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Subject: The 10 best books you've read this year - 2008
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 2:22 PM ET
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What are the 10 best books you've read this year? Mine in no particular order are: 

Mustang Wild - Stacey Kayne

The Irish Devil - Donna Fletcher

Pleasures of the Night - Sylvia Day

Next to Die - Marliss Melton

Dark Deeds at Nights Edge - Kresley Cole

The Darkest Pleasure - Gena Showalter

The Devil Wears Tartan - Karen Ranney

From a Distance - Tamera Alexander

Last Wolf Hunting - Ryhannon Byrd

My Dearest Enemy - Connie Brockway

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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 3:33 PM ET
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Oh no a dangerous thread, since my wish and reminder lists are already too big :).  I'm limiting myself to what would very very roughly be categorized as romance and paranormals.  If I have to include thrillers and fantasy and nonfiction I'll never be able to decide.  In no particular order,my favorites from this year's reading are:

Dark Desires After Dusk Kresley Cole

Alpha and Omega Patricia Briggs

To Taste Temptation Elizabeth Hoyt

Not Quite a Lady Loretta Chase

The Outlaw Demon Wails Kim Harrison

King of Sword and Sky C.L. Wilson

Swallowing Darkness LKH

No Humans Involved Kelley Armstrong

Twilight (and the next two in the series- pointedly omiltting Breaking Dawn)- Stephanie Myer

Grave Sight Charlaine Harris

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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 3:54 PM ET
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Oh man...I really don't think I could narrow it down to ten!!! There were too many good books this year. I could make a list of books I hated!! LOL That would be easier!! : )

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 3:57 PM ET
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The Stolen Princess by Anne Gracie

Caine's Reckoning by Sarah McCarty

Mine to Possess and Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Darkest NIght by Gena Showalter

Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian

NightKeepers by Jessica Andersen

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 4:17 PM ET
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Mine in no particular order:

Witch Blood by Anya Bast

Killer Secrets by Lora Leigh

No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole (Book 2 of the Immortals after Dark Series)

Promises Prevail by Sarah McCarty

Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh

England's Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch

The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson (my first m/m book)

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Virgin River by Robyn Carr


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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 4:35 PM ET
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Wow! What  difficult choices to make! I read a lot of great books this year. All of the books I chose kept me thinking about them long after I read them, and some made me put them on my keeper shelf!  This is what I came up with--in no particular order:

Shattered Rainbows  Mary Jo Putney

Ain't She Sweet? Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Wicked Lovely Melissa Marr

Sugar Daddy Lisa Kleypas

Mustang Wild Stacey Kane

The Bride Thief Jacquie D'Alessandro

The Virgin River series Robyn Carr--I know, I know, that's more than one but they're all soooo good!

Twisted Creek Jodi Thomas

Sleeping with the Fishes Mary Janice Davidson--I love the whole series.






Date Posted: 12/29/2008 6:07 PM ET
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Susan - Wow, It's funny how tastes vary.  I hated No Rest for the WIcked - it would have to be one of my worst reads for the year. (mostly due to Kaderin - I can't stand her).

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 7:14 PM ET
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I hate so many books people have mentioned! I wonder how many of my favs are total losers for other people. ;-) Don't have time to do a list now but will try to get back to it.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 7:23 PM ET
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Willa - I feel the same way you do about some other books.  I guess that's why there's so many authors out there, so we can all enjoy different genre's and tastes.  ;-)

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 7:56 PM ET
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In no particular order:


Show And Tell    Jasmine Haynes

Storm Born    Richelle Mead

Wicked Game   Jeri Smith-Ready


These others are from authors that I glommed a whole stack of their books and they were almost all so good that it was very painful to pick just one from each group.  But yeah for finding so many good ones this year!!

Vigin River Christmas   Robyn Carr

Iron Kissed   Patricia Briggs

The Last Hellion  Loretta Chase

All Through The Night  Connie Brockway

An Ice Cold Grave   Shakespeare's Christmas  (just couldn't get it down to one)  Charlaine Harris

Cyborg Nation  Kaitlyn O'Connor

All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming

edited to correct spelling and give honorable mention to England's Perfect Hero  Suzanne Enoch, how could I have forgotten that one



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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 8:25 PM ET
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I wish I could list them, but I mainly remember the bad ones.  I must be a pessimist!

I know I enjoyed the Virgin River series and particularly liked the Christmas one.

I loved Wild at Heart

Delicious was one of my favs.

Blue-Eyed Devil affected me emotionally somehow.

Interestingly, I read Lord of Scoundrels for a second time and wasn't as impressed.  I think I liked Mr. Impossible better.

