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recommendations please for romantic books that aren't 'romance'

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babyignoramus Mon 15-Jun-09 18:55:22

I really like fantasy and adventure, with a dash of romance thrown in. Any recommendations?

I've really enjoyed the Black Magician Trilogy, Garth Nix books and Phillip Pullman to give you an idea


GentlyDidIt Mon 15-Jun-09 18:58:07

The Time Traveller's Wife

(Yay I was first!)

Iain Banks weaves a nice element of romance in, too - lovely one in The Crow Road.

sleepycat Mon 15-Jun-09 19:01:35

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ellybett Mon 15-Jun-09 19:02:22

The Time Traveller's Wife can make me cry every time I read it! But have you thought about the Twilight books? They're meant to be young adult fiction but I was just drawn into them and couldn't put them down!

twinmam Mon 15-Jun-09 19:20:16

Oh yes - TTW. So beautiful.... I also enjoyed The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. It's set in Russia during WW2 and made me cry buckets!

babyignoramus Mon 15-Jun-09 22:11:52

ellybet, i've read Twilight etc. But you're up the right ally, i really liked them. I can't read anything set in the war, anything war related just makes me cry! I'm welling up now just typing that! No idea why but i suppose it's not a bad thing to get upset about. I'm a really fast reader too so a nice thick book would be good. I read twilight in about 4 hours!

janeite Mon 15-Jun-09 22:17:53

Yes to The Time Traveller's Wife (although bits of it are rather silly, it is a huge, far-reaching love story).

Jane Austen?

You might like Malory Blackman's Noughts And Crosses series - the first three are great, the fourth is dreadful imho.

Gaiman's 'Starlight' might be up your street too.

Isabel Allende's one set in the Gold Rush might be worth looking at but I am an idiot and have forgotten what it's called.

Pogleswood Mon 15-Jun-09 22:19:17

The 'Cast in ...'series by Michelle Sagara(though it does depend a bit what your definition of a dash of romance is - they have less rather than more.On the plus side there are 4? and she's still writing them - always helpful if you're a fast reader,I find! The first is Cast in Shadow)

pickyvic Mon 15-Jun-09 22:37:02

the gargoyle. fancbloodytastic!

its by andrew davidson. a fab fab read. i couldnt put it down and my DH loved it too.

and if youve not read time travellers wife then thats brill too!

pickyvic Mon 15-Jun-09 22:38:19

am i the only one whos read the gargoyle? cos i could wax lyrical about it for ever and no one else i know has read it - except my DH who loved it too!

janeite Mon 15-Jun-09 22:39:58

I've read it. I liked it!

kaxter Mon 15-Jun-09 23:01:05

I really enjoyed the gargoyle as well, ordered a copy for my sister as soon as i finished it. Just a bit disappointed about the ending. But only a bit.
Have just started The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson, anyone else read it?

janeite Mon 15-Jun-09 23:02:55

Yes I was a bit disappointed by the ending too. And also rather shocked by some of the porn star stuff at the beginning. But am a bit of a prude I think.

Babbity Mon 15-Jun-09 23:05:59

I think Stephen Fry's Making History is one of the most romantic books I've ever read. I snivel every time.

Mariana by Monica Dickens is lovely.

passionberry Tue 16-Jun-09 17:06:13

Ooh I didn't think anyone else would have heard of Mariana - it is lovely.

As is The Beautiful Visit by Elizabeth Jane Howard but both of these are set during WW1 or WW2 (can't remember which!)

Possession by A S Byatt - seem to remember sniffing a bit at the end.

steamedtreaclesponge Tue 16-Jun-09 17:18:39

David Edding's 'Belgariad' series would probably fit the "fantasy with a dash of romance" bill - there are five in that series and then another seven after that, so would keep you going for a little while if you did like them!

Have you tried Laurell K. Hamilton? Her books (one series about a vampire slayer and one about a private investigator/faerie princess) are more like fantasy adventure/porn rather than romance, and are the trashiest novels I've ever read, but are oddly compelling!

Mumwhensdinnerready Tue 30-Jun-09 19:54:53

Just read Cover of Night by Linda Howard. It's a thriller with some romance and I loved it. So much I've been to the library to borrow some more of Linda Howard's books as I hadn't come across her before.

wrongsideof40 Wed 01-Jul-09 19:40:07

What about Mart Stewart ? I read all her books years ago and remember them as good pacy romantic thrillers - though might seem a bit dated now

wrongsideof40 Wed 01-Jul-09 19:40:57

Should of course be Mary Stewart - some titles are Wildfire by Midnight, madam will you talk ?

wrongsideof40 Wed 01-Jul-09 19:41:33

Should of course be Mary Stewart - some titles are Wildfire by Midnight, madam will you talk ?

LyraSilvertongue Wed 01-Jul-09 22:17:25

The Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass) by Cassandra Clare. Lots of action, vampires, werewolves, faeries, demons, but with a love story running through it.
it's 'young adult' fiction in the same way as the Twilight series.

LyraSilvertongue Wed 01-Jul-09 22:19:27

Pickyvic, who is The Gargoyle by? And what's it about? I'm always looking for book recommendations.

DangerousDorothy Thu 02-Jul-09 13:02:10

Diana Gabaldon books. I am mostly into fantasy/sci-fi but I did enjoy these. Romance and time travel, the first one is called 'Crossstitch'.

Maria2007 Mon 24-Aug-09 20:44:12

OK I came to this thread quite late; but wanted to suggest, in case you're still looking, any book by Susan Isaacs. Not fantasy, but whodunits with loads of wonderful, funny, inspiring, toe-curling romance

Scarletibis Wed 26-Aug-09 09:39:45

The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine MacMahon - set in the Crimean war.

Also ditto TTW

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