Want to know what books your favorite bloggers most enjoyed in 2011? Be sure to check out each post in the Best of 2011 series!
Bad Girl By Night by Lacey Alexander
Lacey Alexander writes great “good girl” heroines who want to be a little bad. This is a super hot and emotionally intense story about a good girl who learns through her connection with the hero that she doesn’t need to be ashamed of her sexual desires and learns to be true to herself.
Chasin’ Eight by Lorelei James
Lorelei James’s stories are always smoking hot, but I especially loved this one. Both hero and heroine do a lot of growing in this story about learning to love yourself so you can let yourself love others. I like the slow build of the relationship before the sex (which is hawt!), loved the humor, the tenderness and all the raw emotion.
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
This book was so engrossing I didn’t even notice the headhopping! It’s got a strong female character, and a male who isn’t intimated by her or has to try to dominate. They are completely equals. The action was so tense and scary it had me on edge the entire book. I DID figure out who the “bad guy” was early on, but truly there weren’t a lot of clues, I was guessing and guessed right. Hot sex. Dirty language. Tequila! Firefighters who parachute into the fire! Loved it!
#1 – Tempted by Elizabeth Naughton. This was the third installment of the Eternal Guardians series and features the guardian, Demetrius and the Princess Isadora. In the previous two books, Demetrius is shown as a mean, nasty jerk. He treated everyone with distain and spent his time tormenting and intimidating Isadora. What we learn in this book is that Demetrius is hiding a very dark secret—he knows Isadora is his soul mate, but she’s the princess and he has that dark secret, so the only way to stay close so he can protect her is to make her hate and fear him so he will not be tempted to give in to his feelings for her. The fact that I began reading this story with the attitude of “This guy is an ASS! Good luck making me like him” and he is now by far my favorite character! This is why this story is my #1 favorite story of 2011.
#2 – Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks. This was book #11 in the Love at Stake series and featured Gregori Halstein, who was one of my favorite characters of the series. Sometimes when there is a story or movie that you are so excited about and just can’t wait for, we are disappointed that it just doesn’t live up to our expectations. Thank goodness that didn’t happen here. I enjoyed the witty banter, and unlike most paranormal romances with their fated mates, these vampires fall in love the old fashioned way and it is always such a treat to read.
#3 – Fated by Rebecca Zanetti. This first book of the series takes the regular vampire story and ramps it up by adding the concept of science, DNA and biological warfare in the war between the good and bad vampire factions. With so many great characters already fleshed out in the first book, I can’t wait to see what 2012 offers.
Kindling The Moon by Jenn Bennett
Jenn Bennett creates a world that is all its own, even though demons and magicians are regulars on the fantasy circuit. Additionally, each character breaks the mold of a typical UF. The protagonist Arcadia is strong willed, but not a complete bad ass (unlike many UF heroines). She takes charge of her life, but isn’t all together self confident, which is exactly right for her. And Lon may be pretty damn dreamy, but it has more to do with his actions and less to do with his silky hair and storm-colored eyes. These characters will have their hooks in you, and you’ll be so happy they did.
Spellcast by Barbara Ashford
Each time anyone asks me about Spellcast I just repeat “It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before” over and over again. I was drawn in by the voice and the tone of the book from the very first page.
I also loved that the book remained a complete mystery to me while reading. I eventually stopped trying to guess what might be around the corner and just go with it. That’s huge for a control freak like me.
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
I love when a book can be dark and twisty but still make me laugh. FGotR blurs the lines between humor and drama perfectly. Charlie Davidson (who just so happens to be a grim reaper) has wit and constant humor that keeps the mood light, and I think is the main reason how a story surrounding constant death can come off so very funny. I heart her!