May old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with five days of the Best of 2012. We asked our bloggers for their favorite recommendations of 2012, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2012. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers!
Don't miss out on the shopping list for these great recommendations once you finish reading, and check out the recommendations from Day One, Day Two, Day Three, and Day Four, too! Click here to view the Day Five shopping list.
The Renegade Angels series by Sylvia Day.
A dark and dangerous world where vampires are fallen angels, and lycans and vampires rebel against the elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim as each race struggles for power over one another.
The Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning
A perfect mixture of romance, sexual indulgence, and a touch of magic. These stories highlight that love conquers all, including the ever-powerful and meddlesome Fae of the Seelie courts.
The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
A gothic world with bold heroines, dangerous heroes and repulsive villains spun into an adventures filled with magic, mystery and HOTT sexual tension.
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
The story of a spoiled rich girl who is transformed by her love for her handsome but inscrutable titled English husband satisfied my Downton Abbey cravings during the off-season
The Taker by Alma Katsu
An epic love story told with incredibly lush writing and just enough of a paranormal element to give it an edge. Beautiful and unique.
The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
The smartest erotica I read this year — I love the line “Romance is sex plus love. Erotica is sex plus fear.”
Lothaire by Kresley Cole
I started A Hunger Like No Other on January 9 and by January 19th I had read almost the entire series. Lothaire is by far my favorite from the series as Kresley Cole manages to turn a villain into a hero. Lothaire's Bride is everything he doesn't want—not educated, not cunning, and not a vampire. Somehow they make it work. The chemistry is off the charts—everyone can appreciate a grinding “parking” session, right?—and as usual Cole finds the balance between action-packed and hilarious. By far my favorite author and favorite series.
The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
A modern-day marriage of convenience shouldn't be believable—but if you're willing to suspend belief just a little bit you'll be sure to love this, what comes to be, believable, sexy, romantic story of a billionaire and the woman who loves him for who he is.
Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex
I laughed, I cried, and I swooned for the moody and loyal David Colyear. I don't typically go for the sea captain hero in historical romance, but the love story of Sally and Col is so addicting—plus, Sally's a chick-in-pants. I've started reading the second in the series and this author has held strong (and is definitely going on my keeper pile!).
Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James
Don't shoot! There are many things I can say about these books, but to keep it short: it was the thrill of the ride.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Twisted and crazy, but riveting.
The Taken by Vicki Pettersson
I don't know why more urban fantasy isn't set in Las Vegas! It oozes the dark, world-weary, and jaded tone more so than Seattle! If you're burnt out on urban fantasy, this book will change your mind (I hope).
Sage Spelling writes book reviews for her blog sagespellingsbookshelf.blogspot.com/ She is a compulsive reader, writer and a happily ever after kind of girl. Follow her on Facebook: Sage Spelling and Twitter: @SSpellingAuthor
Jamie Brenner is the author of erotic novels published under the pen name Logan Belle, including her latest Bettie Page Presents: The Librarian ( Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster) and the erotic trilogy Blue Angel(Kensington.) Her historical romance The Gin Lovers, will be out in paperback in February (St. Martin’s Press). For more please visit www.jamiebrenner.com or follow her @jamieLbrenner.
Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers and Criminal Element.
Evangeline Holland is a writer of historical romances, an amateur milliner, and a really great cook. When not writing or reading, you can find her blogging about the Edwardian era on her website, the aptly titled Edwardian Promenade.