I love reading romance in general, but continuing stories suck me in faster than a deluxe Dyson vacuum cleaner.  If the title is followed by: ‘book one of the series’ I’m all in.  Why?  Because there’s no period after the happily ever after, there’s a comma and I know there’s more to come.  And that’s like life, lots of chapters, each with a new adventure, cliff hanger, or love interest.

J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series has me all a flutter.  The brothers each have their own unique abilities and each book makes me want to know more about their evolving world, and whether they’ll save their dying race of vampires.  Supernatural powers, secret societies, steamy romance, oh and yeah, drinking blood. What’s not to love?  



What about you?  What do you like about series and what is your favorite?





Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer.

by 1lovealways on ‎03-18-2010 01:51 PM

Hi Maria!  :smileyhappy:


Oh, my goodness!  I'm an addict too!  I can't stop reading series romance either.  Right now it's the Paranormal Series that have my captured my attention.  A lot of your points are also mine.  The continuing story with a new hero and heroine is what I like best.  My eyes light up because this is a new story, but it's also continuing the base story and building on that.


I like the fact that the characters lives become intertwined.  Some are friends and some are nemesis.  There's just so many possibilities to explore.  Children add another factor.  That means you have the next generation advancing in the ranks which means more stories if the author considers this. 


I can't pick an absolute favorite cause there are two.  The Black Dagger Brotherhood and The Dark Hunters, by J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon respectively.  One more month until Lover Mine and Ms. Kenyon has several goodies coming out this year.  I mean, I keep up with these two authors.  Their at the top of my list. 


Some other series romances that I like are Immortals After Dark, Kresley Cole, The Demonica Series, Larissa Ione, The Midnight Breed Series, Lara Adrian, The Carpathian Series, Christine Feehan, The Psy Changeling Series, Nalini Singh and Lords of the Underworld Series, Gena Showalter.  That's just a few.  Whew!  I'll admit I'm behind on a few, but that's the beauty of it.  When I run out of reading one and am waiting for the next installment, I can just go to another one.  Love it!  :smileyhappy:

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎03-18-2010 02:08 PM

My Name is Debbie and I'm addicted to books, series especially.


I love series and trilogies etc.. I love re-connecting with and keeping up with characters that I've met in previous books and see how they're doing. I'm never ready to say good-bye after 300 or so pages of getting to know them, I want more.


Okay my favorite series are:


Janet Evanovich -Stephanie Plum

JD Robb - Eve Dallas

Suzanne Brockmann - Troubleshooters

Linda Fairstein - Alex Cooper

Karen Marie Moning - Fever Series

Iris Johnansen - Eve Duncan

Sarah Graves - Home Repair is Homicide

Susan Wiggs- Lakeshore Chronicals

Linda Lael Miller- The McKettricks - Mojo Sheepshanks


And there's more but I'll stop now


by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎03-18-2010 02:23 PM

@1lovealways you took the words out of my mouth.  Another aspect I love about series is the continuing story line, book to book with the same h/h.  Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress Series comes to mind.  I loved Cat and Bones, and wanted to find out book to book where their story would take them.



You have named so many of my favorites.  For some reason, Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles always makes me cry.  She has a way of writing scenes that gets me every time. And when it comes to series - dont' ever stop, I'm always on the look out for a good, "new to me" series...I take recommendations gladly.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎03-18-2010 11:15 PM

Nora Roberts got me started on series books. I am currently following series' (mystery, romance and romantic suspense) by:


Suzanne Brockmann

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Virginia Kantra

Carrie Vaughn

Shana Abe

Kresley Cole

J.R. Ward

Jim Butcher

Toni Blake

Iris Johansen

Kay Hooper

Charles Todd

Alexander McCall Smith

Peter Robinson

Tara Janzen

Lee Child

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Mary Kennedy

Kate Carlisle

and too many others to mention

by on ‎03-18-2010 11:22 PM

My favorite all-time romance series is the "Angelique" series, set in 17th Century France, by Anne (AKA Sergeanne) Golon.  The first book was published in the late 50's in French, and English readers are still waiting for the translation of the last 3 of the 13 novels.


Sadly, it is no longer in print, but there is talk of a re-release of the series here, with better English translations.  Should this come to pass, I have no doubts that it will quickly become a bestseller.

by Beguile_Thy_Sorrow on ‎03-19-2010 01:11 AM

I'm right there with you!

I love nothing more than a good series (especially a romance one) and will read absolutely everthing I can as soon as the author publishes it from a series I follow. Like you, I love Mary Balogh and get giddy reading her Huxtable books. I'm addicted to that family, and look forward to trying the Slightly series and the Bedwyn family next.

I'm currently devoted to a bunch of different series but a few of my favorites are:

-Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

-Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

-Guild Hunter & Psy series by Nalini Singh

-Lucy Valentine series by Heather Webber

-the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

-And everthing by Richelle Mead! especially her Succubus series :smileyhappy:

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎03-19-2010 12:46 PM

@Psychee  I' am not familiar with “Angelique” - I wanted to check it out, but unfortunately the link isn't working.  But you've definitely peaked my curiosity.

@Tally-wa  I am a total Richelle Mead fan girl.  I love her Succubus series too.

by on ‎03-20-2010 10:44 AM

Maria, the link I put above is still working for me, but here is another website with information as well:




These books made the New York Times Bestseller lists when they were first published, so used copies are definitely in existence.  Barnes & Noble doesn't have them but Abe Books has a nice long list of available copies.  They are in such high demand by collectors that I've seen asking prices for old mass market paperbacks in good condition of $70 or more, but you can also still find copies at $5.00. 



by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎03-20-2010 10:57 PM

some of the bigger series :

everything linda lael miller( especially mckettricks)

the hathaways by lisa kleypas

the sisterhood by fern michaels

all nora roberts

stephanie laurens's cynsters

arcane society and connecting books

julia quinns books

and many others..

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎03-24-2010 07:46 PM

Hi -

Thanks for the new link.  These books look amazing - I will definitely have to check them out.  Thanks!


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