something that I had fantasized about. I found I was picturing me and my husband in the situations that I was reading about and wanting him so much that he was actually surprised when I would jump him when he would come him (which is so fun!)
    I don’t like to get to crazy in the detail of the sex scenes and I have to really like the characters. There also has to be some sort of story that is believable, I love a love story and I love the romance but it can’t all be about the sex they have to connect in other ways too. If it is a well written love story with great characters then the sex is an added bonus.

  17. VirginAskingQuestions August 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    YoungFoxWife – Thanks for the correction … Kristan!!! with an A… noted.
    Also… any men still reading the comments of this blog? Do any of you read romance? (even if it’s just the explicit bits that a loving wife has marked for you) Or Westerns… since they tend to have explicit sex in them as well.

  18. Moriah Jovan August 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    This is what I tell people about romance, especially if they pop up with the “romance is porn for women” thing: I like falling in love over and over again–which is why I don’t really care about the heat level unless it’s just badly written.

    It’s that rush of discovery, of finding out something new about a person you’re really clicking with, of wondering if you’ll ever tire of their company… And I say “rush,” and people will say, but that’s a chemical reaction, so it’s like porn, right?

    Well, if falling in love is like porn…

  19. Moriah Jovan August 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    @VirginAskingQuestions

    I feel like I’m the ONLY one who doesn’t like her. Everyone is always recommending Bet Me. I hated that one.

    I don’t hate anything she writes. She is the only author where I’ve sat down and read her books cover to cover, enjoyed them, laughed, cried, and, as soon as I shut the book, feel like I a) ate a truckload of cotton candy for dinner and I’m still hungry, and b) completely wasted my time.

    I have never had that experience with any entertainment I’ve consumed and enjoyed. Ever. It’s the oddest feeling. And I’ve read about three of hers and that feeling never goes away.

  20. VirginAskingQuestions August 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    It was ‘too sweet’ for me – and you’re right – I’m probably way too into the hyperbole. Part of it is definitely because of the seemingly endlessness of LOVE for that book, which makes me reaction against it stronger – since I’m a mostly lone voice in a vast pool.

  21. amelia August 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    I’m a Jennifer Crusie lover, but I didn’t like Bet Me. She’s certainly not without her problems, but I enjoy her anyway.

    The thing about romance novels is that people whose taste you generally agree with will recommend books you can’t stand. Because, as Moriah points out, a lot of their pull has to do with falling in love. If you can’t stand the characters or something is just off you’re not going to enjoy a book as much as you might. For instance, I picked up a Kristan Higgins book because someone compared her favorably to Jennifer Crusie and I just couldn’t get past the first 25 pages or so. It was just totally blah. Doesn’t mean it won’t work for others or that others have bad taste or whatever. It just didn’t work for me. What has worked for me?

    Madeline Hunter, especially her medieval historicals. Her 19th century historicals are fun, too, but I prefer the medievals.

    Lisa Kleypas. Pretty much anything. I like both her historicals and her contemporaries.

    Mary Balogh. Her stuff is sometimes weak, especially recently. But when she gets an interesting cast of characters her books are fun.

    Julia Quinn. Just amusing and fun love stories.

    Those of you familiar with these authors will notice a trend–the last three tend to write fairly lighthearted humorous romances. Very little bodice ripping, heroes who are alpha but tend towards kind hearted and generous not abusive. Quirky characters. But I have fun with them, so I go back for more. Hunter is a bit less comedic but I find her novels thoroughly engaging and I fall in love in all of them.

    Others I read and enjoy on occasion:

    Stephanie Laurens but only in small doses (talk about writing the same story over and over).

    Kathleen Woodiwiss. Though I haven’t read much of her stuff.

    Liz Carlyle. Historicals that are entertaining.

    Elizabeth Hoyt. I liked her Prince trilogy. I’m a sucker for reworking fairy tales.

    Julie James. Contemporaries that are very fun and not about sports stars. I’m prejudiced. I don’t particularly love the contemporaries about sports stars.

    And I loved all three of Moriah’s books, though Magdalene is my favorite.

  22. SingleE August 16, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    I loved Julia Quinn, but she’s cranking out the same old story now, with each new book. Still fun and lighthearted, though,and mostly worth at least one or two good reads. But it was her “When He Was Wicked” that got my juices flowing, so to speak. The eroticism in that book was more than in all her others put together, in my opinion. It makes me wonder if she was experimenting with it or something. For awhile, it was my “getting off” material. And then I went through the phase of taping together all the “bad” parts so I could still read the book–because I still loved the story, you know? I have done that to a number of books over time–crossed out the naughty parts, or taped the pages together. Anyone ever done that? Now I just try to avoid books with overly erotic content. Like Emma Holly. I *almost* wish I’d never read her stuff. The images…

