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Subject: The best books you've read this year
Date Posted: 12/22/2007 3:24 PM ET
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So what would you consider the BEST books you have read this year and would recommend to someone?  For me, I'd say:

Rekindled - Tamera Alexander,   30 Nights with a Highland Husband - Melissa Mayhue, Next to Die - Marliss Melton, Kiss of Crimson/Kiss of Midnight - Lara Adrian, Virgin River trilogy - Robyn Carr, 3 Weeks with my brother - Nicholas Sparks, The Ghostwalker series - Christine Feehan, No Regrets - Shannon Butcher, Anything by Lori Foster, A Soldier for Christmas - Jillian Hart

Sherri



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Date Posted: 12/22/2007 4:12 PM ET
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I would have to say: Elizabeth Hoyt's The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince & The Serpent Prince.  Robyn Carr's Virgin River Trilogy. Susan Donovan and Marianne Stillings were new authors for me this year. I enjoyed all of their books.

I'm sure there are more, I'll have to go take a peek at my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 7:18 PM ET
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Hmmm, there are so many! But I'll list a few...

  • Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
  • The Bubbles Yablonsky series by Sarah Strohmeyer
  • The Hannah Swanson Mysteries by Joanne Fluke (lots of great recipes!)
  • The Chocoholic Mysteries by...shoot can't remember the author right now!
  • Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
  • The Devaney Series by Sherryl Woods
  • To Rescue a Rogue by Jo Beverley
  • Sealed With a Kiss by Carly Phillips
  • Say No to Joe? by Lori Foster

I KNOW there are a lot more, but these are the more recent ones I remember:-)

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 8:20 PM ET
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This was a really good year for me.

Deborah Smith - A Gentle Rain

Robyn Carr - Virgin River Trilogy

Naomi Novik - The four Temeraire books (Historical Fantasy, not really romance, but I can't say enough good things about these books)

C. L. Wilson - Lord of the Fading Lands, Lady of Light and Shadow (I haven't been this excited about a paranormal since the first one I read, Feehan's Dark Prince)

Erotica:  Lisa Marie Rice's Midnight Trilogy and Cris Anson's Dance of the Seven Veils and Megan Hart's Dirty

Marie Ferrarella - Doctor In The House (Harlequin NEXT)

This is the year I discovered Patricia Gaffney  in the historicals especially:  To Have And To Hold, To Love And To Cherish(these two books are like light and dark -- a hero you could love to hate and a hero you have to love), Wild Heart and contemporaries:  Flight Lessons, The Goodbye Summer, The Saving Graces     I want to finish the rest of her books this year.

Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series (paranormal)  Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty Goes To Washington, Kitty Takes A Holiday, Kitty and the Silver Bullet.

Linnea Sinclair - Games Of Command (futuristic romance, fabulous virgin hero)

Discovered Carla Kelly this year (regencies)  They are all wonderful but I guess my favorites would be Libby's London Merchant and One Good Turn  I still have a few to find, but they are expensive

Anna Campbell's Claiming The Courtesan and Untouched

Elizabeth Hoyt's trilogy

Cathy Lamb - Julia's Chocolates

Nora Roberts - Angels Fall

Series Romance - Didn't read as much of these as usual.  Ones that have stayed with me:  Susan Mallery The Million Dollar Catch, Elizabeth Power The Millionaire's Love-Child, Marion Lennox Rescue At Cradle Lake (requires Kleenex), Colleen Collins Building A Bad Boy, Julianne Maclean Sleeping With The Playboy.  Also discovered Sarah Mayberry.

I think I'm going to keep a journal of what I read this year.  I know a lot of people do.



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Date Posted: 12/22/2007 9:43 PM ET
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I can't remember most of the books I've read this year!

Let's see, the Raintree Trilogy has really stuck with me:  Inferno, Haunted, and Sanctuary.

What else?  Hmmm, oh yes!  In The Woods by Tana French.  I need to go back and re-read that one, it was absolutely fabulous and I know I missed some of the nuances.

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 10:36 PM ET
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Bronwyn, I completely agree with you about C.L. Wilson's books.  I think they are fantastic! 

I'll have to think about others.  Are you talking about 2007 releases or anything we read this year that wow'ed us?

