Forbidden Rose was short-listed by the American Library Association, Reference and User Services Association, on their Top Genre Fiction List.
The press release, here, says,
"The Reading List annually recognizes the best books in eight genres . . . This year’s list includes novels that will please die-hard fans, as well as introduce new readers to the pleasures of genre fiction."
I am delighted and honored that Forbidden Rose is on this list and in such wonderful company.
A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh, Vanguard Press.
A lady is ruined. A merchant’s son is trapped. Class differences loom large in this charming and playful take on the arranged marriage. Balogh’s Regency gem, where nothing is quite as it seems, is filled with affection and wit.
Barely a Lady by Eileen Dreyer, Hachette
The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne, Berkley
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, Berkley
Something About You by Julie James, Berkley Sensation
These are wonderful books.
These are the books you hand to your friends who say . . . "Romance is nothing but cookier-cutter plots and sex scenes."
(I mean, you hand them these books after you've sneered at them and maybe kicked them in the shins a little for being so closed minded.)