My favorite books of 2010

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:

1.  The Irish Warrior by Kris Kennedy.

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.

2. Fade to Midnight by Shannon McKenna.

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.

3. Love’s Alchemy by Ciar Cullen.

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.

4. The Adrien English Series by Josh Lanyon.

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.

5. Blaze Novels.

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.

6. Lying Eyes by Amy Atwell.

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.

7. Romano and Albright series by LBGregg.

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.


8. Harlequin Intrigues.

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.

9. The Cut and Run Series by Urban and Roux.

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

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  1. Sadly, I haven’t read a single one of these. I’d love to read Kris Kennedy’s and Amy Atwell’s. Lack of an ereader means it might be a while before I get to Amy’s though. *sobs*

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      Oh – get one! My kindle opened up a whole new world for me. But, you can also download the Kindle app to your computer for free and then read books on your computer. Then, when you get a Kindle, you can put those books on your Kindle.

  2. Robin, LOVED Amy’s book. So funny!! I’ve read Kris’s The Conqueror but not the Irish one yet.

    Katrina, you can download Nook or Kindle for your PC and read eBooks that way too.

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  3. Hey Robin, I have a very short list of authors whose books I’ll auto-buy. Jill Shalvis and Shannon McKenna happen to be on that list! I don’t come across many other McKenna fans. I agree, the McCould series has been great! Happy reading in 2011!!

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  4. WOO HOO I made a Top Ten List !
    So glad you liked Hill Country Hold-Up, Robin. Book #2 went on-sale electronically from eHarlequin.com today. Awesome way to begin 2011. Thaks so much for your list and the extra promotion. But mainly I’m glad you enjoyed the book. I’ve always enjoyed Intrigues and have wanted to write for the line for a long time.

    ~~Angi

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  5. Great list, Robin. I think I would put IRISH WARRIOR at the top of my list for this year, too. I absolutely loved that book and have recommended it to many! Haven’t read the others, but I bet we have similar tastes, so I’m gonna grab some! Happy New Year!

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      Roxanne: Yep – I love that book. I hope that you enjoy my list – the most similar book to “Irish Warrior” is “Love’s Alchemy” – give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

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  6. I adore Josh Lanyon–everything by him, really, but the Adrien English series has a special place in my heart. And those are the only books on this list I’ve read, so thanks for giving me titles for my TBR list!

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      LOL!  I love this book. I have re-read it many times.  Robin

      Robin Ray Coll w/a Robin Covington Sizzling Romance. Burning up the sheets . . . one page at a time.   Faculty Member, Romance University (www. romanceuniversity.org) My profiles:

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