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Subject: Top 10 Romance Novels You Have Read This Year....
Date Posted: 12/12/2009 5:55 PM ET
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Difficult to choose!!!

Flowers From The Storm - Laura Kinsale

The Precious Jewel  - Mary Balogh

The Proposition - Judith Ivory

Seize The Fire - Laura Kinsale

Sleeping Beauty  - Judith Ivory

The Secret Pearl - Mary Balogh

Almost Heaven - Judith McNaught

Faking It - Jennifer Crusie

Hot Shot - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Honey Moon - Susan Elizabeth Phillips




Date Posted: 12/12/2009 6:44 PM ET
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This IS a difficult question because I read a boatload of books I rated "excellent" (which is like or near an RT four-star rating for me). The only 5-star book I read this year was my yearly re-read of LORD OF SCOUNDRELS back in May.

My best reads of '09 were actually multi-book series: Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters mysteries; and when I brought home a Tara Janzen from the library, started it, loved it but found it was part of a series, I ended up getting them all from the library and pretty much read them back to back so I guess the Blackbird Sisters and Steele Street books were my top-reads/finds for the year.

Read a number of category romances which were excellent but the Martins and Janzens were the only ones I wanted to keep.

I'm hoping 2010 will have a lot of individual top-reads - can't think of another multi-book series I want to tackle.


Date Posted: 12/12/2009 7:14 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/12/2009 7:42 PM ET
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I just finished Kat Martin's "The Heart Trilogy" and really liked them all.  I also just finished Nora Roberts series "The O'Hurley's" and loved them all.  Since I read a book a day, it's hard to keep up with what I really liked and what I thought was just so-so.  I think I'll start rating my books in my Excel spreadsheets I have of author's books and series.  Or maybe that's getting too obsessive.... NAH....can't be too obsessive about books and reading.

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 8:42 PM ET
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This is hard for me, too, but I would have to pick a bunch that have been recommended by people here at L&R (some are oldies):

Duncan's Bride by Linda Howard

Beau Crusoe by Carla Kelly

To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

The Iron Rose by Marsha Canham

Hank and Chloe & the sequel Loving Chloe by Jo-Ann Mapson  - Maybe not officially romance but love stories and really GOOD

Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale   OMG.  This is my #1 for the year.   I think about this book constantly

The Texan's Wager (book 1 of the Wife Lottery) & The Texan's Reward (#4) and I loved  Book 2 and 3 also.

To Love a Scottish Lord (book 4) by Karen Ranney. 

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Subject: Fave romances
Date Posted: 12/12/2009 9:53 PM ET
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This is the year i discovered Lora Leigh & so many great authors.


Faves are:

Marly's Choice

Breed Series

Nauti Boys

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 3:50 AM ET
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I've finally narrowed it down to 45..now to eliminate chick-lit and women's fiction/romance from the regular romance..

Single White Vampire - Lynsay Sands

Accidental Vampire - Lynsay Sands

A Knight to Remember - Christina Dodd

Wildest Hearts - Jayne Ann Krentz (re-read)

Dragon Actually - G. A. Aiken

Fools Rush In - Janice Thompson

Redneck Cinderella - LuAnn McLane

Petticoat Ranch - Mary Conneally

The Mane Squeeze

Wild - Jill Barnett

whew this was hard! I read a LOT this year and most were good reads.

Subject: Yay! My reading list comes in handy...
Date Posted: 12/14/2009 12:47 PM ET
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it was just this question on another board that prompted me to keep a "books read in 2009" list for this year. 


Starting in January

Bride for his convenience-Layton.  Love, love marriage of convenience stories.  author will be greatly missed

Traitor's Kiss/Lover's Kiss-Blayney

Marrying the Captain-Kelly.  I am beyond happy that she is writing Regencies again

Surgeon's Lady-Kelly

First Comes Marriage-Balogh

At Long Last Love-Balogh(which does nothing to explain why I just can't finish Stephen's story)

Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride(I'm a sucker for governess stories as well)-Rolls

Rebellious Rake/Innocent Governess-Beacon...see above

Christmas Kisses-Metzger-oldie but a goodie-lol


Date Posted: 12/14/2009 1:54 PM ET
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These are in order, and I've included all genres (I read and loved a lot of paranormal romance this year).

  1. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Bk 1)  and Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Bk 3) by Patricia Briggs (really, this entire series is my favorite I've read this year, but these two in particular)
  2. Dirty by Megan Hart
  3. Beyond Seduction by Emma Holly
  4. The Forbidden (Vampire Huntress, Bk 5) by L.A. Banks (again, loved this entire series, but this book stood out for me)
  5. Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson
  6. Wild Card (Elite Ops, Bk 1) by Lora Leigh
  7. You Slay Me (Aisling Grey, Guardian, Bk 1) by Katie MacAlister
  8. Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster
  9. The Nymph King (Atlantis, Bk 3) by Gena Showalter
  10. Strong and Sexy by Jill Shalvis
Date Posted: 12/14/2009 5:55 PM ET
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In no particular order (and paranormal heavy):

Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran

Slave to Sensation Nalini Singh (actually the whole series which I started in March and read obsessively)

Pack Challenge by Shelley Laurenston

What a Dragon Should Know by GA Aiken

Dangerous Cravings by Evangeline Anderson

On the Edge by Illona Andrews (more fantasy but there is a romance and I loved it!)

Queen of Song and Souls by CL Wilson

Don't Tempt Me by Loretta Chase

What a Scoundrel Wants by Carrie Lofty

 The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey W. Hill

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 6:03 PM ET
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Sooo happy to see a lot of books already on my TBR from these lists....

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 11:25 AM ET
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Best I've read in 2009:

The Endearment by LaVyrle Spencer

Wives of Bowie Stone by  Maggie Osborne


  Wow I only have 2 .That kinda sucks since I spend the majority of my time reading. Maybe I am just too critical .Those are the only standout ones. I have read a lot of okay and crappy books this year. That is out of  150 read so far... I need to read more reviews and stop impulse buying at walmart.lol.

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Date Posted: 12/15/2009 12:10 PM ET
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Good question - I didn't realize how many historicals I read until I started making my list and seeing how many of my favorite books were historicals. My top 10 books were (in no particular order):

  1. The Leopard Prince - Elizabeth Hoyt
  2. Like No Other Lover - Julie Anne Long
  3. Till Next We Meet - Karen Ranney
  4. An Indecent Proposition - Emma Wildes
  5. Not Quite a Husband - Sherry Thomas
  6. Practice Makes Perfect - Julie James
  7. Bound By Your Touch - Meredith Duran
  8. Smooth Talking Stranger - Lisa Kleypas
  9. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie - Jennifer Ashley
  10. When He was Wicked - Julia Quinn
Date Posted: 12/28/2009 5:12 PM ET
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I thought I would bump this thread by listing my favorite books for 2009.  I have gotten some great recommendations from topics like this.  Listed in no particular order.

Heart of the West by Williamson

World Without End by Follett

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer

Dreamfever by Moning

Water for Elephants by Gruen

The Pillars of the Earth by Follett

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by See

Ashes in the Wind  by Woodiwess

The Duke by Foley

Yours Until Dawn by Medeiros

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Date Posted: 12/28/2009 7:08 PM ET
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This is really hard, because I have read sooo many great books this year.


Not all romances, but most of them are and most are new authors that I found via recommends on this site::

Night Echoes - Holly Lisle

Duchess of Mine  & A Duke of Her Own- Eloisa James (I couldn't pick just one.)

Not Quite A Lady - Loretta Chase I liked it just a little bit more than LoS.

Annie's Song - Catherine Anderson (Such a beautifully written book.)

Finding the Lost - Shannon K. Butcher

Pale Moon Rider - Marsha Canham

Morning Glory - La Vryle Spencer

The Madness of Ian McKenzie - Jennifer Ashely (LOVED this book)

The Big Over Easy - Jason Fforde

Less Than Dead - Tim Downs (I think Nick has finally found a lady that he can love, because she is as weird as he is.)

Those are my picks, although I could have put a 100 down. :-)

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Date Posted: 12/29/2009 9:29 AM ET
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1. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

2. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

3. Steve and Me by Terri Irwin  ( a true romance if there ever was one)

4. Not Quite A Husband by Sherry Thomas

5. Mustang Wild by Stacey Kayne

6. Kiss of Fate by Deborah Cooke

7. Dragon Actually by GA Aiken

8. Angel Wings by Anne Stuart

9. Annabelle's Courtship by Lucy Monroe

10. Dark of the Day by Selah March

If anyone's interested, I keep a "Best of 2009" list on Goodreads.  The rest are over there.  ;-)




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Date Posted: 12/29/2009 9:51 AM ET
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3. Steve and Me by Terri Irwin  ( a true romance if there ever was one)

Ooh Sherri - I want to read that!  I'll have to use some of my Christmas $$.  Thanks for the reminder!  :)

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 7:15 PM ET
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Michelle, it was really good, but heartbreaking.  Have the tissues ready.  ;-)