Here are the books J9 and I read this year and absolutely loved. (Here's last year's list.)
Heart of the Warrior by Donya Lynne [ amazon ] – Awesome world building with stellar MM romance. This totally unexpected series features complicated characters in complicated relationships, both platonic and romantic. Can't recommend this series strongly enough!
Full Disclosure by Tibby Armstrong [ review | amazon ] – One of the best committed-couple romances I've ever read. This book has one of the most poignant descriptions of love and had me teary eyed a few times. May want to read book one in the series, No Apologies, but still great as a solo read.
Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison [ review | amazon ] – My favorite installment in the stellar Elder Races series. I love the powerful but nearly emotionless hero who crumbles at the feet of an average country girl just holding her life together.
Faith & Fidelity [ amazon ] and Duty & Devotion [ amazon ] by Tere Michaels – Adored this tale of two men who fall in love over their shared grief and pain in life. Their family building and romance go hand-in-hand beautifully and will have readers like me anxiously awaiting the next book featuring Evan and Matt and their family.
Cop Out by KC Burn [ review | amazon ] – Stellar MM romance with compelling characters. This romance is told over a long period of time and allows for the characters to develop individually and as a couple for deep emotional intensity.
Dust of My Wings by Carrie Ann Ryan [ review | amazon ] – Fun book one in a new paranormal series with a quirky heroine and a sexy hero who adores her. The secondary characters are strong and the world building stellar.
Rules of Engagement [ review | amazon ] and Rain [ review | amazon ] by L.A. Witt – Gay for you themed MM books aren't usually my thing but this romance was such a great combination of emotional and sexual intimacy that I feel in love. I do admit that book one didn't have the relationship resolution I needed so expect to read these back to back.
Bareback [ amazon ] and Natural Disaster [ amazon ] by Chris Owen – I mistakenly thought Bareback would be an erotic-only read but was I wrong! There is a big relationship shift mid-book which throws the romance into emotional intensity that is carried through the rest of Bareback and into the sequel,Natural Disaster. For those interested, the MM leads get Prince Alberts as their commitment ceremony to each other (totally delicious!)
Brianna’s Top Reads of 2012
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry [ review | amazon ] – This was an emotionally charged and very moving read. I didn’t have any expectations for this book but it blew me away. I need Beth’s book pronto.
A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery [ review | amazon ] – After being underwhelmed with the Summer books in the series, this book hit the mark. It’s probably one of my, if not absolute, favorite book in the series thus far.
Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker [ review | amazon ] – A great romantic suspense with a complex romance. Usually it’s the other way around (complex mystery/suspense) but not with this book. And not only are the leads great, the secondary characters are intriguing without taking the spotlight from the hero and heroine.
Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep [ amazon ] – See above (Venom).
We want to know: what were some of your favorite reads this year? Did we mention any of your favorites?