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 2:00 AM ET
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I have to say Outlaw's Embrace by Francine Rivers is one of the best books I haver ever read. I'm sorry I let it go. But it was WL and OOP so I wanted to share the book. Sigh. Mabye I should put it on my WL and hope it makes it's way back to me.  I got it as part of an ebay book bundle.  It's late so I can't think of anymore right now. I'll have to edit my post later.

 

OH wait: Damsel in this Dress, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evie, Arousing Suspision and Sighs Matter.  4 fantastic books by Marianne Stillings. 



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Date Posted: 12/23/2007 9:35 AM ET
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I know I'm gonna forget a lot LOL! (I've tried to update and keep current my list in the red sticky thread at the top, I'm on page 9(next to last page currently)

Let's see:

Promises to Keep- Kathryn Shay - this is probably one of the most 'serious' romances I've read this year; dealt with 2 secret service agents undercover in a public school to try to prevent an columbine type event from happening. young teacher and principal are both SO against deceit and the principal esp is into letting the students have a big say in things and even do their peer trials. I'm not very liberal in this area yet I could sympathize and respect everyone's point of view in this story.

Jory Strong's Crime Tells series: lyric's cop, cady's cowboy, and calista's men-erotica and awesome stories along with hot sex and all are different personalities and you see the charcters in other books.

Lora Leigh's : reno's chance(seal series), forbidden pleasure - she's a bit more graphic/dominating male type stuff that I'm used to but I think her writing will grow on me LOL!

Lucy Monroe- 'ready', 'willing', 'and able', 'satisfaction guaranteed', 'deal with this', 'the real deal-almost done with t his and like it already!) htis is already a favorite author and just 'discovered' her this past year thanks to recs here!

merline lovelace's cleo north trilogy (more action than romance) - first mistake, middle sin, last bullet - very good author; even her silhoette type stories are good!

Meg Cabot's 'heather wells mysteries' - size 12 is not fat, size 14 is not fat either, big boned - all were good funny cute reads an sorta c hick-litish mystery with an overweight heroine(though I agree with the titles!)

miss invisible -chick lit again but good and it's christian chick lit so has to be really good to overcome my preconceptions about 'religious' t ype writing! reconstructing natalie was als good by this author(laura jensen walker) but sadder since about breast cancer

Jimmie Ruth Evans' trailer park mysteries - if you're not from the deep south probably won't 'get it' as much but it makes perfect sense to me! mystery series with an older 'star' whostarts off with a deadbeat star-of-the-town ex hubby who can do no wrong in anyone else's eyes but hers, son who's been in prison. bi*chy rich ex mil, daughter who's smart and good, underage dauther who's a lazy deadbeat and takes after the dad and has a biracial kid ushe half takes care of(talking deep south mississippi here in a small town and no, the mother isn't racist but still you gotta understand the setting to understand all this woman is going thorugh yet she's funny and hardworking and loving)

Nancy Bartholomew- started with this author with an older silhouette bombshell - sophie's last stand- and enjoyed it. Her books aren't all nice tidy happy endings and some continue then are suddenly  'dropped' which I don't like but I made u p my own ending LOL and liked this one as well as 'your cheatin' heart' and her sierra lavotinin 'stripper' series. Her women are toughies though not total youknowwhats and while they wanted a man it was not their prime focus in life and they were fine on their own. your cheatin heart is the most' country' of the group and I tink ther's a sequelstand by your man that is left hanging at the end from the reviews I'vve seen..haven't read it yet but probably will.

Lisa Marie Rice's midnight series(midnight man, midnight run, midnight angel) and dangerous lover - nices tories though pricey for what you get IMO..could've been in one big book! erotica though storylines continuing through - dangerous lover sorta ended abruptly but was good.

Harlequin-type 'series':

   Jo Leigh's 'in too deep' - 3 books with a prequel (closer) that deal with government group after a group that knows too much.      

   B J Daniel's - whitehorse montana (4 so far and 2 for next year) - more mystery than sex but lots of overlapping details story to story

    Cara Summer's - the pi, the cop, the defender - interesting stories overlapping same time period

    Untouched - Samantha Hunter & Shadowhawk - Jill Shalvis

read lots of blaze and assorted loveswept, harlequin, intrigue titles (some older!)

