If You Like….

The author apologizes. I found myself flat out of “if you like” inspiration this week.

SO– do you have any particular tropes or types of books you’d like to see explored in an “if you like”? If so, let me know in the Comments section below!

Also, if it will help to make it up to you, I have big Pink Carnation news coming up tomorrow on Teaser Tuesday!


  1. Ashley on January 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Apologies if you’ve done this before, but what about an “If You Like” about books where familiar authors are characters in the story, like “A Good Hard Look” (by Ann Napolitano about Flannery O’Connor) or “The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott” (by Kelly McNees)?

    • SusanN on January 29, 2013 at 12:01 am

      And Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen mysteries.

  2. Bree on January 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I know you’ve done friends to lovers, but how about books where the h/h loathe each other at first sight, or have lots of ugly water under that bridge?

  3. Joanne M. on January 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I’m not sure if you’ve ever covered this topic, but I enjoy books set around an archaeological dig. A few books come to mind (The Shadowy Horses by S. Kearsley, The Curse of the Kings by Victoria Holt, the Amelia Peabody series, and Barbara Erskine’s Whispers in the Sand), but I’d love to brainstorm a few more titles like these. 🙂

    • SusanN on January 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      They’re not romances, but I enjoyed Wilbur Smith’s Egyptian series. The first one, The Sunbird, had “current” archeological elements mixed in with the historical drama.

      • Joanne M. on January 29, 2013 at 9:32 am

        Thank you, Susan….I will check these out.

  4. CĂ©line on January 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I totally second the archeological trope!

    I’d also love to know if there are books where a seducer happens to fall for an intellectual, hard to approach and know-it-all (or the girl-next-door, shy and barely noticed by anybody – I have a soft spot for those two kinds of women) he would never have considered had the situation been different…

  5. Sue Rice on January 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm


    Classic seducer brought to love is Venetia by Georgette Heyer!

    • CĂ©line on January 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Thanks Sue Rice! I’ll check it out!

  6. AngelB on January 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Well it is the 200th Anniversary of Pride & Prejudice….

  7. Nessa on January 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    -Ancient civilizations including Persian, Greek, Roman…
    -Dark Ages
    -War of Roses or Tudors inspired series
    -Love and American Civil War
    -Love and Russian Revolution
    -love and WWI or WWII
    -High Fashion – The most stylish heroine
    -Artists/painters in love
    -Favourite jewels/jewelry
    -The most enchanting garden
    -Love and food/cooking
    -If you love Anne of Green Gables…

  8. Alice on January 29, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I can’t remember if you did this already, but books set around academics (preferably Oxford University) such as “A Discovery of Witches,” “The September Society,” “the Rossetti Letter.” etc.
    Also, I second the one with the shy heroine. I love books where the wallflower finally gets noticed.

  9. Katie R. on February 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Books set in Paris!

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