Monday, December 17, 2012

A Tasty Reads Best of 2012

Wow...Is it really that time of year already...I can't believe that 2012 is almost over.  I read over 200 books this year, some amazing, some good and some so-so.  They all get a huge round of applause from A Tasty Read, but alas, only some sucked me in, mangled my heart, leaving me snotty and tear-stained but feeling like all is right with the world.  Let's take a look at those books...

(And please read to the end of the post where, Brenda Novak, Author of The Best Contemporary Romance of 2012 has a special treat for one lucky commenter)
 

Best of The Best in 2012
When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak **Best Contemporary Romance of 2012
Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
The Cowboy Takes a Bride by Lori Wilde
Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
Scorched by Laura Griffin **Best Romance Suspense of 2012



Best Romances of 2012 (In no order of importance)
Summer Nights by Susan Mallery
Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas **Best Woman's Fiction of 2012
Barefoot in the Rain by Roxanne St.Claire

 

Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas
Fatal Flaw by Marie Force
Falling for Love by Marie Force
One More Summer by Liz Flaherty
I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre
Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss by Maya Banks
With This Kiss by Bella Riley
Coming Home by Marie Force
Hoping for Love by Marie Force
Undone by her Tender Touch by Maya Banks
The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard
Hot for Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

 

Twisted by Laura Griffin
About That Night by Julie James
Somebody Like You by Candis Terry
The Cowboy Takes a Bride by Lori Wilde
The Cowboy and The Princess by Lori Wilde
A Cowboy for Christmas by Lori Wilde
Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox
Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards
Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson
The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Something Like Normal by Trish Dollar **Best YA of 2012



At Last by Jill Shalvis
Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
Confessions of a Sex Demon by Jaye Shields
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozette
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry
Star Crossed by Kele Moon **Best Erotic Romance of 2012



Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsey
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James **Best Historical Romance of 2012
When Lightening Strikes by Brenda Novak
Run the Risk by Lori Foster
Longing for Love by Marie Force
Fatal Deception by Marie Force
All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey



Best Heroes of 2012
Dylan Amos from When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak
Joe Daniels from A Cowboy Takes a Bride by Lori Wilde
Harry "Brody' Brod from The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard
Tom Geiger from Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox
James Harley from Somebody Like You by Candis Terry



Best Heroines of 2012
Annabelle Weiss from Summer Nights by Susan Mallery
Grace Brooks from Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
Allison Doyle from Twisted by Laura Griffin
Rocky Rhodes from Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsey
Paige Sullivan from All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey



Best Couple of 2012
Kelsey & Gage from Scorched by Laura Griffin
Chey & Dylan from When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak
Nick & Sam from Fatal Deception/Flaw by Marie Force
Zoe & Alex from Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas
Noah & Echo from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry



Best "Cute Meet" of 2012
About That Night by Julie James
The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Twisted by Laura Griffin
When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak
The Cowboy Takes a Bride/The Cowboy and The Princess/A Cowboy for Christmas by Lori Wilde




Best Series of 2012
Lucky Harbor Series by Jill Shalvis (The Chocoholics)
Cowboy Series by Lori Wilde
The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel by Jennifer Bernard
Whiskey Creek Series by Brenda Novak
Friday Harbor Series by Lisa Kleypas



Best New Authors of 2012
Jennifer Bernard
Ruthie Knox
Jaye Shields
Louise Rozette
Katie McGarry



Busiest Authors of 2012
Marie Force
Bella Andre/Bella Riley/Lucy Kevin
Jill Shalvis
Maya Banks
Susan Mallery



Congratulations to ALL the wonderful Authors who work day in and day out to create magic on paper for Romance-a-holics like me!!  Thank you for all that you do and I look forward to reading more amazing romances in 2013!!

And THANK YOU to all my Tasty Readers for another year of allowing me to do what I love...and that's Reading Romance!! I hope you will continue to follow me into 2013 and please, tell your friends, family and any other LOVERS of Romance about A Tasty Read!!

I also want to be clear about one thing. This "Best of" list is based solely on my opinion, and contains only the books published this year that I have actually read. 

So if you would like to be entered to win the very awesome "AMOS AUTO BODY" T-Shirt from Brenda Novak's Whiskey Creek Series, then leave a comment sharing with me what Romance that you think is The Best of 2012...make sure the leave a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS with your post to be entered.  Winner will be chosen on Friday, Dec 21st, 8pm (EST)

CONGRATULATIONS QUILT LADY!!  Thank you to all who entered!!










9 comments:

Candis Terry said...

Wow! James Harley says "Thank You!" for choosing him as one of the Best Heroes of 2012. He'd blush, but he's just not that kind of guy, so he threw you a sexy grin instead.

;)

Di said...

Wow! What a wonderful list - I'm going to print it off to make sure I read all of these - I do have some of them in my TBR pile. It's really hard to pick just one book - I'm going to have to go with Lisa Kleypas's Friday Harbor series.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Corinne said...

Ohhhhh how to pick...I love Shannon's "Kowalskis"...Candis' series from Deerlick....Jennifer Bernard's very HOT series featuring firemen...Brenda's series from Whiskey Creek along with "The Great Escape" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I also found a real new gem of an author named Toni Aleo who writes about a very niiiiice hockey team called the Nashville Assassins...oh, my, my, my why do I have to choose?? ;) I would have to say that Candis' series started the avalanche including the above authors soooooo my vote goes to Candis and "Somebody Like You"...

Quilt Lady said...

I will go with Jill Shalvis Forever and a Day, loved this book.

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Natalija said...

That's quite a list you have put together! My favorite has to be The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard. You just gotta love Harry!

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Jen Shields said...

Where have I been? I just saw this post after my mom told me about it, lol. One of the best erotic romances of 2012. I'll take it! I couldn't have done it without my beloved critter!

Amanda Gehman said...

I can't just choose one! Finding Home by Lacey Wolfe, My One and Only by Kristan Higgins, The Hockey Team series by Rachel Gibson, etc! To many great books :) mertime at q dot com

The Readingista said...

I just got a copy of The Fireman Who Loved Me. I can't wait to read it. I have seen some awesome reviews for Pushing the Limits and have to read it. Great list.
New follower, looking forward to your posts.

Sue P said...

Great choices. Have read several and I wholeheartedly agree.

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