Saturday, December 11, 2010
Nothing I like better than . . .
This is a case where I can do both.
Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches does the Romance blog at Kirkus Reviews. Here is her Best of 2010 list. Here.
I'm posting it in case you have been hiding out in Serbia in a cave, meditating, and you somehow missed it.
Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase (Avon, 2010)
Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy (Berkley, 2010)
The Summer of You by Kate Noble (Berkley, 2010)
Something About You by Julie James (Berkley, 2010)
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie (St Martin’s, 2010)
Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey (Carina Press, 2010)
Iron Duke by Meljean Brook (Berkley, 2010)
Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin (Harlequin, 2010)
His at Night by Sherry Thomas (Bantam, 2010)
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (EgmontUSA, 2010)
What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss (Harlequin, 2010)
Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh (Berkley, 2010)
Scoundrel by Zoe Archer (Zebra/Kensington, 2010)
All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins (HQN, 2010)
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts (Berkley, 2010)
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews (Ace, 2010)
The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne (Berkley, 2010)
Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean (Avon, 2010)
Naked Edge by Pamela Clare (Berkley, 2010)
Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton (Dreamspinner, 2010)
Seven Nights to Forever by Evangeline Collins (Berkley, 2010)
I'm going to make a couple few comments.
1. The first is that I'm on it. See! Lookit!!
Isn't that ultimate cool?
2. We got books on this list from publishers who are not the New York Usuals. Very interesting.
3. We got four books from various arms of HQN. Category don't get no respect from reviewers and it's nice to see a list with HQN authors on it since HQN sells more books than Aunt Minnie has cats and always holds big juicy numbers at Bookscan.
4. About half these books are from a single publisher -- Berkley --which happens to be my publisher. So congratulations Berkley, you are doing something right.
I suspect this has to do with publishing innovative stuff.
5. I've read:
Last Night’s Scandal,
The Summer of You,
His at Night.
These four are just excellent and I recommend them to you.
I haven't read more than four because I mostly can't read Romance while I'm writing. It messes with my head.
I have another four of these 20 in my tbr pile.
I've held off buying the Berkley books in the hopes I can get free -- and signed -- copies at RWA National. (. . . sorry about that.)
So there we go. New authors and old favorites. Wonderful books. Go buy some.