This year we took our annual slugfest to the pub underneath our new office and came up with a list of the year's top 100 books.
Courtney Milan 'tagged' me this morning in a Facebook post saying congratulations.
I'm on that list.
With FORBIDDEN ROSE. Here.
That's saying it's one of the 100 best books of all kinds of books.
I cannot tell you how puzzled, dazzled, and delighted I am.
Every once in a while I'll climb on my hobby horse and complain about how Romance genre gets no respect from reviewers. I will have to eat a number of those ill-considered words.
Romance genre has FIVE books on that list.
(Two of those five Romances are from Berkley. They're doing something right at Berkley.)
The five Romance genre books listed among the 100 Best Books of 2010 by Publisher's Weekly are:
The Forbidden Rose
Joanna Bourne (Berkley Sensation)
In mid-revolution France, a noblewoman and a spy are torn between wartime practicality and headstrong passion. The gripping espionage story and wry voiceovers from the heroine will win hearts.
The Iron Duke
Meljean Brook (Berkley)
Brook's fabulous steampunk tale has an iron-boned war hero and a half-Asian detective inspector matching wits and wills on airships and battleships and in smoke-choked London as England recovers from 200 years of Mongol rule.
Grace Burrowes (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Burrowes pulls off an improbable Regency affair between a spoiled ducal heir and a housekeeper with a secret.
Barely a Lady
Eileen Dreyer (Grand Central/Forever)
The wartime amnesia romance is as old as the hills, but RWA Hall of Famer Dreyer (aka Kathleen Korbel) makes this one work.
Trial by Desire
Courtney Milan (HQN)
Modern readers will be as intrigued by the Victorian-era political issues as they are by the central story of a man trying to reconnect with the wife he abandoned.
from Publisher's Weekly, quoted under Fair Use.
Two of those are already set aside in my mammoth TBR pile, waiting till I finish the manuscript. I will zip out and buy the other two.
Rose Fox, over at PW's Genreville, gives us an insider look at the process of selection and reveals the books that nearly edged out the five 'listees'.
More great books, says jo, rubbing her hands gleefully.
Rose Fox's comments on these other great books are:
Proof by Seduction,
A stunning debut Victorian that very nearly made the top list, outclassed only by its sequel.
Whisper of Scandal,
An adventure story wrapped around a heartbreaking tale of a woman rendered barren by her husband’s beatings.
Last Night’s Scandal,
The hilarious and adorable story of two rapscallions renovating a haunted Scottish castle.
A moving 19th century American romance with tons of interesting period medical detail.
Cranks up the Indiana Jones–style adventure to 11 and then piles on the sexy heat.
Welcome to Harmony
Contemporary Western, is a really lovely meditation on what it means to be family.
series kickoff is an exemplary romantic suspense novel with a fabulous self-saving heroine.