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Who's your favorite "trashy" indulgence?

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message 1: by Jana (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:23PM) (new)

Jana | 15 comments Mod
Let's discuss!
I think my favorite Regency "trashies" are Julia Quinn...I actually made a makeshift book cover when I read "Minx" because the cover was so damn embarrassing! Haha! For contemporary, I'll always turn to my Jennifer Crusies! xoxo! Can't wait to hear what you ladies love!

message 2: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:24PM) (new)

Jennifer shepherd | 11 comments i have lots of favorites....lets favorite historical author would have to be either lynn kurland or judith mcnaught. my favorite contemporary author is definitely catherine anderson. My favorite paranormal "trashies" are JR Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

message 3: by Jana (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:25PM) (new)

Jana | 15 comments Mod
Love love love Lynn Kurland! I've read most of them soooo out of order, but love how it doesn't really matter! I haven't read any of your other faves, but will have to check them out! Has anyone read Colleen Gleason's "Gardella Vampire Chronicles"? The covers are pretty trash-tastic, full of hunky man-boobage...but overall, I really like the series. My one complaint is the main character's "vis bulla"...I don't know why, but every time I read about it, I roll my eyes...LOL!

message 4: by Freda (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:49PM) (new)

Freda (arkie_fallenangel) | 2 comments I have several, but one of the top ones has to be Katie MacAlister. I LOVE her contemporary books (and really wish she would write a follow up to Hard Day's Knight).

message 5: by Dolly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:04PM) (new)

Dolly (dollyllama) | 1 comments Regencies: Mary Balogh, though her quality has fallen off a little with the last three or four books. Also, Suzanne Enoch for salacious smuttery (not so much on the historical accuracy). Contemporary (which I don't read as often): Lori Foster. I like it that her heroines are often, uh, not great beauties.

message 6: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Must agree with lots of the comments above!
To offer a couple more, for historical Virginia Henley, for contemporary I go for a Sandra Brown for the trash factor.

message 7: by Rhapsody (new)

Rhapsody | 5 comments My favorite romance authors are: Catherine Anderson, JR Ward, Kresley Cole, and Nalini Singh. I don't necessarily consider them to be "trash" though. Anderson especially I think is a superb writer. As for authors I like whom I consider to be truly trashy, I'll have to list Johanna Lindsay and Catherine Coulter.

message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary (marycastillo) My favorites are Loretta Chase, Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn. I usually read the first few pages of a book before I buy it, but with these three, it's an auto-buy.

I also love Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series and Emily Brightwell's Mrs. Jeffers cozy mysteries.

message 9: by Ann (new)

Ann Noell (fantasyannie) My favorite author is Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick, also Christina Dodd, Mary Jo Putney and Shannon Drake to name a few. I also do not consider them trash, I love romance and I'm not ashamed to say so. I agree with many of the comments from all of you. This looks like a good group to get recommendations from.

message 10: by Colette (new)

Colette  (abuckeyegirlreads) | 2 comments I have lots of favorites, but Johanna Lindsey remains top on my list. (She got me hooked on the genre!) Other favorites: Amanda Quick, (Jayne Anne Krentz) Julia Quinn, Lynn Kurland, Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, Diana Groe, (a new find!) Beatrice Small, Brenda Joyce. This list could go on and on....

message 11: by Laura (new)

Laura (laurastamps) Hi, Jennifer--
Paranormal romance is my favorite genre, and I love J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon too.

Also, Kathy Love. Have you tried her "Younger Brother" series yet? She writes great sex scenes, and her novels are packed with them as well as lots of humorous dialogue.

Katie MacAlister's "The Dark Ones" series is very good too. My favs in that series are "Sex and the Single Vampire," "Sex, Lies, and Vampires," and "Even Vampires Get the Blues."

message 12: by Shannon (new)

Shannon  (shannoncb) I'm with Laura - I love Paranormal Romance, and am still somewhat surprised at myself! J.R. Ward is great, and I'm just discovering new authors.

I grew up reading all the Georgette Heyer books, but I'm very protective of them and I refuse to consider them trashy! They're just ... too intelligent and witty? But I recently read a couple of Laura Lee Guhrke novels and they're great fun.

message 13: by calicheri (new)

calicheri Paranormal is my favorite too. Besides the "big" authors I like Nalini Singh, Eileen Wilks, Susan Sizemore, Kresley Cole,Shiloh Walker, Lora Leigh.

I love the ones who make me laugh too. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie, and Rachel Gibson.

