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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4.20 avg rating — 269,479 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 30,656 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 127,195 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 55,747 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 68,862 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 142,718 ratings
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7

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4.23 avg rating — 54,399 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 23,181 ratings
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9

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4.11 avg rating — 38,622 ratings
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10

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4.19 avg rating — 427,488 ratings
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11

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4.12 avg rating — 80,575 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 50,943 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 16,744 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 93,041 ratings
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15

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4.22 avg rating — 731,277 ratings
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16

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4.22 avg rating — 3,338 ratings
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17

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4.08 avg rating — 72,190 ratings
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18

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4.06 avg rating — 100,003 ratings
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18

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4.28 avg rating — 51,756 ratings
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20

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4.22 avg rating — 159,462 ratings
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21

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4.22 avg rating — 67,691 ratings
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22

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4.17 avg rating — 159,026 ratings
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23

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4.15 avg rating — 49,903 ratings
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24

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4.08 avg rating — 53,988 ratings
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25

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4.10 avg rating — 33,303 ratings
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26

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4.16 avg rating — 24,850 ratings
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27

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4.06 avg rating — 47,005 ratings
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28

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4.01 avg rating — 135,650 ratings
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29

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4.03 avg rating — 137,775 ratings
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30

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4.12 avg rating — 504,669 ratings
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31

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 55,778 ratings
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32

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4.12 avg rating — 152,641 ratings
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33

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4.26 avg rating — 51,239 ratings
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34

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4.03 avg rating — 55,574 ratings
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35

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4.11 avg rating — 51,465 ratings
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36

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4.02 avg rating — 15,647 ratings
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37

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4.19 avg rating — 26,988 ratings
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38

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4.05 avg rating — 26,240 ratings
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39

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4.02 avg rating — 26,311 ratings
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40

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4.11 avg rating — 120,497 ratings
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40

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4.20 avg rating — 96,116 ratings
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42

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4.26 avg rating — 39,963 ratings
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43

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 48,242 ratings
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44

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4.02 avg rating — 126,587 ratings
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45

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4.08 avg rating — 35,643 ratings
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46

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4.09 avg rating — 70,433 ratings
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47

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4.04 avg rating — 55,302 ratings
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48

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4.14 avg rating — 128,692 ratings
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49

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4.11 avg rating — 17,918 ratings
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50

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4.11 avg rating — 93,479 ratings
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51

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4.05 avg rating — 47,048 ratings
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52

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4.35 avg rating — 34,714 ratings
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53

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4.07 avg rating — 16,449 ratings
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54

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4.24 avg rating — 41,049 ratings
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55

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4.03 avg rating — 34,269 ratings
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56

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4.02 avg rating — 19,575 ratings
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57

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4.02 avg rating — 16,561 ratings
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58

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4.10 avg rating — 21,420 ratings
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59

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4.12 avg rating — 23,065 ratings
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60

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4.16 avg rating — 15,482 ratings
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61

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4.05 avg rating — 13,279 ratings
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62

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4.01 avg rating — 13,058 ratings
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63

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4.09 avg rating — 18,159 ratings
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64

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4.17 avg rating — 31,369 ratings
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65

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4.19 avg rating — 106,717 ratings
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66

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4.17 avg rating — 69,227 ratings
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67

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4.03 avg rating — 65,631 ratings
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68

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3.99 avg rating — 17,059 ratings
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69

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3.99 avg rating — 15,137 ratings
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70

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4.10 avg rating — 6,802 ratings
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71

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4.29 avg rating — 50,646 ratings
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72

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4.17 avg rating — 12,690 ratings
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73

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4.31 avg rating — 29,909 ratings
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74

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3.99 avg rating — 4,380 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 11,682 ratings
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76

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4.03 avg rating — 2,893 ratings
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77

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 68,304 ratings
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78

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4.05 avg rating — 85,672 ratings
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79

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4.12 avg rating — 7,558 ratings
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80

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4.24 avg rating — 54,083 ratings
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81

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4.07 avg rating — 13,172 ratings
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82

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4.02 avg rating — 69,988 ratings
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83

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4.04 avg rating — 454,738 ratings
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84

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4.04 avg rating — 24,264 ratings
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85

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4.02 avg rating — 21,774 ratings
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86

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4.03 avg rating — 8,633 ratings
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86

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4.04 avg rating — 35,200 ratings
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88

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4.19 avg rating — 153,283 ratings
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89

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4.10 avg rating — 16,931 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 22,606 ratings
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91

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4.14 avg rating — 5,819 ratings
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92

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3.99 avg rating — 26,224 ratings
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93

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3.98 avg rating — 16,524 ratings
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94

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4.09 avg rating — 75,596 ratings
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95

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4.15 avg rating — 23,432 ratings
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96

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4.18 avg rating — 50,520 ratings
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97

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4.13 avg rating — 1,001 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 16,169 ratings
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99

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4.01 avg rating — 2,855 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 5,464 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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