Romance Books That Started It All - MA - ONLY 4+ STARS

This is a list of romance books that come FIRST in a trilogy, series, saga, etc. These books can be found in any ADULT category and ranges from traditional bodice rippers to contemporary/paranormal romances to horror/suspense/mystery romance.

Please only suggest books that START a series and have been rated with a cumulative OVERALL star score of AT LEAST 4 stars (NOT 3.something) within ADULT romance! DO NOT put YA, bundle titles, etc. in this list!
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4.16 avg rating — 321,830 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 70,476 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 151,771 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 87,641 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 173,388 ratings
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6

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4.20 avg rating — 66,231 ratings
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7

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4.11 avg rating — 30,666 ratings
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8

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4.08 avg rating — 48,092 ratings
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9

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4.12 avg rating — 97,990 ratings
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10

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4.06 avg rating — 117,909 ratings
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11

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4.16 avg rating — 501,228 ratings
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12

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4.25 avg rating — 962,833 ratings
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13

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4.05 avg rating — 58,911 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 57,597 ratings
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15

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4.10 avg rating — 18,278 ratings
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16

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4.05 avg rating — 82,313 ratings
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17

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4.03 avg rating — 111,759 ratings
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18

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4.21 avg rating — 3,661 ratings
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19

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4.15 avg rating — 196,303 ratings
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20

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4.17 avg rating — 190,345 ratings
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21

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4.20 avg rating — 76,954 ratings
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22

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4.03 avg rating — 50,824 ratings
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23

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4.07 avg rating — 31,659 ratings
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24

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4.14 avg rating — 56,080 ratings
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25

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4.04 avg rating — 52,888 ratings
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26

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4.07 avg rating — 69,864 ratings
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27

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4.04 avg rating — 632,107 ratings
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28

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4.13 avg rating — 181,847 ratings
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29

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3.99 avg rating — 154,329 ratings
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30

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4.08 avg rating — 57,425 ratings
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31

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4.01 avg rating — 64,528 ratings
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32

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4.23 avg rating — 62,860 ratings
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33

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4.03 avg rating — 17,733 ratings
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34

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4.32 avg rating — 53,979 ratings
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35

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4.05 avg rating — 35,955 ratings
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36

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4.19 avg rating — 29,200 ratings
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37

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3.98 avg rating — 33,503 ratings
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38

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4.02 avg rating — 142,419 ratings
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39

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4.15 avg rating — 107,761 ratings
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40

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4.12 avg rating — 134,599 ratings
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41

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4.25 avg rating — 49,949 ratings
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42

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3.99 avg rating — 55,633 ratings
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43

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4.07 avg rating — 76,864 ratings
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44

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4.08 avg rating — 50,062 ratings
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45

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4.10 avg rating — 158,767 ratings
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46

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4.04 avg rating — 42,694 ratings
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47

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3.99 avg rating — 20,947 ratings
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48

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4.05 avg rating — 24,512 ratings
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49

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 60,321 ratings
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50

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4.07 avg rating — 109,473 ratings
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51

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4.03 avg rating — 68,660 ratings
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52

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4.16 avg rating — 48,151 ratings
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53

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4.05 avg rating — 19,546 ratings
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54

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4.21 avg rating — 51,032 ratings
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55

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4.08 avg rating — 25,312 ratings
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56

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4.02 avg rating — 62,797 ratings
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57

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4.17 avg rating — 16,922 ratings
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58

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4.05 avg rating — 14,443 ratings
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59

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3.98 avg rating — 15,232 ratings
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60

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4.04 avg rating — 21,617 ratings
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61

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4.17 avg rating — 114,692 ratings
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62

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4.16 avg rating — 72,421 ratings
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63

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4.26 avg rating — 59,601 ratings
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64

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4.06 avg rating — 15,505 ratings
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65

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4.07 avg rating — 7,817 ratings
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66

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3.99 avg rating — 12,985 ratings
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67

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4.16 avg rating — 13,837 ratings
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68

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4.28 avg rating — 31,935 ratings
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69

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4.07 avg rating — 29,175 ratings
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70

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4.04 avg rating — 521,819 ratings
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71

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4.02 avg rating — 3,132 ratings
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72

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4.01 avg rating — 73,529 ratings
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73

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3.99 avg rating — 70,456 ratings
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74

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4.23 avg rating — 59,502 ratings
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75

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4.02 avg rating — 99,337 ratings
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76

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4.12 avg rating — 7,978 ratings
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77

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4.02 avg rating — 26,617 ratings
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78

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4.05 avg rating — 39,022 ratings
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79

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4.17 avg rating — 56,281 ratings
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80

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4.02 avg rating — 9,253 ratings
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81

