2011 has been a big year for my library. I was introduced to new authors, became reacquainted with old authors, and even had a few break ups. I wish I could list every book I’ve read this year in here because there were hundreds that were wonderful. As usual, I went a little overboard on my list. I hope you enjoy. :)
Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #2) by Larissa Ione (Review)
The second installment of the Ione’s sexy, funny, action packed Lord Of Deliverance series takes us for quite a ride when Arik accidentally kisses the Limos and finds himself paying the price in hell. As everyone tries to figure out how to get him back; the horseman Pestilence is trying his best to start the Apocalypse and the humans think they have found a way to stop more seals from breaking. But the end results may doom them all.
“You,” he purred , “are a HILF.”
“Horseman I’d like to fuck.”
The Shadow Reader (Shadow Reader #1) by Sandy Williams (Review)
Sandy William’s debut urban fantasy amazed me with it’s mixture reality & fantasy based world and the intense characters who inhabit it. McKenzie Lewis has spent her life reading shadows for the Fae king and secretly in love with his sword master. When she is kidnapped by a rebel faction, she learns that she has been lied to for years and finds herself standing on the brink of war, with everyone demanding she choose a side.
“I dedicated my life to my king. I should have dedicated it to you.“
The Guardian (Dream–Hunter #5) bySherrilynKenyon (Review)
Ms. Kenyon goes old skool with this romantic fantasy that gives us a swoon worthy hero and heroine who fight against all odds to emerge victorious against each terrible evil. Seth is a demi god who was sold into slavery as a child. Spending hundreds of years in torture, he is amazed when a beautiful dream hunter, Lydia, risks everything to save his life and his soul.
“Baby, I will always come for you.“
Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Review)
When the deliciously naughty pirate Charming Mickey sets his sights again on the prim and proper widow, Silence Hollingbrook, the sparks that follow set the pages a flame. What follows is a sensual and suspenseful tale of deception, betrayal, redemption, and love. I recommend starting with the first in the series to really understand Mickey and Silence’s story.
“Dear God. She ached, wanting something that she knew was a sin. Wanting a man who was sin itself.”
The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan #3) by Kelly Gay (Review)
Ms. Gay’s Charlie Madigan series is one of my top Urban fantasy series to read and I cannot recommend it enough to everyone who enjoys a dark gritty read with plenty of action, suspense, and humor to keep you entertained till the very last page. Charlie and Hank are on their toughest case yet; especially with Charlie’s sister being a possible target. Enter Rex, Emma, and Brim in armor and your in for a wild ride you won’t want to ever stop.
“For the record, this is not how I pictured removing your pants for the first time.”
“That confidant, are we?”
“When something is this inevitable, yes.”
The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (Review)
The Rift Walker is an splendid continuation to the spellbinding magic of The Greyfriar. Filled with mind boggling political intrigue, betrayal, deception, magic and a healthy dose of romance-you will be once again swept away by this burgeoning epic saga. One of my top YA choices for 2011.
“I trust your life with no one but me.”
Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun
Liberating Lacey is a smoking hot yet romantically intense erotic about a cop and a real estate broker who’s one night stand turns into much, much more as these two connect in and out of bed. All I can say is the parking lot. *whew* One of the best erotic romances I’ve read in a long time.
The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg (Review)
A gripping historical fantasy that offers fantastic word building, engaging characters, and a mystery that infects you with it’s deviousness. When the seemingly un magical Anne de Vernase is summoned to court, she never expects to become embroiled in a mystery that threatens everything she’s ever know and loved. An intense romance that exists more in the imagination then on paper further elevates the storyline to epic proportions.
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews (Review)
Anyone who knows me knows I go totally fangirl over everything the team Ilona Andrews. writes. This series is my absolute favorite. An urban fantasy series that has it all. Action, mystery, suspense, romance, larger then life characters, and plenty of snarky humor to keep you entertained to the very last page. Kate has finally shed her shackles of her youth and is publicly showing her power and associations. I love how the main conflict and plot balances the personal aspects of the story. We learn so much in here and of course, are given plenty of smexy Curran and Kate time. RAWR!
“If I fought for them and was crippled, they would all say nice things, and then they would replace me and forget I was ever there. You would stay with me. You would take care of me, because you love me. I love you too, Kate. If you ever became hurt, I would not leave you. I’ll be there. Wherever you want ‘there’ to be.”
Shalador’s Lady (Black Jewels #8) by Anne Bishop (Review)
I adore the Black Jewels series. A deliciously dark and traumatic series that celebrates the triumph of evil. Unequivocal world building sustained by dramatic and inspiring characters has gained this series it’s own book shelf. I loved watching Lady Cassie and Lord Gray work through their insecurities and vulnerabilities in order to not only secure their peoples’ futures but also their own love. Plus, the kindred. I adore the kindred and they totally kick butt in here.
“It is better to break you own heart then to break your honor.”
The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens (Review)
A delicious dark gothic horror story that will have you sneaking peeks around corners and in mirrors to make sure nothing has you by the throat. Our heroine and hero straddle the line between light and dark as they both struggle to understand the forces that seem to gravitate to them. Suspense, intrigue, and ripe sexual tension will have you reading well into the middle of the night to see how this story ends.
“His voice was the kind that made you think of dark places. The kind that made the skin ripple along the backbone.”
Vampire in Atlantis (Warriors of Poseidon, #7) Alyssa Day
Dark Enchantment (Dark Magick, #3) Anya Bast
Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep
Obsidian (Lux #1)by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Stay by Deb Caletti
The Renfield Syndrome (Rhiannon’s Law, #2) by JA Saare
The Neon Graveyard (Signs of the Zodiac, #6) by Vicki Pettersson
The Ash Trilogy by Shiloh Walker
Shaedes Of Gray by Amanda Bonilla
Everything released by Nalini Singh this year
Shadow City by Diana Pharaoh Francis