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During the past year or so, I have realized that one of my comfort reads are large series where the same characters appear in multiple books. I love the chance to see them develop overtime not just during the arc of their story, and I get way more invested in the characters than during a single book. In the past few months I’ve read Kit Rocha’s Beyond series, Zoe York’s Pine Harbor series, and am currently speeding through Beverly Jenkins’s Blessings Series. I would love recommendations for large series that focus on the same group of characters.

As an aside, I am loving the Blessings series. They’re not strictly romance (each book does not feature a central love story) but they are loaded with optimism and characters get the justice they deserve. The books are a little over-the-top and they are so much FUN!

Virgin River
A | BN | K
Elyse: Oh man. Virgin River maybe?

Tara: Radclyffe has some f/f ones that are great. My faves are the Provincetown and Honor series. ( A | BN | K | AB )

Sarah: The Psy Changeling series ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) would work though the early books are very much early 00s hero style, and characters don’t consistently reappear. But each person is part of the whole.

Also Murderbot but I could rec that series for literally anything. It’s like six degrees of Bacon except it’s Murderbot.

Elyse is totally right about Virgin River. Debbie Macomber has some community series as well.

Angels’ Blood
A | BN | K | AB
My brain keeps thinking mostly of trilogies which isn’t enough for this request.

Maya: Also the Guild Hunter series! My library has all the audiobooks, so I’m working my way through the series. I’m on book eight right now!

Tara: Ooh, yes to Guild Hunter. Especially in audio. I looooove Justine Eyre’s narration.

How about the In Death series? I don’t even particularly like murder investigations, but I really enjoyed some of those and seeing the relationship grow between the leads as the series goes on (caveat: I think I read 10 and there are WAY more than that)

Maya: Ohhhh or Phyrne Fisher!! ( A | BN | K | AB | Au )

(but it’s not romance)

Shana: I also keep thinking of trilogies.

RG Alexander’s The Finn Factor ( A ) is an erotic romance series with mostly m/m pairings. The stories center around a big family, and there’s lots of overlap across the books. The first few in the series aren’t my faves, however.

What series would you recommend? Let us know!

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