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4.16 avg rating — 169,502 ratings
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82

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4.15 avg rating — 6,803 ratings
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83

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4.14 avg rating — 25,857 ratings
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84

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4.08 avg rating — 20,961 ratings
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85

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 199,679 ratings
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86

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4.25 avg rating — 27,344 ratings
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86

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4.20 avg rating — 1,194,891 ratings
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88

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4.16 avg rating — 17,286 ratings
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89

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3.97 avg rating — 89,414 ratings
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90

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4.11 avg rating — 1,033 ratings
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91

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3.99 avg rating — 7,132 ratings
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92

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4.15 avg rating — 17,516 ratings
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93

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4.22 avg rating — 72,081 ratings
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94

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4.03 avg rating — 33,445 ratings
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95

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4.12 avg rating — 8,926 ratings
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96

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4.02 avg rating — 448,533 ratings
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97

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4.07 avg rating — 52,280 ratings
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98

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4.19 avg rating — 26,580 ratings
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99

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4.25 avg rating — 57,255 ratings
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100

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4.03 avg rating — 24,040 ratings
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message 1: by Theresa (last edited Oct 18, 2013 12:38PM) (new)

Theresa Hey everyone,

Not to be a bitch, but I have noticed how some of you have been adding books in here that do not adhere to the description requirements. I will be going back through the list and weeding out these books. I appreciate your contribution, but it's also for the benefit of others that the requirements of this list is adhered to.

This list is for romance books with an OVERALL aggregate star score of AT LEAST 4 stars. Books who have a star rating of 3 point something, no matter how close to the 4 star rating you feel it might be after "rounding" DOES NOT COUNT. Neither does your belief that a book *should be* considered a 4. Many books on here I have personally rated as lower than 4, but have included on this list because of the opinions of everyone else.

When voting for future romance books, please be aware of the requirements, otherwise I will have to remove books as they are added. With this being said, thank you to all of you who have voted for books and have followed the guidelines! I'm sure with your additions, many more readers will be able to enjoy a new series from different (ADULT) authors!

Thanks a bunch!
-Theresa (creator of this list LOL)


message 2: by Katrina (new)

Katrina Hi Theresa. May I suggest Raphael (Vampires in America #1) by D.B Reynolds. It is definitely AO with overall #4.11 score.


message 3: by Theresa (new)

Theresa Hi Katrina,

Raphael (Vampires in America #1) by D.B. Reynolds was added to the list. Thanks for the contribution!

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UPDATE: October 14, 2013

I have gone and have weeded out 3 books who did not meet the list's guidelines. Please follow the rules and add ONLY 4+ star ratings!

Thank you to all of you who have followed the rules and have helped this list to grow :)


message 4: by Theresa (new)

Theresa Hi Everyone,

I hope y'all are enjoying this list ;) I've noticed it has grown since I started it! With that being said, I want to take a moment to thank all our contributors, and give a HUGE thanks to some of your who have messaged me with book updates and about violators.

NEW BOOK ADDED:
"Outlander" Series by Diana Gaboldon

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ALSO, I HAVE BEEN TOLD THERE HAVE BEEN VIOLATORS. IF YOU CAN'T FOLLOW THE RULES OF THIS LIST, I'M GOING TO BE FORCED TO CALL YOU OUT FOR BEING AN ASSHOLE.

DON'T RUIN THE READING EXPERIENCE FOR OTHERS BY ADDING BOOKS THAT DON'T BELONG ON THIS LIST.

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That's all! Thanks again!

Happy Reading!
~Theresa


message 5: by Natasha (new)

Natasha Carman You have Sterling by Dannika Dark on there 2 times. I think they should be combined.


message 6: by Stephaniec (new)

Stephaniec Great List THanks!


message 7: by Raine (new)

Raine Removing the following books since they are not first in the series:
The Mating (Law of the Lycans, #3)
Bound in Blue (Cirque Masters, #2)
Upon a Winter's Night (MacKinnon's Rangers, #3.5)
Untamed (MacKinnon's Rangers, #2)
Defiant (MacKinnon's Rangers, #3)
Darkest Before Dawn (KGI, #10)
Highlander Most Wanted (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #2)
Their Virgin Mistress (Masters of Ménage, #7)
Off the Edge (The Associates, #2)
In the Company of Witches (Arcane Shot, #2)


message 8: by Crystal (new)

Crystal There are a few on the list that are below the 4 star.
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A Court of Thorns and Roses and Relentless are young adult.

A court of thorns has some sexual content, but it's certainly not a mature book that seems to fit the list requirements. Relentless is absolutely just YA.

Good list though! I appreciate being able to see where to start new series that are mature and highly rated. Helpful!


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