May 2 2013 8:23am

If You Like...

MacRieve by Kresley ColeYou've read the entire backlist, you've stalked the author's website for news of future releases, and you might even have set up a Google alert.

But you don't have any new material to read. That's one of the reasons we're doing “If You Like...” posts, to help out readers desperate for more books that have that element of a particular author?

What author would you most like to find authors similar to? We'll gather your suggestions and see if we can assign future “If You Like...” posts for her!

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Nadine S
1. Nadine S
I'd like similar authors, in book genre and writing as:
Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark
JR Ward Black Daggar Brotherhood
Larissa Ione
Gena Showalter Angels of the Dark and Lords of the Underworld
Nadine S
2. Misty H
If you like Kresley Cole, you will also enjoy Lara Adrian. Both appeared on the scene around the same time with very similar styles of story.
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
@Misty H, thanks for chiming in because I would have recommended Gena Showalter and Larissa Ione if you liked Cole and vice versa for any of those authors for @Nadine S. Also, give Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter's series a try.
Nadine S
4. bohophotog
Do any of you read the Black Dagger Brotherhood seriese by J.R. Ward? How would you say this fares in comparison? How is it similar/different? Who would you say the better author is? Curious :)
Jennifer Proffitt
5. JenniferProffitt
I'm biased as I'm a pretty big Kresley Cole fan, @bohophotog, both have good amounts of humor in them. Cole tends to have fewer POVs than Ward usually just sticking exclusively to the hero and heroine, told through third-person. If you like the slang of BDB, they have a bit of it through the Valkyries. There are more creatures in Cole's books rather than just focusing on the Vampires as Ward does.

I tend to prefer Cole over Ward--Ward is book crack as we've mentioned a few times on the site so that even if you don't like her you sit down and found you've read three or four books in the series. Cole is pretty consistently good and while you can read her books as standalones, they have "sets" where they are in one place or following one arc for three or four books, and then they switch to a different arc and three or four books are in it. I'm addicted, she's an auto-buy for me.
Nadine S
6. LauraHK
If you enjoy Kresley Cole, JR Ward, Larissa Ione, and the non-recent works of Gena Showalter (I'm sure some of you know what I'm talking about), then you'll like Nalini Singh and Kristen Callihan. Both authors are good writers and have wonderful world-building (for Callihan, it takes until book 2 to really dive into her world). I recommend them! :) The Dark-Hunter series was good...until about book 16, when the series became too plot-driven for my tastes. And for some reason, I never got into Lara Adrian and gave those books up!
Nadine S
7. EmilyF
I've read all of Nadine's and Misty's recommendations and always seem to be referred to Christine Feehan. For some reason, I tried her first Carpathians book and it just didn't gel for me, so I have not continued.

So any recommendations along those lines would be great. Love Kresley Cole, JR Ward, Larissa Ione, Showalter, Lara Adrian!!

I'll throw out my own recommendation - try Nalini Singh. I love her Psy Changling series and her Angels series is pretty good too!
Andrea Shackford
8. andrea2
I'd like to find authors similar to Judith Duncan who wrote a number of old harlequin/silhouette books. She hasn't written for years, but I have all of her books on my keeper shelf. Great angsty reads, all of them. I do wish she'd write some more!
Nadine S
9. Vicky1125
I enjoy everything Kresley Cole writes and Gena Showalter - especially the Lords of the Underworld series and Ilona Andrews -Kate Daniels series.If you enjoy the humour in Kresley Cole I also recommend Molly Harpers - Nice Girls series.
10. wsl0612
recommendations for authors similar to:
Jennifer Ashley
Meljean Brook
Shelley Laurenston/G.A. Aiken
Julia Quinn

