Monday, December 31, 2012

Unwrapping: MY ROMANCE FAVORITES OF 2012

It's New Year's Eve and besides giving my wishes to all of you for a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2013, I thought I'd also share with you which books and authors hit my Fave List for 2012. Just in case you missed one.  *wink*
I've met some awesome new authors this year, I've started reading some fabulous new series, and I've fallen in love with so many new characters that I want to say they are all my absolute favorites. Had to narrow it down. Hope you approve.  

 
 
*** Best New Romance Authors of 2012 - these are authors who made their debut in 2012 and who I believe we'll be seeing a lot more from in 2013 and the coming years. Click on the author's name to learn more about her and her books.
 
Joan Swan - author of INTIMATE ENEMIES, and the Phoenix Rising Series.
 
Anna Randol - author of SECRET IN HER KISS, and the Sinners Trio series.

Jaye Shields - author of the Sex Demon Trilogy and Immortals in Alameda series.
 
Carey Baldwin - author of FIRST DO NO EVIL. I'm hoping to see a new book from this lovely lady in 2013.

Jennifer Bernard - author of the Bachelor Fireman series.

Aimée Duffy - author of MONSTER OF FAME. This lady got me to read to a story about reality television and I loved it.
 
 
 
***Best New Romance Series of 2012 - series that I have fallen in love with and will not be missing a single one! I hope you've experience some of these for yourself!
 
LEAGUE OF GUARDIANS by Juliana Stone
 
VAMP CITY by Pamela Palmer
 
SINNERS TRIO by Anna Randol
 
PHOENIX RISING by Joan Swan
 
SEX DEMON TRILOGY by Jaye Shields
 
IMMORTALS IN ALAMEDA by Jaye Shields
 
THE DEVIL DEVERE by Victoria Vane
 
 
***Best Romance Novels of 2012 - my favorite novels of 2012 that I didn't want to end, I want to re-read as soon as I finish and I couldn't put down while reading! I hope you've read some of them, if not all. These are not in any particular order, they are just my favorites.
 
SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, a Sugar Shack novel by Candis Terry - I fell so in love with James Harley that I did not want this book or this series to end. If you still haven't read any of the Sugar Shack series, please do, you won't regret it. 
Click HERE to read my review of this utterly delightful and romantic novel.
 
ONCE BURNED, a Night Prince novel by Jeaniene Frost - I've been a fan of Jeaniene Frost for some time but there was something about Vlad's story that caught me by the heart and wouldn't let go. Being a series, I have to wait until the next installment, TWICE TEMPTED, which will be winging our way in March, thank heavens.
Click HERE to read my review of this amazing, action-packed paranormal romance featuring the sexiest vampire you'll ever meet!


TEXAS WIDE OPEN by KC Klein - this story and format blew me away. I just can't say enough about this book. I really and sincerely didn't want it to end.
Click HERE to read my review of this extraordinary contemporary romance from a very creative author.

KING OF THE DAMNED, a League of Guardians novel by Juliana Stone - Oh my word! This book takes you through a world of magick, danger, and evil while a romance simmers beneath the action. I was so thrilled by this book that I can't wait for the next to come which can't be soon enough.
Click HERE to read my review of this amazing trip through the strange world of the League of Guardians.
 
 
THE WHITE SWAN AFFAIR by Elyse Mady - this is the book that surprised me the most. Based on a historical incident featuring a real person with a romance built around it, this was one of the most intriguing and satisfying reads of my year. I hope you all gave it a read and if not, it's never too late.

Click
HERE to read my review of this fabulous historical romance that will leave you amazed. 
INTIMATE ENEMIES by Joan Swan - this is one of the best self-published books I've ever read. Action-packed, character driven, emotional and expertly edited and produced. An awesome accomplish for a new author.
Click HERE to read my review of this amazing suspense romance by one of 2012 newest romance authors.
 
***Best Romance Anthology of 2012:



THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER by Tessa Dare, Leigh LaValle, Courtney Milan, and Carey Baldwin - four wonderful stories that take you from Regency England through the ages to contemporary USA. I enjoyed all of the stories and loved the differences yet reveled in the romance. Each story is slowly being republished on its own and I hope you'll check them out.
Click HERE to read my review of this awesome anthology that also donated money to charity.
 
***Best Romance Novella of 2012
 
THREE SCHEMES AND A SCANDAL by Maya Rodale - not only was this novella the  cherry on the top of the Writing Girl series, a fabulous series that I recommend to everyone who loves Regency Romance but I giggle my way through this novella and then needed tissue at the end because Maya wrote one of the most romantic proposals ever.
Click HERE to read my review of this amazing, delightful and sigh-worthy romance novella.
 
Well, I hope you have a list of favorites of your own and if not, I hope you enjoyed mine and perhaps got inspired to add some of these to your TO BE READ list. It's been a great year and I've enjoyed everyone's company. I look forward to another year of sharing my thoughts and reviews with you. May 2013 be filled with joy, laughter, and lots of good reading!
 
Happy Reading Everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
 


     

10 comments:

Beebs said...

Hi Amy

Of your list, I've only read Anna Randol and Three Weddings and a Murder, I have Maya Rodale on the Kindle TBR.

I've been sampling some other genres recently but have mostly stuck with short stories. I intend continuing to sample new stuff next year, no telling what I might find :)

I couldn't pick a favourite for the year, so many books that I loved.....Happy New Year to you and yours hun, hope it's a good one :)

Bridget Keown said...

Thanks so much for this list, Amy. I adored both Anna Randol's and Maya Rodale's books that you mentioned, and now I have a list of books to try in 2013! Happy New Year!

Amy Valentini said...

Beebs, I know how you love Regency Romance so yes, be sure to read Maya's Writing Girl series - you will enjoy them so much. I hope you'll try out some of the others, sometime, I think you might be surprised.

Bridget, never would I have thought that two contemporary romances would end up on my best list but you never know where a really good story might come from that might touch you - an open mind will take you many places. : )

Oh, btw, Anna Randol's newest is coming soon. I've got the eARC and already peeked - I'm soooo excited!

Happy New Year!!

Amy Valentini said...

Amy Conley writes:

You forgot YA author/book. So here's one for you; MY SUPER SWEET 16th CENTURY BIRTHDAY by Rachel Harris. 5 stars, easy.

Thanks Amy! : )

Jaye Shields said...

What a great list and I'm honored and humbled to be on it with such talented authors. And deemed worthy by such an eloquent writer herself :D Youre going to have to put yourself on this list after Avon picks you up!

Amy Valentini said...

Thanks Jaye! From your talented lips to the publishing gods ears.
Happy New Year, my dear!! xoxo

Elizabeth H. said...

Most of those books are on my TBR list! If only there were enough hours in the day. But I did read Once Burned as soon as it came out! Love me some Jeaniene Frost! We find out in this book that Vlad is still true to his name, Vlad the Impaler. Kinda gross, but he's still super sexy!!

Happy New Year!!!

Amy Valentini said...

Happy New Year, Elizabeth! I want to thank you for being such a wonderful, loyal and helpful reader of the blog. You're awesome, Girlfriend!! I'm huge fan of Ms Frost too and am eagerly awaiting Vlad's next one! : )

Aimee Duffy said...

Thank you for including me on your list Amy. Happy New Year! I hope to be reading something from you very soon!

Amy Valentini said...

You're very welcome, Aimée! Hey, you got me to enjoy a story about a reality show - has to mean you have talent. ; )
Looking forward to reading ISLE OF SENSUALITY! Fitting into my TBR list. All the best success in 2013!

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