Well, it’s that time of year again! Time to reminisce over the past year, to join Weight Watchers (again), to make New Year’s Resolutions and . . . to publish my list of favorite books of 2011!! (If you want to see my list from last year, you can find it here.)
I love books, romance books in particular and I’ve always been an avid reader. I’ve always loved a riveting story, emotional connection with the hero and heroine, and lots of sexy scenes. My library is diverse, varied, and from many genres as long as it has a hint of romance!
This year, as I looked over my reading list, I noticed that this was the year of series (digging a story that continues through several books!) and devouring favorite writer’s backlists. So, without further delay, here is my list in nor particular order:
1. The Legendary Lovers Series by Julie Leto. This Harlequin Blaze trilogy centers around a certain legendary masked hero and features sexy thieves, New Orleans, stolen artwork, and sexy thieves (did I say that already?). Leto is a favorite Blaze author of mine and she kept me racing to download the next installment throughout this series.
2. Divide and Conquer by Urban & Roux. The third installment in this rockin’ amazing M/M romantic suspense series kept me up until the wee hours. I had to stop reading when my Kindle kept hitting me on on the forehead. Sexy, sexy, sexy with their trademark witty dialogue kept me in perpetual line envy.
3. Mummy Dearest by Josh Lanyon. Mr. Lanyon is my not-so-secret literary crush. If I could write with his effortless grace, I would simply roll up into a gooey ball. This book, the first in his XOXO files, is a delightful romp that is just this side of camp on occasion. Mr. L is taking a much-deserved sabbatical in 2012 but I will keep myself from utter panic by re-reading his backlist, starting with the Adrien English Series.
4. Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward. I know, I know. I’m a latecomer to Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I put it off for so long because I just knew I’d be hooked if I allowed myself to read just one . . . and I was right. This third book, Zsadist’s story, was phenomenal – full of angst, sexy bits, and just the right amount of bonded, alpha male. Yum.
5. Plus Ones and Bounty by Hank Edwards. I am fortunate not only to have discovered Hank’s work but also to become friends with him over the past year. “Plus Ones” has the trademark Hank humor and dash as the two protagonists make their way through a summer of weddings in this M/M romance. “Bounty” is his first venture in selfpublishing and his mash-up of the Old West, Vampires, Zombies and Native American mysticism left me yelling “Nooooooo” at the amazing cliffhanger.
6. Real Men Wear Plaid by Rhonda Nelson. Another favorite Blaze author, Rhonda wove three sexy, fun, riveting tales set in Scotland. These novellas were chock full of romance and hot men in kilts!
7. Life After Joe by Harper Fox. This is one of my newly-discovered authors who hooked me with this book and then had me blazing through her backlist and waiting anxiously for her next one. Harper is a wonderfully kind author who is a master at wringing out every bit of emotion from a character. But, she does it without being over-the-top or unbelievable and gets me to cry every single time.
8. The Highest Price to Pay by Maisey Yates. This Mills & Boon book features Blaise and Ella – an interracial couple -who transcend all of the race hang-ups and take you so deep into their romance that you just can’t stop turning the page.
9. The Psycop Series by Jordan Castillo Price. The premise of this M/M romantic suspense series is so original and fresh that I hate JCP for thinking of it before I could. Vic is a gay medium in Chicago who talks to dead people. The entire world JCP has built around the yummy Vic is engrossing. I read all of them twice. Nuff said.
10. The Private Protectors Series by Adrienne Giordano. Ms. G (a fellow member of Romance University) started off this series with the delicious, funny, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny book – Man Law. The rest of the series just keeps getting better and better and I can’t wait for more.
11. Paper Planes by M. Jules Aedin. This M/M romance was amazing because one of the protagonists is a single leg amputee – and that is handled with such respect and truth that it makes the book a worthwhile read on that fact alone. The second reason is that the two heroes aren’t even in the same state for 40% of the book but it works really well.
12. Up a Dry Creek Bed by Avery Flynn. Funny. Sexy. Clever. This romp of romantic suspense had me giggling from beginning to end. The hero and heroine are wonderful but the secondary characters make you want to move to Dry Creek. And, I’m quite proud that it is written by my buddy, Avery.
So, that’s my list! Let me know if you agree or give me suggestions for 2012.
For one lucky commenter, I will buy you one of the books off my list – your choice.
Happy New Year!
Burn it up,