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Nora Roberts

I'm extremely picky when it comes to romance novels. Extremely. If you don't have well-developed characters and a darn good plot to go with those sex scenes, then I certainly won't be reading your book. With that in mind, I felt I needed to make a post about my favorite romance writer, Nora Roberts. She's the only non-fantasy author who can hold my attention and make me want to read more.

Since Nora has written 175 books (and I haven't read them all yet), I decided to narrow my list down to my top ten. Many of these books are parts of trilogies and series, but I'm not listing them in order.

1) Entranced (The Donovan Legacy) - Give me a sexy psychic and I'm putty in your hands. Sebastian Donovan is sexy, engaging, and certainly not perfect. Just the way I like them. He and his intended Mel spar and sizzle as they hunt for a kidnapped baby. Very fun read.

2) Tears of the Moon (The Irish Trilogy) - This was the first Nora Roberts book I ever read, and I picked it up because Shawn Gallagher was a musician. I was hooked, though, when I met the novel's heroine, Brenna O'Toole, a fiesty redhead with an even worse temper. Brenna has quite a time getting Shawn's head out of the clouds and his focus on her.

3) Sea Swept (The Chesapeake Bay Saga) - This whole series is awesome. Great, great characters. Cameron has to give up his life of freedom to come home and raise his youngest adopted brother when his father dies. But social worker Anna could be another reason to stay as well.

4) Rising Tides (The Chesapeake Bay Saga) - I adore Ethan. He's quiet and reserved, and adorable. Ethan's memories of his childhood abuse causes him to keep childhood friend Grace at a distance.

5) Inner Harbor (The Chesapeake Bay Saga) - Phillip and Sybill are probably the most fun because they are so prim and proper in the beginning. It's fun to watch their relationship grow.

6) Chesapeake Blue (The Chesapeake Bay Saga) - Seth finally got his story, and it was so fun to see all the characters I love in the first three books again.

7) Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island Trilogy) - Believe it or not, this book spoke to me in volumes during the time in my life when I read it. I think I overidentified with Nell, even though I hadn't been in an abused relationship. Watching her grow in this story was fantastic.

8) Naked in Death - Technically, yes, she wrote this one under J.D. Robb, but Eve and Roarke are too much fun not to mention. Plus, the mystery held my attention the whole way through. Kept me guessing until the end.

9) The Three Fates - Three love stories rolled up into one large mystery...and every second was awesome to read. You cared about all of the characters and what would happen to them. Fantastic.

10) The Key Trilogy (Key of Light, Key of Knowledge, and Key of Valor) - Okay, so I cheated on this last one because I wanted to include the whole series. This one kept me enthralled the whole way through. Three women are chosen to find three keys to free the souls of three goddesses. Good, good stuff.

Seriously, if you need a good romance with interesting characters and a darn good plot for light beach reading, you can't go wrong with Nora Roberts. You just can't.


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Jul. 4th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Oh good, I have an expert to ask! See, growing up, my mom read lots of romance novels. When I started reading them (sneaking them off! Such a terrible child), I ended up avoiding the NR books cause, as far as I knew, they were all focused more on relationships and families, and less on the sexy sparks or drama that I liked in my cheesy romances.

It's a while now since I've had to borrow books from my mother, but I still can't bring myself to read NR. Am I crazy? Maybe I should choose one of the ones from your list, cause they don't sound like Lifetime movies so much. :P

(apologies for letting this all out in your post, here!)
Jul. 4th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
Yes, she does focus more on relationships and stuff, but her books are well worth the read. And her sex scenes are very, very good.
Jul. 4th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
I enjoy her books also - get hand-me-downs from my mom and I've forgotten which ones I've read. But I have a pretty good stash of them! :)
Jul. 4th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
I adore Carnal Innocence! It's awesome! Murder. Danger. Sexual tension. Hot, sultry Southern nights. I am in love with Tucker Longstreet. The funny thing is, when I re-read the book last year, I kept picturing Jared as Tucker and Jensen as Burke Truesdale. Same thing happened when I read The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks. Jared was the face of Mike Harris and Jensen was the face of his older brother Henry. *lol* Whimsy made me read that one and I'm so glad she did. I loved it.
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Ah, you and your SPN obsession. Hee!
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Well, can you blame me? *grin*
Jul. 6th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
This is true. Now write more fic.;)
Jul. 6th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
I am! *lol*
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