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...it goes like this.

WORLD DOMINATION = asleep by 12mn + ample sleeping time + coffee

After that you will feel like you are MAGNIFICENCE IN HUMAN FORM.

Today I got up early, for we have entered the Grind Phase of the term. Summer classes will end mid-July: we only have less than 30 lecture days.

In other news, I've been thinking about starting to read romance novels. When I was a wee girl who didn't know any better, I used to sniff at them in disdain and wouldn't touch them because what if they have Like The Other Girls cooties???? But I grew up, and got a bit better.

So, then! I tried to Google, but it's all so overwhelming, and some of the summaries leave me cold. I thought to myself, "MAYBE it's really just because you have low attraction towards men? Romance is boring if you're bored with the half of the pair," and also "I'm rather lazy when it comes to getting myself to invest in male characters nowadays," and also "WHERE ARE THE LESBIAN OR BISEXUAL BODICE RIPPERS???"

Have you lovelies got romance novel suggestions? Have you dabbled in the genre? Are you reading it? I'll take all recs, contemporary or period pieces. And more importantly, what are your sleeping hours?

Hope you'll have a good weekend!

Date: 2017-07-01 04:38 am (UTC)
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I used to sniff at the romance genre myself, but found Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series a really lovely intro to historical romances. They're het (and admittedly the entire romance genre needs more lesbians, stat!) but the female characters are A+

Date: 2017-07-01 09:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tielan
Seconding Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series.

Courtney Milan in general is a pretty solid hit.

Date: 2017-07-01 09:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tielan
Courtney Milan (as I mentioned above) is good, both in historical and in her modern stuff - her most recent novel in the modern-set Cyclone series has a trans heroine and it seemed thoughtfully dealt with.

Nora Roberts is a good writer - I recommend her fantasy trilogies and her suspense-romances (since around the early 2000s, I believe). Her backlist is a little more traditional Harlequin romance. If you want a mystery in there, I recommend the In Death series which she's written under the penname J.D. Robb.

I used to enjoy Liz Carlyle's historicals in the mid 00s - she had some mystery/suspense mixed in with her romances. I've been doing a re-read and enjoying it, but there are some thing that niggle a little more than they used to.

Lately, I've been reading Anne Calhoun's SEAL series - three novels, and three short stories, all in the same universe and the characters know each other. I also read her erotica series, which were very hot, but less my style.

I have friends who really love Mary Balogh's historicals, but something about her style doesn't quite hit the hotness factor for me in her sex scenes, although her characters are pretty varied (and not always entirely likeable - the Bedwyns, for instance, mostly make me want to slap them).

Hope that helps a little!

Date: 2017-07-02 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I just remembered another author after checking out her backlist - Loretta Chase, who should be quite easily findable in your average bookshop. An author I've been recently enjoying is Elia Winters who's written/writing a series around a computer game company - the 'Life of Pi' series. The first book addresses sexism in the games industry, the second looks at BDSM, and the third appears to be a homosexual romance.

Fair warning: this is the romance genre, so the stuff that's easy to find is nearly universally het. The male characters tend to be more sexually experienced than the female characters, they're almost all dominant/alpha hero types, and they have a tendency towards the heteronormatively masculine. The female characters are all over the shop.

There are some beta males, but they're less common, and even if they're beta, they're usually confident about themselves. The authors I've listed tend not to write the "alphaholes" (a dominant guy who's the guy the female MC ends up with and is behaviourally an asshole without being called on it in-text) - that's my own preference coming out. Basically, if a guy acts like an asshole, he needs to be called on it and make amends by the end of the book or I blacklist the author.

(If you're looking for 'professional' recommendations - and more modern stuff - then I suggest you go look at Smart Bitches Trashy Books, and don't be put off by the aggressive pinkness of the site. They review romance novels and movies and pop culture, and don't apologise for the trash, they have a low tolerance for crappy writing or crappy characters, and every now and then they delve into 'mock the stupid' for some really out-there stuff.)

Sorry. This got long!

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