Happy New Year!
Okay, I’m not the only one to list their Top Ten Lists or anything but I wanted to shout out about a few of the books that I really enjoyed this past year. Although I am an aspiring category romance author, my reading tastes are eclectic and I am always looking for authors to follow. In fact, if you grab me as a fan then I will read through your backlist and buy all of your future books as well – guaranteed.
My criteria for this list were purely subjective:
1. Did I add bookmarks or highlights to favorite parts of this book on my Kindle?
2. Did I read it more than once?
So – here, in no particular order, is my list for 2010:
I don’t usually read historical romances – they’re not my thing. But, I loved this book. Now, I’ll disclose that Kris is a friend of mine but if I didn’t like this book I wouldn’t say anything at all (I’m a Southern Girl – manners are everything). I loved this book – the heroine and hero are both equally brave and the history was fascinating. I have another Kris Kennedy book in my TBR pile and I know if will be fabulous.
I am a huge fan of Shannon McKenna’s “McCloud Brothers” series. I have read ad re-read them all so many times that they are falling apart. I waited for this book forever so that the question of the last McCloud brother would finally be answered and I wasn’t disappointed. So. Worth. Waiting. For.
This book was an total unexpected pleasure. It is a romance and a mystery and a tale of redemption that completely captivated me. It is a breathtaking story of how love triumphs over time. Fantastic.
I am, as we speak, feverishly reading my way through Josh’s backlist and I love his stuff. M/M romance and mystery at its best. I have a little crush on Adrien now (why not? he resembles Monty Clift and owns a bookstore – heaven) and I wanted to kill Jake at least every other page. I’m not a weepy girl but a couple of times Mr. Lanyon had me tearing up since I was so emotionally invested in the characters.
I am an aspiring to be a “Blaze Girl” and I read all the books each month. I like them all but some stood out on my bookshelf. My favorite Blaze books are funny, sexy and with a creative, unique plot premise.
Hope Tarr wrote the sexiest historical Blaze ever. Just awesome.
Samantha Hunter wrote a sexy romance that combined yummy baked goods and hot sex with my favorite premise – friends who turn into lovers.
Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite authors and I read anything she writes – anything. Her characters are funny and sexy.
Another disclaimer: Amy is a friend of mine . Her debut book is set in Vegas and has a cast of characters and a plot that kept me laughing, sighing at the romance, and turning the page to uncover the mystery. I absolutely cannot wait until her second one comes out (hurry up Amy!). I loved this book so much that I gifted it to two friends for Christmas.
This M/M series is laugh-out-loud funny and so sexy. I am reading through her backlist and I am enchanted with her characters and the plots – but these two are my favorites. I love Ceasar and Dan so much that I wish I lived near them and hang out.
I’m a Harlequin fan but I didn’t really read many Intrigues, but this year I was compelled to read because two friends had books that came out and I wanted to support them. These books stood out to me for their tightly written plots, genuine characters, and intriguing hooks. If you like romantic suspense you can’t go wrong with these books from Carol Ericson and Angi Morgan.
I absolutely loved these books and I am already anxiously awaiting the fourth installment. The plots are amazing, the action riveting, and Ty and Zane are . . . . just fantastic characters. These books have so many bookmarks that I should have just bookmarked the pages I didn’t like and then it would be a shorter list.
So, that’s my list. I hope you try out some of my faves from 2010. If you want to keep track of my future reads, you can friend me at GoodReads.
Happy Reading! Robin