I’ve about 280 books this year, and it just so happens that 20 of them were five star reads for me. Some of them are books released prior to 2011, but all of them were read this year.
Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley (Review)
This book is surprisingly dark with such a tortured hero. He is brutal and not always easy to like, but written so well.
The Reluctant Nude by Meg Maguire (Review)
This book hit me hard. So many emotions went through me as I read and it is one of the most intimate books I think I’ve read in a very long time. Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight
Very dark contemporary (This is a theme with my contemps this year!) about a man who lost his partner is a car accident, and then becomes attracted to a woman. It’s so very different, and done really well.
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (Review)
The most anticipated book by me…ever, and it lived up to every expectation. Easily, my favorite urban fantasy series. Sad that it is concluded, but excited to reread it again, and again.
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Review)
Hands down, Kate Daniels is my favorite heroine. I love her. It also doesn’t hurt that she is mated to a lion shifter. Rawr baby.
Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard
This is book on in her Black Ops suspense series. May rec’d these to me and I devoured them like crazy. They are over the top in terms of the crazy action that happens and the team of totally alpha men who work together. They are so much fun to read and are really sexy.
Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton
I absolutely adore the Coda series and when we got to Jonathan and Cole’s book, I wasn’t sure I would like them together – but OMG. I was so wrong. Cole stole my heart.
Divide & Conquer by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux (Review)
I can’t say enough how much I love this series. Each book leaves me wrecked for days (in a good way). So emotionally draining with two of the most crazy, sexy, stubborn men…who love each other.
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Review)
A dragon shifter as old as the universe and a heroine who in the first few pages of the book, steals from him. It’s fun. And has some nice dark moments as well.
Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh (Review)
Dmitri is wicked…so, so wicked – and my favorite part? He stays wicked until the very end.
Aftermath by Ann Aguirre (Review)
This book totally blew me away. The way Ann Aguirre has developed her characters in this series and how she has created not only a “normal” hero for Jax to love but an alien one too, is amazing. Jax herself is one of my favorite heroines of all time. Highly recommend this unique series.
Unveiled and Unraveled by Courtney Milan (book 2, Unclaimed gets high marks from me too) Amazing romances about three brothers. Smite, from Unraveled, moved me. If you are going to read one historical this year, I say it has to be Unraveled. (Review)
Pleasure Me by Monica Burns (Review)
This book is sooooo sensual. It also has a virgin hero, who has a secret.
Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase (Review)
The heroine owns a dress shop and woos a duke in the most romantic way. Such sweet and witty characters. Just adorable.
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (Review)
The hero is “The Duke of Disdain” and the heroine is feisty and captures his heart. Such a romantic, witty book.
Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner (Review)
Kaki Warner writes the best western historicals. Heartbreak Creek is book one in her Runaway Brides series and has a heroine and hero that will crack you up. Also very romantic and some nice adventure scenes as well.
Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt (Review)
Mickey and Silence! A river pirate and a woman who has lost her husband and works in an orphanage. Excuse me while I swoon.
The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne (Review)
I have been waiting and waiting for Hawker to finally get his own book. We see him all grown up – and it was worth the wait. I adored Justine in this book too. I think Joanna Bourne writes the best historical spy books..and I’m dying for the next!