And I've tried Nalini Singh's psy-changeling series, I personally don't find them as good as Showalter et al as mentioned above, but C'est la vie! ;-)
Nadine S
11. HeatherMarie84
How about books similar to Cheerie Lynn,JamieMcGuire, SC Stevens.... On a new found contemporary kick haha
Elizabeth Halliday
12. Ibbitts
I don't really know how to answer this question, because I don't think any of the authors mentioned above are similar except for subject matter. If you like paranormal romance, you could try J. D. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series or Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. I love them both, but the Brothers and the Hunters have about as much in common as a chimpanzee and a bulldog. Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series is yummy, but, again, has nothing in common with the other two, and the writing styles of the three authors are very differant. Also, let us not forget Karen Marie Moning's Fever series: very differant from all the above, but it's my humble opinion that Jericho Barrons compares favorably with any Brother, Hunter or Breed you would care to name.
Glass Slipper
13. GlassSlipper
Any recs for authors similar to Lisa Kleypas' historicals?
Jennifer Proffitt
14. JenniferProffitt
@GlassSlipper after first reading Kleypas I started reading Eloisa James and Julia Quinn, but those are also kind of staples in the genre as well.
Jennifer Proffitt
15. JenniferProffitt
Also to everyone: I used What Should I Read Next that is essentially a generator for similar authors. I typed in Kresley Cole and it gave me some pretty good options--including Larissa Ione which I think is a pretty logical next step.

It's not as curated as these answers are going to be, but if you're absolutely desperate, it's a good stepping off point!
James P. Pope
16. jim162065
The covers when walk through we book store, though there are less good book store now. I know get most of heads up from and this website.
Nadine S
17. Lionrock71
What should I read next if I love Kristen Ashley's books? I read a LOT and have other authors that I like (K. Cole, Lorelei James, GA Aiken/Shelley Laurenston), but none that I wait quite so anxiously for. I don't necessarily love paranormal or shapeshifter books over contemporary, I just like to be truly engrossed and entertained by an entire story. Got that with the first few JR Ward and definitely Lover at Last, but most of hers in the middle I couldn't stand. Started off liking Sherrilyn Kenyon then never went back when I tried to get through Acheron. What I'm looking for when I want an author similar to Kristen Ashley is the style/substance/pace/humor/pure entertainment value that would be great whether written as a paranormal, contemporary, or whatever. Like her books are. Is that asking too much?! She makes me wish I could write my own stories so that I could address my horrible impatience.
Aly O'Hare
18. wingZER0angel
Alrighty, how about some M/M suggestions, similiar to Abigail Roux. I think I've hit all hers. I've got Josh Lanyon (Adrien English Mystery) on my TBR, but I need some more suggestions.

I think I have enough paranormals for now... Ward, Kenyon, Singh, and Showalter, I'm caught up on those. I didn't get into Kresley Cole. I read one, a short story or a novells, and I really didn't like it. I might give her a second chance later.
19. nenssa
I'm desperately looking for something similar to Jeaniene Frost, M.L.N Hanover, Clay and Susan Griffith and Lindsay Buroker. I'm actually going through a bit of a "book crisis" since I've been reading one awful book after another.
20. Kareni
What about other authors for fans of contemporary authors Julie James and Pamela Clare? or of historical authors Jo Goodman and Joanna Bourne?
Nadine S
21. kreads4fun
Enough with the paranormals already. As an old school reader, I'd love to read some old fashioned good authors in each genre. My too read shelf is nearly empty! I love:
Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell, Linda Howard, Laura Griffin ...
Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Suzanne Enoch, Anne Gracie, Anne Stuart, Madelyn Hunter, Celeste Bradley, Liz Carlyle, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, Mary Balogh, Stephanie Laurens ...
Sherry Thomas, Cecilia Grant, Coutney Milan ...
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kristan Higgins, Victoria Dahl ...
Deborah Smith
Diana Gabadon
Dana Stabenow, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, JD Robb, Imogen Robertson, Julia Spencer-Flemming, Louise Penny ...
Nadine S
22. JaclynN
I would really like some books similar to Kristen Ashley. Particularly, the Rock Chick series. I really really loved those books and I have been able to find anything similar that has caught my eye.
Nadine S
23. KatM
If you like Kristen Ashley, try Tracy Ellen's books. There are only 3 but she is a great new author. Start with A Date with Fate. also try Christina Lauren's books for sassy and smart women characters.
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