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You guys. I just discovered http://www.romancewiki.com.

\o/

Date: 2010-12-20 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mustangcandi.livejournal.com
OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*bookmarks and spends her morning at work looking at it

Date: 2010-12-20 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sororcula.livejournal.com
Haha, okay, I'm glad there's someone else out there who can appreciate it. I love the "Categories" page. 27 entries for Alaska! 150 for Amnesia! Amazing.

(Hello, btw! I'm sorry I never responded to your last couple comments. I've been going back and forth between my and my parents' homes and now I'm at their place through Christmas so I have Internet again.)

Date: 2010-12-20 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mustangcandi.livejournal.com
I definitely appreciate it. Romance novels are one of my guilty pleasures, though I have been gravitating toward more action based stories (with the Troubleshooters Series by Suzanne Brockman. I ♥ them.) I still have my purely schmut books I read from time to time. LOL.

This resource is... astounding. I can't believe how many categories there are!!!!!!

*swims in it

Date: 2010-12-20 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sororcula.livejournal.com
I am still super new to the romance novel genre! I only have discovered a couple of authors that I like. (It doesn't help that the library down in SC has a tiiiiny tiny collection). Do you have any favorites/recommendations?

Date: 2010-12-20 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mustangcandi.livejournal.com
Well, I guess it depends on your interests. I like historical romance and for that I turn to Jude Deveraux. If you read no other romance novel, I highly recommend "A Knight in Shining Armor." That was the first romance novel I ever read and to this day, it is my favorite. My cover is falling off of it I've read it so many times. It's got a bit of a magical element to it that I find fascinating. Another one of my favorite's by Jude is "Sweet Liar." If Michael Taggert were real, I would want to clone him and marry the clone because the real Michael is in love with Samantha from the book. (I live in a dream world, I'm not ashamed.) And lastly, her book "Remembrance" broke my heart and made me fall in love so deeply that I read it 15 years ago and to this day I can't read it again. It hurts too good. I cried for three days after finishing that book. It was so, so good.

If you like Ireland and a bit of Irish folk lore, I highly recommend Nora Robert's Series: Jewels of the Sun, Tears of the Moon, and Heart of the Sea. The Gallagher family = LOVE.

If you like Navy SEALS *nnnnnnnnnnngh* and smart men and smarter women, I recommend the Troubleshooters Series by Suzanne Brockman. Admittedly, some of the female characters are NOT smart. They are quite dumb and annoying. Often, the men can be just as dumb and annoying but the way Suzanne blends all the tales together throughout the 16 book series is just phenomenal. And all of the characters, even though they have their moments, are just these beautiful and complicated people that you can't help but fall in love with. Plus, I am pretty sure I've told you this before, one of the characters (who is one of the most awesome) is gay and she explores his relationships and lets him fall in love and have sex and kiss men and it's just... beautiful. Jules Cassidy is by far one of the most beautiful characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading. *sighs* Some money from her books goes to support PFLAG because Suzanne's own son is gay and she campaigns for equal rights and her son's right to get married some day. Some times her writing slips a bit but I'm a big fan of hers.

I don't know if this long winded explanation helps but those are some of my personal favorites anyway.

Date: 2010-12-20 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sororcula.livejournal.com
Yay, thank you! I will check these out.

(And haha, who doesn't like Navy SEALS, goddamn.)

Date: 2010-12-20 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mustangcandi.livejournal.com
LOL. [livejournal.com profile] swingandswirl said she couldn't get into the Troubleshooters books while [livejournal.com profile] spikedluv is with me on how good they are. I read romance to escape so I don't really think too much about the subtext or any of that. I just want a story that can make me disappear for a couple hours. All of the above suggestions fit that requirement.

And he's not really considered a romance writer but I'd suggest pretty much any book by Nicholas Sparks if you want a good romantic story. The Notebook had me in tears from beginning to end and Message in a Bottle was another book that made me cry for three days when I finished it.

Date: 2010-12-20 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sororcula.livejournal.com
Lord knows with TV a lot of the time I can't turn off my sociologist's brain and I end up critiquing the shit out of it, but mostly with romance novels I think I'm able to just say at the beginning, OKAY, this is going to be RIDICULOUS, and then enjoy it. Haha.

IDK about Nicholas Sparks, idk if I really want something that will make me cry. I did see the Miley Cyrus movie based on his book (The Last Song) and I liked it.

Date: 2010-12-20 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mustangcandi.livejournal.com
Nicholas isn't for every one (though [livejournal.com profile] magisterequitum may have to jump here and convince you otherwise, LOL) but his stories are generally just really beautiful and sad and touching and sweet. You're heart broken at the end and yet completely hopeful. I can't explain it. If you like The Last Song, you should watch The Notebook. While Hollywood butchered Message in a Bottle, they completely nailed The Notebook in movie form. (Plus Ryan Gosling has a beard for half of it.) :)

mostly with romance novels I think I'm able to just say at the beginning, OKAY, this is going to be RIDICULOUS, and then enjoy it.

That's really the only way to read a romance novel. If you take it too seriously, you'll drive yourself nuts. LOL.

Date: 2010-12-20 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sororcula.livejournal.com
Plus Ryan Gosling has a beard for half of it.

You know me all too well...

Date: 2010-12-20 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mustangcandi.livejournal.com
Something else I was thinking about with the Troubleshooters books in particular, they make me laugh... a lot. She just writes this sarcastic wit that is right up my alley.

Nora's books also had several laughs in them. I like a book that can make me laugh and fall in love. :)

Date: 2010-12-20 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sororcula.livejournal.com
Yay, those are my favorites, for sure! One author I really like is Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She incorporates a lot of humor into her books. And football players. Ahem.

Date: 2010-12-21 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mustangcandi.livejournal.com
Football players you say? Hmmmm.

*does Amazon search

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