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  • Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. Vampires, shape shifters, and telepaths, oh my! This is humorous, intriguing, and fun.

  • Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich, "One for the Money" is the first in the Stephanie Plum, Bounty Hunter series. Fun, light reading with interesting mysteries and a lot of humorous characters and mishaps. Then there's Joe Morelli and (Mmmmmmm) Rangerrrrr.

  • Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. This is a powerfully addicting period series (1743 Scottish Highlands) with some mystical elements, a lot of historical accuracy, and the most wonderfully romantic hero ever written. And, well, what else can I say? Lads in plaids!

  • Troubleshooters, Inc. by Suzanne Brockmann, not your mother's romance novels! These deal with an interconnecting group of military, FBI, and private sector heros/heroines. They do not HAVE to be read in order, but some plotlines work better if they are. I love Brockmann's ability to merge 2-3 romances into a complicated military/spy/mystery plot.

  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton, the first book is "Guilty Pleasures." This series deals with a dark and unique universe that echoes ours with the exception of paranormal creatures and powers. Very graphic crime scenes and, in the later books, very graphic sexual scenes. I recommend the first 9 books.