And for my last edit, I have to add My Beloved by Karen Ranney.  I had to go through my transaction archive to find books. 

That is about all I can remember.  :-)

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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 8:45 PM ET
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What a great idea - like I need even MORE books to add to my WL/RL?????   lol

Here are mine:

Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2) - Lara Adrian

Claiming the Courtesan - Anna Campbell

Trial By Fire - Jo Davis

Outlander (I know... took me a while to discover this...lol) - Diana Gabaldon

The Price of Desire - Jo Goodman

Death Angel - Linda Howard

Blue Eyed Devil - Lisa Kleypas

The Warrior - Kinley MacGregor

Out of Control - Shannon McKenna

Kiss of the Highlander - Karen Marie Moning




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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 9:25 PM ET
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this is impossible! I've discovered a lot of new to me authors t his year and I like the entire series of some! I'll try to narrow it down though...

Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers - one of the most emotional books I've ever read

Fangs for the Memories - Kathy Love (liked the whole series of 4 books)

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire -Kerrelyn Sparks - loved the whole series of 5(so far)books, The Undead Next Door was close

Morning Comes Softly - Debbie Macomber

Sealed with a Kiss- Mary Margaret Daughtridge

Promises Linger - Sarah McCarty

Charming the Prince - Medeiros

The Seduction of His Wife - actually liked all the Janet Chapman books I've read this year

Marianne Stillngs - no way I can pick a favorite here though Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evie, Satisfaciton, Damsel in this dress are about tied...

Jodi Thomas - tossup between Texas Rain and Tall, Dark, and Texan though I'm leaing towards the first one slightly more..

ETA dammit I forgot robyn carr's entire virgin river series, accidental werewolf, and for the love of pete...darn it those are about equal for one reason or another...this is stressful..gonna go post in the 10 worst books thread - it's easier to find bad ones out of this year's reads...

gosh I feel like I'm breaking out in a sweat LOL!

I've had a LOT of good-great reads this year and discovered a lot of light paranormal and historical that I've enjoyed as well as many new authors that I've glommed and actually read instead of  letting sit in mt tbr...

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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 9:47 PM ET
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I just discover Catherine Anderson and like quite a few of her books

1/ Phantom Waltz - Catherine Anderson

2/ My Sunshine - Catherine Anderson

3/ Seventh Heaven - Catherine Anderson

4/ The Man Must Marry - Janet Chapman

5/ Blood Brothers  - Nora Roberts

6/ Twenty Wishes - Debbie Macomber

7/ Flamingo Diner - Sherryl Woods

8/ Summer By The Sea - Susan Wiggs and I also her Lakeside series

9/ The Wedding Challenge - Candance Camp

10/ Blue-Eyed Devil - Lisa Kleypas - I know some ppl don't like this book but it touches me.

I could list more but 10 is all I am allowed :)


Date Posted: 12/29/2008 9:48 PM ET
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I read a lot of great books this year, many of which had romantic elements even if they weren't straight romance:

In the Midnight Rain - Ruth Wind - contemporary romance / women's fiction

Driven - Eve Kenin - futuristic romance / speculative fiction

Dairy Queen - Catherine Gilbert Murdock - young adult with a few romantic elements

Body Electric - Susan Squires - science fiction / romance

A Song for Summer - Eva Ibbotson - WWII romance, re-released as young adult 

Please Remember This - Kathleen Gilles Seidel - contemporary romance / women's ficiton

Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill - horror / ghost story with a few romantic elements

Passage - Connie Willis - science fiction

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd - young adult / women's fiction with romantic elements

Summer's End - Kathleen Gilles Seidel - contemporary romance / women's fiction



Date Posted: 12/29/2008 11:37 PM ET
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Here are mine in no particular order (and I'm cheating a little):

  1. Twilight series - Stephanie Meyer(except Breaking Dawn)
  2. Nicholas - Elizabeth Amber
  3. Dark Elves series - Jet Mykles
  4. Midnight Awakening - Lara Adrian (Midnight Breeds 3)
  5. Rituals of Passion - Lacey Alexander
  6. Naughty Little Secret - Shelley Bradley
  7. Night Season - Eileen Wilks
  8. Broken - Megan Hart
  9. Pleasure Unbound - Larissa Ione
  10. Caressed by Ice - Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling 3)

Honorable Mentions:

  1. The Vampire Queen's Servant - Joey W Hill
  2. Pleasures of the Night - Sylvia Day
  3. Dangerous Boys and their Toys - Shayla Black (ebook)
  4. Succubus Dreams - Richelle Mead
  5. Lover Enshrined - JR Ward
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 11:57 PM ET
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I can't believe I totally forgot Beau Crusoe.  I probably liked it a little better than Spymaster's Lady.  Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne was also an amazing book.  I've read so many good ones this year, it's hard to pick just 10 and call them the best of the best.

