Another Damn “Best of” List

Yeah, I know.  Another damn list of favorite books from 2010.  But it is fun to look back at what I read this year, and think about what books really caught my attention and why.  So here’s my list of the books that knocked my socks.  One caveat – they weren’t all written in 2010, but that’s when I read them so they’re going on the list.  I still have a huge pile of books that were published this year teetering at the top of my TBR pile.  I have no doubt that some of them will make the list of my favorite books for 2011.

And since it’s still officially the holiday season and I’m still flush with the Christmas spirit, I’ll be giving away a copy of the e-book, Lying Eyes, by my good friend and fellow Carina Press author, Amy Atwell.

Drum roll please…

Love In The Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas.  A wonderful end to the Hathaway series, and one of LK’s best books, IMHO.  The story of an emotionally wounded soldier and the very unusual young woman who helps him to heal is sexy, heartfelt, and funny.  I adored this book.

The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase.  An early novella rather than a novel, this story is a showcase for LC’s trademark wit, deep emotion, and stellar writing.  Worth the time and effort to track it down.

Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase.  A sequel to the much-loved Lord Perfect, LNS finally gives us the story of those wayward children, Olivia and Peregrine, all grown up.  I laughed out loud several times reading this book, and it’s one of the most emotionally satisfying love stories I’ve read in a long time.

Rebels and Lovers By Linnea Sinclair.  I love Sci Fi Romance, and I’m glad to see it making a comeback, with some e-book publishers, at least.  Sinclair writes the best – strong, character-driven stories with believable worlds and sympathetic heroes and heroines with very big problems to solve.

Defiant by Kris Kennedy.  You won’t have seen a copy of Defiant on bookshelves, because it won’t be released until April 2011.  But I was lucky enough to read it in manuscript, and I’m here to tell you that it’s an awesome read.  Kennedy is a hugely talented author who writes very sexy, very adventurous Medieval romances.   I think everyone is going to love this book.

Scream For Me/Kill For Me by Karen Rose.  I was a little late coming to Karen Rose but, man!  The wait was worth it.  These two books from the Vartanian series are incredibly suspenseful, emotional, and downright scary.  Nobody writes villains like Karen Rose!

Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Lover by Jennifer Ashley.  I wondered how JA would top The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, but she did it in spades with this book.  Very emotional and beautifully written.

And last but not least…

The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook.  Probably my favorite book this year, TID is a masterpiece of world-building, story, and craft.  The writing is stellar, but it never overshadows an exciting and ultimately very thought-provoking story told in the world of Steampunk.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

So there they are.  A pretty impressive line-up, eh?  Tell me what were your favorite reads of the year.  One commenter will win a copy of Amy Atwell’s Lying Eyes.

 

8 thoughts on “Another Damn “Best of” List

  1. I personally love recommendations! Some of the best books, that I would have never gave a chance, were recommended on facebook! I’ve got to check out The Iron Duke by Meljean Brooks!

  2. Another contest wow Venessa you are the most generous angel I know !!

    Mine favorites reads were (just to name a few)Wayward Widow by Nicola Cornick ,The pleasure of a younger lover by Venessa Kelly,The Sabatini Brother Trilogy by Melanie Milburne and just added to the list Outrageously Yours : Her Majesty’s Secret Servants by Allison Chase! And Untouched until marriage by Chantelle Shaw !

  3. Hi Vanessa! Just added your list to mt TBR pile. I can totally agree with the talents of Kris Kennedy and Amy Atwell! I already read ‘Lying Eyes” and highly recommend it. Just wanted to stop by and say hi!

  4. Wow, way too many good books to list! LOL!

    I agree with you on Lisa Kleypas, her books are always worth reading.

    Off the top of my head THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID by Teresa Medeiros and RUSHED TO THE ALTER by Jane Feather were good reads.

    I also enjoyed reading ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE, TWICE TEMPTED BY A ROGUE and THREE NIGHTS WITH A SCOUNDREL by Tessa Dare. Her newest trilogy titled The Stud Club.

    Have a great weekend!

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