Heartwarming authors too, Kathleen Eagle (the older ones) Catherine Anderson,Robyn Carr.

message 14: by Tina (new)

Tina Contemporary romance has always been my favorite part of the genre.

I especially like Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her It Had To Be You is, to my mind the perfect romance novel. It is so well written, sexy, funny and fresh.

I also love her older pre-Chicago Stars books. They are total throwbacks. She has a book called Glitter Baby and the main character's name is Fleur Savager. Seriously, how can you not love a book with a title and character name like that?

My other contemp faves are Suzanne Brockmann, Judith McNaught, Barbara Delinsky and LaVyrle Spenser.

Historicals I like Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn.

message 15: by Cory (new)

Cory | 2 comments LOVE Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Judith McNaught. My absolute favorites! Just wish Judith would go back to writing more historical books. Probably need to branch out more, but I just have been a little too reluctant to.

message 16: by Tammy (new)

Tammy (tammymerlot) My favorite contemporary author is Jennifer Crusie. I also enjoy some of SEP's books,a few of Rachel Gibson's and most of Christie Ridgway's. I am trying out Lora Leigh since she has come highly recommended to me.

My favorite historical authors are Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn. Rona Sharon is quickly becoming another fav.

I am brand new to paranormal romance, but so far I like Katie MacAlister and Gena Showalter.

message 17: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Tolbert | 1 comments My favorite contemporary authors are Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Lori Foster. My favorite Historical authors are Julia Quinn and Cassie Edwards.

message 18: by Laurie (new)

Laurie (lauriej) I like the combination of romance and paranormal. My favorites here are: Kristin Hannah, Catherine Anderson and Nora Roberts.

For just good old romance: Linda Lael Miller, Sandra Brown, Barbara Delinsky, LaVyrle Spencer, Susan Andersen, Lori Foster, Donna McKenna, Lori Wilde, Susan Elizabeth Phillips do not disappoint.

message 19: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I would say the Virginia Henley use to be my favorite "trash", but her last few books have been a let down. Now I haven't found another like here. Nora is my favorite by far.

message 20: by Yz the Whyz (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) There are so many wonderful authors in almost all romance categories, but my favorites, from the top of my head, are the following:

For paranormal, its JR Ward hands down, since I'm a big BDB fan. I also enjoy Christine Feehand Dark series.

For contemporary, I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, most especially her humor.

For historical, any book written by Amanda Quick (Jayne Anne Krentz) I automatically pick up.

There are so many to think of...but those are the ones that currently stand out in my head...

message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

My trashy indulgences:

1. Rachel Gibson
2. Susan Elizabeth Phillips
3. Julia Quinn
4. Amanda Quick
5. Lora Leigh
6. Janet Evanovich
7. Lori Foster

message 22: by Mia (new)

Mia Marlowe (miamarlowe) | 3 comments Wow, Colette! You've placed me in some fast company. My Dark Ages romances did come out under Diana Groe, but have you seen my Victorian/Georgian/Regency titles? I'm also Emily Bryan (that still sounds so skitzo to me!)If you get a chance, check out my DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS and PLEASURING THE PIRATE. VEXING THE VISCOUNT will come out next March. You can try an excerpt on my website at

Please enter my contest when you pop by!
Thanks again for the mention.
Emily aka Diana

message 23: by Addicted2Luv (new)

Addicted2Luv | 2 comments Go to for book covers to hide your naughty paperback covers. I have a burgundy one, and it looks like I'm sitting in the doctor's office or somewhere reading a classic when really it's something trashy. Sneaky.

message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

This may sound a little shameless, but then again I am an erotic romance author. My most trashy indulgence is nothing more than thinking about characters and scenarios into which I can cast them for my own satisfaction as well as my readers' entertainment hopefully. Consider that we all live our lives inside our own heads. And as a writer, I probably spend more time "feeling around" in there than most people would. And at times, it gets absolutely decadent. If you consider that, at least mentally, we are active in every book we write. It's just as any reader getting caught up in the story, except we are creating the story. I am so glad that I'm wired this way.

message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Trashy indulgences, the ones for which I use a bookcover so as not to embarrass myself? Laurell K. Hamilton, it's like crack, why do I keep reading those awful things? The rest of my reading material is really good...trash!

message 26: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Noble | 2 comments I don't really know what is considered "trashy" I like alot of romance authors but I don't know if they would fit into that type of category. I discovered Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas and I think they are the dirtiest I've ever read but the story lines are excellent. I had no idea there was erotic romance until about a year ago but I've never read one.

message 27: by Lauren (new)

Lauren I am paranomal romance lover for sure. my favorites are
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kresley Cole
J.R. Ward
Larissa Ione

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