Angie -
Date Posted: 12/30/2008 1:15 AM ET
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In no particular order:

Sugar Daddy by Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil by Kleypas

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Passion by Lisa Valdez

Diana Whiteside's Devil series

Edge of Midnight Shannon McKenna


Date Posted: 12/30/2008 2:54 PM ET
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Jean wrote: I hated No Rest for the WIcked - it would have to be one of my worst reads for the year. (mostly due to Kaderin - I can't stand her).

I agree with you, that was the worst book of the series. I am glad I read the rest though.

Favorites of the Year......here's 10 in no particular orderr.

Death Row: The Trilogy by Jaid Black

Tanner's Scheme by Lora Leigh

Dark Prince (Carpathians (Dark), Bk 1) :: Christine Feehan

Dark Desire (Carpathians (Dark), Bk 2) :: Christine Feehan

If Angels Burn (Darkyn, Bk 1) :: Lynn Viehl

Private Demon (Darkyn, Bk 2) :: Lynn Viehl

Dark Need (Darkyn, Bk 3) :: Lynn Viehl

Night Lost (Darkyn, Bk 4) :: Lynn Viehl

Abiogenesis :: Kaitlyn O'Connor

The Lover (Zebra Historical Romance) :: Robin Schone

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 4:57 PM ET
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I just got my list together.  No particular order.

The Windflower by Laura London (I know, I know , some of you don't like this one.  But, in my defense, I have only been reading romance for about 2 1/2 years.  So, I haven't read many old school romance and I really liked this one.)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (LOVE HER BOOKS)

Commanche Moon by Catherine Anderson (another old school)

Cheyenne Amber by Catherine Anderson (and yet another old school, I see a pattern forming)

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne

The Wind and the Sea by Marsha Canham (LOVE HER BOOKS)

Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

Surrender by Pamela Clare

Parting Gifts by Lorranine Heath

Virgin River by Robyn Carr



Date Posted: 12/30/2008 5:39 PM ET
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Here's mine although they all aren't Romance/Paranormal and I am moving so I can't look at all my books.

1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

2.  Black Jewels Trilogy (3 books I know) by Anne Bishop

3. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

4. Riding Lesson by Sara Gruen

5. Stolen by Kelly Armstrong

6. The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey

7. Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole

8. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

9. The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

10. One with the Night by Susan Squires

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 6:58 PM ET
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here are my favs, waaaaaaaaaay over 10, but i can't pick only 10 out of 200 lol

  1. Lover's Talisman by Ashleigh Raine
  2. Storm Lords 1 & 2( and 3&4 lol) by Marie Harte
  3. Danger's Kiss by Sarah McKerrigan
  4. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
  5. Scions: Resurrection by Patrice Michelle
  6. No Regrets by Shannon K. Butcher
  7. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin
  8. Another One Bites the Dust by Jennifer Rardin
  9. Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
  10. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
  11. Raine: Lord of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber
  12. A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix
  13. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  14. Six and Sexy by Eve Powers
  15. The Devil Inside by Jenna Black
  16. Heat of the Night by Sylvia Day
  17. Joker's Wild: Stripped Bare by Lena Matthews
  18. Kiss and Tell by Sandy Lynn
  19. Demon Envy by Erin Lynn
  20. Already Dead by Charlie Huston
  21. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  22. Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
  23. Atlantis Awakening by Alyssa Day
  24. Smart and Sexy by Jill Shalvis
  25. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
  26. Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
  27. Gale Force by Rachel Caine
  28. Moonshine by Rob Thurman
  29. Shadows on the Soul by Jenna Black
  30. Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
  31. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  32. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
  33. Unclean Spirits by M.L.N. Hanover
  34. Lie to Me by Starr Ambrose
  35. The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston

  36. Speed Demon by Erin Lynn

  37. Guardian's Redemption by Marie Harte

  38. Stori Telling by Tori Spelling

  39. Fish Out of Water by MaryJanice Davidson

  40. Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclain
  41. The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
  42. Bedding Down edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
  43. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
  44. Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
  45. Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
Date Posted: 12/31/2008 12:39 AM ET
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Here are mine in no particular order:

The Price of Desire by Jo Goodman

The Compass Club series by Jo Goodman

the first 3 books of Pamela Clare's I-Team series(there's at least 1 more coming) Extreme Exposure, Hard Evidence & Unlawful Contact

A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr

Tribute by Nora Roberts

Creation In Death by J.D. Robb

Freefall JoAnn Ross