    I’ve read a number of Jennifer Crusie’s books, and the only one I really every liked was Bet Me! Probably because it’s straight romance, and not romance with murder mystery or whatever else. Those books just never held my attention. I’ve read a number of other “bodice-ripper” type novels in the past, but they’re mostly forgettable, except for the few that I still keep for one reason or another. I always loved the historicals where the young girl marries the much older man, he keeps his distance while suffering in lust/love for her, she falls in love with him, they dance around each other for awhile until she matures a little, and then they finally get together. That was a Silhouette historical that I can’t remember the name of, but the characters were Michael and Moira. Then there was a Kathleen Woodiweiss, I think it’s called A Rose in Winter? The hero wears a mask, pretending to be a scarred crippled man, but he’s really a handsome hunk underneath. The heroine is beautiful and headstrong. It’s kind of a Beauty and the Beast story. I remember reading the first time and being blown away. But when I read it recently, I was disappointed in the writing quality. I think my tastes have changed, or possibly my level of sophistication? I’m not sure. But that book just seems so boring to me now. I got rid of it. I don’t think I have any real bodice busters on my shelves anymore. I do have Moriah’s books on my e-reader, and those are the closest I have now, but the writing is so intelligent, I can hardly consider them simply “bodice-rippers”!

  23. Mouse August 16, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    To clarify, I wasn’t denigrating bodice rippers at all, I’ve read plenty and enjoyed them and reading well developed sexy scenes in novels is what made me understand what all the fuss about sex was about when I was a teenager. I just really enjoy those two parodies…

    I’ve been reading more romance novels lately as I pretty indiscriminately download anything on the top 100 free books list on Amazon for my ereader. I’ve read some absolute rubbish, but there have been some really enjoyable ones as well. I think I like Regency or period novels more than modern ones but I haven’t gotten to the stage of cultivating favorite authors or genres quite yet.

  24. KaralynZ August 16, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    I hate how libraries never have copies of the really good ones. I looked up the two that Moriah recommended most highly and neither copy is in the system. I live in city with a library that serves almost TWO MILLION people. Man, I’m *poor*, i can’t just up and buy books, even used books indiscriminately.

  25. Eliza R. August 16, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    btw, I think we need to start a Mormon Missionary Position Book Club. just sayin.

  26. Moriah Jovan August 16, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    KaralynZ, email me. moriah at moriahjovan dot com.

  27. Moriah Jovan August 16, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Mouse, *I* didn’t think you were. I like all the parodies as long as they aren’t completely dismissive and/or are done with a sense of affection and knowledge of the genre.

  28. Moriah Jovan August 16, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Eliza, wow. That’d be awesome.

  29. VirginAskingQuestions August 16, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I agree. Book club would be FUN!

  30. YoungFoxwife August 16, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    A book club would be really fun.
    For those Jennifer Crusie fans, what was your favorite book of hers?

  31. amelia August 16, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    For Crusie, I particularly liked Tell Me Lies, Crazy for You, and Welcome to Temptation. I’m not as big a fan of her more recent stuff (though Agnes and the Hitman is fun in a kind of slapsticky way).

  32. KaralynZ August 21, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Can someone explain to me what the hell this is all about?

    http://whiteanddelightsome.com/

  33. nat kelly September 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    so you know how Borders is going out of sale? I just went and bought my very first 3 romance novels, for super cheap. Because of this thread.

    we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

  34. Eliza R. September 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    nat kelly~ awesome 😀

  35. foo4luv September 3, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I have a hard time enjoying the steamy scenes in romances because they tend to make me laugh at how ridiculously they’re written. I hate overdone phrases and euphemisms. I really enjoy Suzanne Brockmann because she doesn’t make me laugh unless I’m supposed to. I like her longer books, that is. The shorter ones just don’t allow enough time for character development, in my opinion. Her Troubleshooters series is my favorite.

  36. nat kelly September 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    K, the first one I picked is not going so well. It’s based in Scotland, and the accents are just so, so terrible.

    And in the first hot love scene, the guy said, “By God’s toenails, lass, I am so in heat.”

    That’s a lot more funny than it is sexy.

  37. KaralynZ September 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Welcome to the world of bad romance! (Lady Gaga not included.)

    I have no idea what the heck it is with Scotland. It’s like half the romance authors in the world have a fetish for Scottish men. I mean, ok, but… could you do something original?

    Scots and vampires. If you’re unlucky, Scot vampires. Plenty of those too. Not kidding sadly.

  38. amelia September 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    I swear the Scotland thing is just about Diana Gabaldon’s _Outlander_ series being as insanely popular as it is. Everyone else is trying to ride that gravy train.

    A good tip: scan a book for accents before buying. Any book that spells out an accent (not words in foreign languages, but the phonetic spelling of an accent) is much more likely to just be unbearably bad than those that just let you be smart enough to remember that the characters are Scottish/French/Southern/whatever and would therefore have a corresponding accent.

    I also almost always read two or three pages of a new romance author’s work before buying a book. If I get annoyed by the two or three pages I read, I’m not likely to enjoy the whole thing.

  39. Moriah Jovan September 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    I must confess I totally don’t get Outlander. I think I made it 50 pages before I bailed, and I consider myself an extremely patient reader.

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