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Kayne



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:56 pm    Post subject: Favorite books this year? Reply with quote

What are your favorite books so far this year?

Mine so far include" I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella a contemporary with humor and romance, Breathe by Kristen Ashley (I went on a huge K.A. glom and it was hard to pick my favorite between Mystery Man, Motorcycle Man and Breathe), The Governess Affair, a historical by Courtney Milan, and Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry.
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LeeB.



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked Sophie Kinsella's book too as well as "Edenbrooke" by Julianne Donaldson, "Overseas" by Beatriz Williams, "The Hypnotist's Love Story" by Liane Moriarty, "Practically Wicked" by Alissa Johnson.
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AndyR



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful Bad Man by Ellen O'Connell, Defiant by Pamela Clare and Dragon Ship by Lee and Miller. This surprised me when I looked at my DIK list because I've been on such a mystery glom the past couple of months. My favorite mystery was Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson (a Longmire book)--copyright 2007. I am about 1/3 through The Anatomist's Wife, which is so far a DIK.
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Tee



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have quite a few on the list that I found to be wonderful reading this year.

These books were exceptional reading for me:
Redwood Bend | Robyn Carr
The Proposal | Mary Balogh
No One Left to Tell | Karen Rose
The Wedding Dress | Rachel Hauck
Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
Gone Missing | Linda Castillo
Where We Belong | Emily Giffin

The following books were very good:
The Inn at Rose Harbor | Debbie Macomber
A Summer Seduction | Candace Camp
Hidden Summit | Robyn Carr
Copper Beach | Jayne Krentz
Down the Darkest Road | Tami Hoag
I've Got Your Number | Sophie Kinsella

True Sisters | Sandra Dallas
Crystal Gardens | Amanda Quick
Just Down the Road | Jodi Thomas
Twisted | Laura Griffin
Somebody to Love | Kristan Higgins
The Witness | Nora Roberts

Wife 22 | Melanie Gideon
Objects of My Affection | Jill Smolinski
Sunrise Point | Robyn Carr
Wallflower in Bloom | Claire Cook
Criminal | Karin Slaughter
Kill You Twice | Chelsea Cain
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Yulie



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A- romances for me in 2012

Flawless/Carrie Lofty
At Your Pleasure /Meredith Duran
The Governess Affair/Courtney Milan
Fallen From Grace/Laura Leone
Easy/Tammara Webber
The Shadow and the Star/Laura Kinsale

I'm stingy with my grades and haven't read an A/A+ romance in a long time.
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Lynda X



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I, too, am a hard grader. I read only one A book last year:

MILAN, COURTNEY The Governess Affair: A excellent, about governess who sits in protest on bench outside duke's house

One A-: KNOX, RUTH About Last Night great hero!

The rest are B+ís:

HARRISON, THEA Lord's Fall B+ continuation of romance between Pia and Dragos

HARRISON, THEA Oracle's Moon B+ interesting

CAMDEN, ELIZABETH The Rose of Winslow Street B+ good writing style, interesting

LONG, JULIE ANNE Notorious Contess Confesses B+ starts a little slow, funny in center, romantic ending. hero: vicar heroine: courtesan

ASHLEY, KRISTEN Knight B+ v. erotic

LEE, JADE Wicked Surrender B+ two men want actress whose rep is gone

BRIGGS, PATRICIA Fair Game B+ Alpha and Omega, less romance and more adventure

LEE, JADE Wedded in Scandal B+ good love story, great hero, heroine a dress maker, daughter of scoundrel

OSBORNE, MAGGIE I do, I Do, I Do B+ Alaskan gold rush, 3 women marry same man

OSBORNE, MAGGIE Promise of Jenny Jones B+ mother changes places with woman being executed for daughter's sake, fun

LONG, JULIE ANNE HOW THE MARQUESS WAS WON B+ excellent h&h, he's nearly engaged to another woman
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karat



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite books this year were:
    Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale
    A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
    Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath
    A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
    Angels' Blood and Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
    Marrying the Captain by Carla Kelly
    Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone
    Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
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Rosie



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My absolute favorite reads of the year were Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas and A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare.

Other A-reads:
Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Edenbrooke - Julianne Donaldson
Her Best Worst Mistake - Sarah Mayberry
Castaway Dreams - Darlene Marshall
Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright (novella) - Tessa Dare
Ravishing the Heiress - Sherry Thomas

Quite a few B+ reads:
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Something Shady by Pamela Morsi
Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner
Trouble at the Wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke
Night Maneuvers by Jillian Burns
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Here Comes the Bride by Pamela Morsi
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
On the Island by Tracy Garvis-Graves
All They Need by Sarah Mayberry
The Wind and the Sea by Marsha Canham
Suddenly You by Sarah Mayberry
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NoirFemme



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since Gone Girl is the only title that immediately springs to mind when someone asks this type of question, that is my favorite read of 2012.
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Sandlynn



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the recommendation. Really enjoying Sophie Kinsella's "I've Got Your Number." Lighthearted fun, done well. Any similar recommendations, contemporary or historical?
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mirole



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandlynn: I also loved I've Got Your Number.

I would recommend The Summer of Living Dangerously by Julie Cohen although it's not as light-hearted and the title is somewhat unsuitable IMO.
It was one of my favourite reads this year.

My favourite 2012 released favourite reads:

Fifty Shades Freed by L James
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
The Summer of Living Dangerously by Julie Cohen
Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas

My favourite books I read in 2012 other than those released this year:

Lady Elizabeth's Comet by Sheila Simonson [I highly recommend this top-notch trad Regency]
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Maguire [first 3/4 of the book was A-, the last quarter a C]
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Broken by Megan Hart
Cecily by Clare Darcy
The Marriage of Inconvenience by Diana Campbell [the last two - trad Regencies]
Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh
The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Arabella by Georgette Heyer
Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
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mirole



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot to add that all the books in my post are listed in the order I read them.
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Linda in sw va



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fifty Shades of Grey - E. L. James
If I Were You - Lisa Renee Jones
Easy - Tammara Webber
Motorcycle Man - Kristen Ashley

What's going on with Fallen From Grace suddenly getting attention? One of my favorites but it's been out for years.

Linda
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pwm in mi



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are my top rated reads for 2012):

Easy by Tamara Webber- Y/A- New Adult

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young- contemporary

Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry- contemporary

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox- contemporary

Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelly- contemporary

Gateway to Heaven by Beth Kery-contemporary

The Edge of Night by Jill Sorenson- romantic suspense

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon- time travel

The Rose Garden by Susana Kearsley- time travel

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - psychological thriller

Lothaire by Kresley Cole- paranormal


Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill- urban fantasy

His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty Historical WWII

a late addition

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton[b] contemporary


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Kayne



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a few mentions of Edenbrooke and so I decided to check it out and so glad I did. It was so romantic, love letters, poems, twirling. I was discouraged by the price, $9.59 for kindle, for a debut author. IMO the price was worth it. I see she has a new book coming out, hopefully in Spring 2013 called Blackmoore and I don't think its related to Edenbrooke. I look forward to her next book but hope it isn't as expensive!
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