Amy’s 2010 Top 5 Picks
So this year thanks to my many friends on GoodReads and Twitter I discovered some amazing books and found a greater love for romance and urban fantasy! I also had the privilege of becoming a regular reviewer here at FVBR which added to my discovery of many incredible books. I am a character driven reader. I have to connect and invest in the characters for a book to work for me. I also want action, depth and a lot of sexy times doesn’t hurt! My top 5 picks delivered the best of the best. I hope you enjoy!
Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
Hands down my favorite PNR read of the year! Who in their right mind could not love the brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. (My brother is V and I occasionally share him with Tracy and Sophia!) In Lover Mine we were finally honored with the story of John Matthew and Xhex. Ward is hands down my favorite PNR writer and she truly brought the romance back to her writing with this couple. I laughed, bit my lip to raw and cried more with this book than I ever dreamed possible. It is rare that a series will keep you so excited with it characters that you are X-ing out the days on your calendar for the next book release. This series is it for me! Read my review HERE.
One of many favorite quotes:
“John leaned in and pressed his lips to hers; then he stretched out beside her. His body was exhausted but, his heart was alive with a joy so pure it was like the sunlight he didn’t get to see anymore: He was a mute-ass motherfucker with a nasty past and a night job that involved fighting evil and slaughtering the undead. And in spite of all that…he’d gotten the girl.”
Skin Tight by Ava Gray
After Lover Mine I was in a serious reading funk, until Skin Tight arrived on my doorstep and I had all praise for Ava Gray! This is the second book in the Skin series and my expectations were already high after discovering Reyes in Skin Games. Ms. Gray did not disappoint with Foster and Mia’s story. Two highly intelligent, sexy, strong characters and an explosive storyline that jolted me out of my funk and back into action packed story. I drank a lot of ice water and reved up the AC when reading the sexy times with Foster. He is one badass hunk of manmeat that you should not miss! Read my review HERE.
“When I touch you I stop caring about anything else. There’s only you, looking up at me. Don’t dismiss that. Don’t take it from me because…..it’s never happened before.”
Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
Double Cross by Carolyn Crane
It’s the battle of the cucumber vs.kabob and I am beyond hooked and am totally a team kabob girl! (Love me some Packard!) I think my short and sweet review says it best.– Carolyn Crane is amazing! I would have never dreamed a debut author could write such brilliance so early on! I was blown away with Mind Games which opened my mind to a love for Urban Fantasy. Now, Ms. Crane has delivered beyond what I thought possible with Double Cross. Anyone who questions whether or not they should take a plunge into the Disillusionists world, I’m telling you DO IT! You won’t regret it! AMAZING! (And I need the next book, like yesterday!) Read my review HERE.
Sin Undone by Larissa Ione
An amazing and incredible ending to Larissa Ione’s Demonica series! She saved the best assassin (Sin) for last and she was badass with a big heart. And Con, I don’t have enough words to describe how sexy and sensual that dhampire was! Sin and Con’s chemistry was off the charts HOT! Ms. Ione knows how to deliver powerful and memorable characters in a brilliant Underworld. While I will terribly miss the sexy demons, I look forward to Ms. Ione’s new series release in 2011, Eternal Rider (The Lord’s of Deliverance). Read my review HERE.
Favorite Quote: “She felt Con’s silver eyes boring into her like drill bits, and to her annoyance, her body flushed with warmth as though remembering another drilling he’d given her.”
Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden
Talk about a psychological thriller that sends you to bed with the light on and double checking the locks! Deadly Fear brought just that….fear! Combining a serial killer with a couple of scorching hot FBI agents that reunite on the case and bring on the sexual tension for one another and you get an extraordinary start to what looks to be one of the best romantic suspense series of the year! It’s a must read but just be sure your doors are locked! Read my review HERE.
Favorite Quote: “I want you.” The words came out, bold, a little fast, from her lips. And those words – they made him hard. He gave a nod. “I’ll have you again.” She gave a real smile. Just a flash. “No Dante, I’ll have you.”
2010 Honorable Mentions:
Something About You by Julie James
Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan
No Place to Run by Maya Banks
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma