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December 9th, 2009
Best Romances of 2009

It’s the time of the year where everywhere looks back and thinks of their favorite and sometimes least favorite things for the year. I thought I’d list my top romance reads for both print and e-books. NOTE: Most of the above books came out in 2009, but a few of these are 2008 releases. I read them this year and therefore they’ve made my list.

Favorite Romance reads in no particular order.

1. Wicked Burn by Beth Kery (erotic contemporary)
2. Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, Book 1) by Larissa Ione (paranormal)
3. Able-Bodied (Harlequin Blaze) by Karen Foley (Blaze)
4. Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze) by Sarah Mayberry (Blaze)
5. Bound to Shadows (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 8) by Keri Arthur (paranormal)
6. On the Prowl (Tales of an Urban Werewolf, Book 2) by Karen MacInerney (paranormal)
7. She’s Got It Bad (Harlequin Blaze) by Sarah Mayberry (Blaze)
8. The Education of Madeline by Beth Williamson (historical)
9. Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Book 3) by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy)
10. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (contemporary)
11. Bound to Please by Lilli Feisty (erotic contemporary)
12. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carrigan (historical paranormal)

Favorite Romance e-books in no particular order.

1. Hard Fall by James Buchanan (m/m)
2. Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James (erotic contemporary)
3. High Line by TA Chase (m/m)
4. The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks by Josh Lanyon (m/m)
5. Rough Stock by Cat Johnson (erotic contemporary)
6. Happy Ending by LB Gregg (m/m)
7. Hara’s Legacy by Bianca D’Arc (futuristic)
8. Gray’s Awakening by Cameron Dane (m/m)

The interesting thing is that while I’ve read plenty of e-books this year, many of them have been by NY published authors. I’ve purchased far more books in e-format than print this year. There are some books in my to-read pile that I suspect would have made this list, if I’d had time to read them such as Tere Michaels’ Love & Loyalty and NJ Walters’ Alexandra’s Legacy. I’ve been drowning in edits for the last two months, which cuts into my reading time!

Which books made your “best of list” for 2009?

10 comments to “Best Romances of 2009”

  1. Here are a few:


    Faith Revisited – Madelyn Ford
    Firsts – Rosalie Stanton
    Desire to Die For – Jessica Lee
    Master of the Mountain – Cherise Sinclair
    Forbidden – Karen Erickson
    Haunted Seduction – Morgan James
    The Reluctant Dom – Tymber Dalton

    And in Print:

    Beloved Vampire – Joey W. Hill
    Pride and Predjudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame Smith
    Deep Kiss of Winter – Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter
    Lover Avenged – J.R. Ward
    A Witch’s Beauty – Joey W. Hill
    A Vampire’s Claim – Joey W. Hill

    There are a lot more, but there are the ones that come to mind (and yes, I adore me some Joey). :wink:

  2. The ebooks my have not come out this year but that’s when I read them.

    Lizzie T. Leaf -Struck By Lighting
    Liz Andrews- Coming Full Circle
    Shelly Laurenston – Hunting Season
    Tori Richards – It’s All In the Jeans
    Aastyah Qamar – Storms In A Shot Glass

    J.R. Ward – Lover Avenged
    Sherrilyn Kenyon – Bad Moon Rising
    Sarah McCarty – Wild Instinct
    Linda Howard – Burn & Ice
    Shelly Laurenston – The Mane Squeeze

    I have a lot more but it would take all day I also love Jayne Ann Krentz and Christine Feehan

  3. Jaime – you obviously love paranormal as much as me!

    Sherry – we don’t have many reads in common, although I see you like paranormal. I’m going to have to check some of these out.

  4. I should have added that I read every Lora Leigh book that comes out. They haven’t made my top list but I wouldn’t miss a single one. I’m a big fan. :grin:

  5. I don’t think I could make a top ten list. I can’t begin to remember all the books I’ve read this year. *g*

    A few new-to-me authors on your list, Shelley. I’ll have to check them out. :-)

  6. I’m with N.J. I have no idea what I ate for breakfast, never mind all the books I read this year! LOL But this is great, Shelley…I may try to come up with my own list for my blog. :)

  7. NJ & Cari – I’m organized enough that I keep a basic spreadsheet of the books I read. I started it because I wanted to see how many books I read in a year. It’s also interesting to see the mix of genres I read. I’ve kept my spreadsheet for the last three years.

  8. I’ve read so many great books this year, I couldn’t possible name them all. I really enjoyed Carly Phillips’ Lucky Charm and Lucky Streak. I haven’t got the third one yet.

  9. I like the name “The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks.”

    Car Goes Boom

  10. Shelley, I’ve been awful this year about tracking! I need to start doing that again so I can tell what I’ve been reading :) Sarah Mayberry’s definitely on my list of best books–she’s an amazing writer. I also jumped on the Ann Aguirre bandwagon this year–I read her first two in the Jax series and her new Ava Gray. I’m currently reading Shelly Laurenston’s Dragon books, and giggling to myself as I read. :)