|All of my Elizabeth George paperbacks plus the new one I'm reading now.|
|And the hardcover ones I have that I forgot when I took the picture above.|
Also the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon should go on the list. This series was recommended to me quite a while ago and I was reluctant to try them because they're classified as "romance novels". Just not the kind that have Fabio on the cover. I have no other romance novel experience to compare these books to but I can see why they'd classify them that way. They are quite...umm...shall we say, grown up? But aside from the steamy love scenes they really do have a very interesting, slightly sci-fi, story to them. And if you can get past the first 100 pages or so of the first book they get really good.
Also I should mention that I rebelled against the popularity of the Harry Potter books until I finally gave in about two years ago just to see what all the hype was about. Loved those too!