Kirkus Column: Best of 2010

Kirkus asked me for a Best of 2010, which was a LOT of fun to compile, but I’m chasing my own tail with the conviction that I forgot something totally obvious. Tell me: which best book of 2010 did I forget?

Stay tuned for the sound of “DOH” and “DAMMIT” and “OMG I am a MORON” as I am reminded of which stellar books I missed.

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    Augustina says:

    Okay, it is definitely time to go shopping! The only one absent from the list that immediately comes to mind is Eloisa James’ A kiss at midnight. I loved this book tremendously and have expressed this love several times already (perhaps too many timse :p) but haven’t heard a lot about it from other people, so maybe this was a very personal favorite. You’re also so true about the Noise :-)! My boyfriend says he can always tell when I’m reading a truly wonderful romance because I ‘pause every now and then, look at the book with a big goofy smile on my face and sigh my happiest sigh’ :-). Happy holidays to you too!

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    Sarah Frantz says:

    Well, I could suggest a greater allowance of m/m romance (there’s my list at Dear Author), but I’m thrilled to see Marie Sexton’s fabulous story on there! :)

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    Donna says:

    Color me flabbergasted. I’ve actually read 6 of these! I NEVER seem to read what other people read.
    I’ll only add that Meljean Brook deserves a second nod for “Demon Blood”.
    And while it’s outside the genre norm “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. Made me laugh, made me sigh.

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    Colonel Angus says:

    I grin while reading a good book too! The more I try to stop the bigger it gets.

    The only books that IMHO are missing are:
    One Dance with the Duke
    Lessons in French
    and the Golden Season

    Otherwise it’s a pretty sweet list.
    Wow it looks like this was a good year for the romance novel.

  5. 5
    Stephanie says:

    I have only read half the books on the list. Where have I been all year? Thanks for the shopping list

  6. 6
    Lovecow2000 says:

    What about Ilona Andrews’ latest Kate Daniels book: Magic Bleeds?

  7. 7
    Elizabeth says:

    That… is a really good list, actually.  But a few books that sprang to mind, and aren’t on it, would have to be Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan, Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn, and The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig.

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    Becky says:

    I’ve read 7 of the 21 on the list.  Not bad for me.  One is on my Kindle, waiting to be read, and one more is on my Christmas list. 

    I read some good stuff this year, but much of it was either not romance, a couple years old, or already on the list.

  9. 9
    darlynne says:

    I agree with Lovecow2000 re: Ilona Andrews’ Magic Bleeds. It was everything I look for in paranormal romance, especially when two powerful characters bend just enough to make things work.

    Wait, what about Deidre Knight’s Butterfly Tattoo? I thought that was on everyone’s best list when it came out in February.

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    Augustina says:

    Oh, seconding Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare’s One dance with a duke!

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    Kirsten says:

    Wow, I’ve read five of these, although I don’t consider Maybe This Time to be a romance- it’s a ghost story that has some romantic elements (By the way, you can still win a copy at MonsterLibrarian.com- not too many Crusie fans visit there!)

    Julia Quinn’s historical, Ten Things I Love About You, is amazing- hot, sweet, and funny. I am surprised it didn’t make your list.

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    tralalah says:

    I agree with the Ilona Andrews Magic Bleeds it was just awesome.  I also loved the Courntey Milan and Tessa Dare books.  I got an advance for the new Milan Unveiled coming at the end of Jan and it is so great.  It is just so very well written and I love the characters.  It is one of those romances where you can see the characters fall in love.  There’s a reason behind it and not just because they happen to be in the same story.  It’s touching and sexy and realistic.  I cannot recommned it enough!

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    Beth says:

    I’m not familiar with most of these…but there don’t seem to be any paranormal romance titles. (at least not judging from the titles and author names)

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    Laura Danger says:

    The Stud Club series
    Pleasure of a Dark Prince
    Revealed (I thought it was better than Summer of You, but both were wonderful)

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    Beth says:

    Julia Quinn’s 10 Things I Love About You. Definitely.

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    Jessica MD says:

    Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
    Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale
    Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

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    Ros says:

    I did love What the Librarian Did, but I think I loved Karina Bliss’s Here Comes The Groom even more.  Though I don’t know if it’s out in the US yet or not, so maybe it doesn’t count as a 2010 book.

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    The Duchess says:

    Wow. I’ve read a big chunk of that list…

    I think perhaps Wicked Becomes You and I Kissed an Earl deserved a mention. They were some of my romance novel highlights this year.

  19. 19
    Brigit says:

    Jennifer Ashley, _Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage_ (the sequel to the awesome _The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie_).

    My personal highlights of the year were Loretta Chase (working my way through her backlist), Denise Rossetti’s Four-Sided Pentacle series, Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter (can’t wait for the new one!), and Lynn Kurland’s continuing Nine Kingdom series.

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    orangehands says:

    Wow. Thinking about it I just realized except for the m/m romances, most of the other romances I read this year weren’t published in 2010. First one not on your list to come to mind was Jayne Ann Krentz.

    Well, I’ll help round out the m/m list then:

    No Souvenirs by K.A. Mitchell
    Talker by Amy Lane
    Keeping Promise Rock and the sequel Making Promises by Amy Lane
    Maritime Men and the sequel Anchors Aweigh by Janey Chapel

    I think there’s more but can’t remember now…

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    Aimelynn says:

    I agree that Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan should also be included! I am turning into such a Courtney Milan fangirl . . .

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    Sycorax says:

    I agree with The Duchess that Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran deserves a mention.

  23. 23
    Rory says:

    I loved Olivia Cunnings Backstage Pass, but I am a contemporary girl through and through.  I also don’t see KMM’s fever series release on here either.

  24. 24
    Maya M. says:

    Seconding:
    -Lessons in French
    -Magic Bleeds
    -A Kiss at Midnight

    Adding:
    – Stacia Kane’s ‘Ghosts’ series
    – Janet Mullany’s ‘Improper Relations’
    – Eve Silver’s ‘Otherkin’ series

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    ev says:

    The ones that came to my mind immediately were Dare, Quinn and Ashely, so my votes go to them.

  26. 26
    Theresa says:

    My favorites of 2010 were Emma Wildes “Lessons From a Scarlet Lady” as well as Sarah MacLean’s “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake”.  Both were new authors to me who are now on my autobuy list.

    I have to disagree with Julia Quinn’s “Ten Things I Love About You”.  For me, it was a disappointment and dropped her from my favorite author’s list.

  27. 27
    Karin says:

    What happened to the Caroline Linden book, What A Rogue Desires? It got an A+ review here too!
    Liz Carlyle “One Touch of Scandal” is in my top 10.

  28. 28

    I am seconding:
    What a Rogue Desires by Caroline Linden
    “One Dance with a Duke” by Tessa Dare

    Adding:
    The Dangerous Viscount by Miranda Neville
    A Lady’s Guide to improper Behavior by Suzanne Enoch
    Irresistible by Karen Robards
    Something Scandalous by Christie Kelley
    Scoundrel’s Kiss by Carrie Lofty
    The Truth About Lord Stoneville by Sabrina Jeffries
    Nicola Cornick’s Lady of the Ton series

    and since we’re disagreeing with some as well I’ll mess it up in here.
    Didn’t like (or thought was average):
    Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale
    A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
    Ten Things… by Julia Quinn
    Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran

  29. 29
    Michael says:

    I have to agree with disliking the Julia Quinn. I wasn’t very impressed with Ten Things. Has she lost it? I also enjoyed A Kiss before Midnight.

  30. 30
    Michael says:

    Errr….oops-I mean A Kiss AT Midnight……

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