Friday, January 25, 2013

Romance Madness Blog Hop

While most peeps recognize the fact that when I write I lean more towards erotica, I started out as both a writer and reader in the romance genre.  In fact, I think most erotic authors do.  It's a logical progression.  But even still with this being said, I still love romance.  It's a key aspect of my work. There has to be a happily ever after or I'm not happy.  

I've been reading romance since I was seventeen, and I had to say one of my favorite romance novels, has always been the Silhoutte Desire Line. It featured authors like Elizabeth Lowell, Diana Palmer (for all those long Tall Texan's Fans) Maureen Child and  Maya Banks, just to name a few.  And honestly I can't chose my favorite so I've picked my top three. 

To be entered to win  one of the three prizes listed below, fill out the Rafflecopter entry form.  I'll be drawing three winners on January 30th at 12pm CST. 

Also don't forget stop by and check out the rest of the peeps from January 25th to 29th.   Just click the button on the bottom of this post :)   Mean while enjoy a little blast from the past - romance style :)

 Top Three Romances Loved by Dakota 

#3 Lean on Me by Jill Shavis, Nov, 1998

Bo Tyler was downright mesmerizing when he worked his magic on the children during therapy sessions, but Clarissa Woods kept resisting the sweet dare in his dark eyes! No one had ever teased her or flirted the way Bo did, and she'd never known the sizzling pleasure his lips promised with every touch. Could a special man who wouldn't settle for friendship be the lover who'd silence her fears and teach her to fly free at last?

In a story that is as richly romantic as it is poignant, Jill Shalvis celebrates the heart's astonishing capacity for healing when surprised by a gift of love. He'd offered her compassion, tenderness, and a chance to escape a terrifying past, but could they help each other wrestle the demons that still stood between them and happiness?

#2  His Girl Friday by Diana Palmer, Feb. 1990

"Once my mouth covers yours, there's no going back."

Even as his lips dragged roughly across hers, Danetta Marist knew her boss meant what he said. He was always arrogant and demanding, and this kiss was no exception. She could barely breathe for the intense heat that sizzled between them. But she believed in marriage, and Cabe Ritter was a terrible womanizer...

In fact, Cabe used his 'ladies' man' image; it kept him safe from women-like his pretty secretary-who wanted a commitment. But Danetta's innocence went to his head and, once he'd held her in his arms, he wanted to keep her there-forever!


#1 Outlaw by Elizabeth Lowell, Jan. 1991

Diana Saxton has come to Colorado's mesa country to explore the Anasazi cliffs. And she doesn't want -- or need -- the help of Tennessee Blackthorn, a man as tough and commanding as the land itself. But the sexy ranch hand seems determined to unlock the secrets of the mesa -- and the passion in Diana's heart.

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 The Romance Reviews Romance Madness Hop 

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  1. I am not sure if this was written in the 90s but I have always loved Julie Garwood's Ransom.
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  2. I was in high school and college in the 90s so didn't have much time for reading romances. I did read RL Stine and Christopher Pike in high school, but can't remember any titles. When I started reading again about 5 years ago I started with Fern Michael's romance novels, I'm sure many were written in the 90s. I loved the Vegas series.

  3. I've read alot of romances from the 90s,but the one that stands out for me is Diamond Girl by Diana Palmer. :) I just really connected to the heroine and her problems with self-confidence. I even had the movie they made (also in the 90s) based on it.

  4. the 90s would put me in high school and college. I was reading ALOT of Anne Rice at that point. In a way the bulk of her work then was a love affair with Lestat ;)


  5. One of my favorite has always been Creole Fire. I need to find the e-book of that.

  6. I like One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. I think that series is great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. My favorite is Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.


  8. Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele were favorite authors that I enjoyed reading in the 90s.

  9. My favorite book was published in 2006: Shelly Laurenston's Pack Challenge. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. I'll go with "It Had to by You" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I think that was '90s.

  11. pride and prejudice

  12. Can't think of a book written in the 90's or about the 90's that is a favorite. I do like historical romances best and among my favorite are the Sarah Woolson Mysteries by Shirley Tallman. Excellent stories about a female attorney in San Francisco in the 1890's. Guess that qualifies for a book in the 90's! LOL

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  13. Wow...the 90'S ummm I'm trying really hard to think back that far.
    To Tame a Highland Warrior,Karen Marie Moning that's all I think of at the's at the end of the decade, but still it was good.

    Thanks for the chance to win
    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  14. In the 90's I was on a regency kick. I was loving all the wonderful seasons and ravishing rakes. I can't remember a favorite them but now I adore Johanna Lindsey.


  15. I really can't remember what I read in the 90's versus other times. I used to read Lavyrle Spencer (Hummingbird was great!), Julie Garwood and Jude Devereaux.... I think those were in the 90's.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane,

  16. I only got into romance from the m/m era onward, so that was definitely past the '90s! Favorites include Tara Lain's Genetic Attraction series, KA Mitchell's Florida series, Eden Winters' DIVERSION, Damon Suede's HOT HEAD, LA Witt's THE CLOSER YOU GET, and Clare London's SAY A LITTLE PRAYER.


  17. I love Ransom by Julie Garwood.
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  18. I'll go with Gabaldon's Outlander.

  19. I, too, must choose Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  20. In the 90s I was reading a lot of Harlequin books. I can't think of a favorite. Whenever I am asked to choose a favorite book I struggle because I love so many. One of my favorite series now is the Dark series by Christine Feehan.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  21. For me it's Lori Foster and Jennifer Crusie :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  22. It's most definitely not from the 90s but nothing can beat Gone With The Wind.

  23. I wasn't reading romance novels in the 90's. I was still in my sci-fi and fantasy phase. I have a lot of books I love now. I think some of the Sherrilyn Kenyon books are from the late 90s. I love the Dark Hunters series.

  24. I don't have any favourites from the 90's but I love anything by Julia Quinn

  25. I have read so much, I dont know what was written in the nineties, but I loved Garwood, The wolf and the dove; and all of Quinns. I started out with the tame stuff and widened by horizons.
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  26. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, one of my favorites.
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  27. I didn't read much in the 90's, but I'm making up for it now.

  28. Oh gosh I read so many romance novels in the 90's, an I remember the name of so few. Jackie collins maybe, I loved her books. I read all of danielle steele's back then, jude deveraux (sp?), a whole bunch of harlequin..dont remember any of the names. I did read the girl friday book you posted, and I enjoyed it. Oh, and I loved historical romances!

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  29. My favorite 90s era romances is probably The Bride by Julie Garwood. I loved the story! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  30. i don't have a fav romance, i only dabble in that genre thanks for the giveaway - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  31. Well in the 90's i was reading RL Stine and James Patterson :-) But i love reading romance now and my favorites are by J. Lynn and Laura Kaye! (Her Forbidden Hero/One Night with a Hero)
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