Stevi Mittman's Harlequin Next series 'life on long island can be murder'

Charlotte Douglas' ' Maggie Skerritt series for harlequin next

Lori Foster - newish author but have liked all I read - forgot the 3 that were in one volume about the 2 brothers and sister  but think it was titled 'tempted', then the winston brothers and of course 'caught in the act, wanton, beguiled related stories.

ETA: cant' believe I forgot to list Tara Janzen's 'crazy' series! I've read the first 4 and enjoyed them: crazy hot, crazy cool, crazy wild, and crazy kisses? think it's crazy kisses! havven't read crazy love or crazy sweet yet!

 



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Date Posted: 12/23/2007 10:38 AM ET
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Hmmmm, i never finished the Virgin River Series by Robyn Carr because our library only has the first book. Looks like i am going ot have to put a hold on the other 2 books and finish it?!! I loved the first one, i guess i just got  too distracted by other books to finish it.

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 6:40 PM ET
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I'll keep it to romance novels :) Well since I discovered them recently my list is pretty short....

The History of Love- Nicole Krauss- obviously not a "traditional" romance, but the story is wonderful and the writing flows like water.

Love Walked In- Maria de Los Santos- I LOVE classic films and Cary Grant is my all-time favorite actor, so this book was definitely for me. I couldn't predict at all what was gonig to happen and the characters and descriptiosn were just wonderful.

Dark Lover- J.R. Ward- So far I've only read this, but I have the rest of the series in my TBR pile :) Really unique, and I loved the scary "Lesser" storyline interweaved with the romance & vampire one.

the "Undead"/Queen Betsy series by MaryJanice Davidson- I just discovered this series this year, and I LOVE it. No other books make me laugh at loud as much as these! I've only read the first 3 so far because I polish them off so quickly and I don't want to run out, so I'm making them last...

Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaie Harris- Man I love Harris! I had read the first book years ago when it was first released, but forgot most about it and re-read it and delved into the series. Just a great mix of mystery, vampire lore and very realistic relationships. This is another one I'm savoring slowly :)

The Secret Diaries of Miranda Cheever- Julia Quinn- My first Quinn, I guess this is a popular plot but since it's new to me I enjoyed it :)

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn- well aftre enjoyed "Cheever" and hearing only great hype about this series, I had to read this. I can see why people kind of pick on Cheever, while it was good this one was just miles better. I loved everything about it and can't wait to read more Bridgerton books :)

 

I may add more later when I have my book log in front of me.

 

 

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 7:23 PM ET
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I have to add to mine Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie.  I'm pretty sure its a reissue but OMG I have never laughed so hard in my life!  Its a comedy/romance and really I just loved it.  Definitely going on my keeper shelf.

Sherri

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 10:48 PM ET
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This is a dangerous thread, one I'll have to come back to later but here are my top 10 reads for 2007.

Chill Factor Sandra Brown 90 Minutes in Heaven Don Piper The Heroin Diaries Nikki Sixx Courting Trouble Lisa Scottoline Virgin River Trilogy Robyn Carr Cedar Cove series Debbie Macomber The Shop on Blossom St (*all in series) Debbie Macomber Table for Five Susan Wiggs East of Eden John Steinbeck The Knitting Circle Ann Hood

Date Posted: 12/24/2007 9:12 AM ET
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I agree with :

OUTLAW"S EMBRACE by Rivers

I remember making a big deal about it here on the Forum after reading it...lots of ya'll did get it and agreed with me...so if you were one of the few that didn't read it....what are you waiting for....?!?!

Date Posted: 12/28/2007 9:30 AM ET
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For 2007 releases, off the top of my head quickly:

If His Kiss Wicked - Jo Goodman

Caressed by Ice  -Nalini Singh

Lord of the Fading Lands/ Lady of LIght and Shadows - C.L. Wilson

Untouched - Anna Campbell

The Serpent Prince - Elizabeth Hoyt

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night - Kresley Cole

Driven  - Eve Kenin

 

 

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 8:40 AM ET
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My favorite book of the year was Breath of Snow and Ashes. 

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Date Posted: 12/29/2007 11:50 AM ET
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So many books that I have a hard time thinking of them.  I read all the Stephaine Plum books this year and I LOVED them.  (This was a new type for me)   But as far as really stick with me books that I had to keep.  Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood.  I had waited for Noah's book FOREVER!  

I also LOVED  Ready, Willing and Able by Lucy Monroe.   I had to keep them!!!